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November 2016

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Trumpf to introduce entry-level punch laser combination machine at EuroBLECH 2016 amongst many other new machines still to be revealed

Trumpf, a world market leader in sheet metal fabrication equipment and industrial laser technology, will be presenting a new compact entry-level machine at this year’s EuroBLECH. The TruPunch 1000 can be expanded into an equally space-saving TruMatic 1000 fiber punch laser machine. Read more


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Toyota Gazoo Racing SA’s bold new approach

Toyota South Africa Motors and Toyota Gazoo Racing SA are excited to announce significant changes to its strategy for Dakar 2017 and beyond. This includes a revolutionary new race vehicle, known as the Toyota Hilux Evo as well as the inclusion of multiple winner of the Dakar Rally, Nasser Al-Attiyah, in the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA squad. Read more


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Vehicle seat manufacturer Toyota Boshoku South Africa invests in Soco rotary bending machine that makes left and right-hand bends

Challenged with shorter product life cycles and new-product innovation driven by global competition, OEMs and their supply chains are looking for more flexible design and production equipment that can manufacture new products that are more effective, more efficient, easier to use, offer lower cost per component and aesthetically more pleasing. Read more


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TDM Solutions delivers on more international business with the shipping of a further seven fixtures for OEM market in UK

Just over 18 months ago TDM Solutions shipped three fixtures to a prestigious, high-end automotive OEM based in the north of England. The three fixtures were to be used for the CNC manufacture of interior trim and pressed aluminium for the rear door capping (waist rail) and left and right door pads on an extended wheel base limousine that the OEM manufactures. Read more


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Kurt Rosenberg appointed MD at Yaskawa Southern Africa

Yaskawa Southern Africa has announced that Kurt Rosenberg has been appointed Managing Director of the company as of 1 November 2016. Kurt takes over from his father Terry Rosenberg, who is the doyen of the robotic welding industry in South Africa. Terry Rosenberg will in future be the Chairman of the local subsidiary and concentrate on key accounts in the business. Read more


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DCD Heavy Engineering complete some large projects

Recently completed is a 380 ton base for a Caterpillar dragline excavator destined for a coal project in Mpumalanga. At 18 metres in diameter, and comprising 16 individual sections, the contract to manufacture the base locally was awarded to the company in April 2015. Read more


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Babcock invests in fully automatic CSM CNC bending machine for their high pressure pipe fabrication facility

Babcock is focused on rapidly responding to customers’ challenges by delivering trusted solutions and investing in best in class technology. With boiler experience dating back to 1891, Babcock is Africa’s most established and experienced boiler supplier, and offers a full range of specialised support services to the power generation and related industries. Read more


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Volkswagen installs 320 new Kuka robots ahead of the introduction of new models

R3 billion investment in production facilities includes installation of 320 new robots in the Body Shop. Since the first robot was introduced more than 50 years ago, industrialised robots have been at the forefront of automotive manufacturing. Read more


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First Cut reaches 60-year milestone

One of South Africa’s leading manufacturers and distributors of capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools to the metal, timber, textile, meat, DIY, paper and plastic industries, First Cut (Pty) Ltd, has just reached another milestone in the company’s history – 60 years in business. Read more


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Import duties, regulatory costs and the costs of BEE could see Bell Equipment migrate some of their manufacturing to their European factories

Political and economic instability and the increasing cost of doing business in South Africa remains a key concern and the group continues to evaluate the merits of increasing activities at its German facility, in closer proximity to the higher volume northern hemisphere markets. Read more


September 2016

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Braking into the world market with Haas and Powerbrake

The braking demands for any performance or race vehicle are one of the most important considerations to accommodate when conducting a full build. Every application should be carefully reviewed before hastily slapping on an off-the-shelf big brake kit in the hopes that everything will jive. Many misconceptions exist around braking system design and technology, so it is important to educate yourself before blindly groping for the largest rotor diameter and piston count your wallet will allow. Read more


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“Lights-Out” is now a reality – keeping sheets and parts moving with automation at Hitech-Gregfor

“Owning a fiber laser cutting machine and not being able to run it at full speed is like trying to enjoy the thrill of driving a Porsche 911 Turbo S in the mall parking lot during Christmas. The continuous stop-and-go drives you crazy. If a fabricator has made the large investment in a solid-state laser cutting machine, he wants that piece of equipment to fly,” said Hein Vorster, CEO of Hitech-Gregfor. Read more


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Opportunity to showcase your capabilities

Stand-alone machine tool and related industries exhibition – time to communicate. Nasrec, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking supplier and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. Metalcasting and metalworking is a tough business. Price pressure from customers and competitors, rising labour costs, quality problems and a lack of qualified personnel pose challenges for executives. Read more


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The 28th Japan International Machine Tool Fair (JIMTOF) is heralded as “the largest ever and more global”

The exhibition will be held at the Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Center) from Thursday, 17 to Tuesday, 22 November 2016. A feature this year is that the new East exhibition hall will be available mainly for exhibitors from overseas. When someone mentions Japan, there will be many traditional and cultural images that will come to mind. Sushi, samurai, karate, cherry blossoms, the kimono, tea ceremony and the geisha are a few. Read more


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SKA selects the final design of the SKA dish

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project has selected the design for its dish, opening up the way for the eventual production of hundreds of dishes that will make up the world’s largest radio telescope. “This decision is a major milestone towards delivering the SKA,” said Alistair McPherson, Head of Project at SKA Organisation. “Being able to “see” what the SKA dishes will look like for the first time is a big satisfaction for all involved.” Read more


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African Unity to be showcased at AAD 2016

This year’s Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) exhibition will have a primary focus on the African continent, according to Kevin Wakeford, chief executive of Armscor, which co-hosts and partners with the exhibition. The theme chosen for AAD 2016, to be staged at AFB Waterkloof in Centurion, is “unlocking Africa’s aerospace and defence potential” and the exhibition will, for the first time, feature an African unity pavilion. Read more


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DCD opens new doors to local market

Leading seamless forged product manufacturer DCD Ringrollers is expanding into new market segments with its recent forging of a large nozzle component weighing over three tons. “With a height of 850mm, this forging is the largest of 43 components ordered by a South African customer for a pressure vessel application. Once again pushing the boundaries on behalf of our customers,” said Dion Booyens. Read more


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Metric Automotive Engineering expanding into marine engine remanufacturing

Having made significant strides in the South African railway market, Metric Automotive Engineering is ready to introduce its premium diesel engine and component remanufacturing service to the marine industry. Metric Automotive Engineering is known in the arduous mining industry for its ability to repair to exact original equipment manufacturers’ (OEM) specifications, or even exceed these standards. Read more


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EuroBLECH 2016 – The technological showcase for the sheet metal working industry

From 25 to 29 October 2016 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry exhibition EuroBLECH 2016 in Hannover, Germany. A total of 1410 exhibitors from 40 countries will put their innovative products and services on display in eight exhibition halls. Read more


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CIMdata publishes PLM industry analysis report

CIMdata, Inc., a global PLM strategic management consulting and research firm, announces the release of the CIMdata PLM Industry Analysis Report, the fourth of five modules of the CIMdata 2016 PLM Market Analysis Report Series. The MAR Series provides detailed information and in-depth analysis on the worldwide PLM market during 2015. Read more


July 2016

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TaeguTec’s century of expertise

For 100 years, TaeguTec has been in the business of supplying cutting tool products to companies around the world. While times have changed, the one thing that has not is the service levels offered by TaeguTec to all the manufacturing facets in South Africa. As one of the continent’s largest economies, South Africa exports more than 25% of its manufactured products to the rest of the African continent, claims TaeguTec. Read more


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Allied Steelrode adds large diameter tube, pipe and beam laser cutting machine for structural processing to its metal fabrication services

The big processor with a five-axis cutting head – the BLM LT 20 Jumbo – is able to cut large round, square and rectangular tubes and pipes, as well as non-tubular open structural sections such as beams, H, I, angle and channel in a heartbeat. Read more


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JHPE Precision Engineering expands product range and moves into larger manufacturing facility

I am often asked by industry if finding good news among current reports about the metalworking industry and, industry in general, is an easy task. The pessimists view is one of a combination of weakened demand for industrial products and components, the declining value of the Rand, a nagging shortage of trained workers and strong foreign competition having led to some serious concerns. Read more


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TDC Cutting Tools expands its operations to South Africa

Company will initially concentrate on HSS twist drills. TDC Cutting Tools Inc., one of the fastest growing cutting tool manufacturing companies in the world, and one of the world’s market leaders for high speed steel cutting tools has recently established a subsidiary in South Africa that is headed up by David Risk. Read more


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Hurco South Africa appointed Röders representative in South Africa

For the past 10 years Hurco Europe Ltd have been successfully representing the company Röders Tec of Germany, in the UK. There are now many Röders machines throughout the UK and Ireland, and on the back of this success Hurco South Africa have now been appointed the exclusive representative for Röders in South Africa. Read more


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Tungaloy to debut new product line in a series of seminars

Product launch from 15 to 18 August 2016 features 1 050 new products for milling, drilling and turning. Manufacturers and machine shops from South Africa, as well tooling distributors, will be able to view Tungaloy’s launch of TunGForce, a new line of tooling. Star Tooling, Tungaloy’s representative and distributor in South Africa, will host the launch, the first of its kind and size for Tungaloy in South Africa. Read more


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Why should I bother visiting a machine tool open house or exhibition?

If you operate a machine shop or any manufacturing operation with a focus on machining, and all the surrounding process technologies like product and process design, troubleshooting, CAM programming, tool design and selection, quality control, etc., you face a steady flow of new technology and products, updates and improvements intended to address the large and small, general and arcane details that concern machine operators, programmers, shop owners and managers. Read more


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EuroBLECH 2016 reflects trend towards smart manufacturing in sheet metal working

From 25 – 29 October 2016, EuroBLECH 2016 will open its doors in Hanover, Germany. The exhibition will once again be the meeting place for sheet metal working professionals from all over the world looking to find enhanced machinery and innovative production solutions. Visitors will be able to discover an extensive variety of products, from conventional systems to high-tech solutions, and gain an insight into the latest technological advancements in sheet metal working. Read more


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Automated structural steel processing machines are Voortman’s game

The decision of whether or not to select a concrete or steel core or framing system for a modern high-rise is not a safety issue. Rather, the determining factors remain the architectural and structural design requirements, construction costs and scheduling, and the preferences of the specific contractor and designer. Steel framing is the preferred construction material and some say that three steel-framed buildings are built for every one concrete building. Read more


May 2016

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Introducing the first double-sided, multi-edge milling concept with positive cutting action – Sandvik Coromant

Offering high productivity and a low cost per edge, the CoroMill® 745 has a double-sided, multi-edge design that is ideal for large batch productions. With its tilted insert positioning system and sharp cutting edges, this milling cutter offers a light cutting action at low power consumption. Read more


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Volkswagen begins commissioning R120 million Fagor Arrasate die try-out press

After travelling 13 140 km by ship from Spain, Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA) new die try-out press arrived in the Uitenhage factory recently. The new 21 000 kN (kilo Newton) die try-out press is said to improve the manufacturing capability of its Uitenhage, Eastern Cape plant. Read more


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World Power Products consolidates manufacturing sites for better efficiency

When a company occupies five different factory sites, has 30 000m² under roof to work with and offers CNC laser cutting, punching, bending, milling and turning, robotic welding as well as MIG/TIG welding and stud welding, plastic injection moulding, die casting, polyurethane gasket extrusion, powder coating and electro plating, you know it means business. Read more


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Resolution Circle looks to fill gap for industry

“It’s all about collaborating and pulling our industry together into a team to grow faster than single entities would be able to do by themselves.” That comment from Gideon Potgieter, Group Senior Manager: Business Development seems to capture the overall sentiment of the newly formed Resolution Circle. Read more


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Tysica upgrades processing equipment to take advantage of technology advancements and to realise cost savings

One day while on holiday together, Colin Dallas and Steven Moody started talking about opening their own laser cutting shop. At the time it seemed like a really crazy idea, but they both decided that it was worth a try. Colin had been running Tysica Steel and needed to expand, and Steven was working for FAF Engineering. Read more


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NASA expert mesmerises delegates at Engineering Community Conference 2016

Dr. Jakob J. van Zyl, associate director of Project Formulation and Strategy at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, mesmerised delegates attending the second Engineering Community Conference (ECC) hosted by ESTEQ, when he delivered his keynote address on Curiosity Rover’s journey to Mars. Read more


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South Africa plans for new auto plants … but with whom?

South Africa is in talks with five vehicle manufacturers about a proposed new assembly plant in the port city of East London, a potential boost for an industry that’s using government incentives to attract investment from companies including Ford Motor Co. and BMW AG. Read more


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State urged to help localise aluminium value chain

Mercedes-Benz SA (MBSA) wants the government to encourage local beneficiation of aluminium that would allow motor companies to stop importing up to 50% of metals used in their cars, according to the Business Day. CEO Arno van der Merwe said his company was working with the industry and the government to identify raw materials that could be developed locally for inclusion in cars made in South Africa. Read more


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WD Hearn opens CNC Technology Centre in Gauteng

On display was a Kitamura 5-axis machining centre, a Mitsubishi WEDM, Leadwell CNC lathes and machining centres, a Nikon portable arm for 3D metrology, Renishaw probing systems, Sisma laser welding and marking machines, and Starret video measuring equipment. Read more


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Pressure Die Castings wins contracts and invests in new equipment and processes

“Ten years ago we made a strategic decision to move further up the value chain, with an emphasis on product delivery and quality. The strategy involved reconfiguring the business, increasing factory productivity and training employees, which would ultimately lead to improving quality and reducing costs,” explains Pressure Die Castings (PDC) managing director Mike Wolhuter. Read more


March 2016

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New round insert cutter for difficult-to-cut materials – Mitsubishi Materials ARP series of round insert milling tools

The ARP series has been developed for the machining of stainless steels as well as titanium alloys and other heat resistant alloy materials that are commonplace in the aerospace and power generation industries. Read more


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Yaskawa Southern Africa to accelerate its business growth in automation technology and motion control solutions

In November 2014 Yaskawa Electric Corporation reached an agreement with VIPA GmbH, a German PLC manufacturer, to acquire 100% ownership in the company. VIPA develops, manufactures, and sells a variety of PLCs, ranging from compact, modular, high-speed types to PC-capable with I/O systems, HMI, and other products. Read more


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Adams takes over as MD at Iscar South Africa

Cutting tool specialist Iscar Ltd has appointed Gavin Adams as its Managing Director for the company’s South African operation. He succeeds outgoing managing director, Hans Rossouw, who has held this position since 1990. Rossouw has been redeployed within the IMC Group of companies, which is part of Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, and in future will be the Managing Director of TaeguTec South Africa. Read more


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SolidWorks 2016 launch

Powered by Dassault Systèmes’ 3DExperience platform, SolidWorks 2016’s integrated 3D design environment covers all aspects of product development. New user-requested enhancements include the ability to flatten any surface, visualise and help validate design performance, more efficiently communicate with manufacturing, quickly create marketing-quality images, and more easily access commands. Read more


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Trade Fair Travel and Metalworking News tour to EuroBLECH 2016

Travel with Metalworking News and Trade Fair Travel, in association with the Southern African German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to view the latest metalworking technology at these internationally recognised metalworking related exhibitions. Read more


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Industry outrage at unilateral directive ending partial testing by SABS

An internal directive by South African Bureau of Standards CEO Dr. Boni Mehlomakulu in 2015 requires that SABS Test House only perform “full testing” in future, and puts an end to “partial testing” by the SABS. This has elicited outrage from a wide range of industry associations in the engineering sector, say Chris Yelland and Pierre Potgieter of EE Publishers. Read more


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Graytex Metals emerges in the textured and patterned metals market – Rimex Metals SA rebrands as 100% South African owned company

Designers, architects, fabricators and engineers are looking for additional inspiration on how to make their product or project stand out amongst the crowd. Aesthetic and functional textures can be one of the most important components of design projects. Read more


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NASA expert to feature at Engineering Community Conference 2016

The second Engineering Community Conference (ECC), hosted by ESTEQ every second year, has announced an exciting lineup of keynote speakers and presenters for this year’s conference that takes place at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng on Thursday, 17 March 2016. Read more


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More than a B-team – The story so far of Formula 1’s newest team: Haas F1

Haas F1 has passed the FIA’s mandatory crash test, which means its car is cleared to take part in winter testing ahead of the team’s Formula 1 debut at the Australian Grand Prix. The Haas F1 Twitter account has announced that the team had, “Passed FIA crash tests. Next up testing.” Read more


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Bloodhound’s land speed record attempt delayed until 2017

It looks like we may have to wait a little longer to see a car break the 1,000mph barrier. After wowing crowds with its supersonic car back in September last year, the British-led Bloodhound SSC team has announced that it’s pushing back its land speed record attempts after failing to secure the funding it needs. Read more


January 2016

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Toyota Motorsport pushes the limits for South Africa’s 2016 Dakar Rally entries

Edgecam CAM software plays a pivotal role in swiftly producing high precision parts for the three top-performing Toyota SA Motorsport’s 2016 Dakar Rally entries. The team competed under the new team name – Toyota Gazoo Racing SA. Read more


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Stillam provided the latest software for the development of the Toyota Gazoo Racing SA cars – Edgecam’s new high speed all-format 3D viewer – PartXplore

The latest release of Edgecam software includes a new high speed 3D viewer which directly displays and evaluates 3D CAD files without the need for the original CAD application. Read more


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New forged train wheel manufacturer to keep Transnet and PRASA on track

Four years ago a friend of mine, who at the time had some insight into the rail industry in South Africa, asked me: “Why do we import so many wheels when we could be manufacturing them locally?” My answer was guarded as I knew that we do manufacture cast wheels locally under license to a US rail transport and engineering company. Read more


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Anticipation builds for Machine Tools Africa 2017

Nasrec Expo Centre, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking suppliers and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. Anticipation levels are already building despite there still being 16 months to go before the doors open for Machine Tools Africa 2017, South Africa’s premier metalworking supplier and manufacturing technologies event. Read more


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The Dished End Company consolidates Gauteng manufacturing operations

The Dished End Company has announced that it has amalgamated its two Gauteng manufacturing operations for its dished end products, and moved to a new site in Greenhills Tunney Ext 7, Elandsfontein, Gauteng to consolidate its activities. “When we established the company our original manufacturing operation was set up in a 1000m² facility in Greenhills Industrial Estate, Elandsfontein, Gauteng,” said Noel Saunders. Read more


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WD Hearn to open CNC Technology Centre in Gauteng

WD Hearn Machine Tools will host a grand opening event at its new purpose built CNC Technology Centre from 14 to 16 March 2016. The Centre, which will be located in Bonaero Park, will also be the new home for the company’s Gauteng branch. “We are continuously looking at ways to serve our customers with solutions for improved manufacturing and productivity so as to remain competitive,” said Graeme Cooper, Sales Director at WD Hearn Machine Tools. Read more


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Spectra Carbide Tooling takes on new lines to market

Specialist solutions provider for metal turning, milling, threading, tapping, drilling, broaching and grooving requirements Spectra Carbide Tooling have added Gleason Cutting Tools and Gesac Cutting Tools to the range of international manufacturers that they represent in South Africa. In addition the company will now market Norton Saint-Gobain products after being appointed a distributor. Read more


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Yaskawa celebrates 100th anniversary

Local subsidiary hosts event to mark milestone. Yaskawa Electric Corporation (Yaskawa), headquartered in Kita-Kyushu, Japan, commemorated their 100th anniversary during 2015 across all global locations in 28 countries. In addition to the centenary celebration, Yaskawa designed a new corporate logo and identity as a symbol of evolution and future growth. Read more


South Africa extends steel tariff

Duties on wire rod, rebar levied in addition to 10% tariff. South Africa extended tariffs on some steel imports as producers continue to battle a glut of cheap supply from China, according to the local unit of ArcelorMittal, which is selling shares, cutting jobs and closing plants as it seeks to return to annual profitability for the first time since 2010. Read more


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US calls for 256% tariff on imports of steel from China – Imports from South Korea, India and Italy also face tariffs. However Taiwan found not to have dumped steel in U.S. markets

Corrosion-resistant steel imports from China were sold at unfairly low prices and will be taxed at 256 percent, according to a preliminary finding of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Read more


November 2015

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Retecon’s principles out in force at EMO Milano 2015

The representatives of leading machine tool, tooling, consumables, services and accessories supplier to the metalworking and related engineering industries, the Retecon Group, had their hands full this year while attending the EMO 2015 exhibition in Milan, Italy. Read more


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Efficient Engineering diversifies into electrical design and purchases Trotech Engineering

“The company has gone from purely mechanical design and manufacture, to include electrical design and fully fitting out and testing of modular power control, electro houses and generator sets. As a result a new company – Efficient Power – was launched 18 months ago and has since turned over more than R100 million in this field.” Read more


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EMO Milano 2015 – ‘Let’s build the future’ theme embraced by exhibitors

Italy, with more than 500 companies represented, led the ranking in the number of exhibitors, followed by Germany and Taiwan. With 120 000m² of net exhibition space booked and spread across 12 halls, EMO Milano 2015 has exceeded the threshold of 95 000m² of exhibition space occupied by the last edition of EMO Milano (2009). Read more


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Ford increases capacity at its Port Elizabeth engine plant

Production of the new units sees installed capacity at the plant increase from 75 000 to 110 000 units on engine assembly, while machining capacity expands from 208 000 to 265 000 component sets, comprising a cylinder head, block and crankshaft, by 2016. Read more


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Robor/Tricom Winner of the SAISC Overall & Tubular Steel Award for 2015

As the chosen fabricator of the back-up structure (BUS) of the antenna for the MeerKAT project, Robor/Tricom submitted a motivation for consideration for the SAISC (South African Institute of Steel Construction) Tubular Steel Award for 2015 and are proud to announce that Tricom Structures won the award. Read more


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Nigerian can manufacturer takes on Nampak with South African factory

GZI agreed to a partnership with local packaging maker Golden Era Group and will build a plant in Johannesburg with annual capacity of 1.2 billion cans, the Agbara, Nigeria-based company said in a statement. The factory will start operations in the second quarter of next year and supply other southern African countries, it said. Read more


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Resurrection of stand-alone machine tool and related industry exhibition confirmed

Nasrec, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking supplier and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. The MTMA (Machine Tool Merchants Association of Southern Africa) has confirmed that they will endorse and run a stand-alone machine tool and related industry supplier exhibition that will take place on a three year cycle. Read more


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China’s Hebei Steel confirms plans to build plant in South Africa in 2017

China’s second-biggest steel producer, Hebei Iron and Steel Group, has confirmed that it is planning to build a five-million ton per year steel plant in South Africa in 2017, an official said recently. “We are now choosing a location,” Zhang Hai, VP at Hebei Iron and Steel, told an industry conference. Read more


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EuroBLECH 2016: Platform for smart sheet metal processing

“As the leading international trade exhibition for the sheet metal working industry, the coming show will be a platform for interlinked sheet metal working production. The Internet of Things, or Industry 4.0 as it is called when it refers to manufacturing production, poses big challenges for the sheet metal working industry and raises a multitude of questions.” Read more


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Strong exhibitor interest for Wire and Tube 2016

Exhibitor registrations for wire 2016 – International Wire and Cable Trade Fair, and Tube 2016 – International Tube and Pipe Trade Fair, are going strong. To date, 920 exhibitors from 46 countries have reserved 58 600m² of exhibit space at wire 2016. The 741 companies from 41 nations at Tube 2016 occupy 48 000m². Read more


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29th BIEMH 30th May-4th June 2016

The participation of the world’s leading machine-tool companies has made BIEMH one of Europe’s biggest trade shows in its field, so the event is dedicating its slogan this year – You Make it Big – to the real stars of the show: the exhibitors. The message is a direct reference to the strength of these firms, which offer specialised, technically innovative products with high added value. It also echoes the 2014 slogan “Think Big, Think BIEMH”. Read more


September 2015

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Haas and Haas F1 Team at EMO 2015 Milano

Taking place in Milan, Italy on October 5th – 10th, the US-based company will use EMO to exhibit a number of high-performance, competitively priced CNC machine tools, as well as the Haas F1 car, which is on schedule to make its debut in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, in 2016. Read more


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Tongtai acquires Anger Machining and Hellmerich

Taiwan-based Tongtai Machine & Tool Co., Ltd. has acquired a 76 per cent stake in Austria-based mbi-group Beteiligung GmbH, the holding company of Anger Machining, which is a machine manufacturer and auto components supplier, and Hellmerich, a manufacturer of precision components for the machine tool sector, for a more than Euro 20 million. Read more


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Hurco Inc acquires two machine tool companies

Machine tool and CNC specialist Hurco Inc is to acquire US-based Milltronics Manufacturing Company and Taiwan’s Takumi Machinery Co. Founded in 1973, Milltronics designs and manufactures CNC knee mills, toolroom bed mills, vertical machining centres, combination lathes, slant-bed lathes, horizontal machining centres, and bed mills. Read more


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Hypertherm expands robotic capabilities with purchase of Jabez Technologies, creators of Robotmaster Software

Jabez Technologies, creators of software to simplify complex robotic programming, is joining Hypertherm, manufacturer of plasma, waterjet, and laser cutting systems, to make it easier for companies to utilise robots for manufacturing applications. Simple offline programming is a key barrier to the wider utilisation of robotics in manufacturing. Read more


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Warren’s Way celebrates 21 year milestone

The ‘coming of age’ is celebrated when an individual has their 21st birthday and they are handed the imaginary ‘key to the front door’. The symbolism is that you have officially reached adulthood and are now responsible enough to open the door to maturity. All over the world people still celebrate this tradition. Read more


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Large orders necessitate investment at PTF Manufacturing

The future at PTF Manufacturing looks secure if the increase in orders and the multi-million Rand investment in CNC equipment over the last 18 months is anything to go by. Although PTF Manufacturing had zeroed in on machining components for the pump and valve industry as its primary business strategy, this has changed in recent years. Read more


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South African innovation brings effortless, efficiency to slogging

Slogging International is a newly formed enterprise established by the Coetzee family known for their other business operations BC Tooling, BC Precision Engineering and RapX Precision Engineering. Slogging International has launched two unique tools: the Slogging Hammer and the patented Wheel Slogger. Read more


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RAPDASA 15th Annual International Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 16th Annual International Conference from 4 to 6 November 2015. The conference will be hosted by Aerosud ITC and the CSIR, on behalf of RAPDASA. Additive Manufacturing (AM), better known as “3D Printing”, has matured from a prototyping technology into a fully-fledged manufacturing technology. Read more


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Scaw plans to shed 1000 jobs

At least 1 000 metal workers at the Scaw Metals Group are being processed for retrenchment, the latest casualties of the impact of cheap steel imports into the country from China and India, as the group said it had over the past year been running with numerous cost-saving initiatives that included lay-offs and short time. Read more


July 2015

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Rainbow of tools for all industries

TaeguTec cutting tools shape the future of a nation by helping to efficiently create quality products at a lower cost. The emerging economy of South Africa has developed a diversified manufacturing base that has shown a potential to compete on the global stage. To usher in the rainbow nation’s growth, TaeguTec offers a wide range of tools for any manufacturing industry working to significantly accelerate the country’s development. Read more


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World’s top production engineering experts gather in Cape Town

DST funded ancillary workshops on important manufacturing and production topics such as design and modelling of production systems and processes and, techniques in cutting / chip forming to be presented and discussed during the 2015 CIRP General Assembly, which will be held from 23-29 August 2015. Read more


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Hypertherm organises several plasma metal cutting seminars in South Africa in July

The plasma metal cutting industry is rapidly changing. Every day, new advancements and new technologies are introduced. As Hypertherm customers are always interested in finding out more about the latest developments in plasma metal cutting, Hypertherm and its partners are organizing seminar sessions to educate end users on plasma cutting technology. Read more


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Allied Steelrode opens dedicated factory for stretcher levelling and cut-to-length line

In response to a growing demand for steel sheet that arrives flat and stays flat after laser, plasma or water-jet cutting, Allied Steelrode has invested R150 million in a new 9 000 m² facility, and a dedicated Red Bud Industries’ cut-to-length line with Suregrip® stretcher leveller technology incorporated. Read more


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Resurrection of stand-alone machine tool exhibition confirmed

Nasrec, Johannesburg will be the venue for metalworking supplier and manufacturing companies to exhibit their products from 9 to 12 May 2017. The MTMA (Machine Tool Merchants Association of Southern Africa) has confirmed that they will endorse and run a stand-alone machine tool and related industry supplier exhibition that will take place on three year cycle. Read more


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Mercedes-Benz journey moves from one to one million

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has added another milestone to its journey and proud heritage of almost seventy years in the country with the one millionth Mercedes-Benz passenger car produced at its East London plant. The one millionth Mercedes-Benz passenger car is a white right-hand drive C200 Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Read more


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Taiwan’s machine tool exports to rise 10%: TAMI

The production value of Taiwan’s machine tool industry is expected to increase by 10 percent to more than NT$1 trillion (US$31.7 billion) this year from last year on the back of growing demand from the US and steady demand in China, the Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry said in a report in the Taipei Times after the TIMTOS 2015 exhibition. Read more


May 2015

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SpiroGrooving™ – A new Sandvik revolutionary boring tool system solution for seal ring groove machining

SpiroGrooving™ is an innovative method for seal ring grooves developed by Sandvik Coromant that ensures high output of quality components and meets tough security demands. Used with the CoroBore® XL system, it utilises a spirograph tool path to create close-tolerance seal ring grooves in a very secure and productive way. Read more


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G.U.D. Holdings unveils state-of-the-art 630 ton Schuler servo press

Local automotive component manufacturer will increase its product offering to the automotive sector following its R100 million investment in the transfer press and a new manufacturing site in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Following the acquisition of Precision Press in 2014 G.U.D. Holdings has announced that it is increasing its presence in the automotive component supply market with the opening of a new manufacturing operation in Port Elizabeth. Read more


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Wam Metals completes move to new facility in Benoni

Since its inception in 1984, management at Wam Metals has had the goal of manufacturing completed, fully assembled components for their customers, combining flexible manufacturing with volume production capabilities within its niche of brass, aluminium and copper components and assembled products. More recently the company has added plastic injection moulded components to its long list of component and product offerings. Read more


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MTool to offer industrial robotic systems and solutions

“Industrial robotics systems are becoming increasingly important to shops of all sizes for their potential to help to do more with less. Automation enables businesses to perform unattended and lights-out operations, free personnel from repetitive tasks, and more. Everything from robotic arms to machine-tending systems to completely automated cells,” says Corrie Danielis of MTool. Read more


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W.D. Hearn sign up with Japanese high end manufacturer Kitamura Machinery

Family owned and operated, Kitamura Machinery has been developing state-of-the-art machine tools since 1933. Machining centre manufacture became the company’s mainstay in 1971 as the company saw growth in this segment for future generations. Today, as a result of Kitamura’s original technologies and a reputation for high reliability, Kitamura has a full line of CNC vertical, horizontal and 5-Axis machining centres sold to a customer base in 52 countries worldwide. Read more


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Additive manufacturing debuts at Emo Milano 2015, the world’s number one metalworking exhibition

EMO, a biennial travelling exhibition sponsored by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries, is considered to be the most important occasion for the world’s manufacturing industry operators to familiarise themselves with the latest manufacturing technologies. Read more


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Tongtai Group acquires French firm

The Tongtai Group, one of Taiwan’s leading machine tool makers has said that it has completed an acquisition of a 100-percent stake in French-based PCI-SCEMM as part of its efforts to boost its visibility in the global market. Before the acquisition, PCI-SCEMM served as a designer and manufacturer of machining systems under French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen. Read more


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Vehicle manufacturers forecast to invest another R7.5 billion in South Africa this year according to Naamsa report

Continued spending in South Africa by multinational motor companies shows that the global vehicle industry still sees South Africa as a safe investment destination, says the MD of BMW SA, Tim Abbott in a recent report. The government must stick to the principles of the 2013-20 Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP), to retain that confidence, he says. Read more


March 2015

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New turning grades for heat resistant alloys

The machining of difficult to cut materials such as heat resistant alloys, titanium alloys and Inconel has now been simplified with the introduction of the new MP9005, MP9015 and MT9015 turning grades from Mitsubishi. The latest Miracle Sigma technology has been applied in the new (AlTi)N coated MP9005 and MP9015 series. Read more


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MAN Diesel & Turbo South Africa invests and develops local organisation to service worldwide requirements for compressor and turbine blade manufacture

European multinational MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany and one of the world’s leading providers of large-bore diesel engines and turbo-machinery for use in marine and power station applications. Read more


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A model of cooperation wins international orders‬ for local informal cluster

“The interaction between machine, control system, process, tool and workpiece in machining operations is vital for manufacturing a component, no matter if the component has tight tolerances or not. So why should this synergistic approach and cooperation not exist between designer, manufacturer and your freight forwarding and logistics service provider?” Read more


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Yaskawa Motoman partners with automotive OEM

Nissan South Africa employs innovative robots for primer painting application for all body structures manufactured locally. There are now around 1.1 million working robots around the world, according to the International Federation of Robotics. They’re building cars, phones and other everyday products – and in some cases they’re doing it as well as, if not better than, their human counterparts. Read more


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SolidWorks 2015 launch: Inspiring innovation for product creation

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. (DS SolidWorks) has unveiled the SolidWorks® 2015 product line, delivering new ways to speed product design, deepen collaboration, and strengthen designers’ engagement with manufacturing. Read more


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MJH Machine Tools appointed agents for Headman CNC equipment

South African machine tool sales company MJH Machine Tools has been appointed the distributors and sales and service agent for one of the largest manufacturers of CNC machine tools in China – Headman Machinery. Based in the eastern coastal Zhejiang Province, Headman Machinery Co., Ltd manufactures a large range of CNC lathes. Read more


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First Cut take over BLM Group representation

Situated in the north of Italy on the outskirts of Lake Como, the BLM Group is a worldwide technological and market leader in the design, manufacture and sales of tube processing machines such as laser tube cutting systems for heavy beams and tubes up to 508 mm outside diameter, circular sawing machines for tube, bar and profile as well as tube and wire benders. Read more


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Vardex and Pilot Tools seminar

Pilot Tools and Vardex hosted a seminar for customers, distributors and the local sales team in February 2015 at The Country Club Johannesburg, Auckland Park, Gauteng. William Jubran, Marketing and Business Manager of Vargus Israel, who has been with the company for 47 years, presented the seminar which covered Vardex thread turning and thread milling as well as showcasing the company’s latest product offerings. Read more


January 2015

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Edgecam Workflow in 2015 R1

This month’s cover features Stillam CNC Programming Solutions, the Sub Saharan distributor for EdgeCAM, Alphacam, Cabinet Vision and Radan sheet metal CAD/CAM software. With the multiple setup support, Waveform for turning, engraving, direct picking of surfaces and wire EDM, there’s something for everyone in Edgecam 2015 R1. Read more


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Expanding W.D. Hearn services portfolio reflects latest efforts, different thinking

Appointed distributor for Mitsubishi Electric EDM and WEDM. An established leader and an agile expanding partner. A leading provider of equipment and technology into metalworking and general engineering companies in both application and through the expertise of skilled technicians. Delivering solutions of real value. Read more


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DRC copper mine installs Jet Edge 5-axis waterjet cutting system

Mine officials plan to double productivity with help from Jet Edge Waterjet. Waterjet manufacturer Jet Edge, Inc. and its Africa representative Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC, have announced that operators of a remote copper mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are planning to double the mine’s productivity with the help of a new Jet Edge Edge X-5™ 5-axis waterjet. Read more


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Gantec increases capabilities for tool and die market

Success comes to shops that are attentive to the changing needs of their customers. Such shops are generally willing to make fundamental manufacturing changes and process additions, when appropriate, to best meet those demands. In a growing number of cases, a shop’s customer wants to receive more than just a component that has been accurately machined. Read more


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Hypertherm adds support to South Africa

Hypertherm, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems from the USA has announced that it has opened an office and decided to increase its presence in South Africa. In an interview with Hypertherm’s European Director Theo Cornielje at the recent EuroBlech 2014 Cornielje said “The South African market has always been extremely important to us and has become very active in recent years.” Read more


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EuroBlech 2014 wows visitors

EuroBlech 2014, the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, wrapped up on 25 October in Hannover, Germany, after five exhibition days. A total of 59 600 trade visitors attended the sheet metalworking show, viewing exhibits from 1 573 companies from 38 countries. This year 38 percent of the total attendance came from outside of Germany, compared to 34 percent at the 2012 event. Read more


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JIMTOF – One of the world’s foremost machine tool tradeshows

JIMTOF – The Japan International Machine Tool Fair – usually does not disappoint in releasing product introductions and new technologies for the first time. The recent edition of the event ran from 30 October to November 4, 2014. It took place at Tokyo’s Big Sight exhibition and convention centre, which is conveniently linked to an efficient public transport system that will move you seamlessly to downtown Tokyo, and is close to a number of first-class accommodation choices. Read more


November 2014

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Puma Machine Tools

Puma Machine Tools was established in 2001 when the company acquired the sole agency for the Machine Tool Division of Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery Ltd. Daewoo Heavy Industries & Machinery subsequently went through a name change to Doosan Infracore in 2005. Doosan Infracore is one of the leading manufacturers of CNC lathes, machining centers and horizontal boring (milling) machines including machines for tool rooms… Read more


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Efficient Engineering awarded contract for MeerKAT antennas

The design for the MeerKAT antenna positioner was finalised after a year of technical collaboration between Stratosat Datacom (SD) / General Dynamics Satcom Technologies and SKA South Africa. The vendor selection process came to an end after months of intense vendor and fabricator vetting, which resulted in Stratosat Datacom issuing contracts to major subcontractors for the multitude of components. Read more


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Celebrating the life of Mario Ostacchini

It is with great sadness that I have to report on the sudden and untimely passing of Mario Ostacchini on 24th September, a few days before Mario would have celebrated his 68th birthday. A larger than life character, Mario was one of the most well respected and liked personalities in the machine tool industry in South Africa, having worked in the industry for over 40 years. But more importantly he was a very proud man with a great sense of humour, a devoted husband and father to Gina and his stepchildren Kevin and Wanda. Read more


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Aerosud Holdings and Industrial Development Corporation announce strategic alliance

Leading South African aerospace company Aerosud Holdings has announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which sees the IDC take a 26% shareholding in Aerosud Holdings. The IDC was not previously a shareholder of Aerosud. It had previously only financed industrial development for the company since 1997. At the same time, Aerosud Holdings also announced that South African private-sector defence group Paramount had increased its shareholding in the aerospace company to 27%. Read more


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Leaving inspired – Machine Tools Africa 2014

Local and international companies exhibited their products at Electra Mining 2014 and the popular Machine Tools Africa exhibitors showcased their products in Hall 9. Electra Mining Africa is ranked as the second largest mining show in the world and it offers both exhibitors and visitors the opportunity to make valuable business connections and a forum for discussing the latest developments, technologies, trends, products and services in the mining, construction, industrial and power generation industries. Read more


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W.D. Hearn diversifies product line

Western Cape based machine tool and related equipment supplier has diversified their product line with the signing of a sole distributor agreement for the machine tool probe division of Renishaw PLC, at the recent Machine Tools Africa 2014 exhibition. “Our focus is on sharing ownership of the installation of equipment and technology into metalworking and general engineering companies in both application and through the expertise of our skilled technicians,” said WD Hearn MD Ray Cooper. Read more


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Aerospace sector flying high – Denel Aerostructures and Aerosud sign agreement with Airbus

European aircraft manufacturer Airbus has signed a memorandum of understanding with the two South African firms in what was hailed as a boost for the local aviation industry. A day before the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition and show Denel Aerostructures and Aerosud signed a landmark collaborative agreement with Airbus that aims to strengthen the competitiveness of South Africa’s aerospace industry and allow it to bid for more work packages from global manufacturers. Read more


September 2014

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New machines from Haas Automation

Haas has launched the new UMC-750SS universal machining center and the large through-bore ST-55 turning center that handles big jobs at the IMTS 2014 exhibition. The company has also announced that it has partnered with Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of Formula One. Read more


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The affects of the strike in the metals industry

The impact of the strike in the metals industry in South Africa could have far reaching implications and unions must accept that actions always have consequences. I have heard countless stories of wanton vandalism, assaults, intimidation and many other horrific stories relating to the strike. Read more


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Denel agrees to proposed acquisition of BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa business

BAE Systems has announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of its BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa Proprietary Limited (LSSA) business to Denel (SOC) Limited (Denel), a South African government-owned defence manufacturer in the air and land domains. Read more


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What online presence really means

As clichéd as it is, it seems like just the other day that Crawford Publications decided to take its first plunge into the vast sea of the world wide web that is the internet. It was something that we had been toying with for a few years, but at the beginning of 2014, we finally leapt off the diving board, and haven’t looked back since. Read more


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Watch the Springboks vs. Scotland at Rugby World Cup 2015 and then visit EMO 2015 in Milano, Italy

Metalworking News and Trade Fair Travel are working on a package to include attending the Springboks versus Scotland rugby game in the Rugby World Cup 2015 before continuing on to EMO 2015, the world’s largest international exhibition for metalworking equipment and related accessories, which takes place in Milano, Italy. Read more


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Traceability Solutions is leveraging technology for manufacturing traceability

Company is growing with the marking and authentication industry. New developments include barcodes that can be identified from any iOS or Android smartphone, and new technology to be introduced that will provide a variety of security solutions for preventing counterfeiting, brand protection, fraud and diversion. Read more


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Talmac Machine Tools makes changes

Gauteng based metal forming and fabricating equipment supplier Talmac Machine Tools has recently made a number of changes to its operational and sales activities that will enable the company to enhance its presence in the sheet metal, plate and metal removal market. Read more


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Amada Johannesburg marks 30 years

This year, the Johannesburg branch of Japanese metal working machinery manufacturer Amada Company Ltd. celebrates its 30th anniversary since establishing a fully-fledged branch in South Africa. From an original compliment of five staff, Amada Johannesburg now employs 28 staff and occupies its own 1 350 m² building in Meadowdale, Johannesburg. Read more


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City’s incentive plan for Atlantis kicks off with wind tower factory

Construction of GRI Wind Steel South Africa’s new 12 000 m² wind tower mast production facility in the Green Technology Industrial Park in Atlantis has commenced. It is hoped that this facility will be completed in October 2014. Read more


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The Dickinson Group Anchor Division takes delivery of new AFM 3D CNC wire bending machine to manufacture refractory anchor systems

The company, based in Vereeniging, Gauteng, manufactures and installs anchor systems for all types of monolithic, ceramic fibre and brick refractory linings. The company has been manufacturing these anchors for 30 years. Read more


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Jetstream Cutting Solutions appointed Jet Edge Waterjet Systems distributor for Southern Africa

Jet Edge, Inc., a leading manufacturer of ultra-high pressure waterjets for precision cutting, coating removal and surface preparation, is pleased to announce that Jetstream Cutting Solutions CC of Johannesburg, South Africa, has been selected as its waterjet systems distributor for Southern Africa. Read more


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MicroStep sets up subsidiary in South Africa

MicroStep, a European manufacturer of CNC cutting machines for plasma, laser, oxyfuel, waterjet and 3D milling since 1991, has decided to set up a subsidiary in South Africa. The subsidiary, MicroStep South Africa, opened an office in Jet Park, Gauteng in June 2014. Read more


July 2014

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TaeguTec introduces inserts and holders to the RhinoRush family to optimise machining

Due to the huge success of the new RhinoRush family of tools that was released last year, TaeguTec has expanded the line with new insert designs and holders which cover a wider range of applications for various sectors. Read more


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R & G Sheet Metal adds fiber laser cutting and increases machining capabilities

The decision has thrown the shop into new business opportunities including processing reflective materials such as stainless steel, copper, brass, aluminium and other exotic materials. Read more


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Howden powers up its manufacturing facilities

Whether it is a power station, mine or a petrochemical, steel or cement plant, air and gas handling are key to efficient – and safe – operation. Howden, the international engineering company, supplies fans, rotary heat exchangers, compressors and gas cleaning equipment which help keep these environments operating effectively. Read more


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Neway CNC Equipment appoints Machine Tool Promotions (MTP) as its South African distributor

The range of CNC machines will compliment the existing range of machines that MTP imports and sells. Vanderbijlpark based MTP has announced that it has been appointed the sole distributor in South Africa of Neway CNC Equipment. Read more


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RAPDASA 15th Annual International Conference

The Rapid Product Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA) will hold its 15th Annual International Conference from 5 to 7 November 2014 at the Stellenbosch University’s Center for Advanced Studies (STIAS) situated in the heart of the Winelands region, Western Cape. Read more


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BAE unveils new RG35 MIV variant

BAE Land Systems South Africa has developed a new Motorised Infantry Vehicle (MIV) variant of its RG35 mine-protected vehicle family. The RG35 MIV is similar to the Reconnaissance, Patrol and Utility (RPU) variant that was offered to Canada for its Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle project. Read more


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Sheet metal working industry keeps focus on international business

From 21-25 October 2014 the international sheet metal working industry will meet again for its leading industry fair EuroBLECH 2014 in Hanover, Germany. A total of 1,411 exhibitors from 41 countries have to-date booked their stands, covering 86,500 m2 of net floor space across eight halls of the Hanover Exhibition Centre. Read more


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3D printing gives Isuzu KB engineers the edge

Rapid Prototyping, popularly known as 3D printing, is gaining popularity across a range of industries globally. At General Motors South Africa (GMSA), engineers have been working with this amazing technology since 2007 when the company acquired a 3D printing machine to develop new prototype parts. Read more


May 2014

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Gear milling event

A first for Sandvik Coromant South Africa: Sandvik Coromant is to host a series of business seminars at its Productivity Centre in Jet Park, Gauteng. The first of these will take place from 18 to 19 June 2014. The first seminar will be a gear milling event entitled: Discover the capability of CoroMill®176. Read more


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10 years on and Lasercraft continues to grow

2004 was a turning point in Paul Dreyer’s life, MD and owner of Lasercraft, a precision sheetmetal and plate engineering company based in Tunney, Germiston, Gauteng. Not satisfied with the business partnership he had been involved in for the previous 10 years, he decided to open his own business. Read more


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Rheinmetall to modernise South Africa’s air defence capabilities, enabling protection of civilian assets and events

Rheinmetall AG of Düsseldorf has just booked another important order in the field of military air defence. The Republic of South Africa has decided to embark on a modernisation of its existing air defence systems. Read more


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South Africa needs an innovative new approach to skills development to successfully stimulate economic growth and job creation

A new innovation-driven mindset about skills development in South Africa will be imperative to realise the goals of the National Development Plan. The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. Read more


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Hulamin seeks tariffs on aluminium sheet imports

While exports to Brazil attract a 12 percent duty, aluminium sheet imports from Novelis’ South American business to beverage can maker Nampak in South Africa are exempt, Richard Jacob, chief executive officer of Pietermaritzburg-based Hulamin, said in an interview. Read more


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Metal and engineering unions seek increases of up to 20%, reject any multi-year deal

Unions in the metal and engineering industry would press for increases of between 15% and 20% during the 2014 wage negotiations, which formally kicked off on March 26, with a pre-bargaining conference. None of the unions were keen to pursue another multiyear wage deal and want the new agreement to be valid from July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015. Read more


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Strikes and port costs ‘threaten Ford SA’s expansion’

Labour instability is a potential handbrake to further investment by the Ford Motor Company in the expansion of its manufacturing capacity in South Africa as its seeks to take advantage of growth opportunities in Africa, according to local newspaper reports. Read more


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Gene Haas granted Formula 1 entry for 2015 season

A team owned by NASCAR’s Gene Haas has been formally accepted to join the F1 grid for the 2015 season. NASCAR team owner Gene Haas is out to prove that an American-based team can succeed in the Formula One racing series. “I think we can beat the Europeans at their own game,” Haas said at a news conference. Read more


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The 2014 World Machine Tool Output and Consumption Survey

The 2014 World Machine Tool Output and Consumption Survey shows that the US machine tool market has outpaced the rest of the world two of the last three years and is forecasted to grow faster in 2014. As an indicator of the health of manufacturing in a country, a growing market for machine tools is a positive sign. Read more


March 2014

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Smart thinking leads to simple solutions

This month’s cover features Multitrade Distributors, a company that provides machining and production tooling requirements for the metalworking industry. In the cover story they describe the Mitsubishi Materials’ MVX – high performance indexable insert drill. Read more


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Secant Engineering adds plasma, oxy-fuel cutting and robotic welding to services offered

Expand, don’t contract. It seems counterintuitive, but great companies expand during slowdowns; they don’t pull back. Despite the economic woes of the last couple of years Secant Engineering has been investing in its future as well as increasing capacity and capabilities to cope with demand. Read more


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First metal 3D printed bicycle frame manufactured by Renishaw

Renishaw, the UK’s only manufacturer of a metal-based additive manufacturing machine that prints metal parts, has collaborated with a leading British bicycle design and manufacturing company to create the world’s first 3D printed metal bike frame. Read more


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A tribute to Warwick James

Born in Carolina, Mpumalanga, 86 years ago, the founder of Allied Machinery Equipment Warwick James was one of five children. With a father as station master, the James family spent most of Warwick’s earlier years posted to one or other country outpost. Read more


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Böhler Uddeholm Africa now offers mould sets through Mitco – a real local brand

Mould making shops, in many ways, are representative of the breadth of metalworking skills and operations. In most cases, they have one chance to get the job right and must work their magic under increasingly tough time constraints. Read more


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Catalytic converter industry in stress

The Gauteng-based catalytic converter manufacturer Magneti Marelli was due to halt production at the end of February, and shut down finally at the end of April, according to local reports. The company employed 92 people. GM Claudio Di Martina told Engineering News Online that the company is “not competitive enough to receive any more export contracts from Europe”. Read more


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Successful tests prepare way for production of Denel’s new seeker 400 UAV

Denel’s Seeker 400 unmanned aircraft system successfully completed its first round of flight tests after a three year development process. Tsepo Monaheng, the CEO of Denel Dynamics says he is confident that production of the Seeker 400 for clients will start in the second half of the year. Read more


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Voestalpine continues its expansion with a new plant in South Africa

The Voestalpine Group is continuing its internationalisation strategy with the opening of its new Metal Forming Division site in East London, South Africa. The plant for high-quality automotive components is the latest step in the Group’s comprehensive globalisation strategy in the automotive sector. Read more


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First Cut appointed agents for metal cutting and welding machine manufacturer Müller Opladen

First Cut has announced that they have joined forces with Müller Opladen to act as their sales and service agents in South Africa. Müller Opladen offers innovative and reliable CNC-controlled 3D pipe profile cutting machines and automated welding equipment. Read more


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Samsung Machine Tools committed to moving forward

Founded in 1988, South Korean company Samsung Machine Tools Engineering Company has been manufacturing a range of CNC turning centers, vertical machining centers and tapping centers, as well as a range of CNC machines for Japanese builders, for over 25 years. Read more


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New solutions for machining advanced composites

Lighter and stronger than ever, the new breed of carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) and laminates are elevating performance levels in applications ranging from downhill skis and tennis rackets to military aircraft and automobiles. Read more


January 2014

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Extraordinary time for the world land speed record

This month’s cover features Stillam CNC Programming Solutions, the Sub Saharan distributor for Edgecam (which has been used in machining components for Bloodhound SCC world land speed record attempt), Alphacam, Cabinet Vision and Radan sheet metal CAD/CAM software. Read more


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Metalworking News launches its own website

The Metalworking News publication has been extended to the web with the launch of its own dedicated website where you will find many more exciting features. The website includes the latest issue and archives of the publication in both digital and PDF format to download, news, industry events, international and local exhibitions, and more. Read more


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Rotary transfer machine designed, developed and built in South Africa

One of the first ever ‘South African built’ rotary transfer machines (RTM) has been developed and designed by a collaboration of three innovative companies based in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Read more


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DCD Rolling Stock invests in robotic technology to boost global competitiveness

A R240 million recapitalisation programme is set to bolster the group’s rail manufacturing capacities by up to 10 times. Johannesburg based DCD Rolling Stock, a division of international manufacturing and engineering company DCD Group, has launched the first R100 million phase of a R240 million recapitalisation programme… Read more


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Pilot Tools nears 75 year milestone

Pilot Tools, which was established in 1939, has a proud heritage spanning nearly 75 years, a milestone that will be celebrated later this year. The privately owned company, based in Denver, Gauteng and operating out of a 7 200 m² industrial park, is the only South African manufacturer of tungsten carbide metal cutting inserts and mining buttons. Read more


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First Cut enters metal shaping and cutting market

First Cut enters metal shaping and cutting market after being appointed Litz Hitech Machines agents for South Africa. Machining centres, lathes/turning centres, drilling and tapping equipment now part of their portfolio. Read more


 

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Find A Machine Tool Online

A specialist website has been developed to help you buy a machine tool, whether it be new or second hand. Find A Machine Tool Online was established to bring buyers and sellers together, using an easy-to-navigate website. Read more


 

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New badger to be combat ready in three years’ time

The billion rand contract to produce more than 200 of the new Badger infantry combat vehicles for Armscor and the SANDF would be a major boost for the country’s arms industry. That is according to the makers, Denel Land Systems, which has shown off the new vehicle to be delivered in October 2015. Read more


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Aerosud and Airbus Military extend partnership with the signing of new contract

The contract will involve the manufacture of parts and assemblies for the Airbus A400M military transport aircraft. Airbus has formally contracted South African aerospace company Aerosud for the full production of the fuselage linings, cockpit linings, galleys and wing tips for the lifespan of the A400M programme, which will provide sustained work, jobs and export revenues for the company and South Africa. Read more


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