Metalworking News is the premier engineering publication dedicated to the task of bringing you significant developments in the methods and practices of metalworking, including cutting, forming, metal removal, tooling, materials, robotics, CAD/CAM, quality assurance, cleaning and finishing, and other plant operations.


Metalworking News has been an independent source of information for metalworking professionals since 2002, focusing exclusively on the information needs of manufacturers and their suppliers in the metalworking industries.


Metalworking News’s editorial content is written specifically to inform and meet the needs of metalworking professionals who are looking for articles, news, and products they need to operate and grow their businesses with purchasing influence. Our audience works in a variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, chemicals, construction, defence, die/mould, electronics, energy, medical, mining, industrial machinery, machine tools and transport & shipping.

What is Metalworking?

Metalworking is the process of working with metals to create individual parts, assemblies, or large scale structures. The term covers a wide range of work from large ships and bridges to precise engine components and delicate jewellery. It therefore includes a correspondingly wide range of skills, processes, and tools.

Metalworking is a science, art, hobby, industry and trade. Its historical roots span cultures, civilisations, and millennia. Metalworking has evolved from the discovery of smelting various ores, producing malleable and ductile metal useful for tools and adornments. Modern metalworking processes, though diverse and specialised, can be categorised as forming, cutting, or joining processes. Today’s machine shop or fabrication centre includes a number of machine tools capable of creating a precise, useful workpiece.


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Metalworking News is distributed to owners, management and senior employees, that are involved in decision making, buying and manufacturing, working in metalworking and metalcasting facilities of all sizes — from small job shops to OEMs, component manufacturers, assembly plants and the fabricating industry. Metalworking News provides suppliers, foundries, job shops, service centres and industry related companies a variety of opportunities to advertise.


Please note we offer a make-up/reproduction service for advertisers.


All rights reserved. No editorial matter published in Metalworking News, whether it be in the hard copy, downloaded PDF or the online website, may be reproduced in any form or language without written permission of the publishers. While every effort is made to ensure accurate reproduction the editor, authors, publishers and their employees or agents shall not be responsible or in any way liable for any errors, omissions or inaccuracies in the publication whether arising from negligence or otherwise or for any consequences arising therefrom.


The inclusion or exclusion of any product does not mean that the publisher or editorial board advocates or rejects its use either generally or in any particular field or fields.


Metalworking News’s editorial staff is on the lookout for important developments in the application of metalworking technology. Share your product and process information, details below.

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Editorial Board
Dr Willie Du Preez, Competence Area Manager: Metals & Metals Processes CSIR Materials Science & Manufacturing


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Wendy Crawford
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Metalworking News is an engineering publication dedicated to the task of bringing you significant developments in the methods and practices of metalworking, including cutting, forming, metal removal, tooling, materials, robotics, CAD/CAM, quality assurance, cleaning and finishing, and other plant operations.


Editor’s comment: This section features an article where the Editor gives an opinion on a subject
Cover story: The style of the publication allows for an editorial story and pictures of what is displayed on the front cover.

Industry News: Each issue of Metalworking News includes general information about what is happening in the metalworking and manufacturing fields in South Africa. These include success stories – people like to hear about successful companies i.e. big sales, new clients, new export orders, SABS/ISO, unusual projects and or component/s manufactured.

International News: Everybody likes to keep abreast of what is happening internationally in the field of metalworking. Newsworthy information includes company mergers, relocations, expansions, acquisitions and agreements as well as unique activities, projects and future exhibitions.

Shopfront Focus: The publication takes a decidedly “shop floor” point of view in its coverage of companies involved in the metalworking industry. Essentially the article is a company profile. These articles are restricted to focusing on the readers of the magazine.
Better Production: Features significant product developments that reveal major technology trends, news about advances in product design or application, and breakthroughs in technology that impact user applications. Sharing the information with your peers in the industry will advance all of us.

Product Review: Is what it says. This section includes information and pictures about new and useful products from suppliers in the castings, foundry and manufacturing fields.

Editorial submission guidelines

Before writing or developing an article, it’s best to contact Crawford Publications about six months before the issue in which you would like it to appear. Editorial coverage is not guaranteed, even if you are an advertiser. The Editor reserves the right to publish or not publish any article.
Most feature articles are written by the editor or expressly solicited from industry experts. News items are what they are and will be selected by the editor.
When submitting an article think, “What can I teach?” The very best subject matter for submitted articles is something that teaches the reader how to solve a problem in the shop, rather than company-profile or new-product brochures.



Metalworking News reserves the right to edit any editorial submissions for content and to conform to our style guide. Any article that needs to be credited will be done so and any original article written by the Editor will be submitted to the person/s interviewed to check for facts only. Copyright of these articles will be vested in the publication. Permission will be given to use the article and pictures elsewhere only once it has been published in Metalworking News or any sister publications.


Editorial format

Feature articles, news and product releases should be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc) documents. Tables, graphs, photographs and other illustrations must be separate files, rather than incorporated or embedded within the text document.


Images should be in .jpg or .tif file formats with minimum 300-dpi resolution. All photographic materials must be clear, sharp, in-focus and properly exposed. Captions should be provided for each photograph, and each photograph should be identified. We don’t publish a photograph supplied to us with a caption already embedded into it.


Editorial deadlines are one month in advance of the issue date. Contact our editors about six months in advance with story ideas.


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