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Steel franchise model shows its mettle with third store

MACSTEEL launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships in Nelspruit recently. It joins the first two of these concept outlets which...

Robots in the workforce: no, the machines aren’t taking over

Robots aren’t here to replace humans, but to create a human-machine collaborative model for a more efficient and productive way of operating, writes Yaskawa...

4IR a huge opportunity for African manufacturing

AFRICA has to an extent missed out on the opportunity for large scale industrialisation given that many of the conditions that allowed for industrialisation...

Move to boost welding sector’s tech cred

THE Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and the CSIR have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will see the two organisations...

Course aims to tackle shortage of skilled NDT managers

THE Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is gearing up to present its internationally recognised non-destructive testing (NDT) Level 3 Workshop in March 2021...

Oxygen shortage hits industrial production

IN recent weeks, there have been news reports of the high demand for medical oxygen putting significant pressure on oxygen suppliers and affecting industrial...

Economic uptick good news for M&E sector

THE Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) has welcomed the uptick in economic activity, as reflected in the positive GDP growth...

Why skimping on welding spatter protection is a bad idea

POOR economic conditions – exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown – have tempted many manufacturers to cut back unwisely on health and safety facilities, risking...

Gas group declares dividend despite COVID calamity

IN the face of the biggest fall in South Africa’s GDP since 1960, African Oxygen Limited (Afrox) has maintained a robust cash position enabling...

How welding skills can boost SA’s economic recovery

WITH skilled welding artisans at hand, South African fabricatos have an unprecedented opportunity to thrive, especially within the manufacturing sector where as much as...

Cutting-edge partnership delivers premium equipment, support to SA steel fabricators

TAIWAN-based capital equipment supplier Everising’s long-term collaboration with South African representative First Cut, has enabled local customers to successfully streamline their production equipment and...

Second nitrogen plant for Empangeni

AIR Products recently commissioned a second nitrogen production unit at Tronox Mineral Sands in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal. The plant will be owned and operated by Air...

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N3 truck blockade: It’s ‘economic sabotage’, say ministers and business

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Factory of the Year competition returns as economy bounces back

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