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B.E.D. Cape Town: 25 million fasteners a year ensure ‘the perfect fit, fast’ for the Western Cape

Even with a component as small as a nut or a bolt, the Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group’s Cape Town branch plays an important…

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Our Lady of Peace Cathedral in Chad: an emblem of hope for steel in Africa

The restoration of the Notre-Dame de la Paix cathedral in N’Djamena, Chad – which won the Light Steel Frame Building category at the Southern African…

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First Cut’s product offering: ensuring customers get quality and affordability

For many companies throughout industry, a tough economic climate in recent years has inevitably meant tightening their belts and looking for more cost-effective products and…

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Azmet Reactor project: a precise and praiseworthy victory for South Africa’s steel sector

Fabricating six massive reactors that are over three storeys high in Gauteng and then transporting these more than 2 500 kilometres to a mine in the…

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Galvanizing the future: HDGASA says training pivotal to ensure project excellence and industry success

The Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA) plays a pivotal, lynchpin role in liaising across the entire value chain as it seeks to develop…

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AES: powerfully positioned to provide impactful energy generation

As one of South Africa’s leading operations and maintenance (O & M) service providers to the steam and boiler sector, AES occupies a flexible niche…

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First Cut and Messer Cutting Systems: a sharp, cohesive and longstanding synergy

Teamwork works best when it is built on a solid foundation of trust. Such is the foundation of the partnership between First Cut and Messer…

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Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa advocates local content to ensure sector sustainability

Over the past decade, South Africa’s steel value chain has been stretched to the limit with myriad challenges: from reduced infrastructure spend, conflicting policy implementation,…

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The chemistry of energy: AES ensures cost-effective and energy-efficient operations and maintenance in the chemical sector

“Anything that we can do to help manage inflationary pressures, and to ensure a manufacturer can get their products to market cost-effectively – so that…

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Bolt and Engineering celebrates its 40th anniversary: the good things never change, but keep getting better

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group, founded in November 1983, has been supplying the mining, agricultural, construction and engineering sectors with quality fasteners and…

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SAISC warns local sector to steel itself for knock-on effects of ArcelorMittal’s Newcastle mill closure

The imminent closure of the ArcelorMittal Newcastle ‘long’ steel products operation in Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, is likely to cause considerable turbulence within the local steel sector,…

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Expanding its roots and growing the tree of knowledge: DEKRA IOL celebrates local success and Pan-African expansion

In theory at least, a qualification helps a person get a job. But not everyone is cut out for university or college and, very often,…

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Steel Awards Pan-African Trailblazer sponsor Macsteel supports steel innovation and reinvention across Africa

Innovation, quality and capability are hallmarks of a Pan-Africa trailblazer, and therefore no surprise that Macsteel, a leading manufacturer, merchandiser and distributor of steel and…

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A Cut Above The Rest – GSI and First Cut showcase S.A.T. welding system at Essen Welding and Cutting

The Essen Welding and Cutting show in Germany made a remarkable return in 2023 after a six-year hiatus, showcasing significant change in the industry, says…

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Steel Awards sponsor B.E.D. shines a spotlight on versatility and role of steel with iconic table décor

“We hold things together. Nine times out of 10, if something has to be connected with bolts and nuts, then we are part of that…

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AES places energy efficiency at the top of the menu in the food and beverage sector

South Africa’s food and beverage sector plays an important role in maintaining food security. Conversely, this energy-intensive industry is under considerable pressure from retailers and…

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Steel for Africa! – Local steel sector proves its ‘metal’ as major Pan-African player at the SAISC Steel Awards 2023

Inspiring steel value chain collaboration between architects, designers, engineers and construction companies delivering world-class projects across the African continent was the highlight of the 2023…

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Concrete progress: Colossal Concrete Products reopens De Aar plant, boosts revival of rail and infrastructure development

Colossal Concrete Products, a Level 1 B-BBEE company and the largest manufacturer of railway sleepers in Southern Africa, with a proud 64-year track record, reopened…

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B.E.D. Cape Town: cultivating customer relationships for a harvest of growth and success in the Western Cape agri sector

Grain SA’s NAMPO Cape 2023, held in Bredasdorp between 13 and 16 September, proved the perfect platform for Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Cape Town…

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AES: putting the benefit back into ore beneficiation for mines through optimised steam generation

Efficiency, reliability, maintenance, sustainability, fuel selection and procurement are just some of the challenges facing the mining sector – and, as one of South Africa’s…

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Passion for safety pays off: Dekra Industrial achieves its 9th consecutive NOSCAR Award with highest-ever score

Dekra Industrial SA has clinched its 9th annual NOSCAR safety award – and achieved its highest-ever score as a recipient of the greatest safety honour…

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Game of Steel: Steel Awards 2023 to celebrate the power of steel past, present and future

Nominations for this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Awards have featured in everything from local community newspapers to the Guinness Book of…

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AES ensures that dairy energy mix and products are the cream of the crop

As energy plays a large and very critical role in dairy processing, this sector places a significant emphasis on energy efficiency and cost management, to…

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Bolt and Engineering MD says innovation, reinvention and diversification ensures success even in tough times

As the Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group commemorates its 40th year of trading in November 2023, Managing Director Jan Viljoen continues making his mark…

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First with cutting-edge industrial products -First Cut flies its flag at successful KITE 2023 show

Every two years, over 100 suppliers in the industrial sector gather under one roof to showcase their products, equipment and services to the local market…

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Steel Magnolias: SAISC supports the empowerment of women in the steel sector

Helping women to realise their potential is central to the vision of the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), which wants to see women…

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DEKRA Industrial celebrates women’s contribution to health and safety in South Africa

Over the years, the image of a health and safety or SHEQ (Safety Health Environment and Quality) officer has become somewhat typecast: a middle-aged man…

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‘Teamwork makes the dream work’: the women of B.E.D. make a valued contribution to their company and the industrial sector

“We value each person, irrespective of their gender. Having said that, and while gender diversity is always important, this Women’s month we pay tribute to…

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Female energy: AES celebrates gender diversity, challenging engineering sector stereotypes

During August, operations and maintenance service providers to the steam and boiler sector, Associated Energy Services (AES) celebrates the pioneering, energetic women who are challenging…

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Welcome in Welkom: B.E.D. outclasses the competition with ‘the perfect fit, fast’ in the Free State

Competitive pricing, efficient delivery, superb lead times and good leadership are synonymous with the Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group’s Welkom branch. However, it is…

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AES’s people: the most important asset in the delivery of energy efficiency and safety

As the country’s most experienced operations and maintenance (O & M) service providers in the local steam and boiler sector, Associated Energy Services (AES) serves…

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SAISC ‘brand for hire’ concept raises members’ profiles and ensures sustainability

An innovative Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) initiative will give member companies and other industry professionals the opportunity to directly benefit from its…

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AES fine-tunes O & M and empowers plants to work productively and cost-effectively

There are optimistic signs that the imperative need for operations and maintenance (O&M) is at last firmly under the spotlight, around the country, with regards…

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Dekra IOL exhibits at A-OSH Expo 2023 with an environmental theme and announces new QCTO accreditations

Dekra Institute of Learning (Dekra IOL) has announced additional courses in its educational programme that the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has recently…

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Bolt and Engineering ‘a-maize-s’ at NAMPO: latest in tools and equipment as well as a heartwarming Cancer.vive donation

The Bolt and Engineering (B.E.D.) Group was proud to exhibit once again at Grain SA’s annual NAMPO Harvest Day from 16 to 19 May, marking…

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Dekra Industrial SA: riding the wave of opportunity with DNV GL international marine certification

Global leader in non-destructive testing (NDT), inspection, certification and consulting services, Dekra Industrial SA, has achieved DNV GL certification, an international certification that ensures the reliability…

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AES assists industrial and manufacturing plants to optimise energy usage while going ‘greener’

The debate around ‘green’ versus ‘greener’ energy – in other words, ‘green’ energy usage versus the optimisation of energy efficiency – is a critical question…

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Powerful and empowered: NDT and inspection leader Dekra Industrial achieves current overall B-BBEE Level 1 Status

Dekra Industrial has achieved a current overall Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) status of Level 1. This rating, effective from 01 April 2023, comes after…

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SAISC networking event discusses challenges associated with the availability of steel

Greater collaboration and engagement among sector representatives, as well as wider training across the entire steel value chain in South Africa, can play a role…

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‘Closing the gap’: Dekra IOL assists Skills Development providers to move from legacy to occupational-based qualifications

The Dekra Institute of Learning (IOL) is passionate about facilitating adult education to help close the skills and employment gap in South Africa. Dekra IOL’s…

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B.E.D. Cape Town branch: Consistency, customer service and teamwork the cornerstones of success

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group’s Cape Town branch, situated in Bellville, has seen a period of renewed growth under the leadership of Operations…

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AES keeps the wheels of industry turning by driving energy optimisation and best practices

As the local manufacturing and industrial sector continues to be challenged by the ongoing power crisis and struggling economy, the optimisation of energy production processes…

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First Cut and Starrett: a ‘precision partnership’ built on consistent quality and service

First Cut, South Africa’s foremost distributor of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment, has had a strong partnership with Starrett for several decades. Starrett is…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group a double winner at the annual Fluke Comtest Award Ceremony

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group has been recognised for its excellent performance with two awards by test and measurement specialist, Comtest.

Steel cladding trend heightens aesthetics, energy savings and safety says SA Institute of Steel Construction

As the custodians of quality and technical excellence locally and pan-Africa, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) has highlighted the trend of the…

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An ongoing success story starring First Cut and Special Steels

The relationship between First Cut, a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment, and Special Steels, a supplier of specialised…

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Dekra Institute of Learning’s offering further strengthened by Independent Examinations Board (IEB) membership

The Dekra Institute of Learning (IOL) is proud to announce another ground-breaking achievement in its safety training and development journey, as the Institute is now…

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Authorised SKF Distributor Bolt and Engineering’s improved lubrication solution extends bearing life for leading North West Mining group

A TLSD System 24 automatic lubrication solution installed by SKF authorised distributor, Bolt and Engineering (B.E.D.) Distributors Group, has substantially improved the bearing life of…

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JTB Industrial Solutions – JTB Ahead Of The Curve With Precise Pipework Marking, Measuring and Alignment Tools From Curv-o-mark

JTB Industrial Solutions (‘JTB’) proudly offers the premium range of pipe marking, measuring and alignment tools by Curv-O-Mark, which are specifically designed for professional builders,…

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Dekra Industrial: ‘on the rise’ in the oil and gas sector

Dekra Industrial SA has been involved in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection in the oil and gas sector – locally and pan-Africa – for some…

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Middelburg’s new premises supports ever-increasing growth

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group’s Mpumalanga branch in Middelburg has recently relocated to new, larger premises, reflecting the strong growth this branch has…

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A ‘mirror finish’ gives local specialist spray painter the edge Inspires renewed focus on industrial nitrogen offering

Compressed nitrogen offers significant advantages over traditional spray painting delivery mechanisms. Within this context, Nitralife – a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of…

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Encouraging engineers to join the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC): sharing knowledge for the benefit of all in the steel value chain

As the only Institute of its kind in the region, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is uniquely positioned to service its current…

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First concentrated solar thermal power plant with molten salt central receiver

Grinaker-LTA’s role in the Redstone Concentrated Solar Thermal (CSP) power plant project in the Northern Cape, which is the largest investment made to date in terms…

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Dekra Institute of Learning ‘moving on up’! Excellent growth and a move to bigger and better premises

Significant business growth during the past two years has prompted a move to bigger premises for safety and training company, the Dekra Institute of Learning…

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Celebrating 39 years of looking for the light and finding it

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group, a well-known and respected industry force, has been proudly championing the pivotal role of fasteners across a wide…

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Living the safety culture – Dekra Industrial achieves its 8th consecutive NOSCAR Award with highest-ever score

Showcasing its ongoing commitment to safety, which runs like a ‘golden thread’ throughout the company, Dekra Industrial SA is pleased to announce the achievement of…

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Inspiring SAISC Steel Awards 2022 – South African steel construction sector triumphs over adversity of recent years

Innovation, ingenuity and a sense of community within the steel construction industry were  showcased on the evening of 13 October, when participants across the local…

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‘Glitz, glamour and green shoots’ as the SAISC prepares to host its Steel Awards 2022

Behind-the-scenes anticipation is building up, as the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) prepares to host its first in-person annual Steel Awards since 2019,…

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An excellent welding experience from Bolt and Engineering and Fronius Africa at Electra Mining Africa 2022

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group recently had a joint presence at Electra Mining Africa 2022, with longstanding global welding partner and supplier Fronius…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors lauds its long-service ladies

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group is extremely pleased to congratulate a number of its female employees around the country during August – which…

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Obituary – Paolo Trinchero, Saisc Ceo

The Board and team at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC), together with local and international members and colleagues, mourn the loss of…

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A first in South Africa: Dekra IOL’s virtual reality platform makes working at heights training safe and effective

After 18 months in the making, the Dekra Institute of Learning (IOL) is proud to announce that its working at heights training course on a…

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First Cut and GSI women making the cut in gas safety training cutting and welding sectors

While many may still think that the cutting, welding and grinding industry is an exclusively male domain, five women in pivotal roles at First Cut…

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Women in steel working with the SAISC to develop a diverse, innovative sector

As South Africa celebrates national women’s month in August, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) explored the views of some of its well-known…

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Women in construction: the cornerstone of change

As South Africa celebrates national women’s month in August, leading multi-disciplinary engineering and construction company Grinaker-LTA believes that regularly acknowledging the contribution which women in…

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WORLD-FIRST TO BE MANUFACTURED IN SA! – SHEQ MANAGEMENT

Key stakeholders in the compressed gas industry recently held a safety conference in Johannesburg under the slogan, ‘Safety Unites’. It called for improved safety and…

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Team spirit abounds as Dekra Industrial celebrates Global Dekra Day in South Africa

Global Dekra Day was celebrated at the beginning of July in fine style locally, as Dekra Industrial employees around the country came to work, eagerly…

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Compressed gas safety conference calls for improved safety and training, launches revolutionary leak-proof oxyfuel system

The joint Safety Unites: Compressed Gas Safety Conference held today in Johannesburg, represented a collaboration by the Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group, First Cut,…

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SA Institute of Steel Construction entitled SA Institute of Steel Construction: Forging a strong future for the local steel sector

The local steel industry still faces challenges of its own, despite the current turmoil in the Ukraine / Russian war zone, South African steel supplies…

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Talking and practicing safety at work – Dekra Industrial celebrates World Day For Safety and Health at Work with employees around the country

Dekra Industrial recently celebrated the annual ‘World Day for Safety and Health at Work’on 28 April, showcasing its commitment to employees around the country in…

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New hygiene and environmental solutions survey offering from Dekra Institute of Learning allows employers to ‘keep it clean’

A dynamic new partnership with LenExcCo now allows the Dekra Institute of Learning (IOL) to offer occupational health-related hygiene and environmental surveys to clients across…

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Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together,…

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Cutting a great deal: First Cut announces new developments and products with Messer Cutting Systems

First Cut, a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment  recently hosted a visit from the President and CEO Global…

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‘Welded’ to cutting-edge service: the B.E.D. Group always goes the extra mile

The Bolt and Engineering Distributors (B.E.D.) Group is proud to host one of the finest welding and cutting operations in the country, whose team members…

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JTB Solutions: ‘next-generation’ engineering consumables and tooling supplied with expertise, enthusiasm and energy

By recognising the country’s engineering pioneers, as well as being prepared to pivot as quickly as required, JTB Industrial Solutions (‘JTB’) intends to move forward…

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Dekra Industrial: industry stalwart spearheads multi-project opportunities and NDT market leadership in the Western Cape

Johann Dorfling has recently taken over as head of the Dekra Industrial NDT (non-destructive testing) division in the Western Cape area, based at the company’s…

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Power ‘Mine’: Anderson Power Products solutions unearth wealth of durability, powerful performance for customers

In sustaining and stimulating local economic growth, the South African mining sector relies on critical operational systems and power-essential machinery to unearth the country’s mineral…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group learns the ‘nuts and bolts’ of SKF products at training day

As one of the largest SKF authorised distributors, Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group (B.E.D.) understands the vital importance of having a comprehensive and intricate understanding…

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New First Cut branch in Witbank brings total solutions to mining and engineering region

The newest branch of First Cut, a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment, has opened its doors in Witbank….

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Dekra Industrial SA set to make a splash with expansion of services in the water sector

Dekra Industrial SA, well-known across a multitude of industries including power generation, nuclear, oil and gas, construction, petrochemical and renewable energy, is braced and ready…

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Celebrating small beginnings for big future talent: Rand-Air’s commitment to rural pre-school learners

The Rand-Air CSR (Corporate Social Investment) team is involved with the upliftment of Ga-Mashupe Village, Marota Segolo in Limpopo Province. In recent years this has…

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‘Talent can come from anywhere’: Sharesource partners with UK companies to engage remote STEM talent

Social impact company and global citizen Sharesource is now fully operational in the United Kingdom (UK) and partnering with client companies to address the extreme…

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A polished performance for the automotive sector 

When it comes to world-class tube bending, First Cut – a leading manufacturer and supplier of cutting welding and grinding equipment – is streets ahead,…

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‘Smooth operators’: Dekra Institute of Learning and Willco’s machine operator and safety training partnership a synergistic success

As part of a rapid growth strategy in providing a comprehensive training services offering, and with the vision of becoming among the top five industry…

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Nitralife supplies Nannochem with nitrogen generator to assist in the fight against COVID-19 and other pathogens

Nitralife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996, has recently supplied leading nano-active, antimicrobial sanitisers and mister manufacturer…

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Dekra Industrial’s ‘one-stop’ service further elevated with the addition of lifting inspections division

As a fully registered Lifting Machine Entity (LME), Dekra Industrial SA is able to provide registered Lifting Machine Inspectors (LMIs) in various approved categories, to…

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Bolt and Engineering Distributors: championing the pivotal role of fasteners in industry

Industries often re-evaluate and improve upon process efficiencies through the procurement of new products and technologies, which is most efficiently applied when supported by complementary…

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Making agility count in the power sector: Rand-Air’s rental equipment solutions ensure optimal productivity

Rand-Air, a recognised leader in the provision of portable air and power to the local market, has been supplying rental equipment to the South African…

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Safety the guiding light as First Cut and GSI confirm merger of interests

First Cut, a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment, has entered into a merger of interests with respected industry…

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In good taste: Rand-Air’s agile service ensures smooth production process for household name food and beverage customer

In the demanding, 24 x 7 food and beverage sector, where production schedules are very tight and standards meticulously high, any downtime in production can…

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Trio of world ‘firsts’ achieved through Dekra IOL and AfricaX’s online health and safety training collaboration

A simple phone call between two trusted digital education organisations in  2020, has laid the foundation for numerous ground-breaking world ‘firsts’ in the health and…

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Rand-Air’s Megawatt Masters: power product training for value-driven solutions

Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and…

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‘Heroes of safety’ Dekra Industrial scoop 7th consecutive NOSCAR safety award

It is with great pride that Dekra Industrial SA announces their achievement of yet another prestigious NOSCAR safety award. The company has furthermore retained its…

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A clear pipeline of innovation: Class 0 oil-free air for petrochemical pipelines

Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco Specialty Rental division and an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and…

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Rand-Air shines a light on service excellence for new customer in Kathu

Amid changing times and with economic demands driving companies to operate as rapidly and efficiently as possible, the need for swift solutions to achieve this…

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Female Fusion: First Cut’s ‘First Women’ of welding

Although traditionally a male-dominated profession, welding is increasingly becoming the domain of women, who are widely acknowledged for their skilled abilities in this field. From…

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Service stars: Rand-Air women focused on agile service excellence

As a long-standing yet progressive industry pioneer, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions,…

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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the…

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Excelling through service: Rand-Air’s brand values realise agile sustainability

Amid increasingly competitive industrial and fluctuating economic environments, quality and service excellence has not only become a significant advantage, but also a vital performance differentiator,…

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Reaching new heights: Dekra Industrial’s new ‘one-stop’ service adds corrosion control via rope access

A vast range of South African industries require time- and cost-effective corrosion control services to ensure critical operational efficiency and minimal downtime during maintenance, repairs,…

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Dekra Industrial – providing a wealth of NDT and inspection opportunities in Southern Mozambique and pan-Africa

Notwithstanding recent unfortunate conflict in Northern Mozambique, Dekra Industrial remains fully committed to Southern Mozambique, the sub-Saharan region and the rest of the African continent,…

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Rand-Air: 48 years of ‘refined’ service to South Africa’s pivotal petrochemical sector

A substantial economic contributor to South Africa, the petrochemical sector produces refined oil products and chemicals, which provide the foundation for manufacturing industries to drive…

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‘Class 0’ compressed air from Rand-Air drives automotive production processes

An essential component to national economic growth, South Africa’s automotive industry is inextricably linked to various upstream and downstream production processes, which require ‘clean-room’, immaculate…

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First Cut sharpens its total solutions offering with new welding division

With more than 65 years of industry experience, First Cut is a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment. 

Rand-Air’s committed fleet renewal makes agility count for customers

As the market focuses increasingly on improving operations to ensure profitability and sustainability, businesses require swift access and reliability from the latest technologically-advanced products and…

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Concrete possibilities: Colossal Concrete Products acquires Aveng Infraset’s Brakpan and De Aar plants

With an expanding South African and broader sub-Saharan African population, the need to transform the economic landscape and provide greater infrastructure development and manufacturing capabilities…

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The ‘X’ factor: Dekra IOL and AfricaX partnership drives exponential expansion of pan-African digital training

With the digitalisation of learning and training having been accelerated and expedited by the Fourth Industrial Revolution (‘4IR’) and the Covid-19 pandemic, the Dekra Institute…

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100 nitrogen generators for the industrial sector and counting as demand surges

Meeting a rapidly growing demand in the industrial sector Nitralife – a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996…

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Market alert: For genuinely cool performance avoid ‘hot’ fake connectors!

Despite the demand for genuine, original equipment-manufactured (OEM) products and parts, the supply influx of imitation products is often inevitable. However, a disturbing inflow of…

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Rand-Air’s roadshow highlights impactful role of service team in ensuring optimal customer experience

In industry, a collectively successful synergy is often indicated by the notion of the whole being ‘more than the sum of its parts’: the concept…

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‘Brush up’ on your metal finishes – and budget – with the Timesavers 22RB rotary brush machine from First Cut

First Cut, the leading provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment in South Africa, has recently added the cost-effective and efficient Timesavers 22RB…

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Rand-Air’s ‘future-fit’ females – shaping up for agility and sustainability

To successfully navigate the business landscape of the future, companies need to continuously adopt new strategies to ensure they are ‘future-fit’: enabling resilience, agility, sustainability…

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‘Full steam ahead’ with Rand-Air’s steam boiler rental solution

Steam, as a thermal energy source, has been integral in multiple industrial processes since the 17th century. As such, its application has extended to steam…

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All ‘charged up’: Anderson Power Products connectors boost battery performance

Various industrial sectors in South Africa – including the materials handling equipment sector – rely on machinery and industrial vehicles for swift, safe and cost-efficient…

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Rand-Air committed to excellence in safety with first female SHEQ officer and new ISO standard

While South African industries continuously focus on improving their manufacturing health and safety standards, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen,…

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Dekra Industrial: moving ahead, one safe and strategic step at a time

“Dekra Industrial’s sole reason for existence is safety,” says Johan Gerber, Director at Dekra Industrial RSA, and it is evident that these are more than…

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Dekra Industrial attains Level 3 B-BBEE: authentically empowered for growth

Following an 18 month transformation process, Dekra Industrial in South Africa has recently attained a Level 3 B-BBEE (Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment) accreditation, with 51…

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Rand-Air provides efficient dewatering at Northern Cape mine

South Africa’s mining and industrial sector operates in diverse weather conditions: heat, cold, rainy or sunny. While mining operations in the typically hot Northern Cape…

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Starrett and First Cut: A ‘cutting-edge’ collaboration – Bringing SA industry the sharpest technology for over four decades

The mining industry is a vital cog in the economic workings of South Africa, in particular platinum mines, of which the country has significant reserves,…

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Starrett and First Cut: A ‘cutting-edge’ collaboration – Bringing SA industry the sharpest technology for over four decades

Leading distributor of cutting consumables and capital equipment, South African company First Cut, has enjoyed a relationship spanning over four decades with Starrett, a renowned…

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African Hydrogen Partnership to foster green hydrogen

Ian Fraser, MD of RTS Africa, talks about the establishment of the Africa Hydrogen Partnership (AHP), a group of like-minded organisations and companies with a…

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DEKRA Institute of Learning and Swift Skills Academy: Partnering to make a real difference

The DEKRA Institute of Learning (IOL) and the Swift Skills Academy – two leaders in the South African training sector – have launched a very…

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Agility and teamwork key to success says Rand-Air’s Salesperson of the Year

As winner of the prestigious Rand-Air Salesperson of the Year award, seasoned sales representative at the company’s Mpumalanga branch Chantal Bekker believes that one has…

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Nifty Nitrogen! Rand-Air’s nitrogen generators offer agile advantages to industry

It is crucial for companies, whether they specialise in chemical manufacturing, electronics, fabrication, food and beverage or other sectors, to have a reliable and specific…

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When Class O means top-class medicine!

The pharmaceuticals industry requires a pristine manufacturing environment to ensure the integrity of the final product, which must meet the strictest levels of hygiene. A…

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Get connected’ with genuine parts from Anderson Power Products – putting the power back in the end-user’s hands

Alexander & Poole (A&P) was founded over 4 decades ago in 1980 and today is the sole distributor for the Southern African region of Anderson…

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Handwashing CSI initiative – keeping communities healthy!

While good hygiene is always recommended, the stark reality is that in South Africa today, many of our schools do not have access to safe,…

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Nitralife’s innovative NitraCut NC300 has CO2 laser owners ‘beaming’!

As a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996, to a wide variety of industries – both locally and…

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Dekra Industrial ‘goes nuclear’ with safety on steam generator replacement project at Koeberg

Dekra is widely recognised as a global expert in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection. With a presence in more than 50 countries on five continents,…

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Tumi Theledi: A real Rand-Air ‘bright spark’!

Service Supervisor Tumi Theledi is an inspiration to his Rand-Air colleagues as, through dedication and commitment, study and hard work, he is making impressive progress…

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Rand-Air generators and lighting towers shed light on manganese mine’s production

As part of the global Atlas Copco Group and widely recognised as the local equipment rental leader, Rand-Air delivers portable air, power, lighting and flow…

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NOSCAR award: The ‘heroes of safety’ win again!

DEKRA Industrial SA’s formidable reputation as the leader in non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspections has received further endorsement, with the recent win of a NOSCAR…

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Rand-Air is the recognised local rentals market leader, with a track record of 47 years in the industry. As part of the global Atlas Copco…

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Betterect, a South African specialist in the fabrication and erection of large steel structures within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, both locally and internationally,…

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Betterect, a South African fabricator and erector of large processing equipment structures, undertakes steel fabrication projects within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, for clients…

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Dekra is one of the world’s leading experts in industrial inspection and non-destructive testing (NDT), backed by 95 years in the industry, with the vision…

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Recently, leading equipment rental company Rand-Air ‘passed the test’ with flying colours, delivering a 24-hour turnaround hire to a tertiary education college in Gauteng. Since…

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Rand-Air strikes gold again! Repeat hire to long-standing customer in the gold mining sector

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As the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market, Rand-Air maintains an excellent reputation, based on its ethos of exceeding…

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First Cut brings French flair from Forezienne to the South African woodworking and timber industry

Great business is often predicated on excellent relationships. This was the case, when some 20 years ago, leading local cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier…

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Nitralife, an industry leader in the provision of comprehensive nitrogen solutions across a variety of vertical industry applications, has introduced a booster for its Nitracut…

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An outstanding ‘paper trail’ of success for Rand-Air with Durban pulp and paper mill customer

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Rand-Air: Female powerhouses: the power of women to make a positive impact in the industrial sector

As the established leader in the local portable air compressor and generator rental market, Rand-Air forms part of the global Atlas Copco Group. Through the…

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While the famous poet TS Eliot wrote about the ‘still point in a turning world,’ we now know that a pandemic such as Covid-19 wreaks…

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Getting to the core: faster drilling and reduced fuel costs with Rand-Air’s new DrillAir compressors

In a first for Rand-Air, the company has acquired Atlas Copco DrillAir Y1260 variable high pressure (21 to 35 bar) compressors. This new technology –…

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Proof-of-delivery process management and automation vital to improve businesses’ cashflow

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In its 46 years of operation, Rand-Air has built up an enviable reputation in the mining industry for the quality of its compressors and the…

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Since its inception in 1973, Rand-Air has been driven by a simple yet highly effective operational ethos – to exceed customer expectations at all times….

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The Italian company, Julia Utensili SPA, has, since its inception, been involved in manufacturing high-speed steel blading, explains First Cut Director Gary Willis. However, in…

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The Protection of Public Information Act (POPIA) is not yet in effect, but the final POPIA regulations were signed into law in November 2018, with…

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First Cut ‘strikes a new arc’ with the local manufacture of Messer welding electrodes

Recently First Cut, South Africa’s foremost distributor and manufacturer of cutting consumables and importer of leading-edge capital equipment for steel processing concluded an agreement with…

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The RTS Africa Group, based in Tshwane, has been supplying effective and innovative solutions to a range of industrial issues since the early 90’s. These…

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For the past three decades, the RTS Group has been introducing pioneering solutions to South Africa’s various industrial challenges. At the recent Africa Automation Fair…

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First Cut has, quite literally, been at the cutting edge of South African industry for the past 63 years. As a proudly South African blade…

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When it comes to lifting, rigging and lashing, Kelmeg Lifting Services (KLS) is South Africa’s leading manufacturer and supplier, and a company within the Commercial…

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In the 45 years since Rand-Air’s inception, this market-leading compressed air and generator rental business has not only maintained a stringent focus on the quality…

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Electra Mining 2018 went extremely well for Kendal Hunt Communications, our clients and our programme of media interviews at the show. Confidence in the local…

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Despite the many women making a sterling contribution to many facets of the local steel industry today – from management, finance and procurement, sales, marketing,…

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