First Cut’s new Garboli and Comac agencies add greater polish and more bending versatility for profitable steel processing

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For more than six decades, First Cut has been a leading distributor and manufacturer of cutting consumables as well as representing world-class OEMs in the field of steel processing equipment. Throughout this growth trajectory, the foundation of the company’s growth has been its dedication to enhancing the productivity of its customers – which has been achieved by unfailingly providing them with the world’s most advanced technology solutions. First Cut’s capital equipment division is responsible for and represents a range of international OEMs which offer customers a combined and complementary range…

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Allied Steelrode’s steel processing technology ‘drives’ optimised efficiencies within South Africa’s automotive manufacturing sector

The local automotive industry is one of the most critical manufacturing sectors in the country, with vehicle and related component production accounting for approximately one third of South Africa’s manufacturing output. Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings.  In a further demonstration of the pivotal nature of the local automotive sector, the industry received a significant shot in the arm recently, with the announcement by Nissan South Africa that it intends investing R3-billion in its vehicle plant at Rosslyn north of Pretoria, in order to start producing its Navara model locally. Production will commence in 2020.  As long as a decade ago, local steel major and value-added processor Allied Steelrode understood the importance of…

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Allied Steelrode’s heavy-duty slitter: first-of-its-kind in Africa ‘cuts’ customers in on increased productivity and profitability

In the past decade, leading steel merchant and value-added steel processor Allied Steelrode has made very substantial investments in several items of advanced steel processing technology. These included two stretcher levellers, which produce the hugely popular Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM); as well as a remarkably versatile LT 20 tube laser which opens up new possibilities in terms of the cutting and application of steel tube. However, when steel is delivered from the primary steel mill, it is in the form of 32 ton coils which are 1,950 mm wide.…

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Bystronic Xpert Pro press brake – award winner shows fabricators and manufacturers how to ‘rule the bends’

With Industry 4.0 being a major trend in modern fabrication and manufacturing, it is more essential than ever that all equipment items in the production line have balanced capacities, and are able to operate in a coordinated network. Bending is an essential function in many engineering and industrial processes, and the necessary equipment has to match customer requirements precisely. The new Bystronic Xpert Pro range provides manufacturers with precise bending solutions which offer consistently high bending quality. A new press brake is a substantial investment, and for this reason versatility…

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NitraLife has it covered! Assists RSI SmartCanopy with on-site, on-demand nitrogen for premium-quality steel and paint finishes

The success story of RSI SmartCanopy is a remarkable one. From a start-up which rubberised pick-up or ‘bakkie’ load bins, within just 11 years, the company has grown into a major manufacturer of various types of canopies for a wide range of pickup trucks. With an innovative stainless steel patented design – which is modular and requires very little maintenance – the canopies are primarily used as mobile field service workshops and other pick-up-mounted utility applications. In 2014, Rock Solid Industries (‘RSI’) also began producing stainless steel canopies and modular…

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Laser power first: First Cut delivers first fibre laser ever imported to Zimbabwe for customer Sawpower

The delivery of a Bystronic Bysprint 3015 by First Cut to its customer Sawpower in Zimbabwe, was a milestone moment for both the customer and the country. In a major technological advance, this was the first laser sheet-metal processor of any description to be delivered to Zimbabwe. What is more, the Bysprint was also delivered along with a NitraCut nitrogen generator – also a first for Zimbabwe – which Sawpower will be using to supply assist-gas to the new laser sheet steel processor. Apart from the benefit to Sawpower, the…

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RTS Africa fills a gap in the local hydrogen generation market with Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

Nel Hydrogen Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers

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First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

Sawing is one of the fundamental activities in any manufacturing, steel processing or fabrication business. The more efficiently this can be carried out, the more profitable the business will invariably be. Available locally from leading cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut, the BLM SC425 – a semi-automatic upstroke circular sawing machine – will bring higher levels of efficiency to any manufacturing or fabrication business. The sawing machine is ideal for making straight or angled cuts in steel tubes or profiles, thanks to the SC425’s convenient rotating head. While…

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First Cut’s stellar business growth drives major space optimisation for star-studded customer service

  In spite of the prevailing economic challenges industry has experienced in the past few years, First Cut has embarked upon a major expansion of its offices in Benrose, Johannesburg. First Cut was ready for growth in the business and required additional floor space to cope with the growth and increased activity the company has been experiencing. “We needed to expand our stores and to expand our footprint across all divisions. For example, we decided to renovate our showroom area for capital equipment from our international principals such as Starrett,…

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