Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

Loading of bottom section of sizer base frame on SMCP project.

Crushing’ the competition: Betterect builds semi-mobile crushing plant for Mozambique mine

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Everising and First Cut: a cutting-edge partnership delivering premium equipment, consumables and technical support to South African steel fabricators.

Everising and First Cut: a cutting-edge partnership delivering premium equipment, consumables and technical support to South African steel fabricators.

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Training to ‘frame’: SASFA’s very popular light steel frame building (LSFB) training course is essential for the building, construction and allied industries

Light steel frame building (LSFB) could become even more popular in South Africa than it already is, if local suppliers and builders are sufficiently well-trained and equipped to consistently produce quality light steel frame buildings. For this reason, the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) offers a tailored five-day training course for builders, architects, engineers and quantity surveyors. The course covers the basic components of the light steel frame building process, including the rationale for LSFB building requirements. Students graduate with a thorough understanding thereof, as well as…

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The strongest link is local: Africa must support African supply chains to unlock sustained economic growth

Erection of Convevors- Crushers and Screens by Betterect

 The current Covid19-related economic challenges both locally and throughout the Africa starkly highlight the need for pan-African companies and governments to support African supply chains, and in so doing, to boost economic activity on the continent. This can be achieved by procuring the production of goods and services for infrastructure and industrial projects via the mechanism of ‘Team Africa’, which is a concept in which local suppliers and manufacturers collaboratively supply mining, industrial, power generation and other sector projects. “Covid-19 provides further impetus for Africa to support its own supply…

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Turning challenges in the steel sector into opportunities

Despite the local steel sector currently experiencing tough challenges, some businesses within the steel supply chain have seized the opportunities presented by these challenges to grow their success. One such business is NitraLife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996. Of note is that the company supplies various parts of the steel sector supply chain in South Africa with their NitraCut and NitraSpray nitrogen generators, while also manufacturing the generators from local steel components. “We have worked hard to become independent and robust…

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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 – from the world’s leading manufacturer of drilling equipment – has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow for a wide range of high-capacity drilling applications. These two new units are ideally suited for applications such as mineral exploration drilling, geothermal drilling, construction and blast hole drilling; as well as for services such as aerated drilling and the drilling of wells. “At Rand-Air, we constantly strive…

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Allied Steelrode’s top technology – ‘steel support’ for the only independent automotive chassis manufacturer in SA

KLT Automotive is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to well-known motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of a group of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according to a recent statement by the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), has and is investing substantially in expanding their local footprint or gearing up their South African operations for new business both in the automotive and non-automotive sectors. When it comes to the supply of steel for its local manufacturing…

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First Cut’s Bremsaw acquisition a springboard to the Mpumalanga sawmilling and timber industry

Mpumalanga, and its capital Mbombela, is the centre of South Africa’s sawmilling and timber industry. : First Cut-manufactured Predator narrow band saw blade supplied by the Mbombela branch. When the cutting equipment supplier and blade sharpener Bremsaw was up for sale, First Cut saw this as an ideal opportunity to further its presence in the Mpumalanga timber industry. Since the acquisition of Bremsaw, First Cut has been focusing on consolidation and ensuring that all business processes are properly streamlined. “Though the company is doing well, there is always potential for…

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Triple the value with three new blades from Julia – ‘cutting edge’ at its best!

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 terms of tungsten carbide tipped (TCT) blades, the company has now increased its range. While Julia has been producing TCT blades for cutting timber for many years, it has recently begun to develop and manufacture TCT blades for cutting steel. Recently, the company has invested substantially in machinery and developing products for this TCT blade market. Julia is Italy’s leading manufacturer of high-speed saw blading…

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NitraLife and Bystronic: partners in further advancing cutting-edge steel processing

NitraLife, South Africa’s pioneering nitrogen generator manufacturer and supplier, is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership with the leading Swiss steel processing solutions manufacturer Bystronic, whereby the Swiss company will market NitraLife’s NitraCut generators. A pioneer in the field, NitraLife has been manufacturing and marketing nitrogen generators – primarily for the tyre inflation market – since 1996. In 2016, following a request from the owner of a local fabrication business, NitraLife developed the NitraCut generator to supply gas to the fabricator’s fibre laser. The new generator…

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