“Afrox’s locally manufactured range of welding electrodes reflect all the elements required for a robust contribution to government’s localisation initiative,” says Afrox’s Sandy Majatladi, Product Manager for Special Consumables.

“Our Welding Consumables Factory in Brits has created jobs for South Africans for many years and continuously developed their skills, while producing world class value added products.  As the brand leader in welding consumables in Southern Africa, with a capacity to produce more than 750 tonnes per month, Afrox manufactures an extensive range of electrodes that cover most types of material that can be welded.”

“In order to be successful, locally produced products must be able to compete with the imported equivalent on quality and cost and we have met these criteria very effectively with our electrode offering. All our electrodes are manufactured to AWS (American Welding Society) specifications and we’re even able to exceed these requirements when producing electrodes to meet specific customer requirements. Most of our electrodes also conform to other international standards, such as TüV,  Lloyds Register and ABS.”

A leading example of the Afrox Welding Consumables Factory’s commitment to localisation is the recent introduction of a robust new product, the Transarc® 6013 electrode, which achieves a significant reduction in cost without compromising key performance fundamentals, with conformance to AWS standards.

“The development of this innovative electrode arose out of our desire to remain competitive in our market,” says Majatladi.  “It had become evident that we needed to develop a good quality, cost effective electrode. The resulting Transarc® 6013 product can be used to weld in all positions and is generally used to weld mild steel. The product demonstrates very good weldability characteristics benchmarked against some of the premium competitors’ products.”

“A lot of work was invested in this product in terms of testing the electrode to ensure that it would perform at exceptional levels and that it conformed to world class standards. When it comes to performance, we left no stone unturned and this electrode is already doing very well in the general fabrication and repair markets, as well as in light steel and construction.”