Weld Purging Experts at Nuclear Power Plants Expo

Weld Purging Experts Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® will be supporting their Turkish Distributor BMC Marine at the Nuclear Power Plants Expo and Summit, March 4 – 5 in Istanbul, Turkey, Stand No. D12.

Georgia Gascoyne, CEO Managing Director for HFT® said: “We are excited to be joining our Turkish Distributor BMC Marine for the Nuclear Power Plants Expo in March!”

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“Our Weld Purging Technology is designed to achieve oxide free, zero colour welds. On display will be our Tube and Pipe Weld Purging Systems, available in sizes 1” to 88”.  These ingenious devices are designed to localise a small volume of pipe section to purge, thus making savings in time inert gas costs and eliminating post weld cleaning and oxide removal costs.”

HFT will also be showing a selection of their Weld Purge Monitors® that accurately measure the amount of oxygen within the purge gas. Their PurgEye® 100 has become the monitor of choice amongst the international welding fraternity, assisting welders to achieve zero colour welds. 

The Family Range of Weld Purge Monitors® now includes seven 1 ppm monitors for a variety of applications, including remote monitoring up to 1 km away from the weld and robust, heavy-duty instruments for on-site conditions.   HFT have also developed a line of accessories for use with our Monitors such as light alarms and dew point sensors.

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The Pipestoppers® Division is extensive, manufacturing mechanical and inflatable pipe plugs and stoppers for low and high-pressure applications from ½” to over 100” with inflatable latex/polyurethane versions, inflatable rubber chemical resistant connotations, nylon, aluminium and steel for all types of pipe blocking, plugging and stopping.

Also on display will be Pipe Freezing Kits for use with liquid CO2 and LN2 for pipe sizes ½” to 12” as standard and up to 36” with specially designed Aluminium Clam Shells. These quick and easy to install systems create ice plugs or freeze seals in the pipes, either upstream of a valve or on both sides, avoiding the requirement to completely drain down systems and making a substantial reduction in lost time and costs.

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® are Weld Purging Innovators, Designers and Manufacturers with offices located globally.

Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® invented the ‘Weld Purge Monitor®’ in 1975 and own all international intellectual property rights and registered trademarks.  

Weld purging is the act of removing, from the vicinity of the joint, oxygen, water vapour and any other gases or vapours that might be harmful to a welding joint. Such gases may combine with the metal to form undesirable compounds that may reduce corrosion resistance or may be instrumental in creating cracks or other structural defects in metals.


Huddersfield firm welcomes six-figure funding boost towards robotics

Sheet metal manufacturers Salamander Fabrications has secured a £240,000 investment from Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to invest in high-tech automated machinery.

The Slaithwaite-based firm’s funding success comes on the back of a 2019 to remember, which has seen the workshop bolster its workforce by 10 seeing the 50-strong business win a number of leading contracts – including a project to supply components for a large rail refurbishment project.

Although the six-figure boost will focus on funding an additional 6Kw laser and fully automated warehouse system with full connectivity to the two lasers meaning 24/7 capability on both machines – further bolstering the Old Bank business’s ambitious 2020 plans.

“This is the first part of a new phase of growth for us. Securing the LEP funds goes a very long way towards our projections of transforming Salamander from a £5 million turnover company to a £10 million organisation – so we couldn’t be happier,” said David McStrafick, a director at Salamander.

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“We thrive on innovation and pride ourselves on being a forward-thinking manufacturer because we know the power of automation and what robotics can do. The new pieces of equipment will vastly enhance our efficiency, volume of output and maintain our high standard of work.

“Automation meets a huge demand for both customers and our workforce. The scale and speed at which we’ll be able to operate will be exponential and a huge boost towards expansion and upskilling our employees in new technology.”

Speaking about a commercially robust 2019 – and ambitions for the next 12 months, David added: “It’s been a huge and exciting year for Salamander – from the contract wins we’ve achieved to the development of our employees.

“We’ve got plenty more successes in the pipeline and the additional funds will no doubt help towards our goal of turning over eight figures in years to come.”

More details are set to be released about the automated machinery which is expected to arrive at the Huddersfield-based firm in January and April 2020.

In partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, the LEP works with partners across public and private sectors to help businesses in the Leeds City Region to grow and become more productive. The LEP wants the region to be recognised globally as a strong, successful economy where everyone can build great businesses, career and lives.


Improved material removal with new hybrid bond family

Time and energy savings in fluting with Mirka’s new Cafro HP Hybrid Bond product  

Producers of advanced drills and end mills can look forward to better material removal and time savings with Mirka’s new HP Hybrid Bond diamond and CBN wheels. After intensive internal product development, the wheels has now been tested by several customers and the tests show good results.

“We can see that our solution allows for depths of cut and material removal capacity that cannot be reached with wheels that use standard resin or hybrid bonds. The new product uses an enhanced kind of bond for the abrasive grains, that combines metal and resin bonding”, explains Business Manager Mårten Eriksson at Mirka.

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Shorter production time, lower power use

HP Hybrid Bond requires a good coolant pressure in order to avoid clogging and to reach its full potential. The wheel is particularly suitable for customers that produce medium-sized and big series of drills made of harder metals such as tungsten carbide. One customer that tested the new wheel could speed up its production 2.5 times, while at the same time lowering the amount of power needed to run the machine.

Offering peace of mind

CNC machines that produce drills are typically run automatically at nighttime. 
“In addition to time and money savings, we can offer our customers peace of mind with this new solution. They can count on that the job gets done during the night while they are at home sleeping”, says Eriksson.

The development of the new HP Hybrid Bond wheel started after Mirka in 2017 acquired Cafro, a producer of superabrasives wheels and tools. By combining Cafro’s long experience of diamond wheels with Mirka’s chemical expertise, the company could come up with the new bond solution.


The Finnish family-owned company Mirka Ltd is a world leader in surface finishing technology and offers a broad range of ground-breaking sanding solutions for the surface finishing and precision industry. Thanks to high quality sanding and polishing products, and innovative power tools with digital services and connectivity, a Mirka solution delivers real benefits to customers in terms of speed, efficiency, surface finish quality and cost effectiveness. In 2018, turnover was 286,7 MEUR with approximately 1400 employees. Mirka has 18 subsidiaries located in Europe, Middle East, North and South America as well as Asia. Headquarters and production are in Finland, additionally bonded abrasives production is located in Italy.

More information:

Mårten Eriksson, Business Manager, Mirka
+358 20 7602 211


Metso celebrates First Pour for new Vadodara foundry in India

Metso announced in 2018 a greenfield foundry project in Vadodara, India, with a target to increase the casting wears capacity for the mining and aggregate industries. The First Pour event was celebrated in India, and the foundry will start production for customer deliveries for local and global markets in February.

“The state-of-the-art foundry will have a strong role in our global foundry network by serving our customers’ growing needs in the mining and aggregate industries worldwide. The new facility with its modern and efficient production processes increases our product availability with reduced lead times,” says Sami Takaluoma, President, Metso’s Minerals Consumables business area.

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The foundry manufacturing process utilizes Lean principles, enabling strong on-time delivery performance, shorter lead times, and world-class quality of finished products. Metso is continuously exploring alternatives to develop its supply capabilities globally through its own manufacturing facilities as well as through a supplier network.

The initial foundry investment was announced in September 2018. The total investment value up to 2020 has been approx. EUR 25 million, including the purchase of the assets and development of the foundry. The new foundry employs 180 employees. In addition to the new foundry in Vadodara, Metso is continuing to develop its foundry unit in Ahmedabad.

In India, Metso employs more than 1, 400 people at 13 locations, serving all Metso’s customer industries.

Metso is a world-leading industrial company offering equipment and services for the sustainable processing and flow of natural resources in the mining, aggregates, recycling and process industries. With our unique knowledge and innovative solutions, we help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability. Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 3.6 billion in 2019. Metso employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries.

For further information, please contact:

Sami Takaluoma, President, Minerals Consumables, Metso, Tel. +358 50 359 5106, E-mail:


bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2021: concept re-engineered

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, Sub Saharan Africa’s Leading Trade Fair for Construction, Building Material, Mining, Agriculture & Forestry Machines, Machinery and Vehicles will be back in South Africa in 2021 with a new look and an expanded focus, to deliver enhanced cross-sector growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.

Already the premier trade show for construction and mining machinery, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will now also feature agricultural and forestry equipment and machinery. This will give government bodies, developers, contractors, industry associations, financiers and other sector stakeholders a one-stop overview of the latest services and solutions available across the infrastructure development, construction, forestry and agriculture value chain.

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA is one of Messe München’s six international bauma events, and is modelled on bauma in Munich, in collaboration with AEM, organizer of CONEXPO-CON/AGG. bauma is described as the ultimate trade fair in the industry, attracting over 620,000 international visitors while CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the leading industry exhibition in the North American market. As a gateway for international companies to the African market and for African enterprises to the global market, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA attracted around 15,000 high-level visitors and exhibitors in 2018 and expects these numbers to increase significantly in 2021.

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will be staged at the Gallagher Convention Center, Midrand, Johannesburg.bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will be staged at the Gallagher Convention Center, Midrand, Johannesburg.

Addressing Africa’s industry challenges

“Africa’s construction and infrastructure development sectors are facing economic challenges at the moment; therefore we have engaged industry leaders to discuss ways in which bauma CONEXPO AFRICA could more effectively support industry growth. As a result of their input, we have re-engineered this key event to foster greater cross-border collaboration and highlight business growth opportunities, and we will feature solutions that enable businesses to operate smarter and more cost-effectively,” says Suzette Scheepers, CEO of Messe Muenchen South Africa. “We have also revisited our sponsorship and exhibitor packages to deliver significant additional value.”

With an expanded African focus, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA plans to host buyer and diplomatic delegations from across sub-Saharan Africa, and to actively foster interaction and business exchange between the region’s governments and private sector.

The latest equipment and services

Among the solutions to be on show will be agricultural machinery and tractors, machinery and plants for the production of building material, construction and mining equipment, engineering services, occupational safety products and services, plant hire services, quantity surveying technologies, and forestry machinery.

High-level industry conference

In addition to showcasing the latest international products and solutions, bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will host a high-level industry conference, Africa Forum, focusing on trends, challenges and opportunities across sub-Saharan Africa. At the conference, industry experts will discuss key issues such as infrastructure investment, the ROI on public-private partnerships, and China’s role in mining and infrastructure in Africa.

Business-boosting supporting programme

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will also feature a strong supporting programme including CPD accredited Workshops and Masterclasses, Tech Talk Forum sessions covering topical issues, product demonstrations and the University Innovation Awards. The trade show will also facilitate B2B meetings, dedicate sessions to women in industry, and will showcase up and coming entrepreneurs, giving them an opportunity to network with local and international industry leaders.

bauma CONEXPO AFRICA will be staged at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from October 13–16, 2021. Discounted Early Bird exhibitor packages and comprehensive new sponsorship packages are now available. For more information, contact the South African office . For international enquiries email