Afrox reports that sales of its flagship Vitemax welding electrodes remain buoyant despite the economic down turn.
“We attribute this to the market’s recognition that Vitemax is the industry benchmark in terms of consistently high quality and performance,” says Patrick Kazadi, Afrox product manager, carbon steel. “Afrox has been able to maintain these high standards by staying abreast of global best manufacturing practices and adopting business improvement methodologies, such as Six Sigma, which is used to identify and reduce or remove process variations.
“The Vitemax formulation has also been continuously improved over the years to ensure that the electrodes continue to perform optimally without compromising the mechanical properties and actual strength of the weld.”
These premium quality rutile electrodes have a smooth, quiet arc action, low spatter loss with good striking and restriking characteristics and excellent slag detachability which is self-lifting. Provided that the recommended welding parameters are adhered to, the level of spatter is almost non-existent during welding.
Vitemax electrodes have been manufactured locally at Afrox’s electrodes plant in Brits, west of Pretoria, for more than 60 years. This state-of-the-art plant is currently running at close to full capacity, with three welding electrode production lines producing welding electrodes mainly for the South African market, with some exports to Australia, as well as to other African states.
In May 2010 the Brits plant was awarded first prize in asset management company Pragma Africa's ACC@Pragma Client of the Year Awards which recognise superior productivity.
Vitemax electrodes weld relatively cold which makes them ideally suited for bridging large gaps — where poor fit-up often occurs — and for tacking. Vitemax electrodes have a rapid burn-off rate and produce smooth welds in all positions, including flat, horizontal, vertical up and down, as well as overhead. The weld metal deposited complies with radiographic quality.
Vitemax conforms to very high international and local standards, supported by the various approval bodies such as Lloyds, ABS, DNV and the South African Bureau of Standards. The Brits facility where Vitemax is made carries both PWC and TÜV, ISO9001 and ISO14000 accreditation.
The Vitemax electrodes are recommended for welding a wide variety of carbon manganese steels and can be used to repair or to join mild steel products during a fabrication process. The product is packed in rigid cardboard cartons with a moisture-resistant polyethylene wrapping to ensure that no damage occurs during handling, and is also available in 1 kg and multi-kg packaging.
Vitemax delivers consistent quality with each weld without compromising the strength of the joint, and increases productivity as a result of minimal rework.