Popular welding brands Harris, IBEDA and Oerlikon — exclusive to Afrox — have been incorporated into Afrox’s mainstream range of products and are now even more accessible to customers through all Afrox branches, as well as selected Gas & Gear retail outlets around the country.
This follows a corporate restructuring within Afrox last year which saw its historic Amalgamated Welding and Cutting (AWC) operation absorbed into the company’s national footprint.
From customers’ point of view, this has been a completely seamless exercise which has boosted the availability of these high-demand Harris, IBEDA and Oerlikon product ranges — as well as the associated technical support and backup — to a whole new level.
Oerlikon is a premium brand of welding consumables for applications ranging from mild steel to highly specialised material such as creep resistant, stainless and nickel based consumables. The range includes MMA electrodes, MIG and TIG wire, sub arc wire and fluxes, as well as a range of seamless flux cored wire, which is in a class of its own by virtue of an extremely low level of hydrogen content.
Afrox was granted exclusive rights to distribute Harris gas equipment throughout sub-Saharan Africa as far back as the 1970s and initially set up Harris Calorific, a wholly-owned subsidiary, as the distribution agency for this brand. In the 1990s, Afrox also acquired exclusive rights, across the same region, for the IBEDA brand of flashback arrestors. This range was also distributed under the AWC and Harris Calorific banner.
In the mid-2000s, Afrox took the decision to market the Oerlikon, Harris and IBEDA brands under a new subsidiary, AWC, whose team managed these agencies very capably until they were absorbed into Afrox’s mainstream product range in 2009, as part of a strategic internal restructuring exercise.
A selection of Harris products are actually manufactured under license at Afrox’s state-of-the-art Gas Equipment Factory in Germiston — including the Harris Model 92/77, Monarch 28 torches and 2890-F cutting tips.
Oerlikon, Harris and IBEDA customers can now enjoy an even greater level of service, with these brands being handled through Afrox’s national warehouse and distribution network.
Contact the Afrox call centre on 0860 02 02 02 with any queries.