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You are viewing the version of this site updated on May 14, 2015. New Question on Metal Finishing. Training Updates and KZN group photo added.

The companies whose logos appear below have subscribed to SAMFA’s premium class membership. These sustaining members ensure that we are in a financial position to continue to develop and to support the growth of a strong and responsible metal finishing industry in RSA. Read more about our membership categories ..

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Industrial Spraying Systems

Starts in Johannesburg and Cape Town during July 2015.

As effluent treatment and resource conservation are not considered to be core functions related to production, managers often do not devote the time or effort to research the subject. Consequently money is wasted, risks are taken, rules are broken and opportunities to reduce operational costs through resource conservation are missed.

From operators who are in a position to use in-house facilities to effect necessary changes, to those that  simply want to appreciate the issues clearly, this course is tailor made to address all the important aspects.

Seminar 1 is also Session 4 of our revised Electroplating Theory and Practice course, and the follow on Seminar 2 follows is scheduled 28 days later. Click here to learn more ….  


Electroplating for Supervisors and Senior Operators

Our Electroplating Training course has been designed for the benefit of senior line operatives as well as supervisory and management staff.  

Starts in Gauteng on June 4 and in Cape Town on June 10.  If you missed out before, here is another chance!

Since launching this popular course in 2003, more than 390 trainees have benefited.  

Effluent Treatment Two Day Seminars


Issue 24 of S A Metal Finisher is now in planning for distribution during August 2014.

We invite you to take advantage of this ideal vehicle to assist with your marketing efforts in the metal finishing trade. Interested parties continue to request copies via our website ensuring that the actively managed list of addresses to which S A Metal Finisher is dispatched reflects individuals and businesses that have a genuine interest in Metal Finishing.

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Effluent Treatment remains a subject that all metal finishers rate as a concern. Increasing surveillance by authorities along with steep fines for transgressors have made it imperative that companies dedicate more attention to the subject. These seminars address a wide range of issues related to effluent treatment and resource conservation, putting all the right people together in the right place at the right time.

Effluent Seminar MetFinDetail ElectroTraining

I would like to invite SAMFA experts to solve a problem that many nickel electroplaters have in Australia.

The problem is that the nickel sulphate level increases with operation until the user has to dilute the bath to continue satisfactory operation.

There have been many suggestions made here and some proponents have been very definite but none seem to solve the problem properly:-

-- The problem does not appear with plating on plastics – only plating on steel, copper or ZBDC

I would welcome comments and reasons from any of your nickel plating or supplier members.

If you can assist this inquirer, please visit our questions page by clicking here.

From: Darrell Reeve
Environmental Consultant
Australasian Institute of Surface Finishing