First Cut, a leading South African provider of cutting, welding and grinding consumables and equipment, has entered into a merger of interests with Gas Safety International (GSI), which provides certified gas safety training and quality gas equipment, as of 1 November 2021.

Andrew Poole, managing director of First Cut, explains, “By joining forces with GSI, we can strengthen and expand our offering even further. Having been in business for some 65 years, First Cut has long been acknowledged as a leading South African distributor of cutting and grinding consumables and equipment – and we have more recently extended our expertise to include a welding division.”

“GSI, as a premier gas safety products and training company, is an excellent, synergistic service provider with which to join forces. The new relationship will strengthen our service offering, providing our customers with even more choice of products and solutions – as well as access to the highly-respected training experience and expertise offered by GSI’s Managing Director, Peter Rohlssen, with regards to gas safety training, consulting, and auditing.”

GSI managing director, Peter Rohlssen adds, “I will remain at the helm as Managing Director of GSI, which will continue as a separate brand, entity and team ‘as is’; while working collaboratively with First Cut to expand and explore mutually strategic and advantageous opportunities.”

“We improve gas safety through our strict adherence to compliance regulations; as well as providing clients with the benefit of our significant industry experience via our gas safety training and risk audits,” explains Rohlssen. “Gas safety standards must be applied in any sector where gas is used, including welding. It should however be noted that the applications are certainly broader than the industrial sphere alone: including the mining, medical, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and domestic markets.

As such, GSI adheres to stringent compliance standards and conformance in line with both South African and international standards at all times. Their training and product portfolio is also fully aligned to SANS 10238, and suppliers comply with European standards, many of which are included in SANS 10238.

“In addition, our gas safety training material is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). We are the only company locally to have achieved this, and it means that engineers who attend our courses can earn their requisite continuing professional development (CPD) points,” he advises.

“This again demonstrates how First Cut’s and GSI’s thinking is supremely aligned. From First Cut’s perspective, we too adhere firmly to strict quality and safety regulatory compliance. Safety is indeed the ‘North Star’ or ‘guiding light’ – as well as the key differentiator for our two companies. It is what defines and directs us: we share a mutual dedication in this regard and will not ever compromise on it.”

From left: Peter Rohlssen, managing director at GSI and Andrew Poole, managing director at First Cut. Photo credit: GSI and First Cut

From left: Peter Rohlssen, managing director at GSI and Andrew Poole, managing director at First Cut. Photo credit: GSI and First Cut