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Investing in SA’s fasteners 
industry for capital projects

18th June 2010 Many engineers working on capital projects in South Africa are bringing in entire assemblies and various kits to build high-tech equipment, but are not sourcing nuts and bolts locally and are paying too much as a result, says industrial fastener wholesaler National Socket Screws (NSS) owner... 

Change to import duties brings with it pros and cons

18th June 2010 A change in the duties charged on fasteners brought into South Africa can reduce prices, but will expose South African companies to serious competition from abroad, says industrial fastener wholesaler National Socket Screws (NSS) owner Trevor Daniel. 

Signs of recovery start to show

18th June 2010 Fastener manufacturer Impala Bolt & Nut reports an increase in activity in the fastener industry and aims to capitalise on the opportunities presented, says Impala Bolt & Nut director Anthony Diamond. 

Product life-cycle cost analysis key for capital projects

18th June 2010 Life-cycle cost analysis, in preference to initial costs, provides a complete picture of the long-term performance characteristics of products employed for capital projects, says Hot Dip Galvanising Association of South Africa (HDGASA) executive director Bob Wilmot. 

Automated rod handling increases safety on drilling rigs

11th June 2010 Automated, hands-free handling of rods used in drilling operations improves the safety of rigs because the most common injuries involve dropped rods and hazardous equipment. Automation enables operators to stand further from the rods and reduces their risk of injury, says drilling specialist... 

Regional corridor linkages key for development

4th June 2010 A well-balanced transport system using more than one mode of transport on corridors will ensure the competitiveness and efficiency of transport in the Southern and Eastern Africa region, says infrastructure specialist of Aurecon for Africa and the Middle East GM Dr Paul Lombard. 

Trade should be part of broader macroeconomic policies

4th June 2010 Trade policies should support broad macroeconomic developmental policies as one policy in a range of microeconomic policies, says nongovernmental research institute the South African Institute of International Affairs (Saiia) trade expert Peter Draper. 

Skills transfer makes economic sense

4th June 2010 Countries do not necessarily need to regulate the transference of skills because it makes practical and economic sense for companies to develop skills locally. Rather than regulation, countries should create an enabling environment that will stimulate their industries to grow, says Industrial... 

New pathogen level-3 TB laboratory for Johannesburg

21st May 2010 The new pathogen level-3 tuberculosis (TB) laboratory, in Johannesburg, uses new equipment that rapidly processes samples, which reduces the numerical burden of patients on the laboratory. 

Incinerators control the rate of combustion

21st May 2010 The MacroBurn medical waste incinerator can control the rate of combustion of medical waste to match the combustibility of the waste materials, reports incineration specialist Saubatech. 

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