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Nuclear research paralysis in SA despite nuclear build programme

19th August 2011 The announcement of the closure of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) project has affected the prominence given to high-temperature nuclear research in South Africa, leading to the shunning of such research, despite interest and funding from international countries and organisations seeking to... 

Investment enhances component maker’s pipe-bending capacity

19th August 2011 Manufacturer Smiths Manufacturing has enhanced the capacity of its Durban production facility by installing a high-performance tube-bending machine manufactured by Italy-based bending specialist Crippa, said Smiths Manufacturing project engineering manager Alain Lamusse. 

Industry seeks longer maintenance-free periods

12th August 2011 There is a general trend in industry towards the lengthening of maintenance-free periods for materials-handling systems and towards mechanising these systems, specifically in the grain and agricultural industries, as well as mining, says wear-resistance company Rio-Carb director Martin Maine. 

Logistics services to benefit from emerging market integration

12th August 2011 The predicted and growing need for logistics and logistics services in emerging markets will increase the demand for the skills of logistics service providers in critical areas such as modal integration and network optimisation, says global logistics company Imperial Logistics marketing director... 

Company invests in local manufacture of wedge wire screens

12th August 2011 High-strength, fine aperture screens, made using wedge-profile mesh screens, are now manufactured locally and are increasingly being used in the petrochemicals, coal, nuclear and pharmaceutical industries in South Africa to separate materials, says screening company Meshcape Industries MD David... 

End-to-end logistics services evolving

12th August 2011 There is an emerging focus on developing end-to-end logistics networks in South Africa and configuring existing networks to meet this trend, says logistics company UTI industry, market and new services VP Paul Marshall. 

Homegrown quoting, costing software for small businesses

12th August 2011 A locally-developed quoting and costing software program enables small and medium-sized service businesses, such as contractors, consultants, engineers and project managers, to easily control the costs associated with jobs, quickly produce accurate quotes for clients and invoice clients, says... 

New Growth Path imperatives said to underpin State’s Walmart appeal

12th August 2011 Should South African retailers’ direct competition source cheaper products from foreign companies, local retailers would follow suit, which could lead to the closure of local suppliers and job losses, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies warned last week, when explaining government's... 

Outlook for local fruit industry positive

5th August 2011 While South Africa has experienced a challenging season, over the medium- to long-term, the fruit industry has a positive outlook, says fruit producer organisation Hortgro Services product manager Jacques du Preez. 

Developing innovative solutions a key function of agricultural engineers

5th August 2011 Agricultural engineers, scientists and experts must apply good ideas and solutions gained through research and development to solve problems facing rural farming in South Africa, leveraging the insights gained to develop farming in these areas, says South African Institute of Agricultural... 

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