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Aerospace

Fibreglass gulley cover maintains its shape under heavy loads

16th April 2004 A new fibreglass gulley cover offering the equivalent load-bearing capacity of a steel cover is availabe from Multotec Wear Linings.? 

Greater UV protection afforded in PVC welding screens

16th April 2004 When a US-based roof-bolter manufacturer embarked on a local manufacturing programme, it opted for a South African company to supply all its welding and safety screens.? 

Corrosion-resistant grating installed at mine

16th April 2004 Rossing uranium mine, in Namibia, has had a new grating system installed in the processing plant’s acid-stock area, where large quantities of concentrated sulphuric acid are stored.? 

Flooring company's handling outsourced for five years

16th April 2004 A Pietermaritzburg-based floor-covering manufacturer has entered into a five-year lease for a complete handling solution. 

Manufacturer doubles capacity for economy-of-scale

16th April 2004 South Africa’s largest manufacturer of concrete floor panels has doubled capacity and streamlined production in a bid to limit manufacturing costs and price increases to customers. ? 

Lightweight aluminium walkway prevents roof damage

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 A novel aluminium-walkway system has been installed on the rooftops of a development in Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu-Natal.? 

Positively-serrated grating introduced

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 New products have been launched by local manufacturer Andrew Mentis to meet the latest customer demands in flooring, screening and handrailing applications.? 

Concrete flooring company began operation last month

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 The largest flooring company outside the US has set up a manufacturing facility in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, and began operation last month. 

New dowel-installation system prevents concrete-construction-joint failure

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 “There are only two types of concrete: that which has cracked, and that which is about to crack” - so the joke goes. 

Gulf project offers opportunities for SA companies

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 Construction of the second island of the Palm development project is to commence soon, and has the potential to boost the local flooring, screening and handrailing industries. 

Local mills should support steel industry through tough times

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 “The onus to be proactive and not reactive now lies with local mills, which, after years of dual-pricing subsidies that allowed them to obtain exports at competitive prices, should now support local industry by subsidising the local secondary industry with the high world steel price.”? 

SA avionics expertise marketed globally

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SA aerospace & defence company ATE is actively marketing its success in integrating advanced avionics systems in aircraft to international customers & is attracting serious interest. 

Still hope for the Cheetah in Brazil?

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 BRAZILIAN defence minister Jos 

SANDF to receive first unmanned air vehicle later this year

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SOUTH African aeronautical and defence company Advanced Technology and Engineering, better known as ATE, will deliver its first production Vulture unmanned air vehicle system to the South African National Defence Force in the fourth quarter of this year.? 

Adaptronics – bringing materials to life

By: Karel Smrcka     19th March 2004 Hum-free refrigerators, noiseless car interiors, whispering helicopters, ambulances that ride smoothly over potholes – all these things are enabled by adaptronics, a relatively new science that brings materials to life. 

Lightweight construction in the aerospace industry and beyond

By: Karel Smrcka     12th March 2004 What has always been an essential factor in the aerospace industry is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for other sectors. 

Concerns raised about the image of South Africa’s aviation body

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) does not yet have the international reputation it should have. 

African skies remain perilous

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 AFRICA remains a cause for concern in the sphere of civil aviation safety.The region remains the most unsafe continent for the sector. 

Flooring giant sets up manufacturing facility in SA

12th March 2004 Specialist flooring company Flowcrete has confirmed its long-term commitment to the South African flooring market, with the setting up of a local manufacturing facility and the incorporation of Flowcrete SA. 

New international suitor for Denel?

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 UNCONFIRMED reports are circulating overseas that giant group EADS is interested in a future partnership with SA’s state-owned Denel defence industrial group. 

UK chooses Airbus for air-tanker requirements

27th February 2004 The UK government is in the process the of exclusive negotiations to make the Airbus A330-200 its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). 

Will companies meet their Dip obligations?

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A soon-to-be-released report by Armscor’s defence industrial participation (Dip) division indicates a mixed set of results as to whether companies involved in the arms deal will be able to comply with their Dip obligations. 

Defence is of growing importance to diversified technology firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Defence exports contributed almost a third to Grintek’s yearly turnover last year. This translates into R469-million, says business coordination and counter trade manager Paul Gerber. 

Offsets assist defence company

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 As a result of South Africa’s defence offset industrial participation programme, local defence industry electronic company, Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), has established itself as a global supplier. 

New partnerships between BAE and SA firms

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The global defence and aerospace systems company, BAE Systems, intends to expand its business in South Africa through new partnerships aimed at capturing a significant slice of the global high-value command, control, communications, computing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)... 

India, Brazil, SA set up multitrillion-dollar power bloc

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as a significant new force in global affairs. 

G3-Force: India, Brazil, SA Set Up Multi-Trillion-Dollar Power Bloc

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as asignificant new force in globalaffairs. 

First tests positive for tailless aircraft

By: candice haase     6th February 2004 Tailless flight has been in existence since the early days of aviation, but it has never become the dominant design since it has been hampered by several shortcomings. 

Motor-industry-type support on the cards for aerospace

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2004 The South African government is currently conceptualising an industrial-development plan for the aerospace sector along the lines of its successful motor industry development programme (MIDP), which was first implemented back in the 1990s. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

Malawi plans to remarket airline

By: Marcel Chimwala     30th January 2004 Malawi – The Malawian government says it is preparing to remarket its wholly owned airline, Air Malawi, after the airline goes through a commercialisation process to improve its performance under the country’s World Bank funded $33,1-million Privatisation and Utility Reform project... 

Turnkey building contract on cards at Mafikeng Airport

By: laurian clemence     22nd January 2004 The Mafikeng Industrial Development Zone, located in North West province, sent out a tender document last week requesting companies to come forward to bid for the development and construction of a new building, to be known as Minerals Park, at the Mafikeng International Airport. 

A boarding call for the aerospace industry

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Late in 2002, Minister of Trade and Industry Alec Erwin announced that South Africa should strive towards having an aerospace industry equivalent to the local motor industry development programme (MIDP), in place by 2014. 

Electronic warfare systems company seeks to double its turnover

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 Advanced electronic warfare solution provider, Avitronics, reports that it is pursuing a growth strategy that will allow it to double its turnover in five years. 

India’s Hawk purchase provides new opportunity for price comparisons

By: Keith Campbell     16th January 2004 INDIA’S decision, announced last September, to buy BAE Systems Hawk lead-in fighter-trainers (Lift) again provides an opportunity to compare the price this country is paying for its new high performance aircraft for the South African Air Force (SAAF) with that being paid by another land. 

UK and SA investigate opportunities for closer cooperation

By: Helene Le Roux     16th January 2004 The UK government, by way of the Johannesburg-based UK Trade and Investment organisation, is exploring the possibility of closer cooperation between British and South African companies in the aerospace industry. 

If only Wilbur and Orville could see us now . . .

By: Kelvin Kemm     12th December 2003 The date December 17, 2003, is one hundred years after the first powered flight which history always says was made by the Wright Brothers. In fact it was the Wright brother, because the aircraft was certainly not a two seater. 

Helicopter-linked offsets taking off

By: Keith Campbell     12th December 2003 AgustaWestland is now 5 years into its 4 month old IP programme for the 4 Super Lynx maritime helicopters ordered for the SANDF. 

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