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New-generation catalysts developed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 New-generation catalysts, developed by Sasol scientists and process engineers for Fischer-Tropsch and downstrean chemical processes, have helped to improve production efficiencies, product yields and catayst production management systems, enabling operations to achieve cost savings and greater... 

Transport sector set for transformation

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The final version of the national Department of Transport’s 14-month study – Moving South Africa (MSA) – to determine the transport challenges facing South Africa at the start of the twenty-first century was released earlier this month, containing several ‘action... 

IT upgrade for local transport company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 ROAD transport company Cargo Carriers has installed an end-to-end networking solution comprising a 3Com wide-area network (Wan) and local area networks (Lans). The installation, which is already yielding substantial operational benefits, forms an integral part of Cargo’s multi-million rand... 

Road-training programme planned

By: System Author     28th May 1999 UK transport research company TRL and CSIR Transportek will be jointly hosting a training programme on ‘Managing and Financing Rural Transport’ in Pretoria towards the end of the year. The training programme, which is being promoted by the World Bank, is the third of its kind to be... 

Tied up in big cost-conversion dilemma

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Local copper manufacturers have applied a rod conversion cost which is determined in US dollars, causing a dilemma in the South African cable-manufacturing industry. “We fail to understand how local producers of copper can quote certain prices in an international currency,” comments... 

Brass beats steel

By: System Author     21st May 1999 In many industries, even the automotive industry, tradition dominates materials selection. Many designers, engineers and purchasing managers are convinced that brass is too expensive for simple repetition-turned products. While the off-the-shelf cost of brass raw material may be more than twice... 

South African company wins Greek export orders

By: System Author     21st May 1999 LOCAL company Bosal Automotive has secured orders from Nissan and Hyundai original equipment (OE) manufacturers in Greece for the supply of its Brospeed high-performance exhaust systems. The systems, which will be used in high-performance sports vehicles, can deliver between an 8% to 12% increase... 

R7m expansion for vehicle brake maker

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The largest brake manufacturer in Africa, Girlock, will embark on a R7-million expansion project next year, spurred by positive expectations in future local market demand and several export orders. The company expects that one of its largest clients will soon follow the strategy of BMW and... 

Local company clinches R20m truck deal

By: System Author     14th May 1999 DESPITE a decline of some 25% in new truck sales, Iveco SA has clinched a massive deal worth R20-million in one of the biggest export orders of heavy vehicles to Africa to date. The deal, which involves the sale of 39 EuroTrakker 720E42HT and 720E31 truck tractors, was brokered by Hall’s... 

Big industrial push mooted for Durban

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The combination of a new container port and a petrochemical hub is just one of the findings contained within a draft South Durban Basin strategic environmental assessment (SEA), to be handed over to the Durban Metro Council by June this year. The study was commissioned more than two years ago by... 

Unique Italian design concept for SA dealership

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Amotor-car dealership that has been designed to incorporate the Italian ‘piazza’ concept has been officially opened in Hatfield, Pretoria. Modelled on the original 1:1 architectural prototype in Germany, the volkswagen (VW) dealership is the first of its kind in the Southern... 

Perpetual motion for South Africa’s biggest-ever automotive export deal

By: System Author     7th May 1999 South Africa has a new golf king – and it is not Ernie Els. The Volkswagen Golf 4 is becoming as South African as Els – from an assembly viewpoint, that is. Awarded to Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) a year ago, the initial R5-billion export contract to the UK for 68 000 units of these... 

R4m lining contract for big cobalt plant

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The contract for the lining of vessels and bund areas on the Kasese cobalt process plant in Western Uganda, reported to be worth R4-million, has been awarded to corrosion-control company Gordon Bennett (GB), of Kliprivier, Gauteng, by Bateman Mineral and Industrial on behalf of Kasese Cobalt... 

Cost-effective mode of passenger transport

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Increased vehicle economy in the passenger transport industry could save South Africa’s minibus taxi industry millions of rands each year, reports Iveco Commercial Operations director Frans Cloete. “Light delivery vehicles converted into mini taxis are significantly cheaper than the... 

Austrian specialist sets up shop in SA

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Pneumatics specialist Hoerbiger, of Austria, has formed a new company in South Africa under the name Hoerbiger-Origa. The group bought rodless-cylinder manufacturer Origa, with all its global outlets, in 1992. “We established this company in South Africa in January, having decided last year... 

Choosing the correct pneumatic tool

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Selecting the correct pneumatic tool for a task enhances productivity greatly, improves quality control, and increases profits, reports Bellambie Mining and Industrial marketing manager Dudley Ward. “To ensure optimum performance and extended operating life of pneumatic tools, proper... 

Pumps for trucks

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A FURTHER seven progressing-cavity pumps have been delivered to Sasol Mining Explosive (SMX) of Witbank, Mpumalanga, for installation in the company’s down-the-hole explosive trucks. The pumps will be used for on-site mixing and dispensing of an emulsion-type explosive directly in to... 

Forklift truck contract awarded

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Gauteng company Criterion Equipment has been awarded a contract to supply 13 new TCM 700 series forklift trucks and two TCM reach trucks to car manufacturer BMW. Equipped with a suspension seat, full hydrostatic steer axle and a wide-view 18-roller mast, the trucks are safe to operate and offer... 

From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Streamlining slurry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE transportation of abrasive and corrosive solids is often coupled with a costly maintenance budget. The GIW works of KSB Pumps has developed a unique problem-solving solution that maximises the capital investment of slurry pumps. This approach begins by analysing the system and pump... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Stronghold established in emergency-vehicle market in the US

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The well-known series 60 engine from the Detroit Diesel Corporation is establishing a stronghold in the emergency vehicle market with standard inclusion in the US Pierce fire engines, supplied to the South African market by local agent HAB International. The electronically-controlled engine is... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

SA motor industry plan on offer to SADC

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 South Africa is planning to extend its motor industry development programme (MIDP) to the rest of Southern Africa, Engineering News can today report. Department of Trade and Industry director Johan Cloete reveals that it will offer the MIDP to all 11 countries currently participating in the... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

R7m turbine order from US to be finalised

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 With only months to go before it would have celebrated its centenary, Glacier Bearings was renamed by the Federal Mogul (FM) group, and is now known as FM Large Bearings as of January 1 this year. “Glacier Bearings used to form part of Johannesburg stock exchange-listed T&N Holdings, part... 

First shipment of new bearings arrives

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sole distributor of SRB split roller-bearings, OE Bearings, of Selby, Gauteng, released the mark 20 split roller-bearing on to the South African market at the beginning of the year. “The first shipment of the new bearings has arrived, and there are more on their way,” reports OE... 

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

‘Open sesame’ for SA automotive exports

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ocal car manufacturer Samcor is now capable of supplying every market, following the Ford Q1 quality certification awarded to its assembly plant, supply operations and parts distribution centre. Samcor group MD Lewis Booth tells Engineering News that the company will be able to supply into any... 

Shot in arm for vehicle security

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An increased concern for the safety of people in vehicles is driving the South African bullet-resistant glass industry to develop stronger security glass, reveals SA Bullet Resistant Glass MD Hilton Franks. Soaring vehicular crime levels have resulted in the establishment of a specialised vehicle... 

Hi-tech theft solution

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the world, and this has led Midrand-based electronics developer Analysis, Management & Systems (AMS) to offer a hi-tech solution that brings hope to embattled owners and drivers. CarSafe is a novel and inexpensive vehicle-security... 

Motor company matures

By: System Author     19th March 1999 With a turnover of more than R2,5-billion last year, the Wheels of Africa group has matured since its establishment five years ago, and the challenges presented by global economic conditions are met in an aggressive, proactive manner, reports group chairperson Billy Rautenbach. Rightsizing to... 

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