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Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

Gearless transmission systems developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Fuel savings of more than 17% compared with conventional manual gearboxes have been achieved with the infinitely-variable transmission (IVT) system developed by UK specialist Torotrak. This, and a number of other key advantages claimed over conventional manual, automatic and... 

Development of Centurion industrial park on track

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE development of Truck City, forming part of Century Business Park, is on track with three out of eight sites left for development. The balance of the sites at the park have been earmarked for the development of retail, light industrial operations and warehousing and will be proclaimed in... 

New road to save billions

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE private sector is set to save R1,2-billion each year on completion of Pretoria’s proposed western bypass (the PWV9 route), together with required support roads. This is significantly more than the R350-million that was previously estimated to be saved and means a massive saving of... 

Research project proves process

By: System Author     18th June 1999 BASED in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, Bucco Canopies produces fibreglass canopies for the commercial vehicle market. The company is an established force in the long-distance vehicle canopy market, having been a leading manufacturer for more than 35 years. In the current economic climate, the need to... 

R4-million upgrade for Krugersdorp plant

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Bosal Automotive has invested R4-million in a comprehensive upgrading of its Krugersdorp plant. The plant manufactures towbars, grilleguards and rollbars and the Brospeed performance exhaust systems. According to Bosal Automotive MD Ron Sams the plant layout has been revamped to... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

R11m in projects for Cape Town airport

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Projects to the value of R11,3-million have been announced by Cape Town International Airport (CIA) to improve parking facilities and enhance traffic flows. To be implemented by September, the upgrade includes the installation of a pay-on-foot system, 900 additional parking bays, shade netting... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

Contract soon for e-billboards at Jhb stations

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The winner of a contract to erect electronic billboards at 40 Wits Metrorail stations in Johannesburg area will be announced this month. The billboards will improve on the existing system of communicating with passengers regarding train schedules. “The present system is a little clumsy and... 

SA guided parachutes for Kosovo aid plan?

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South African product could benefit many ‘internally displaced people’ (IDP) in war-torn Kosovo, Engineering News can today report. That product is a guided cargo parachute system, developed by IST Dynamics of Pretoria. Ethnic cleansing has caused thousands upon thousands of Kosovar... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

Prototype wagon for R600m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A world leader in heavy-haulage transport Spoornet will be exhibiting a prototype at Africa Rail ’99 used to develop a wagon that has resulted in a supply contract to Sweden totalling potentially more than R600-million. “The contract was awarded to us in February last year by Swedish... 

First rotary-screw compressor for SA rail

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first prototype rotary-screw compressor to be used in a rail-transportation application in South Africa has been installed in a Spoornet Class ‘E’ freight locomotive operating in the Belfast, Mpumalanga, area. The TrackAir Mahle rotary-screw compressor was installed by CompAir... 

Ticket machine contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A feature of Reunert Communication Systems’ (RCS) exhibit at Africa Rail ’99 will be its redevelopments of ticket-issuing machines. One of the activities of the company is the development, integration and maintenance of ticket-issuing devices, as well as communication networks for... 

New electric-motor company opened in Gauteng

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Cape Town-based electric-motor imports and distribution company Motorelli has decided to spread its wings, and has opened a branch in Gauteng. Director Mark Schell reports that Motorelli has also awarded subdistributorships to a number of companies at the beginning of the year, including... 

Oxo-alcohol projects

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE key to what could be a sizeable portion of Sasol’s future chemical beneficiation and product development over the next few years lies in Oxo process technology, report senior process-technology specialists at Sasol Technology in Johannesburg. Currently under advanced investigation is... 

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... 

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