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Bearings and Bushes

Local industry struggles against the import tide

By: cheryl reddy     10th November 2006 The introduction of imported, inferior-quality products into the South African bearings and bushes market is hindering the progress of local companies trying to make their mark in the industry. 

User-friendly plummer block units launched

10th November 2006 Manufacturer SNR has released a new range of plummer block units. 

Big savings promised from bearing installation at platinum mine

10th November 2006 Four years after installing a split bearing at a large conveyor belt at Anglo Platinum’s Frank shaft in Rustenburg, the bearing supplied and fitted by OE Bearings is still running, saving the miner a significant amount of money, reports sectional engineer Dirk Erasmus. 

Bearings contract awarded for Zambian mine expansion

By: cheryl reddy     10th November 2006 Local bearings company, Wide Range Engineering has been contracted to manufacture the new 239/1180 rod mill bearing housings in conjunction with FAG South Africa, for the crusher plant that will host 239/1180 FAG spherical roller bearings with a higher load carrying capacity to meet the growing... 

German firm expands capacity

10th November 2006 Rothe Erde GmbH, a company of ThyssenKrupp Technologies, Germany, has placed an order with SMS Eumuco, Witten, Germany for the supply of a further ring-rolling machine for its manufacturing works in Dortmund. 

Comprehensive range of spares on offer

10th November 2006 CSE Equipment Company has a spares and accessories division offering the agricultural, construction and turf industries a comprehensive range of quality branded original equipment and replacement parts. 

Industrial-products firm optimistic that sales will recover

By: peter cromberge     10th February 2006 Hudaco, the JSE-listed distributor of industrial products and security equipment, reported strong sales in its retail sector as a result of growth in spending on housing and commercial properties. 

Empowered manufacturer poised for growth

11th November 2005 Industrial plain and whitemetal bearing manufacturer GB Bearings is poised for growth following its recently-announced empowerment accreditation and a move to new premises in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Machine-tools sector offering growth potential

11th November 2005 Leading bearings distributor Bearing Man believes the South African machine-tools industry has material growth prospects and it has, therefore, positioned itself for opportunities in that market. 

Whole greater than sum of the parts

11th November 2005 It is just over a year since SKF, leading global manufacturers of bearings and associated products, sealing systems, power transmissions and couplings, acquired sole Sub Sahara Africa (SSA) distributorship for the THK linear product range and the alliance is well on track for success in this market. 

Innovation raises quality and performance

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2005 NTN bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by Invicta Bearings and Transmission, are used in all main industry segments, including earthmoving equipment, mining machinery and the quality demanding computer drive, machine tool and aerospace industries. 

Supply crunch forces higher stock holdings

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2005 Asian economies consuming the lion's share of global production 

'Distributors do add value'

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2005 While many argue that middlemen are simply a curse and lead to higher prices one distributor is standing up for the role such companies and individuals play. 

Less downtime promised with split-roller solution

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2005 The bronze-bush bearings at Lothlorien Paper’s drying cylinders were converted three years ago to SRB split-roller bearings, and supplier, OE Bearings, reports that, despite temperatures exceeding 100?C, the original bearings remain operational and are working well. 

Proper selection key to efficient operation

11th November 2005 The German-manufactured Kukko mechanical and hydraulic pulling tools, distributed by Bellambie Mining & Industrial, is designed for applications that require bearing fitting and extraction. 

Chinese bearings make South African inroads

By: Mariaan Webb     11th November 2005 Local bearing supplier Zhou’s Enterprise has increased its product range to include power transmission products, oil seals and circlips to complement its range of Chinese bearings. 

Two new minibearings released

11th November 2005 Igus (Cologne) has extended its “gubal system”, comprising self-adjusting bearings made completely of plastic, by another two new mini bearings ready for series production. 

Substantial spares range on offer

11th November 2005 The spares and accessories division of CSE Equipment Company offers a comprehensive range of quality branded original equipment and replacement parts, which caters for the agricultural, construction and turf industries. 

Operating in hostile environments

11th November 2005 Gauteng-based Siemag Blanes specialises in the design and manufacture of hoisting systems for the South African mining industry, including platinum, gold and chromium. 

Ball-bearings increase pump service life

7th October 2005 Leading bearing technology company SKF also manufactures and supplies angular contact ball bearings to meet requirements for pump manufacturers. 

Reliable seals for hydraulic cylinders

29th April 2005 Bearing Man’s seals division has a range of viton chevron packs, designed for reliable sealing in rod and piston applications for hydraulic cylinders that are used in high temperature applications and corrosive environments. 

Drives for sewage treatment applications

1st April 2005 Bearing Man’s gear products division, Power Drives, has a range of drives designed specially for sewage-treatment applications. 

Danie Coetser

11th February 2005 Full name: Danie Coetser Position: Timken South Africa MD, since May 1, 2000 Main activity of the company: The manufacture of railroad bearings and the distribution of imported bearings Date and place of birth: September 16, 1957, Johannesburg Education: Matric completed in Estcourt,... 

Rail-bearing remanufacture spurred on by BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     21st January 2005 The newly-created company Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA), in which empowerment consortium Bokamoso has a 26% equity share, will mainly be used as vehicle to grow Timken South Africa’s rail-bearing remanufacturing business in the Southern African market. 

Ex-rail boss clinches rail bearings BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     6th January 2005 A broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium, Bokamoso Investments, led by former Spoornet CEO Zandile Jakavulu, has acquired a 26% equity share of Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA). 

New powerdrives for wine industry

19th November 2004 A new product for the winery and brewery industries has entered the South African market, and is available from local supplier Bearing Man. 

Alloy poised to be new bearing-market standard

12th November 2004 After several years of intensive work by US company Brush Wellman engineers and success in the field, a copper-nickel-tin alloy which the company has trademarked ToughMet may be on the verge of becoming a new standard in the bearings and bushings market. 

Local firm, UK partner develop versatile bearing

12th November 2004 The new compact SRB split-plummer block bearing is the first split cylindrical roller-bearing assembly to be dimensionally interchangeable with standard SN and SD series plummer blocks, bringing the benefits of a split design to a wider user base. 

Firm supplies big chunk of police-lab equipment

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 A large portion of the linear-auto- mation equipment for the DNA- analysis project at the South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) forensic laboratory in Pretoria is being supplied by East Rand-based Tectra Automation. 

Rand squeeze prompts innovative strategies

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 The South African bearings industry has been in the doldrums for much of this year, prompting suppliers and manufacturers to develop innovative approaches to remain competitive. 

Firm seeks to increase exports to Europe, US

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 South African bearing polymer manufacturer Vesco Plastics is looking to expand its exports, while promoting new technology for the design and manufacture of large bearings. 

Thrust of bearing research shifts to steel composition

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Future developments in bearings will not be significant changes in design, but improvements in material composition and improved manufacturers’ knowledge of product behaviour under operating conditions, says SKF application engineer and maintenance-products specialist Giscard Lailvaux. 

Empowerment deal consolidates bearings maker's market position

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Newly-black-empowered large-bearings supplier GB Bearings is looking to consolidate its presence in the South African market through further empowerment deals, while simultaneously investigating opportunities for exporting to the rest of Africa, Europe and Australasia. 

Firm in empowerment tie-up

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Local distributor of engineering consumables Bearing Man is securing an empowerment partner that will add value to the company’s broad-based operational structure. 

French bearings maker enters local market

12th November 2004 ??French bearing manufacturer SNR Roulements has announced that it has re-entered the South African market. 

Acquisition extends company's product range

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Local bearings manufacturer SKF South Africa turns 90 this year. On the eve of this important milestone, MD Rob MacKenzie and GM for reliability systems in sub-Saharan Africa Ray Mullen tell Engineering News of the ways in which the company has diversified its portfolio to supply its customers... 

New factory to provide a wider seal variety

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Up until 1990, bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa had limited access to seals. However, in 1990, it acquired Chicago Rawhide, which is one of the leading seal brands in the world. 

Project demonstrated broadened abilities

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 In March 2003, Sappi Tugela awarded SKF South Africa with a R5,5-million contract, which formed part of a R250-million project, to assist in the upgrade of the paper machine Four (PM4). 

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