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Capital Equipment News

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Quad bikes and side-by-side vehicles used for rough terrains 

By: Victor Moolman     26th May 2017 Distributed in South Africa by equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), single seater quads and side-by-sides – two-and three-seater vehicles – are used for robust tasks. 

Quad bikes and  side-by-side vehicles  used for rough terrains
Smith Power Equipment Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden explains the advantages and uses of the small off-road vehicles. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’ 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies showcased four recipients of government’s flagship Black Industrialist programme (BIP) during his Budget Vote on Tuesday, but astonishingly refused to release the names of all 46 recipients of the non-refundable government grants and concessional loans.... 

DTI refuses to release list of black industrialist scheme beneficiaries for fear they will be ‘harassed’
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2017 A leading trade expert is urging those South African businesses currently benefiting from preferential market access to the US under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) to begin to “wean” themselves off such benefits, owing to the increased risk of those preferences being revoked ahead... 

South Africa’s Agoa eligibility likely to come under pressure before 2025, trade expert warns
Tutwa Consulting Group MD Peter Draper

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment
Photo by Duane Daws
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 The uptake of new information technology (IT) in industrial automation has traditionally been at a slower rate compared with that of the broader information, communications and technology (ICT) sector, says the Society for Automation Instrumentation, Measurements and Control (SAIMC) professional... 

Control and instrumentation play rugged role in industry
TRIED AND TESTED Companies still use more traditional tried and tested architectures for projects locally

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry
MACHINE TOOLS AFRICA 2017 Interactive displays at the MTA will include live demonstrations and technical presentations

Machines produce components for isotope facility

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Machine component manufacturer Precision Separators bought six computer numerical control (CNC) machines from machine industry company Hurco to manufacture and produce components for private company Klydon’s medical isotope facility MoF6. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July
Photo by Petrus Saayman
FULLY AUTOMATED The tandem horizontal boring mill is fully automated and programmable

Robotic solution for machine tools industry

     28th April 2017 When it comes to the automated feeding of machine tools, the choice of the right robot set-up and manipulator is a key element in the planning process, says Japanese robotics company Yaskawa. 

Robotic solution for  machine tools industry
CONTROL CONCEPT Finding the right software structure is just as important as the hardware

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

New app measures at safe distance

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 With the introduction of the SmartBlue application (app), to be used alongside its FMR 10 and FMR 20 handheld radar devices, measurement and automation equipment manufacturer Endress + Hauser says the app allows for radar measurements to be taken in hazardous and difficult-to-reach places at... 

New app measures  at safe distance
HENNIE BLIGNAUT The Internet of Things is here to stay

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

New excavator  brought to Africa
Smith Power Equipment GM Tom Bloom explains the advantages of using Kubota equipment. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation
SA French MD Quentin van Breda talks about new crane technology and the challenges in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines  to build campus
EASY PRODUCTION The machines can produce new blocks within 14 seconds

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant
The new fully automated chain-manufacturing facility

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects 

     6th April 2017 Lifting solutions company SA French recently showcased its permanent and temporary lifting gear in an effort to show customers its potential in various sectors.  

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects
Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

 South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies (centre), with Lionel October (left) and Yunus Hoosen at the launch of the InvestSA one-stop shop in Pretoria

Bell Equipment's earnings contract in difficult FY16

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 JSE-listed Bell Equipment, emerging from one of the most challenging years in its history, on Thursday said it did not achieve its goal of delivering financially sustainable results in 2016. Hit with tough trading conditions, the discovery of fraud and mismanagement in the group's operation in... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times and the group’s prospects 

By: David Oliveira     10th March 2017 JSE-listed Barloworld announced the appointment of new CEO Dominic Sewela, who replaced the outgoing Clive Thomson last month. Thomson was appointed in December 2006 and managed the South African industrial giant during some of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. 

Outgoing Barloworld CEO on surviving tough times  and the group’s prospects
Outgoing Barloworld CEO Clive Thomson discusses his tenure at the helm of the South African industrial conglomerate. Camerawork:Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Challenging times call for innovation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 It remains imperative for companies to remain innovative, especially amid the construction industry’s facing a dilemma, with local infrastructure – including power, road, water and sewerage infrastructure – in dire need of upgrading, while very little money is being spent on civil construction... 

Challenging times  call for innovation
HOISTS GAIN POPULARITY SA French’s high-speed rack and pinion hoists are proving to be an effective complement to traditional tower cranes

New black-owned compressed-air company launched 

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 The South African compressed-air industry has celebrated its first 100% black-owned company following the launch of Enza Air, a division of industrial holdings company Asani Group, in Johannesburg earlier this month. “This is a very important day for us and signals the birth of a new player in... 

New black-owned compressed-air  company launched
Enza Air launch. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

Company aims to be lead supplier

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI) will be proactive this year in its aim of offering one of the most comprehensive power transmission product ranges available on the local market, says BI CEO Burtie Roberts. BI business unit head Ross Trevelyan points out that in terms of... 

Company aims  to be lead supplier
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT OFFERING The main benefit of the brands represented by BI is cost saving and reduced downtime

Complete solution provided for medium voltage applications

     27th January 2017 Last month, automation solutions provider Weg launched the new MVW3000 series of variable speed drives (VSDs) for voltages from 2.3 kV to 8 kV and power levels from 280 kW to 2 400 kW. Weg highlights that this series is built with multilevel technology and cascaded H-bridge inverters. The... 

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Earthmoving machine distributor Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa has unveiled a robotic system that improves the way in which the refurbishment of track shoes for Caterpillar bulldozers can be undertaken.  

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes
IMPROVING REFURBISHMENT An automated refurbishment robotic system enables technicians to refurbish track shoes more easily

Specialist to supply ten motors to Jhb water plant

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will supply ten of its new DRN IE3 premium efficiency motors from its DR series to the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, at the end of next month. The company will also supply six 45 kW motors... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

Bell Equipment launches tractor-loader-backhoe

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 South African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment launched its new L-series tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) to the domestic market in October.  

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses
DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it would be increasing prices on flat- and long-steel products from December 1 – a move it attributed to market movements, rising input costs and the need to staunch losses at its Vanderbijlpark Works. The group outlined... 

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

Effective construction materials delivered to Dukathole project

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Concrete brick, block and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) supplied a new PMSA VB4X plant to Dukathole Brickworks, in the Eastern Cape, that will manufacture M9, M6, M4, Maxi, Stockbricks, 80 mm paving, 60 mm paving and 50 mm paving for the project. The company details... 

Effective construction materials delivered  to Dukathole project
COMMUNITY BENEFITS One of the major benefits from the Dukathole project is the employment opportunities brought to the community
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