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Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Britain to keep preferential access for poor countries, post-Brexit

By: Keith Campbell     7th July 2017 The British Government has publicly committed itself to maintaining duty-free access to British markets for the world’s least-developed countries (LDCs, as defined by the United Nations) following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). London further expressed a desire to increase trade... 

Fashion holds significant opportunity for Africa’s small businesses

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th June 2017 Leveraging Africa’s textiles and clothing industry, interspersed with the fashion industry, the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) new Fashionomics platform has the potential to create more jobs, stimulate the development of small businesses and generate millions in economic contributions over... 

R1.3bn Atlantis fabrics manufacturing facility to create 200 jobs 

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2017 A R1.3-billion fabrics manufacturing facility is to be built in Atlantis, in the Western Cape, creating 200 jobs. Czech company, PEGAS Nonwovens, will build the plant and will train Atlantis residents in the Czech Republic. 

Czech textile company to invest R1bn in Atlantis factory

By: African News Agency      28th February 2017 A textile manufacturer from the Czech Republic is to build a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Atlantis, in the Western Cape, in a R1-billion investment that would create hundreds of jobs for local residents, Wesgro said on Tuesday. The Western Cape’s tourism, trade and investment... 

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing

     10th February 2017 Technology solutions to personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Dromex’s Arc Flash Protera workwear recently passed the Open Air Arc test. The test was performed by life cycle management solutions company Kinectrics, at its Arc test facility in Canada. 

Arc Flash workwear passes international testing
Photo by Bloomberg
HOT STUFF The Arc Flash Protera workwear protects against the thermal hazards of electric arc

Sacci calls on members to help avert ratings agency downgrade

By: David Oliveira     6th October 2016 South Africa’s current economic growth does not reflect the country’s potential and the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) members must help build the economy and steer the country to success, says the chamber’s president Vusi Khumalo. Addressing delegates at the Sacci... 

Company offers software system to manage PPE across industries

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Health and safety solutions group Bramhope is offering a first-of-its-kind software system that measures, assesses, evaluates and manages personal protective equipment (PPE) free of charge to contracted customers. “Since the system’s initial launch in 2007, many improvements have been introduced.... 

SCBA launched for SA market  

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa launched the AirXpress 2 Fire – a new economical self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) – onto the South African market last month, officially unveiling it to the public at the 2016 Electra Mining Africa Expo that took place from September 12 to 16, at... 

SCBA launched  for SA market
MSA Africa’s product marketing manager Suraksha Mohun discusses the The AirXpress 2 Fire suitable for firefighting, rescue operations, escape scenarios, confined-space entry, and search and rescue missions.

Specialised workwear meets industry needs

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th September 2016 Safety-wear manufacturer MB Workwear is focussed on providing specialised and technologically advanced garments using the latest and best fabric innovations, including new antistatic inherently flame-resistant coveralls to meet the evolving needs of the industries it serves. The company is... 

Gelvenor Textiles sold to South African investor

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 South African private equity firm Jacobs Capital has acquired Gelvenor Textiles from Courthiel Holdings, which is owned by German corporate investor Claas Daun, for an undisclosed amount. Gelvenor Textiles manufactures industrial, technical apparel, outdoor lifestyle, protective and aeronautical... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Fifteen years ago Dr Chris Leatt witnessed the death of a fellow motorcycle rider a few weeks after his four-year-old son, Matthew, got on a bike and fell in love with the sport. “Alan Selby had fallen at the top of a hill and I travelled up with the paramedic to assist,” says Leatt from his home... 

Cape Town doctor aiming to rewrite the sports safety-gear script

Largest fibre manufacturing plant opens in KZN

     27th May 2016 Nonwoven product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal – which is one of six Fibertex factories in the world – is now the largest nonwoven geotextiles manufacturing facility in Africa. 

Largest fibre  manufacturing plant opens in KZN
POLYPROPYLENE PELLETS Some of the products produced by Fibretex are made from polypropylene

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications 

By: Terence Creamer     31st March 2016 South Africa’s black industrialists funding forum had its inaugural meeting in mid-March to consider 50 applications from aspirant black-owned manufacturing enterprises, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies revealed this week. Speaking following a meeting with the Black Business Council... 

Black industrialists funding forum sifting through first 50 applications

Localisation can be game-changer for SA – DTI 

By: News24Wire      16th March 2016 South Africa missed a golden opportunity by not manufacturing its own boilers and transformers for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, which are currently under construction. This is according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director general Lionel October, who briefed MPs... 

Localisation can be game-changer for SA – DTI
Photo by Duane Daws
DTI DG Lionel October

Growthpoint H1 results carried by V&A Waterfront, Aus properties

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2016 JSE-listed Growthpoint has, amid “hugely challenging economic and operating conditions”, recorded a dip in headline earnings a share to 59.72c for the six months ended December 31. This was 11.49c lower than the comparative period of 2014 and significantly lower than the 149.42c apiece reported... 

Growthpoint H1 results carried by V&A Waterfront, Aus properties

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa

By: David Oliveira     25th February 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed government’s announced efforts to reduce its expenditure; however, the organisation remained concerned about the lack of concrete plans to address the country’s slow economic growth. Speaking a day after... 

Lack of planning to address slow economic growth worrying – Seifsa
Photo by Duane Daws
Seifsa chief economist Henk Langenhoven

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th February 2016 While market acceptance of wearable technology – clothing and accessories incorporating computer and advanced electronic technologies – is on the increase, regulation and policy frameworks surrounding the use of this fast-growing technology in the workplace need to be discussed. An online survey... 

Survey shows wearable technology buy-in
PwC actuarial, risk and quants division associate director Nanie Rothman discusses wearables in the workplace and the outcomes of a survey testing market acceptance. Date recorded: 09.02.2016. Camerawork and videoediting: Nicholas Boyd.

Clothing, textiles industry can be saved by consumption

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2015 Despite arresting some of the decades-long gradual decline in the textiles and clothing sectors, it was time South Africa changed direction in its approach to saving this once-thriving industry. This was the view of University of the Witwatersrand Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development... 

Clothing, textiles industry can be saved by consumption
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