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Contract strategy slashes costs

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Alliancing, a contract strategy not well known in South Africa, but applied successfully on mega projects in the global oil and gas industry, is working well for Mossgas and Dresser Kellogg Energy Services (DKES), the programme manager for the EM gasfield development in the Bredasdorp basin. In... 

Presentation skills are the key to maintaining good business relations

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Looking into the twenty-first century, the challenge to marketers will be to find innovative and strategic ways of marketing their products. This rapid change is making companies relook at their marketing strategies. Focused marketing support and innovative tactics will become increasingly... 

Engineering skills shortage rings alarm bells

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is an alarming shortage of school-leavers entering engineering and technology-orientated professions, a state of affairs which will have drastic repercussions for South Africa’s ability to compete in the global market, Ort-Step CEO Arthur Cotton tells Engineering News. The root of... 

One of South Africa’s first private universities

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The marketplace desperately needs people who are well qualified and who have the necessary practical skills. Skills-orientated education in South Africa received a big boost when Midrand Campus started operating as a university from January. Current and prospective students have the opportunity... 

Labour no-show at wage briefing

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The function to announce a landmark wage agreement between labour and employers in the metals industry had to be cancelled after the National Union of Metal-workers of South Africa failed to turn up. A joint labour-business briefing had been planned for 10:00 last Friday at Dorbyl House in... 

This is the banquet tent that engineers built

By: System Author     25th June 1999 While politicians were caught in a race to obtain the most votes at the polls in the June election, the engineers of Arup Consulting Engineers of Durban and Johannesburg were racing against time to design and construct a tent to be used for the formal inauguration banquet. The project, which took... 

‘Jobs’ vs ‘careers’ in South Africa’s changing work environment

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Over the last two decades, attitudes towards and expectations of ‘careers’ and ‘jobs’ have changed substantially. In a bygone era, you joined a company in your youth and stayed till retirement. But the whole working environment has changed: nowadays a ‘career’... 

Top marks for practical-training facility

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Engineering students from the Rand Afrikaans University (Rau) are the first in what is sure to be a long line of university engineering students to make use of Amalgamated Beverage Indus-tries’ (ABI’s) technical training facility on the West Rand to augment their theoretical knowledge... 

Internet is new teacher

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The department of mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch has been offering Master’s degree programmes and individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television since the beginning of this year. This is the first time Master’s degree... 

Mozal is on schedule and within budget

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Mozal aluminium smelter project at Maputo in Mozambique remains on schedule and on budget. Engineering exceeded the planned 4% progress for April, achieving 5%. Overall progress was on target at the end of April, with a total of 70%. The engineering department has now passed the peak work... 

System integrators bridge gap with clients

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Achieving world-class competitiveness demands world-class solutions. For any business today, this includes identifying the best possible route to maximise productivity, minimise costs, and obtain direct access to the kind of information that forms the basis of proactive, good-quality... 

Plant-automation success story

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Hi-tech integration company IST Industria,l of Pretoria, is an appointed system integrator for Schneider Electric products. The company has, over the past eight years, completed various installations using many Schneider products. Its focus lies in the provision of innovative, cost-effective,... 

Directors could be liable for pollution

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOUTH African directors have entered a new era in which their responsibilities have been extended from not merely producing maximum profits for the company, but also exercising care and skill when making decisions on behalf of the company. This was the message from Van Onselen O’Connell... 

Peruvian flag carrier to fly again?

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PERU’S erstwhile national airline, Aeroperu, may fly again following a decision by US carrier Continental Airlines to take a 49% share in the bankrupt company, reveals Aeroperu president Roberto Abusada. He did not, however, reveal how much this investment would cost Continental, but... 

Official accreditation body

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The University of pretoria’s graduate school of management is a leader in logistics, and has just become the official accreditation body in South Africa on behalf of the European Certification Board for Logistics. “We have taken the lead to implement value-chain optimisation at Sappi... 

Softer-skills fall in training spotlight

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A general consensus among management sees being able to maintain one’s competitive edge in most industries today as becoming increasingly difficult. Progressive companies are realising that their staff are their competitive edge in today’s volatile socio-economic work environment. So... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Smelter strives to keep rising costs at bay

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Intended to assist in securing Bayside Aluminium’s position in the global aluminium market, a business process re-engineering exercise undertaken by Deloitte Consulting is realising substantial benefits for this Richards Bay smelter. “In a commodity market where prices are constantly... 

Alliance to boost oil production

By: System Author     25th June 1999 AN alliance between global enterprise resource planning (ERP) leader, SAP, and Landmark Graphics Corporation, a leading provider of integrated exploration, drilling, production and data management solutions, will benefit Africa’s exploration and production of oil. The two companies have... 

Total quality model for business urged

By: System Author     18th June 1999 uality of products and services, as well as competi- tiveness, are not determined by a country, but by the companies within the country – multinationals such as vehicle manufacturers have proved this by maintaining a single standard at their operations in First World and Third World... 

Major German merger benefits SA subsidary

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The merging of two large German companies – and a new alliance with a US engineering firm – has helped a wholly-owned South African subsidiary to win a refinery-upgrade contract. Following the coming together in Germany of steel contender Thyssen and stainless-steel giant Krupp,... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Australian export order secured

By: System Author     18th June 1999 ELECTRIFICATION and refrigeration company Stantronic has completed an export order of self-contained refrigerated display cases to Australia. It was the Group’s ‘Cooltech’ branded vertical display chiller that was exported to one of Western Australia’s fastest-growing... 

Y2K bug could threaten automatic billing systems

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Consulting engineers who use telephone-management systems which bill clients automatically for consulting time may find that year 2000 (Y2K) millennium bugs in these systems will render this facility useless come January 1, 2000. However, problems can be avoided if steps are taken to ensure that... 

Mapleton area to ease industrial squeeze

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The Mapleton area, south of Boksburg on the East Rand, could be the answer to the growing saturation of industrial areas such as Jet Park, Hughes Industrial Park and Anderbolt. Boksburg transitional local council (TLC) chief town planner Alriech Bestbier tells Engineering News that at present... 

On a roll for 25 years

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Established in Durban 25 years ago as a one-stop bearing company, Bearing Man has extended its operation significantly to become what it claims is Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, seals, power transmission components, industrial gearboxes and belting. “Bearing Man’s... 

New SA transmission system developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New technology, destined to revolutionise the multibillion-rand power transmission industry worldwide, has been developed by engineering company Jupiter, of Durban. The stepless drive system has been successfully tested and is already attracting considerable local and international interest.... 

Tap opens on R780m Western Cape dam

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Construction of the R780-million Skuifraam dam and Skuifraam supplement scheme on the upper Berg river in the vicinity of Franschhoek and Paarl are going ahead. The implementation of these two development options form part of an integrated water-resource management approach for the Greater Cape... 

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... 

Leading SA supplier celebrates 75 years

By: System Author     4th June 1999 General engineering equipment and service supplier to the Southern African market Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a supplier of electrical, mechanical and electronic products to industry, it has built a reputation on understanding and meeting the challenges... 

Mixed bag of global and local technologies

By: System Author     4th June 1999 One of the largest and oldest privately-owned general engineering equipment and service suppliers in Southern Africa, Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company offers a mix of global and local technologies and associated services. It is distinguished by its ability to... 

Switching on to importance of safety

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Safety throughout industry is of critical importance, and in materials-handling situations perhaps more so than some others. On conveyor belts, large masses of materials are often moving at quite high speeds over long distances. The ability to stop the belt if some emergency arises is thus an... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Electronic-product provider powers up its solutions range

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Power electronic product and solution provider Saftronics was established in 1966 by Bonne Posma. The company has built its reputation on supplying power electronic products from international suppliers and developing custom-manufactured power electronic solutions of the highest quality to meet... 

New ball-and-cone torque limiter

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new type of ball-and-cone torque limiter for extra-large shafts, newly launched by British Autogard of the UK, has been a big success, particularly in the cement industry. Stratford Engineering is the sole representative of British Autogard for Sub-Saharan Africa. In one application, two of... 

Revamped Web site a hit for engineering firm

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In honour of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, Stratford Engineering has undergone a big revision of its Internet Web site in an attempt to bring its products and services more directly to the attention of potential users. In response to the revamp the site is reportedly receiving almost 6... 

Range of time switches

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A range of Grasslin electronic time switches is available from Stratford Engineering, the sole distributor for Grasslin in sub-Saharan Africa. The V 86 range can be supplied for one to four channels of switching, and are the ultimate in ease of operation. Its operational philosophy allows users... 

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