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EPCM work for diesel processing unit

26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that it was awarded the Hijau Gasoil Phase-1 project by petrochemicals giant Shell Refining Company (Federation of Malaysia), Malaysia.

The project comprises a new 6 000 t/d diesel processing unit, located in Port Dickson, Malaysia. Fluor will perform... 

Contracts awarded 
for aluminium complex

26th November 2010 Engineering firm Fluor Corporation won a series of contracts from the joint-venture (JV) comprising mining firm Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden), and aluminium smelter Alcoa, to provide program management consultancy (PMC) and engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM)... 

New SA-US alliance to shake up water treatment sector

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 The newly-formed African subsidiary of global water-treatment and process solutions giant Nalco Company is intent on becoming the leader in its field on the African continent within the next decade. 

Solutions for water and process sectors

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 The Water and Process Services (WPS) business unit of Nalco Africa is beginning to make significant strides within the South African market after less than a year in the country. 

Partnership lays foundation for success in Africa

By: Janice Healing     26th November 2010 A partnership agreement between leading South African chemical distributor Protea Chemicals and global water, air and energy solutions firm Nalco Company is set to pave the way for the new entity to become a formidable force on the African continent. 

Global technology for sustainability

26th November 2010 The global Nalco Company spends more than $90 million on research and development each year, and with the re-entry of the group to South Africa earlier this year, its leading-edge technologies are now available to the local market. 

Fifty-one years of service to the Southern African market 

By: sue charlton     26th November 2010 Dow Southern Africa has been operating in South Africa for 51 years and currently has a commercial and manufacturing presence in eight locations, employing nearly 200 people. Dow Southern Africa is part of the global Dow Chemicals Company, which has a presence in 160 countries. Dow is renowned... 

Taking advantage of global opportunities

By: Andrew Gillingham     19th November 2010 Metal Tool & Trade (MTT) is a window to the world for its customers, giving them easy access to non-ferrous metal bars, extrusions, coils and plate from Europe, Asia and the subcontinent. Further, the sourcing and procurement systems in place within the organisation provide considerable... 

Company grows from strength to strength

By: Andrew Gillingham     19th November 2010 In the 25 years since its formation, Metal Tool & Trade (MTT) has grown from a small operation importing around 100 t/y of product to a company that now sells 5 000 t/y. MTT opened its doors as an importer of semifinished products in nonferrous metals such as tubes, bars, sheets, foil and... 

High-quality products are key elements for SA company

By: Andrew Gillingham     19th November 2010 Companies with an eye on quality and those tackling demanding local and international markets form the foundation of Metal Tool & Trade’s customer base. CE Volker Schütte says quality is a key element in terms of the products the company imports into South Africa. 

New dimension 
on pricing

By: Andrew Gillingham     19th November 2010 Prices of semifinished products in nonferrous metal, in line with the cost of the underlying metals, have become increasingly volatile in recent years.  

Local industrial fasteners producer geared to design, manufacture to order 

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 A key player in the industrial fastners market, Tel-Screw Products, has been manufacturing and supplying industrial fasteners of all types in South Africa for the past 40 years. “We owe our success to three main factors. Firstly, we produce by far the most diverse range of fasteners on offer in... 

Proactive approach wins large share of electricity lines business

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 Industrial fastners producer Tel-Screw Products’ electrical transmission and distribution lines business has seen more rapid growth in the past five years than in any other equivalent period during the almost 30 years it has been producing special fasteners for this sector.  

Award winning technology

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 Goscor Cleaning Equipment’s (GCE’s) new award-winning Tennant ec-H2O technology, which converts plain tap water into an effective and efficient cleaning agent, is being heralded as a “miracle cleaner”, given the combination of its effectiveness as a cleaning agent and that it is environment... 

Keeping South Africa clean

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 An integral part of the Goscor group, since the inception of the company in 1984, Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE) boasts world-renowned brands including Tennant, Elgin, Italimpia, Ghibli, Green Machine, Guzzler and Vactor, and is a leading supplier of cleaning solutions to the South African... 

Giving South African businesses a lift

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has become a leading supplier to the logistics and warehousing industry in South Africa, boasting many blue-chip companies among its loyal customers including major retail stores, bottling plants, third-party logistic companies and engineering plants. 

Creative financial solutions key to success

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 One of the reasons for the Goscor Group’s success over the years, has been its ability to offer customers a wide range of creative financial solutions, it reports. In the broadest sense, this was the raison d’être for the creation of the highly successful Goscor Rental Company (GRC). 

Focused on partnership, service and specialisation

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 Bucking the trend is not unusual for leading industrial equipment supplier Goscor, during the past two years, while many of its competitors struggled, the group managed to grow its turnover to just under R500-million and expanded its workforce by more than 20% to 280 people.  

Solutions for a wider range of applications

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 Acquired by the Goscor group in 1986, Goscor Arc, reports that it is a leading solutions provider to the welding and cutting industries in Southern Africa. It originally built its name on the quality of its service and the Esab brand but more recently, took on the Lincoln Electric agency for this... 

Power products division reinvents itself, diversifies markets

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 Goscor Power Products (GPP) started business 14 years ago by primarily supplying engines to the lawnmower industry and being the Southern African distributor for Dixon Zero Turn Radius (ZTR) ride-on mowers.  

Focused on customer 
service

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 Tel-Screw Products’ versatility in being willing and able to provide what its customers need has been, and remains, a key factor in its success.  

New compressed air division more focused

By: Andrew Gillingham     22nd October 2010 In line with the group’s strategy of maintaining highly focused business units, Goscor recently spun off its successful compressed air business into a separate business unit. Formerly part of Goscor Power Products, the new division, which includes the Sullair range of products, is known as... 

New strategy will elevate company’s growth

By: Janice Healing     15th October 2010 South African engineering firm Compressor & Engine Engineering (C&E) is embarking on a growth strategy, which includes a refocus of its activities and an image overhaul. 

Focusing on technological innovation

By: Janice Healing     15th October 2010 Although it has diversified its activities beyond its original engineering focus, Compressor & Engine Engineering (C&E) has stayed true to its engineering roots with the development of several specialised products for specific applications, mostly notably for use in the locomotives sector. 

Military vehicle specialist gains strong foothold in Africa

By: Julian Kraft     17th September 2010 Specialist supplier of military vehicles, equipment and services to armies and police forces in Africa and internationally, International Vehicle & Equipment Marketing (IVEMA), is a small company with a big company approach.  

Remanufactured infantry fighting vehicle to be launched at African aerospace and defence show

By: Julian Kraft     17th September 2010 Military vehicles and equipment supplier International Vehicle & Equipment Marketing (IVEMA) will this month launch a remanufactured Ratel 6 x 6 infantry fighting vehicle fitted with a new Cummins diesel engine that has been specially adapted to fit into the Ratel’s engine compartment and... 

Demonstration centre to play key role in 
skills transfer

10th September 2010 Local supplier of welding consumables and equipment ESAB has included a demonstration centre at its new offices and warehousing facility, in the Longmeadow Business Estate, east of Johannesburg. 

Work on track at Medupi – JV partner

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Structural steel work producer A Leita Steel Construction reports that its involvement in State-owned power utility Eskom’s Medupi power station project is on track. 

Competitive pricing in the face of Chinese competition

By: Eleanor Seggie     10th September 2010 Welding equipment and consumables supplier Gillingham Welding Systems member Glen Gillingham says that business growth is being hampered by the amount of cheap, dubious-quality equipment available on the market – a challenge for many South African businesses. 

New standard to enhance certification scheme

10th September 2010 The Southern African Institute of Welding’s (SAIW’s) certification division SAIW Certification’s (SCERT’s) welding fabricators certification scheme, which accredits welding fabricators to the South African National Standards (SANS) 3834 standard, will be boosted by the SANS 347:2010, which is... 

Spotlight on the 
newly elected SAIW president

10th September 2010 University of Pretoria (UP) head for the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Professor Madeleine du Toit has been elected president of the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW).  

Supplier reports 
increased demand for welding equipment

10th September 2010 Industrial gases, welding equipment, consumables and related products supplier Weld-Cut Equipment is experiencing a growing demand for the Gemini range of welding electrodes and the mild steel metal inert gas (mig) range of wires. 

Swapping guns 
for welding rods

10th September 2010 The first group of 30 Niger Delta welder trainers recently graduated from the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), as international welding practitioners (IWP).  

Institute calls for structured skills development

10th September 2010 Welders need to be trained through a credible programme that delivers the high skill levels required by industry, as all programmes do not do this, Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) executive director Jim Guild claims. 

Project management key for career growth

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Project management is a discipline that engineers and other professionals neglect at their peril as the personal costs and the potential penalties can be significant. On the other side of the coin, good project management skills can take careers onto a faster track. 

Business focus on sustainability critical

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 Sustainability is a key issue in today’s business world, and Rhodes Investec Business School lecturer Simon Taylor says that when people are taught sustainability it provides them with a philosophical framework within which to work. 

Entrenching entrepreneurial behaviour and creativity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Business School is of the view that its MBA programme will not change the world, but its graduates will. 

MBA degrees are increasingly popular in the engineering fraternity

By: Andrew Gillingham     3rd September 2010 MBA degrees are very popular with engineers tend to be excellent students as they come from a strict and rigorous undergraduate degree background and they are often lateral thinkers. Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) digital marketing manager Sue Swart says this is a distinct advantage... 

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