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Furnace group targets further growth

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 International furnace company Tenova Pyromet has sets its sights on increasing its presence in the base metals sector as part of its overall growth strategy. 

Smelting 
technology firm displays its global mettle

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet is demonstrating its expertise beyond South Africa’s borders with a series of contracts across the globe. 

Exclusive direct current furnace agreement

2nd July 2010 An exclusive agreement has been reached between Tenova Pyromet and GLPS Project Management & Engineering Services to offer DC furnace technology to the global ferroalloy and base metals markets. 

Focused on skills development

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 Submerged arc furnace supplier Tenova Pyromet is proactively tackling the skills shortage within the local engineering fraternity with the implementation of training and internship programmes. 

Service cornerstone of value-add

29th June 2010 Steloy Castings supplies a base of some 500 customers locally, in 12 different industries, with a range of over 200 different materials. In total, 34 000 patterns are held in safekeeping at any point in time. 

Steloy shares in localisation programme

25th June 2010 Steloy Castings has embraced the opportunity to benefit from the Department of Science and Technology's (DST's) Technology Localisation Programme and is looking forward to working with the department in this regard, says Steloy Castings CEO Danie Slabbert. 

Steloy casts its net worldwide

25th June 2010 Following a quiet 18 months in the export market, Steloy Castings reports renewed demand from customers in the international petrochemical industry, mainly due to maintenance projects that have been postponed until now.  

Advanced technology for world-class castings

25th June 2010 The casting of high-alloy steel demands the use of advanced technologies, modern production methods and a knowledge of the latest alloys for corrosion, abrasion and heat resistance.  

Medupi, Kusile confirm local competency

25th June 2010 Steloy Castings is currently sharing in two of the largest pump projects ever undertaken in South Africa - confirming that South African foundry competency is on a par with the best in the world. 

25 years of foundry excellence

25th June 2010 Established in 1985, Steloy Castings ranks as South Africa's most advanced specialist foundry group, supplying static and centrifugally cast high-alloy components to customers across the globe. Its stainless steel operation is the largest in the country. 

SA to host Africa wind power event

By: Janice Healing     7th May 2010 South Africa will host the Wind Power Africa 2010 Conference and Renewable Energy Exhibition at the Cape Town International Convention Centre between May 12 and 14.  

Project developers urged to be quick off the mark

By: Janice Healing     7th May 2010 South African wind project developers that wish to gain the most benefit from the renewable energy feed-in tariffs (Refits) must ensure that their projects are in a ‘ready-to-go' position once power purchase agreements (PPAs) are signed.  

Aussies blown away by SA wind energy sector

By: Janice Healing     7th May 2010 Since arriving in the country in 2007, Australian wind energy development firm Windlab has become a significant player in the South African wind energy arena and is developing a raft of projects. 

Govt urged to use vast wind resources

By: Janice Healing     7th May 2010 South Africa is poised to reap the benefits of harnessing its vast wind power resources as part of its energy mix, and government must demonstrate its commitment to the development of wind energy, as part of its renewable energy plans.  

Manufacturer, supplier keeps on top of its game

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, one of South Africa's manufacturers and repairers of hydraulic cylinders, has greatly expanded and diversified its operations over the past three years.  

Recent changes result in productivity improvements

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Recent advances and improvements that promise to further streamline and speed up output at Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, include the installation of a second honing machine and the in-house development of a stress beam, the launch of a comprehensive computerised production control and... 

Manufacturing sector shows promising signs of growth

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 Gauteng’s economy has turned around after the recession last year with the manufacturing sector making a strong comeback. Economists.co.za economist Mike Schüssler was recently quoted on Fin24.com, saying the province’s private sector economy fell by only 5.5% on an annualised basis in January.... 

Local and global competitiveness critical

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 Maintaining world-class quality in local manufacturing is one the greatest challenges experienced by large manufacturers in Gauteng, while maintaining their local and global competitiveness is critical. 

Demand for products from recycled materials

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 Demand for products from recycled materials is growing apace in South Africa as the economy rebounds after the worldwide recession, and owing to growing interest in recycling. 

Major systems, processes and machines upgrade 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 The company relies on both a subcontracting and linear operations model and Fawcett says he wants to retain a good relationship with the subcontractors, although Weir Minerals’ manufacturing capacity has increased. 

SA pump maker sets its sights on Africa

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 German-manufactured KSB pumps first arrived on South African shores in 1904, and today, more than a century later, local subsidiary KSB Pumps & Valves has entrenched its position as one of the country's foremost pump manufacturers.  

Future prospects show positive signs

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The growth prospects for KSB Pumps & Valves are very bright, says marketing and business development manager Clinton Harris.

“Since we were officially established in South Africa 50 years ago, we have transformed from a medium-sized company to a large company, one which is starting to play a... 

Local mechanical drive pumps go global

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The South African subsidiary of the global KSB Group is a world manufacturing centre for magnetic drive pumps according to API 685 standards. 

SA makes its mark in global group

19th March 2010 When the global KSB Group reported its financial results for the year ending December 31, 2009, the performance of the South African operation was noted. The group reports that the companies in the Middle East and Africa regions jointly achieved double-digit percentage growth in sales revenue as... 

Facility to provide comprehensive service

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 Johannesburg-based pump company KSB Pumps & Valves has established a dedicated service facility in order to offer customers a comprehensive after-sales service. KSB service manager Stanley Steenkamp says that the logic behind expanding the service operation last year was twofold.  

Lean manufacturing concept implemented

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 Between 6 000 and 7000 standard pump units are produced each year by KSB Pumps & Valves, the South African subsidiary of the global KSB Group based in Germany. Operations manager Paul Timms explains that last year the company introduced a lean manufacturing system, which runs according to... 

Mining sector offers good growth potential

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The renewed global demand for base metals and the resultant upsurge in activity within the mining sector is good news for equipment suppliers such as KSB Pumps & Valves. Sales manager David Jones says that while the demand for its products from the mining industry has been subdued, the pace... 

Strong growth flows at fluid systems division

By: Janice Healing     19th March 2010 The fluid systems division within KSB Pumps & Valves, has developed from a one-man operation in 1998 into a team of 11 individuals, boasting a significant yearly turnover. Based on vast experience in hydraulic solutions, KSB can offer additional value beyond the supply of a pump or a pump... 

Innovations, exploration and networking for 2010

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 The diversity of the African oil, gas and petrochemicals industry means that the Oil & Gas Africa 2010 exhibition will have a broad focus of topics including engineering and projects, offshore and onshore installations, pipelines, petrochemicals installations and systems and plants, says... 

Power management system for cogeneration

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 Any electrical installation that has a backup generator can use a power management system (PMS) to cogenerate electricity for use in the national grid, says Marine Industrial Electro Solutions (MIES) technical director Chris Bosch. 

Shipping provider experiences all-round growth

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 Shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC will showcase its range of integrated services at the Oil & Gas Africa 2010 exhibition, says GAC group project logistics manager Laurance Langdon. 

Marine, mooring and lifting supplier gears up for exhibition

5th March 2010 Seminars on topics such as heavy lifting in the oil and gas market, manufacturing and certification processes, towing lines and rental mooring equipment will be held at the Oil & Gas Africa 2010 exhibition, says marine, mooring and lifting industry supplier Anchor Industries MD Dale Hutcheson. 

Refining, pipeline and 
cogeneration industries take prominence

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 Companies from the refining, pipeline and cogeneration industries are key sectors that electronic, electrical engineering and energy specialist Siemens South Africa wants to see represented at the Oil & Gas Africa 2010 exhibition, says oil and gas divisional director for Siemens Southern... 

Indications of a move away from conventional oil and gas sources

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 A significant development in the oil and gas industry is the move away from conventional sources of oil and gas to a focus, locally, on coal-bed methane and, more recently, shale gas, explains petroleum industry body Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) CEO Mthozami Xiphu. 

Focus on couplings, fittings and hoses for exhibition

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2010 International oil and gas service companies can source hoses, fittings and couplings manufactured to global standards in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Namibia and Ghana, hose and fitting manufacturers Jachris GM Warwick Bouwer says. 

Quality forms the basis of success

By: Janice Healing     22nd January 2010 A commitment to quality has seen Johannesburg plastics manufacturing company Durattract Plastics mould itself into a strong player in the local market. MD Graham Bolon explains that with a history spanning more than 60 years, the company has moved beyond making plastic display items. Today it... 

Family values take centre stage

By: Janice Healing     22nd January 2010 They may not share the same surnames but the co-owners of Durattract Plastics believe that ‘family’ is at the heart of the company’s enduring success. MD Graham Bolon, sales director Yvette Laubscher and production director Pieter Kleinhans agree that one of the reasons the company has survived... 

Drive specialist adopts a new, holistic approach

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th November 2009 Drive and gearbox specialist SEW Eurodrive has adopted a new global strategy from Germany, the Drive 360o, which focuses on selling SEW Eurodrive products holistically and providing solution based products to its industries.  

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