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Equipment News

Wine farm has its ducks in a row

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 About 1 000 Indian runner ducks have been employed by Stellenbosch-based wine farm Vergnoegd Wine Estate to eradicate white dune snails and other insects which inhabit and feed on the vines in the vineyard. According to Vergenoegd winemaker and viticulturist, Marlize Jacobs, the ducks – which... 

Algae-free irrigation systems to save money for farmers

By: Simon Sonnekus     5th August 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has estimated the rand value of the impact of algae pollution in the Berg river, near Stellenbosch, in the Western Cape. The calculation enables farmers to compare different ways of managing the problem in the area. A ‘Water SA’ report... 

From elevated inspections to stock analysis, drones begin making business impact

By: Dylan Slater     5th August 2016 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASs) have the potential to significantly change the way many industrial, engineering and mining operations are conducted, with the ability to reach difficult to access areas and remove people from hazardous situations.  

From elevated inspections to stock analysis,  drones begin making business impact

Botswana markets itself as an attractive business destination

By: Dylan Slater     1st July 2016 Several key factors make doing business in Botswana attractive, according to Botswana high commissioner Zenene Sinombe, who posed several key sentiments of business opportunities during the launch of inter-country relations promotion platform the Africa Matchmaking in May.  

Mahindra aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa

By: Irma Venter     24th June 2016 Mahindra & Mahindra, the India-based global conglomerate active in more than 100 countries, aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa, says Mahindra agri, and Africa and South Asia operations president Ashok Sharma. “It will probably be the first of a range of products to come to South... 

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

By: Dylan Slater     17th June 2016 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) says domestic manufacturers of capital equipment stand a better chance of being sustainable in the country’s struggling economy by opening up export channels and liaising with foreign customers to build stronger ties in international... 

Exports seen as key to improving prospects for SA capital equipment manufacturers

Agricultural technologies to drive growth and development, survey finds

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2016 The increasing use of agricultural technologies in Africa, as reported in a survey of 25 large agricultural companies, can dramatically improve yields, food security and product quality, as well as provide raw materials for new products in new markets, says PwC Africa Agribusiness industry leader... 

Mahindra mulls entering SA tractor, truck markets

By: Irma Venter     6th June 2016 Mahindra & Mahindra, the India-based global conglomerate active in more than 100 countries, aims to bring its tractor range to South Africa, says Mahindra agri, and Africa and South Asia operations president Ashok Sharma. “It will probably be the first of a range of products to come to South... 

Mahindra mulls entering SA tractor, truck markets

Icasa, SABS sign MoU

By: Anine Kilian     3rd June 2016 Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) acting chairperson Nomvuyiso Batyi and South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) CEO Dr Boni Mehlomakulu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to work towards ensuring that electronic equipment entering the South African market... 

New service centre helps to improve regional service

By: Victor Moolman     27th May 2016 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has recently opened its regional service centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley – one of Durban’s rapidly growing industrial hubs – in KwaZulu-Natal. 

New service centre helps to improve  regional service
STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES The service centre enables young students to learn basic engineering skills

Manufacturer to focus on drought relief initiative

6th May 2016 At this year’s Nampo (or National Maize Producers Organisation) Harvest Day, components manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will be focusing on its  ‘Feed a Farmer/Voer ‘n Boer’ initiative, in addition to exhibiting its extensive range of agricultural components. BMG agricultural manager Carlo... 

Manufacturer to  focus on drought  relief initiative
A HELPING HAND The Feed a Farmer initiative by BMG helps sustain farmers that have been badly affected by the drought

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo

6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier MultiOne SA is looking to impress agriculture stakeholders by showcasing and demonstrating its top of the line range of agricultural loaders and its agricultural specific attachments at Nampo Harvest Day 2016. The company notes that Nampo – one of the largest... 

First-time exhibitors look to impress at Nampo
CREAM OF THE CROP MultiOne SA believes its 10 Series mini loader offers performance and capabilities far beyond anything currently available

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles at Nampo 2016

6th May 2016 Industrial equipment supplier Goscor Power Products (GPP) – which has been supplying equipment to the agricultural industry for several years –  will for the first time, showcase its comprehensive and affordable product range at the Nampo Harvest Day event, held from May 17 to 20. “As... 

Equipment supplier flexes agricultural muscles  at Nampo 2016
RATO FERTILISER PUMP One of the many products that Goscor Power Products will have on display

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016
JACOB QUICK CONNECT CLAMP Roff Industries says the use of the JQC clamp halves installation time and reduces labour costs and downtime

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Extrusion technology manufacturer CFAM Technologies will return to Nampo this year to exhibit its cost-saving food- and feed-processing technologies. CFAM director and North West University (NWU) Faculty of Engineering dean Professor LJ Grobler says the company will showcase its range of twin... 

Company to showcase equipment, processing technologies at Nampo
THE FUTURE OF FEED CFAM Technologies believes that their twin-screw extruders produce higher quality feed

Supplier to unveil new brand identity at Nampo 2016

6th May 2016 Bearings supplier Bearings International (BI) will be unveiling its new brand identity to the agricultural sector at this year’s NAMPO (National Maize Producers’ Organisation) Harvest Day expo organised by Grain SA. 

Supplier to unveil  new brand identity  at Nampo 2016
NEW LOOK FOR NAMPO The new Bearings International brand includes a streamlined logo and new corporate livery

Probiotic composting system recognised in environmental awards

By: Dylan Slater     22nd April 2016 Manufacturer of sustainable probiotic-based products Probio’s Bokashi Composter system will receive recognition at the yearly Eco-Logic Awards for its ability to reduce greenhouse gases.  

Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have led to its success in various heavy lift applications over the years.  “Our branches are... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than 22 years and is in line with Condra’s expansion plan. “We feel that BB Cranes is one of the few... 

Acquisition in line with expansion plan
METICULOUS Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Renewable energy project successfully completed

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala project, in the Eastern Cape. The generators are made up of 10 components each comprising three... 

Renewable energy project successfully completed
GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project

R&D ensures growth for heavy lifting company

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Owing to ongoing research and development (R&D), rigging and lifting equipment provider Kelmeg Lifting Services has expanded its product offering, which resulted in significant growth over the past five years, says Kelmeg factory manager Rodney Young. Kelmeg is a division of equipment supplier... 

R&D ensures  growth for heavy  lifting company
INCREASED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO New rigging products allow for achieving a sustainable footprint in all markets

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

By: Malusi Mkhize     15th April 2016 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement Tunnel in Seattle, Washington. 

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha
Photo by Mammoet
THE BIG LIFT Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper

By: Tracy Hancock     8th April 2016 Copper, a significant economic driver in Zambia, had taken the country so far but would not be able to take it any further, said Zambian Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng’onga on Thursday at the opening of the AGCO Future Farm training centre, in Lusaka, Zambia. As Africa’s... 

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper
Photo by Tracy Hancock
Zambia Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng'onga

Cost reduction an option for survival

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Nonferrous metal and plastic component manufacturer Wam Metals is acquiring robot automation of a forging press to reduce operational costs and improve output. Wam Metals will be in production for 30 years this year and has plans to continue operations as well as make use of opportunities to... 

Cost reduction an option  for survival
Photo by Wam_Metals_Robot_welding
WAM METALS Acquiring robot automation to reduce operational costs and improve output

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019
MARKET DEMAND TO INCREASE A large number of emerging manufacturers is expected to drive the heat exchanger market in future

Software developed to save container operators millions

8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 Having looked to quietly expand since delisting from the Johannesburg bourse two years ago, agricultural services and food processing company Afgri will turn its focus to supporting development and transformation in the agricultural sector in South Africa and beyond. The group, aiming to drive... 

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

Manufacturer introduces cordless cutoff technology

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Power equipment manufacturer STIHL has developed what it says is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine that has a 230 mm cutting wheel for both indoor and outdoor cutting requirements. The STIHL TSA 230 is carbon emission-free compact and lightweight. The company introduced the machine to... 

Manufacturer introduces cordless  cutoff technology
A FIRST The STIHL TSA 230 is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine with a 230 mm cutting wheel

Strong growth leads to blade technology introduction

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Engineering and electronics specialist company Bosch is set to introduce its NanoBlade technology in October this year to selected markets, with initial availability being targeted for Europe. This follows the company’s strong growth in power tools last year that resulted in a €4.5-billion... 

Strong growth leads to blade technology introduction
CUTTING EDGE Bosch’s new NanoBlade technology is ideal for do-it-yourself applications

Battery-powered power tools more beneficial

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna’s 36 V lithium-ion battery-powered equipment provides long lasting power and greater economical value than petrol powered alternatives, says Husqvarna South Africa product support general manager Bronson Gunter. The high-performance battery can be used... 

Battery-powered power tools more beneficial
NEIGHBOURHOOD FRIENDLY Battery-driven power tools offer more efficiency and reduce maintenance cost

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

Block-making machinery used to  build affordable housing
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPED Hydraform was contracted to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community

Corrosion cures for sugar cane industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has reaffirmed its position in the sugar industry by providing holistic coating solutions that will prolong inevitable corrosion at sugar mills and refineries through implementing established specifications and seasoned systems. Kansai Plascon industrial and... 

Corrosion cures for  sugar cane industry
Photo by Bloomberg
FILM THICKNESS Plascon ensures that the dry film thickness of the coating meets client requirements, with a full inspection conducted after the application

Sugar mill focuses on skills development

25th March 2016 South African sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s new technical academy located at the Eston sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, will soon see large portions of the company’s agricultural, factory and management personnel attend a combination of intense in-classroom and on-the-job training to deliver... 

Sugar mill focuses on  skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The academy also presents the opportunity to extend the company’s agricultural programmes

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

Locally produced  flocculants provide  cost-effective solutions
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

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