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Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD Neville Naicker. He tells... 

Low prices, cheap labour crippling textiles industry

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The reduced prices and quality of some clothing manufactured in South Africa is one of the biggest challenges facing the local textiles industry, as it affects companies that strive to produce quality clothing sold at market-related prices, says workwear manufacturer Siyasebenza Manufacturing... 

Low prices, cheap labour crippling textiles industry
MAKING CLOTHES Siyasebenza Manufacturing is prepared to attempt most workwear designs, especially if it is what clients need and if it is beneficial to the business

Enterprise development fund seeks high-growth manufacturers for R20m investment

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Local banking firm First National Bank’s Vumela Enterprise Development Fund will be participating in this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify manufacturing companies with significant growth and job creation potential, with the aim of partnering with some of them to unlock growth with... 

Enterprise development fund seeks high-growth manufacturers for R20m investment
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JOB CREATION The FNB-run Vumela Enterprise Development Fund seeks to encourage the creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector

New motorised pulleys for conveyors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Conveyor equipment manufacturing company Melco, of Ekurhuleni, and its parent company Rulmeca, of Italy are supplying motorised pulleys for bulk materials handling belt conveyors. 

Manufacturer replacing 
piping systems in eThekwini

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufactures DPI Plastics has a strong 20-year relationship with the eThekwini Municipality, which is using DPI Plastics’ newly launched product Gemini-Biax to replace some of Durban’s piping systems. 

Local company buys out foreign directors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Precision grinding and chrome plating company SA Hard Chrome group (SAHC), comprising Ground Bar Industries (GBI), SA Induction Hardening and SA Hard Chrome, has undergone a share acquisition in which local directors have bought out foreign shareholders. 

Laser profiling company moves 
operations to Ekurhuleni

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Steel profiling and fabrication company Laser Cut Varios (LCV) operations director Donovan Richards is planning to move its operations to a new and larger factory premises in Alrode, in Ekurhuleni, within the next month. 

Ekurhuleni is well placed as a manufacturing hub

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 The Democratic Alliance caucus leader for the Ekurhuleni municipality councillor Eddie Taylor tells Engineering News that economic regions should build on their strengths and that an advantage for Ekurhuleni is its manufacturing base.  

Engineering company initiates plant upgrade

10th October 2008 Diversified engineering company Hall Longmore, part of the Murray & Roberts Group, has initiated a capacity expansion programme that significantly improves the production output of the company.  

Bedfordview electricity upgrade under way

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 The planned R25-million upgrade of the underground cable network infrastructure of Bedfordview is under way, reports electrical engineering company CBI Electric Power Installations, part of the CBI Electric group. 

Capacity expansion to increase engineering companies’ capacity by 35%

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 The capacity expansions at diversified electrical engineering companies CHI Control and Meissner, divisions of the Alstom Low Voltage group, will increase the two companies capacities by up to 35%, reports CHI Control business development manager Athol Hankey. 

Engineering company sets 15% growth target

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 Metals focused engineering company Probraze Metals has set a 15% growth target for the year, in spite of the challenging year the company experienced thus far. 

Full order book drives company’s growth 

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 Furnace equipment engineering and manufacturing company, Dango & Dienenthal South Africa (DDSA),a subsidiary of Dango & Dienenthal GmbH and Licensee to TMT Taphole Measuring Technology a joint company of Paul Wurth from Luxemburg and Dango and Dienenthal of Germany , reports that its... 

Ekurhuleni urges SMME development

10th October 2008 Until small businesses decide to robustly pursue the many programmes offered by both government organs and the private sector, the economic landscape of the Ekurhuleni region is likely to remain the same rather then improve. 

Ekurhuleni electricity infrastructure receives urgent attention

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2007 About R25-million is to be spent on upgrading and replacing the ageing electricity network in Bedfordview. The Ekurhuleni metropolitan (metro) municipality's member of the mayoral committee infrastructure services Louis Sibeko called a public meeting in the Bedfordview Town Hall in August,... 

Ekurhuleni employment rate growing - report

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th October 2007 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan (metro) municipality tasked the corporate strategy and industrial development research programme (CSID), of the University of the Witwatersrand, with conducting three manufacturing surveys in the area between 2003 and 2006. The 2006 results indicated a better... 

Ekurhuleni economic growth rate holds promise of job creation

12th October 2007 The Ekurhuleni metropolitan (metro) municipality reports that the area's economic growth rate of 3% in the past year, could be a promise job creation should this figure continue to rise. The municipality states that this year�s budget is geared towards job creation. 

Ekurhuleni municipality takes the lead in skills development 

12th October 2007 The East Rand Youth Trust, a black economic-empowerment initiative has received a R60,5-million donation from the hospitality and gaming group Peermont, which it is a shareholder, as part of its casino obligation investment into social development. The money is earmarked to provide tertiary... 

'Africa's workshop' - still open for business

By: thamashni naidoo     13th October 2006 The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality economy is largerand more diverse than that ofcertain smaller countries in Africa. Accounting for nearly a quarter of the Gauteng economy, which, in turn, contributes to a third of the nationalgross domestic profit, Ekurhuleni contributes about 7% to the... 

Packaging firm unveils BEE deal

By: thamashni naidoo     13th October 2006 A recent announcement stating that a black economic-empowerment (BEE) consortium has secured a 60% shareholding in Wadeville-based packaging company C & E Packaging, has resulted in beneficial growth for both parties. 

Steel specialist focuses on long-term service

By: thamashni naidoo     13th October 2006 A prominent developer and the largest privately-owned structural steel fabrication company in South Africa, Ekurhuleni-based Cosira Development deals primarily in the acquisition of vacant land. 

Expansive growth

By: thamashni naidoo     13th October 2006 Jet Park-based gear company Gem Switchgear has, since its inception in 1997, become a leading designer and manufacturer of its range, not only in the Ekurhuleni metropolitan, but throughout South Africa. 

Ekurhuleni - still South Africa's manufacturing powerhouse

By: thamashni naidoo     14th October 2005 From its origins in gold-mining, Ekurhuleni has evolved to become a global competitor in both the business and industry sectors. 

Conveyor idler supplier adds value to local economy

By: thamashni naidoo     14th October 2005 Successfully securing several contracts for the supply of conveyor idlers and structures both in South Africa and abroad over the last year, Melco Conveyor Equipment has managed to upgrade its manufacturing facilities, providing gainful employment to its staff members. 

Reconditioned steam-boiler supplier expands its product offering to local market

By: thamashni naidoo     14th October 2005 Appointed last year as the new distributor for Hamworthy and Unigas products in South Africa, Alrode-based Dryden Combustion has expanded its already grounded roots in Ekurhuleni. 

Multimillion-rand lab keeps water-quality in check

By: thamashni naidoo     14th October 2005 Gauteng boasts the largest economy in South Africa and is, without doubt, the African continent�s economic powerhouse. 

Clusters conducive to collective strength

8th October 2004 Clustering and networking among industry sectors in Ekurhuleni will bring entrenched benefits for the whole industry, Ekurhuleni Metro local economic development (LED) executive director Kuruna Mohan argues. 

Quality focus key to manufacturing competitiveness

8th October 2004 A recent survey has found that a group of dynamic firms in Ekurhuleni is defying the weak growth rates that have dogged the South African manufacturing industry. 

Local demand underpins moderate growth

8th October 2004 The latest survey results on manufacturing in Ekurhuleni are just in. 

Locally-made polypropylene products available

8th October 2004 Poly Hi Solidur SA, a leading engineering polymer solutions company in Southern Africa, announced the manufacture of locally produced polypropylene from South African raw materials at its Jet Park factory in January this year. 

Coordinated response to business challenges

By: peter cromberge     8th October 2004 The Ekurhuleni Business Initiative (EBI) is helping to increase coordination between the businesses in the Ekurhuleni Metro (previously Johannesburg�s East Rand). 

Management of municipal assets a critical economic success factor

8th October 2004 Ageing municipal infrastructure and the challenges posed by joining together nine municipalities means that the Ekurhuleni municipality is faced with a backlog of maintenance work. 

Investment casting used in critical-component making

8th October 2004 The ability to achieve good strength to weight ratios with optimum strtuctural integrity using investment casting, makes this process ideal for the production of critical components. 

Social challenges as mining wanes

8th October 2004 To a few mining magnets, the discovery of gold in Ekurhuleni nearly a century ago represented an exciting period which saw dramatic growth. 

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