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Manufacturing News

TPT unveils locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers

By: Shirley le Guern     12th December 2017 State-owned freight transport company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) on Tuesday unveiled 23 locally assembled diesel-electric straddle carriers at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2, marking an important milestone in fostering local procurement and laying the foundation to supply cargo handling... 

October manufacturing output up 2.2% y/y

By: Reuters     12th December 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 2.2% year-on-year in October, beating market expectations, after falling by a revised 1.7% in September, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would rise by 0.75% year-on-year in October. 

October manufacturing output up 2.2% y/y

Heartland-to-heartland linkages sought in China-driven industrial superproject

By: Schalk Burger     12th December 2017 The China-driven superproject, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is a conceptual redevelopment of the ancient global tradeways of the Silk Road, aims to link the heartlands of countries by land, sea and air routes, said Renmin University School of International Studies Professor Wang... 

Omnia files contempt of court case at Foskor over contentious phosphoric acid pricing

By: Dylan Slater     8th December 2017 Diversified chemicals producer Omnia has filed a contempt of court case against phosphates and phosphoric acid producer Foskor over the alleged breaching of a court order by the Competition Tribunal 

Steinhoff shares bounce off 14-year low in volatile trade

By: Reuters     8th December 2017 Steinhoff shares plunged another 50 percent on Friday, before recovering as traders booked profits on short positions taken out after the South African retailer disclosed accounting irregularities earlier this week. More than $12 billion has been wiped off the market value of the owner of... 

Small business agency in venture to incubate tech hardware startups

By: Schalk Burger     8th December 2017 The Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda), under the Department of Small Business Development, is leveraging the capabilities of hardware technology investor and incubator Savant Technologies to help science and technology inventors start businesses. The partnership was launched at the... 

Transnet Freight Rail accepts delivery of the first TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives

By: Shirley le Guern     7th December 2017 Transnet Freight Rail on Thursday formally accepted the first of 460 TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives at the Transnet Engineering head office, in Durban. To date, 15 locomotives are in the final stages of dynamic acceptance testing and are expected to start work in the new year. A further eight are... 

Transnet Freight Rail accepts delivery of the first TRAXX Class 23 E locomotives
The new TRAXX 23 E made its entrance in Durban yesterday

Steinhoff identifies €1bn noncore assets to boost liquidity

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 In the grip of an accounting scandal that led to it indefinitely postponing the release of its 2017 financial results, JSE-listed retail multinational Steinhoff  noted on Thursday that it had received expressions of interest in noncore assets that will release a minimum of €1-billion of... 

Steinhoff identifies €1bn noncore assets to boost liquidity
Photo by Bloomberg
CHRISTO WIESE The Steinhoff supervisory board appointed Dr Christo Wiese delegated supervisory chairperson on an interim basis

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2017 The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has confirmed that a special pricing agreement (SPA) between Eskom and Silicon Smelters, which was approved in August, should commence no later than July 1, 2018, and continue for a maximum of two years. Silicon Smelters, a subsidiary of... 

Nersa says special power deal for Silicon Smelters must start on July 1 or earlier

Absa PMI rises to six-months high in November

By: Reuters     1st December 2017 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose in November to its highest level in six months as business activity improved further, a survey showed on Friday. The index, which is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research and gauges manufacturing activity in... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

By: Terence Creamer     1st December 2017 A new, independently produced techno-economic model of South Africa’s cost-optimal power generation mix in 2040 outlines a system where 69% of the electrical energy is produced from onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators, supported by batteries and gas-fired generators. Conducted by... 

Renewables-heavy mix is South Africa’s cheapest option, yet another study confirms

Distributor adds filters to existing product range

     1st December 2017 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG’s range of products now encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from filtration specialists the Filtration Group (FG). These components, with defined filter performance and purity class, comply with... 

Separators offer versatility and low maintenance

     1st December 2017 Compressed air technology, equipment and systems specialist Atlas Copco Compressor Technique’s OSC range of condensate separators for compressed air systems is capable of working with compressor systems that are between 74 cfm and 4 984 cfm. There are eight models in the OSC range that use the... 

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

Positive growth for filtration industry leading to 2022

     1st December 2017 The portable filtration systems market is expected to grow from an estimated $512.6-million in 2017 to $621.4-million by 2022, registering a compound yearly growth rate of 3.93 in this time. Market research company Markets and Markets explains that stringent government regulations, growth in... 

Heat exchangers made compact

     1st December 2017 Wisconsin-based shell and tube heat exchangers company Enerquip has added a new line of compact heat exchangers to meet growing demands from customers with low flow-rate applications. Enerquip is one of the leading providers of heating and cooling equipment for production plants and... 

Heat exchangers  made compact
U-TUBE Heat exchangers are available in U-tube and straight tube designs, and save a significant amount of space due to their size

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2017 A newly built R100-million fibre-optic production facility in Waltloo, Tshwane, will manufacture optical fibre, optical-fibre cabling and speciality phototonic solutions for the telecommunications industry in Africa, says telecommunications specialist distributor Dartcom Fibre Solutions... 

Waltloo fibre-optic factory to supply African telecoms industry
DARTCOM WALTLOO FACTORY The factory has fibre colour, ringmarking, buffer tube production, SZ stranding and dual-jacket equipment to produce complete cables

Green cleaning products can pack a punch

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2017 Midrand-based cleaning solutions provider Blendwell Chemicals has completed the development of the company’s Enviro Waterless Car Wash, and is aiming to officially launch the product early next year. 

Green cleaning products can pack a punch
JUDY SUNASKY Companies are constantly developing products, but consumers are still hesitant to use green cleaning products

DTI warns large-scale job creation not as simple as it seems

By: Dylan Slater     28th November 2017 The structure of the South African economy does not allow for the creation of large numbers of jobs, nor can it support a large number of new jobs at appropriate skills levels, the ‘State of Manufacturing 2017’ report has shown. One of the major reasons for the inability to create a large number... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment

By: Anine Kilian     28th November 2017 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC’s) decision to invest in a vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), near Port Elizabeth, could help drive further investment by Chinese firms in South Africa. This is according to South African Embassy in... 

BAIC’s investment into South African vehicle assembly project bolstering bilateral investment
BAIC D20 hatchback

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs 

By: Terence Creamer     24th November 2017 The Manufacturing Circle released a plan on Friday outlining how South Africa could create a million jobs over a ten-year period through pursuing a series of reforms designed at stimulating demand for South African manufactured products and improving the investment climate. The 48-page document,... 

Growing domestic demand at heart of plan to create a million manufacturing jobs
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de Ruyter

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

     24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award
ROOF ASSEMBLY A new roof structure was erected over the existing B50 while the assembly plant remained fully operational

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Outdoor gym sites increase

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite to provide hard-wearing, self-lubricating bushings for the... 

Outdoor gym sites increase
SOCIAL COHESION An example of some of the hard-wearing gym equipment that has been produced by Lani Service Centre

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

Reunert delivers double-digit growth for FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 A strong second half of the year pushed JSE-listed Reunert onto a double-digit growth trajectory for the full financial year ended September 30. The group on Tuesday posted a 14% rise in operating profit to R1.5-billion and a 19% surge in profit to R1.1-billion for the year under review. 

Alvern Cables to pay R4.7m penalty for price fixing, dividing markets 

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2017 Power cable supply company Alvern Cables has admitted that it engaged in price fixing and market division tendering from November 2001 to November 2012, the Competition Tribunal said in a statement on Friday. The tribunal has confirmed an administrative penalty of R4 .7-million, which is 5% of... 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery opened its Dockside Ale House in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, last month. 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened
GLOBAL STYLES Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution
PALTECH BUTTERFLY VALVE Forms part of a number of products selected by Eskom for localisation

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Metso supplied 400 industry-leading Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) project in Oman. The new complex will process light ends produced in State-owned oil company Oman Oil Refineries... 

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project
SOHAR REFINERY Orpic is undertaking strategic growth projects including the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project and the Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex

New course for employees to launch in 2018

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Germiston-based valves company Invincible Valves has established a bursary competition for schools within its community, scheduled to be launched in January next year. The competition will be open to matric students taking mathematics and science as subjects, and who have an interest in... 

New course for employees to launch in 2018
COMMITTED TO EDUCATION The training facility, operational since May this year, caters for 12 employees who will be completing three valves training course

Company expands fluid technology services

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) strategy to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand, encompasses the introduction of new products, with the latest developments in design technologies, materials and coatings. The company’s extensive range of... 

Company expands fluid technology services
VERSATILE PRODUCTS FPV diaphragm and pinch valves are available in many different materials, with various pressure ratings, for diverse sectors
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