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Manufacturing News

Attracting investors to green technology in the Atlantis SEZ

By: Kim Cloete     7th December 2018 The Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which has been launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has already attracted R680-million in investment and created 312 jobs.  A large slice of the investment was contributed by wind tower manufacturer Gestamp Renewable Industries. 

Local manufacturer supplies backup power to new Sandton development

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Local manufacturer Zest WEG Group’s Cape Town-based generator set (genset) division is in the process of commissioning two 11 kV, 2 000 kVA gensets for a mixed-use property development in Sandton, Gauteng. The full scope of work includes the design, manufacture, complete installation and testing... 

Artisan training moving to high technology

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Artisans are receiving training on cyberphysical systems, which are hallmarks of modern industrial systems and are becoming commonplace in industry to prepare for employment in Industry 4.0 companies, says industry training college Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. For example,... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Ramaphosa launches Atlantis SEZ 

By: Kim Cloete     6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Western Cape, with the goal of making it "a launching pad for economic growth" in the region. “A combined R1.8-billion is expected to be invested in the SEZ by 2022. In the short to medium-term, the... 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa 

6th December 2018 Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is one of the technologies that is integral to the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa
Additive Manufacturing in South Africa

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

DST hosts hydrogen fuel cell technology conference

By: Nadine James     3rd December 2018 Global stakeholders in the multibillion-dollar fuel cell industry will meet in Pretoria this week for the thirtieth Steering Committee Meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will host the meeting... 

Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

Absa PMI rises for first time in three months 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 49.5 index points in November from 42.4 in October – the first increase after three consecutive decreases. The improvement was mainly owing to four of the five main subcomponents rising.  

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company 

28th November 2018 The new 140-ton computer-numerical control lathe installed in Marthinusen and Coutts’ 14 000 m2 Benoni workshop enables the company to repair large rotating components such as generator rotors, turbines and large fans. Schalk Burger has the story. 

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company
New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2018 South Africa’s newest manufacturing institute and academic research hub – the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) – was officially launched on Monday. TWIMS is incorporated as a nonprofit organisation and was established with funding from the Toyota South Africa Educational... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Toyota South Africa Motors chairperson and Toyota Europe president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl, Toyota South Africa Educational Trust member Elisabeth Bradley, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and GIBS dean Professor Nicola Kleyn

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Aftermarket specialists Transportation Components is aiming to double its capacity after being awarded a contract to supply truck-body manufacturer Henred Fruehauf with Duroline frictional material brake liners. The agreement, signed last month, was approved after Henred Fruehauf axles, fitted... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier
AGAINST THE GRAIN Frictional material brake liners affixed to the axle

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to buses and trucks

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Automotive engine manufacturer Cummins has added its ISL9 Euro 6 rated diesel engine to its offering, which is suited for buses and light to medium duty vehicles. With more than 2 000 units sold globally since its launch in September last year, the engine is lighter on fuel consumption and has a... 

New Euro 6-rated engine suited to  buses and trucks
SMALL ADMISSION The lighter engine gives off less emissions

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The South African stainless steel in construction and cladding market is in an early developmental stage, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel... 

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry
INTO FOCUS Stainless steel in cladding construction brings the advantages into focus

Trade wars costly to long-term construction projects

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Owing to the global trade war in steel prices, local manufacturers, such as local steel fabricator Fabcon, are finding it difficult to quote for long-term construction projects. “The stockholding of any steel company is dramatically reduced, as companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer... 

Trade wars costly  to long-term construction projects
ANDREW VAN GOOL Companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer period of time

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The demand for steel in South Africa’s construction and cladding sector will continue to increase, owing to its myriad of applications and ease of installation, says steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering technical director Glen Pringle.... 

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing
DIVERSIFIED PRODUCT OFFERING Vital Engineering supplies various items, including stainless steel handrails, GRP products, galvanised steel gratings and stainless steel gratings

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 With the new stimulus plan announced under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership, South Africa’s economy is poised for an upturn, which will inevitably promote growth in the steel construction sector, says cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole. “This... 

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth
SOLUTIONS PROVIDER First Cut supplies processing solutions, which comprise its latest-generation fribelaser solutions that cut sheet steel

Signs of positive change in steel sector

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The drive to import certain quantities of steel has gained impetus during 2018, as a result of some doubts in the steel manufacturing industry about the ability of local mills to produce the required level of quality of certain products they require, steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode... 

Signs of positive change in steel sector
WARNE RIPPON There has also more recently been a concerted effort made by the primary steel producer to improve its product quality

Large scale erosion control at Pepper Bay

23rd November 2018 A large-scale erosion-control retaining wall to stabilise the existing eroded embankments in the Pepper Bay harbour area on the West Coast was initiated in the interest of public safety by the Department of Public Works. The embankments consist of multiple layers of sedimentation reaching up to... 

Industry associations offer innovative opportunities for precast manufacturers

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam, who has been producing quality construction materials for over 80 years, strongly believes that industry bodies, such as the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), have the opportunity to build the knowledge base and positively contribute towards... 

CMA membership offers significant advantages

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 As a leading supplier of innovative infrastructure products to the construction and mining industries in Southern Africa, the Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG), which represents precast concrete product specialists Rocla and Technicrete, believes that Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA)... 

Supporting industry associations adds value – CMA

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 To ensure the use of high-quality precast concrete products in the market, it is vital for professionals and manufacturers of products related to the built environment to realise the value of joining industry associations, particularly those that have the wellbeing of end-users and industry at... 

Komatsu Africa Holdings unveils multimillion-rand campus

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd November 2018 Komatsu Africa Holdings, the Southern African division of global capital equipment player Komatsu, has opened a new industrial hub, built to the tune of R985-million, in Germiston, Johannesburg. The campus was officially unveiled on Thursday, at a ceremony attended by local and international... 

Komatsu Africa Holdings unveils multimillion-rand campus

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment  

22nd November 2018 Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened the R1-billion, 78ha Gibela train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar Park, in Johannesburg. The facility will manufacture, assemble, test, commission and deliver 580 new X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains for Prasa. Nadine James tells us more. 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment
R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment

MCIT unchanged at 58 index points for Q3, drop to 50 expected for Q4 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th November 2018 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the third quarter of 2018 revealed stable investment spending in line with industry expectation and firmly above the neutral 50-point mark, with the overall index flat at 58 index points. Albeit stable on a quarter-on-quarter basis, the... 

Nampak forecasts higher earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th November 2018 Leading up to the finalisation of its results for the year ended September 30, JSE-listed packaging company Nampak on Monday said that it expected its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations to increase by between 12% and 17%. HEPS was 146.3c a share in the previous... 

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market

By: Thabi Madiba     16th November 2018 As part of expanding its product range, multitask articulated loader importer Avant South Africa (SA) started importing Leguan access lifts, developed and manufactured in Finland for maintenance purposes. Avant SA manager Steyn le Grange states that the first lift arrived in August in Boksburg... 

Leguan lifts introduced onto South African market
HIGH PLATFORM The Leguan lifts provide outstanding working height with stability

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment 

15th November 2018 Allied Steelrode earlier this month launched its second stretcher leveller, a machine which helps to eliminate the stresses in steel, amid a somewhat lacklustre local business environment. Simone Liedtke, who attended the launch, tells us a bit more. 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment
Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2018 JSE-listed forest products group Sappi has confirmed that it is considering a further expansion of its giant Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill in KwaZulu-Natal, having only recently pulled the trigger on a R7.7-billion investment to expand output at the facility by 110 000 t/y. An... 

Sappi mulls further Saiccor expansion as it moves ahead with R7.7bn project
The Saiccor mill

Improved performance drives Sephaku’s H1 earnings higher

By: Simone Liedtke     13th November 2018 Construction materials company Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) achieved a 75.9% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 12.83c for the six months ended September 30, as a result of a significantly improved performance during the period. Headline earnings a share increased by 77.3%... 

South Africa needs an ‘explicit’ digital industrial policy 

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is warning that unless South Africa develops and “explicit digital industrial policy” there is no guarantee that the potential benefits of the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution will outweigh the disadvantages. South Africa has had an official... 

South Africa needs an ‘explicit’ digital industrial policy
Photo by Creamer Media
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Omnia shares fall as it warns of interim loss

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2018 Local chemicals company Omnia Holdings’ share price on the JSE fell by more than 16% on Monday after it announced that it expects to swing to a loss a share for the six months to September 30. It expects to report a loss a share of between 85c and 170c, compared with the earnings a share of 423c... 

Medical sector benefits from Free State additive manufacturing facility

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th November 2018 The only ISO13485-certified medical implants additive manufacturing (AM, also called 3D printing) facility in Africa is the Central University of Technology's (CUT's) Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing, or CRPM for short. (CUT is located in Bloemfontein.) "Naturally, our focus is on... 

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