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Metair sees 7% drop in profit, signs supply agreement with Daimler

By: Irma Venter     Updated 53 minutes ago Manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components, Metair, has secured a multiyear supply agreement, from 2018 onwards, for the supply of enhanced flooded start/stop batteries to German car maker Daimler, in Europe, says MD Theo Loock. Speaking in... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd March 2017 The Energy Intensive User Group of Southern Africa (EIUG) believes there is policy, legislative and regulatory space to introduce new electricity pricing arrangements to help restart of idle mining and process-industry activities, as well as encourage new investments to absorb Eskom’s surplus,... 

EIUG supports Eskom plan for new pricing deals with power-intensive firms

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

 South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies (centre), with Lionel October (left) and Yunus Hoosen at the launch of the InvestSA one-stop shop in Pretoria

Evowood’s Estcourt mill dismisses 434 workers, remains closed after protracted strike action

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th March 2017 Some 434 Estcourt mill workers have been dismissed by hardboard manufacturer Evowood following protracted illegal strike action and a subsequent production stoppage costing the company more than R2-million a day. The workers were dismissed following a disciplinary process and a February 27 Labour... 

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Although the power and electricity sector in Africa faces massive challenges, it also offers massive opportunities, says Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) event organiser Terrapinn.  

Amid challenges, power sector offers massive opportunities
MOMENT IN THE SUN Africa’s largest power and electricity event offers innovative, cost-effective means of tackling Africa’s power challenges

Export orders continue to flow for home-grown mobile load simulator

By: Dylan Slater     17th March 2017 The Mobile Load Simulator (MLS), designed and developed locally for the testing of the load-bearing capacity of highways and airport runways, was recently completed and exported to a client in China.  

Export orders continue to flow for home-grown  mobile load simulator
EN ROUTE The MLS is driven under its own power onto a roll-on, roll-off ship before departing for China

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort

     17th March 2017 American battery manufacturer Aquion Energy last month announced the completion of  a newly installed offgrid microgrid at a nature lodge resort in Kruger National Park in South Africa, which consists of a 55 kWh Aquion Aspen battery bank, paired with a 10 kW solar array. Aquion, which... 

Microgrid powers Kruger Park lodge resort
WORTH ITS SALT The saltwater batteries have been sized to comfortably support the lodge's loads during overcast conditions

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Stainless steel body  hopes to boost product  demand at event
JOHN TARBOTON The Eiffel Tower competition will be launched for the first time at the event and first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Seifsa seeks to reward companies with good health, safety performances

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), which will hold its yearly Awards for Excellence in May, will honour those companies that have upheld high health and safety performances in 2016.   Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba says that, although the metals and... 

Manufacturing output up 0.8% y/y in January

By: Reuters     14th March 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 0.8% year-on-year in January, lagging market expectations, after contracting 2% in December, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would rise by 1.05% year-on-year in January. 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

Early signs pointing  to recovery in  foundry industry
Saif CEO John Davies and Saif president Takalani Madzivhandila discuss the challenges of the foundry industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Global economics, politics cause uncertainty in chemicals manufacture

     10th March 2017 Volatile global political and economic conditions are making it difficult for South African companies to predict what 2017 holds as far as profitability is concerned, says leading admixture supplier, Chryso Southern Africa CEO and Chryso Group international VP Norman Seymore. The Chryso Southern... 

Global economics,  politics cause uncertainty in chemicals manufacture
NORMAN SEYMORE Chemicals manufacturers and companies in general are trading in unprecedented volatile and uncertain conditions

Glycol ether market worth $10-billion by 2024

     10th March 2017 A market research report titled ‘Glycol Ether Market: Global Industry Analysis and Forecast, 2016–2024’ compiled by American market research company Persistence Market Research (PMR) concluded that the glycol ether market, currently worth about $6-billion, is expected to exceed a value of about... 

Glycol ether market  worth $10-billion by 2024
Photo by Duane Daws
CLEANING UP THE MARKET The glycol ether cleaners segment will increase in value to more than $1.8-billion by 2024

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Oil still main energy source in 2035 – petroleum company

     10th March 2017 Petroleum company British Petroleum’s (BP’s) 2017 Energy Outlook notes that oil, gas and coal will remain the main sources of energy for powering the world economy, accounting for more than 75% of total energy supply in 2035, compared with 86% in 2015.  According to the outlook, which was... 

Oil still main energy source  in 2035 – petroleum company
NEW KID IN TOWN Petrochemicals will take over as the main source of growth for oil demand by the early 2030s

Pumps range optimal for conveying acidic substances

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Pumps supplier Verder South Africa notes that its range of centrifugal mag drive pumps, VERDERMAG, operates “exceptionally well” when conveying abrasive and corrosive substances, making it ideal for the chemicals and petrochemicals industries. “One of the many applications Verder specialises in... 

Pumps range optimal  for conveying  acidic substances
VERDERMAG The cast iron pump casing is bonded with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene lining that has a minimum thickness of 3 mm

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system

By: Nadine James     10th March 2017 Thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak – formerly Astore Africa – supplied and delivered several polymer plastic products to assist with the installation of a conveyance system at Omnia Group’s chemical subsidiary Protea Chemicals’ plant, in Wadeville. The project, a result of a... 

Supplier delivers products for chemical conveyance system
PROTEA CHEMICALS The installation project is the result of a long-standing working relationship between Astore Keymak and Protea Chemicals

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

Water scarcity increases need for water treatment chemicals

     10th March 2017 South Africa's growing water scarcity and infrastructure inadequacy are projected to lead to to an escalation in the need for effective water treatment chemicals, notes market research company Frost & Sullivan. The company notes that a rise in environmental awareness has accelerated the move away... 

Water scarcity  increases need for water treatment chemicals
Photo by Duane Daws
MAKING A CLEAN SWEEP Industrial water and wastewater treatment chemicals market s expected to reach $199-million by 2020

DTI content with mining equipment manufacturing sector collaboration

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th March 2017 The Department of Trade and industry (DTI) on Thursday said it was “pleased” with the progress being made in developing South Africa’s mining equipment manufacturing sector under the umbrella of Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa). The department launched the initiative to... 

DTI content with mining equipment manufacturing sector collaboration
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Seifsa calls for entries for yearly excellence awards

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has invited manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2017 Seifsa Awards for Excellence. The awards are open to all companies in the sector, including Seifsa non-members. 

Krugerrand testament to what South Africa can do through beneficiation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 The Krugerrand celebrates its fiftieth anniversary this year, marking a critical milestone in South Africa’s beneficiation of its precious metals. “The success of the Krugerrand shows it is possible to add value to our precious metals if we develop local capabilities and channel resources towards... 

Krugerrand testament to what South Africa can do through beneficiation

VWSA celebrates significant milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th March 2017 Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA’s) Uitenhage plant, in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday celebrated the manufacturing of its 1.25-millionth Polo. The milestone also marked 21 years of the production of Polo in South Africa. 

VWSA celebrates significant milestone

Potchefstroom brothers continue aviation development with launch of new glider 

By: Dylan Slater     7th March 2017 Following in the tradition of brothers making their mark in the aviation industry, Potchefstroom brothers Professor Attie Jonker and Uys Jonker have launched a new addition to the domestic glider industry – the JS3.  

Potchefstroom brothers continue aviation development with launch of new glider
Jonker Sailplanes’ new JS3 is smaller than previous models, weighing 266 kg and reaching speeds of 290 km/h

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th March 2017 Infrastructure and education have taken the largest slices of Gauteng’s R108-billion provincial budget for 2017/18, which this year included the addition of R10-billion to departmental baselines. Tabling the provincial budget in the Gauteng Legislature, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday, Finance MEC... 

Pursuit of better performance sees Gauteng split R44bn MTEF infrastructure spend
Photo by Dylan Slater
Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection 

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2017 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) confirms that it has recommended increased protection on several downstream steel products and that it is also considering recommending duties on a range of other value-added steel products in future. In addition, the... 

New duties on steel products indicative of South Africa’s ‘value-chain’ approach to protection

Musina-Makhado SEZ to revive steel industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The South African Energy and Metallurgical Cluster has entered its implementation phase, following the signing of a R40-billion operator agreement between the State-owned Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone (SEZ), where the cluster resides, and the Shenzhen Hoi Mor Resources Holding Company.... 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

Paramount Group unveils new version of Mwari aircraft

By: Dylan Slater     3rd March 2017 Following a “large increase in customer demand” for the South African-designed, -developed and -built Advanced, High-performance, Reconnaissance, Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), South African defence platforms company Paramount Group announced the unveiling of a new version of the aircraft – the Mwari... 

R1.3bn Atlantis fabrics manufacturing facility to create 200 jobs 

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2017 A R1.3-billion fabrics manufacturing facility is to be built in Atlantis, in the Western Cape, creating 200 jobs. Czech company, PEGAS Nonwovens, will build the plant and will train Atlantis residents in the Czech Republic. 

Absa PMI rises to 52.5 in Feb, suggests improvement in domestic manufacturing

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st March 2017 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose by a further 1.6 points to 52.5 in February, following a 4.2-point rise in January – lifting the PMI to its highest level since June 2016. “This corresponds with the improvements observed in a number of South Africa’s key trading... 

Absa PMI rises to 52.5 in Feb, suggests improvement in domestic manufacturing

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists 

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2017 Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson says the “deadlock has been broken” between Eskom and the renewable-energy independent power producers (IPPs), with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirming its willingness to consider an application from the State-owned utility... 

Deadlock broken between Eskom and IPPs, Joemat-Pettersson insists
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Gibela to resume Dunnottar plant construction as Duduza protests die down

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th February 2017 Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, after weeks of community protests in Duduza, Ekurhuleni, have come to an end. Gibela earlier this month halted construction work at the plant out of concern for... 

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