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Manufacturing News

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production

     20th January 2017 Fluid conveyance solutions provider Incledon notes a growing trend towards the use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipe solutions in the water infrastructure sector, which presents a major growth opportunity that the company has begun to grasp. 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February
NOT A PIPE DREAM DPI's new facility will enable it to supply pipes to South Africa's burgeoning gas market.

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Innovation, outward-looking  approach will bolster industry growth
OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year

Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2017 The World Bank says raising private investment in South Africa will be critical to increasing the country’s growth potential above its current estimate of only 1.3%, which is well below the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) aspiration of 5.4% a year. In its ninth South Africa Economic Update,... 

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank
World Bank senior economist Marek Hanusch outlines how South Africa could make more effective use of its investment tax incentives. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded 17.1.2017

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed Clover has acquired the Olive Pride business from Southern Canned Products (SCP), which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of explosives and specialty chemicals company AECI. SCP will dispose of Olive Pride to the newly formed Clover Pride, in which Clover South Africa holds 51% and AECI the... 

Clover expands product offering through acquisition of olive oil manufacturer

York Timbers appoints interim chairperson

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 JSE-listed wood manufacturer York Timbers on Monday appointed Dinga Mncube as acting chairperson, with immediate effect. He takes over the reins from Dr Jim Myers, who has undergone an operation and will be recovering. 

Manufacturing activity rises, but momentum weak

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 South African manufacturing production growth climbed back into positive growth territory in November, rising 1.9% year-on-year, after contracting 2.7% year-on-year in October. This, BNP Paribas Securities economist Jeffrey Schultz said, also came in higher than the firm’s consensus of a 1.1%... 

Manufacturing activity rises, but momentum weak

PMI shows South Africa’s manufacturing sector is ‘in trouble’, says Manufacturing Circle

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 The Barclays Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for December, which showed that South Africa’s manufacturing sector’s growth was “stuck”, compared with the global upswing in manufacturing activity, has sparked warnings from the Manufacturing Circle. December’s seasonally adjusted PMI remained below... 

PMI shows South Africa’s manufacturing sector is ‘in trouble’, says Manufacturing Circle

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results

By: Keith Campbell     11th January 2017 Despite 2016 being an “unusually difficult year from a production perspective”, European airliner manufacturer Airbus Commercial Aircraft met all its delivery targets for the year, company president Fabrice Brégier told journalists worldwide on Wednesday. “I’m very proud to tell you we have... 

Airbus very happy with its 2016 production and delivery results
Photo by Airbus Commercial Aircraft
Airbus A330 (rear), A350-900 (foreground) and A380 (in the lead) airliners fly in formation

AMSA, Highveld conclude manufacturing agreement 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd December 2016 Steel manufacturer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with embattled Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld) and its HSM subsidiary, whereby AMSA would supply blooms and slabs to HSM for processing into heavy structural steel. This will result in... 

AMSA, Highveld conclude manufacturing agreement

EDD transactions adds R10.8bn to local economy

By: Ilan Solomons     21st December 2016 Settlements concluded during the year by the Economic Development Department (EDD) has resulted in R10.8-billion being released back into the local economy. This included, among others, settlements with beer and cider giant Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), carbonated soft drink producer Coca-Cola... 

EDD transactions adds R10.8bn to local economy

AB InBev, Coca-Cola reach $3.15bn deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 Beverages giant The Coca-Cola Company and triple-listed brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) have reached an agreement regarding the transition of AB InBev’s 54.5% equity stake in Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) for $3.15-billion. CCBA includes South Africa, Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania,... 

Engineering solutions provider showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     16th December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys earlier this month hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility is dedicated to the manufacture of high-end... 

New decoder promises ultra-high definition viewing experience

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2016 The video and broadband equipment multinational Arris set top boxes – including the latest DStv Explora 2 decoder in South Africa being made for video entertainment company MultiChoice, will form a part of increasingly connected homes by providing new video compression for broadcast and streaming... 

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market

By: Dylan Slater     16th December 2016 A new 20 t Crane road-rail vehicle (RRV) was launched to the South African market last month by Olifantsfontein-based rail systems manufacturer RailPro, and is intended to meet domestic requirements of rail infrastructure construction and general rail-related maintenance.  

Road-rail vehicle firm tailors new offering to rail maintenance market
LIFTING CAPABILITY The crane rail-road vehicle offers the benefits and low-operating costs of a regular truck with ease of access to rail lines

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

DTI-funded manufacturing intern programme saves local industry R6m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2016 Local industry has saved R6-million in resources, including 133 000 kℓ of water, after 16 manufacturing facilities nationwide implemented the Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) internship programme, funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to conduct onsite resource... 

R150m optical fibre manufacturing facility opens in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th December 2016 A new R150-million optical fibre cable manufacturing and distribution facility located within the Dube TradePort special economic zone, in Durban, on Wednesday started operations, six months after construction started. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies welcomed the investment in the... 

R150m optical fibre manufacturing facility opens in KwaZulu-Natal

Locally designed cot promotes functionality in paediatric care, potential niche market 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th December 2016 A display of engineering creativity has earned industrial design firm Praestet a contract to supply 50 of its Symba paediatric beds to the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH), with three beds already delivered to the Parktown-based paediatric hospital. An improvement on the old “cage bed”... 

Locally designed cot promotes functionality in paediatric care, potential niche market
Praestet director and product designer Jed Aylmer speaks about the idea behind the Symba bed

Technology group calls on innovators to enter industrial drive competition

By: David Oliveira     9th December 2016 International power and automation technology group ABB announced last month that innovation platform The IdeaHub is recruiting hardware and software innovators worldwide. These innovators are needed to take on the challenge of transforming the role of drives in an industrial setting that might... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate South Africa currently finds itself in, black-woman-owned steel-manufacturing company RSC Avelo, which was officially launched in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Thursday, aims to be a key player in market, according to MD Mayleen Kyster. “Even though we are in a... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched
RSC Avelo, Roodepoort

Manufacturing output underperforms in October

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th December 2016 South Africa’s manufacturing output delivered a surprise contraction in October, well below the market expectations of a 0.7% to 0.8% increase, indicating that economic activity remains weak and underlying confidence fragile. New data released by Statistics South Africa on Thursday show a... 

Defence group Denel unveils new version of 20 mm semiautomatic weapon

By: Keith Campbell     8th December 2016 South African defence company Denel PMP, part of the State-owned Denel group, highlighted on Thursday the latest version of its iNkunzi PAW semiautomatic weapon, the iNkunzi PAW A2 (iNkunzi means Bull). The iNkunzi PAW (the acronym stands for Personal Area Weapon) fires 20 mm bursting ammunition... 

Bell Equipment launches tractor-loader-backhoe

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 South African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment launched its new L-series tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) to the domestic market in October.  

SABS adopts international safety standard for the process sector

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Standards and regulatory provider the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has officially adopted International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 61511 Functional Safety standard – which is applicable to safety instrumented systems for the process industry sector – as South African National... 

Solar system donation for Western Cape nonprofit organisation

By: David Oliveira     2nd December 2016 Solar power solutions manufacturer SolarWorld Africa donated a R120 000 5 kW solar system to Western Cape-based non-profit organisation Grootbos Foundation’s Green Futures horticulture and life-skills college, which will significantly reduce the foundation’s electricity overheads, allowing for... 

Ansys showcases manufacturing capabilities

By: David Oliveira     1st December 2016 Engineering solutions provider Ansys on Wednesday hosted investors and media on a tour of its technology investment business unit Parsec’s manufacturing facility, in Irene, Gauteng. Ansys CEO Rynier van der Watt highlighted that the facility was dedicated to the manufacture of high-end technology... 

South African company buys Smit Amandla Marine 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 African Marine Solutions Group (Amsol) has bought Southern Africa-focused specialist marine solutions provider Smit Amandla Marine from Netherlands-based maritime infrastructure company Royal Boskalis Westminster for €50-million, returning the company to South African ownership. Amsol is owned by... 

BASF appoints new South Africa MD, country cluster head

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st December 2016 International chemicals company BASF has appointed Benoit Fricard South Africa MD and Southern Africa country cluster head. He joined the organisation in 2002 and most recently held the position of BASF South America performance materials director. 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages

By: Keith Campbell     30th November 2016 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced on Wednesday that extensive testing of the Denel Dynamics Umkhonto (“Spear”, in English) naval surface-to-air missile, for an export customer, will take place early next year. The Umkhonto forms part of the armament of two... 

Denel reports Umkhonto missile export programme now in its final stages
Photo by Denel
A warship of the Finnish Navy launches an Umkhonto missile

Italtile CEO to retire

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Italtile CEO Nick Booth has elected to take early retirement with effect from February 28, 2017, with current COO Jan Potgieter to take up the position of CEO on December 1. Booth will step down from his executive duties as from December 1, to facilitate an effective handover, and will be... 

Toyota to launch fuel cell buses in 2017 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 Toyota Motor Corporation on Friday said it would start selling fuel cell buses under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to use two of these fuel cell buses as... 

Manufacturing Circle releases first investment tracker survey results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 The Manufacturing Circle's newly launched Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT), released on Friday, stood at 70.3 points in the third quarter, well above the neutral 50-point level. The MCIT, which surveys local manufacturing enterprises, is aimed at assessing sentiment in this vital... 

Manufacturing Circle releases first investment tracker survey results

Manufacturing Circle believes Vaal Triangle should be zoned for special economic development

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2016 If government declares the Vaal Triangle a special economic zone, it will not only attract investment back to the area, but also reignite the manufacturing industry, creating jobs and more prosperity. Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter said on Friday that this could be carried out... 

Manufacturing Circle believes Vaal Triangle should be zoned for special economic development
Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors
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