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Manufacturing News

Germany, South Africa discuss the prospect of fuel cell buses

By: Kim Cloete     20th February 2017 South African specialists and government officials have met with their German counterparts to discuss a pilot project to introduce hydrogen fuel cell buses in two cities in South Africa. Germany has already rolled out some such buses in Berlin, Stuttgart and Hamburg and is sharing its experience... 

Index points to manufacturing investment recovery despite ‘fragile’ economy

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2017 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker, a quarterly index that tracks investment trends in the manufacturing sector, fell to 58 points in the fourth quarter of 2016 from above 70 points in the prior quarter. Nevertheless, chairman André de Ruyter said the index was still suggestive of an... 

Index points to manufacturing investment recovery despite ‘fragile’ economy
Photo by Duane Daws
André de Ruyter

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in specialised product

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Construction solutions provider a.b.e. Construction Chemicals is seeing growing confidence in the use of specialised coatings in the South African construction industry, proving that the company’s commitment to high quality and durability in its product range continues to be a successful strategy... 

Commitment to quality boosts confidence in  specialised product
BRETT LARSEN a.b.e. Construction Chemicals focuses on prioritising good quality standards and keeping up to date with product advancements

Consumer choices will increasingly drive ‘circular’ manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Manufacturing worldwide is far from adopting circular resource-use principles into the practical reality of its design and distribution streams, but consumer choices can change this reality, says engineering company Aurecon manufacturing market director Tim Plenderleith. Multinational consultancy... 

Energy efficient qualifications finalised

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 Occupational qualifications developed by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation, the German Development Institute (GIZ) and the Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) for... 

Energy efficient qualifications  finalised
WYNAND VAN DER MERWE This qualification will ensure that technicians have a unique skill set that is in high demand

Intelligent Edge network architecture a foundation for IoT systems

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2017 Internet of Things (IoT) systems will allow for cost savings, efficiencies and enhanced customer experience, and is expected to change the way people work,  comparable with the changes brought about by mobile work systems and collaborative digital work environments, says networking multinational... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

Quality key for the construction sector

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 Industry association the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) is taking a proactive role in ensuring that a high level of quality is instituted and maintained throughout the civil engineering and construction sector’s supply chain. 

Quality key for the construction  sector
BENEFITS OF PRECAST Precast concrete is gaining popularity as a cost-effective and efficient solution that can help to facilitate good quality construction work

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects 

By: Keith Campbell     16th February 2017 South Africa’s defence acquisition, disposals and research and development agency Armscor announced on Thursday the preferred bidders to supply ships for the South African Navy’s (SAN’s) projects Biro and Hotel. They are Damen Shipyards Cape Town and South African Shipyards. Project Biro is for... 

Armscor announces preferred bidders for new Navy ship projects
Photo by Damen
A Damen Stan Patrol 4207 IPV of the Mexican Navy. It is not known what IPV design the company has offered South Africa. This picture merely gives an idea of what Damen can offer

ARB Holdings holds steady amid tough economic conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Investment company ARB Holdings has posted a profit of R77.97-million for the six months to December 31, marginally higher than the profit of R77.68-million posted for the six months to December 31, 2015. Revenue was up 3.1% year-on-year to R1.27-billion, as a result of revenue growth in the... 

Twinsaver looks to diversify portfolio through Validus acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Branded tissue products manufacturer Twinsaver Group is in talks to acquire hygienic disposable products company Validus Medical, further diversifying its portfolio in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. Twinsaver Group CEO Garth Towell said the acquisition would enable the company to service... 

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

Premier Foods and Fishing to start trading on JSE in March

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th February 2017 Integrated food and fisheries business Premier Foods and Fishing (PFF) has been given the go-ahead to trade its shares on the JSE’s main board from March 2. In conjunction with the listing, PFF will undertake a private placement of up to 117-million shares to invited investors at R4.50 apiece.... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’  

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) is optimistic that Eskom, with the support of the energy regulatory, could extend pricing incentives to it and other energy-intensive businesses in light of its surplus position and government’s appeal for interventions to reignite growth in the... 

AMSA keen to tap power tariff deal as Eskom mulls ‘incentive pricing’
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk makes the case for further protection for domestic steel industry. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 10.2.2017

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

Metals, engineering sector to grow 1.4% this year, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     10th February 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in more than three years this year – with growth estimated at 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and... 

Oil enthusiasts sponsor 2017 Great Race

     10th February 2017 In December lubricants specialist Champion Oil announced its sponsorship of the July 2017 Great Race where the overall winner will receive $50 000 in prize money with an additional $1 000 in racing oil. The Great Race is the world's premiere old car rally that has been ongoing for 34 years. It is... 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry
WILLEM STRYDOM AND CLIVE O’REILLY SEW Eurodrive SA’s products can help automotive manufacturers optimize their operations as they expand their product lines

Manufacturing, mining output fall but recovery expected

By: Reuters     9th February 2017 South Africa's manufacturing and mining output fell in December, data showed on Thursday, but a recovery is expected this year as business confidence picks up and commodity prices rise. Africa's most industrialised economy is struggling to attract investment, with sentiment dimmed by political... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

Sea Harvest eyes JSE listing to ensure further growth

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2017 To boost its organic and acquisitive growth, while advancing its ambitions of becoming a global business, seafood producer Sea Harvest Group plans to list on the JSE by the end of March. Listing would provide the black-owned company, which has operations in South Africa and Australia, ongoing... 

Sea Harvest eyes JSE listing to ensure further growth

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance, market position

By: David Oliveira     3rd February 2017 JSE-listed cement producer PPC last month invited media to a tour of its Slurry operation, in the North West, and the construction site of the R1.7-billion Slurry Kiln (SK) 9 project, which is scheduled for first clinker production at the beginning of next year. The brownfield project, which... 

PPC says R1.7bn kiln revamp to improve enviro compliance,  market position
PPC SLURRY Production at PPC’s Slurry cement manufacturing operation in the North West is set to increase to 1.9-million tons a year following the completion of the SK 9 kiln

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

By: David Oliveira     27th January 2017 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is expected to grow for the first time in over three years this year – by 1.4% – amid rising commodity prices and an improved economic outlook both globally and domestically. Speaking at the launch of the ‘State of the Metals and Engineering Sector... 

Metals, engineering sector to grow for the first time in over three years in 2017, but risks remain

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 African governments and the private sector have an opportunity to roll out services for digital access and use as a utility, which will extend information and communication technology (ICT), improve digital maturity, and help to develop Africa and its cities to deal with urbanisation, says... 

Africa’s rapid urbanisation a boon for ICT sector – Siemens
SABINE DALL’OMO The manufacturing, transport and energy industries can benefit greatly from digitalisation to help overcome persistent challenges in the sectors

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business

By: Simone Liedtke     27th January 2017 The Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) believes that focused applications of the aerotropolis concept in South Africa will attract business and make domestic airports a preferable link in the value chain. 

Application of aerotropolis concept in South Africa to attract business
Photo by Duane Daws
OR TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT The Aerotropolis Master Plans details 21 catalytic projects to be delivered at the airport

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners 

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Engineering company Hlakani Engineering will deliver the last of the 164 custom made burners to State-owned power utility Eskom’s Camden power station, in Mpumalanga, in the second half of this year. 

Camden power station to receive last of 164 burners
Hlakani directors Hermann Bruemmer and Gerhard Holtshauzen explain the future of burner manufacturing for State-owned power utility Eskom

Company earns electric motors certification

     27th January 2017 Mpumalanga-based armature winding specialist Mokse Engineering Enterprises, has earned engineering consultants and equipment supplier SKF’s highly respected Rebuilder: Electric Motors Certification following a stringent audit in September last year. Mokse Engineering Enterprises explains that... 

Inverter drives set for April launch

     27th January 2017 Manufacturing, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment provider Mitsubishi Electric is set to launch the latest addition to its FR-A800 inverter drives in Europe in April this year. It is based on its FR-A800 series variable speed drives (VSDs) with an integrated Web server and... 

Zambian boiler project leads way to promising 2017

By: Victor Moolman     27th January 2017 Boiler supplier and specialist installer Steam Generation has been contracted to supply, install and commission a Cochran Coalmaster 8 000 kg/hour steam boiler, on Lake Kariba, in Zambia, for the Aller Aqua Zambia project, which will be one of the largest fish farms in Africa. 

Zambian boiler project leads way to promising 2017
Photo by Duane Daws
ZAMBIA BOILER The boiler will be used in the process to feed a fish farm on Lake Kariba

Mondi to invest €470m to cut costs, expand production at Czech mill

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th January 2017 Dual-listed Mondi will invest €470-million on the modernisation and expansion of the Steti mill, in the Czech Republic. The project will entail the installation of a new recovery boiler, rebuilding the fibre lines, debottlenecking the paper machines and an investment in a new 90 000 t/y machine... 

Construction steel designation confirmed after intensive lobbying effort

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2017 The long-awaited stipulation that domestic steel, as well as locally made steel products and components, be used in public-sector construction projects has been welcomed by South Africa’s leading steel producer, as well as by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC). It is the... 

Construction steel designation confirmed after intensive lobbying effort

DTI to spend R216m upgrading industrial parks

By: African News Agency      25th January 2017 A R216-million upgrade of five industrial parks, which was about to get under way, would have a positive impact immediately with most of the labour and construction materials being procured from those areas, the Department of Trade and Industry said on Tuesday. The department said in a statement... 

Rehabilitation work begins to prepare Highveld structural mill for restart

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2017 Rehabilitation work at Highveld Steel’s heavy structural mill, located at the mothballed steel plant’s expansive site in Mpumalanga, is under way to prepare the facility for recommissioning, following the conclusion of a supply and marketing deal with ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) in... 

Rehabilitation work begins to prepare Highveld structural mill for restart

Hulamin's shares rise on higher earnings expecations

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd January 2017 JSE-listed Hulamin's shares rose by 11.68% on Monday morning after the company announced it expects a triple-digit surge in earnings for the year ended December 31, as a strong manufacturing performance delivered record sales volumes. Headline earnings a share for the 2016 financial year are... 

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. 

Growth in HDPE market boosts manufacturer production
PRODUCT APPROVAL The products manufactured by Incledon are all approved to strict certifications
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