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In situ measurement of hydrogen made possible

14th September 2018 The reliable in situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the capability to, until this year. In a global first, Norwegian laser-based... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 1 BBBEE status

By: Simone Liedtke     12th September 2018 Motors and controls manufacturer WEG’s subsidiary, Zest WEG Group, on Wednesday announced that it has achieved Level 1 status under the Broad-Based Black Economic-Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice. The achievement follows just over a year after Zest WEG reached Level 2 status, in... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 1 BBBEE status
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zest WEG CEO Louis Meiring and logistics and operations director Juliano Vargas

July manufacturing output up 2.9%

By: Reuters     11th September 2018 South Africa's industrial output expanded in July as food and motor vehicle output rose, easing pressure on an economy that recently slipped into recession and is struggling for investment amidst policy uncertainty and possible credit downgrades. The statistics agency in Africa's most... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
Brayfoil Technologies founder Robert Bray on how he drew inspiration from the Cape Vulture for his innovative flexible wing invention, which he says could have application in wind turbines, hydro turbines, sail yachts, aeroplanes and automobiles. Video and video editing: Darlene Creamer

Transnet Engineering appoints acting chief officer for advanced manufacturing

By: Simone Liedtke     11th September 2018 Transnet Engineering has appointed Thoba Majoka acting chief officer for advanced manufacturing, effective September 10. Majoka is currently the divisional executive for maintenance and services at Transnet Engineering, where he is responsible for the overall strategic direction of this... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment
African Oxygen (Afrox) MD Schalk Venter speaks to Engineering News Online about the company’s interim results, and upcoming investment plans. Video & Editing: Darlene Creamer

Local manufacturing expo to bolster exports, economy

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) will host its inaugural Local Manufacturing Expo next year, to showcase local manufacturing capabilities and bolster the country’s economic growth, SACEEC CEO Eric Bruggeman told attendees at a presentation during Electra Mining, on... 

Welding company embarks on massive expansion

7th September 2018 Secunda-based welding company Hydra Arc – ISO 3834 certified by the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Certification has grown into a leading South African specialised welder that provides services for Southern Africa’s petrochemicals, power, mining and minerals processing industries.... 

Welding company embarks on  massive expansion
GROWTH Hydra Arc is undertaking a massive expansion of its Sky Hill facility to position the company as the 'can-do' destination for local and regional work

Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand 

6th September 2018 Generator manufacturer Himoinsa has opened its sales and service facility in Midrand to more effectively serve its rental customers and to provide immediate power to clients while customised power systems are manufactured for their specific applications. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand
Himoinsa sales and service facility supporting growth in rental demand

Standard Bank PMI falls to 29-month low in August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Operating conditions in South Africa’s private sector economy deteriorated for the second straight month in August, as business activity and input purchasing decreased in line with an accelerated drop in new orders, says Standard Bank in its Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for August.... 

Standard Bank PMI falls to 29-month low in August

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

Absa PMI falls to 18-month low in August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has declined from a solid 51.5 points recorded in July to 43.4 in August – its lowest recorded level in 18 months. The deterioration was driven by sharp declines in the new sales orders index, as well as the business activity index;... 

Absa PMI falls to 18-month low in August

Dinosaurs dominate South African Mint’s 2018 Natura Palaeontology Collection

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 The South African Mint on Monday unveiled the five-coin Palaeontology Collection in 24 ct gold. The collection brings to life the ‘archosauria’, which comprise crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds or the ruling reptiles that roamed and soared freely in Southern Africa about 200-million... 

Dinosaurs dominate South African Mint’s 2018 Natura Palaeontology Collection

Absa PMI falls to 13-month low in August

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to a 13-month low in August driven by large declines in new sales and business activity, a survey showed on Monday. The index, which is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research and gauges manufacturing activity in... 

Absa PMI falls to 13-month low in August

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2018 Government and the automotive industry have reached “99% consensus” on the South African Automotive Masterplan, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October. “We are close. We are 99% there. We are just finalising the targets.” 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October
Photo by Dylan Slater
DTI director-general Lionel October

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 South African enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro’s version 8 offers artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) platforms and analytics as part of its capabilities to allow for near real-time monitoring of all aspects of a business. Syspro Africa product manager... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering
DEIDRE FRYER A continuous, real-time flow of data makes production and business processes visible, predictable and controllable

Proudly South African precision bearing packer launched 

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2018 A new Proudly South African precision bearing packer just launched is intended for bearings used in mining, engineering, transport and heavy industry. The locally developed unit allows for easy and precise lubrication of bearings with an inner diameter of 15 mm to 150 mm and a maximum outer... 

Proudly South African precision bearing packer launched
A demonstration of the Pumprite bearing packer

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019

By: Irma Venter     30th August 2018 Production at BMW Group South Africa’s (BMW SA’s) Rosslyn plant could, potentially, reach a new record in 2019. BMW SA started production of its first X3 models in April, following a R6.2-billion investment to move from 3 Series sedan assembly to building the new X3 sports-utility vehicle. 

Record production anticipated at BMW’s Rosslyn plant in 2019
BMW Group SA and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott

Adcock Ingram’s HEPS rise 25.5%, despite economic, consumer headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram reported headline earnings per share (HEPS) from continuing operations of 387.7c for the year ended June 30, representing a year-on-year increase of 25.5%. Headline earnings for the period were R644.7-million, up from R513.7-million in the prior financial year. 

Dawn to cut staff, costs amid economic pressures

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) will implement a large-scale cost reduction plan to position the company for recovery. It said on Tuesday that the plan will entail a significant cost reduction in terms of the company's head office, through a staff reduction and reduced... 

Manufacturers continue to invest, despite tough market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 With tough economic conditions continuing to impact on manufacturers, the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) index for the second quarter of 2018 saw a marginal decrease from 59 index points to 58. Despite this marginal decrease, Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive Philippa Rodseth... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” says Ford... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa
FORD RANGER The company invested R3-billion in 2011 and another R3-billion in 2017 to meet worldwide demand for the Ranger

Gauteng rapid land release programme to be launched next week

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura will, on August 31, launch the province’s rapid land release programme, in which he plans to make provincial land and buildings available for the development of human settlements and for urban agriculture projects. Speaking at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and... 

Italtile delivers resilient FY18 performance despite subdued consumer sentiment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Italtile has declared an ordinary dividend a share of 38c for the year ended June 30, which is a 27% increase on the dividend of 30c declared for the prior financial year. The higher dividend follows a strong trading profit of R1.5-billion, which is up 43% on the trading profit of... 

Mint Directors Conference to reach South African shores in 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 The biennial Mint Directors Conference (MDC) will return to South African shores in 2020, says South African Reserve Bank (SARB) subsidiary, the South African (SA) Mint. The event, which is expected to attract more than 300 guests, will be held in both Cape Town and Pretoria, in April 2020. 

Mint Directors Conference to reach South African shores in 2020
The baton was passed on to the South African Mint by the Korea Minting and Security Printing & ID Card Operating Corporation (Komsco), which hosted the conference this year in Seoul

Local company to introduce new plastic pallets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     17th August 2018 Plastic pallets distributer, Premier Pallets will introduce new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) pallets to the market next month. Premier Pallets owner Tilania du Preez says the pallets were manufactured in South Africa from PET plastic bottles such as Coke bottles. 

Local company  to introduce new  plastic pallets
NEW PRODUCT The plastic pallets were manufactured in South Africa SOURCE

Tiger Brands’ shares fall on lower FY18 earnings expectations

By: Simone Liedtke     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ share price fell by nearly 9.8% on Thursday morning after it announced that its earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the financial year to end September 30 are likely to decrease by 22% to 37% year-on-year. It reported EPS of R19.15 and HEPS... 

ARB headline earnings up nearly 16% in 2018

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2018 JSE-listed ARB Holdings on Thursday reported double-digit growth in earnings for the financial year ended June 30. The investment and property holding company posted headline earnings a share and earnings a share of 71.7c, a 15.9% and 14.9% increase respectively on the prior year, with the... 

ARB acquires Radiant Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th August 2018 JSE-listed ARB Holdings and its subsidiary Eurolux have taken the next step towards acquiring 100% of the total issued share capital of Radiant Group from South Ocean Holdings. The parties on Wednesday announced the signing of the definitive agreements, which outlined that the purchase price for... 

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” Ford Middle... 

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa
FORD RANGER 2017

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Union takes illicit cigarettes trade fight to National Treasury

By: African News Agency      14th August 2018 Members of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (Fawu) joined by tobacco farmers and informal traders on Tuesday as they marched to the National Treasury offices in Pretoria CBD, protesting about the thriving inflow of illegal cigarettes into the South African market, suffocating the local... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Dissolving wood pulp (DWP), paper and pulp producer Sappi’s share price on the JSE fell by as much as 10.4% on Monday after the company reported a 12% year-on-year decrease in net profit to $51-million for the third quarter ended June 30, compared with a net profit of $58-million reported for the... 

Sappi shares fall on lower Q3 profit
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Davies gazettes draft regulations on SEZs

By: Nadine James     7th August 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has gazetted draft regulations on the Governance and Composition of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) The proposed regulations seek to provide for the following options – for the management and operation of the industrial development zone (IDZ) entity not... 

Davies gazettes draft regulations on SEZs
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

DA proposes free trade, cost and regulatory reductions to stimulate manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th August 2018 Political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), on Tuesday proposed increased free trade and reducing regulatory burdens and energy costs to stimulate manufacturing in South Africa. In its policy proposal, ‘Manufacturing a new economic future’, the party states that “an effective trade policy... 

June manufacturing output up 0.7%

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose by 0.7% year-on-year in June, following a revised 2% expansion in May, the statistics agency said on Tuesday. Statistics South Africa said factory production on a month-on-month basis rose 0.3% in June, and in the three months to June it fell by 0.1%... 

June manufacturing output up 0.7%

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