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Manufacturing News

BMW plant refurbishment project nabs Steel Award

     24th November 2017 This year’s Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction and  sponsored by steel manufacturer and supplier Aveng Trident Steel, saw BMW’s heavy electric monorail system (H-EMS) win both the overall winner award, and the Safal Steel Innovation Category award. The... 

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor First Cut’s embracing this trend through energy- efficient  capital equipment and consumables from their... 

Company embraces  industry trends  and challenges
TIMED INVESTMENT The Bystronic laser, a significant capital investment, is one that is best done at the downturn of the industry, or just after the upturn

Outdoor gym sites increase

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite to provide hard-wearing, self-lubricating bushings for the... 

Outdoor gym sites increase
SOCIAL COHESION An example of some of the hard-wearing gym equipment that has been produced by Lani Service Centre

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

By: Mia Breytenbach     24th November 2017 The launch of a R25-million solar energy, lithium-ion battery storage microgrid on Robben Island – the World Heritage Site in Table Bay, Cape Town, which, until recently, relied on diesel to generate electricity – not only showcases the versatile advantages of microgrid technology, but also... 

Microgrids add new arrow to Africa’s electricity access quiver

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2017 Chemicals and energy group Sasol is preparing to sell several assets, including its Canadian shale gas assets, following an overhaul of its corporate strategy, which eschews any further greenfield gas-to-liquids (GTL) investments in favour of smaller acquisitions and projects of between... 

Sasol’s new strategy shuns GTL as specialty chemicals emerge as key growth driver
Photo by Duane Daws
Sasol joint CEOs Bongani Nqwababa and Stephen Cornell

Reunert delivers double-digit growth for FY17

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st November 2017 A strong second half of the year pushed JSE-listed Reunert onto a double-digit growth trajectory for the full financial year ended September 30. The group on Tuesday posted a 14% rise in operating profit to R1.5-billion and a 19% surge in profit to R1.1-billion for the year under review. 

Alvern Cables to pay R4.7m penalty for price fixing, dividing markets 

By: Anine Kilian     17th November 2017 Power cable supply company Alvern Cables has admitted that it engaged in price fixing and market division tendering from November 2001 to November 2012, the Competition Tribunal said in a statement on Friday. The tribunal has confirmed an administrative penalty of R4 .7-million, which is 5% of... 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Eastern Cape-based manufacturing micro-brewery Dockside Brewery opened its Dockside Ale House in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, last month. 

New Summerstrand-based ale house opened
GLOBAL STYLES Globally, there are more than thirty main styles of beer

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process

     17th November 2017 The food and beverage industry is continuously looking for solutions to increase production efficiency with extremely high system pressure applications becoming more common, especially in typical reverse osmosis applications for whey, wine and beer filtration. 

Value-for-money centrifugal pumps to change process
UPCOMING AVAILABILITY Higher flow rates are expected to be available very soon

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 National research institution Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has led to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve. To date, about 1 000 butterfly valves, each 80 mm in diameter, have been manufactured... 

1 000 locally manufactured valves sold to aid electrical power distribution
PALTECH BUTTERFLY VALVE Forms part of a number of products selected by Eskom for localisation

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2017 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) private concessionaire Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) will conduct several maintenance and construction projects along the South African N1/N4 routes in 2018. 

Maintenance and upgrades on cards for Platinum Corridor in 2018
Photo by Duane Daws
LIAM CLARKE Construction of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and the R512 will start in January 2018

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Metso supplied 400 industry-leading Neles emergency shutdown (ESD) valves for an ethylene cracker as part of the new Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex (LPIC) project in Oman. The new complex will process light ends produced in State-owned oil company Oman Oil Refineries... 

400 emergency shutdown valves supplied to Oman petrochemicals project
SOHAR REFINERY Orpic is undertaking strategic growth projects including the Sohar Refinery Improvement Project and the Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex

New course for employees to launch in 2018

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Germiston-based valves company Invincible Valves has established a bursary competition for schools within its community, scheduled to be launched in January next year. The competition will be open to matric students taking mathematics and science as subjects, and who have an interest in... 

New course for employees to launch in 2018
COMMITTED TO EDUCATION The training facility, operational since May this year, caters for 12 employees who will be completing three valves training course

Company expands fluid technology services

     10th November 2017 Industrial product supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) strategy to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand, encompasses the introduction of new products, with the latest developments in design technologies, materials and coatings. The company’s extensive range of... 

Company expands fluid technology services
VERSATILE PRODUCTS FPV diaphragm and pinch valves are available in many different materials, with various pressure ratings, for diverse sectors

Company offers valve solutions for abrasive, slurry applications

     10th November 2017 ARVALV through-port knife-gate valves have long been the product of choice for challenging abrasive and scaling applications at plants and facilities where extended service life is a must, states valve and instrumentation supplier AR Controls. The ARVALV range is manufactured, stocked, and... 

Company offers valve solutions for abrasive, slurry applications
ARVALV KNIFE-GATE VALVES Unlike traditional push-through knife-gate valves, the partially-energised seats remain in their natural state when the gate is retracted

Dart valves, samplers enhance mineral processing plant efficiency

     10th November 2017 Boksburg-based slurry equipment manufacturer eDART’s dual valves and poppet samplers continue to offer high-quality level control at South African miner Northam Platinum’s Booysendal plant near Lydenburg, Mpumalanga. eDART slurry valves director Richard Rule says when Booysendal was originally... 

Dart valves, samplers  enhance mineral processing plant efficiency
TURNKEY SERVICE After the original installation at Booysendal, eDART assisted in the optimisation and fine tuning of the plant

Handheld ProcessMeter enables in-field valve positioner checks

     10th November 2017 To keep a system operating properly, a good preventive maintenance programme that mandates periodic checks of valve positioners is required, says industrial product supplier Comtest Group. This is because valves, the actuators that move them, and the electronic circuits that control them, are all... 

Handheld ProcessMeter enables in-field valve  positioner checks
MULTIPURPOSE TOOL The ProcessMeter comprises all the necessary tools for checking and recalibrating electronic valve positioners

Electrohydraulic actuators installed

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Earlier this year, valve actuator manufacturer Rotork announced the successful installation of its Skilmatic SI electro-hydraulic actuators, which were deployed at Mauritius’ SSR International Airport, as part of an initiative to increase safety and efficiency at the site. Rotork Africa senior... 

Electrohydraulic actuators installed
SAFETY FIRST The ATEX-rated failsafe actuators have been installed in critical valve areas at the airport’s Joint Users Hydrant Installation fuel storage depot to prevent potential spillages

New knife gate valve gains traction in mining market

By: Nadine James     10th November 2017 Having secured the first installation of its Victaulic Series 795 knife gate valve (KGV) – which is under way at diversified miner African Rainbow Minerals’ Modikwa platinum mine, near Burgersfort, in Limpopo – mechanical piping systems supplier Victaulic has sold two 3” KGVs to a platinum mine... 

New knife gate valve gains  traction in mining market
MINE INSTALLATIONS Having secured installations at Limpopo and Mpumamlanga mines, Victaulic is confident that it can increase sales of its Series 795 knife gate valve

Petrochemicals product supplier launches ball valve

     10th November 2017 Last month, multinational oil and gas product supplier Schlumberger announced the release of the GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. The company, which has an Angolan office that services the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and... 

Bearings company recommends predictive maintenance

By: Victor Moolman     10th November 2017 With predictive maintenance practices intended to help establish the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance is required, engineering consumables and components distributor BMG operations manager Rouff Essop explains that predictive maintenance reduces downtime thus... 

Custom-designed bearing housing supplied to West African gold mine

     10th November 2017 Bearing parts supplier SKF South Africa (SKF) has supplied a custom designed heavy-duty bearing housing assembly and two IMX-S conditioning monitoring systems for a 12 MW semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill currently operating on a gold mine in West Africa. “This is the first combination online... 

Custom-designed bearing housing supplied to  West African gold mine
BEARINGS The company has over 17 000 distributors located across the world

International distributor adds bearings to selection

     10th November 2017 Last month, international components distributor RS Components, which acts as the trading brand for parts distributor Electrocomponents plc, announced that a significant expansion to its portfolio of available power transmission application had been completed. The company has added components... 

International distributor adds bearings to selection
NEW COMPONENTS The company has added bearings from Schaeffler and Timken to its available selection

Local bearings company experiences growth in food production sector

     10th November 2017 Local bearings distributor Bearings International (BI) has experienced rapid growth in the food production industry. The company says food production security is important, especially given how harsh and dynamic an environment the South African agricultural industry operates in at present.... 

Supplier celebrates 25 years’ service excellence

     10th November 2017 This year, bearing and power transmission products supplier Bearings 2000 is celebrating its 25-year anniversary. Throughout this time, the company has become the largest independent, authorised distributor of FAG and INA branded bearings from the German bearings manufacturer Schaeffler Group . 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering

By: Mia Breytenbach     10th November 2017 Following the investment by the Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2), managed by Pan-African fund manager Harith General Partners, in South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group in June, the company has launched several initiatives to enhance its offering to the... 

South African rail operator rebrands, expands offering
NEW FACE New initiatives for Sheltam Group include the rebranding to Traxtion

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

South African manufacturing declines, but could recuperate in new year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Difficult trading conditions in the country are reflected in Statistics South Africa’s latest manufacturing numbers, with production having decreased by 1.6% year-on-year in September. However, Nedbank analysts said in a release that the latest set of production figures suggests that the economic... 

South African manufacturing declines, but could recuperate in new year

Manufacturing Circle sees some bright spots in local industry investment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 Despite the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) showing a downward trend year-on-year, falling to 60 in the third quarter, the industry body remains optimistic about the local manufacturing industry. “Results were consistently above the neutral 50-point mark, which is evidence of the... 

Manufacturing Circle sees some bright spots in local industry investment
Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

Manufacturing Circle implores Eskom to do internal clean-up before seeking electricity tariff increase

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2017 Around 88% of respondents in the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker survey for the third quarter noted that they still relied on electricity as the primary energy source for their organisation, followed by gas and other energy sources. For this reason, the Manufacturing Circle is imploring... 

Manufacturing Circle implores Eskom to do internal clean-up before seeking electricity tariff increase
Photo by Duane Daws
Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

Rolfes appoints new CFO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th November 2017 JSE-listed Rolfes has appointed Andre Broodryk CFO, with immediate effect. Broodryk was previously CFO of Interwaste Holdings and has extensive experience in both the industrial and financial services sectors, the company said in a statement on Monday. 

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Vacuum tech manufacturer expands offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd November 2017 Heavy-duty industrial vacuum manufacturer Hencon Vacuum Technologies (Hencon VT) has expanded its service offering from only selling and manufacturing vacuum equipment to also providing cleaning services through a subsidiary called Afriveyor.  

Vacuum tech manufacturer expands offering
CLEANING MACHINE Vacuum trucks are an efficient, albeit more expensive, cleaning method, compared with traditional cleaning methods that require intensive manual labour use

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging  for food and drink products
DESIGNED FOR TODAY Cartons are lightweight and convenient, and their comprising fully recyclable materials means they are sustainable and ecofriendly

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex 

By: Terence Creamer     30th October 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet continues to pare back its investment portfolio in the South African, which is expected to grow by less than 1% in 2017. The group, which operates rail, port and pipelines businesses, expects to invest R229.2-billion over the coming seven years,... 

Transnet looking abroad for growth as it again pares back South Africa capex
Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama outlines how the utility is dealing with ongoing allegations of State Capture and corruption. Recorded: 30.10.2017. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

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