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Geospatial products distributor launches world’s smallest image laser scanner locally

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has officially locally launched the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner – the world’s smallest and lightest image laser scanner. Aciel Geomatics, the appointed distributor for Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems AG, launched the scanner at the... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions

By: Anine Kilian     5th October 2017 With continued rapid urbanisation in South Africa putting pressure on the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety, shelf life and adequate supply transportation, packaging manufacturer Dow is focusing on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate these types of... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions
Dow plastics division director Felip Vidiella

South Africa continues on path of deindustrialisation

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th October 2017 With some exceptions, South Africa’s industrial policy is not working, leaving the nation to continue down its current path of deindustrialisation, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) industrial development deputy director-general Garth Strachan. Addressing delegates at the sixth... 

South Africa continues on path of deindustrialisation
Department of Trade and Industry industrial development deputy director-general Garth Strachan

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has highlighted the challenges being posed to the South African economy, and especially industry, by what is called the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0. He was delivering the keynote address at the sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution prioritises innovation – Davies
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Manufacturing sector bore brunt of industrial cyberattacks in first half of 2017

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The manufacturing sector emerged as the hardest hit by cyberattacks during the first half of 2017 as the target of one in every three attacks on industrial control system (ICS) computers, global cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday. The Threat Landscape for Industrial Automation... 

Caterpillar to localise components as part of R1.3bn empowerment deal

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2017 US capital equipment giant Caterpillar has announced and equity-equivalent investment programme in South Africa through which it aims improve its black-empowerment rating by localising R1.3-billion-worth of components used in the construction and mining equipment it sells domestically through... 

Caterpillar to localise components as part of R1.3bn empowerment deal
Caterpillar Industries MD Zakieya Parker

Public hearings into Atlantis SEZ set for next week

By: Schalk Burger     4th October 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism will host a public hearing session on the designation of the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) for Green Technologies on Wednesday next week. The session will take place in Protea... 

Absa PMI rises slightly in September; remains below 50

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 The Absa Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), nudged slightly higher to a still weak level of 44.9 in September from 44 in August. The index has been well below its neutral level of 50 for four consecutive months. 

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) will invest an additional R160-million into its Rosslyn manufacturing facility to enhance production linespeed. The enhancement raises the maximum production capacity by almost 10%, from 71 000 units to 76 000 units, leaving the plant with potential in the future... 

BMW SA to invest another R160m in Rosslyn plant
Photo by Duane Daws
BMW SA CEO Tim Abbott

AfDB sells first $39m Industrialise Africa theme bond

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB), has sold an Industrialise Africa theme bond to Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance Company for $39.21-million. The bond, which will mature at the end of September 2027, will be used to support private sector industrial development and... 

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production

     29th September 2017 International investment company LGC Capital, with its joint venture global logistics solutions company AfriAg, signed an agreement to acquire a 60% interest in South African cannabis product manufacturing company House of Hemp.  

Acquisition to enable large-scale cannabis production
WEED FOR PURPOSE Since its establishment, House of Hemp has been targeting research on all cannabis-related markets such as textiles, fibres, oil, nutrition and medicinal

SEZ receives recognition, contributes to SMME participation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th September 2017 Special economic zone (SEZ) developer and operator Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has been recognised by export assistance company Exporters Club for its dedication to job creation initiatives and excellent services to export orientated investors.  

SEZ receives recognition,  contributes to SMME participation
Photo by Duane Daws
JOBS SWEET SPOT The Coega Development Corporation created more than 7 243 operational jobs within its special economic zone at the end of the financial year 2016/17

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

Expanded steel services firm eyeing specialist construction, industrial markets

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering aims to provide end-to-end services for specialist construction and industrial projects after it acquired Middleburg-based structural steel company F&K Engineering, says Hlakani director Gerhard Holtshauzen. The acquisition... 

Expanded steel services firm eyeing  specialist construction, industrial markets
Photo by Victor Moolman
STEEL SKILLS Hlakani is focused on the internal development of expert welders and artisans

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule
SOARING CONSTRUCTION The 100-m-tall Siemens wind turbines, which allow for optimum energy production, take between one and three days to construct, assuming favourable weather

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rio-Carb diversifying its wear liner solutions 

     27th September 2017 Wear liners manufacturer Rio-Carb is diversifying its product range, which will enable the company to enter new markets, such as earthmoving and agriculture, and expand their operations locally and internationally. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Rio-Carb diversifying its wear liner solutions
Rio-Carb diversifying its wear liner solutions

York's FY results negatively affected by raw material supply challenges

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Slow economic growth and a lack of confidence in the construction sector resulted in lower sales volumes in most of JSE-listed York Timbers’ product categories for the financial year ended June 30. The company’s financial performance was further impacted on by raw material supply challenges. 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2017 Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack, who has stepped in as acting CEO at the construction group following Kobus Verster’s surprise resignation, says a “no-holds-barred” strategic review is currently under way in a bid to improve the company’s immediate liquidity position and position it for a... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack

Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation

By: Terence Creamer     22nd September 2017 Researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand are aiming to commercialise a plug-and-play DC-microgrid innovation, which is incrementally scalable to any number of power sources, loads and batteries. The direct-current solution has already been proved at a laboratory level through a test-bed... 

Wits seeks commercial partner for scalable DC-microgrid innovation
Professor Willie Cronje

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Industries should prepare for  increased use of HFO gases
MULTiFACETED OPERATION A-Gas offers a range of products to assist across a broad range of sectors, including shipping, refrigeration, air conditioning, automotive and mining

Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

Manufacturer looks  to strengthen position  in HVAC sector
ENHANCED CLIMATE CONTROL The improved functionality of the LTP-B Eco HVAC drive enures that managers can run a fan when needed, representing a major advantage in terms of energy-saving

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Manufacturer and supplier of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction SprayPave has acquired new technology that will enable it to resolve the shortage of high-grade bitumen for asphalt production.  

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads
IMPROVING ROADS The new multistage bitumen converter enables SprayPave to enhance the penetration grades of bitumen required to produce asphalt

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Legal framework offers model for enhancing transboundary infrastructure investment

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd September 2017 The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (Uneca) has unveiled the Model Law that provides a framework for the harmonisation of cross-border rules, regulations, laws and policies governing transboundary infrastructure projects in Africa. The Model Law was unveiled at the yearly Nigerian... 

Legal framework offers model for enhancing  transboundary infrastructure investment
Photo by Duane Daws
PAVING THE WAY The Model Law may aid in additional efficiency, transparency and accountability with regard to public and private sector engagement in transboundary infrastructure

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Applications that can benefit from using drones are increasing worldwide, almost daily, but commercial users of drones are being scuppered by highly generalised legislation, which is difficult to understand and expensive for operators to implement. A much-contested application – and one that is... 

Building the safety case for operating drones beyond visual line of sight

Opinion: It's about the extension of agreements, stupid

     21st September 2017 In this opinion piece, National Employers Association of South Africa CEO Gerhard Papenfus argues that protecting the current collective bargaining dispensation will ensure its complete downfall. During a recent Metals and Engineering Indaba, numerous reasons were advanced why collective... 

Seifsa supports Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with Smart Procurement World to launch the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative, which is aimed at driving economic transformation and industrial progress in engineering and manufacturing. “The... 

Davies approves operator for Musina-Makhado SEZ

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry has issued a special economic zone (SEZ) operator’s permit for the Musina-Makhado SEZ to South African Energy Metallurgical Base, a subsidiary of Chinese conglomerate Shenzhen Hoi Mor Resources. The permit, approved by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

By: Terence Creamer     15th September 2017 South Africa’s centralised collective bargaining system is at a critical “turning point”, with the sustainability of the current model being widely questioned in light of growing opposition to the extension of wage settlements to non-parties to the negotiations. Steel and Engineering Industries... 

South Africa’s collective bargaining system on a knife-edge

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng 

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South African companies to seek mining opportunities in China

By: African News Agency      15th September 2017 The minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies, said on Friday that China has agreed to support South Africa and Africa’s initiatives of industrialisation and mineral beneficiation as the country embarks on a drive to better exploit its mineral resources. Davies said in a statement that that... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Pattern recognition is identified as a key human skill that has supported the rise of people to become the dominant species. However, there are limits to this crucial ability, especially when confronted with masses of information that differ only slightly. Small, but significant, variations are... 

Machine learning will bolster human expertise in every industry

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Artisan training  to benefit welders
IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

NDT testing integral to safety foundation

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) is Africa’s leading welder training organisation and also hosts the leading non-destructive testing (NDT) facility in Africa. The importance of NDT to the safety of structures must never be underestimated, SAIW systems and quality manager Harold... 

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