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Manufacturing News

Decline in machine tools indicative of manufacturing state

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Although machine tools are the backbone of most industries, their market volume has decreased by 30% a year in the past three years, reflecting the state of the manufacturing sector, says Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Paul Savides. “It seems as if we are already 20% down... 

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Supplier expanding its tools range
RECENT RELEASE The Leadwell BC-600 5-axis Long Table Machining, is available in 3+2 and 5-axis simultaneous configurations

Technology revolutionises machine tools industry

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Additive manufacturing, which includes the use of three-dimensional and computer-aided-design to make stronger and more reliable components for the machine tool industry, has revolutionised the machine tool industry, says machine tools supplier Reliable Technical Consultants (Retecon). Retecon... 

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI), data and automation tools can aid manufacturers in enhancing and optimising their processes, says Cape Town-based machine learning startup DataProphet cofounder and MD Frans Cronje. The company specialises in developing AI solutions for the manufacturing industry,... 

AI can optimise manufacturing processes; awareness needed
FRANS CRONJE Artificial intelligence should be seen as a tool for taking skills, knowledge and experience, and sharing it among new workers entering the world of employment

Company can save manufacturers years in R&D

8th June 2018 The world of augmented reality (AR) offers manufacturers a solution that can save them years in research and development, says information and communications technology provider T-Systems manufacturing and automotive sales and service management head Dereshin Pillay. AR can also save... 

Company can save  manufacturers years in R&D
DERESHIN PILLAY AR can also save manufacturing companies money spent on building, testing, rebuilding and retesting prototypes

Balance between mechanisation, job creation must be maintained

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 Specialist equipment supplier Multotec believes that a balance between the mechanisation of manufacturing operations and job creation must be maintained, says COO Jannie de Jonge. He tells Engineering News that it is something Multotec believes and practices. 

Balance between mechanisation, job creation must be maintained
LABOUR RELATIONS The manufacturing industry is labour intensive – it employs almost two-million people locally and sound labour relations, as well as policies, are crucial in this industry

Companies moving towards emerging technologies

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is strong indication that manufacturing companies will in the short term start using emerging technologies. This is according to ‘The Mobile Corporation in South Africa 2018’ report, based on research conducted by research organisation World Wide Worx, in partnership with enterprise... 

Companies moving towards  emerging technologies
DEIRDRE FRYER Using the most suitable technology in the right areas can give rise to large cost reductions for businesses

Effective control of substance abuse in industry crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There is a need for effective control of substance abuse in the manufacturing industry as it is a major issue, says drug and alcohol testing equipment supplier Alco-Safe MD Rhys Evans. Alco-Safe has more than 4 000 clients using its services, across industries, including mining, construction,... 

Effective control of substance abuse in industry crucial
RHYS EVANS Using Alco-Safe’s solutions, some of our clients have shown a 60% reduction in substance abuse in their companies

Industry pursuing better management of energy use

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 There has been a growing trend among South African manufacturing plants to pursue energy reduction and manage its use better, says energy training services provider the Energy Training Foundation (EnTF) training manager Yolanda de Lange. She explains that significant hikes in electricity rates... 

Industry pursuing better management  of energy use
YOLANDA DE LANGE The Energy Training Foundation is looking forward to expanding further into West Africa

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     8th June 2018 It is vital for South Africa to maintain a manufacturing sector that is internationally cost competitive and can produce quality end-products, says Germiston-based material transfer solutions provider Weba Chute Systems MD Mark Baller. “The manufacturing industry has been under a lot of... 

S Africa must maintain cost-competitive sector
LATEST TECHNOLOGY Weba Chute Systems uses the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimum accuracy during the design and engineering phases, which also facilitate improved efficiencies

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Small machines with big capabilities

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Global machine tool supplier Hurco’s BX40i double-column, bridge-type machine, originally launched in 2016, has been upgraded to service a variety of trades, from general manufacturing to highly specialised industries such as the aerospace sector. The stability of the double-column design and the... 

Small machines with big capabilities
STABILITY PROVIDING ACCURACY The BX40i meets the needs of any high-speed machining application.

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

April manufacturing output up 1.1% Y/Y

By: Reuters     7th June 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output expanded by 1.1% year-on-year in April following a revised 1.6% contraction in March, the statistics agency said on Thursday. Statistics South Africa said factory production on a month-on-month basis shrunk 0.6% in April, decreased by 3% in the three months to... 

Davies launches R1bn ICT factory in East London

By: African News Agency      6th June 2018 South Africa has not been able to manufacture enough electronics products but has relied on imported tablets, cell phones and all kinds of electronic equipment, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. "What we are witnessing today [Tuesday], is a company that is getting into... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 The stainless steel sector is currently experiencing global trade uncertainty, owing to trade barriers being considered globally, as a result of the US duties on steel and aluminium, says Middleburg-based stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien Matthews. The US duties include a 25%... 

US tariffs cause global trade uncertainty in steel sector
Photo by Dylan Slater
JUST COLLATERAL The South African stainless steel industry is collateral in the trade wars initiated by the US

Water pipes, electric vehicles potential growth markets for stainless steel

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     1st June 2018 The South African stainless steel sector can benefit from the rise in electric vehicles and the replacement of water pipes, says Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association executive director John Tarboton. “Getting stainless steel water pipes into the water system has been a big... 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) CEO Dirk van Dyk said on Tuesday. Addressing delegates at the release of the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the... 

Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle  

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the first quarter of this year shows there has been investment into the manufacturing sector in the past 15 months, but that investment is declining. Presenting key findings of the MCIT, in Centurion, on Tuesday, Manufacturing Circle... 

Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle
Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Monday that it intended to sell its 50% indirect interest in steel trading and shipping business Macsteel International (MIHBV) to a subsidiary of Macsteel Holdings (MacHold) for $220-million, or around R2.8-billion. The proposed... 

AMSA moves to sell stake in Macsteel International for R2.8bn
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Acquisitions allow for access to tech, developments in industry

By: Shannon de Ryhove     25th May 2018 Global motors and drives manufacturer and supplier Zest WEG Group’s Brazil headquarters has made several new acquisitions over the past few years, which has enabled the company to access a larger expertise pool and new technology, says Zest WEG Group manager of rotating machines Fanie Steyn. WEG... 

Acquisitions allow for access to tech, developments in industry
Photo by Zest WEG Group
Zest WEG Group will launch the Motor Scan at Electra Mining in September

Company offers technical advisory for clients

25th May 2018 Industrial supplier BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service on correct chain selection - a critical factor in any power transmission system. “By investing in quality branded power transmission chain, significant cost savings are achieved. Although the global... 

Company offers technical advisory for clients
CRITICAL FACTOR Budget chains help reduce costs for procurement managers

Weir Minerals shines at Seifsa awards

By: Anine Kilian     24th May 2018 Mine dewatering equipment supplier Weir Minerals won the 2018 Most Transformed Company of the Year Award, as well as the Environment Stewardship Award, at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence, on Thursday night. Engineering support... 

Coega perfectly poised to participate in lithium-ion battery industry – CDC

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd May 2018 The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is at an advanced stage of setting up factories that will supply gigawatt factories with manganese, a key ingredient in most lithium-ion batteries. Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development metallurgic sector manager Sadick Davids says the SEZ... 

Study offers upbeat view of Africa’s fourth industrial revolution manufacturing prospects

By: Terence Creamer     22nd May 2018 A newly released study into prospects for manufacturing in Africa offers a relatively upbeat assessment of the industrialisation opportunities that could arise should governments move decisively to harness the disruptive trends associated with the unfolding fourth industrial revolution. Titled... 

Study offers upbeat view of Africa’s fourth industrial revolution manufacturing prospects

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Natural gas development company Renergen has signed an offtake agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev)subsidiary South African Breweries (SAB) for the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to power its delivery trucks. The agreement sees the initial roll out of compressed natural gas to a... 

Renergen, SAB tap into gas to reduce carbon emissions with landmark transaction
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

Proposed Mpumalanga SEZ to boost provincial economy, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has approved a recommendation that the Nkomazi Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in Mpumalanga, be designated and has called on the public and interested parties to comment on the proposed designation by June 28. The application for the designation of the... 

R500m Gauteng plant lifts Twinsaver’s tissue manufacturing capacity to 75 000 t/y

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th May 2018 Tissue manufacturer Twinsaver on Friday opened a new manufacturing plant in Kliprivier, on the border of the Midvaal and Ekurhuleni municipalities, in Gauteng. The R500-million plant increases Twinsaver’s tissue manufacturing capability to 75 000 t/y from 25 000 t/y – making it the largest tissue... 

R500m Gauteng plant lifts Twinsaver’s tissue manufacturing capacity to 75 000 t/y

BMG appointed valves distributor in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG was recently appointed as the distributor for slurry valves manufacturer Dual Valves’ products in South Africa and Africa, through its 130 branches, as part of the company’s fluid technology expansion programme. Appointed in February, BMG fluid technology... 

BMG appointed valves distributor  in Africa
EXPANSION BMG has been appointed distributors for Dual Valves products in South Africa and into Africa

New diaphragm valves to be supplied in South Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Italian thermoplastic valve manufacturer Formatura Iniezone Polimeri’s (FIP’s) flanged Dialock (DK) diaphragm valve, launched internationally in June last year, will be available to the South African market within the next few months through thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak. The new... 

New diaphragm valves to  be supplied in South Africa
NEW PRODUCT Astore Keymak is the sole distributor of Formatura Iniezone Polimeri's industrial valves in South Africa

R3bn Rosslyn Hub to create 160 000 jobs

By: Nadine James     16th May 2018 The R3-billion mixed-use Rosslyn Hub development was launched at the African Smart Cities Summit, co-located with the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, on Wednesday. The Rosslyn Hub is a crucial step towards the creation of the... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng
Photo by Dylan Slater
Fuchs SA MD Paul Deppe and Fuchs Petrolub CEO Stefan Fuchs

South Africa views African integration as potential trade-war bulwark

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that South Africa will be prioritising an acceleration of market integration across Africa as part of efforts to mitigate the risks associated with the prospect of trade wars, as well as what he describes as a growing disregard for the... 

South Africa views African integration as potential trade-war bulwark

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 Ramping up production in the automotive sector, resuscitating the ailing tooling industry and boosting the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear industries are among successes the government has listed in its review of ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap). Despite a... 

Some inroads made after ten years of the Industrial Policy Action Plan - Davies

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan 

By: Kim Cloete     15th May 2018 The government has released its Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) 2018, with a sharp focus on deepening industrial development, speeding up radical economic transformation and increasing the ability to produce higher value-added products. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said it was... 

Government releases its tenth Industrial Policy Action Plan
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Edge platform adds industrial strength to software applications

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Critical availability specialist company Stratus Technologies has launched an edge computing device that provides high availability for software applications used in industrial environments, such as mines, factories and processing facilities says Stratus Technologies consultant head Greg... 

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