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R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2018 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that R11.6-billion has been mobilised as a result of cartel settlements and conditions placed on firms that have pursued mergers and acquisitions in South Africa since 2010, with commitments worth a further R11-bilion have been secured in... 

Egypt signs MoU with China's GCL for $2bn solar panel factory

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 China's GCL Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Egypt's ministry of military production to build a solar panel facility at a cost of up to $2-billion, State-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. Under the MoU, which was signed on Wednesday, the facility will... 

Weak mining, manufacturing data put pressure on South Africa recovery

By: Reuters     10th May 2018 South Africa's mining and manufacturing industries contracted in March as policy uncertainty and lukewarm demand weighed on output, threatening to reverse a fragile economic rebound. Mining production in March suffered its sharpest fall in two years and industrial output dropped, Statistics South... 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2018 Brink Towing Systems this month produced its 350 000th tow bar at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg-based company is a manufacturer and importer of towing solutions. 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

Only 10% of global manufacturing companies are championing digital transformation – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is rapidly transforming the manufacturing sector and digital transformation has been on many a CEO’s agenda for a number of years, but despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution, says... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

DTI completes R50m Phase 1 upgrade of Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has completed the R50-million Phase 1 revitalisation of the Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park in the Free State. The revitalisation comprised the upgrading of the security infrastructure including fencing, street lighting, installation of boom gates,... 

DTI completes R50m Phase 1 upgrade of Phuthaditjhaba Industrial Park
Official representatives of various stakeholders were at the industrial park on Thursday for the official handover of the site to the Free State Development Corporation

Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order 

3rd May 2018 Kwatani is steadily delivering on its largest single screening machine order to date after kicking off the manufacturing process at its East Rand facilities in March. Also making headlines, petrochemicals giant Sasol last month inaugurated its seventeenth Air Separation Unit at their operations... 

Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order
Kwatani showcases capabilities after securing its largest screening order

Absa PMI rises in April as new sales orders recover

By: Reuters     2nd May 2018 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose in April, swinging back into positive terrain as new sales orders recover from a decline in the prior month, a survey showed on Wednesday. The index, which is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research and gauges... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war

By: Terence Creamer     2nd May 2018 Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) believes South Africa has become “collateral damage in the trade war of key global economies” after the country was excluded from a list of countries exempted from tariffs imposed by the US on steel and aluminium imports. While insisting that the country... 

South Africa views itself as ‘collateral damage’ in global trade war
US President Donald Trump

Plastic pipes experience growth in sewer infrastructure market

27th April 2018 The global plastic pipe market is benefiting from the growing acceptance of large diameter plastic pipes in infrastructure applications such as drainage, sewer and water transmission, says South African Plastic Pipe Manufacturing Association (Sappma) CEO Jan Venter. “Water distribution and sewage... 

New technology being used to immortalise Mandela in centenary coins

By: Anine Kilian     27th April 2018 The South African Mint, a subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, will roll out a series of three collectable and one circulation coin depicting the life of distinguished statesman and global icon, Nelson Mandela, whose centenary is being commemorated this year. A bimetallic R5 circulation... 

New technology being used to immortalise Mandela in centenary coins

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2018 Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

Semiconductor revenue buoyed by industrial, automotive, IoT – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2018 Revenue generated by the global semiconductor market grew by 21.6% to $420.4-billion in 2017, driven by strong growth in the memory market. Suppliers for the top 25 semiconductor vendors experienced significant growth as two key markets – industrial and automotive – continued to achieve... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa
MATTHEW BELL Himoinsa has spent a lot of time developing a distributed generation offering to the marketplace

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 Industrial pneumatic equipment manufacturer ATS 2000 is reporting significant demand for its high-capacity air hoists in the international oil and gas market and for industrial and marine applications, says ATS 2000 MD Glenton Rebello. The company has manufactured four 60 t air hoists at its... 

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making  inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors
EXPORT AIR HOIST ATS focused on international exposure and has identified opportunities to grow exports

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders
Photo by Bloomberg
A Boeing 777 (in airliner configuration)

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces. 

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities
JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces

Feb manufacturing output disappoints on firmer rand, bottlenecks

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output came in below expectations in February following a run of five months of robust growth, with analysts pointing to a stronger rand and various bottlenecks, including the cost of doing business. Manufacturing output rose 0.6% year-on-year in February, well below... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
Photo by Dylan Slater
Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Technical products and services provider JST Group will market its range of Guardian coating systems for various applications, including marine piling, to the Southern African harbour infrastructure industry. The Guardian range has been well received internationally, with various splash-zone... 

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects
SPLASH-ZONE PROTECTION The Splash-Zone system is easily applied and maintained, with a lifespan of more than 30 years

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience
SIMPLISTIC BUILDING Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Global crude steel production increases 3.5% y/y in February

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 3.5% year-on-year to 131.8-million tonnes in February, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. Africa’s crude steel production increased by 4% year-on-year to 1.1-million tonnes, mainly as a result of a 7.6% year-on-year increase in... 

Saftu condemns CSR’s local content exemption request

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR) wants South Africa’s government to grant it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, as part of the conditions for it supplying new locomotives to... 

SADC Ministers meet in Pretoria with focus on industrialisation

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting in Pretoria should explore ways of cooperating to intensify industrialisation in the region to boost economic growth, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday. Sisulu,... 

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has made a formal submission to the US requesting the exclusion of South Africa from the imposition of duties on steel and aluminium products. A provision allowing for country-based exclusions from a 25% increase in the steel tariff and a 10% duty on... 

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs
US President Donald Trump

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

January manufacturing output up 2.5% y/y

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 2.5% year-on-year in January after expanding by a revised 1.8% in December, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Factory production on a month-on-month basis was down 1.6% and rose 1.8% in the three months to January compared with the previous three... 

2018 brings renewed optimism for South African stainless steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 This year may break the downward trend of reduced consumption in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) director John Tarboton. He notes that stainless steel consumption dropped by about 5.6% in 2017, and that the industry... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

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