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Manufacturing News

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

     4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally

By: Keith Campbell     3rd August 2017 South African nuclear company NTP Radioisotopes (NTP), a subsidiary of the State-owned South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (better known as Necsa), has increased its production of, and its share in the global market for, the Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) radioisotope, the company announced on... 

South Africa’s radioisotopes company shines globally
NTP Radioisotopes MD Tina Eboka

Africa urged to focus on industrialisation to boost economic growth

By: Anine Kilian     2nd August 2017 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region must diversify away from its reliance on commodities for economic growth and prioritise industrial development, SADC regional standardisation president Dr Eve Gadzikwa said on Wednesday. “Industrialisation can contribute to transformation... 

PMI, weaker rand does not bode well for manufacturing – Seifsa

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 The poor performance of Absa’s July Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and the weakening of the rand will place continued pressure on the manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted Absa PMI declined by... 

Absa PMI falls further to 42.9 in July

     1st August 2017 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined by a further 3.8 points to 42.9 in July, with all five of the major subindices having declined in July. The seasonally adjusted business activity index was under the most pressure, declining by 6.1 index points to a 39.3. The... 

IDC reports strong rise in support for black industrialists as disbursements fall  

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has announced that its funding approvals have increased to a record R15.3-billion in 2017, but also confirmed that it would not meet a five-year target, set in 2015, of R100-billion in approvals by 2020. Presenting the financials in... 

IDC reports strong rise in support for black industrialists as disbursements fall
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel on plans to equip the IDC to approve at a level of R20-billion a year. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 31.7.2017

SADC industrialisation strategy important for development of value-chains in region

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2017 Regional industrialisation will require a strong Southern African Development Community (SADC) Free Trade Area (FTA), Department of International Relations and Cooperation DG Kgabo Mahoai said on Monday. Speaking at the SADC Industrialisation Week, in Johannesburg, he said the FTA would... 

Manufacturing key to Africa’s economic transformation

By: Anine Kilian     31st July 2017 Manufacturing will drive Africa’s transformation, African Export-Import Bank intra-African finance trade manager Gerald Nsomba said on Monday. Addressing delegates from across the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the SADC Industrialisation Week, in Johannesburg, he pointed out... 

Brics industry ministers adopt action plan to deepen industrial cooperation

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The second meeting of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) industry ministers held in Hangzhou in China has adopted a seven-point “action plan” on deepening industrial cooperation among Brics countries, the trade and industry department (DTI) said on Sunday. The action plan... 

Brics industry ministers adopt action plan to deepen industrial cooperation

City of Cape Town’s support generates investment worth R2.67bn, with 6 236 jobs created in key growth industries 

By: African News Agency      31st July 2017 The City of Cape Town, via its enterprise and investment department under the directorate of the mayor, has facilitated R2.67-billion worth of investment which has resulted in 6 236 direct jobs created for the people of Cape Town in the past financial year (July 2016 – June 2017), the city said... 

Tourism to add 300 000 jobs by 2026

By: Anine Kilian     28th July 2017 With South African tourism providing entry into Africa, especially through business tourism opportunities, the sector deserves more support and recognition, says Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa, who spoke at the second Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference on Friday. “The prospects for... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As part of its business strategy to re-engineer and optimise global operations, bearings and mechanical power transmission solutions provider Timken has opened a new facility in Gauteng. The facility spans almost 5,000 m2 and is home to Timken South Africa’s bearing repair and assembly... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site
Timken South Africa MD Kevin Holloway and Timken Middle East, Africa and Turkey MD Sudesh Kumar discuss the advantages and strategic importance of Timken’s new facility. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) celebrated the milestone of handing over the first red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates to twelve graduates last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, in Pretoria. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over
SEAL OF APPROVAL The first cohort of graduates received their red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates last month

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As businesses move to become more self-reliant and decrease their exposure to electricity price volatility, government is also moving ahead with policy support for energy efficiency initiatives in homes, business and industry, says Pan-African law firm Bowmans public law and regulatory head and... 

Moves to fast-track regulation could ignite energy efficiency sector
Photo by Bloomberg
EFFICIENCY INCENTIVE A range of initiatives in the energy sector that promote energy efficiency include an income tax incentive for those installing renewable-energy generation

Outreach programme providing opportunities for participants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Engineering company Bosch’s Outreach Robotics Programme has provided participants the opportunity to compete in the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, in Costa Rica, in November this year. 

Outreach programme providing  opportunities for participants
MARKUS THILL The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 US-based agricultural equipment manufacturer and supplier Agco is directing a large portion of its future growth potential into Africa, specifically South Africa, as a key market going forward.  

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth
FUTURE FARM One of Agco’s Future Farm’s responsibilities is to teach aspiring tractor technicians how to service Agco-distributed tractors

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk on seeking a new electricity tariff deal from Eskom and Nersa. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 27.7.2017

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

Joffe’s Long4Life to acquire Sportsmans, Outdoor Warehouse

By: Samantha Herbst     25th July 2017 Business mogul Brian Joffe’s new investment holding company, Long4Life, which recently debuted on the JSE, has announced its intention to acquire local cash retailer Holdsport, which trades as Sportsmans Warehouse and Outdoor Warehouse. With Long4Life’s offer being implemented by way of a scheme... 

Joffe’s Long4Life to acquire Sportsmans, Outdoor Warehouse

Invicta to distribute Fenner’s products in Africa

By: African News Agency      25th July 2017 Invicta Holdings said on Tuesday that its subsidiary company, Bearing Man Group (BGM), has entered into a long-term agreement with Fenner Conveyor Belting to distribute Fenner's products in sub-Saharan Africa on an exclusive basis and on a nonexclusive basis in the rest of Africa. Invicta is an... 

Tongaat Hulett launches R550m sugar refinery project in Mozambique

By: Anine Kilian     24th July 2017 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett on Monday launched a R550-million 90 000 t/y refinery to process brown sugar into white sugar at its Mozambique-based Xinavane sugar mill. The refinery will produce its first product in September 2018. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister

By: African News Agency      21st July 2017 South Africa was committed to increasing trade and addressing the trade imbalance with Zambia. This was according to South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, ahead of a two-day Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Lusaka, Zambia, from 24-25 July. 

SA committed to increasing trade with Zambia, says DTI minister
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 This year’s KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition (Kite) will provide businesses in the province with an ideal access route to the key resources required to ramp up their operations in line with government’s extensive and ongoing investment in new manufacturing endeavours. 

Exhibition facilitates industrial growth in KZN
Photo by Bloomberg
GROWING ECONOMIC HUB Government investment in the Port of Durban will support trade stemming from the ramp-up of manufacturing activites in KZN

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus as attacks increase

By: Schalk Burger     21st July 2017 Effective industrial cybersecurity protection improves the resilience of industries, defends investments in automation and control systems and becomes an asset to manage industrial systems, risks and business continuity, a range of industrial cybersecurity specialists explain. The increased... 

Industrial cybersecurity resilience in focus  as attacks increase

Nakambala sugar mill expansion project completed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st July 2017 During the third quarter of 2017, project management and equipment design company Bosch Projects completed the implementation of the Nakambala Product Alignment and Refinery project in Mazabuka, Zambia. Bosch Projects sugar sector director Steven Rosettenstein, who was the project manager for the... 

Nakambala sugar mill  expansion project completed
NAKAMBALA SUGAR MILL Illovo Sugar appointed Bosch Projects as engineering, procurement and construction management consultants for the mill’s expansion

New model for estimating risk proves effective in case studies

     21st July 2017 Massachusetts-based business school MIT Sloan School of Management have presented new research about a new model that estimates risks and extends gate review analysis beyond “go” and “no go” options. “Today, most technical development projects go through a phase-gate process, with each gate... 

New model for estimating risk proves effective in case studies
Photo by Bloomberg
CASE STUDY Researchers at MIT showed how their gate decision analysis method works with a case study at producer of oil and natural gas BP, in Houston

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st July 2017 Elevator and escalator manufacturer Otis South Africa earlier this month relaunched its training academy in line with its skills development programme, which is designed to create technical and functional expertise in African markets. “Building skills and expertise through the Otis training... 

Otis relaunches training academy to build skills, expertise in industry
ESCALATED OFFERING The training academy will now offer programmes that include service and maintenance, installations, as well as quality, environment health and safety

Solution provides protection on north coast

     21st July 2017 Nonwovens supplier Fibertex SA’s geosynthetic sand containers (GSC-Bags) will ensure the protection of the natural environment in the construction of a revetment structure at uMdloti beach, on KwaZulu-Natal’s north coast. 

Solution provides protection on north coast
SPECIALLY ENGINEERED Fibertex offers a lightweight, durable and workable geosynthetic substitute for traditional revetment systems

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery

By: Robyn Wilkinson     21st July 2017 As KwaZulu-Natal’s sugar cane growers start to recover from the effects of the drought, the South African Canegrowers’ Association (SA Canegrowers) is urging the industry to remain resilient and look for opportunities to diversify their operations. 

Sugar industry to make the most of yield recovery
BOUNCING BACK The SA Canegrowers board of directors is optimistic about the 2017/18 season, with improved rainfall set to improve production levels

Numsa has no desire to avoid strike action – Saefa

By: Anine Kilian     20th July 2017 Responding to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa’s) alleged intention to take industrial action to “shut down” the country’s engineering sector, the South African Engineers and Founders Association (Saefa) feels that the trade union has no desire to avoid strike action,... 

Ellies to narrow FY loss

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2017 Electronic products manufacturer Ellies expects to narrow its loss a share to between 38c and 47c for the financial year ended April 30. The company posted a loss a share of 87.78c in the prior financial year. 

Numsa warns ‘intransigent’ employers in engineering sector of possible strike 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed “intransigent” employers in the engineering sector and warned of a “total shutdown” in the industry. This comes after Numsa declared a dispute with employers in the engineering sector following deadlock in wage... 

Impending strike could lead to more retrenchments in steel industry, Solidarity warns

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday said the impending strike in the steel industry would have a negative impact, both on the domestic steel industry and the country’s economy, as well as on job opportunities in the sector. This comes after the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) had... 

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