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Manufacturing News

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
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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
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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
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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... 

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... 

R11.6bn in fines and merger conditions secured since 2010, Patel reports
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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

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

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