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Manufacturing News

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... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Consumer demand for wearable devices set to continue

By: Dylan Slater     15th September 2017 Sales of wearable devices, such as smart watches and fitness trackers, are set to increase by 16.7%, from 265.8-million units in 2016 to 310.4-million in 2017, according to predictions from US-based research and advisory company Gartner.  

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

New acid gas scrubber up to standard

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Testing, inspection and certification services provider TÜV Rheinland Quality Services South Africa has ensured that the design and fabrication of a new 15-m-long acid gas scrubber for one of South Africa’s largest fuel refineries has met all quality and safety requirements for pressure vessels. 

New acid gas scrubber  up to standard
Photo by Rolf Bille, TUV Rheinland AG
QUALITY AND SAFETY ASSURANCE The inspection process drew on the requirements of national pressure equipment regulations and international health and safety standards

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
FACILITY REVAMPED Scaw Metals Group has expanded its chain-manufacturing factory

Welding Alloys South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th September 2017 As one of the market leaders in providing engineered solutions to combat wear, welding consumables manufacturer Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) has been manufacturing welded composite overlay material since 1976. With eight automated welding stations, WASA is currently one of the largest... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Complexities of CFTA leave completion date undecided, but much progress has been made

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 The sheer scale and complexities involved in negotiating a single rule book for the trade of goods and services on a continent that is home to 54 countries at different levels of development and expertise leaves much uncertainty as to whether the singular agreement will be concluded and signed by... 

Consortia, skills, logistics key factors for South Africa to make its mark in Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 Consortia, skills and logistics have become the most critical elements in ensuring South Africa’s input in a growing Africa, delegates at the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba heard on Thursday. Within a rapidly changing landscape, South Africa urgently needs to start planning... 

Improving manufacturing value-add key to a more equal society

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th September 2017 The revival and expansion of the manufacturing sector could play a critical role in South Africa’s challenging battle against deepening levels of inequality. High levels of manufacturing value add (MVA) can unlock opportunities for employment and greater equality in a country that suffers high... 

Improving manufacturing value-add key to a more equal society
Photo by Duane Daws
Dr Martyn Davies

Dawn to sell stake in GDW

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network’s (Dawn’s) share price rose by 21% on Thursday morning after the company confirmed that it would sell its 49% interest in Grohe Dawn Watertech (GDW) to Lixil Corporation, which owns the other 51% of GDW. The sale follows the announcement in July... 

Dawn to sell stake in GDW
Dawn CEO Edwin Hewitt and Lixil CEO Kinya Seto

Number of black industrialists supported by DTI scheme rises to 62

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reports that the number of Black Industrialist Scheme (BIS) beneficiaries has increased to 62 and that the incentive is well on its way to meeting its target of supporting 100 black industrialists by the end of the current fiscal year. Trade and Industry... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations

By: Terence Creamer     12th September 2017 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reports that a task team has been established to assess how to improve local-content enforcement across government departments and the State-owned companies (SoCs) in line with instruction notes issued by the National Treasury. The instruction notes... 

Task team set up to address lack of adherence to local-content regulations
Photo by Duane Daws
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Adcock Ingram acquires medical products company Genop

By: Schalk Burger     12th September 2017 JSE-listed pharmaceutical company Adcock Ingram has acquired 100% of local medical instrument and pharmaceutical company Genop for an undisclosed amount. Genop is a specialised instrument, surgical and pharmaceutical products company focused on the ophthalmic, optometry, skincare, aesthetic and... 

Atlantis Special Economic Zone designation application published for comment

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 The City of Cape Town, the Western Cape government, and GreenCape on Sunday welcomed “with great excitement” the notice by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies to designate Atlantis, north of Cape Town, a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Davies has published the intention to designate the Atlantis... 

Necsa looks to make fluorchemical subsidiary profitable and expand manufacturing division

By: Keith Campbell     11th September 2017 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is looking for a strategic equity partner for its speciality fluorochemical products manufacturing subsidiary Pelchem. It is also planning to expand its engineering and manufacturing division (not subsidiary) Pelindaba Enterprises. Pelchem... 

Low-skilled labour plan could provide solution to unemployment challenge

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 Industrial research and development engineering company Greville Wood Developments (GWD) is awaiting funding to recreate a 1986 manufacturing proof study and farming plan, called the Warrenton Plan, which could collectively create about 2 300 jobs in Warrenton, in the Northern Cape, then rolled... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the conclusion of the fourth Ministerial meeting of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa partner countries in Accra, Ghana, last month, members of the nine countries, represented by their science and technology Ministers and Deputy Ministers, signed a memorandum of understanding to... 

SKA Africa partner countries to collaborate on radio astronomy
PROJECT REVIEW The Square Kilometre Array Africa partner countries reviewed the African SKA, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network, and the Big Data Africa initiative

Black investor acquires majority stake in precision manufacturing firm

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 A recent acquisition of 51% of Johannesburg-based precision manufacturing company Bay Engineering by Black Industrialists Group (BIG) for R6.5-million is being held up as an example of transformation in the manufacturing sector. Bay Engineering MD Etienne Labuschagne points out that the deal,... 

Retractable spray injectors important cost savers

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Retractable spray injectors not only increase the ease and safety of performing inspection and maintenance activities at oil refineries but can also potentially reduce operational downtime and contribute to significant cost savings, says spraying systems provider Monitor Engineering MD Grant... 

Retractable spray injectors important  cost savers
KEY COOLING Spray injectors inject liquids or gases into process streams, providing critical cooling, mixing, quenching, washing, humidifying, gas cooling or chemical reactions

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 Despite numerous recycling initiatives and incentives in communities across the country – including collection points in close proximity to neighbourhoods – metal packaging recycling organisation MetPac-SA believes that an inherent recycling culture still needs to be established in South Africa.... 

Organisation advocates a local recycling culture
ONE MAN'S TRASH Aluminium and metal cans are regarded as high-value items by recyclers

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use

By: Nadine James     8th September 2017 As part of the yearly initiative Clean-up & Recycle SA Week, taking place from September 11 to 17, industry body Plastics|SA says the yearly International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) day on September 16 is the highlight of the week, as it is the world’s biggest yearly volunteer effort for ocean... 

Coastal Clean-Up assists in educating public on responsible plastic use
SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT Saving the seas international Coastal Clean-up day on September 16 is the highlight of Clean-up and Recycle SA Week

Italtile board gives go-ahead for buyout of Ceramic Industries

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2017 The board of JSE-listed Italtile is satisfied that the acquisition of Ceramic Industries (CIL) and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers can proceed, notwithstanding the condition imposed by the Competition Tribunal. The tribunal in August approved the acquisition on the condition that Italtile... 

PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 AfriSam has submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC, while a regional unit of Fairfax Africa Investments has offered to buy R2-billion of PPC shares, subject to PPC shareholders agreeing to the merger with AfriSam.   PPC on August 25 announced that merger negotiations between itself and... 

PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

South African defence company making major investments to upgrade its facilities

By: Keith Campbell     4th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze informed Engineering News Online. “We will likely... 

South African defence company making major investments to upgrade its facilities
Photo by Denel
Rheinmetall Denel Munition’s product lines include rocket motors for Denel Dynamics missiles, such as the Mokopa

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 2 BBBEE status 

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st September 2017 Motor and controls manufacturer WEG subsidiary Zest WEG Group has taken steps to create a broader-based and more sustainable ownership foundation to ensure its compliance with the new Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Codes of Good Practice, which has seen the group achieve a Level 2... 

Zest WEG Group achieves Level 2 BBBEE status
Zest WEG Group CEO Louis Meiring discusses the group’s new empowerment initiative. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Industry support evident despite challenges

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 Although the lack of meaningful government involvement has been one of the biggest challenges in the industry, the Aeronautical Society of South Africa (AeSSA) still get support from the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), which is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s... 

Local aviation industry needs to be technology ready

By: Victor Moolman     1st September 2017 With commercial aviation a market that is rapidly growing globally, aviation components supplier Aerosud Aviation MD Johan Steyn says there is a need to stay abreast of technological advancements if South Africa is to remain competitive in aviation manufacturing. Owing to this, he notes that,... 

Local aviation industry needs  to be technology ready
Photo by Duane Daws
HIGH-TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY The Aerospace industry requires advanced technologies

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st September 2017 Despite strict safety compliance procedures, industries that use coal-fired or electrical equipment are slowly realising the benefits of using gas-fired equipment instead.  

More participation in safety scheme ensures safe gas use
Photo by Bloomberg
SAFETY CONCERN Having equipment conform to international/national safety standards is key to an effective gas system

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