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Manufacturing News

South African PMI moves back into growth territory

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st September 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) moved back into expansionary territory during August, increasing to 50,3 points, up from the 49,5 points recorded in July. “The rise above the critical 50 mark followed two consecutive months where the PMI suggested that the manufacturing sector was... 

First Namibian cement factory nearing completion

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th August 2010 Plant engineering company Polysius has completed installation and delivery of most of the mechanical equipment to Namibia’s first cement factory Ohorongo. 

Plastic sheet manufacturer in management buyout

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th August 2010 South African plastic sheeting company Ampaglas has announced its business restructuring and management buyout and has relaunched under the banner of Ampaglas Plastics Group. 

The latest in concrete technology to be showcased at Joburg fair

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th August 2010 Concrete products manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will be hosting its second international product fair aimed at showcasing the latest technology and new trends in the construction and building industry. 

Manufacturing beats forecasts with 8,8% growth in June

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th August 2010 The June manufacturing production statistics have surprised on the upside, with output having grown by 8,8% year-on-year. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell commented that the market had underestimated the June manufacturing production growth, with market expectations having been between... 

Plastic packaging market’s revenue poised to reach R1,4bn by 2016 
– Frost & Sullivan

     6th August 2010 New analysis from business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan finds that the Southern African plastics packaging market earned revenues totalling $1,01-billion in industries, such as food and beverage, industrial and pharmaceutical packaging, in 2009; a figure estimated to reach... 

Latest PMI shows manufacturing remains under pressure

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd August 2010 Despite the Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) having registered a 1,1 point increase to 49,5 points in July, the level of the index indicated that the slowdown in the manufacturing industry had continued at the start of the third quarter, Kagiso Securities highlighted on Monday. “While the... 

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 After being approached by a number of potential clients, pressure vessel manufacturer GasCon has expanded its market into the manufacturing of heat exchangers, says GasCon MD Brian Sparg.

The company, which specialises in gas tank containers, road tankers and static pressure vessels, currently... 

Modular heat exchangers contribute to process 
optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 With the current energy crunch in South Africa, efficiency of process is a key driver to achieve profitability. Heat exchanger performance can make a significant contribution to ensure process optimisation, says modular shell and tube heat exchangers specialist Mod-U-Flow’s Mick Stevens.

He... 

Pressure equipment industry steps up to meet local and global standards 

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 The pressure equipment industry has stepped up to meet international accreditation demands to ensure compliance with both domestic and global standards, and is on a par with, or in some areas ahead of, its international counterparts, reports Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA)... 

Manufacturer 
relocates to 
ISO-accredited 
facility in KZN

     30th July 2010 Manufacturers of versatile Transon heat exchanger systems Transheat, which was acquired by industrial consumables and engineering firm, BMG has relocated to the BMG Drives Westmead facility, in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The new BMG Drives facility, which boasts ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for the design,... 

Spiral heat exchangers 
reduce downtime

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 Multinational engineering group Alfa Laval reports that it continues to have a strong relationship with one of world’s largest zinc suppliers, based in Spain, to which it has supplied its spiral heat exchangers that have decreased downtime and improved thermal efficiency for the past 30 years.... 

Waste skips 
supplied for 
KZN smelter

     30th July 2010 Specialist in fabrication, machining, proofloading and maintenance, Arlona Engineering has recently completed manufacturing ten aluminium waste skips for a prominent client in Pietermaritzburg.

“These robust skips will be placed at sites around the country and used to collect aluminium scrap,... 

Reservoir meets larger-capacity requirements

     30th July 2010 Polokwane-based water storage facilities company Rainbow Reservoirs MD Wayne Thompson says that his company has developed a solution to deal with the increased demand for large capacity panel reservoirs.

He explains that the dimensions of standard production models do not limit water storage... 

New 2-D laser cutter able to handle big jobs

By: Petronel Smit     23rd July 2010 The laser cutting industry has been introduced to a new machine that aims to work quickly and accurately in large work areas, while boosting productivity and decreasing downtime. 

SA’s power price surge creates fertile ground for oxygen-boosting solutions

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2010 The South African unit of global industrial gas group Air Liquide is looking beyond the immediate negative costs associated with strongly rising domestic power prices to the opportunities that it could create for the use of oxygen-boosting solutions in furnaces used to produce metals, glass and... 

Manufacturing output expands 7,9%, growth may slow

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th July 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output grew by 7,9% year-on-year in May and while this was lower than the 8,7% year-on-year growth in April, it was not necessarily as a result of economic weakness, an economist has said. Absa Capital senior economist Ian Marsberg said that the investment bank had... 

Labelling company 
assists in new agricultural 
invention roll-out

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Labelling solutions company Labelpak has taken a local gardening innovation to new heights by creating a practical packaging solution to roll out the product. 

Furnace group targets further growth

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 International furnace company Tenova Pyromet has sets its sights on increasing its presence in the base metals sector as part of its overall growth strategy. 

Smelting 
technology firm displays its global mettle

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 Johannesburg-based smelting technology and equipment designer and supplier Tenova Pyromet is demonstrating its expertise beyond South Africa’s borders with a series of contracts across the globe. 

Exclusive direct current furnace agreement

     2nd July 2010 An exclusive agreement has been reached between Tenova Pyromet and GLPS Project Management & Engineering Services to offer DC furnace technology to the global ferroalloy and base metals markets. 

Focused on skills development

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 Submerged arc furnace supplier Tenova Pyromet is proactively tackling the skills shortage within the local engineering fraternity with the implementation of training and internship programmes. 

Report calls for stricter labelling of food products 

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Research organisation, the African Centre for Biosaftey (ACB), has compiled a report on the significance of mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) food products in South Africa. 

South African PMI drops below 50-point level

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st July 2010 The manufacturing sector’s contribution to overall gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the second quarter would likely be “meaningfully less” than the 1,3 percentage points contributed during the first quarter of the year, Kagiso Securities head of fixed income André Coetzee said on Thursday,... 

Reunert's veteran CEO Pretorius makes way for Wentzel

By: Terence Creamer     1st July 2010 Electrical engineering and electronics group Reunert has appointed Parmalat South Africa's Nick Wentzel (54) to replace its veteran CEO, Gerrit ‘Boel' Pretorius, as from August 1, 2010, a year ahead of his official retirement date. Pretorius, who has served as CEO since 1997, would also step... 

Manufacturing rebound loses momentum

By: Chanel de Bruyn     17th June 2010 The rebound in South Africa’s manufacturing industry has slowed, with few producers seeing improvements in the coming 12 months, a Bureau for Economic Research (BER) survey showed on Thursday. The BER said that the sector had lost some momentum during the second quarter of the year. 

Seifsa confirms 2010 metals sector wage deal  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th June 2010 Wage increases from 7,1% to 8,1% have been agreed for the metals and engineering sector, for implementation from July 1, 2010, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) reported on Wednesday. The increases were finalised in accordance with a wage model agreed with... 

Brazilian electric-motor giant to acquire control of SA's Zest

By: Terence Creamer     9th June 2010 Brazilian electrical equipment multinational WEG has confirmed that it is seeking to acquire a controlling 51% in South Africa's Zest Group, a leading distributor of electrical equipment and a WEG electric-motor sales partner of more than three decades standing. No value has been disclosed for... 

Growing demand for composite materials in South Africa

By: Dimakatso Motau     4th June 2010 The composites industry has observed a significant growth in demand, says supplier and distributor of composite materials Aerontec technical sales representative Lawrie Droomer. 

Gauteng Tooling Initiative announces new CEO

By: Loni Prinsloo     3rd June 2010 he Gauteng Tooling Initiative (GTI) has appointed Henk Snyman as its new CEO. The GTI said in a statement that the new appointment would aid the revitalisation of the tool, die, and mould-making (TDM) sector in Gauteng, a move that aimed to bring the manufacturing sector of the province to... 

PMI shows pace of manufacturing production slowed 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st June 2010 While the Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) had remained above the neutral 50-point level in May, its third consecutive decline was a concern and suggested that the pace of manufacturing production had eased in recent months, Kagiso head of fixed income André Coetzee said on Tuesday. The... 

Polyurethane product 
producer expands its 
service offering

By: Eleanor Seggie     28th May 2010 South African polyurethane product producer Uretech is expanding its service offering to local and foreign markets.  

Brikor expects to report FY loss

By: Loni Prinsloo     26th May 2010 JSE-listed clay brick manufacturer Brikor said on Wednesday that it was expecting a loss per share of between 18,8c and 22c for the full-year ended February 28. The company also anticipated headline losses a share of between 7,8c and 9,2c, owing to continued weaker trading conditions.  

SA economy picks up speed with 4,6% first-quarter growth 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     25th May 2010 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 4,6% in the first quarter of this year, exceeding market expectations, which had forecast growth of about 4%. The first-quarter expansion compares with a 3,2% rise in the final quarter of 2009, and was the highest quarter-on-quarter increase... 

Company complies with international and local standards

By: Henry Lazenby     21st May 2010 A change to the South African National Standard (SANS) 10142-1 for the wiring of premises has dealt an expensive blow to KwaZulu-Natal- (KZN-) based manufacturer Panel Technique, but has brought about a positive change for the future. 

Dorbyl says it expects to narrow FY loss

By: Loni Prinsloo     14th May 2010 SE-listed automotive component manufacturer Dorbyl said on Friday that it expected to report headline losses a share for the year ended March 31, 2010, of between R1,90 a share and R2,50 a share, which was somewhat of a recovery from the comparative period's loss of R3,16 a share. South Africa's... 

Reunert says Feb may be too soon to finalise its cash-pile plans

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2010 Reunert CEO Gerrit ‘Boel' Pretorius on Thursday pulled back slightly from an earlier commitment to either invest, or return to shareholders, its substantial cash holdings by February, saying that it may be "prudent" to move that deadline out. However, he again promised investors that, if the... 

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