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Manufacturing News

IDC seeks to replicate old economy successes in ‘green’ industries

By: Terence Creamer     5th August 2011 Established in 1940, the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) provides something of a mirror image of South Africa’s recent economic and industrial past, as well as the prominent role played by the minerals and energy complex within that history. 

Sappi to close paper mill in Port Elizabeth

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     3rd August 2011 South African paper manufacturer Sappi said on Wednesday it would shut down its 47-year old Adamas mill, in Port Elizabeth, citing severe cost pressures and the uncompetitive nature of the mill. The closure would affect some 213 workers, the JSE-listed company said. 

South Africa’s PMI declines to two-year low

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2011 The Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which serves as a gauge of the health of the manufacturing sector, declined for the fourth consecutive month in July, hitting a two-year low. The seasonally adjusted PMI fell by 9.7 points to 44.2 points last month, which is “significantly below” the global... 

Zuma to lead big new infrastructure push 

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2011 South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma will personally head a new ‘Infrastructure Commission’, which will be set up to improve visibility and coordination around South Africa’s R860-billion public investment drive, which has so far failed to live up to its growth and development promises. Speaking... 

Tube fabricator continues switch to all-electric machinery

29th July 2011 Continuing investment in versatile all-electric bending machinery is helping US tube and pipe fabrication specialist, Sharpe Products, to meet the evolving business challenges in its sector of the metal working industry.  

Engineering specialist opens two new workshops

29th July 2011 Vanderbijlpark-based engineering company Turnmill Proquip Engineering has opened two new workshops, one in Vereeniging and the other in Naledi, Sasolburg. 

New dishing press improves vessel manufacturer’s capabilities

By: Sinette Goosen     29th July 2011 Newly established dished end manufacturer The Dished End Company reports it has imported the country’s only dishing press with a manipulator. 

Local consulting firm North Road merges with Monitor Group

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     27th July 2011 Multinational companies are recognising the growth and potential for development of the African continent, particularly South Africa, the springboard to the continent, international consulting firm Monitor Group managing partner Stephen Jennings said on Wednesday. “There is a wider realisation... 

Rand clouds Hulamin’s outlook after H1 turnaround

By: Terence Creamer     25th July 2011 An improved operational performance underpinned a 167% rise in Hulamin’s interim headline earnings to R71-million for the period to June 30, 2011. But the aluminium re-roller warned that the turnaround had been achieved off a “low base” and expressed caution about the outlook, owing to the... 

Waste offenders face stiff penalties, but enforcement capacity questioned

By: Eleanor Seggie     22nd July 2011 While the National Environmental Management: Waste Act, No 59 of 2008 brings with it abundant opportunities and regulatory tools, it also introduces severe criminal liability for directors and companies.  

SA failing to attract investment despite high returns - World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     20th July 2011 Economic recovery in South Africa was gathering strength, with economic growth expected to pick up to 3.5% in 2011, the World Bank’s country director for South Africa Ruth Kagia said at the release of the inaugural ‘South Africa Economic Update’ on Wednesday – the report was the first of a series... 

Seifsa inks wage deal, while Neasa refuses to sign industry agreement  

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     18th July 2011 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) signed a three-year wage agreement with six trade unions on Monday, but said that the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) did not endorse the settlement agreement. According to Seifsa, Neasa did not sign... 

Urgent interventions needed to rebuild collapsing manufacturing confidence  

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2011 Manufacturing sector confidence deteriorated in the first quarter of 2011 despite a strong recovery in production, a survey of 18 CEOs representing South African enterprises with revenues of between R300-million and R10-billion shows. These business leaders also warned on Friday that, unless... 

Precision steel roller chain for industrial applications

15th July 2011 UK-based gear, chain and coupling manufacturer Renold’s steel roller chain products are an efficient and versatile way to transmit mechanical power in industrial applications, reports South African gear supplier and repair company Drive and Gear Engineering. 

Roller chain manufacturer introduces new generation of products

15th July 2011 Gears, drives and power transmission specialist Bearing Man Group (BMG) is distributing the full range of Japan-based roller chain manufacturer Tsubakimoto Chain Company’s (Tsubaki’s) high-performance chains, including the newly launched RS roller chain. 

Joburg steel fabricator celebrates its centenary

By: Eleanor Seggie     15th July 2011 Steel manufacturer George Stott & Company this year celebrates its 100th year of continuous operation at its Johannesburg factory and reports diversified, positive growth in a challenging sector. 

Manufacturer increases in-house capacity

By: Schalk Burger     15th July 2011 Germiston-based gear manufacturer and refurbishment company Ras Engineering has bought and installed a number of new machines to keep processes in-house, and says it has continued to employ and train people in the use of its machines despite facing difficult business conditions last year, says... 

Factory output growth at 0.6% y-on-y

By: Reuters     12th July 2011 Growth in South Africa's manufacturing output quickened slightly to 0.6% year-on-year in volume terms in May, compared with a downwardly revised 0.2% in April, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. A Reuters poll showed economists expected manufacturing output to increase to 2.4% year-on-year... 

R30m power generation contract on track

By: Dimakatso Motau     8th July 2011 Screen products specialist Meshcape Industries is supplying a power station, in Mpumalanga, with 430 A steel tube plates for its boilers. 

Institute works to keep power pylon manufacturing local

8th July 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of convening a working committee to discuss and implement strategies to keep the manufacture of power pylons local. 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Theft prevention system results in significant cost savings

8th July 2011 The locally designed and manufactured CableGuard power cable theft protection system is generating significant cost savings for municipalities and businesses, says power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, which distributes the system. 

PMI continues to lose ground, falls to lowest level this year

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st July 2011 South Africa’s manufacturing growth momentum continues to slow, with the Kagiso purchasing manufacturing index (PMI) declining for a third consecutive month to its lowest for 2011. The PMI, which serves as a gauge of the health of the manufacturing sector, fell to 53.9 points and was in line... 

Label manufacturer sees greater potential in commercial sector

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 While the majority of its products in South Africa are sold to the government sector, asset tracking label manufacturer Hue-Tone Manufacturing manager Bruce Pringle believes there is also greater potential for these products to be used in the private sector. 

Lasers enable high-speed marking for high-volume manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 Two new US-based traceability company Telesis lasers, a CO2 laser to mark organic material and a vanadate solid-state laser to mark metals and plastics, have been introduced to the local market by tracking and tracing equipment company Traceability Solutions for the high-speed on-the-fly laser... 

Manufacturer unveils range of concrete products

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     1st July 2011 Precast concrete infrastructural products and solutions manufacturer Rocla has introduced a new range of concrete products. 

Power generation equipment maker sees Africa as ‘the next big market’ 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st July 2011 US-based designer and manufacturer of engine, power-generation equipment and related technologies Cummins has a vision of achieving US$2-billion in sales and leading market share positions in Africa, by 2020.  

IDC approves record R8.4bn funding for SA investments 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th June 2011 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would be investing R102-billion over the next five years in sectors prioritised in government’s New Growth Path (NGP), the development finance institution (DFI) said on Thursday. The IDC approved R8.4-billion in funding for South Africa-based... 

Nampak opens $160m can manufacturing factory in Angola

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th June 2011 JSE-listed Nampak this week opened a $160-million can manufacturing plant in Angola − its first greenfield investment outside South Africa. Nampak Bevcan’s plant, dubbed Angolata, has a production line capacity of 750-million cans a year, and Nampak said that this could be doubled by a second... 

Manufacturer to produce German products locally

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Abrasive tool manufacturer Lukas South Africa (LSA), which will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in July, is creating capacity to locally manufacture custom-made belts at its Germiston plant. 

Industry bodies team up to train deaf boat builders

17th June 2011 Industry representative the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) has collaborated with Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation Whisper Boat Building Academy (WBBA) for the Deaf on a one-year pilot project to train 30 deaf students in the skill of working with composites. 

Multimaterial 3D printer could help accelerate prototyping  

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th June 2011 Injection-moulding solutions company DemaPlasTech has been appointed as sole Objet distributors for Israeli-based three-dimensional (3D) printing innovations company Objet Geometries’ range of 3D printing products, for Africa, including the Connex multi-material‐based 3D printer – a first for the... 

Manufacturing confidence stable but business conditions deteriorate

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th June 2011 Despite second-quarter manufacturing business confidence remaining unchanged at 51 index points, the growth rate of manufacturing activity has slowed and profit margins took a dip owing to rising costs, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) said on Monday. A strong driver for the sector was... 

Plastics body maps industry career prospects, skills gaps

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th June 2011 Industry representative and training services provider the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) is currently working on promoting skills and careers within the plastics industry. 

Forensic ‘fingerprinting’ will tie cable thieves to their crimes

3rd June 2011 A major challenge when it comes to cable theft is the lack of traceability. 

SA economy grows 4,8% as manufacturing rebounds

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     31st May 2011 South Africa’s economy grew by 4,8% in the first quarter of the year, up from the 4,4% in the final quarter of 2010, boosted by strong manufacturing growth , Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Manufacturing contributed 2,2 percentage points to gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Black-owned firm buys Merck SA’s pharmaceuticals operations

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 International pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck South Africa has sold its Merck Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (MPM) operations. 

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