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Manufacturing News

December manufacturing output hit by steel, petroleum slowdown

By: Petronel Smit     10th February 2011 Manufacturing production increased by 4,9% in 2010, with six of the ten manufacturing divisions reporting higher production, after the significant dip of 12,9% recorded in recession-afflicted 2009. However, the latest figures released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday slowed... 

AECI’s 2010 earnings to rise strongly, but to be tempered by rand

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2011 Industrial chemicals and explosives manufacturer AECI on Monday stated that it expected the company’s headline earnings a share to rise between 50% and 70% for the financial year ended December 2010. AECI added that the range of improvement for earnings a share (EPS) was expected to be between... 

Black-owned plastic film producer outlines expansion aspirations

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     4th February 2011 Plastic film producer Fima, the only manufacturer of biaxially oriented polypropylene (Bopp) film in the country, is planning major expansions and investments within the next two years. 

Nestle to invest R500m in SA, add two factories to local portfolio

By: Loni Prinsloo     2nd February 2011 Nestle, which is currently the largest food company in the world, announced on Wednesday that it would invest R500-million in one of Tshwane’s poorest regions to build two new factories and create additional employment in the area. Speaking at a sod turning event in Babelegi, where the company... 

Furniture manufacturer discovers the benefits of polypropylene

By: Henry Lazenby     21st January 2011 Local corporate furniture manufacturer Dauphin HumanDesign Group (Dauphin) reports that it is investigating using polypropylene more extensively in its office furniture designs, necessitating further research and development (R&D) to be undertaken. 

PMI declines, but remains in positive territory

By: Petronel Smit     17th January 2011 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) declined to 51,7 index points in December, from the 52,9 recorded in November, but still ended the year in positive territory. Consultant Theo Vorster said on Monday that the seasonally adjusted business activity index, which posted a robust gain of 6,1... 

SA crane manufacturer wins first Canada order

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th January 2011 Local crane manufacturer Condra has announced its first export to Canada of a shipment of nine high-lift hoists in various configurations, five of them articulated. 

Chemical incubator receives fresh support

14th January 2011 The South African Chemical Technology Incubator, Chemin, has been awarded two significant grants that will be used to enhance training and upgrade its facilities. 

Manufacturing growth in November beats expectations

By: Loni Prinsloo     11th January 2011 The positive trend in manufacturing output volumes continued in November, with the latest figures released by Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) on Tuesday showing a 4,6% year-on-year growth. The expansion follows a downwardly revised 2,3% manufacturing expansion in October. Absa Capital... 

Industrial rubber design capacity boosted by new software tool

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th December 2010 International rubber reinforcement solutions company Taniq has developed new software for improved fibre reinforcement of bellow shaped rubber products. 

Truck and trailer producer upbeat about 2011 prospects

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th December 2010 Truck and trailer body manufacturer Serco has announced that business prospects for 2011, based on strong confirmed orders for the first quarter of next year, are looking good. 

IDZ in renewable-energy push 

By: Jessica Hannah     10th December 2010 The Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) aims to develop three wind farms, which will accommodate 60 turbines, on 300 ha of land, says Coega Development Corporation (CDC) business development manager for information on investments Nkuli Mxenge. 

Manufacturing confidence up, but profitability under pressure – BER

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd December 2010 Manufacturing business confidence increased by 11 index points to reach 41 points in the fourth quarter of 2010, the Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) latest manufacturing survey indicated on Thursday. The results showed a continued improvement in domestic sales volumes, with the indicator... 

PMI bounces back in November, above key 50-point level

By: Petronel Smit     1st December 2010 South Africa’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) is back above the 50-point level, indicating that the manufacturing economy is expanding, sponsor Kagiso Securities reported on Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted PMI increased by just more than three index points to 52,9 last month. 

Fifty-one years of service to the Southern African market 

By: sue charlton     26th November 2010 Dow Southern Africa has been operating in South Africa for 51 years and currently has a commercial and manufacturing presence in eight locations, employing nearly 200 people. Dow Southern Africa is part of the global Dow Chemicals Company, which has a presence in 160 countries. Dow is renowned... 

SA faces R32bn backlog in power distribution infrastructure 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     23rd November 2010 South Africa would require about R32,4-billion by the end of this year to deal with the backlog in its electricity distribution infrastructure, Department of Public Enterprises chief director Simphiwe Makhathini said on Tuesday. Speaking at a reliability and maintenance conference on behalf of... 

William Tell receives first part of DTI manufacturing grant

By: Chanel de Bruyn     19th November 2010 Wood-based panel (WBP) manufacturer William Tell has received the first R9-million of a manufacturing grant from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In December last year, the AltX-listed company announced that it had been granted a R30-million grant from the DTI in respect of its second... 

Winery increases capacity to meet demand

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Nederburg winery is optimising its capacity to cope with increasing volumes of wine production, as it is experiencing a constant growth in demand, reports Nederburg red winemaker Wilhelm Pienaar.

The winery has undertaken upgrades to improve the management of time, speed, lower operational... 

R350m baby-care products manufacturing facility opens in Joburg

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th November 2010 Multinational firm Procter and Gamble (P&G) officially opened a manufacturing plant for its baby care brand Pampers, in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, and at the same time celebrated 15 years of the nappy brand in South Africa. 

Vehicle parts press restored and upgraded

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     12th November 2010 Automation distributor Tectra Automation and hydraulic component and systems manufacturer Hytec have collaborated in a project to upgrade an old and redundant vehicle parts press for the production line at motor parts manufacturer MA Automation, in Pretoria. 

Pilot Crushtec offers a peek into 
South Africa’s manufacturing challenge

By: Terence Creamer     12th November 2010 Mobile and semimobile crushing plant supplier Pilot Crushtec, which turned 20 earlier this year, arguably offers a micro-level view of what is taking place at the macro level in South Africa’s troubled manufacturing environment.

Despite policy that seeks to expand the country’s industrial base,... 

R1,5m for brewery’s logistics improvements 

By: Tracy Hancock     12th November 2010 Brewer SABMiller’s Alrode brewery, in Alberton, east of Johannesburg, is spending about R1,5-million to improve its logistics, by constructing an additional bay, moving administrative functions from its main gate into the warehouse and installing a bay occupation system, which monitors throughput... 

Manufacturing output growth slows to 1,4%

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th November 2010 Manufacturing production came in below expectation in September, expanding by only 1,4% year-on-year. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell commented that the latest manufacturing data was “not good”, given that the sector had been the main driver of South Africa’s gross domestic product... 

SKF launches Joburg seal-making machine

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     5th November 2010 In expanding its offering to clients, knowledge engineering company, SKF has launched its new Economos Seal Jet machine, which will operate in the company’s Solutions Factory Africa, in Johannesburg. 

Maintenance-free 
self-lubricating linear 
bearing pillow blocks

5th November 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of linear and mechanical motion products Thomson reports that it has designed a Lube for Life self-lubricating linear bearing pillow block, which is also known as a plumber block or bearing housing, which provides support for a linear or rotating shaft.  

PMI improves but remains below 50-point level

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st November 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remained below the neutral 50-point level in October, but the major subcomponents of the index posted gains for the month. The PMI, which is a key measure of manufacturing activity, improved to 49,8 points in October, after having dropped below the... 

Proactive approach wins large share of electricity lines business

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 Industrial fastners producer Tel-Screw Products’ electrical transmission and distribution lines business has seen more rapid growth in the past five years than in any other equivalent period during the almost 30 years it has been producing special fasteners for this sector.  

Focused on customer 
service

By: Julian Kraft     22nd October 2010 Tel-Screw Products’ versatility in being willing and able to provide what its customers need has been, and remains, a key factor in its success.  

SA’s factory output slowed in August as strikes exact toll

By: Chanel de Bruyn     12th October 2010 The strike by some segments of the automotive sector in mid-August had a bigger-than-expected impact on South Africa’s manufacturing production, which expanded by only 5,3% year on year during the month – the consensus view was that factory output would expand by about 8,6%. Absa Capital... 

Phased system offers 
vibration monitoring

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th October 2010 Condition monitoring company Engineering Dynamics has launched a three-phased vibration monitoring and protection system, where clients choose the level of monitoring capabilities in their plants. 

IDC to study SA's bamboo-related manufacturing prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2010 South Africa's State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is initiating a study into the prospects for bamboo-related business opportunities in the country, with emphasis being given to prospects that could yield rural development spin-offs. The development finance institution has... 

Third-quarter PMI below key 50-point level

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st October 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) again fell below the neutral 50-point level in September, bringing the average PMI for the third quarter down to 49,4 points. The PMI, which briefly recovered above the 50-point mark to 50,3 points in August, fell by 1,9 points to 48,4 in September. 

R1,3m order for 
nonmetallic pump sets

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st October 2010 Pump supplier Fluid in Motion Pump & Allied has been awarded a R1,3-million order for 26 non-metallic pump sets for the Luisha copper/cobalt mine, in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Manufacturing output expands 7,5%, but growth moderating

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th September 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output increased by 7,5% year-on-year in July, with analysts saying that the recovery in the manufacturing sector seemed to be firmly entrenched, but growth was moderating. The July manufacturing figure is lower than the previous month’s revised output growth of... 

Talent seen as key driver of global manufacturing 
competitiveness

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2010 South Africa’s relative competitiveness as a manufacturing location is expected to improve over the next five years, the recently published ‘2010 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index’ shows.

The results are somewhat surprising given the prevailing uncertainty within South Africa’s... 

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. 

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