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Manufacturing News

New polyurethane mixing machine installed to boost factory’s capacity

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Pipe linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products has commissioned a second Baulé polyurethane mixing and dispensing machine, which will increase the factory’s capacity and increase the company’s specialised capability in large and complex casts. 

Feb manufacturing output up 6%

By: Reuters     7th April 2011 Growth in South Africa's manufacturing output quickened to 6% year-on-year in volume terms in February compared with a revised 1,6% expansion in January, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday. A Reuters poll last week showed a consensus of a 3,6% year-on-year increase in factory output for... 

Nampak announces R500m glass bottle manufacturing upgrade

By: Petronel Smit     7th April 2011 An investment of almost R500-million was earmarked to rebuild and expand a furnace at Nampak Wiegand Glass’ bottle manufacturing facility at Roodekop, Alberton. Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall on Thursday said furnace 2, which was nearing the end of its useful life, would be rebuilt at a larger... 

PMI reaches 13-month high, but employment index drops

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st April 2011 The Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) has risen to a 13-month high to 57,2 index points in March, indicating a ramp up in manufacturing production on the back of stronger demand. The PMI, which serves as a gauge of the health of the manufacturing sector, also rose in the first two months of... 

Manufacturing confidence at 3-year high – survey

By: Petronel Smit     15th March 2011 Manufacturing business confidence strengthened in the first quarter of 2011, with domestic sales and order volumes reaching their highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) latest manufacturing survey. The survey, released on Tuesday,... 

Brick manufacturer installing energy efficient kiln at E Cape facility 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th March 2011 South Africa’s first vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK), reaching highest energy efficiency levels, is being constructed at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks, in the Eastern Cape. 

Massmart staff, suppliers not at risk as Walmart enters, CEO avers

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Massmart CEO Grant Pattison does not believe that competitors and suppliers of Massmart will suffer as a consequence of the Walmart deal. 

January manufacturing growth disappoints, but on improving trend

By: Loni Prinsloo     10th March 2011 The 1,3% year-on-year increase in South Africa’s manufacturing output in January was “disappointing”, economists said, following the release of the data by Statistics South Africa released on Thursday. The result followed on for an equally disappoint December figure, when a 0,2% year-on-year... 

PMI maintains growth, employment index above 50-point level

By: Petronel Smit     1st March 2011 The Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) stabilised at 54,8 points in February, after it posted solid gains in January, reaching the highest level since April 2010 at 54,6 index points. Consultant Theo Vorster said on Tuesday that the PMI employment index rose back above the key 50 mark to... 

Hulamin extends BHP Billiton supply deal, to seek further certainty

By: Terence Creamer     28th February 2011 Aluminium products manufacturer Hulamin confirmed on Monday that it had reached an agreement with BHP Billiton to extend an existing rolling-slab supply agreement by a year, until June 2012, and that further metal supply extensions might still be possible. BHP Billiton indicated previously that... 

Laser refurbishment, additive manufacturing offer new opportunities for industry

By: Schalk Burger     25th February 2011 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Laser Materials Processing (LMP) application development facility has developed and proven the use of laser based refurbishment processes that are able to extend the service life of industrial components that are currently being... 

SA pushing for African beneficiation framework to tap commodity boom

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2011 South Africa plans to use its position as the current convener of the Council of African Ministers of Industry to develop a common continental framework for extracting greater value from the prevailing minerals boom, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. The rise in the demand... 

Seven projects worth R7bn have applied for SA’s manufacturing tax incentive

By: Terence Creamer     11th February 2011 The South African government has to date received seven applications for manufacturing projects seeking to tap a R20-billion tax incentive, formally launched late last year, and which was given prominence in President Jacob Zuma’s February 10 State of the Nation address. Although Zuma presented... 

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. 

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