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Manufacturing News

Semiconductor revenue buoyed by industrial, automotive, IoT – Gartner

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2018 Revenue generated by the global semiconductor market grew by 21.6% to $420.4-billion in 2017, driven by strong growth in the memory market. Suppliers for the top 25 semiconductor vendors experienced significant growth as two key markets – industrial and automotive – continued to achieve... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Investment in the African transmission grid and distributed generation solutions could be viable in mitigating the challenge of providing access to electricity, says power generation original-equipment manufacturer Himoinsa. “Whether owing to transmission constraints or distribution issues,... 

Distributed generation can mitigate transmission constraints in Africa
MATTHEW BELL Himoinsa has spent a lot of time developing a distributed generation offering to the marketplace

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors

By: Schalk Burger     13th April 2018 Industrial pneumatic equipment manufacturer ATS 2000 is reporting significant demand for its high-capacity air hoists in the international oil and gas market and for industrial and marine applications, says ATS 2000 MD Glenton Rebello. The company has manufactured four 60 t air hoists at its... 

SA firm’s high-capacity air hoists making  inroads into global oil and gas, marine sectors
EXPORT AIR HOIST ATS focused on international exposure and has identified opportunities to grow exports

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders
Photo by Bloomberg
A Boeing 777 (in airliner configuration)

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces. 

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities
JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces

Feb manufacturing output disappoints on firmer rand, bottlenecks

By: Reuters     10th April 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output came in below expectations in February following a run of five months of robust growth, with analysts pointing to a stronger rand and various bottlenecks, including the cost of doing business. Manufacturing output rose 0.6% year-on-year in February, well below... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2018 Department of Energy (DoE) director-general Thabane Zulu says the updated Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) is undergoing a final set of processes and consultations, as stipulated by Cabinet in December, before being published in the Government Gazette. Speaking at the Africa Power Roundtable in... 

‘High priority’ IRP update to be published soon
Photo by Dylan Slater
Department of Energy director-general Thabane Zulu

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 Technical products and services provider JST Group will market its range of Guardian coating systems for various applications, including marine piling, to the Southern African harbour infrastructure industry. The Guardian range has been well received internationally, with various splash-zone... 

Coating systems to benefit harbour infrastructure projects
SPLASH-ZONE PROTECTION The Splash-Zone system is easily applied and maintained, with a lifespan of more than 30 years

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience
SIMPLISTIC BUILDING Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building

Plug-and-play IoT edge gateway launched for industry, mining

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2018 Information technology (IT) hardware multinational DellEMC and local Internet of Things (IoT) developer IoT.nxt have launched an edge computing device, called the Raptor, which enables businesses to deploy an IoT network in their operational environments to integrate existing sensors and... 

Global crude steel production increases 3.5% y/y in February

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 Global crude steel production increased by 3.5% year-on-year to 131.8-million tonnes in February, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. Africa’s crude steel production increased by 4% year-on-year to 1.1-million tonnes, mainly as a result of a 7.6% year-on-year increase in... 

Saftu condemns CSR’s local content exemption request

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2018 The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) says it is angered by the revelation that China South Rail (CSR) wants South Africa’s government to grant it an exemption from its local content obligations, worth R5.3-billion, as part of the conditions for it supplying new locomotives to... 

SADC Ministers meet in Pretoria with focus on industrialisation

By: African News Agency      26th March 2018 The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Ministers meeting in Pretoria should explore ways of cooperating to intensify industrialisation in the region to boost economic growth, South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu on Monday. Sisulu,... 

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has made a formal submission to the US requesting the exclusion of South Africa from the imposition of duties on steel and aluminium products. A provision allowing for country-based exclusions from a 25% increase in the steel tariff and a 10% duty on... 

South Africa makes formal request for exclusion from US metals tariffs
US President Donald Trump

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th March 2018 The Industry Task Team on Climate Change (ITTCC), which includes many of South Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, says the proposed carbon tax will have no material impact on reducing carbon emissions from the electricity sector, which is responsible for around half of the... 

Energy-intensive firms say carbon tax wrong tool for reducing power emissions

January manufacturing output up 2.5% y/y

By: Reuters     13th March 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose 2.5% year-on-year in January after expanding by a revised 1.8% in December, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Factory production on a month-on-month basis was down 1.6% and rose 1.8% in the three months to January compared with the previous three... 

2018 brings renewed optimism for South African stainless steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 This year may break the downward trend of reduced consumption in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) director John Tarboton. He notes that stainless steel consumption dropped by about 5.6% in 2017, and that the industry... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 Investment in the manufacturing industry increased in the final quarter of 2017, reflecting a growing optimism and changing sentiment in the sector, the latest Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) has indicated. In the fourth quarter, the MCIT increased by five index points year-on-year... 

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector
Photo by Creamer Media
Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth

Process control manufacturer expands sales to South Africa

9th March 2018 Die-casting process control systems manufacturer Visi-Trak Worldwide has expanded its direct sales distribution to several countries, including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea and to South-East Asia. The company explains that this expands upon its current network of... 

Domestic drugs manufacturing could benefit from increased local demand

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 The South Africa pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is “well positioned” to assist in contributing to the economy with an increase in local manufacturing, which needs to be driven by a decrease in importing drugs and consequent increase in local manufacturing, says local procurement lobby... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area 

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Steel supplier BBD steel, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has become steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s exclusive distributor of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM) for the area. BBD Steel supplies ASSM products to car manufacturers that are located in the Rosslyn area. BBD... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area
BBD Steel MD Monika Pretorious and business development director Gwen Mahuma discuss the importance of ASSM steel and how BBD Steel started. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma  

8th March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa has designed, what it calls, the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which it will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma
World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2018 South African steel and aluminium firms remain watchful and uncertain about the effects that a proposed increased US trade protection will have. However, the companies also indicate that they will seek to mitigate the risk through export diversification, as well as a continued focus on markets... 

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom
US President Donald Trump

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Mondi FY17 profit rises 4% to €1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 Packaging giant Mondi on Friday reported a 4% year-on-year increase in underlying operating profit to €1.01-billion for the year ended December 31, benefitting from good demand and higher average selling prices across most of its businesses. "Our continuous drive for operational performance... 

Jabu Moleketi succeeds Nelson as PPC chairperson

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Peter Nelson has resigned as chairperson and nonexecutive director of cement manufacturer PPC, effective March 2. Former Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi has been appointed to succeed Nelson as chairperson. 

Davies welcomes Whirlpool’s R100m investment

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has congratulated appliance manufacturer Whirlpool South Africa on its R100-million investment in a new manufacturing line that is expected to create about 100 jobs. The investment in the company’s plant, located in the Isithebe Industrial Park near... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Ergonomic and user-friendly products on display at expo

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 In its third participation at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, machinery and tools manufacturer, Husqvarna South Africa (SA) will exhibit ergonomic and user-friendly products designed for high productivity and consumer satisfaction. 

Ergonomic and user-friendly  products on display at expo
NEW PRODUCT Husqvarna will be introducing a hassle-free, safe and efficient way to manage concrete, dust and slurry

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

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