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Robot raises access automation product firm’s efficiency by 40%

By: Leandi Kolver     30th October 2009 Johannesburg-based gate motors and access automation products manufacturer Centurion Systems, recently acquired the Arcmate 120iB robot from Fanuc Robotics for its computer numerically controlled (CNC) lathe production facility. 

SA engineering firm developing new heliostat gearbox

By: Christy van der Merwe     27th October 2009 As South Africa seeks to scale up its renewable energy power generation capacity, particularly with concentrating solar power (CSP), opportunities for local manufacture of components are also being investigated. South Africa-based Cheshire Engineering director Joseph Steele is working to design... 

No retrenchments, no bonuses IDC bail-out beneficiaries told

By: Terence Creamer     22nd October 2009 Strict conditions had been placed on those firms that had, or would, receive bail-out money from the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), including restrictions on retrenchments, dividends and executive bonuses. Executive and chief economist Lumkile Mondi reported this week that... 

Magnetic-stand drilling machines launched

16th October 2009 Diversified machine tooling company Rothenberger has launched German manufacturer of drilling and countersinking tools Ruko’s magnetic-stand drilling machines to the South African market. 

Technology group launches computer-based control 
solutions

16th October 2009 In the face of growing global competition in the sheet metal working industry computer-based automation technology company Beckhoff has launched a range of computer-based control solutions for metal forming and sheet metal working.

 

International group
 sees opportunities in machine tool solutions

16th October 2009 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens views the current economic environment as an ideal opportunity to increase its market share in the field of machine tool solutions. 

New control automatic cutter for local market

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 South African importer and distributor of high-end automation products, electrical and capital equipment Elquip Solutions, who is the sole agent for Italian-based machine tool manufacturer Pedrazzoli, is introducing the Pedrazzoli MCL 120 intelligent motion system (IMS) control automatic cutter... 

International manufacturer appoints local agent

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 International industrial laser systems manufacturer Miyachi Unitek has signed an exclusive representation agreement with local manufacturing equipment, software, materials and technical support provider Zetech.  

Localisation of local 
innovation critical 
for South Africa

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 South Africa’s competitiveness as a manufacturing destination and export country is under threat and a stronger focus of the localisation of local innovation should become a priority, reports the the public-private partnership National Tooling Initiative (NTI). 

Weakening tooling industry pushes recapitalisation agenda

By: Carla Thomaz     16th October 2009 Long-term decay and the current economic slump has weakened the tooling industry, resulting in the National Tooling Initiative (NTI) focusing one of its programmes on the recapitalisation of the industry. 

Tape converter ramps up production on signs of a recovery in car production

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2009 Signs of improvement in the South African economy are starting to show, as adhesive tape converter and distributor Buffalo Executape, part of the Bidvest group, announces that it will once again implement 24-hour shifts at its tape-conversion facility, this month, to keep up with rejuvenated demand. 

Steel fabricator’s expanded facility at full capacity, 
despite slowdown

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2009 Despite the downturn in South Africa’s manufacturing sector, steel fabricator Cosira’s brand new fabricating facility in Vulcania, Johannesburg, is operating at full capacity, the company announced at the facility’s official opening earlier this month. 

Signs of life in SA manufacturing sector 
as PMI improves by 8,7 points

By: Chanel de Bruyn     16th October 2009 September’s Kagiso Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), which jumped to 48 points, had shown signs of life in the domestic manufacturing sector for the first time since September last year, Kagiso Securities head of fixed income André Coetzee said.

The seasonally adjusted PMI had made its... 

Strong rand not competitive - Minister Davies 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2009 The South African currency was currently not "competitive" and was also not conducive to industrial development, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. He added that the South African government stood ready to "defend" what it saw as "strategic industrial capacity", as well as... 

New motorised pulleys for conveyors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Conveyor equipment manufacturing company Melco, of Ekurhuleni, and its parent company Rulmeca, of Italy are supplying motorised pulleys for bulk materials handling belt conveyors. 

Manufacturer replacing 
piping systems in eThekwini

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufactures DPI Plastics has a strong 20-year relationship with the eThekwini Municipality, which is using DPI Plastics’ newly launched product Gemini-Biax to replace some of Durban’s piping systems. 

Local company buys out foreign directors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Precision grinding and chrome plating company SA Hard Chrome group (SAHC), comprising Ground Bar Industries (GBI), SA Induction Hardening and SA Hard Chrome, has undergone a share acquisition in which local directors have bought out foreign shareholders. 

Laser profiling company moves 
operations to Ekurhuleni

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Steel profiling and fabrication company Laser Cut Varios (LCV) operations director Donovan Richards is planning to move its operations to a new and larger factory premises in Alrode, in Ekurhuleni, within the next month. 

Ekurhuleni is well placed as a manufacturing hub

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 The Democratic Alliance caucus leader for the Ekurhuleni municipality councillor Eddie Taylor tells Engineering News that economic regions should build on their strengths and that an advantage for Ekurhuleni is its manufacturing base.  

Vibration tester provides cost effectiveness 

By: Petronel Smit     9th October 2009 Machine monitoring solutions provider Engineering Dynamics offers a cost-effective, expandable, handheld vibration tester called the X-Viber, which measures overall vibration, bearing condition, rotation speed and temperature in one instrument. 

Vibration monitoring 
device launched 

By: Petronel Smit     9th October 2009 Vibration-monitoring solutions provider IQ Instruments has designed and manufactured the only two-wire loop-powered 4-20 MA vibration-monitoring device for critical machinery in South Africa, the model 2400 vibration transmitter. 

Preparing local manufacturing market for nuclear 
roll-out

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 In anticipation of an immanent announcement from government on its planned nuclear programme rollout, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is alerting the local manufacturing market to the opportunities within the nuclear industry. 

SA manufacturing output continues to slide

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th October 2009 South Africa was unlikely to see a straight V-shaped economic recovery, an economist said on Thursday, after the country’s manufacturing output contracted by 15% year-on-year in August, reversing the small improvement registered in July, when output contracted by 13,7%. This was, however, still... 

SA, Chinese groups mull ‘catalytic' Gauteng transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2009 A R30-million import-substitution investment aimed at producing continuously transposed conductor (CTC) - a copper-based wire component used increasingly in the production of modern electricity transformers - is on the cards for Gauteng, following the signing of an agreement between a South... 

Fabricator confident its expansion will be vindicated, 
despite recession ructions

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 Steel structure fabricator DSE, part of construction group Grinaker-LTA, has reported that it has managed to secure 50% of its order book for the next three years, despite the current economic downturn. 

Research should have an eye to commercialisation

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 The absence of innovation spells certain death for industry, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said at the opening of the 2009 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) annual symposium, in Midrand, last week. 

Product labelling rife with potential pitfalls for manufacturers

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Labels on all South African-manufactured products will soon have to be changed; particularly those carrying warnings and instructions to consumers. 

Infrastructure funding uncertainties need to be removed – Actom 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2009 Infrastructure funding uncertainties needed to be removed to ensure job security and the sustainability of local manufacturing capacity, Actom MD Mark Wilson said on Tuesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online at the change of name of Alstom Electrical Industries to Actom, Wilson said that... 

Competitive advantage of SA's labour force rests in quality, skill - Deputy Minister

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2009 Unlike countries like China and India, South Africa does not have the "luxury" of cheap labour, and to counter this, the competitive advantage of South Africa's labour force must rest in its quality, efficiency and skill, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said on Monday.... 

Smaller manufacturing contraction may signal worst is over – analyst  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2009 A smaller contraction in July’s manufacturing output could point towards the start of a recovery for the South African economy, but any recovery would still be slow, economists highlighted on Thursday. July’s manufacturing output was down by 13,7% year-on-year, an improvement on June’s 17,1%... 

Rolfes sees FY earnings falling 58% to 68%

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd September 2009 JSE-listed manufacturing and technology company Rolfes expects its earnings a share (EPS) and headline earnings a share (HEPS) for the 2009 financial year to be between 58% and 68% lower than those of the year before. This was mainly as a result of losses incurred by its chemicals division,... 

Power Matla buys 20% stake in Powertech Transformers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2009 Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of electrical engineering firm Powertech and the JSE-listed Allied Technologies Group, has expanded its empowerment shareholding, with Power Matla taking a 20% equity stake in the combined Powertech Transformers and Desta Power Matla (DPM) operations. Power... 

SA’s manufacturing sector ‘on track’ to join global rebound

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st September 2009 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) improved to 39,3 index points in August, up from the 37,3 points registered in July, while South Africa’s manufacturing sector could now be “on track” to join the rebound in global manufacturing. Output volume indicators had shown... 

AMTS symposium to showcase research and technological advances

By: Darren Parker     28th August 2009 The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) Implementation Unit (IU) will be hosting the AMTS 2009 Project Symposium from September 14 to September 15, in Johannesburg, which will showcase the new collaborations that have resulted since last year’s event. 

Gear maker establishes service centre in response to growing demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 Gear manufacturer David Brown Gear Industries has extended its capabilities by adding an in-house gear service centre at its premises in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

SKF opens R9m factory in Joburg

By: Leandi Kolver     7th August 2009 Integrated technology solutions provider SKF South Africa has launched the SKF Solutions Factory Africa.

The company has invested R9-million in infrastructure, equipment, people and business processes to establish the factory. 

SA's July PMI falls, lacks global trading partners' performance

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd August 2009 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in July dropped back to its May level of 37,3 index points, a “disappointing” performance in comparison with the global PMI, Kagiso Securities said on Monday. The PMI, which is a key measure of manufacturing activity, in May, registered its first climb... 

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