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Manufacturing News

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. 

Plastic sheet manufacturer in management buyout

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th August 2010 South African plastic sheeting company Ampaglas has announced its business restructuring and management buyout and has relaunched under the banner of Ampaglas Plastics Group. 

The latest in concrete technology to be showcased at Joburg fair

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     20th August 2010 Concrete products manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will be hosting its second international product fair aimed at showcasing the latest technology and new trends in the construction and building industry. 

Manufacturing beats forecasts with 8,8% growth in June

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th August 2010 The June manufacturing production statistics have surprised on the upside, with output having grown by 8,8% year-on-year. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell commented that the market had underestimated the June manufacturing production growth, with market expectations having been between... 

Plastic packaging market’s revenue poised to reach R1,4bn by 2016 
– Frost & Sullivan

6th August 2010 New analysis from business research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan finds that the Southern African plastics packaging market earned revenues totalling $1,01-billion in industries, such as food and beverage, industrial and pharmaceutical packaging, in 2009; a figure estimated to reach... 

Latest PMI shows manufacturing remains under pressure

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd August 2010 Despite the Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) having registered a 1,1 point increase to 49,5 points in July, the level of the index indicated that the slowdown in the manufacturing industry had continued at the start of the third quarter, Kagiso Securities highlighted on Monday. “While the... 

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 After being approached by a number of potential clients, pressure vessel manufacturer GasCon has expanded its market into the manufacturing of heat exchangers, says GasCon MD Brian Sparg.

The company, which specialises in gas tank containers, road tankers and static pressure vessels, currently... 

Modular heat exchangers contribute to process 
optimisation

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 With the current energy crunch in South Africa, efficiency of process is a key driver to achieve profitability. Heat exchanger performance can make a significant contribution to ensure process optimisation, says modular shell and tube heat exchangers specialist Mod-U-Flow’s Mick Stevens.

He... 

Pressure equipment industry steps up to meet local and global standards 

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 The pressure equipment industry has stepped up to meet international accreditation demands to ensure compliance with both domestic and global standards, and is on a par with, or in some areas ahead of, its international counterparts, reports Pressure Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA)... 

Manufacturer 
relocates to 
ISO-accredited 
facility in KZN

30th July 2010 Manufacturers of versatile Transon heat exchanger systems Transheat, which was acquired by industrial consumables and engineering firm, BMG has relocated to the BMG Drives Westmead facility, in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The new BMG Drives facility, which boasts ISO 9001:2008 accreditation for the design,... 

Spiral heat exchangers 
reduce downtime

By: Tracy Hancock     30th July 2010 Multinational engineering group Alfa Laval reports that it continues to have a strong relationship with one of world’s largest zinc suppliers, based in Spain, to which it has supplied its spiral heat exchangers that have decreased downtime and improved thermal efficiency for the past 30 years.... 

Waste skips 
supplied for 
KZN smelter

30th July 2010 Specialist in fabrication, machining, proofloading and maintenance, Arlona Engineering has recently completed manufacturing ten aluminium waste skips for a prominent client in Pietermaritzburg.

“These robust skips will be placed at sites around the country and used to collect aluminium scrap,... 

Reservoir meets larger-capacity requirements

30th July 2010 Polokwane-based water storage facilities company Rainbow Reservoirs MD Wayne Thompson says that his company has developed a solution to deal with the increased demand for large capacity panel reservoirs.

He explains that the dimensions of standard production models do not limit water storage... 

New 2-D laser cutter able to handle big jobs

By: Petronel Smit     23rd July 2010 The laser cutting industry has been introduced to a new machine that aims to work quickly and accurately in large work areas, while boosting productivity and decreasing downtime. 

SA’s power price surge creates fertile ground for oxygen-boosting solutions

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2010 The South African unit of global industrial gas group Air Liquide is looking beyond the immediate negative costs associated with strongly rising domestic power prices to the opportunities that it could create for the use of oxygen-boosting solutions in furnaces used to produce metals, glass and... 

Manufacturing output expands 7,9%, growth may slow

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th July 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output grew by 7,9% year-on-year in May and while this was lower than the 8,7% year-on-year growth in April, it was not necessarily as a result of economic weakness, an economist has said. Absa Capital senior economist Ian Marsberg said that the investment bank had... 

Labelling company 
assists in new agricultural 
invention roll-out

By: Karishma Thakurdin     2nd July 2010 Labelling solutions company Labelpak has taken a local gardening innovation to new heights by creating a practical packaging solution to roll out the product. 

Furnace group targets further growth

By: Janice Healing     2nd July 2010 International furnace company Tenova Pyromet has sets its sights on increasing its presence in the base metals sector as part of its overall growth strategy. 

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