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PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 AfriSam has submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC, while a regional unit of Fairfax Africa Investments has offered to buy R2-billion of PPC shares, subject to PPC shareholders agreeing to the merger with AfriSam.   PPC on August 25 announced that merger negotiations between itself and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Black industrialist bemoans  lack of government support
Photo by Duane Daws
BLACK INDUSTRIALIST Oro Project’s Benoni-based plant is a large industrial fabricator with significant potential to skill and employ people

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st August 2017 Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidated two smaller parts distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including enabling the company to work more efficiently, while... 

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre
Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.8.2017

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management
Photo by Bloomberg
CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Specialist still major contributor to industry

25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Specialist still major contributor to industry
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

AfriSam sees merger as key to surviving cement glut

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, earlier this month, he said the situation in the industry was... 

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2017 Group Five CEO Themba Mosai has moved to assure shareholders that the new leadership at the embattled construction company is prioritising “accountability and consequence management” in light of a dismal 2017 performance, which saw the JSE-listed company report financial results that were far... 

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance
Group Five CEO Themba Mosai

Tribunal conditionally approves Italtile’s acquisition of CIL

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved JSE-listed Italtile’s proposed acquisition of Ceramic Industries (CIL) and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers. Italtile in April 2016 made an offer to acquire the remaining 73.5% interest in CIL it does not already own for R3.75-billion in cash... 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together
STEEL WAREHOUSES New warehouses across the country are being considered for the Steel Awards

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services
Photo by Duane Daws
INCLUSIVE DECISION-MAKING Government bodies in their respective procurement departments, should make more of a crossfunctional team effort regarding procurement

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th August 2017 In the findings and recommendations of the first-ever market inquiry into the local liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, the Competition Commission urges public and private organisations to improve performance in the sector, yet much uncertainty remains in the wake of the report’s publication.... 

Still much uncertainty as LPG stakeholders grapple with market inquiry findings

Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Act revised to  apply tariffs on imported products
SAWA director Keith Campbell explains what the effect of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act will be on the industry. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

PPC Q1 trading in line with expectations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2017 Cement maker PPC on Thursday said its first-quarter revenue had tracked ahead of the comparative period in the prior year, while group earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) were in line with that of the first quarter of the previous year. However, while the South... 

World treaty to ban and reduce mercury poison comes into force 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2017 It is rated as one of the top ten chemical poisons endangering human health and the natural world. Tiny drops of this poison can be found in human teeth, in fresh fish, in light bulbs, paints, batteries and even cosmetics. And it is in the air, water and soil everywhere, in varying amounts. 

Italtile FY sales, profitability below target

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Italtile’s basic earnings a share rose by 3% to 90.3c, while headline earnings a share decreased by 1% to 85.7c for the year ended June 30. Revenue grew by 4% to R3.7-billion, while after-tax profit rose 3% to R880-million. 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2017 Highveld Steel, which recently reopened its heavy structural mill in Mpumalanga despite still being in business rescue, has welcomed the institution of 10% import-duty protection on certain heavy steel sections and shapes. However, CEO Johan Burger tells Engineering News Online that Highveld... 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products
Photo by Duane Daws
Highveld's recently reopened structural mill

Phase 1 of aquarium resealing project completed

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a range of products for the resealing of the waterproofing system of two Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium tanks between January and March this year. The Two Oceans Aquarium – located at the V&A Waterfront – is resealing its... 

Phase 1 of aquarium  resealing project completed
WATER TIGHT The project, which included waterproofing the Kelp and Predator tanks, also involved applying new waterproofing to the aquarium’s public and service areas

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof
NEW SYSTEM Electric arc furnace with spray-cooled equipment in the charging phase

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV

By: Samantha Herbst     10th August 2017 Durban-based Majozi Brothers Construction has joined forces with tool hire and sales company Hire-It to establish a new Level 2 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) joint venture (JV) company – Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales. The new JV, which is 51% owned by Majozi Brothers and 49%... 

Majozi Bros, Hire-It join forces to create one-of-a-kind black-owned JV
Pictured at their new premises on Chris Hani road, Durban North are Majozi Bros Tool Hire & Sales joint venture partners Sihle Ndlela, Richard Fraser and Simphiwe Majozi

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent

By: Terence Creamer     10th August 2017 The oil and gas unit of Murray & Roberts (M&R) has been awarded a five-year contract to perform maintenance services at a liquid ammonia plant and a technical ammonium nitrate (TAN) plant on the Burrup Peninsula, in Western Australia. Norway’s Yara International, which owns the facilities,... 

M&R says Australia maintenance contract a signal of future strategic intent
Photo by Duane Daws
M&R CEO Henry Laas

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

Products ensure safety in offshore operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 In the marine and offshore environment, metal corrosion is a major cost and safety factor. Steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering offers a range of products designed to counter the effects of corrosion in maritime environments.  

Products ensure safety in offshore operations
CORROSION CONTROL Vital Engineering’s fibreglass gratings are manufactured with continuous glass fibre strands interwoven in both directions with thermosetting resins

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

AfriSam stresses the need for industry consolidation

By: David Oliveira     1st August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, on Tuesday, he said the situation in the industry was “pretty... 

AfriSam stresses the need for industry consolidation

Outreach programme providing opportunities for participants

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Engineering company Bosch’s Outreach Robotics Programme has provided participants the opportunity to compete in the 2017 World Robot Olympiad, in Costa Rica, in November this year. 

Outreach programme providing  opportunities for participants
MARKUS THILL The programme aims to ensure that children from various backgrounds have an opportunity to study robotics

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 The National Tooling Initiative Programme (NTIP) celebrated the milestone of handing over the first red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates to twelve graduates last month at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation, in Pretoria. 

First red-seal toolmaker certificates handed over
SEAL OF APPROVAL The first cohort of graduates received their red-seal toolmaker occupational certificates last month

Training facility to improve skills deficit in artisan industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists aims to bridge the rope access skills deficit in the artisan industry through offering training at its Midrand-based facility, states Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn. 

Training facility to  improve skills deficit  in artisan industry
Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn gives a tour of their training facility, in Midrand. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2017 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has confirmed with Engineering News Online that it has not conducted any verification of local content in the 1 064 locomotives being acquired by Transnet and that it also does not have an agreement with Transnet to do so. Transnet awarded the... 

No local-content verification of Transnet locomotives conducted yet, SABS confirms

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