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PMI, weaker rand does not bode well for manufacturing – Seifsa

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 The poor performance of Absa’s July Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) and the weakening of the rand will place continued pressure on the manufacturing sector, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) said on Wednesday. The seasonally adjusted Absa PMI declined by... 

Absa PMI falls further to 42.9 in July

     1st August 2017 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) declined by a further 3.8 points to 42.9 in July, with all five of the major subindices having declined in July. The seasonally adjusted business activity index was under the most pressure, declining by 6.1 index points to a 39.3. The... 

Restructuring of Scaw into three standalone entities at an advanced stage 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2017 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) announced on Monday that the restructuring of its steel subsidiary Scaw Metals into three standalone entities was at an advanced stage, as were plans to secure strategic equity partners (SEPs) for each of the units. Speaking at... 

Restructuring of Scaw into three standalone entities at an advanced stage
IDC CEO Geoffrey Qhena on the envisioned end-State for Scaw Metals. Camera Work: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded: 31.7.2017

Hulamin lifts H1 earnings, eyes further improvements

By: Natasha Odendaal     31st July 2017 JSE-listed Hulamin’s financial report for the half-year ended June 30 shows a continued uptick in earnings, with expectations that the upward double-digit momentum will continue into the second half of the year. The company on Monday reported a 17% rise in basic and headline earnings a share to... 

Hulamin lifts H1 earnings, eyes further improvements
Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob

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

Education institutions struggling with connectivity

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Amid water, electricity and basic infrastructure challenges at various education institutions, the lack of Internet connectivity has also been a challenge, states wireless connectivity firm Ruckus sub-Saharan Africa sales director Riaan Graham. 

Education institutions  struggling with connectivity
RIAAN GRAHAM Connectivity to the Internet is essential and if it is available at a school, WiFi can be used to distribute access to the students

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

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates

By: Simone Liedtke     28th July 2017 Irrespective of the considerable amount of money invested in the South African education system, engineering consultancy WSP Africa head of people, culture and engagement Elaine Porter, states that the number of high-school graduates with good results in higher-grade mathematics and science is... 

Not enough high school mathematics and science graduates
NECESSARY FOUNDATIONS Mathematics and science abilities cannot suddenly be learnt, without foundations in analytical skills

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site  

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th July 2017 As part of its business strategy to re-engineer and optimise global operations, bearings and mechanical power transmission solutions provider Timken has opened a new facility in Gauteng. The facility spans almost 5,000 m2 and is home to Timken South Africa’s bearing repair and assembly... 

Bearings, power transmission giant moves to 5 000 m2 site
Timken South Africa MD Kevin Holloway and Timken Middle East, Africa and Turkey MD Sudesh Kumar discuss the advantages and strategic importance of Timken’s new facility. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike  

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) directly with a request for discounted electricity tariffs as part of a multi-pronged business sustainability action plan unveiled after the JSE-listed group slumped to a... 

Eskom tariffs in AMSA’s action plan crosshairs as losses spike
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk on seeking a new electricity tariff deal from Eskom and Nersa. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 27.7.2017

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

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects

     21st July 2017 Global electrical and digital building infrastructures specialist Legrand’s range of Arteor wiring devices now encompasses the new ‘Arteor Exclusive’ portfolio, which has been developed for projects globally. Legrand highlights that these demand more than standard electrical fittings. The range... 

Arteor Exclusive developed for global projects
IMPRINTED Legrand’s Tattoo collection, with intricate patterns, is the inspiration of urban culture

Global steel output up 3.2% y/y in June

     20th July 2017 Global steel production rose by 3.2% year-on-year to 141-million tonnes in June, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) has reported. This brought global steel output for the six months to June 30 to 836-million tonnes, a 4.5% year-on-year increase. 

Numsa warns ‘intransigent’ employers in engineering sector of possible strike 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed “intransigent” employers in the engineering sector and warned of a “total shutdown” in the industry. This comes after Numsa declared a dispute with employers in the engineering sector following deadlock in wage... 

Process Pipes

By: Zandile Mavuso     18th July 2017 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Impending strike could lead to more retrenchments in steel industry, Solidarity warns

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Monday said the impending strike in the steel industry would have a negative impact, both on the domestic steel industry and the country’s economy, as well as on job opportunities in the sector. This comes after the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) had... 

Seifsa appoints new economists

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has appointed Dr Michael Ade chief economist and Marique-Mari Kruger economist with effect from July 17 and August 1, respectively. Ade will join Seifsa from the South African Revenue Service where he is capacity director... 

Solidarity seeks out govt collaboration on solution to high winter power rates

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity has requested industry players, government and State-owned power utility Eskom to convene a solution-seeking roundtable to discuss winter’s high power rates and the negative impact it has on the steel and chrome industry. Under the Save Our Steel Campaign, Solidarity metal... 

Supplier completes first phase of cable-clamping project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th July 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Banding & Identification Solutions Africa completed the first roll-out phase of its Ultra-Lok cable clamping system at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s facility in Secunda, Mpumalanga, last month.  

Supplier completes  first phase of  cable-clamping project
NO-STEAL SOLUTION The Ultra-Lok tool modernises the process of cable bundling, resulting in the cables being secured on cable trays with tamperproof clamps that are difficult to remove

Solidarity ready to pursue bilateral talks to avoid metals sector strike

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2017 Trade union Solidarity announced on Thursday that it would pursue bilateral talks with employer organisations in the metals and engineering sector in a bid to break a three-week deadlock in wage negotiations. Talks at the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) broke down on... 

Solidarity ready to pursue bilateral talks to avoid metals sector strike

Seifsa and Neasa in war of words as metals sector strike looms

By: Terence Creamer     12th July 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described suggestions that it is only representing the interests of large employers in the metals and engineering sector as malicious “propaganda”, arguing that it “fights hard” to represent both small and big... 

Seifsa and Neasa in war of words as metals sector strike looms

Scaw Metals partners with Crosby

By: Anine Kilian     10th July 2017 Specialist steel manufacturer Scaw Metals Group’s Distribution Network has extended its cooperation with rigging extension manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby platinum line Gr100 chain fittings to its product offering. The Crosby platinum line of chain fittings is a complete range of grade 100... 

AMSA unveils first phase of incubation hub to support emerging industrialists

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th July 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on Friday unveiled the completed first phase of its new 1 600 m2 steel industry incubation hub, in Vanderbijlpark, which has been set up to help develop industrialists to be absorbed into its procurement supply chain. The R30-million Matlafatso... 

Numsa warns of imminent metals, engineering industry strike

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Friday warned of an imminent strike in the local metals and engineering sector, after the latest round of negotiations reached a deadlock on Thursday. The union is demanding a two-year 15% wage increase across the board, based on the... 

CSIR collaboration leads to the first locally manufactured aluminium valve

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th July 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) collaboration with local butterfly valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech) has resulted in the successful development of a standard 80 mm diameter aluminium butterfly valve for use on electrical power transformers. The Paltech... 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Materials handling equipment supplier BLT South Africa’s Samson travelling Eco-Hoppers have an effective dust control system that minimises the escape of dust during the grab discharge cycle. 

Control system minimises dust escape during grab discharge
DUST CONTROL The grab discharge cycle includes transferring materials down the line using handling systems

Domestic steel demand forecast to grow despite industry challenges

     7th July 2017 While domestic demand for steel and steel products is expected to grow by 1.2%, forecasts South African trade union Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp, he adds that the steel industry is facing serious challenges, both at a primary steel producing level and in the downstream... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining
HIGH PROFILE Hydraulic cyclinder components being cut from a 300 mm carbon steel plate at Special Steels

Steel remains invaluable commodity, despite decline

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 Despite the decrease in demand in the local steel industry, the industry remains invaluable to South Africa’s economy, says local provider of high-quality global electrical, automation, mechanical, consumable and capital equipment products, Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. He explains that steel... 

Steel remains invaluable commodity, despite decline
DYNAMIC AUTOMATION Tooling and machinery company Elquip Solutions’ dynamic bandsaw, the Behringer HBE 312

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period

     7th July 2017 The new test standard for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 16890, for filter testing and assessment, replaced European Standard (EN) 779 as of January this year, with a transition period of 18 months. 

Filter standard replacement to occur over 18-month transition period
SHIFTING PARADIGM This new method for the evaluation of air filter elements represents a paradigm shift

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for gas detection

     7th July 2017 The new generation Ingress Protection 68 rated Sentient handheld unit is widely regarded as the most cost effective, sophisticated and low maintenance gas detection device in the mining industry today. 

New-generation Sentient hand-held unit for  gas detection
GAS DETECTION SYSTEMS This instrument was developed by Booyco Electronics, specifically to improve safety in any confined spaces

Particulate matter a national concern

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Owing to government’s 2020 target that air quality in all low-income settlements should be in full compliance with ambient air quality standards, mineral processing company MIP Process Technologies (MIP) MD Philip Hoff says particulate matter is, therefore, a national concern. 

Particulate matter a national concern
PHILIP HOFF MIP invests in young engineers and has, in the past, offered bursaries to chemical engineering students

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Chemicals and process engineering company Lodestone Engineering is set to complete the supply of equipment as part of an upgrade to an existing large wet scrubber for a major platinum producer in Rustenburg by the end of this month. 

Rustenburg scrubber upgrade project set for completion
UPGRADED SCRUBBER Valued at about R10-million the overall project upgrades an existing 3.6-m-diameter scrubber

Thermometer designed and tested for industry use

     7th July 2017 Handheld-products supplier Fluke - represented locally by distribution service provider Comtest - has launched the Fluke 64 MAX IR thermometer with internal memory, unattended monitoring, improved accuracy, increased battery life, as well as the precision needed to do the job accurately. 

Thermometer  designed and tested  for industry use
THERMOMETER APPLICATIONS Applications include the industrial maintenance, the electrical as well as the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industries

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 Packaging company Nampak Glass in May commissioned a 1-km-long, high-pressure underground gas pipeline that was constructed by multidisciplinary corporation Saiyl. 

Commissioning activities under way at pipeline
NAMPAK STATION This underground pipeline ties into the newly constructed Nampak Pressure Reduction Station in Germiston

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems 

By: Simone Liedtke     7th July 2017 The designs for dosing systems in the gas and fumes industries have to be accurate to ensure safety, says chemical dosing and pumping applications supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) technical director David O’Neill. 

Need for accurate designs of dosing systems
Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions’ David O’Neill talks about the company’s strategies with regards to the fracking process. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity

By: Samantha Herbst     6th July 2017 With wage negotiations in the metals and engineering sector coming to a standstill, Solidarity fears that if a strike is the result it would jeopardise the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), the trade union said on Thursday. Trade unions and employers reached a deadlock... 

Strike would threaten MEIBC's continued existence – Solidarity
Solidarity deputy general secretary Marius Croucamp

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