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International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

     27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Local stainless steel industry remains optimistic

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 While South African demand for stainless steel is under severe pressure, the potential for growth once the local economy improves is strong and distributors are starting to position themselves strategically to take advantage of this, says stainless steel producer Columbus Stainless CEO Lucien... 

Local stainless steel  industry remains optimistic
CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM The global stainless steel market had a strong run early this year, on the back of substantial chromium and nickel price increases at the end of last year, which continued into 2017

Manufacturer expands international reach

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Having secured its reputation for cost-effective, but high-quality and fit-for-purpose stainless steel hydraulic products in South Africa, manufacturer Wekaba is expanding its reach and targeting new international markets. 

Manufacturer expands  international reach
STRONG BASE Wekaba is a top manufacturer in South Africa of one-piece 90° and 45° stainless steel fittings, producing hose fittings and collars for industrial markets

Steady demand for customisable stainless steel products

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Owing to its strong reputation for customisable turnkey solutions, there is steady and strong demand for stainless steel processing equipment manufacturer Anderson Engineering’s products throughout the African markets that it serves, says Anderson Engineering deputy MD David Nienaber. 

Steady demand for  customisable stainless steel products
CUSTOM DESIGN Anderson Engineering developed several unique processing steps to ensure AR Brands can meet expected demand for its mayonnaise over a five-year period

Steel company raises the bar in Africa with new technologies

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 Taking a long-term view that predicts significant growth in demand for stainless steel products in Africa in the next few years, steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has invested in advanced processing technologies that will cement its position as a market-leader in product... 

Continued volatility impacts on energy and chemicals company

     27th October 2017 Continued volatility in the macroeconomic environment, particularly the stronger rand and low oil price, has adversely impacted energy and chemicals company Sasol’s financial performance, says Sasol CFO Paul Victor. 

Continued volatility  impacts on energy and  chemicals company
Photo by Bloomberg
RECORD PRODUCTION Sasol showed great resilience and character through delivering record production volumes at Secunda Synfuels

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) sees prospects for the synfuels industry improving, as the recent depressed period - owing to the decline globally in hydrocarbon fuel prices - has seen the petrochemicals industry focusing on efficient maintenance,... 

Positive prospects for synfuels sector with focus on efficient maintenance
TO GROW AND PROSPER The country needs to have an efficient, cost-competitive local petrochemicals industry

De Klerk to retire as AMSA CEO in January

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2017 Wim de Klerk will step down as CEO and director of ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) on January 31. The board will immediately implement a process to identify a suitable successor. "On behalf of the board, we would like to thank De Klerk for his leadership during this challenging period. We have... 

Global steel production for 9 months to Sept up 5.6% y/y

By: Anine Kilian     23rd October 2017 Global crude steel production for the first nine months of this year reached 1.27-billion tonnes – a 5.6% year-on-year increase. The World Steel Association (worldsteel) on Monday reported that Asia had produced 876.3-million tonnes of crude steel in the first nine months of this year, an... 

IDC will invest in infrastructure that unlocks industrialisation

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), South Africa’s development finance institution which exists to fund entrepreneurs and projects in the industrial sector, also seeks to use investments in infrastructure to free up industrial development opportunities. This was highlighted by IDC... 

Insimbi’s H1 earnings rise

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2017 JSE-listed Insimbi Refractory and Alloys’ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation increased by 273% year-on-year to R179.8-million for the six months ended August 31. Earnings a share were up by 142% year-on-year to 11.97c and headline earnings a share increased by 150%... 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park 

     19th October 2017 A closed steel complex in Mpumalanga is finding new vigour as an industrial park, by focusing on providing key facilities for specialist services companies. 

Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park
Steel and Vanadium complex finds new life as industrial park

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2017 The slow pace of transformation in the metals and engineering sector continues to be of concern, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein said during his presidential address in Johannesburg on Friday. He urged the sector, which represents... 

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Drainage technology provider ACO Systems South Africa has completed the first phase of the installation of its flagship hygienic solution at food manufacturer Simba Pepsico’s production plant, in Johannesburg. 

Drainage system helps manufacturer achieve international standards
MARCO CASSOL Effective drainage systems are important for protecting building infrastructure and production plants from the destructive effects of water damage

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to  combat water loss
MASTER PLANNERS Willem Liebenberg and André Kowalewski (right) of the Drakenstein municipality are at the forefront of the master plan

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2017 Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry Dean Macpherson is preparing a list of witnesses to appear before a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee for Trade and Industry inquiry into the failure of China South Rail (CSR) to meet local-content obligations as part of its supply of... 

Transnet locomotive corruption probe extended as Parliament gears up for inquiry

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Following the implementation of the business strategy to convert Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium complex, in Mpumalanga, into an industrial park, the park is capitalising on its strategic location, says Highveld Industrial Park CFO Andrew Maralack. Highveld Industrial Park is situated close to... 

Closed steel mill discovering new life as an industrial park
CAPITAL LOCATION in less than a year of being operational, Highveld Industrial Park has set up a sustainable business

Routine mechanical maintenance emphasised as preventive measure

     6th October 2017 UK-based pump supplier SPP Pumps has emphasised the importance of routine mechanical maintenance, among other preventive measures, to improve pump reliability. SPP Pumps’ products comply with mandatory UK and European regulations and approvals, which guarantee extensive testing of all pumps. 

Routine mechanical  maintenance emphasised  as preventive measure
QUALITY IN CONFORMING SPP Pumps conforms to various UK and European standards to ensure quality and longevity in their pumps products

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Ongoing innovation in fabric manufacturing has led to greater durability and flexibility in the material used for work apparel, and companies need to ensure that workers wear such apparel consistently and correctly to benefit from these innovations, says personal protective equipment (PPE)... 

Companies to benefit from work apparel innovation
CLEAR UNDERSTANDING A clear understanding of health, safety and environmental (HSE) challenges is essential for proper HSE management and procedures

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales

By: Simone Liedtke     6th October 2017 Since the beginning of the year, industrial supplier and solutions provider Total Blasting – a subsidiary of Total Product Solutions Group – has sold more than 50 sets of water blast and water jet personal protective equipment (PPE) and the company foresees this number steadily growing at a... 

Work apparel company sees further growth in sales
SPECIAL DESIGN The personal protective equipment was designed to not restrict operator movement and flexibility

Geospatial products distributor launches world’s smallest image laser scanner locally

By: Mia Breytenbach     6th October 2017 Geospatial products distributor Aciel Geomatics has officially locally launched the Leica BLK360 imaging laser scanner – the world’s smallest and lightest image laser scanner. Aciel Geomatics, the appointed distributor for Switzerland-based Leica Geosystems AG, launched the scanner at the... 

Geospatial products distributor launches  world’s smallest image laser scanner locally
EASE OF USE The integration of the Leica BLK360 laser image scanner and Autodesk software streamlines the reality capture process

Sassda promotes the use of stainless steel water pipes

     5th October 2017 The Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is, along with the Drakenstein municipality in Paarl, in the Western Cape, and South African stainless steel product manufacturers, evaluating the use of stainless steel pipes to reduce water leaks. Sassda states that as much... 

Absa PMI rises slightly in September; remains below 50

By: Anine Kilian     2nd October 2017 The Absa Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI), compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), nudged slightly higher to a still weak level of 44.9 in September from 44 in August. The index has been well below its neutral level of 50 for four consecutive months. 

Metalworkers to intensify wage strike at South32 smelter in South Africa

By: African News Agency      2nd October 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday vowed to intensify the strike against Australian miner South32 in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, after a marathon negotiation session to resolve the strike was deadlocked. The global mining company has an aluminium smelter in... 

NSBE-SA to host AGM, conference in October

By: Anine Kilian     29th September 2017 The National Society of Black Engineers of South Africa (NSBE-SA) will hold its annual general meeting (AGM), conference and gala dinner on October 20. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘20 Years of transforming the Engineering Profession and Making the National Development Plan (NDP) a... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

BMG invests R400m in Joburg  distribution centre
BMG MD Gavin Pelser discusses the upgraded BMG World site facility in Johannesburg. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Aluminium company achieves positive results

     29th September 2017 Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin delivered a strong manufacturing performance and improved financial results for the half-year ended June 30, despite difficult market conditions and the rand being 14% stronger compared with the corresponding period in 2016, says Hulamin CEO Richard Jacob.... 

Aluminium company achieves positive results
Photo by Bloomberg
STRONG RESULTS Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin’s unaudited interim results for the half-year indicated noteworthy headline earnings a share up 17% to 56c a share

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th September 2017 With South Africa already boasting a recovery rate of about 72% for used beverage cans, metals packaging industry body MetPac-SA believes that further potential lies in diverting other metal packaging such as aluminium foil, containers and empty tin cans from landfills. “With regards to aluminium... 

Recovery rate growth lies in metals from landfills
CAN-DO ATTITUDE Many households in South Africa already undertake excellent work in recycling components such as beer and soft drink beverage cans

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry
MICHAEL SCHÄFER The aluminium industry benefits from the fact that the SMS Group knows its material, its products and all its complex production processes

Expanded steel services firm eyeing specialist construction, industrial markets

By: Schalk Burger     29th September 2017 Stainless steel fabricator and welding services firm Hlakani Engineering aims to provide end-to-end services for specialist construction and industrial projects after it acquired Middleburg-based structural steel company F&K Engineering, says Hlakani director Gerhard Holtshauzen. The acquisition... 

Expanded steel services firm eyeing  specialist construction, industrial markets
Photo by Victor Moolman
STEEL SKILLS Hlakani is focused on the internal development of expert welders and artisans

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Small businesses remain optimistic,  despite volatility and uncertainties
Photo by Bloomberg
HELPING HAND Some small business owners want the government to provide more funding and some believe government should grant tax breaks for their business

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Khobab Wind Farm, in the Northern Cape has completed all 61 wind turbine installations, ahead of schedule this month. Further, Khobab, together with its adjacent wind farm, the Loeriesfontein Wind Farm, in the Hantam municipality, in the Northern Cape province, have achieved more than two-million... 

Turbine installations at wind project completed ahead of schedule
SOARING CONSTRUCTION The 100-m-tall Siemens wind turbines, which allow for optimum energy production, take between one and three days to construct, assuming favourable weather

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals

By: Terence Creamer     26th September 2017 Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack, who has stepped in as acting CEO at the construction group following Kobus Verster’s surprise resignation, says a “no-holds-barred” strategic review is currently under way in a bid to improve the company’s immediate liquidity position and position it for a... 

Strategic review at Aveng likely to trigger noncore disposals
Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack

AHI changes name to SBI

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2017 Members of the Afrikaanse handelsinstituut (AHI) have adopted a new memorandum of incorporation and a new name, the Small Business Institute (SBI). “We would be proud if, over time, SBI becomes synonymous with credible research and public positions on all matters of interest to small business.... 

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