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Product testing facility construction to be completed this year

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 The construction of Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa’s (Redisa’s) Product Testing Institute (PTI), which started last year, is expected to be completed in the second quarter. 

SATMC emphasises need for tyre homologation

By: Kimberley Smuts     17th February 2017 Tyre manufacturing industry representative the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) says homologation – the process of certifying or approving a product for introduction into a market – of new tyre ranges is crucial, as tyres are a safety critical component in vehicles.  

Tyres manufactured with taxi industry in mind

     17th February 2017 Last month, rubber manufacturers Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA) announced the launch of its new range of tyre brand Dunlop tyres – the Vantrek V1 White Wall tyre for the South African taxi industry. 

Mindanao to lead Philippine rubber production

     12th February 2016 The Philippine Department of Trade and Investment (DTI) aims to position Mindanao as the country’s rubber product manufacturing hub. Mindanao currently supplies 99% of the country’s national rubber production. DTI region 9 director and national coordinator for the rubber industry cluster Dr Sitti... 

Partnership expects 2017 launch of rubber-related testing institute

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 Following the launch of the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology (CRST) at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in November, waste management organisation the  Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) has partnered with NMMU to establish the Product... 

Partnership expects 2017 launch of rubber-related testing institute
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MITIGATING WASTE TYRE CHALLENGE Redisa has implemented various tactics to encourage the tyre recycling industry to alleviate the problem of waste tyres and ultimately create job opportunities

Quality skills key to installing rubber flooring

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 Despite the growing popularity of rubber flooring in South Africa over the past five years, one of the biggest challenges in the floor-fitting industry is the lack of fitter skills, and using the correct adhesive and tools, says vinyl flooring and protection solutions specialists  Polyflor South... 

Quality skills key to  installing rubber flooring
TANDY COLEMAN-SPOLANDER It is important that recycled granular rubber floors are installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions, with the correct adhesive to ensure a successful outcome

SA company supplies urethane product to Moroccan project   

By: Kimberley Smuts     12th February 2016 South Africa-based polyurethane manufacturing company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) successfully completed and supplied polyurethane lining for the Jorf Lasfar slurry pipeline project in Morocco. The project won best project in the International Projects Category at the South African... 

SA company supplies urethane  product to Moroccan project
Pipeline service specialists Aptec explains and highlights the details surrounding the Aptec Sure-Liner pipe lining system.

€2.75-billion JV established for synthetic rubber

     12th February 2016 Producer of synthetic rubber Lanxess and oil and energy producer Saudi Aramco will each hold a 50% interest in a new joint venture (JV) for synthetic rubber valued at €2.75-billion. The transaction still requires the approval of the relevant antitrust authorities and is expected to be completed... 

€2.75-billion JV established for synthetic rubber
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MATTHIAS ZACHERT This JV will enable us to give the rubber business a very strong competitive position and the best possible future perspectives

Continued drive to develop tyre recycling industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2015 The Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (Redisa) will continue to meet the requirements of the Redisa Plan gazetted in November 2012, especially when it comes to supporting the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to continue driving... 

Continued drive to develop tyre recycling industry
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INDUSTRY ENHANCEMENT By attaching value to a waste product, the current demand for waste tyres currently exceeds supply

Flooring specialist expands rubber-flooring market

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2015 Having registered positive growth in the rubber-flooring sector in 2014, commercial floor-coverings supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) aims to continue the expansion of this market in South Africa, particularly through the supply of Ecore ECOsurfaces rubber flooring range. Polyflor SA is the... 

Flooring specialist expands rubber-flooring market
PRODUCT VERSATILITY The ECOsurfaces range of commercial flooring is extremely durable and hard- wearing and can be used in areas that are subject to high traffic

Rubber specialist secures multimillion-rand contracts, expands division

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2015 Rubber manufacturing specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco), which recently celebrated its 120-year birthday, has already secured business – including projects and contracts in the supply of rubber hose, belting and sheeting in the general and mining industries – worth about R150-million for... 

Rubber specialist secures  multimillion-rand contracts,  expands division
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INDUSTRY SURETY Transvaal Rubber Company secured business worth about R150-million for 2015

Tyre production levels below yearly capacity

By: Mia Breytenbach     13th February 2015 While tyre exports have assisted South Africa in maintaining its tyre factories’ production levels over the past ten years, the industry’s production levels are well below the maximum 18-million tyres a year that the factories are capable of producing, notes industry body South African Tyre... 

Tyre production levels  below yearly capacity
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CONTINUED CONTRIBUTION Local tyre manufacturers contribute close to R20-billion to the South African economy each year and provide direct jobs to at least 6 500 people

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Rubber manufacturing specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) developed new high-abrasion-resistant rubber dredging hoses last month to be used in mining operations, reports Truco MD John Tait. He says in one particular application, the hoses were made 9 m long, with a 600 mm internal... 

Company launches new abrasion-resistant hoses and matching pontoons
RUBBER INNOVATION The hoses also incorporate Transvaal Rubber Company’s patented double-flange system to allow for improved radii bend and strength at the flanges

Conference to push for approval of alternative waste-tyre collection plan  

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 The South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) will aim to get government’s final approval for the implementation of the South African Tyre Recycling Plan (SATRP) Waste Tyre Plan (WTP) in the first half of this year, SATMC CEO and director Dr Etienne Human tells Engineering News. The... 

Conference to push for approval of alternative waste-tyre collection plan
South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference CEO Dr Etienne Human discusses the state of rubber use in the South African tyre sector and the status of the South African Tyre Recycling Plan Waste Tyre Plan.

Polyurethane a potential alternative to rubber

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Many contractors use rubber instead of polyurethane, owing to rubber being cheaper. However, polyurethane is far more cost effective than rubber, in terms of the cost for every ton transported and energy application use, says polyurethane moulding company Urethane Moulded Products (UMP) MD Trevor... 

Polyurethane a potential alternative to rubber
TREVOR CAROLIN When deciding between using polyurethane and rubber, the abrasiveness and nature of the application should be considered

Recycling project deals with tyre waste troubles

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Sustainability solutions company GCX Africa reports that it has completed the design and registration of a new carbon project methodology for tyre recycling, following the completion of a rigorous validation and verification process. After working on the project for over a year, it was approved... 

Recycling project deals with tyre  waste troubles
KEVIN JAMES South Africa faces a massive challenge in dealing with about 60-million existing waste tyres, which have been illegally dumped at landfill sites

Rubber company celebrates half-century, optimistic about future

By: Ilan Solomons     14th February 2014 Local synthetic rubber manufacturer Karbochem will host a series of functions in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth in September to celebrate its golden jubilee of operations in South Africa this year. “We are organising these functions to thank our staff, suppliers and customers for their... 

Rubber company  celebrates half-century,  optimistic about future
NEODENE RUBBER BRAND Karbochem is the only synthetic rubber manufacturing company in South Africa

Labour rates, imports and electricity hikes challenging tyre manufacturers

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th February 2013 Competition from international markets has intensified in the local rubber industry, says South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) chairperson Dieter Horni. 

Lining cushions impact on metal elements

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th February 2013 Traditionally, lining systems in grinding mills have been composed of metal castings, but inherent problems exist in some all-metal systems; therefore, rubber composite lining systems have been introduced by pumps and rubber lining specialist Weir Minerals Africa as an alternative to grinding... 

Recycling process possible solution to waste tyres

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th February 2013 Africa’s largest recycling group Reclam, in partnership with rubber compounder Heever Rubber and Tyre (HRT), believes that its new recycled-rubber technology process could possibly help meet the targets of South Africa’s tyre recycling targets in an environment-friendly manner. 

Rubber education programme needs funding

By: Zandile Mavuso     15th February 2013 Education in the South African rubber industry has fallen into disrepair, with funding needed to sustain the basic-level education programme of the Rubber Industry Worker’s Co-operative (RIWC). 

Automated tyre-recycling plant starts operating 

     17th February 2012 India-based tyre and rubber recycling company S&J Granulate Solutions has started operating a new fully automated tyre-recycling plant in the Vapi region, Gujurat, India.  

Lining specialist expands African footprint

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     17th February 2012 Pump and rubber lining specialist Weir Minerals Africa is expanding its footprint across Africa and into new industries, such as the piping industry, which has grown significantly over the past few years.  

Resistance to change slowing industry growth

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     17th February 2012 Injection and compression moulded rubber products manufacturer Van Ryn Rubber Holdings says it has adopted Eastern philosophies to improve productivity, and has invested in a combination of European and Eastern new equipment to ensure that it keeps abreast of the changes in the industry 

Rubber industry faces cost pressures, supply shortages

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     17th February 2012 The South African rubber extrusions market is facing many challenges, including significant cost pressures, reports manufacturer Hudson Rubber. 

US company acquires European tyre plant

     17th February 2012 US tyre manufacturer Cooper Tire & Rubber Company has acquired the assets of a tyre manufacturing facility in Kruševac, about 200 km from Belgrade, in Serbia. 

New hose floating system more cost effective

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     11th February 2011 Rubber manufacturing specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has launched an upgraded version of its yellow detachable low-density polyethylene (LDPE) floatation systems to cater for the needs of the everchanging mining industry.  

Progress made to increase pressure resistance of hoses

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     11th February 2011 A joint initiative between fibre reinforcement solutions provider for reinforced rubber products Taniq, and German group Momentive Performance Materials (Momentive), to develop a new approach to increase the pressure resistance of silicone-textile-composite pressure hoses, is making good... 

Uncured rubber sheeting enables safer application

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     11th February 2011 Pump and rubber lining specialist Weir Minerals Africa product manager for rubber products Ronald Govender tells Engineering News that its recently developed Linatex VS and Linard 60 VS steam cure rubber sheeting, which is manufactured from uncured rubber, will enable safer application, when... 

Cheap imports still a challenge for local industry

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Supplier of equipment, finance and project management Poly-Test Instruments reports that, although the standard of the rubber tested in South Africa is relatively good, companies often buy cheap imported rubber without the correct specifications and quality assurance. 

Local company introduces compressed nonasbestos fibre

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 A gap in the market encouraged manufacturer and distributor of rubber products Truco to introduce its own branded compressed nonasbestos fibre (CNAF) mainly for use in the manufacture of gaskets, during January 2010. 

New tyre technology to improve truck efficiency

     12th February 2010 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Holdings South Africa reports that about 70% of goods in South Africa are transported by freight transport companies and are carried on rolling tyres, causing the current road networks to deteriorate. 

Printflex Rollers geared for growth in 2010

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of rubber and polyurethane rollers Printflex Rollers moved to new, bigger premises, during November 2009, as part of its goal to increase profit and market share in 2010. The company's new premises are directly next to the building that it had occupied for 28 years and... 

Refurbishment of plant aims to increase rubber production

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Minerals completed the on-going refurbishment of its rubber manufacturing plant at the end of 2009 as part of a strategy to increase rubber production. 

World rubber supply tight, but price outlook bullish

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2010 The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries reports that global natural rubber supplies are tight and the outlook is bullish on favourable fundamentals. 

Industrial rubber goods sector skills shortage continues

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 A severe skills shortage plagues the industrial rubber goods sector, says Rubber Association of South Africa (RASA) cofounder Dave Ransom. 

Proposed tyre labelling system to benefit environment

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 The European Union's (EU's) proposed tyre labelling system will have direct benefits for tyre manufacturers and the environment, says manufacturer and supplier Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA). 

Rubber company turns over a new leaf

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear South Africa has developed a mandate which encompasses its environmental and social responsibilitiesRubb 

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