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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. 

Technology upgrades for rubber plant

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Warman Africa reports that process efficiencies are being implemented to increase output by 20%, directly affecting its rubber production. 

Rubber manufacturer gains foothold in printing industry

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Rubber manufacturing company World Class Industrial (WCI) has gained a significant foothold in the printing industry. 

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). 

Conveyor belt demand spurs factory construction

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 South African rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company) plans to build a new 1 200-m2 factory on its existing site in Chamdor, Johannesburg, to support the growing demand for the production of conveyor belts. 

Tyre exhibition rolls into town

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 The tyre exhibition that will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from March 4 to March 6 this year, will comprise 10% more floorspace than the 2006 inagural show and will have 8% more exhibitors. 

Rubber company expands lining product range

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 Rubber products manufacturer Multotec Rubber is expanding its range of lining products for the mining industry, and has concluded a distribution agreement with US-based company ME Elecmetal to introduce new concave liners for primary gyratory crushers to the local market. 

Tyre manufacturer prioritises research and development for 2008

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 One of South Africa’s biggest tyre manufacturing companies Goodyear plans to concentrate on research and development in 2008. 

Tyre and rubber company expands self-repairing range

15th February 2008 Tyre and rubber manufacturer Goodyear is expanding its range of Duraseal tyres, which are proving popular with truck operators whose vehicles operate in conditions where there is a high risk of tread-area punctures. 

SA manufacturer’s automotive products receive quality award

15th February 2008 Manufacturer of technical and rubber goods, Dunlop South Africa recently reached a milestone when its Howick Automotive Plant received the Ford Q1 Preferred Supplier Award, making the fifty year old company one of only 72 South African automotive suppliers to achieve this award. 

Rubber recycling company set for 2010 

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 Recycled rubber will play a vital role in the creation of new soccer fields ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Tyre manufacturer wins supply contract for FIA tyre

15th February 2008 Manufacturer and supplier of tyres Bridgestone will commence a three-year contract with the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) in January this year.  

Rubber specialist wins deal in DRC

15th February 2008 Local rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (TRUCO) has bee awarded a one-million rand contract to supply pulp and slurry rubber hoses to the Frontier Mine project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Rubber the way to go

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 Responding to more stringent mining-safety requirements Goodyear South Africa is offering a full range of rubber belts in addition to PVC for underground mining applications. 

Equipment for any rubber testing requirement

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 Supplying the testing requirements of the rubber industry for the last 30 years, RWK Agencies offers a range of equipment applicable to any rubber testing purpose. 

Skills dearth a threat to nontyre rubber industry

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 With South Africa’s nontyre rubber industry in the midst of a slow decline, inadequate skills development and training is still the sector’s main concern. South Africa’s Institute of Materials (IOM) northern branch chairperson, Dave Clague, tells Engineering News that dwindling... 

New rubber plant to boost African exports

31st March 2006 Leading South African rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company) has opened a new manufacturing plant as part of its accelerated export drive into Africa. 

Tyre manufacturer is back on track

31st March 2006 Over the years Continental Tyre has proved itself to be a leader and innovator in product development and performance with its passenger and light-commercial tyres. 

Vacuum solution for PE tyre plant

31st March 2006 Pneumatics specialist Festo has supplied a vacuum transfer application to tyre manufacturer Continental Tyres South Africa for use in its Port Elizabeth plant. 

Rubber specialist bounces new product into play

31st March 2006 Rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has developed a new skirting rubber to be used along the sides of a conveyor belt, which keeps materials from spilling during loading and to protect the conveyor system at the same time. 

New mining invention relies on rubber specialist

20th January 2006 Rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company), through its associate company Table Bay Rubber Company in Cape Town, has supplied various custom solutions during the prototype and final development stages of a new diamond-mining platform. 

New markets and machines for roll-covering firm

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 A dearth of fixed direct investment and other growth in its local markets has prompted roll-covering firm Rubber Rollers to seek out alternate ways to facilitate its own growth, says MD Harold Chouler. 

Pigmented masterbatches for liquid-silicone rubbers launched

1st April 2005 US silicone firm NuSil Technology, a leading formulator and manufacturer of silicone compounds for healthcare, aerospace, electronics and photonics, recently announced the launch of its pigmented masterbatches for liquid silicone rubbers. 

Tyre-recycling project enters the home stretch 

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 After six and a half years of preparation and hard work, the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP Co) is looking forward to finally seeing its efforts come to fruition. 

Rubber specialist saves the day for African mines

1st April 2005 Several mines throughout Africa have recently relied on rubber specialist Truco to resolve costly emergencies through the development and installation of custom hose. 

Skills headache for rubber industry

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 The crisis in training and skills development in the local rubber industry is fast approaching crisis proportions, says Rubber Association of South Africa (Rasa) co-founder and rubber consultant Dave Ransom. 

Efforts under way to improve conveyor-belting standards

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 Rubber-goods manufacturer Goodyear Engineered Products is working with South African National Standards (SANS) (ex-SABS) as part of a team to improve the parameters of standards related to conveyor belting. 

SA rubber firm in global push

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th February 2005 The Engineered Products Division (EPD) of tyre and rubber company Goodyear last year delivered a R12-million conveyor belt to Nigeria, which will be commissioned in April this year, for a cement plant owned by Objana Cement. 

Import-substituting rubber-compound works established

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th December 2004 At the unveiling of H&M Rollers’ new rubber-mixing facility, MD Alex Van Niekerk reported that it is set to be a catalyst for the company’s expansion programme, which aims to increase its turnover of R18-million a year to R35-million within the next three years. 

Manufacturer ships millionth run-flat tyre

17th May 2004 The world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products Bridgestone shipped its one millionth run-flat tyre. 

BEE firm aims to strengthen position in rubber-moulding market

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 A new black economic empowerment (BEE) company, Tensile Rubber Mouldings, is positioning itself to become one of the leading manufacturers of rubber products in the country. The company, which was established in April last year by the merger of Tensile Rubber of Rosslyn, north of Tshwane, and... 

Rubber chips may be used at World Cup

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 Should South Africa win the bid to host the 2004 Soccer World Cup, locally recycled rubber might well play an important part in preparing the world’s best football teams for the event. 

Brandname reintroduced

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 The rubber division of minerals processing equipment manufacturer Metso Minerals is reintroducing the Skega brandname for its range of rubber products. 

Hoses cope with continuous bending and flexing

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 One of the largest local manufacturers of rubber hoses for the mining industry, Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco), reports that it is in the process of developing several new innovations. 

Tyre-recycling legislation by June

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 The South African tyre industry is eagerly waiting for the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to promulgate a regulation that will empower it to recycle the 11-million waste tyres produced in the country every year. 

Rubber industry to adapt to much stricter environmental legislation

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 The local rubber industry is at a crossroads.?Co-founder of the Rubber Association of South Africa Dave Ransom says it is envisaged that stringent new environmental and health and safety legislation imposed by European Union and US organisations will result in substantial changes in the local... 

Tyre developments on a roll

By: Karel Smrcka     7th November 2003 Wheel and tyre producers will soon be offering super single SuSi tyres. Thanks to their reduced weight, compared to dual tyres, maximum freight capacity is increased. 

Company improves its rubber fender design

6th June 2003 Marine, industrial and mining rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has, over the last decade, supplied many different designs and types of rubber fenders for tugboats and other working vessels in harbours around the country, as well as rubber solutions for other marine projects... 

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