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South Africa Germany Partnership

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discuss the influence of German products on the South African market, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded 18.05.2016

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

Local company awarded German welding agency
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

German chamber membership helps hotel grow market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 Local hotel and business conference facility provider Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre has grown its market reach since it became a member of the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI), as part of its strategy to attract more Germany-based business people.... 

German chamber membership helps hotel grow market share
SILVERBIRCH HOTEL Birchwood’s new business-focused hotel caters for business travelers

German packing specialist invests in local branch

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa, says Haver Southern Africa GM Demelza Mulligan. She tells Engineering News that with its extensive... 

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 South Africa remains an important market and source of revenue for Germany-headquartered machine tools manufacturer Robert Bosch Power Tools, says Southern Africa regional sales director Yugan Moodley. “South Africa contributed about 60% of Bosch’s Africa-based turnover in 2014 and we are... 

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth
YUGAN MOODLEY We want to operate in-country and become part of every African country’s culture

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to improve its position in the company’s in-house rankings. The branch, currently listed among the company’s top fifteen branches in terms of contribution to revenue, is aiming to form partnerships with specialised... 

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings
UTE SCHOEMAN SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share

South Africa is a base for German continuous miners and gearboxes

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 As one of the world’s largest coal producers, and with South Africa having the second largest fleet of continuous miners in the world, after the US, the country is a strategic base for Germany-headquartered coal mining machinery manufacturer Eickhoff. Eickhoff South Africa MD Francois van Tonder... 

South African companies gain German insight into energy efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation on an industrial energy... 

South African companies gain  German insight into energy efficiency
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency

Currency impacts on intercountry trade

     20th June 2014 Since January this year, trade between Germany and South Africa has seen a slight decline, owing to a weaker rand and delays in starting local infrastructure development projects, says Southern African-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) CEO Matthias Boddenberg. However, Boddenberg... 

Emission control unit bolstered by new appointment

     20th June 2014 Johannesburg-based process solutions design and development company GEA Process Engineering has strengthened its emission control unit with the appointment of new sales manager Kayimbi Mpanya. The company is the representative of Germany-based emission control technology developer GEA Bischoff in... 

German company says SA is perfect partnership

By: Carina Borralho     20th June 2014 In comparison to the German market, the South African market is growing but is still very small.  The market for ware washing systems is bigger in Germany and in Europe, but South Africa’s growing market potential is why the company chose to expand in it, says German manufacturer of ware washing... 

German company says  SA is perfect partnership
Photo by Winterhalter
MARKET DIFFICULTIES Getting customers to understand the benefit of using a dishwasher over hand washing in a price conscious market is very difficult

German manufacturer expands electronic sensor range

     20th June 2014 South African sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls, which distributes Germany-based electronic sensor manufacturer Leuze’s products, reported in April that the company had expanded its already extensive line of sensors with the introduction of the Leuze 18B sensor series. These high... 

German pigment used in shopping centre roads

     20th June 2014 Concrete roads – coloured black with a Bayferrox inorganic pigment imported from Germany-based iron oxide pigments manufacturer Lanxess – were selected above asphalt or other alternative road surfaces for the extensive road network in the new R220-million major Sunward Lifestyle Centre shopping... 

South African wins research competition

By: David Oliveira     20th June 2014 The winners of the Green Talents 2014, in which young researchers from across the globe submit their research in the field of sustainable development to be judged by a panel of German experts, will be announced this October. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) achieved a... 

South African wins  research competition
Photo by Glasshouse Communication Management
LOCAL IS LEKKER The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Wilfried Kraus (left) congratulates Green Talents 2013 winner Heinrich Badenhorst

German company promotes investment

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 Interest in this year’s international trade fair for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles, Bauma Africa, is bigger than expected and is seeing a lot of interest from German companies, says International business administration and... 

Ambassador highlights sustainable partnership

     21st June 2013 South Africa is Germany’s most important partner in Africa and is Germany’s biggest trading partner on the continent the Federal Republic of Germany Ambassador to South Africa Dr Horst Freitag tells Engineering News. He notes that South Africa is Germany’s most important partner in research and... 

Energy production greatest driver of German investment

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 South Africa-based German immigration company Imcosa, which handles permit applications for all permit types, believes that the biggest potential for German investment in South Africa lies in energy production, especially renewable energy, in which Germany is among the most technically advanced... 

First step in realising energy partnership to be taken soon

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 An envisaged high-level working group meeting between Germany and South Africa will take place in August  in South Africa as a first step in implementing the declaration of intent that was signed in February betweenboth countries to create yearly consultations in the energy field. The aims of the... 

First step in realising energy partnership to be taken soon

German engineering plastics supplier paves way in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 South Africa's lack of polyethylene engineering plastics suppliers prompted German plastics engineering manufacturer Wefapress to establish a Port Elizabeth-based facility. In South Africa, the company distributes polyethylene engineering plastics to markets that mainly convert the sheets into... 

German real estate company expanding in South Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 German real estate company Engel & Völkers is furthering its growth path in South Africa by targeting Africa’s developing economies and plans to grow its presence from 40 to 140 locations in the country and the region. Engel & Völkers Southern Africa head of real estate Craig Hutchison states... 

Strategy proves effective in facilitating increased trade among SADC member countries

By: Anine Kilian     21st June 2013 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) will host a job fair in September where German companies will present themselves as potential employers for young South Africans and vice versa. “We want to create an opportunity for companies and graduates to learn more about... 

Binational Commission drives renewable-energy programme

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     22nd June 2012 The Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has started,in September last year on behalf of the German Government, the roll-out of the R 120-Million South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN), which will focus on improving framework conditions and capacities for enhanced... 

German group focuses on Southern African expansion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2012 Germany-based SMS Group sees great potential to explore further markets in Southern Africa through both its South African subsidiaries, SMS Siemag South Africa (SA) and Metix. 

German trade fairs organiser brings infrastructure convention to SA

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd June 2012 Germany-based trade fair organiser Deutsche Messe is launching its first-ever event in South Africa in September.  

German–South African ‘Year of Science’ takes flight 

     22nd June 2012 A year-long joint venture between Germany and South Africa showcasing research cooperation between the two countries is now under way. 

Global interest in Africa profound, drives chamber to open new branch in KZN

By: Samantha Herbst     22nd June 2012 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) opened a new regional branch in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) earlier this month to provide direct contact to member companies operating in the region. It will facilitate German presence in the province and support Southern African... 

SA suitably positioned as gateway to rest of Africa

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     22nd June 2012 South Africa is increasingly becoming the preferred investment destination for Germany-based companies, as they look to expand their footprint into the rest of Africa, says cable specialist Lapp Group Southern Africa MD Mark Dilchert. 

Agency negotiates R77m investment by German company

     17th June 2011 The Western Cape investment and trade promotion agency, Wesgro, has secured a R77-million investment in the local economy – the single biggest investment negotiated by the agency in this financial year – from German printing company Rako Labels. 

Chamber to launch CSR competence centre

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) says it plans to launch a corporate social responsibility (CSR) competence centre, in July, in partnership with the German Technical Corporation (GIZ) and several member companies. 

Company pursues roll-out of German systems at local hospitals

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Systems designer, supplier and installer Distribution Network Automation (DNA) Logic reports it hopes to secure potential hospital revitalisation contracts to supply automated dispensing systems to new and existing hospitals in South Africa. 

Entrepreneurial networking platform offered

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 The Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) hosted a business seminar, on May 24, to create a networking platform for entrepreneurs and provide an opportunity for them to learn how to further grow their businesses. 

German subsidiary launches local training centre

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Liquid dosing technology company sera DoseTech South Africa, a subsidiary of the German-based sera Group, says it is in the final preparation stages of opening a skills training centre at its Bartlett premises, in Boksburg, Gauteng, by the end of June. 

German technology changing the face of ore sorting in South Africa

     17th June 2011 A sensor-based ore-sorting technology developed by German company CommodasUltrasort is changing the way South African miners look at sorting and the feasibility of mining projects throughout the country, the company states. 

Manufacturer to produce German products locally

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Abrasive tool manufacturer Lukas South Africa (LSA), which will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in July, is creating capacity to locally manufacture custom-made belts at its Germiston plant. 

New company to boost SA-Germany partnership

     17th June 2011 With the advent of technology and marketing specialist German Industry Consulting South Africa (Gicsa), the traditionally powerful South Africa–Germany business partnership is set to strengthen. 

Pumps designed to meet EU environment laws

     17th June 2011 German pump manufacturer Wilo SE says it is the first company to meet stringent new European Union (EU) environmental protection regulations governing the use of electric motors to power pumps. 

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