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South Africa Germany Partnership

Mechatronics competition participation encouraged

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 The local subsidiary of German engineering company Festo, Festo South Africa, is engaging with industry participants and tertiary education institutions to build a foundation for South Africa’s participation in future WorldSkills mechatronics competitions, reports Festo South Africa. 

German engineering company envisions renewable energy options

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 Diversified German engineering company, Voith, is spending a significant amount of capital on researching the development of renewable energy sources reports the South African division of the company.  

South African investment opportunities beckon German companies 

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 The South African market offers German companies a plethora of opportunities for diversified investment, which are not limited to the automotive sector, reports German Ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller. 

Growth trend for German automotive company.

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 German automotive manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, part of the Daimler Chrysler AG group, has reported continuing growth from 2005's revenue figures. 

Dart throwing robot wins PneuDrive challenge

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 An automated robot, designed by a student team from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch, has won the inaugural PneuDrive Challenge.  

Air-conditioning range adds icing to local product offering cake

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Pipe tool system supplier Rothenberger�s established line of tools and equipment for air conditioning and refrigeration applications is now available through its South African company. 

Empowerment deal imminent for drives company

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 The South African division of drive automation specialist SEW Eurodrive is set to announce details of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal this month. 

Latest addition joins hydrostatic pressure instrument range

21st September 2007 Process instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser (E+H) has launched the Deltapilot S FMB70. This hydrostatic pressure sensor integrates a climate-proof Contite digital measuring cell into the modular instrument platform of Cerabar S and Deltabar S with interchangeable housing, electronics and... 

Multidimensional audio technology to enhance aerospace communication capability

By: Guy Copans     21st September 2007 Multi dimensional audio, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3-D) audio, has the ability, in many respects, to revolutionise aerospace communication, as it reintroduces a powerful natural ability to communicate, says Sennheiser South Africa Technical Manager James Futter. 

Initiative delivers 30 000 lapdesks to needy school children

21st September 2007 Global chemicals producer BASF and The Lapdesk Company have launched a massive drive to provide 30 000 disadvantaged school children with Lapdesks by September this year. 

No cheques please, we're German

21st September 2007 When it comes to doing business with Germany, South African business partners would do well to heed the differences in the methods of payment and debt collection procedures between the two countries, trade credit solutions firm Coface ZA executive director Michael Creighton cautions. 

Gauteng to learn from 2006 German World Cup experience

21st September 2007 Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has been invited to Germany to attend the 2008 European Cup as preparation for South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup, Gauteng provincial government announced on its website. 

New acquisition contributes to growth strategy

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Technology company Carl Zeiss Optronics, of Oberkochen, Germany, plans to strengthen its investment in South African enterprise Denel Optronics, which belonged to State-owned defense group Denel, and in which it has acquired a majority interest consequent to a partial privatisation and... 

Electrical engineering, electronics company invests in human potential

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Diversified electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens Southern Africa celebrates its 111th year in South Africa in 2007, and plans a host of local capacity and corporate social investment spending to consolidate its position across various markets, Group CEO Sigi Proebstl tells... 

Frigate offset drives Eastern Cape's first mechatronics university degree course

21st September 2007 South Africa's drive to grow the economy's technology and skills base received a major boost with the launch last month at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth of a new multimillion rand centre for the training of specialists in the new industrial field of... 

Chemicals firm mulls empowerment benefits

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Following the successful signing of its black economic empowerment deal with Vuya Investments on January 26, diverse speciality chemicals supplier Henkel South Africa has moved into a phase of determining how such a collaboration can most benefit all parties, both internally and externally. 

German support intensifies as 2010 preparations gain momentum

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 In light of Germany’s recent experience hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2006 and South Africa’s preparations for the event in 2010, the two countries have embarked on an even closer relationship, with an ongoing exchange of experience, knowledge and information underway. 

German-SA trade rises

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Figures released by Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden, Germany, reveal that the trade levels between South Africa and Germany during the past year continued to grow. 

Chamber hopes to boost SA exports

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Working closely with the the Department of Trade and Industry, the South African-German Chamber of Commerce is fervently promoting local participation in German and other international trade fairs in order to encourage export. 

Bilateral relations ‘increasingly holistic’ – embassy

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 With historically strong trade links with the country, Germany’s interest in South Africa can be termed as encouragingly holistic, with its interests surpassing mere investment to address key local issues such as skills development and black economic empowerment (BEE). However, German... 

Firm targets niche markets to counter broader economic vulnerability

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 In a market sector where cheaper Eastern imports have become an issue for manufacturers, privately owned and German founded company Condra Cranes is seizing its share of the market through specialising in niche areas and reliability. 

‘Scope for greater German SME participation in South Africa’

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 With a past illustrating decades of unwavering investment and an estimated contribution to the South African economy of close to 5%, German companies are a sterling example of international investment in the country. 

Electrical-engineering group sees sustained growth

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 As it celebrates 37 years of trading in South Africa this year, German electrical engineering group Moeller has reported a second successive year of double-digit sales growth and continued expansion globally, with the South African subsidiary not far behind, exceeding budgeted profitability for... 

‘German technology ensures success’

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 The Becker Group of Companies, a subsidiary of the German organisation, Walter Becker GM BH, comprises different divisions which include mining equipment, pumps, electronics, underground and tunnel supports, as well as lifting and pulling equipment. 

Compact geared motors receive upgrade

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Nordbloc compact geared motors, available exclusively from Bearing Man’s geared motors division, Power Drives, have recently been upgraded by German precision engineers, Getriebebau Nord., for interchangeability, high efficiency, low noise levels, extended service life, fast assembly and... 

Specialised cargo-handling offering expands

22nd September 2006 Macs Line has announced an expansion of its offer of specialised cargo handlings on its owned vessels. 

Local company celebrates twentieth birthday

22nd September 2006 To be the Supplier of Choice with all of our Customers! This is the type of driven goal that has resulted in 20 years of continuous growth for Lukas South Africa (LSA). 

Tough demands expected for 2010 IT, communications networks

22nd September 2006 Deutsche Telekom has been responsible for some 75% of all the IT and telecommunications services required for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Deutsche Telekom’s business customer unit, T-Systems, has served as general contractor for the services and has linked all the stadiums and FIFA offices via... 

Injection-moulding firm announces strategic repositioning

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Technoplastics injection moulding company ExactoCraft has repositioned itself in the market in order to counter a number of macroeconomic threats. 

Industrial group maintains German links

22nd September 2006 Established in South Africa in 1973, today the Multotec Group’s largest shareholding resides with a German organisation that is also the original partner and supplier of the first product introduced to the country by the group. 

Expansive growth continues for German-owned group

22nd September 2006 GKD consists of two separately-registered companies. 

German group looking to expand dominant market position

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Power, transport sectors identified as key growth areas 

Healthy trade boosts Euro-African partnership

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 The trade and economic relationship between South Africa and Germany is one of the most well-established Euro-African partnerships, with the total trade between these two countries amounting to E9,3-billion in 2004. 

Soccer, industrial development expected to spark increased German investment

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 The most characteristic benefit of German contribution to the South African economy can be evidenced in the fact that Germany is the largest trading partner for the country, with total trade amounting to R64-billion in 2004. 

Company fights to stay competitive in tough local market conditions

By: Jade Davenport     23rd September 2005 Manufacturer and supplier of German-engineered plastic bag-making machinery and plastics-processing equipment, Technimac, believes that South African German-based manufacturing companies are under mounting pressure to remain competitive in a market that is increasingly dominated by black economic... 

Company growth leads to buy-out

23rd September 2005 UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co has signed an agreement to buy German-based Moeller Group for a price of €1,1-billion, including pension liabilities and financial debt. 

Local hoists beat Europeans, Chinese

23rd September 2005 An East Rand manufacturing company has become South Africa’s success story in the local development and production of cranes and hoists. 

New inverter system solves any drive challenge

23rd September 2005 The German-manufactured Nord drive systems, designed by Getriebebau Nord and assembled locally by Power Drives, Bearing Man’s geared and electric motors division, ensure the best performance of mechanical speed control in any application. 

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