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From infrastructure backlog to boom?

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The South African government is in the final stages of developing a strategy to begin containing the burgeoning backlog in infrastructure spending – the backlog has been estimated to be larger than R170-billion. An inter-ministerial team, embracing all ministers involved in infrastructure... 

Streamlining slurry

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE transportation of abrasive and corrosive solids is often coupled with a costly maintenance budget. The GIW works of KSB Pumps has developed a unique problem-solving solution that maximises the capital investment of slurry pumps. This approach begins by analysing the system and pump... 

Chemical transport facility upgrade

By: System Author     30th April 1999 THE multimillion-rand redevelopment of Cargo Carriers Tanker as a world-class chemical transport facility is proceeding according to plan. The company has become a signatory to ‘Responsible Care’ whose international standards are designed to achieve security and safety throughout the... 

Stronghold established in emergency-vehicle market in the US

By: System Author     16th April 1999 The well-known series 60 engine from the Detroit Diesel Corporation is establishing a stronghold in the emergency vehicle market with standard inclusion in the US Pierce fire engines, supplied to the South African market by local agent HAB International. The electronically-controlled engine is... 

Transport empowerment project

By: System Author     16th April 1999 TRANSPORTATION company Haulcon has concluded two new agreements designed to give emerging entrepreneurs a viable entry into the road-haulage industry. “These agreements represent a significant development as they are large, detailed contracts,” says Haulcon director Lynn Combrink.... 

R14m structural steel contract

By: System Author     16th April 1999 A R14-million structural steel contract for the casthouse at the Mozal smelter in Mozambique has been awarded to Cemenco Steel Structures, a Cementation group company. Awarded by project manager SLE, the contract involves fabrication and erection of about 1 300 t of steel. Detailing and... 

R25m motor dealership for Roodepoort

By: System Author     9th April 1999 CONSTRUCTION of a R25-million Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Colt franchise dealership in Roodepoort is at an advanced stage. The dealership, which is set to become the hub of the vehicle sales and spares industry in the city, will occupy more than 3 000 m2 of space and will incorporate new and used... 

R198-million loan agreement for Namibia

By: System Author     9th April 1999 A R198-million loan agreement has been signed between the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) and the government of Namibia, for on-lending to the Windhoek City Council. This is part of the DBSA’s fulfilment of its mandate to build foundations for development in the Southern African... 

UK auto component plant for local firm

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 THE construction of a new production facility in the UK for South African automotive component manufacturer Bosal is due to be completed before the end of April. This follows other group expansions completed during 1998 in South Africa, the Netherlands, Canada and Mexico, with new plants opened... 

SA motor industry plan on offer to SADC

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 South Africa is planning to extend its motor industry development programme (MIDP) to the rest of Southern Africa, Engineering News can today report. Department of Trade and Industry director Johan Cloete reveals that it will offer the MIDP to all 11 countries currently participating in the... 

New range improves bearing load rating

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Manufacturer of split roller-bearings Cooper Bearings, of the UK, will be launching its new range of 01E series roller-bearings through local distributor Bearings International, a subsidiary of Hudaco, this month. “The new 01E range is an upgraded version of the 01 series, and will replace... 

R7m turbine order from US to be finalised

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 With only months to go before it would have celebrated its centenary, Glacier Bearings was renamed by the Federal Mogul (FM) group, and is now known as FM Large Bearings as of January 1 this year. “Glacier Bearings used to form part of Johannesburg stock exchange-listed T&N Holdings, part... 

First shipment of new bearings arrives

By: System Author     2nd April 1999 Sole distributor of SRB split roller-bearings, OE Bearings, of Selby, Gauteng, released the mark 20 split roller-bearing on to the South African market at the beginning of the year. “The first shipment of the new bearings has arrived, and there are more on their way,” reports OE... 

Diesel vehicle emission-control campaign

By: System Author     26th March 1999 IN a move likely to affect thousands of diesel-powered trucks, the Cape Metropolitan Council (CMC) has launched a diesel vehicle emission- control campaign to improve the quality of air for people in the area. Sparked by recommendations of the Brown Haze Report produced by the Energy Research... 

Special steel set to boost Newcastle works

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A breakthrough has been made in the production of special bar quality (SBQ) steel at Iscor’s Newcastle works in Kwazulu-Natal, which will see a boost in production of this high-value-added steel. A loss-making activity until February this year, SBQ steel production is now set to become a... 

‘Open sesame’ for SA automotive exports

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ocal car manufacturer Samcor is now capable of supplying every market, following the Ford Q1 quality certification awarded to its assembly plant, supply operations and parts distribution centre. Samcor group MD Lewis Booth tells Engineering News that the company will be able to supply into any... 

Shot in arm for vehicle security

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An increased concern for the safety of people in vehicles is driving the South African bullet-resistant glass industry to develop stronger security glass, reveals SA Bullet Resistant Glass MD Hilton Franks. Soaring vehicular crime levels have resulted in the establishment of a specialised vehicle... 

Hi-tech theft solution

By: System Author     19th March 1999 South Africa has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the world, and this has led Midrand-based electronics developer Analysis, Management & Systems (AMS) to offer a hi-tech solution that brings hope to embattled owners and drivers. CarSafe is a novel and inexpensive vehicle-security... 

Motor company matures

By: System Author     19th March 1999 With a turnover of more than R2,5-billion last year, the Wheels of Africa group has matured since its establishment five years ago, and the challenges presented by global economic conditions are met in an aggressive, proactive manner, reports group chairperson Billy Rautenbach. Rightsizing to... 

R20m automotive-glass plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 An automotive door- glass and rear-glass manufacturing plant worth R20-million, said to be only the second of its kind in South Africa, has been commissioned by Gauteng glass firm Furman Glass, reports director Keith Feldman. The plant features hi-tech automated equipment imported from Europe,... 

Auto welding advances

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Research into the use of aluminium for automotive body panels has resulted in innovations in the welding industry, reports welding-equipment supplier Weld-Cut Equipment MD Warwick Hogan. The liquefying features of aluminium, which make it difficult to weld, have resulted in the development of... 

South African parts match world’s best

By: System Author     19th March 1999 There is a false perception among participants in the automotive industry that products manufactured and assembled abroad are of a higher quality than those manufactured locally, argues South African Motoring Corporation (Samcor) quality-systems manager Duncan Macphail. Last month the Gauteng... 

Smooth road ahead for R1-billion Gauteng plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 How would you characterise the local automotive industry at present? Last year there was a significant downturn in new-car sales, with only 203 817 new passenger cars being sold, compared to the predicted 260 000, which resulted in most original-equipment manufacturers experiencing difficult... 

Air-brake supplier sets quality example

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Driving the need for awareness of high-quality components in the automotive industry, air-brake equipment supplier Wabco Automotive South Africa, of Edenvale, Gauteng, is setting the example with the implementation of South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) 0253 certification this month. With... 

Supplier takes on the world

By: System Author     19th March 1999 ORIGINAL-equipment supplier Triple C has supplied machined components for more than 19 years. It has enjoyed steady growth in the automotive industry, specifically with Toyota SA, and now supplies a cross-section of components, including knuckles and carriers, clutch housings, stiffener plates,... 

Compact new system improves drive unit

By: System Author     19th March 1999 SMALL and medium-sized vehicles form the target group of Mannesman VDO’s newly-launched E-Gas compact system. Initial applications of the system, developed by the Frankfurt, Germany-based supplier include airport vehicles, maintenance machines, tunnel trains and construction and forestry... 

Two new advanced test facilities installed

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Two new test facilities installed by Nissan South Africa are designed to further improve customers’ motoring peace of mind through improved braking safety and vehicle waterproofing, combined with increased environmental benefits. At the advanced new brake-testing facility at the Rosslyn,... 

Company is approved cable supplier

By: System Author     19th March 1999 A utomotive electrical cable manufacturer Walro Flex, of Alberton, Gauteng, has been given the green light by Daimler Chrysler as an approved cable supplier for Mercedes-Benz products. “We are extremely pleased to acquire accreditation from one of the most prestigious motor manufacturers in... 

Casting supplier succeeds

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Gauteng automotive casting supplier Airmotive Foundry is establishing itself in the automotive market with firm orders received from leading South African car manufacturers, reports customer account manager Manfred Eden. The company has also entered into negotiations with other vehicle... 

Challenging year for automotive industry

By: System Author     19th March 1999 This year represents another extremely challenging period for the South African vehicle-manufacturing and associated industries, with aggregate industry sales declining by 15,4% on a year-on-year basis, reports National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director... 

New-car sales figures slip out of gear yet again

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The new passenger-car market for last month was the lowest February market since 1986, with 14 579 units sold. However, this was in line with industry expectations, and gives rise to cautious hopes that the 25-month decline in the new-car sales cycle is finally bottoming out, reports Volkswagen... 

R1,2 bn capex forecast

By: System Author     19th March 1999 Port Elizabeth vehicle assembler Delta Motor Corporation remains positive about its long-term future, which is reflected in its strategic planning and expenditure forecasts over the next five years, which total close to R1,2-billion, reports corporate communications manager Ed Emmett. Much of the... 

Auto sealants, adhesives

By: System Author     19th March 1999 THE extensive range of anaerobic, cyanoacrylate compounds from Pacer Technology is to be distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by Bearing Man and Fenner Power Trans- mission. This includes the Pro Seal range, which has been designed especially for the automotive industry. Manufactured in the... 

Finishing touches for R110-million plant

By: System Author     19th March 1999 The finishing touches are being applied to a new R110-million lignosulphonate plant at Saiccor, Umkomaas, an operation owned by Lignotech SA, a joint-venture company established by Sappi and Borregaard Lignotech of Norway. The decision to invest in the plant was made in mid-1996, with the... 

R5,5-million bread-conditioning plants

By: System Author     12th March 1999 In a contract valued at R5,5-million, Dale Spiral Systems & Bakery Equipment, of Honeydew, Gauteng, has supplied two locally-manufactured twin-drum bread-conditioning plants to the Albany Bakeryin Germiston on behalf of JF Turkingtons. The conditioning plants are used to cool bread from about 95 

Firm reaping benefits of hi-tech tracking

By: System Author     12th March 1999 One of South Africa’s large sugar processors, Transvaal Sugar, is beginning to reap the benefits of the latest application for the Avonwood Eureka 411 fully-automated vehicle-identification and tracking technology. The system, which was commissioned in October last year, controls the... 

Humidity and temperature monitor released

By: System Author     12th March 1999 A HUMIDITY and temperature monitor marketed by local agent Protectaire has been released by Ryan Instruments. This monitor provides the user with critical information on environmental conditions needed to manage perishables throughout the supply chain. The unit can be programmed to monitor in one... 

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