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The Just Transition debate in South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     18th May 2018 South Africa is the only country that explicitly includes in its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) a mention of the Just Transition – this is as far as I know.   The issue of a just transition raised its head recently when the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) and a... 

Safety valves manufacturer invests in growth, celebrates 200 years

18th May 2018 European safety valves manufacturer Leser celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, with the share of its profits last year spent on the development of its facilities amounting to €35.3-million. Leser’s service and products in South Africa are offered through its sole local distributor,... 

Deloitte reports global shift from business to social enterprises

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2018 Professional services firm Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2018 report titled ‘Rise of the Social Enterprise’ showcases a profound shift facing business leaders globally. This shift reflects the growing importance of social capital in shaping an organisation’s purpose, guiding its relationships... 

Gold to maintain its significance for decades to come – WGC

By: Nadine James     17th May 2018 Having compiled and published the ‘Gold 2048: The next 30 years for Gold’ report, the World Gold Council (WGC) has concluded that gold will “continue to be recognised, appreciated and valued in the years ahead” The report, released on Thursday, looks at the next 30 years and considers ways in... 

Fuchs Lubricant opens new grease manufacturing plant in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Lubricants specialist Fuchs Lubricants South Africa (Fuchs SA), together with its parent company Fuchs Petrolub, on Wednesday launched a R125-million grease manufacturing plant at its factory, in Isando, Gauteng. The plant will allow Fuchs to manufacture specialty greases for the local market, as... 

Santova achieves 13.5% organic profit growth in line with strategic focus

By: Schalk Burger     16th May 2018 JSE-listed logistics company Santova grew its profit by 13.5% to R71.3-million for the financial year ended February 28, from R62.8-million in 2017, with the performance of the group having been “purely organic,” the company said on Wednesday. This is the result of a strategic choice focused... 

Mind the gap: Can subway and landmine technologies save South African platinum?

By: Reuters     16th May 2018 Technologies used to carve subways and clear landmines are being retooled to mechanise South Africa's platinum mines, where an unforgiving geology has stymied such efforts at a huge cost. The technologies may make new mines profitable and could provide a lifeline for some loss-making shafts in a... 

Remote con trol your Epiroc Scooptram with new automation package

11th May 2018 For greater safety and efficiency in underground mining, Epiroc releases a number of automation features for the Scooptram underground loader. The Scooptram Automation Regular package allows the Scooptram to be controlled through an operator station from a remote location. "With the new Scooptram... 

Edge platform adds industrial strength to software applications

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Critical availability specialist company Stratus Technologies has launched an edge computing device that provides high availability for software applications used in industrial environments, such as mines, factories and processing facilities says Stratus Technologies consultant head Greg... 

AI can help break down data silos to augment human decision-making

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2018 Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are best suited to help companies explore and exploit the data that they have, simultaneously improving their business models and processes, a range of information technology (IT) experts say. The main improvements and benefits of AI derive from being able to... 

The rise of AI in Africa

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th May 2018 An extraordinary visitor graced the Creative Industry Summit, which was held in the Egyptian capital of Cairo last month. Like other attendees, she has a name and a nationality and is apparently well informed about current affairs. But, unlike everyone else, she was not born of flesh and blood.... 

Total South Africa seeks to grow lubricants, retail fuel businesses

By: Shirley le Guern     9th May 2018 Total South Africa is looking to grow both its lubricants and retail fuel business as well as restart the offshore oil exploration that it put on hold in 2014, CEO Pierre-Yves Sachet said after a visit to its bulk fuel and lubricant plants in Durban. He said that a R70-million investment in its... 

Africa is opportune for energy, smart solutions development – Schneider Electric

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Automation and energy management multinational Schneider Electric on Tuesday revealed its strategy for the African continent and how it relates to creating smart cities – taking cognisance of challenges and opportunities.  

UD Trucks aims to offer fully electric, autonomous trucks towards 2030

By: Irma Venter     8th May 2018 UD Trucks has joined the global pursuit to develop fully electric and self-driving trucks. The group launched a road map, called Fujin & Raijin, Vision 2030, that aims to deliver fully-electric and autonomous trucks over the next 12 years. 

Only 10% of global manufacturing companies are championing digital transformation – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is rapidly transforming the manufacturing sector and digital transformation has been on many a CEO’s agenda for a number of years, but despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution, says... 

South Africa falling behind with digital transformation

8th May 2018 Industry 4.0 is transforming manufacturing rapidly and digital transformation has been on many CXO’s agenda for a number of years.  Despite this, only a small group of companies is in a position to gain real competitive advantage from this operations revolution. In PwC’s Strategy& Global Digital... 

Hydraulics repair centre certifications are good for business

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry now has access to two Denison pump and motor approved repair centres (ARCs) for hydraulic repair that are accredited by international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa, has, in the last... 

Hydraulics industry on the rise

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 After a two-year-long hydraulic industry slump, the South African Fluid Power Association (Safpa) predicts a sustainable boom in demand for new hydraulic equipment. Safpa VP Dustin Pereira told Engineering News that the hydraulics industry has been in a slump since the last quarter of 2015. He... 

Automotive press for local range of light commercial vehicles

4th May 2018 A servo-driven automotive press for automotive components integrated provider Auto Industrial (AI) has been designed, manufactured and commissioned by pneumatic, electric and mechanical drive technology specialist Tectra Automation. The application- specific automotive press is used by AI to... 

Pneumatic systems are an energy efficient alternative

4th May 2018 With there being a need to consider service life costs when planning municipal water management systems, pneumatic systems and industrial equipment supplier Festo says pneumatic systems are 28% more advantageous. 

Hyperscale cloud being used to increase scope of financial services

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Financial services companies in South Africa are using hyperscale cloud systems to increase their range of services, lower costs and reach into new markets, says financial services technology firm Synthesis Software Technologies MD Michael Shapiro. The capabilities of cloud services, including... 

New 3d Printed House Points The Way To A More Sustainable Construction Industry

3rd May 2018 Arup and CLS Architects unveiled 3D Housing 05 – a new 3D printed house in central Milan – as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival. Printed on-site by a portable robot, the house showcases the role 3D printing can play in reducing construction waste; it increases efficiencies during the... 

Schneider Electric innovations shine in Germany

3rd May 2018 In an ever-changing digital world, for everything from new business models and new consumer technologies to new infrastructure, energy and power systems – the digital transformation is inescapable. The fourth industrial revolution, or smart manufacturing, has accelerated the move to digital... 

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Multinational professional services firm Arup and US-based CLS Architects this week unveiled a new concrete three-dimensional (3D) printed house in central Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival.  

Legrand Vantage Home Automation Lighting Control Systems…one

26th April 2018 Legrand’s intelligent Vantage home automation and lighting control system combines advanced technology, simplified software and the latest products, for one-touch control of electrical functions in commercial, residential and luxury marine applications. The Vantage system, which ensures elegant... 

Data and the smart machine revolution

24th April 2018 How can manufacturing efficiency be improved? Any significant optimization of production lines is getting increasingly difficult to achieve. Bringing smarter automation into the workplace offers an innovative solution, but it all starts with data. Immense amounts of data. Omron Industrial,... 

Jungheinrich: "Your Connection To Success"

23rd April 2018 Largest exhibitor at CeMAT 2018 Intralogistics 4.0 is lived daily at Jungheinrich 

What Industry 4.0 means for business

20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Africa pursuing diversified energy investments to deliver power

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Africa has an abundance of energy resources that can be brought online rapidly and cost effectively, says engineering, procurement and construction services provider Black & Veatch sub-Saharan Africa business development director Webb Meko. With governments realising that no single technology... 

Three new Novus products improve temperature logging accuracy

20th April 2018 Brazilian loop controller and data instrumentation manufacturer Novus Automation has launched three new products within the last four months, the Novus LoopView, the LogBox-BLE and the RHT Climate range with a focus on temperature and pressure monitoring. The first product is the Novus LoopView.... 

New optimisation solution to improve SAG efficiency

20th April 2018 Danish engineering company FLSmidth has launched a process optimisation solution for semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) milling, SAGwiseTM. The system is designed to optimise the use of the three main consumables in SAG milling: power, media and liners. 

Continuous slab caster modernisation, China

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Angang Iron & Steel Group Co is modernising the CMM1 twin-strand continuous slab caster at the Anshan plant No 3 steelworks, in Liaoning province. 

Relations sour at giant copper pit with automation looming

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 Just as labour tensions ease at BHP Billiton’s giant Escondida mine, the copper industry has another iconic mine to worry about. Relations between the world’s largest copper producer, Codelco, and unions in its Chuquicamata division have reached the lowest point in years as the mine transitions... 

Railway industry to develop new roadmap towards Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) has commissioned a study to provide a global strategic view of Heavy Haul 4.0, and attempt to visualise the heavy haul railway of the future. The ‘Development of the Heavy Haul Vision in the Fourth Industrial Revolution’ study, which will be... 

4Sight to establish JV in China

By: Anine Kilian     16th April 2018 JSE-listed 4Sight Holdings has signed an agreement with Chinese company Shenzhen Rongmei Science and Technology (RM) to establish a 50:50 joint venture (JV) in China. 4Sight said in a statement on Monday that it aims to expand its business operations, opportunities and customer footprint in the... 

Same-day delivery to be the norm by 2022, survey finds

By: Anine Kilian     13th April 2018 Manufacturers, transportation and logistics firms and retailers are moving to meet the growing needs of the on-demand economy, in which the online buying, smartphone-wielding consumer expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, a global survey has shown. The ‘Future of Fulfilment Vision... 

Security drones taking off, but SA restrictions limit adoption

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2018 Drones, otherwise known as remotely piloted aircraft systems, continue to gain a foothold in an increasing number of industries, with adoption rates in the safety and security industry growing worldwide. In fact, safety and security drone sales totalled $145-million in 2016, according to a market... 

Arc 1

13th April 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

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