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Call made for ‘broad coalition’ to reverse South Africa’s premature deindustrialisation

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 A new no-holds-barred study of South Africa’s economic transformation over the past two decades concludes that the country has not only deindustrialised prematurely, but has also failed to materially transform its economic structure to one that encourages inclusive growth and development. Titled... 

Lithium-ion industry to take centre stage in next five years

By: Simone Liedtke     20th April 2018 At least 12 lithium and six cobalt transactions have been closed between downstream manufacturers and mining companies since 2016, signalling a changing trend in procurement strategy. This, commodity research consultancy Roskill said in a statement on Friday, shows that the lithium-ion (Li-ion)... 

DTI opposed to temporary scrapping of EV duties, but open to EU tariff re-set

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is opposed to reducing protection on the import of electric vehicles (EVs) as a way of increasing domestic demand, arguing that automotive firms should, instead, use the duty offsets available to them through production rebate... 

Adhesive for heavy, abnormal loads applications launched

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Diversified sealing and adhesive company Loctite, a subsidiary of Germany headquartered Henkel, launched a new range of Loctite universal structural bonders (industrial strength hybrid adhesives) that expands the capabilities of traditional adhesives.  

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

EVs not yet a market force to disrupt oil demand growth

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 Short-term oil demand is still growing strong and will continue to do so through the end of 2020, a trend taking place despite the market’s increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs) and the forecasted future plateau in oil demand, according to a new report from IHS Markit’s oil and gas team.... 

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

Steel demand to grow by 1.8% in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2018 The World Steel Association (worldsteel) has forecast 1.8% year-on-year growth in global steel demand to 1.62-billion tonnes this year. Worldsteel further reports in its April Short Range Outlook (SRO), published on Tuesday, that global steel demand will grow by a further 0.7% to 1.63-billion... 

Why is it important to grow manufacturing?

     17th April 2018 Manufacturing Indaba will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on the 19th and 20th of June, 2018 and will be facilitated with the collaborative backing and strategic partnership of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and the Manufacturing Circle, a corporate... 

Rand-Air ‘amps up’ to meet increased demand from customers with major investment in generator fleet

     16th April 2018 Consistent and reliable electrical power supply is an absolute necessity for the smooth functioning of all sectors of industry and modern society today. Over the past few years in South Africa, there has however been growing uncertainty about the reliability of regular AC mains supply. This has... 

New wheel-end seal from SKF offers extreme performance

     16th April 2018 SKF's new Scotseal X-Treme wheel-end seal for trucks and trailers offers superior reliability and high temperature performance, as well as a market leading 5-year/500,000 mile warranty on trucks and 7 years on trailers. Truck and trailer operators can now dramatically reduce the risk of premature... 

BMI raises 2018 aluminium price forecast on Chinese supply constraints

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th April 2018 The aluminium price is forecast to strengthen this year, as the demand outlook continues to improve and prices are kept elevated owing to the expectations of Chinese supply constraints, says Fitch Group-affiliated BMI Research.  

Maxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services

     13th April 2018 It is crucial that fire station doors operate ultra-reliably and efficiently at all times to ensure that in an emergency, fire trucks are able to leave the station without delay. The rugged and attractive OH1042F overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex are defined by all-round efficiency,... 

Costs, downtime impede pressure vessel testing

By: Paige Müller     13th April 2018 Potential downtime and cost considerations are preventing industries from conducting essential pressure vessel testing, says air compression products distributor Tru Compressor Solutions product specialist and sales director Phillip Botha. “Air compressors and pressure vessels are used in... 

BMG provides high performance chains with extended features

     13th April 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG says its Tsubaki high performance chain products incorporate standard and custom attachment chains, which are critical to the efficient movement of products along a production line. “Conveyor chains often fail prematurely because insufficient consideration was... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

PGMs industry sees crisis, Mantashe sees new dawn

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2018 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday described the mining industry as one that is in self-doubt, believing that it is about to die, where suspicion and mistrust is at a high level. “I fail to understand why platinum is in a crisis,” he said, adding that mining stakeholders need to... 

Excavators ready to boost economy

     9th April 2018 ELB Equipment is aggressively gearing its excavator offering to meet an anticipated demand upsurge as the economy turns upwards. “Excavators are at the heart of any construction or mining operation and their availability is pivotal to getting projects off the ground. For this reason, we have... 

Mahindra SA appoints new CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Car manufacturer Mahindra South Africa (SA) has appointed Rajesh Gupta to succeed Sanjoy Gupta as CEO.  

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

BMW X3 production starts at Rosslyn plant

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Car maker BMW Group South Africa (BMW SA) has started production of the new BMW X3 at its Rosslyn plant, in Tshwane. The German firm has invested R6-billion in South Africa since November 2015 to prepare the plant to produce the BMW X3. 

PSA, Romano merge to create largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2018 Corporate signage manufacturer Premier Sayina Africa (PSA) and signage and solar solutions company Romano Signs have merged to create PSA Romano – the largest corporate signage company in sub-Saharan Africa.  

Cable theft in Rosslyn reaching crisis proportions, warns Gauteng MEC

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2018 The Gauteng government on Wednesday expressed its concern about continuous electricity supply disruptions at the Automotive Supplier Park (ASP) in Rosslyn, Tshwane. In recent weeks, production had been halted several times owing to cable theft, said Gauteng Economic Development, Environment,... 

Kobe Steel to invest $471m to raise automotive steel output

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, said on Wednesday it will invest 50-billion yen ($471-million) in domestic facilities to increase output of high-tensile steel to meet a growing need for lighter materials from automakers. It is the company's first major capital investment since it... 

Zinnwald lithium study progressing on schedule – Bacanora

By: Mariaan Webb     4th April 2018 Aim-listed Bacanora Lithium is continuing to advance a feasibility study to demonstrate the economic viability of producing higher value lithium products at the Zinnwald project, in Germany, for the European battery and automotive sectors. The feasibility study is under way and is scheduled for... 

Cliffs to break ground on first hot-briquetted iron plant Thursday

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd April 2018 US iron-ore company Cleveland-Cliffs of Ohio expects to break ground on its first hot-briquetted iron (HBI) plant in Toledo on Thursday. The $700-million plant signals a strategic step change for the company, whose HBI product is expected to supply the growing electric arc furnace (EAF) steel... 

Rose Heathcote

     30th March 2018 This week we feature Rose Heathcote, CEO of Lean Institute Africa, a a not-for-profit organisation advancing lean thinking and practice in Africa   

Driverless cars and robots

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     30th March 2018 Let us imagine that two robots, Og and Box, are playing chess against each other. To make sure the game progresses, Og is allowed to make a move every seven seconds. Box is allowed to move every eight seconds. At the fifty-sixth move, there is an impasse, since both are allowed to move. Who moves... 

Next-generation Ranger investment decision 'imminent', says Ford

By: Irma Venter     28th March 2018 US car maker Ford’s decision on where to produce the next-generation Ranger pickup “is imminent”, says Ford Middle East and Africa president Jacques Brent. South Africa is currently one of three global production sites for the Ranger. 

MAN expands retail operations

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2018 Commercial vehicle provider MAN’s retail operations will on April 1 open a wholly owned operation in Port Elizabeth, which the company considers to be an important location on the Garden Route, to offer support to its clients.  

Goal driven and competitive South African manufacturing can up the stakes in global competitiveness

     28th March 2018 Manufacturing Indaba, the foremost Manufacturing event in sub-Saharan Africa and with its strategic partners, the dti and the Manufacturing Circle has grown exponentially, and now in its 5th year, is considered to be the leading manufacturing business platform. Manufacturing Indaba has relocated... 

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

UK defence technology breakthrough could cut titanium parts production costs by half

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on Monday that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost £30... 

Tyrexpo Africa 2018: Africa’s gateway to the continent’s Tyre Community coming in April 2018

     23rd March 2018 Over 2,500 international, regional and local tyre manufacturers, OEMs, distributors, dealers, retailers fleet operators and garage owners will convene at Tyrexpo Africa (co-located with GarageXpoAfrica), to be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre Hall 2, Johannesburg on 10 – 12 April 2018 The... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

Comair selects Honeywell avionics for its new airliners

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd March 2018 South Africa’s second largest airline company, Comair, and American software-industrial group Honeywell have announced that the airline has chosen the US group’s advanced cockpit technologies suite to equip the Boeing 737-800 MAX 8 airliners that it is acquiring. The suite will include a... 

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