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BAIC implementing catch-up strategy to meet 2018 Coega deadline

By: Dylan Slater     20th October 2017 China-based vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), is accelerating some of its construction plans for its vehicle manufacturing plant, currently under construction at the Port Elizabeth-based Coega Industrial Development Zone, to catch up on delays incurred owing to primarily... 

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

Company provides solutions to facilitate progress in industry

     29th September 2017 Aluminium has a “brilliant” future, as the light-weight material offers impressive solutions for sustainable mobility, durable packaging or urban construction projects, and the SMS group is perfectly positioned to further growth, avers systems supplier SMS group aluminium business head Michael... 

BLSA statement misleading, says Transnet

By: Anine Kilian     28th September 2017 State-owned Transnet on Thursday said Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA’s) statement claiming that it had suspended Transnet’s membership is inaccurate and misleading.    Transnet explained that BLSA had approached it earlier this year to consider renewing its membership for this year but... 

Concrete Rehabilitation Success At Finsch By Botes & Kennedy Manyano

     28th September 2017 Botes & Kennedy Manyano offered Petra Diamonds a practical workable solution for the rehabilitation of three concrete silos at its Finsch Diamond Mine in the Northern Cape. The design and construct project was aimed at restoring the structural integrity of the silos while addressing issues such... 

Welding foundation industry collaboration empowers SA learners

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Foundation aims to provide training to disadvantaged individuals in a range of areas that include welding and inspection, and the training of trainers for welding and related technologies. In addition, integrated steel and mining company... 

Property experts help accelerate delivery of affordable office space in Polokwane

     13th September 2017 Property developers and builders are responding to a high demand for affordable and quality office space in Polokwane. One of these astute companies is Golden Bay Properties. This property developer and building contractor already has a solid track-record successfully completing many developments... 

High-quality weld preparation for oil and gas industry

     8th September 2017 Orbital cutting and bevelling machines for high-purity piping from international weld preparation products supplier EH Wachs are now available in South Africa from industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial, a division of Actum Industrial, to serve the unique needs of the oil and... 

Getting behind supply chain skills to grow South Africa

     15th August 2017 Fast-moving technological and other changes in the global economy are threatening to leave South Africa behind if the country can’t match its supply chain skills to meet the new demands.   According to the 2016 Barloworld Supplychainforesight report, the education and training necessary for... 

Concor Buildings Showcases Flexibility On Makro Riversands Project

     14th August 2017 Visible Felt Leadership is a philosophy that Concor Construction drives and an excellent example of a project where this is reaping significant rewards is the Concor Buildings Makro Riversands contract. Concor Buildings, previously known as Murray & Roberts Buildings, is part of Concor... 

Safety at the forefront with first spray-cooled roof

     11th August 2017 Swedish steel producer Ovako has awarded technology provider Systems Spray-Cooled with a contract to modernise and increase safety on its electric arc furnace (EAF) with the first Spray-Cooled roof in the Nordic region, located at its bar, billet, tube and rings facility in Hofors, Sweden. After... 

Zuma survives no confidence vote, opposition vow to step up pressure

By: African News Agency      8th August 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, but the result indicated that a significant number of African National Congress (ANC) MPs broke ranks to support the opposition motion. Speaker Baleka Mbete announced that 177 MPs voted in favour of the... 

One step ahead

     7th August 2017 The increasing relevance of electromobility offers opportunities for light metal casting The automobile industry is experiencing a strong trend towards electromobility. The figures and deadlines given vary, but as of 2025, the industry expects a considerable increase in the number of electric... 

It’s not about improving

By: Riaan de Lange     4th August 2017 'Out of the mouths of babes' is a well-known phrase in the Bible that implies that there is truth and wisdom in the comments and observations of children, who are honest and innocent. I am on the bus with my young son, having just collected him from summer camp. We are travelling through... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     19th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

Afrox maximises efficiency in metal preheating with OXYGON®

     18th July 2017 Afrox is maximising efficiency in the metal production industry with its powerful OXYGON® solutions – effective vessel preheating processes that go beyond conventional burner designs by harnessing the highly efficient power of a flameless oxyfuel combustion system. These advanced and controlled... 

SAA will publish outcomes of its internal report into its losses – board

By: Keith Campbell     18th July 2017 The board of directors of State-owned national flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) issued an assurance on Monday that “it does not condone nor will it cover up any acts of impropriety at SAA”. This followed the publication of a series of stories in the media about the airline, which the... 

Water and sanitation department DG given notice of intention to suspend him – DWS

By: African News Agency      17th July 2017 Water and sanitation department director general Dan Mashitisho has been given a notice of intention to suspend, subject to him providing reasons as to why he should not be suspended, the ministry said on Sunday. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane had “requested the DG to provide... 

Engen Chemicals secures X-PURGE exclusivity

     28th June 2017 Engen and PTT, the National Oil Company of Thailand, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for Engen’s exclusive rights to a product called X-PURGE. At the signing ceremony in Cape Town, Engen was awarded the sole distribution rights for X-PURGE in South Africa. Dr Emma Mokoena,... 

Chairside milling beneficial for dental industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 With the dental industry moving towards chairside milling for clinics, digital production solutions company Telpro Management launched electronics manufacturer Roland’s DWX-52DC tooth milling machine last month.  

Thos Begbie’s global quality status boosted by on-the-spot Dekra 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2017 The same-site working relationship that Thos Begbie has established with global quality inspectorate Dekra Industrial RSA is giving the prolific exporter of copper castings a commercial edge in its global dealings with mining and smelter-related customers worldwide. Thos Begbie now hosts the... 

Cybercrime still a significant threat to business

By: Robyn Wilkinson     19th May 2017 Despite the ongoing threats of cyber criminality, companies continue to fail to adequately protect their valuable data resources, says digital security provider Gemalto Africa identity and data protection manager Neil Cosser. 

Despite strong vanadium price recovery, Largo still under water 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2017 The strong price recovery of the industrial metal vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) has not yet been enough to lift producer Largo Resources into the black, casting material doubts on the company’s ability to meet its financial obligations should it be unsuccessful in raising more cash. During the first... 

Slovenian company Impol expanding its casthouse capacity

     12th May 2017 Hertwich to supply aluminum melting furnace Impol d.o.o. based in Slovenska Bistrica in Slovenia has placed an order for a stationary melting furnace and charging equipment for a melting rate of six to eight tons per hour with Hertwich Engineering, a company of the SMS group. It will be part of a... 

Atlantis Foundries casts about for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold 

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of [its] strategy.” 

Atlantis Foundries casts for new business as it emerges from Daimler fold

By: Irma Venter     5th May 2017 The current focus of Atlantis Foundries (AF) is to secure new business, products and customers, in addition to the existing business, says AF chief commercial officer Sally Redshaw. “We were unable to source new business under the ownership of Daimler, as it was not part of their strategy.” 

Atlas Copco portable LED light towers shed reliable and efficient light

     25th April 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy’s latest range of portable HiLight light towers incorporates cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology and delivers reliable and efficient lighting solutions with up to 25% more light compared to metal halide lamps and average savings of 60% on fuel... 

Franklin Bronze Precision Components Investing in People, Process, Products and Equipment

     6th April 2017 Franklin Bronze is pleased to announce that it has been making significant investments in people, process, products and equipment to increase productivity and efficiency; improve customer responsiveness; and drive innovation. John Nichols, General Manager, leads the Franklin Bronze team to... 

Moses Kotane Institute joins forces with the Office of the Premier to train 500 youth on Digital Migration.

     4th April 2017 The Moses Kotane Institute recently revised its mandate to be more responsive to addressing the issues around shortage of skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This necessitated that the institute deploys various strategies to expand its reach. Partnerships are important in... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released in April

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October says. “We are aiming to strategically support... 

The World's Largest Gate Valve

     23rd March 2017 “When the world’s most impressive pipeline scheme asks for 100 year asset life valves, you listen. Blackhall Engineering Limited has a proven track record of making 100 year asset life valves, and we’ve recently designed and manufactured the World’s Largest Gate Valves ever for Texas, USA. My... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Die-caster prepared for next growth cycle in industry

     10th March 2017 An increasing number of car parts such as engine blocks or structural parts are being manufactured from aluminum using high-pressure die casting, says die-casting technology supplier Bühler Die-Casting. 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Early signs pointing to recovery in foundry industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 With the foundry industry having been under pressure last year owing to very low levels of economic growth, the drought and continuing import leakage, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (Saif) believes that signs to date this year point towards some form of industry recovery. 

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