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Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

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... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th March 2017 The Kusile power station’s Unit 1 has reached its full 800 MW load-generating capacity after initial synchronisation on December 26. 

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. 

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. 

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

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. 

Fast, portable, visual inspection...anywhere with the Hawkeye V2 Flexible Video Borescope!

     14th February 2017 Gradient Lens Corporation is very proud to introduce the latest addition to their line of Hawkeye Precision Borescopes – the new V2 Video Borescope! The newly redesigned Hawkeye V2 Video Borescopes are leading the industry in high quality, affordable, light weight, portable, visual inspection.... 

Sweet coating solutions for the sugar industry from Thermaspray

     6th February 2017 Thermaspray, South Africa’s surface engineering and thermal spray coating technology specialist, offers a range of high quality coating techniques that assist the sugar industry in reducing maintenance costs by protecting both new and worn equipment parts and components against abrasive,... 

Nigeria plan to link mines to steel mill seen as Buhari test

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 Nigeria’s plan to build a railway to supply iron-ore to its idle Ajaokuta steel plant could be the biggest sign yet that President Muhammadu Buhari is implementing his policy to diversify away from oil. The project began in 1979 with what the World Bank in 2002 called obsolete Soviet technology,... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Eskom connected the first power-generating unit of the new Kusile coal-fired power station at the end of December 2016. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 The second unit of Eskom's Medupi coal-fired power station was loaded to full capacity in December 2016. 

Kwatani Puts Exciter Quality To The Test

     28th November 2016 Assuring customers of the quality and reliability of Kwatani’s locally manufactured exciter gearboxes means testing them at full load before they leave the company’s workshop. This is according Kenny Mayhew-Ridgers, general manager engineering at Kwatani. “As the designer and manufacturer of... 

Rocla Launches Thuthukisa Sanitation Inititiative

     23rd November 2016 The Rocla Thuthukisa Sanitation Initiative has launched its ‘Community Cast’ system which has been established to empower local communities, entrepreneurs, contractors and SMME’s to become manufacturers and suppliers of the most innovative and highest quality concrete toilet structures in Africa,... 

Cape Town manufacturer claims outboard engine design breakthrough

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 The development of “world first” marine propulsion systems by Cape Town-based marine engines and drive gear company Caudwell Marine has been highlighted as the beginning of global reach into the commercial, recreational and military marine markets.  

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th November 2016 SNC-Lavalin has been awarded the inspections work of Unit 6 at the Medupi power station. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 Eskom has reported that work is progressing well at the project. 

Best practice guideline aims at enabling global competitiveness

By: Nadine James     4th November 2016 National resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) has released its resource efficiency and cleaner production  (RECP) best practice guideline for the South African valve manufacturing industry. The objectives of the guideline are to ensure... 

Hertwich Engineering supplies horizontal continuous caster

     28th October 2016 TRIMET Essen increases capacity for high-quality aluminum foundry alloys TRIMET Aluminium SE has reacted to the growing demand for high-quality foundry alloys by investing in a second horizontal continuous casting plant at its Essen works. Hertwich Engineering, a subsidiary of the SMS group... 

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer expands internationally

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 South Africa-based slurry pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps last month received an order valued at R5-million to manufacture the largest vertical spindle pump ever produced or built in the country. It will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m and will... 

Heavy Investment Into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry

     3rd October 2016 Weir Group’s investment into Weir Heavy Bay Foundry continues at pace, positioning the operation as a best cost producer of high quality castings. The recent commissioning of an advanced secondary sand plant at Weir HBF will allow the Port Elizabeth foundry to reduce manufacturing costs, further... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     30th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – at the project has been synchronised to the grid. 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th September 2016 The second 800 MW unit – Unit 5 – has been synchronised to the grid. 

South Africa-China partnerships benefit valves industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     2nd September 2016 The valve industry provides a key example of a flourishing South Africa-China partnership, as joint ventures are increasingly being undertaken between Chinese manufacturers and South African importers for the design, manufacture and distribution of high-quality specialised valves, says... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

SA’s first public rail infrastructure

By: Jade Davenport     8th July 2016 It has been established that South Africa’s first rail-esque infrastructure was a 1.6N km oxen-operated wooden line, which was laid along Durban’s Bluff in 1856 to facilitate the conveyance of quarried sandstone for the construction of the harbour’s North Pier. However, the country did not have... 

Industry top performers celebrated amid challenging times

     1st July 2016 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) announced the winners of its second Annual Awards for Excellence at a breakfast that took place before the commencement of the second day of the Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, which was held in Sandton in... 

Restore the original function of castings, reduce scrap & save with polymeric coating solutions from Thermaspray

     17th May 2016 Diamant polymeric metal product solutions from Thermaspray, in partnership with Diamant Metallplastic GmbH based in Germany, can deliver substantial cost savings for the foundry industry by significantly reducing scrap through the restoration of the original function of castings. Porosity, blow... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 Work is progressing at the project. 

Hope for aluminium casting industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa) believes that potential for growth of the foundry industry currently lies in the automotive sector, as this is the largest market for aluminium castings. “Legislation worldwide is driving automotive companies and original-equipment manufacturers to... 

Potential growth in technology 

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Amid the economic downturn and lack of skills in the foundry industry, the South African Institute of Foundrymen (SAIF) believes that growth opportunities for the industry lies in embracing technological development that will create new market opportunities. “To become more competitive, we, as an... 

Technology ensures efficiency for foundry industry

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 The future of the local foundry industry is promising, owing to technological advancements which accelerate turnaround times, says local castings supplier NI-Foundry, previously known as Guestro Casting and Machining.  

New Cat® 6015B Hydraulic Shovel Moves More Material at Lower Costs

     30th March 2016 Building on the robust and productive Cat® 5110B, the new 6015B Hydraulic Shovel delivers a productivity advantage over other 100-tonne shovels thanks to the most powerful engine in its class, a large standard bucket and payload capacity of 14.6 tonnes. The design translates to fast cycles and a... 

High energy costs, low prices heap pressure on aluminium industry

By: Kim Cloete     17th March 2016 Industry players and government say they are committed to growing the aluminium industry despite harsh times for the sector caused largely by very depressed aluminium prices.   “Aluminium prices have remain depressed, arguably the lowest in our history. Supply and demand is out of kilter and cost... 

Nylon Weld Purge Plugs for Weld Purging

     2nd March 2016 Ensuring that your stainless steel tubes and pipes are welded without oxidation, which leads to loss of corrosion resistance, it is vital in industries such as oil and gas, nuclear, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, semiconductor and dairy that in order to achieve a perfect zero colour weld, the... 

Note from Treasury provides clarification on locally manufactured valves and actuators

By: Anine Kilian     1st March 2016 The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa), which operates under the auspices of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec), on Tuesday announced that the National Treasury had published an updated instruction note stipulating the minimum threshold for... 

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