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Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two “innovative technologies” – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

Afrimat Construction Index reflects downward trend in construction activity in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 It is concerning that the construction sector – South Africa’s most labour-intensive sector in terms of labour/capital ratios – is not growing, said economist Dr Roelof Botha on Tuesday at the release of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter. The ACI, compiled by Botha on... 

Sikorsky Continues Customer Support Focus with New Parts Supply Site and S-92 Blade Repair Capability

8th June 2018 Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and... 

Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle  

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the first quarter of this year shows there has been investment into the manufacturing sector in the past 15 months, but that investment is declining. Presenting key findings of the MCIT, in Centurion, on Tuesday, Manufacturing Circle... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

The world’s first high visibility safety work wear wellington boot

16th May 2018 Brightboot launches its unique and innovative wellingtons at this year's Safety & Health Expo 2018 – Stand P172. Brightboot delivers a world first in combining safety footwear protection with compliant high visibility performance. Brightboot conform to the EN ISO 20345:2011 S5 HRO CI SRA footwear... 

Transforming an informal settlement in South Africa into a modern city

4th May 2018 Transforming an informal settlement into a fully-fledged urban development requires extensive planning and integration of infrastructure. This was the major problem faced by the City of Johannesburg’s Housing Department when it embarked on a long-term project to develop Elias Motsoaledi. Named... 

NexGen gains on two new discoveries, exploration progress

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2018 Vancouver-based uranium explorer NexGen Energy has reported the scintillometer results for 54 winter drill holes comprising 30 208 m from its flagship Rook I project, in Northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, reporting positive results on targets tested and outlining two new discoveries.... 

Seifsa encouraged by Absa PMI improvement

By: Anine Kilian     2nd May 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is encouraged by the improvement in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April, released on Wednesday, with the data showing that businesses are slowly responding to a buoyant consumer, business and investor... 

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Stocks fall as US yields rise, commodities tumble

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 A gauge of global equity markets declined on Monday as US bond yields moved closer to the 3% level that has unsettled investors in recent months, while a fall in commodity prices pressured materials stocks. US bond prices fell, with the ten-year yield hitting its highest in over four years at... 

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Tangible results needed to maintain business confidence momentum – Sacci

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Although an improved business mood is still present, it has to be augmented by an improvement in the real economy and further focus on better financial conditions, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday, releasing the results of its latest business confidence... 

Vulco R67 mill lining rubber compound

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 The mill liner that lasts longer Fields results show that the new Vulco® R67 mill lining rubber compound from Weir Minerals delivers an increase in wear life of 20%. With a liner that can run significantly longer, operators will experience a measurable reduction in mill downtime, installation and... 

Absa PMI falls below 50-point mark, Seifsa concerned about unresponsiveness to improving confidence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) on Tuesday dropped back below the neutral 50-point mark in March, after encouraging improvements during the first two months of the year. The index shed 3.9 points to reach a level of 46.9 points in March, down from 50.8 in February.  

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

South Africa’s aviation activity index shows continuing mild improvement

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 On Tuesday the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) released its composite index of aviation activity for the fourth quarter of last year (4Q17). The Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI) is created using 25 different indicators. It is designed to provide a measure of economic... 

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

Cemteq Established To Supply Smart, Sustainable Building Materials

15th March 2018 Wadeville-based Sun Silicates has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions (Pty) Ltd, that specialises in developing and marketing unique, value-adding products for the building and construction industries. Initially CemteQ will focus on using high quality Perlite produced by Sun... 

Fission's latest drill results mark steady high-grade march westward as PLS expands

By: Henry Lazenby     14th March 2018 The final four drill holes of Fission Uranium's winter exploration campaign on the R1515W zone, at its Patterson Lake South (PLS) property, in Canada's Athabasca Basin region, have all returned mineralised intercepts, with three holes encountering high-grade radioactivity. At shallow depth,... 

Drilling starts on Thor's Senegal assets

By: Henry Lazenby     12th March 2018 Toronto-quoted exploration junior Thor Explorations has puller the trigger on an 8 000 m reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme on its Douta project, in south-east Senegal. This programme follows on from its successful 2017 RC drilling programme that had identified a number of wide,... 

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2018 German flag carrier Lufthansa announced on Thursday that it would start flying its new-generation Airbus A350-900 airliners on its direct cape Town/Munich route in December. The airline ordered 25 of these aircraft last year, of which the first ten will be based in Munich, flying on routes... 

Auroch acquires South Australia zinc projects

By: Schalk Burger     6th March 2018 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – ASX-listed Auroch Minerals on Tuesday announced that it had acquired 90% of the Arden and 100% of the Bonaventura zinc projects, in South Australia. “The Arden project and Bonaventura project comprise a substantial zinc, lead and copper play supported by... 

Metallurgical tests confirm high-grade spodumene at Portugal project

By: Schalk Burger     5th March 2018 Aim-listed Savannah Resources on Monday reported that Phase 2 metallurgical test work at the Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, has confirmed that conventional metallurgical processes will produce a spodumene concentrate. “Test work confirms high-grade spodumene mineralisation with a... 

Seifsa welcomes improvement in manufacturing business activity

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has welcomed the continued improvement in overall business activity in the manufacturing sector, as reflected in the Absa Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI) for February. Seifsa economist Marique Kruger explained that the... 

‘World-class’ machine to debut at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has designed the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, PMSA joint MD Walter Ebeling reveals exclusively to Engineering News. The Ultra 3000 is an... 

Fission exploration continues to grow PLS mineralisation

By: Henry Lazenby     27th February 2018 On the heels of announcing a 30% resource expansion at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, in North-Western Saskatcewan, Fission Uranium is again making waves after the first four drill holes of the winter drill campaign hit wide mineralisation. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based... 

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Volatility, improving supply erase year-to-date index gains

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 The Materials Price Index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has fallen back to levels at which it started the New Year, as a return of volatility shook markets again last week, dampening appetites for risk and souring the exuberant mood that has prevailed this year. The MPI plunged 3% last... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Introducing Cerasmooth™ compound – the wear life solution for the FGD market

7th February 2018 Weir Minerals has announced an upgrade to its polymer-ceramic composite for the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) market. Specially engineered for use in FGD applications, the new and improved Cerasmooth™ compound is designed to provide ultimate wear and corrosion resistance. “We are focused on the... 

Natural gas boilers coming to the fore

By: Robyn Wilkinson     26th January 2018 As environmental protection pressures increase globally and the quality of coal being supplied to the local market decreases, Johannesburg-based gas reticulator Egoli Gas and one of its technology partners Steam Generation Africa are confident that interest in natural gas as an alternative fuel... 

Fuzhou–Xiamen Railway, China

By: Sheila Barradas     26th January 2018 Second Harbour Engineering Company is building Lot 6 of the Fuzhou–Xiamen Railway. 

National nanotechnology centre developing prototypes, commercialising technologies

By: Keith Campbell     19th January 2018 The National Centre for Nanostructured Materials (NCNSM) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research plans to commission its third pilot plant during the course of this year (2018). The centre’s current two pilot plants were both brought into operation in the middle of 2016. One of... 

India’s draft national mineral policy proposes exploration incentives

By: Ajoy K Das     15th January 2018 India’s Mines Ministry has unveiled the draft National Mineral Policy (NMP) 2018, which proposes to offer mineral exploration companies the right of first refusal at the auction of any area explored by them. The draft NMP, which is now open for feedback from industry and stakeholders, maintains... 

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