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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... 

WISP, Sarebi embark on Western Cape waste recycling programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2018 The Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Programme (WISP) is recruiting candidates for an enterprise development programme that will result in the establishment of businesses in the province to make use of certain waste streams to create new products. Through the programme, WISP aims to divert waste... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

Fission hits among strongest mineralisation yet at PLS

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd January 2018 Explorer Fission Uranium has hit some of the strongest mineralisation to date at its flagship Patterson Lake South (PLS) project, in Northern Saskatchewan’s south-western Athabasca Basin. The Kelowna, British Columbia-based miner on Wednesday reported the assay results from the last three... 

Lithium rookie posts dizzying gain as promoter praises stock

By: Bloomberg     21st December 2017 The electric-vehicle revolution is propelling impressive gains in commodity and equity prices around the world, few more dizzying than Liberty One Lithium. The penny stock, which has changed its name twice since 2016 and is years away from an operating mine, surged 250% in October, when both the... 

Firm completes Soweto-based project

By: Simone Liedtke     15th December 2017 The design and construction supervision of roads, stormwater infrastructure and a bridge for the Elias Motsoaledi housing project, in Soweto, were completed last month, states Hatch Africa, Europe and Middle East highways and bridges practice lead, Leon Mbongwa. 

Indian policy body stresses need to widen mineral exploration

By: Ajoy K Das     13th December 2017 The National Institute for Transformation of India (NITI Aayog), government’s policy advisory body, has called for the proposed National Mineral Policy (NMP) to stimulate more mineral exploration, noting that only 10% of the country’s obvious geological potential (OGP) has been explored. Making... 

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Modest recovery in South African commercial aviation activity consolidated

By: Keith Campbell     24th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of Southern Africa (Caasa) has reported that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Unique repair solutions have ‘unlimited’ applications

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th November 2017 Applications for industrial lining solutions provider Groupline Projects’ (GLP’s) Armacoat and Armasteel composite repair systems seem to be “unlimited”, as the company embarks on a quest to tailor the repair solutions – tried and tested in the mining sector – for other industries, says GLP GM... 

South African commercial aviation activity consolidates modest recovery

By: Keith Campbell     13th November 2017 The Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) reported on Monday that its Aviation Activity Index (Caai) for the third quarter of this year had “consolidated its modest recovery from a disappointing first quarter”. The Caai is a composite index created to provide an indicator of... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact is set to reduce the volume of liquid- packaging cartons going... 

New carton recycling plant enhances recycling of liquid packaging

By: Dylan Slater     10th November 2017 An investment of R46-million in a first-of-its-kind recycling plant in South Africa – commissioned in July after a six-month construction period – at the Springs-based recycling facility of paper and plastics packaging company Mpact, is set to reduce the volume of liquid-packaging cartons going... 

Large national manufacturers not main determinant of aerospace success

By: Keith Campbell     10th November 2017 Germany serves as a leading example of a country that has a major and successful aeronautical industry but does not have a single wholly- or predominantly-German owned aerospace original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This was highlighted by Deutsche Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR – German... 

Advisory body seeks ‘ideal tax’ in proposed India minerals policy

By: Ajoy K Das     6th November 2017 The Indian government’s apex policy advisory body has advocated that the new National Mineral Policy (NMP) “define an ideal taxation system” for the mining sector and explore the possibility of merging current multiple levies into a globally competitive tax regime. The National Institute for... 

IHS Markit materials price index up 0.5% as technology leads

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit gained 0.5% over the past week, building on a 1.6% gain the previous week. The main drivers last week were technology, with IHS's computer chip-based DRAM sub-index climbing a significant 5.2%, while oil and lumber were up 1.3% and... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

Rotor blade manufacturing facility officially opens in Tangier

     27th October 2017 Wind turbine components manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) officially inaugurated its new rotor blade factory in Tangier, Morocco, earlier this month, at an event chaired by Moroccan Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, Moulay Hafid El Alamy, and Siemens... 

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Organic Waste Could Provide The Building Materials Of The Future, Arup Report Shows

     23rd October 2017 Cities could tackle the global problem of rising levels of waste and depleted resources by using organic waste, such as bananas, potatoes and maize as building materials, Arup predicts.   Globally the construction industry is one of the largest users of raw materials; in the UK alone it accounts... 

Eldorado once more pares Kisladag guidance as recoveries lag

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd October 2017 Canadian miner Eldorado Gold has once more reduced the production guidance at its low-grade, Turkey-based Kisladag mine, as recoveries continue to lag behind plan. Vancouver-based Eldorado, which also maintains equity listings on the TSX and NYSE, advised on Monday that monthly composite samples... 

India relaxes rules for coastal and offshore mining

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd October 2017 In a bid to deepen exploration and mining of atomic and rare earth minerals across the country, the Indian government is putting in place a slew of measures. For starters, the government has notified that it will relax mining norms in fragile coastal areas and that the exploration and mining of... 

Thermoplastic press supplied for aerospace industry

     20th October 2017 Hydraulic components and turnkey hydraulic systems supplier Hytec Cape Town designed and constructed a 400 t thermoplastic press containing hydraulic components, for composite materials supplier AAT Composites, Hytec announced last month. A Recaro Group subsidiary based in Somerset West, AAT... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th October 2017 The MeerKAT radio telescope array has successfully participated in an unprecedented international collaboration that has opened a new era in astronomy.  

Ashanti Gold’s sampling programme showing good gold recovery potential at Anumso

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 Recently completed and assayed soil grab samples from the Anumso gold project, in Ghana, have revealed “exciting new target discoveries”, with preliminary metallurgical testwork on material showing “very encouraging” results with high levels of gold recovery. In an exploration update to the... 

Trelleborg Wear Liners Reduce Downtime, Down Under

     6th October 2017 Trelleborg’s engineered products operation in Australia has assisted in reducing unplanned downtime at the Tropicana Gold Mine, 330 kilometers east-northeast of Kalgoorlie, Australia, by improving the wear life of the High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGR) discharge pulping boxes. The high pressure... 

Afrimat Construction Index declined marginally in Q2

By: Irma Venter     6th October 2017 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined marginally in the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is released by JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials miner and supplier Afrimat. It is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors,... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th October 2017 Alstom Brazil has started the process during which technology is being transferred to South Africans for the manufacture of X’Ttrapolis Mega trains. 

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