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12th October 2018 Container ships moored alongside ship-to-shore cranes at Mombasa port, in Kenya. The East African economy expanded by 6.3% in the three months to the end of June, up from 5.7% in the previous quarter, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported in Septemebr. The accelertion was supported by... 

Durban Container Terminal: Pier 2 North Quay berth deepening project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Transnet plans to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2’s North Quay to enable the Port of Durban to accommodate newer-generation container vessels. 

Current proposed automotive Code of Conduct ‘catastrophic’, warns dealer body

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2018 Implementing the proposed automotive industry Code of Conduct (CoC) in its current form will have a “catastrophic effect on the economy as it undermines investment, employment and consumer welfare in this important sector of our economy”, says National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA)... 

Ports’ Customer Forum seeks to align Eastern Cape planning

4th October 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) hosted port clients and representatives of government, business and industry at the Nelson Mandela Bay ports’ Customer Forum on 28 September in the Port of Ngqura. The session aimed to align TNPA’s plans to meet the business requirements of port users.... 

Air freight volumes see reduced growth, but yields remain good

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has reported, in its “Cargo Chartbook Q3 2018”, that the yearly increase in air freight ton/kilometres (FTKs) had decelerated to 2.8% during the three month period ending in July. This was “its slowest pace on this basis in more than two years,”... 

Greensmith Energy unveils standardized energy storage solution

25th September 2018 GridSolv optimizes storage technology and software integration to deliver powerful upgrade in generation performance The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. 

Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

World’s first hydrogen fuel cell train enters commercial service

By: Simone Liedtke     17th September 2018 The world’s first hydrogen fuel cell train, the Coradia iLint, made its debut this past weekend. The train is equipped with fuel cells that convert hydrogen and oxygen into electricity, thereby eliminating pollutant emissions related to propulsion. 

ESTRAL once again counts on extrusion technology from SMS group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 ESTRAL S.p.a., in Manerbio, Italy, has awarded SMS group (www.sms-group.com) a contract to supply a HybrEx®28. This extrusion press is the second press the company has ordered from SMS group and the first one of the new HybrEx® series for the Italian aluminum market. It extrudes aluminum billets... 

Mpact provides peek inside paper, plastic recycling operations  

13th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact earlier this month hosted media for a tour inside its paper mill recycling facility in Springs, which also happens to be the biggest recycling plant in South Africa. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Failure not an option at DCT berth deepening project, says TNPA

By: Shirley le Guern     11th September 2018 Transnet’s R7-billion megaproject to create deeper berths at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2’s North Quay will create some disruption and require close collaboration. However, given that this is the first project to be funded by the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa's New... 

TNPA to prioritise ship repairs, oil and gas facilities at Cape Town, Saldanha ports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has identified infrastructure and port development projects that will be prioritised at its Cape Town and Saldanha ports. This was announced following the Western Cape Regional Customer Forum, held on August 31. The forum is aimed at aligning TNPA’s... 

SAAF Museum Spitfire fighter project at ‘critical point’

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th September 2018 The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum project to rebuild, into flying condition, one of only two Supermarine Spitfires in South Africa has reached a critical point, requiring significant investment to be able to effectively proceed. The Spitfire is a Mark IXe, built in May 1945 and delivered... 

Double up on power and flexibility with Atlas Copco QAC TwinPowerTM generators

5th September 2018 The innovative and smart design of the new QAC 1100 and QAC 1450 TwinPower™ containerised generators from Atlas Copco Power Technique present the ultimate power solution for applications that have variable power needs. “End-users receive twice the power and double the flexibility on a single... 

Grindrod reports strong recovery in interim earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st August 2018 Freight and financial services group Grindrod has achieved a strong year-on-year recovery in the six months to June 30, with its earnings a share having increased to 317c, compared with a loss a share of 11.5c in the first half of 2017. Headline earnings a share were 3.8c, compared with a... 

SSC working to restart production at Barbrook, Lily  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), hopes to resume production at the Barbrook mine, in Mpumalanga, by early 2019. Both Barbrook and Vantage’s adjacent Lily mine were closed after a pillar collapse at Lily mine, in February 2016,... 

Pail Tipper For Dense Bulk Materials

24th August 2018 SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Pail Tipper from Flexicon dumps pails containing high density bulk solid materials into downstream processing or storage vessels dust-free. The unit accommodates pails of up to 19 litres measuring up to 380 mm in height, and weighing up to 340 kg. 

Getting to the bottom of things

24th August 2018 A new low profile Flexible Screw Conveyor with integral bin and caster-mounted frame has been introduced to bulk handling suppliers Flexicon South Africa's range. The low profile conveyor, launched nationally in May, can roll below mezzanines and other low-headroom areas, receive material from... 

Backup power to ensure safety, continuous production 

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     24th August 2018 There has been increased interest in the generator sets of Himoinsa Southern Africa, a subsidiary of Spain-based power solutions provider Himoinsa. This is a good sign from the mines, as it indicates that they are prioritising their safety requirements,” claims Himoinsa Southern Africa services... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

African cacao-producing country starts making top-quality chocolate

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Cooperation between a South African and a British business has resulted in the establishment of the first ever chocolate factory in the West African island state of São Tomé e Príncipe. The enterprises are HBD Venture Capital (HBD standing for “Here Be Dragons”), an enterprise of South African... 

Electrical Heat Tracing - The Successful Transport Of Liquified Products

22nd August 2018 The transportation of various products maintained at different temperatures has become a critical part of the supply chain process. The need to have specified temperature parameters has significantly increased over the past few years. Containers that carry glucose, oils, bitumen acids, molten... 

Our innovations are the key partnership to your future

By: Yolande Botes     17th August 2018 “The EIE Group is known for its innovative state-of-the-art machinery and associated technologies on their automated and semi-automated solutions. Similarly, our reputation for applying solutions that ensure that our customer’s operations are fully optimised and fully supported through our... 

PM3 paper machine, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     17th August 2018 Propapier is building a state-of-the-art PM3 10 000 mm wire width paper machine in Leipzig. 

Lily mine to reopen in Feb 2019, says new owner

By: Anine Kilian     14th August 2018 Vantage Goldfields, which has been bought out by Siyakhula Sonke Empowerment Corporation (SSC), plans to reopen the Lily mine, in Barberton, Mpumalanga, in February 2019, three years after a pillar collapse claimed the lives of three employees at the mine.  A lamp house container in which... 

Mathe Group ups tyre processing by 35%, grows steel exports

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 The KwaZulu-Natal-based Mathe Group, South Africa’s largest tyre recycler, has developed two steel by-products that are being exported to Australia and Korea in growing quantities. Dr Mehran Zarrebini, head of British investment group PFE International, which is one of the major shareholders in... 

Maintaining Ngqura now easier and more cost effective

By: Halima Frost     3rd August 2018 South Africa’s newest deep-water port, the Port of Ngqura, has received its first piece of maintenance equipment since becoming operational in 2009. The vehicle, a crane truck – estimated to be valued at R1.8-million – was specifically modified to meet the ports requirements, and will be used... 

London court rules DP World Djibouti contract 'valid and binding' – Dubai govt

By: Reuters     2nd August 2018 Dubai's government said on Thursday the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has ruled DP World's port container terminal contract in Djibouti was valid and binding. The government of Djibouti seized the Doraleh Container Terminal from DP World in February over a dispute dating back... 

Konecranes Cxt Explorer: A Mobile Workshop For In The Middle Of Nowhere

30th July 2018 One of the most innovative products to come from Konecranes recently is the CXT Explorer. It is a combination of a 6.3T mobile overhead crane, travelling on a gantry,  supported by two sturdy containers which make for fully equipped workshop that can literally be set up in the middle of nowhere.... 

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

27th July 2018 Never before has it been more crucial for automotive enterprises to review their packaging needs. Packaging is the one key element that is often overlooked when designing and investing in a new line of vehicle manufacture or moving parts in a closed loop system for processing. When packaging is... 

Mercedes-Benz South Africa manufacturing plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa plans to significantly expand its East London manufacturing plant to build the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 

Transnet signs manganese capacity allocation contract with Assmang

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 State-owned Transnet has signed a seven-and-a-half-year Manganese Export Capacity Allocation (MECA2) contract with Assmang as part of its strategy to secure 95% of manganese volumes on rail. The contract, which will see the transportation of export manganese from pit to port, offers Assmang, the... 

Automated Bulk Solids Drum Dumping System

24th July 2018 PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Drum Dumping System from Flexicon automatically rolls drums containing bulk material into position, dumps the material into downstream equipment and rolls empty drums out of the dumping station, allowing safe, high-capacity transfer from drums of all... 

540 000 meals collected as FoodForward SA and Pick n Pay unite South Africans on Mandela Day

20th July 2018 “Collaboration and support from volunteers and the private sector is vital to furthering our mission and ensuring we reach our country’s most vulnerable citizens” - Andy Du Plessis, FoodForward SA’s Managing Director   

Epiroc BenchREMOTE for several drill rigs

18th July 2018 Epiroc’s BenchREMOTE operator station is now also available for SmartROC T45 LF, SmartROC C50 and SmartROC CL. “This means great opportunities for customers who are already owners of these rigs,” says Mattias Hjerpe, product manager at Epiroc. With the BenchREMOTE you can simultaneously remotely... 

CSIR-designed LiDAR mobile system to monitor air quality in uMhlathuze Municipality

11th July 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has designed and constructed a mobile light detection and ranging (LiDAR) lab that will be operating at the University of Zululand, the second university to have and operate a LiDAR system within in its premises in South Africa. This... 

Reliable Detection Of Objects With Sensors From Countapusle Controls

10th July 2018 Countapulse Controls advises that German sensor specialist, Leuze electronic is expanding its portfolio of optoelectronic and inductive switches with capacitive proximity switches. This move will make it possible for users to procure obtain complete solutions for detection requirements from a... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

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