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Company offers customisable electrical distribution solution

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th April 2018 Transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions is offering dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for several applications. “Mini substations generally include oil transformers, but Trafo Power Solutions is now able to design and deliver dry-type... 

Flamanville 3 European pressurised reactor project, France

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Quality deviations have been detected on the welding of the pipes of the main secondary system of the Flamanville European pressurised reactor. 

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

Controlled permeability formwork liners prevent tank degradation

     13th April 2018 To reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces Formtex Controlled Permeability Formwork (CPF) liners, supplied by nonwoven roll goods supplier Fibertex SA, have been designed and manufactured for concrete surface enhancement in diverse applications, including highly... 

Lithium glut fears tempered by optimism over surging demand

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Warnings of a lithium glut may be premature. For one thing, doomsayers assume all the lithium in brine or hard rock deposits will get processed, but that’s not the case, said Jay Roberge, partner and managing director at Tehama Capital Corporation, a Vancouver-based merchant bank. 

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

     6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

New study to assess electrification of Rwanda, Tanzania rail project

By: John Muchira     6th April 2018 Tanzania and Rwanda face the daunting tasking of mobilising funding for a standard-gauge railway (SGR) line connecting the two countries, following a decision to review the project's design so that electric, rather than diesel-powered, trains run on the line. The initial project cost was... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

TNPA to launch dredging school this year

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     30th March 2018 State-owned company Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will launch its dredging school – the first of its kind in Africa – this year, says TNPA infrastructure and port planning GM Hamilton Nxumalo. “The TNPA Dredging School is a result of the Supplier Development (SD) Programme related to... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

     30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Paper producer to upgrade Mpumalanga mill 

By: Victor Moolman     30th March 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi will shut down its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, for four weeks in May, to install new equipment that will decrease bottlenecking. The company will install new machines, and upgrade the wood chipper, fibre line and pulp dryer, says Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex... 

Nampak mulls sale of glass business

By: Simone Liedtke     29th March 2018 JSE-listed packaging company Nampak plans to dispose of its glass business, as market demand exceeds the operation’s capacity to supply products, given ongoing production limitations. Progress within the business has not been as fast as desired and it is expected to make a loss for the half year... 

Bollore to invest €400m in Côte d'Ivoire port terminal

By: Reuters     27th March 2018 French industrial conglomerate Bollore aims to invest €400-million ($496.28-million) from next year to build a second container terminal at Côte d'Ivoire's main port of Abidjan, the deputy CEO of its transport and logistics division told Reuters. Philippe Labonne, deputy CEO of Bollore Transport... 

Wall Colmonoy Celebrates 80 Years of Making Metals Work Harder

     27th March 2018 Wall Colmonoy, a global materials engineering group of companies engaged in the manufacture of advanced metal coatings and components, was established in 1938 in Detroit, Michigan by Albert F. Wall. Mr. Wall was a Canadian who immigrated to Detroit in the 1920s, after graduating as a Chemical... 

DP World wins 30-year Congo port concession

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 DP World said on Sunday it had won a 30-year management and development concession for a greenfield, multi-purpose port in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Dubai-owned port operator will set up joint venture with the Central African country's government to manage and invest in the... 

AECOM reiterates Africa’s importance as a strategic business region

     20th March 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for AECOM. While the outlook for the continent remains positive, the integrated infrastructure delivery company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In West... 

First underwater stabilizer fin replacement keeps luxury cruise liner on schedule

     16th March 2018 A collaboration between SKF and underwater repair specialist Trident Group has completed the first replacement of an SKF S-type retractable Fin Stabilizer on a floating vessel. The global cruise industry is riding a wave of popularity. Passenger numbers are forecast to pass the 25 million mark... 

Association urges producers to meet standards

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 There is a strong need for all bottled, or packaged, water producers to comply with stringent legislation and meet globally benchmarked standards to prevent gross disservice to the bottled water industry and the consumer, says South African National Bottled Water Association CEO Charlotte Metcalf. 

New building player showcases modular building innovation

     16th March 2018 Newly formed Cape Town-based company Innovative Modular Concepts (IMC) has unveiled a new modular building innovation for residential and commercial buildings. Leveraging a water-conserving and environment-friendly building process using repurposed material, IMC is constructing energy-efficient,... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

There are many reasons that attribute to the growing water crisis in South Africa.

     9th March 2018 Climate change and rising temperatures are making droughts more frequent and severe, with potentially devastating consequences for agriculture, water supply and human health. This phenomenon is already being observed in the Western Cape, with Cape Town currently facing the very real threat of... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Gavin Kirstein has been appointed Tsubaki product manager for BMG.

     8th March 2018 Lindy Morton Festivitas As part of BMG’s Power Transmission division, Kirstein will focus mainly on Tsubaki engineered class chain, bucket elevators, cam clutches and backstop products, used in heavy and large scale industries. 

Stand-Alone Dust Collector

     7th March 2018 SOUTH AFRICA  A new Stand-alone Dust Collector from Flexicon removes airborne dust from upstream processes, and discharges it into containers positioned below the collection hopper, protecting operators and improving plant hygiene, while eliminating material waste. The housing is equipped with a... 

Creating value from Africa’s waste

     2nd March 2018 Egelquip was established in 2015 by MD Kieron Geoghegan. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa Egelquip works together on specialised projects throughout the African continent and abroad with its sister company Finn MacCool DRC, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The focus of the... 

Mpompomo Falls small-scale hydroelectric power plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd March 2018 The project involves the installation of a containerised mini hydropower plant. 

TFR’s CAB, Natcor units achieve new records

     27th February 2018 Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) Container and Automotive Business (CAB) unit railed 909 295 t in February, surpassing its previous record of 878 462 t. The Natal Corridor (Natcor) Channel, meanwhile, railed 395 129 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in the year to date, compared with the 377 593... 

African projects require integrated delivery models

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 The integrated delivery model is the best means of realising complex, multidisciplinary projects in Africa timeously, says AECOM Civil infrastructure MD Darrin Green. This is primarily because the market in Africa is less mature and project developers frequently have to deal with challenges when... 

Initiative changing development narrative in townships, rural economies

     16th February 2018 A three-year partnership between tyre manufacturing company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SA’s) iconic tyre brand, Dunlop, and development finance agency Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment... 

Bags ensure soil retention for projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th February 2018 Using small scale nonwoven geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags is a user-friendly method for less critical soil-retention applications, says geosynthetic product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa.  

Varaka paper mill PM 2 rebuild, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Albayrak Group is reinstalling and rebuilding the PM 2, which is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern, brown-packaging-paper machine. 

TPT boosts PE port handling volumes, rail use

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2018 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) achieved higher than forecast automotive and container handling volumes at the Port Elizabeth port in December, which it attributes to greater demand from local and international markets, along with automotive investments made in the region, TPT Eastern Cape GM Siya... 

The benefits of fast and easy access to accumulator services

     5th February 2018 Eric Zany, Channel Manager Western Europe Modern industry needs far more from its suppliers than straightforward product sales. Instead, today’s technology providers must support their customers with accessible and professional targeted services that, for example, aid plant and equipment... 

South Africa completes inquiry into Lily mine tragedy – Zwane

By: African News Agency      5th February 2018 South Africa’s mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane said on Monday that government had completed its inquiry into the tragedy of Lily mine and that the report would now be handed over to the Department of Mineral Resources. "The inquiry into the Lily Mine accident has been concluded, and a report will... 

The legal storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil

     2nd February 2018 Used oil is a common by-product of mechanised processes in all industry sectors, and because of its harmful properties it is classified as a hazardous waste. Used lubricants contain harmful compounds and carcinogens that can easily contaminate the environment, especially if thrown down drains,... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrige- rated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches greater depths, where ambient air temperatures become hotter. The... 

Best features combined in new container design

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Cape Town-based container leasing company Seaco Global launched the SeaPC+ cellular palletwide container that combines the best features of its previous designs, the Seacell and the Cellular Palletwide Container (CPC). The Seacell and the CPC were marketed by Seaco Global and container leasing... 

Rosatom JV signs contract for hydro facility in South Africa 

By: Anine Kilian     29th January 2018 Hungarian-Russian joint-venture company Ganz Engineering and Energetics Machinery, which forms part of Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, recently signed a contract with South African partner Blue World Power Energy and Resources to supply hydro-electric equipment for the... 

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