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Distributed in South Africa by Kemtek Imaging Systems, ARISTO is the leading German manufacturer of multi-functional flatbed cutters for the precise CAD/CAM processing of all non-metallic substances, rigid or flexible. Whatever you have to cut and process precisely foils, textiles, cardboards or gaskets, ARISTO offers the optimal solution. All ARISTO machines are developed and manufactured solely in Hamburg, with sales and service points worldwide providing optimal support. Precision, high performance and reliability are key ARISTO values, accompanied by fair prices, technical ingenuity, outstanding service and decades of experience and reliability. In terms of innovation, ARISTO has been awarded numerous national and international patents and acclaim for its advanced ARISTOMAT product series.

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New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th May 2017 In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

Coal India wins tax-cut boost as environmentalists fret

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 State-run Coal India Ltd , saddled with millions of tonnes of unsold coal, is expected to be the biggest beneficiary of a controversial government decision to more than halve the sales tax on the fuel after a jump in local supplies. The world's third-largest greenhouse gas emitting country said... 

Polish coal miner JSW returns to profit in first quarter

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 Poland's JSW, the European Union's biggest coking coal producer, reported on Wednesday it made a net profit of 864.53-million zlotys ($231.3-million) in the first quarter, thanks to a surge in coal prices and cost cutting. Analysts had expected JSW to report a net profit of 744-million zlotys,... 

Adcorp posts significant loss owing to labour law changes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 Management consultancy company Adcorp’s shares fell as much as 8% on Wednesday morning to R10.80 a share, from Tuesday’s close of R11.74 a share, after it posted a headline loss a share of 27.9c for the year ended February 28. Its normalised earnings a share decreased by 76% year-on-year to... 

Vedanta hits production high spot at Black Mountain

By: Martin Creamer     24th May 2017 Diversified mining company Vedanta has achieved its highest quarterly production in four years at Black Mountain in South Africa, where the Gamsberg zinc project is on track to begin production towards the middle of next year. In addition, mobilisation on the Skorpion pit layback, in neighbouring... 

Trade agreements must go far beyond just cutting tariffs – Merkel

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 Free trade agreements have to do more than just cut tariffs, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told trade unionists on Wednesday, adding that environmental, consumer protection and dispute resolution standards were also essential. "A modern trade agreement has to be about more than cutting... 

Platinum output grinds lower, but not fast enough to boost prices

By: Reuters     17th May 2017 South Africa's platinum output is grinding lower as producers cut capital expenditure and shutter unprofitable areas, but it is not happening fast enough to tackle the industry's bigger problem - rock-bottom prices for the metal itself. Platinum prices in dollar terms are up just 4% this year in... 

Cliffs starts production of Mustang superflux pellets at United Taconite

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2017 US iron-ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources on Tuesday started production of the new Mustang superflux pellet at its United Taconite mine, in Minnesota. The start-up of new production equipment, including supporting infrastructure, occurred on schedule after nine months of construction, and... 

Why the future of Africa’s water and oil sectors is a key focus of INDUTEC 2017

     15th May 2017 From pumping systems designed in a 3D virtual world to the world’s biggest pipe producer – for three days this week Johannesburg is home to cutting edge innovation. Africa’s leading industrial technology and supply expo INDUTEC 2017 opens its doors at 10am on Wednesday (May 17). INDUTEC is also... 

Platinum misses out on clean air push for vehicles

By: Reuters     15th May 2017 With London mayor Sadiq Khan and his Parisian counterpart Anne Hidalgo cracking down on vehicle emissions this spring in the global push for clean air, it should be a boom time for platinum which is used in catalytic converters. But it is not likely to translate into higher demand for the metal.... 

Australia's ambitions in danger - Appea

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     15th May 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association (Appea) has warned that Australia’s ambitions to become the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer in the world would fail if the country became a high-cost, high-risk investment destination. Speaking at the first day of the... 

Wooing investors after Elliott, BHP boss to play up shale

By: Reuters     12th May 2017 BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie, batting off an attack by activist funds, will tell investors in Barcelona next week that the top global miner can pump more for less out of its unloved shale assets. But don't expect a fresh public response to the attack by hedge fund Elliott Management, which... 

New CEO Nyati bullish on future of Altron 

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th May 2017 As JSE-listed Altron successfully transitioned from a family-controlled and managed business to an independent management structure, newly appointed successor to Robbie Venter, CEO Mteto Nyati on Thursday promised to aggressively drive a strategy aimed at returning the company to its previous... 

BMW’s Rosslyn plant to start producing X3 early next year

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant in Rosslyn, outside Pretoria, for the local and export markets will start in the first half of 2018, says BMW Group South Africa (SA) and sub-Saharan Africa CEO Tim Abbott. The plant currently produces the 3 Series sedan, also for the local and export... 

Revamped stand to encourage positive customer experience

     12th May 2017 Industrial gases company African Oxygen, well known as Afrox, will be featuring a revamped stand at the Nampo Harvest Day show, from May 16 to 19, in the Free State, to enable its agriculture customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a proper environment. 

Vesco Plastics

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 South Africa-based self-lubricated bearings and manufacturer VescoPlastics will be able to machine custom components faster and easier owing to the introduction of a new 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled (CNC) machining centre at its factory in Virginia, Free State. 

‘Dynamite’ GDP growth comes in small private-equity investment packages

By: David Oliveira     12th May 2017 According to a report by economic advisory service provider The Economist Corporate Network (ECN) every 0.01% increase in private equity (PE) investment penetration into Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) would inject an incremental $1.1-billion investment over the next five years, providing a... 

Sustainable safe and profitable underground mining with Atlas Copco automation technology

     11th May 2017 The implementation of automation technology in Atlas Copco’s underground operations promotes mine productivity and reduces operating expenses by enhancing machine performance, capabilities and reliability as well as creating safer working conditions. Committed to assisting mines in ensuring a... 

VW looks to halt losses in Americas, Russia by 2020

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 Volkswagen's core brand has pledged to end losses in the United States, Latin America and Russia by the end of the decade, counting on cost cuts and higher-margin new models as it tries to move beyond its diesel emissions crisis. Europe's largest automaker is pursuing efficiency measures to... 

Precipitous platinum price plunge putting industry at risk 

By: Martin Creamer     5th May 2017 This week’s precipitous platinum price plunge to as low as $893/oz is putting the entire platinum industry at risk, making it essential that steady hands are placed on the tiller to ensure that a national patrimony is protected. While the entire industry has been accepting a lower-for-longer... 

RIBBON CUTTING

     5th May 2017 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has launched its second trial generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at its Ngodwana mill, in Mpumulanga. The demonstration plant has been built in partnership with Finnish pulp and paper technology supplier Valmet and will explore and improve the... 

Commercial operations start at Enel’s Gibson Bay Wind Farm

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power (EGP), has started commercial operations at its 111 MW Gibson Bay Wind Farm, in the Kouga municipality of the Eastern Cape. Enel South Africa country manager William Price noted that this was the second wind farm for the company in the province. The... 

Anglo American sells Drayton to unlisted Malabar Coal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 Diversified miner Anglo American has struck a sales agreement with unlisted Malabar Coal to divest of its 88.17% interest in the Drayton thermal coal and the much aligned Drayton South project, in New South Wales. “The agreement to sell the Drayton thermal coal mine marks further progress as we... 

KZN treasury probing R6.9bn fraud

By: News24Wire      4th May 2017 KwaZulu-Natal’s treasury is investigating fraud and corruption amounting to R6.9-billion, finance MEC Belinda Scott told a sitting of the legislature on Wednesday. The treasury’s forensic investigation unit and Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) were probing the alleged crimes, which date from 2009, she... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

Atlas Copco’s AutoDrill 2 - automated drilling at its best

     3rd May 2017 “Mines that keep abreast of and implement the latest cutting-edge technology today are the mines that will still be around tomorrow,” says Regional Business Line Manager for Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, Heino Hammann. “State-of-the-art technology is incorporated into both hardware i.e.... 

LafargeHolcim Q1 sales, core profit beat forecasts

By: Reuters     3rd May 2017 LafargeHolcim beat expectations for sales and core profit in the first quarter, it said on Wednesday, a bittersweet performance for the cement and building materials company as it begins a search for a new chief executive. The world's largest cement maker is looking for a new CEO to replace Eric... 

Opec oil output falls in April but compliance weakens – survey

By: Reuters     2nd May 2017 Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' (Opec's) oil output fell for a fourth straight month in April, a Reuters survey found on Tuesday, as top exporter Saudi Arabia kept production below its target while maintenance and unrest cut production in exempt nations Nigeria and Libya. But... 

Mustang changes course with ruby sales

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th April 2017 ASX-listed ruby miner Mustang Resources has revised its sales strategy, telling shareholders on Friday that it intended to sell the first rubies from its rapidly growing gem-ruby inventory as rough stones at an auction to bulk buyers in October. The company’s decision shifted away from initial... 

Ambitious target for sanitation globally

     28th April 2017 The Sustainable Development Goal for sanitation is an ambitious one and was the subject of much discussion and anxiety for delegates from around the world at the fourth Faecal Sludge Management (FSM4), held in India, in February.  

Distributor emphasises lubricant’s cost benefits

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th April 2017 Southern Africa-focused bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International (BI) recently conducted a product focus designed to educate staff on the benefits of using reaming, tapping and drilling lubricant RTD, to strengthen its long-standing supplier-distributor... 

Expo to showcase latest developments in machine tools industry

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 This year’s Machine Tools Africa (MTA) is set to showcase the latest technology developments, machinery, products, services and solutions, says event management company Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery portfolio director Charlene Hefer. 

Global shake-up in earth observation will affect South African sector, warns CSIR

By: Keith Campbell     28th April 2017 Worldwide, the Earth Observation (EO) sector is being shaken-up by disruptive innovations by major enterprises. "Globally, traditional EO value chains are changing radically due to technological developments, rapid commercialisation and operationalisation by, especially, leading IT [information... 

New tandem horizontal boring to be fully operational in July

By: Simone Liedtke     28th April 2017 Installation of the new tandem horizontal boring mill – which can perform multiple tasks simultaneously – will be complete and fully operational by July, enthuses project services corporation Hydra Arc. 

Goldcorp posts Q1 earnings surprise as cost-cutting measures gain traction

By: Henry Lazenby     27th April 2017 Canadian gold major Goldcorp has beaten average analyst forecasts for its first-quarter earnings as the company’s sustainable efficiency programme gains traction. The Vancouver-based miner on Wednesday reported net earnings for the three months ended March 31, of $170-million, or $0.20 a share,... 

Atlas Copco portable LED light towers shed reliable and efficient light

     25th April 2017 Atlas Copco Portable Energy’s latest range of portable HiLight light towers incorporates cutting-edge LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology and delivers reliable and efficient lighting solutions with up to 25% more light compared to metal halide lamps and average savings of 60% on fuel... 

Engen puts a little F1 in your tank

     21st April 2017 With the introduction of Engen’s new advanced energy formula, Engen Primax Unleaded has answered motorists’ calls for petrol that provides superior performance and fuel economy compared to the company’s previous formulations. The engineering and technology that helped the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS... 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     21st April 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant, in Rosslyn, will start in the first half of 2018. 

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