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Famous Brands posts H1 organic growth, despite pressure on some business segments 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 JSE-listed franchiser Famous Brands on Monday reported strong organic growth by its brands in the South Africa and Africa and Middle East (AME) regions during the six months to August 31. Operating profit for the first half of the financial year was up 3.9%, at R421.8-million, compared with... 

Shake-up at US energy regulator raises specter of coal bailout

By: Bloomberg     26th October 2018 An untimely resignation has given one Kentucky Republican a second shot at saving coal. Neil Chatterjee, former energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has been tapped to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission after Chairman Kevin McIntyre stepped down this week due to... 

LafargeHolcim cuts full-year earnings forecast as costs bite

By: Reuters     26th October 2018 LafargeHolcim increased its sales outlook for 2018 but reduced its profit expectations as the world's largest cement maker reported better-than-expected earnings during its third quarter. The Swiss company said on Friday it now expected annual sales to grow in the 4% to 6% range, up from its... 

Industry 4.0 won’t be a death knell for mining jobs, but will require reskilling

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th October 2018 The rapid developments around the concept of the mine of the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) are sending mixed reactions over jobs in what is a struggling sector. However, stalling or adopting what is inevitable, in a slow fashion, will deliver penalties for the economy on an... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Incorrect tools can contaminate stainless steel

By: Thabi Madiba     26th October 2018 Any tradesmen will highlight the importance of using the right tools to get a project done as efficiently as possible. Stainless steel is a hard, heat-conductive metal, which can be quite severe on a tools’ consumables. Stainless steel necessitates an extremely slow cutting and drilling rate to... 

Prototype soil sampling device being tested for use in agriculture

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2018 A cost-effective, handheld soil and water chemical testing device for use in agriculture is being developed and tested by information technology research subsidiary IBM Research, says IBM Research Brazil Industrial Technology & Science manager Dr Mathias Steiner. The AgroPad is a business... 

Air Products, Weldamax and Bohler geared towards complete stainless steel applications solution

26th October 2018 When you refer to arc welding, metal inert gas (MIG), metal active gas (MAG), tungsten inert gas (TIG), plasma cutting, welding gases, abrasives, and consumables, there are companies who have formed strong relationships over the years to provide a total solution to customers. Air Products and... 

The business case for improving water resilience

25th October 2018 Bernelle Verster, Bridget Fundikwa and Dyllon Garth Randall “Introduction of the level 6 industrial and commercial restriction tariffs has significantly improved the business case for most water efficiency interventions. 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA (IITPSA) has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.... 

Emerson’s New Compact, Hygienic Transmitters Meet Food And Beverage Industry Challenges

25th October 2018 The Rosemount™ 326/327 line of pressure, level and temperature instruments offers food and beverage facilities the opportunity to improve efficiency, safety, product quality and consistency. Emerson today unveiled a new line of transmitters designed specifically for hygienic applications in the... 

Siemens launches distributed energy system as solution to Africa’s energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2018 German electronics manufacturer Siemens on Wednesday launched, at its headquarters in Midrand, its end-to-end distributed energy system (DES) as a solution to assist the African continent in its energy transition. The DES provides for the targeted use of renewable energy, combined heating and... 

Finalists named in IITPSA President’s Awards 2018

25th October 2018 The Institute of Information Technology Professionals SA has named the finalists for the 2018 President’s Awards, including the prestigious IT Personality and Visionary CIO of the Year Awards and two new awards – a Technology Excellence Award and a Social Responsibility/Community Award.  Now in... 

PwC Tower stands proud at 2018 SAICE Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering firm, WSP in Africa, is elated to confirm that the PwC Tower received the prestigious Environmental Engineering Project accolade for the 2018 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards that were presented during the gala dinner earlier this month.... 

Mboweni suggests need to downsize Cabinet, says public wage bill is 'unsustainable' 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th October 2018 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday said the public service wage bill, which accounts for 36% of government spending, is unsustainable. The public sector wage bill should be closer to 30% of government spending, he added during his maiden Medium Term Budget Policy Statement speech. 

Pyrotec and The Age of Agile

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th October 2018 The Age of Agile is the title of Steve Denning’s most recent book that describes a shift in business to adopt an agile mindset for management, leadership, innovation and narrative. Having taken root in the software development sector, Steve describes how the Agile Movement is now spreading... 

Blockchain an ‘ideal technology’ to reveal sustainability of the mining supply chain – report

By: Simone Liedtke     24th October 2018 With an increasing focus on and demand for corporate social responsibility with the sustainability of mining at stake, blockchain is an ideal technology to reveal the sustainability of the supply chain, a report published by global law firm White & Case shows. Co-authored by partners Rebecca... 

SA HIPPO submersible slurry pump enters the USA steel manufacturing market.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd October 2018 After participating in the CIM 2018 held in Vancouver, Canada, HAZLETON PUMPS was requested to visit one of the largest steel manufacturers in Ohio, USA; being Timken Steel. Timken Steel applies their metallurgical and production expertise to manufacture high-performance seamless mechanical tube... 

Palladium reaches record on mounting concerns over tight supply

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2018 Palladium, a precious metal widely used in the automotive industry, has hit an all-time high. The rally has been fueled by concern over supply and speculators piling in to bet on even higher prices. The majority of palladium is used to make catalytic converters in gasoline automobiles, and... 

Anglo’s portfolio performs well in Q3  

By: Nadine James     23rd October 2018 Diversified miner Anglo American’s focus on driving efficiency and productivity across the business resulted in another strong quarter, with volumes for the third quarter 1% higher year-on-year, Anglo CE Mark Cutifani commented on Tuesday. “Production per employee has increased by 5% [so far this... 

PwC Tower stands proud at 2018 SAICE Awards

23rd October 2018 Multidisciplinary engineering firm, WSP in Africa, is elated to confirm that the PwC Tower received the prestigious Environmental Engineering Project accolade for the 2018 South African Institute of Civil Engineering (SAICE) Awards that were presented during the gala dinner earlier this month.... 

Data Centre Management as a Service is a game changer

23rd October 2018 Riaan de Leeuw, VP for IT Division - Anglophone Africa, Schneider Electric Connectivity and data continue to transform the way that industries work, how companies interact and how people live. Data centres, server rooms and IT closets all play a critical role in making this happen. 

Backed by positive PFS, Global to enter offtake discussions for Nevada lithium mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd October 2018 The Rhyolite Ridge lithium/boron project, in Nevada, could be in production by 2021, delivering 20 200 t/y of lithium carbonate and 173 000 t/y of boric acid. ASX-listed Global Geoscience on Tuesday reported that a prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Rhyolite Ridge project had estimated initial... 

Pollutec 2018 shines the spotlight on Burkina Faso

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd October 2018 Pollutec 2018, which will mark the fortieth anniversary of this international environmental trade show, is set to cover 14 key industry sectors, and focus keenly on Africa – notably Burkina Faso – as well as other key regions, such as South America and South-East Asia. Pollutec has featured an... 

Stabila, fischer makes quality cabinetry a cinch for Easylife Kitchens

22nd October 2018 Easylife Kitchens (ELK) of Faerie Glen, Johannesburg, is using fischer fixings and Stabila measuring equipment, distributed locally by Upat, to provide the best cabinetry solutions to meet its clients’ design requirements. From kitchen to bedroom, bathroom, bar, or even garage cupboards, ELK... 

Orion completes follow-up metallurgical testwork at its Prieska project

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2018 ASX- and JSE-listed Orion Minerals has completed the follow-up locked-cycle metallurgical testwork on the deeper mineralised domains at its Prieska zinc/copper project, in the Northern Cape. The Prieska deep sulphide zone is currently the subject of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) targeted for... 

Wacker Neuson solidifies dealer partnership with Demolition Technologies

22nd October 2018 Demolition Technologies is a renowned and respected supplier of pneumatic and hydraulic construction, demolition and portable power equipment. “With this in mind, the decision to appoint them as our dealer to serve customers in the Western Cape region was an extremely simple one,” affirms Dennis... 

FLIR Systems Announces Industry-First Deep Learning-Enabled Camera Family

22nd October 2018 FLIR Firefly Integrates Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPU to Enable Deep Neural Networks for On-Camera Inference  FLIR® Systems, Inc. today announced the FLIR Firefly® camera family, the industry’s first deep learning inference-enabled machine vision camera. The FLIR Firefly, which integrates the... 

Aramex Goes Live with WhatsApp Business Solution for Customers

22nd October 2018 Aramex becomes one of the first companies in the logistics industry to partner with WhatsApp for Business The solution will provide customers with a simplified, more secure and dependable customer engagement 

Beautiful, perky new Kona crossover makes a bold statement for Hyundai in South Africa

22nd October 2018 With a bold front and rear design, confident and unique, the all-new Hyundai Kona has arrived in South Africa to fill an important slot as an eye-catching crossover model in Hyundai Automotive South Africa's local line-up. Hyundai's new crossover model is launched in the local market with... 

Satisfying the requirements for modern assembly systems

19th October 2018 An increased emphasis on flexibility, efficiency and technical cleanliness The year 1908 was one of the most historically significant years both for personal motorised transport and for industrial assembly. With the Model T, the Ford Motor Company launched an automobile on the market which could... 

Pam Golding Properties in JV with BidX1

19th October 2018 Pam Golding Properties, South Africa’s leading property group, has today announced a strategic joint venture partnership with BidX1, the ground-breaking digital property company whose online auction platform is transforming the property transaction process across the UK and Ireland. BidX1 has... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Dutch solar road proves successful, moves on to heavy traffic road trial 

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2018 A solar bike path trial in the Netherlands has exceeded all expectations, and will now be rolled out to a road with heavier traffic. The SolaRoad pilot cycle path alongside the N203 near Krommenie, in the Netherlands, was opened in October 2014. It is 90 m long and 3.5 m wide. 

Imbizo to promote green chemistry in South Africa

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2018 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is working steadily behind the scenes to promote and develop the concept of green chemistry, as part of a global initiative driven by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Yale University’s Center for... 

Hytec Group companies reduce OEM’s energy costs

19th October 2018 In a first for South Africa, automation solutions provider Tectra Automation and hydraulic solutions provider Hytec collaborated to aid a motor vehicle original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) reduce energy costs at its Port Elizabeth engine plant. 

Regional carrier SA Express continues to re-establish its route network

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th October 2018 State-owned domestic and regional airline SA Express, as part of its relaunch strategy, has reinstated two more of its services. This is part of its plan to, as soon as possible, re-establish its best-performing routes. The two routes concerned are the domestic Johannesburg-Hoedspruit (Mpumalanga... 

EOH hopes restructuring will create new growth platform

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 JSE-listed information technology group EOH has separated into two companies as part of its work to renew the business and position it for growth. The EOH-branded information and communication technology (ICT) business will focus on digital services in a digitising economy and the Nextec company... 

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