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Early technology adopters in retail are ahead of the game

By: Natasha Odendaal     28th September 2018 The winners and survivors in the retail industry over the next few years will be the frontrunner companies that adopt technology that provides a compelling, personal and frictionless experience to their customers. The South African retail industry has experienced significant changes and... 

Rescue Rod

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th September 2018 Rescue Rod has been providing various pipeline services and waste management solutions since 1990. With over 25 years of experience in the industry and some of the most technologically advanced industrial sewer cleaning and pipeline rehabilitation equipment globally, Rescue Rod has always stayed... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Johnson Controls Enterprise Management platform gives building owners and operators powerful new tools to showcase energy conservation

27th September 2018 Johnson Controls has expanded the capabilities of its comprehensive, analytical, cloud-based optimisation platform, Enterprise Management (EM), by introducing several new features. The new platform integrates with Johnson Controls Metasys Building Management (BMS) solution as well a number of... 

No side-mirrors for new Actros truck, digital cab unveiled 

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2018 The launch last week of the updated Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy truck in Germany saw the long-touted concept of the MirrorCam finally make its production debut. Gone are the large exterior side-mirrors in favour of two cameras, located outside the vehicle, and two 15-inch in-cab tablets that... 

SAA states it is ahead of plan in terms of trading performance

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th September 2018 Embattled State-owned national carrier South African Airways affirmed in a press release on Wednesday that its turnaround strategy was “on track”. It reported that its results for the first quarter indicated that it was “ahead of the plan in its trading performance”. But the release did not give... 

ABB digital technology to help enhance Egypt’s power grid

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Multinational automation company ABB has been selected by the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) to help upgrade and digitalise the electrical grid in the Port Said region, located along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast. The area includes the landmark Suez Canal. 

York Timbers lifts FY18 Ebitda by 12%

By: Simone Liedtke     25th September 2018 Despite challenging market conditions, integrated forestry company York Timbers increased its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) and core earnings by 12% and 59%, respectively, for the full year ended June 30. The company on Tuesday pointed out that the Ebitda... 

Visa regulation amendments to ease entry for business travellers, tourists

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2018 The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is pursuing new regulations to make it easier for business travellers, tourists and academia to enter South Africa, but South African minors leaving the country will still need consent from both parents when leaving the country. The announcement of the new... 

SEW clinches major order for five M-Series industrial gear units for West African mine

25th September 2018 Having an in-house Projects Department to focus on the specific requirements of project houses, OEMs, and other tender-related project activity is starting to bear fruit for drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa, which has clinched a major order for five M-Series industrial... 

Concrete Offers Unmatched Structural Integrity, Says TCI

25th September 2018 Structural integrity, durability, energy efficiency and fire resistance are just a few of the benefits concrete construction offers for the creation of infrastructure, says Bryan Perrie, MD of The Concrete Institute (TCI). Perrie says the strength of concrete elements in buildings is well... 

Why Are More Mines Integrating Renewables?

25th September 2018 By Melodie Michel, Energy and Mines Rob Schueffner, Hybrid Energy Solutions Manager for Caterpillar Electric Power, explains how the financial benefits and reliability of renewable energy solutions available for mines today are quickly matching the environmental benefits. 

New Eskom strategy to include pan-African expansion roadmap

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2018 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has confirmed that its new strategy, which will involve far-reaching changes to its business model, will seek to position the company for opportunities arising in the rest of Africa. “Growth opportunities for Eskom are not restricted to South Africa. To grow... 

Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The global trade war between two of the world’s largest economies has the potential to render global growth less synchronised, less certain and less supportive of emerging economies. Moreover, weaknesses in the global economy would make it even more difficult for South Africa to accelerate its... 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Cloud shift starting to take place in SA financial service sector

21st September 2018 Mounting pressure on financial service institutions has forced a change in strategy as disruptors redefine the competitive landscape.  Andrew Cruise, CEO, Routed, a vendor neutral cloud infrastructure provider, says that thanks to the cloud and a growing base of market disruptors, innovation and... 

Focus turns to nonexplosives-based rock breaking as quest for safer, more-efficient mining intensifies

By: Dylan Slater     21st September 2018 The South African mining industry, once the backbone of economic growth, intensive job creation and development, is declining constantly, owing to the slow rates of research and development into newer, safer, modernised, mechanised and continuous mining methods. A key pillar of improving mining... 

Electrical equipment range expanded

21st September 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group has expanded on its Carlo Gavazzi range by introducing multi-channel power analyser and automation products. These include WM50 multi-channel power analysers, which efficiently measure main electrical variables as well as voltage and current... 

Increased investment in refrigeration model planned

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Core energy utilities provider Energy Partners Refrigeration plans to invest a further R30-million this year still in its increasingly popular refrigeration outsourcing model. Energy Partners Refrigeration CEO Dawie Kriel tells Engineering News that the company’s two-year-old refrigeration... 

Coupling technology reduces costs, improves efficiency

By: Paige Müller     21st September 2018 Global mechanical pipe joining systems developer Victaulic says its grooved Quickvic coupling solutions offer significant cost savings to contractors working in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) market. Victaulic regional manager Marcel Ley tells Engineering News that the... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

A ‘sovereign innovation fund’ proposed in draft technology policy

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has, in its recently released draft White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI), stated that a “sovereign innovation fund” is to be created. “There is a need for increased commercialisation funding,” said section 6.2 of the draft White... 

Shedding Light on Durban’s Emerging Aerotropolis

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 There is currently much being said about Durban’s emerging aerotropolis. Mooted to spearhead significant economic and social transformation in KwaZulu-Natal, it is worth unpacking exactly what an aerotropolis is and what the benefits to the province will be. An aerotropolis is a strategic,... 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

20th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

20th September 2018 New B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas V-engine series with 12, 16 and 20 cylinder At 600 KW per cylinder the new engines offer a 20 per cent increase in power Perfect fit for hybrid systems with renewable energy sources Rolls-Royce has today launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid... 

Quality Inspection for the Food and Beverage packaging lines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2018 Quality inspection is critical in all manufacturing and packaging lines, especially in the Food and Beverage sector. Being able to catch a defective product before the products are shipped to customers in retail can bring significant savings in both time and money, preventing expensive product... 

MRC places R160m mining equipment order with Epiroc

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 Murray & Roberts Cementation (MRC) has placed more than R160-million of mining equipment orders with Epiroc. MRC recently ordered multiple drill rigs to be used for the underground production build-up of the Kalagadi manganese mine, in the Northern Cape. 

Pan African’s rapid turnaround removes false notions on doing business in SA 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 South Africa was on Wednesday reaffirmed as a country where business is able to do what is required, when London- and Johannesburg-listed gold mining company Pan African Resources outlined the remarkably efficient manner in which this country’s regulatory environment facilitated the closure of a... 

Atlas Copco launches latest high-efficiency oil-injected screw compressor

19th September 2018 The GA 90+-160 (VSD+) oil-injected screw compressors, the latest air compressor range in Atlas Copco’s smart AIR solutions portfolio, are designed for reduced energy consumption and ease of installation and service. The range features state-of-the-art compression elements with Smart Injection... 

HPE Reimagine 2018 Event to showcase an “extraordinary” future for South African enterprise

19th September 2018 A leader in cutting edge technology and innovation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), will be hosting their Reimagine 2018 event at the Kyalami International Convention Centre, Johannesburg, on 4th October 2018. Part of a frequent series of global events, Reimagine 2018 will showcase HPE’s latest... 

RS Components introduces portfolio of 2W and 3W DC/DC converters from Traco Power

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has announced the availability of new 2W and 3W DC/DC converters in the compact SIP-8 package. Manufactured by Traco Power, the devices target a range of general electronics design... 

Designed to disrupt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Victaulic first disrupted the piping industry as far back as 1919, bringing about the concept of joining pipes with a mechanical bolted coupling in order to rapidly deploy fuel and water to the Allied Forces during World War I. This powerful, industry-changing idea laid the groundwork for... 

Government looking at 'modernising' defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th September 2018 Government is looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof... 

Ramaphosa salutes defence industry for economic input, jobs

By: African News Agency      19th September 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday paid tribute to South Africa's massive defence industry for creating much needed jobs and bringing in foreign currency. "For both security and developmental reasons, South Africa is looking after its defence industry, which is not only viewed as a department... 

Upbeat Pan African repositioned as lower-cost gold producer

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2018 Gold mining company Pan African Resources said on Wednesday that it had reconfigured its gold operations for sustainable profitability through the creation of a lower cost base and the imposition of efficiencies and stability through restructuring. The London- and Johannesburg-listed company,... 

CEO Initiative to support government’s investor outreach at October summit

By: Terence Creamer     18th September 2018 The CEO Initiative is putting its weight behind President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plans for increasing levels of investment and stimulating growth in the recession-afflicted South African economy. The CEO Initiative draws in business leaders from various sectors and rose to prominence during Pravin... 

Comair hikes FY18 earnings despite soaring fuel costs

By: African News Agency      18th September 2018 South African aviation group Comair Limited on Tuesday announced record earnings with a R326 million profit after tax for the year ended 30 June 2018, which was up R29-million to the prior year, despite dismal trading conditions. Comair said that difficult trading conditions included poor GDP... 

Cummins emerges a major winner at 2018 Gender Mainstreaming Awards

18th September 2018 Cummins Africa Middle East (AME) emerged a major winner at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards at the Ticketpro Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg on Thursday 13 September. The awards are an initiative of the Business Engage Association NPC, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The awards aim to... 

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