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Skimping on maintenance costs fleet owners

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 While trying to contain costs it is still essential that commercial fleet owners maintain fuel injection systems to the requisite standards as this will ultimately reduce operating costs. Those operators that are extending these critical service intervals as a cost reduction exercise are not... 

Organiser extends show to cater to demand

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 This year’s biennial Food & Drink Technology Africa (fdt Africa) trade fair will take place over three days, enabling visitors to meet more industry players and decision-makers. Scheduled to take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from September 4 to 6, event organisers Messe... 

Compact aluminium gear units used in F&B industry

24th August 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has introduced a new assembly line at its Johannesburg head office for local production of its K19 and K29 helical bevel gear units. One of the key features of the K19 and K29 series is its compactness and all-aluminium construction,... 

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... 

GreenCape unveils tool for modelling water efficiency interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Nonprofit organisation the GreenCape Sector Development Agency has developed a financial feasibility tool modelling scenarios of suitable water efficiency interventions for commercial and industrial buildings, showing that it makes business sense to invest in water efficiency solutions. With... 

Ostrołęka C power plant, Poland

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Elektrownia Ostrołęka plans to build a 1 000 MW ultrasupercritical coal power plant in nort-east Poland. 

Santos half-year profit doubles

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2018 Oil and gas major Santos has doubled its interim underlying profit in the six months to June, as revenues surged. Underlying profit for the interim period was reported at $217-million, compared with the $109-million in the previous corresponding period, while earnings before interest, tax,... 

SA HIPPO warns about the hidden cost of submersible pumping

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 When a Submersible pump is installed and in operation, in most cases the pump is completely submerged and out of sight while very little attention is paid to the actual operating costs involved. Before purchasing a submersible pump, the main consideration should be the total cost of ownership,... 

Voltex's Smart Metering Systems powers up customers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 Property portfolio managers and tenants in both commercial and residential precincts across the country are facing punishing escalations in water and electricity tariffs on an annual basis. Consequently, making every cent count has never been more important, nor has the need to ensure that... 

More intelligent Sandvik trucks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2018 Sandvik is introducing a new intelligent underground mining truck, Sandvik TH545i, delivering benefits in customer safety, productivity and profitability. The new truck joins the existing i-series truck family of Sandvik TH551i and Sandvik TH663i, launched in July 2017. The new Sandvik TH545i is... 

Trump proposes unwinding Obama's coal-plant pollution curbs

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2018 President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy. The Environmental Protection Agency’s "Affordable... 

A.B.E. Launches New White Cement On S.A. Market

21st August 2018 a.b.e. Construction Chemicals has launched abe CEM-blanc, a new economical white cement to cater for the needs of both the construction as well as retail markets.   a.b.e. is part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group. 

Xylem named to FORTUNE “Change the World” list

20th August 2018 Xylem among top 50 companies recognized for significant social impact Global water technology company, Xylem (NYSE:XYL), has been included on FORTUNE’s 2018 "Change the World" list, a ranking of 50 companies that have made a significant social impact through their core business strategy. Listed... 

Canada Cobalt produces first cobalt sulphate from Castle mine

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 TSX-listed Canada Cobalt Works produced the first premium-grade cobalt sulphate from its 100%-owned Castle mine, in Northern Ontario, using its proprietary Re-2OX process.  President and CEO Frank Basa said in a statement on Thursday that pilot plant production of cobalt/nickel-rich gravity... 

Genuine Support for Genuine Parts!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2018 Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa (HCAF) in conjunction with their 3PL warehousing partner Kintetsu World Express South Africa (KWE SA) operates a 14,500m² warehouse out of Gauteng South Africa that supports the Sub Saharan African region with genuine spare parts. In an effort to optimise... 

“Once you experience the value of Atlas Copco there’s no looking back” - Dynamic Air

17th August 2018 Dynamic Air recently purchased two XATS1200 compressors from Atlas Copco Power Technique to replace older same brand compressors for one of their customers in the oil refinery industry. “Having reached between 18 000 and 21 00 hours, we can safely say that these two Atlas Copco compressors have... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

CSIR, Mandela Mining Precinct combine forces in push to improve safety and productivity

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), as part of its collaboration with the Mandela Mining Precinct, has either developed or adapted several technologies that could be applied in mining environments to improve safety, productivity and efficiency. The function of the Mandela... 

GLTC offers fleet management system to protect bottom line

17th August 2018 Managing a forklift fleet is a huge challenge, to say the least, but the incorporation of an effective fleet management system can make the entire process very simple and efficient. Therefore industrial equipment group Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers its Goscor Fleet Management System to... 

Interroll makes modular conveyor platform for logistics

17th August 2018 Materials handling specialist Interroll has created its modular conveyor platform (MCP), with decentrally controlled RollerDrive drive technology, fit for use in environments as cold as -30 °C. Deep-freeze logistics can now benefit from an efficient, zero-pressure-accumulation material flow. The... 

Biofuels unviable alternative in South Africa – expert

By: Paige Müller     17th August 2018 Owing to biofuels being too expensive to manufacture, University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Business School Energy Leadership Centre director Dr Rod Crompton says this makes them a commercially unviable energy source. He tells Engineering News that, despite the fact that global renewable-energy... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

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... 

Most Extensive Low Voltage Electric Motor Range From Zest Weg Group

16th August 2018 Electric motor applications require a reliable, robust fit-for-purpose product that will give the end user the requisite low total cost of ownership. Fanie Steyn, manager responsible for rotating machines at Zest WEG Group, says it is encouraging that most industries in southern Africa have woken... 

Montego expands Eastern Cape pet food factory

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2018 Local pet food manufacturer Montego Pet Nutrition increased production at its Graaff-Reinet facility, in the Eastern Cape, by 30%. The R70-million expansion, which will also create 30 more direct jobs, included a new 3 600 m2, R15-million depot, divided equally for use as a warehouse and treats... 

Nornickel earnings jump on higher metal prices, operational efficiencies

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2018 Nickel and palladium producer Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) reported a 77% year-on-year increase to $3.1-billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) in the first half of 2018, driven by higher metal revenue and operational efficiency gains. The Ebitda margin... 

Affordable On-site Water Treatment with new SewTreat Build-Own-Operate Model

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th August 2018 Local waste water treatment firm, SewTreat, announces the launch of the SewTreat Build-Own-Operate model. This model makes the installation and operation of an on-site waste water treatment solution more affordable for businesses of any size.   SewTreat is now offering long-term, full-service... 

Minnovare and Northern Star Resources Announce New ‘Technology Collaboration’.

13th August 2018 Minnovare’s ongoing collaboration with industry leading gold miner Northern Star Resources, has led to the announcement of an official ‘Technology Collaboration’ that sees the development and implementation of Minnovare technology across Northern Star’s operations in Western Australia. The... 

Global first from Neo Monitors and RTS Africa - real-time in-situ hydrogen monitoring

10th August 2018 A major boost for petrochemical and refinery process control engineers The reliable in-situ measurement of hydrogen in multiple gas process streams is something that refinery and petrochemical plant process control engineers would like to have been able to do previously, but have never had the... 

Galeforce growth for compressed air systems specialist - Integrated Air Solutions

10th August 2018 Integrated Air Solutions, an industry power house in the supply of turnkey air compressor solutions and services, is one of only a few OEM companies with the ability to locally customise compressors to OEM warranty. The Air Solutions team have decades of unrivalled experience in providing... 

Trevali lifts Q2 zinc output

By: Simone Liedtke     10th August 2018 TSX-listed Trevali Mining saw achieved higher zinc production in the second quarter, ended June 30, and remains on track to achieve its full-year production and cost guidance, president and CEO Dr Mark Cruise said on Friday. Production guidance for the year remains unchanged at 400-million to... 

South African farmers face tough road to recovery

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     10th August 2018 Local orchards and vineyards could take between five and seven years to fully recover from the recent drought, provided there is average or above-average rainfall for three consecutive years, says agriculture industry association Agri SA head of natural resources Janse Rabie. “Because of the... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Aurubis Q2 profit falls more than expected

By: Reuters     9th August 2018 Aurubis AG, Europe's biggest copper smelter, on Thursday posted a fall in quarterly profit but confirmed its forecast of higher earnings in its current year. Aurubis said its operating earnings before taxes (EBT) fell 16% to 78-million euros in its fiscal third quarter to end-June, below... 

R12m solar PV plant to be installed at Liberty Midlands Mall

By: Nadine James     8th August 2018 Liberty Two Degrees (L2D), in partnership with Liberty Group, on Wednesday announced the first solar photovoltaic (PV) installation at the Liberty Midlands Mall, in Pietermaritzburg. This solar PV plant is being commissioned on the roof of the mall’s 22 000 m2 Phase 3 extension, which was... 

Global precast-concrete industry takes centre stage as a driver of innovation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 The global precast-concrete industry can lay claim to being a leading driver of innovation in the construction industry. This has been an ongoing process since the lattice girder was harnessed in the 1960s to allow for the first large-scale industrial production of precast-concrete elements. 

As technology advances, level measurement tools are becoming more sophisticated.

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th August 2018 Since radar was developed and deployed during the Second World War, it’s use has expanded enormously. As technology advances, these uses are also advancing. For example, radar technology is used in the motor industry to assist in detecting objects near a car or truck, for warning systems. Staying... 

Rosneft more than triples Q2 net profit, shares hit record

By: Reuters     7th August 2018 Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Tuesday its second-quarter net profit more than tripled to 228-billion roubles on higher production and prices, pushing its shares to an all-time peak. Rosneft, in which Qatar is set to become the third-largest shareholder after the Russian state and... 

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