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Stimulus package to rely on efficiencies not new budgetary resources – Nene

By: Terence Creamer     13th September 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene announced on Thursday that government was “building a pipeline of investment opportunities and infrastructure projects” as part of redoubled efforts to address low levels of investment, which had been identified as the main inhibitor of growth in the... 

DRDGold projects boost Ergo efficiency, lower costs

By: Martin Creamer     12th September 2018 Three major projects completed by surface gold mining company DRDGold are expected to boost the fortunes of the company’s Ergo plant on the East Rand. The three projects made up the bulk of the company’s capital spend of R125.9-million in the 12 months to June 30. 

Only genuine Cummins parts can ensure long-term reliability and durability

12th September 2018 Cummins has embarked on a concerted campaign to educate customers about the disadvantages, and even dangers, of using non-genuine parts. “While many customers believe that doing so incurs an upfront cost-saving, our aim is to expose the detrimental long-term impact on engine lifespan in... 

Clover’s FY18 earnings rise despite challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 JSE-listed food and beverage group Clover Industries returned the business to historical profitability levels in the financial year ended June 30, declaring a final gross cash dividend of R92.9-million, or 48.6c apiece. The company reported normalised headline earnings of R394-million, which... 

Delivering healthcare that is right for Africa, WSP

12th September 2018 Eliminating barriers and ultimately increasing access to quality health services, for all, is a key pillar that requires significant focus if the aspirations laid out in the Agenda 2063 are to be achieved. It is also crucial if a prosperous future of inclusive and sustainable growth, where all... 

Simmering Alcoa labour dispute morphed into 'clash of the titans'

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2018 Workers of the Alcoa-controlled Becancour smelter in Quebec stand guard under umbrellas outside the gates. Whenever a vehicle approaches, a pair scurries to take down the driver’s details and make sure there’s no scab laborer in disguise. The ritual, witnessed on a rainy August morning, has... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Great advice on forklifts

11th September 2018 The thin line between success and failure of forklifting operations can most often be traced back to the quality of advice offered by the equipment supplier at the time of the original purchase. With a bewildering amount of types of machines for mixed and varied applications and with diesel, gas... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy saving initiative

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) on Monday pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Afrox achieves double-digit HEPS growth amid subdued economic environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2018 Despite low economic growth in the six months to June 30, JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) achieved double-digit growth in its headline earnings per share (HEPS) to 104c, representing an increase of 11.5% from the HEPS of 93.3c recorded for the six months to June 30, 2017. Referring to the... 

Shift to renewables to become a growing trend in the mining sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th September 2018 Owing to a reduction in renewable energy costs, the prospect of a more reliable power supply and an increasingly favourable regulatory environment in key mining markets, renewable energy is anticipated to play an increasingly important role in powering mining operations worldwide over the coming... 

Liberty Two Degrees harnesses experienced staff to drive asset efficiency

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2018 Precinct-focused real estate investment trust (Reit) Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) has added to its team of experienced asset managers, with Carmen Collison now managing the Eastgate shopping centre, in east Johannesburg. Collison previously managed retail assets across a number of listed... 

High-performance production plant for stainless steel strip in Belgium

10th September 2018 Aperam orders annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip from SMS group Aperam Stainless Belgium has contracted SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply an annealing and pickling line for stainless steel cold strip to its Genk plant in Belgium. Production start is scheduled for... 

Yongfeng Group Ltd. invests in casting technology for the production of demanding SBQ steel grades

10th September 2018 Yongfeng orders two five-strand billet casters for direct rolling from SMS Concast Shandong Laigang Yongfeng Steel Corporation (YONGFENG), based in Dezhou, China, is a subsidiary of Yongfeng Group Ltd. In February 2018, Yongfeng ̶ as a private company ̶ placed an order for two continuous casting... 

Palmer plans power station for Galilee project

By: Esmarie Iannucci     10th September 2018 Mining personality and chairperson of Waratah Coal, Clive Palmer, has announced plans for the company to build a new A$1.54-billion coal-fired power station in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. The proposed 700 MW high efficiency low emission ultra-supercritical power station would be established on... 

ABB equipment set for Kittilä gold mine in Finland

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th September 2018 The Kittilä mine has invested in multinational corporation ABB’s production and personnel hoists, and these are set to be installed and introduced at the mine during 2020/21 The ABB delivery includes one friction type production hoist with 2.5 MW of motor power and a 1.2 MW single drum personnel... 

Blueprint needed for integration of smart solutions with new and old infrastructure

By: Schalk Burger     7th September 2018 The implementation of sensor networks and smart infrastructure systems can be done as part of maintenance efforts and for greenfield developments, which will help to improve infrastructure resilience and service delivery, says networking multinational Ruckus Networks sub-Saharan Africa sales... 

Nurek hydropower rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     7th September 2018 Barqi Tojik plans to rehabilitate and restore the generating capacity of nine power generating units at the Nurek power plant. 

South Africa’s logistics ranked third among upper-middle-income countries

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2018 The 2018 World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranks South Africa as the third most competitive market behind Thailand and China in terms of logistics performance among upper-middle-income economies ranking. Brand South Africa on Thursday welcomed the results of the LPI, which also sees... 

LTP-B Eco HVAC drive helps save energy and cut costs in a range of sectors

6th September 2018 With a large footprint and customer base in food-and-beverage, automotive, and mining, drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa is now targeting niche sectors such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) in order to ensure sustained growth. In this regard, its LTP-B... 

SKF extends maintenance intervals with its new cylindrical roller bearing unit

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 SKF extends passenger train wheelset maintenance intervals with the launch of its new SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm Cylindrical Roller bearing Unit (CRU). Launched at this year's InnoTrans 2018 fair, the SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm CRU is a sealed and greased unit that has been developed to... 

Calculating your return on Investment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 In today’s competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is essential. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times. The overall performance of machinery and equipment depends on its Overall Equipment Effectiveness... 

South Africa’s rating under threat as economy enters recession

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 South Africa’s slide into a technical recession in the second quarter is a timely warning and reminder for the country to get its economy in order, failing which it will lose its only investment grade rating, says Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen. Moody’s Investors Service said in... 

Double up on power and flexibility with Atlas Copco QAC TwinPowerTM generators

5th September 2018 The innovative and smart design of the new QAC 1100 and QAC 1450 TwinPower™ containerised generators from Atlas Copco Power Technique present the ultimate power solution for applications that have variable power needs. “End-users receive twice the power and double the flexibility on a single... 

SKF extends maintenance intervals with its new cylindrical roller bearing unit

5th September 2018 SKF extends passenger train wheelset maintenance intervals with the launch of its new SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm Cylindrical Roller bearing Unit (CRU). Launched at this year's InnoTrans 2018 fair, the SKF Passenger bearing 1.7 Mkm CRU is a sealed and greased unit that has been developed to run... 

DRDGold shares leap on higher-grade fillip 

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 A 10% increase in gold production provided an important fillip for surface gold mining company DRDGold, which benefitted from high-grade sand material in the 12 months to June 30. The Johannesburg- and New York-listed company, which saw its share price rise by 6.09% in early morning trade,... 

Tiny beetle is killing SA's trees – and nothing can stop it

By: News24Wire      5th September 2018 A beetle smaller than a sesame seed is killing huge trees throughout South Africa, and little can be done to stop it. The polyphagous shot hole borer, a native of southeast Asia no bigger than 2mm, has found its way to South Africa and is infesting trees at an alarming rate. According to... 

DRDGold operating profit up

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 Surface gold producer DRDGold on Wednesday reported a sharp rise in operating profit, higher gold production and a spurt of cash flow. The Johannesburg and New York-listed company chalked up 38% more operating profit to R355.2-million, a 10% increase in gold production to 4 679 kg and a free cash... 

Atlas Copco expands its compressed air and nitrogen product ranges with innovative products

3rd September 2018 Atlas Copco Oil-free Air and Compressor Technique Service Divisions, leading providers of sustainable productivity solutions, held a global sales event between April, 16th and 19th 2018 with over 900 participants from 68 countries.  Several product innovations in compressed air and gases were... 

Transportation Components offers a smooth transition to Eaton severe-duty clutches – double the kilometres at a fractional cost for customers

31st August 2018 In the heavy transportation sector, clutches are a key sub-assembly and a vital part of the vehicle transmission. Over the years, the design of clutches has evolved to a high level of sophistication and reliability, allowing for the smooth transmission of power from the engine, through the... 

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

Carbon emissions reduced at hospitals

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 Gas suppliers CNG Holdings through its wholly owned subsidiary Virtual Gas Network (VGN) will start the installation of two natural gas boiler systems – the final phase of the Gauteng Province Department of Infrastructure Development (GPDID) Greening Initiative – at provincial hospitals on the... 

Radar Optiwave aids measurement

31st August 2018 Industrial instrumentation solutions manufacturer and supplier Khrohne says the use of radar has expanded into various sectors. 

BMG’s solar inverters used in agricultural irrigation

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG’s Motoline P19000 solar inverters aid in agricultural irrigation and water feed systems, for rural domestic and municipal water supply, as well as for ponds and dams. 

S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

Politics hamper African airlines’ growth potential

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The African airline sector has significant potential for growth, but it is not growing sufficiently because of various issues, such as stringent regulatory frameworks, says flag carrier airline Air Mauritius Southern Africa and Latin America regional GM Carla da Silva. Government policies in... 

Cabling system enables increased data transfer

By: Evert Wasserman     31st August 2018 French industrial group Legrand designed its latest system to ensure high-performance, through structured cabling systems and a high quality cabling system called Legrand’s Cabling Solutions (LCS³). 

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