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Voltex

Voltex is a leading stockist and reseller of a vast and comprehensive range of electrical and lighting products, including local and international suppliers and their brands. Voltex is a proudly Bidvest company and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bidvest Group Limited, a company listed on the South African stock exchange. Voltex forms part of Bidvest Electrical and enjoys a level 2 BBBEE rating. The group is divided into specialised supply and distribution business units. Our six supplier divisions namely Atlas Cable Suppliers/Voltex T&D, Versalec Cables, Cabstrut, Voltex LSis, Voltex Lighting and Waco Industries ensure a well-balanced and extremely comprehensive product range.

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Biogas needs favourable REIPPPP allocation for sustainable development

By: Nadine James     17th February 2017 The measureable and sustainable development of South Africa’s biogas industry requires projects, and therefore a favourable  Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) allocation, to prove sufficient financial viability to financial institutions is essential.... 

LS-MFEZ solar photovoltaic power plant project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 The Bangweulu Power Company plans to build a 50 MW solar plant in the Lusaka South multifacility economic zone. 

South Africans appointed to top nuclear positions abroad and at home

By: Keith Campbell     17th February 2017 International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General (DG) Yukiya Amano has appointed South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) CEO Phumzile Tshelane to the Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy (SAGNE). Tshelane will serve as a member of the Group for two years. The Group... 

Tshwalec Power Projects

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th February 2017 With Tshwalec Power Projects specialising in electrical engineering design services in conjunction with turnkey overhead power line and substation projects up to 166 kV, it has become the preferred supplier of high and medium voltage transmission, distribution and reticulation projects to leaders... 

Tug building project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     17th February 2017 A fifth tug has been launched in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. 

ARB Holdings holds steady amid tough economic conditions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2017 Investment company ARB Holdings has posted a profit of R77.97-million for the six months to December 31, marginally higher than the profit of R77.68-million posted for the six months to December 31, 2015. Revenue was up 3.1% year-on-year to R1.27-billion, as a result of revenue growth in the... 

Shandong Iron & Steel orders continuous caster for ultra-wide medium slabs from SMS group

     16th February 2017 Shandong Iron & Steel Group Co Ltd, Rizhao, China, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com for the supply of a continuous caster for ultra-wide slabs. The single-strand caster is designed for an annual production of 1.5 million tons of steel slabs with widths of up to 3,250... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Gibela starts recruiting staff for Dunnottar manufacturing facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has started recruiting operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility, as well as trainees for its new training centre, at Dunnottar, in Ekurhuleni, prioritising historically disadvantaged residents of Ekurhuleni East. The consortium, which was... 

Metalloinvest places an order with SMS Concast for the revamp of a continuous caster at Ural Steel

     15th February 2017 SMS Concast, a company of SMS group www.sms-group.com, has been awarded a contract by Metalloinvest, Russia, to modernize a four-strand continuous casting machine CCM-1 at metallurgical works “Ural Steel”. The aim of the upgrade is to enable the casting of round billets of 455 millimeters... 

Real, Round-The-Clock Rental Pump Availability

     15th February 2017 There are many companies in the pump rental business that promise, but not all of them deliver, according to Integrated Pump Rental managing director Lee Vine. “Actually delivering a rental service all day, every day, to the standards that the customer needs, is the core of our business model,”... 

Legal Concerns In Mine Roll-Out Of Proximity Detection Systems

     15th February 2017 Moving machinery is the second highest cause of fatalities in South African mines after falls of ground, making the implementation of effective proximity detection systems (PDS) a crucial step, but there are still perceived grey areas in mine safety regulations. According to Anton Lourens,... 

Canadian Zinc, NTPC to evaluate LNG power generation for Prairie Creek

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2017 Junior project developer Canadian Zinc has inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Northwest Territories Power Corporation (NTPC) to assess electricity supply options for the Prairie Creek zinc/lead/silver mine. Under the terms of the MoU, NTPC has agreed to work with Canadian Zinc to... 

Electric car boom spurs investor scramble for cobalt

By: Reuters     14th February 2017 Investors are buying up physical cobalt anticipating that shortages of the metal, a key component of lithium-ion batteries used in electrical cars, will spur prices to their highest levels since the 2008 financial crisis. Prices for cobalt metal have climbed nearly 50 percent since September to... 

DiamondCorp delays share placement to Feb 28

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2017 The future of the Lace diamond mine, in the Free State, hangs in the balance as dual-listed DiamondCorp again delays its share placement to give the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) time to meet conditions precedent, as well as provide the Association of Mining and... 

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

Jasco delivers improved H1 results

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2017 JSE-listed Jasco Electronics on Tuesday delivered what it called a “pleasing” first-half performance amid difficult economic conditions and a negative impact from the exchange rate. The group achieved nearly double-digit earnings growth during the six months to December 31, which it attributed to... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     14th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     10th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

EES – new horizons

     10th February 2017 We are currently experiencing a global technological revolution due to the phenomenal progress in technology which is taking place at breakneck speed throughout the world.  This revolution is profoundly transforming client interactions and the way we do business.  “To keep pace with this digital... 

Airport upgrade project sees over a million LTI-free hours achieved

     10th February 2017 Integrated firm AECOM has clocked up over a million lost-time-injury- (LTI-) free hours at the Kasane International Terminal project, where it is providing consulting and supervision services for the Civil Aviation Authority of Botswana. The AECOM project team, which oversaw the achievement of... 

Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm project, Wales

By: Sheila Barradas     10th February 2017 Senvion has signed a contract with Innogy Renewables to supply 16 wind turbines to the Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm project. 

SAFEHouse

By: Zandile Mavuso     10th February 2017 With South Africa having a considerable number of electrical product that are non-compliant with regulations and are potentially unsafe, the situation has prompted a formation of a non profit entity SAFEHouse Association by a group of organisations in the electrical industry with the aim of... 

Signs of hope for the platinum industry

By: Kim Cloete     9th February 2017 Following a few tough years, experts believe the platinum sector’s future looks bright, with a strong case for investing in the precious metal. World Platinum Investment Council CEO Paul Wilson this week said traditional investors had walked away from platinum as an investment from 2015 to 2017,... 

Up the uptime with high quality electrical products from Powermite

     9th February 2017 Component, equipment and system specialist, Hudaco company Powermite, leads the southern African market in the supply of a fully comprehensive range of high quality, locally manufactured electrical products for a wide range of mining, marine and industrial machinery including mobile generators,... 

Safety always a priority after 90 years in the welding business

     9th February 2017 Despite increasing legal pressure to ensure workplace safety, unsafe gas and electrical arc equipment continues to find its way into industry. This presents a legal risk to companies and a risk to the safety of their employees. As sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products... 

Nemaska commissions Phase 1 electrolysis cell

By: Henry Lazenby     9th February 2017 Project developer Nemaska Lithium has commissioned the electrolysis cell of its Phase 1 plant, in Shawinigan, Quebec. The company on Wednesday reported continued progress on construction and commissioning of the Phase 1 Hydromet plant. 

Enormous global demand on way for copper, platinum, zinc – Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     8th February 2017 Enormous global demand is building up for copper, platinum and zinc, driven by new technology, mitigation of health risks in hospitals and agricultural augmentation, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson Robert Friedland said on Wednesday. In a comprehensive address to the Investing in African... 

Elquip Solutions and Hoffman offer a catalogue of tooling excellence unmatched for its range and quality

     8th February 2017 While all of South Africa's tool importers have catalogues of their products, none of these online or print publications contain nearly as wide a range of tools and ancillary products which are contained in the Hoffman Group catalogue, explains Elquip Solutions Managing Director Mike Cronin.... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     8th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

Nuclear industry association announces deputy president of board

By: Keith Campbell     7th February 2017 The Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) announced on Tuesday that Sandisiwe Ncemane has been appointed deputy president of its board with effect from January 1. She is a professional engineer with a Master of Engineering (Engineering Management) degree from the University of... 

SMS group to modernize entry section of a pickling line at SSAB in Finland

     6th February 2017 SSAB has awarded SMS group www.sms-group.com an order covering the modernization of a continuous pickling line entry section in its Hämeenlinna plant. This modernization will significantly increase the line’s availability and its output as well as the degree of automation and safety. Especially... 

Knorr-Bremse completes acquisition of Kiepe

     3rd February 2017 Knorr-Bremse AG and Vossloh AG today announced successful completion of the acquisition of the Electrical Systems business unit (Vossloh Kiepe) by Knorr- Bremse. “With the acquisition of Vossloh Kiepe we are taking the logical next step in the successful development of our business,” says Klaus... 

AfriForum lays complaint of culpable homicide against Eskom acting CEO

By: Anine Kilian     3rd February 2017 Civil rights organisation AfriForum has laid a culpable homicide complaint against acting State-owned Eskom CEO Matshela Koko, after a woman was electrocuted while walking on her way home through open veld close to the informal settlement Blikkiesdorp, near Grabouw, in the Western Cape, last... 

Company celebrates success in gas markets

     3rd February 2017 Engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services company Fluor Igoda Projects is celebrating ten successful years of undertaking capital projects in the oil, gas and chemicals markets in South Africa. 

Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends

     3rd February 2017 In line with significant changes in the power and energy landscapes in Africa, this year’s African Utility Week (AUW) conference and expo will focus on the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors. “The availability of private investment for power and... 

Our wonderful world

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     3rd February 2017 Wonderful World Civil engineers very often ask me about electrical engineering. However, since civil engineers are pretty good listeners, absorb the following and you will know more about electrical engineering. 

Yaloak South Wind Farm Project, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd February 2017 Pacific Hydro is building a wind farm with the capacity to produce enough electricity to power nearly 16 000 households in Australia. 

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