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Established in 2001, with the management buyout of Dorbyl’s metal trading divisions, the Stalcor’s success is built on the acquisition of Baldwins Steel and Stalcor. These two long established market leaders jointly offer a range of metal products and distribution channels. The company, which has been an official local distributor for Columbus Stainless since 1994, has recently strengthened its ties with the local mill. its on-going support to the new Stalcor. Columbus’s Bertus Griesel says: “Columbus Stainless is encouraged by the strategic focus of Stalcor. It’s shareholders, investors and staff have certainly demonstrated tenacity and we look forward to forging a bond with the ‘new’ Stalcor for the benefit of the entire domestic market.


ARB lifts FY profit, despite flat revenue

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 JSE-listed ARB Holdings has maintained its revenue at R2.5-billion for the year ended June 30, while gross profit rose 8.4% year-on-year, owing to disciplined trading practices. The company on Friday said its electrical division's revenue remained constrained as a result of the limited government... 

Fracking jobs prove elusive for coal miners looking to switch

By: Bloomberg     18th August 2017 Robert Dennis has mined coal in West Virginia for 10 years but a recent evening found him in a classroom at his local community college. He came to learn about opportunities in fracking, a drilling technique used to produce natural gas — the very fuel that is threatening coal’s future. “I know... 

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Electrical Power Generation 101

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     18th August 2017 A few things we should possibly all know if we wish to talk about energy. The national grid is not a energy storage dam. What goes into the grid comes out of the grid very shortly, almost instantaneously. Thus, the amount of power generated matches the amount of power used, apart of losses due to... 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

Study urges South Africa to find energy-storage niche

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th August 2017 With energy storage considered to be the “new wave” in the energy sector and increasingly becoming a reality, South Africa needs to prepare itself if it wishes to take advantage of the energy storage growth opportunities within the energy storage stationary value chain and the mobility value... 

Ascendant reports first month of positive ‘top line’ earnings; higher grades on the cards

By: Henry Lazenby     17th August 2017 Just seven months since acquiring the El Mochito zinc/lead/silver mine, in west-central Honduras, TSX-listed Ascendant Resources has achieved positive adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) for the month of July. Analysts use the metric that looks at a... 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

SA Hippo - World’s Safest Submersible Pump For Underground Mining

     15th August 2017 Coal mining accidents caused by gas and coal dust explosions account for the most fatal mining disasters around the world. However, dangerous Methane gas is present at most underground mines as well and not only in coal mines.  This was, once again, confirmed when a fatal methane gas explosion... 

Fibres In Concrete Save Time, Money At Clearwater Project

     14th August 2017 The use of polypropylene fibres in concrete flooring applications has provided major benefits for all stakeholders in the Clearwater Corporate Office Park project on Gauteng’s East Rand. The building will be the first in South Africa to employ the CHRYSO Durus S400 Macro Fibre from concrete and... 

WACO and Citiq Prepaid Partnership

     11th August 2017 South Africa’s premier prepaid electricity meter and vending system provider, Citiq Prepaid, is proud to announce their partnership with WACO Industries to distribute their range of prepaid meters into the market. WACO Industries is a distributor of industrial electrical products and accessories... 

SEW-EURODRIVE supplies MOVITRANS® Contactless Energy Transfer system to Sasol Wax

     11th August 2017 SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied its MOVITRANS® Contactless Energy Transfer system to Sasol Wax, a major manufacturer of a comprehensive range of mineral-oil based and synthetic paraffin waxes, petroleum jellies, and liquid paraffins, using a proprietary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process. Sasol Wax produces... 

Bloodhound set to be driven for the first time in October

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 The Bloodhound supersonic car (SSC) will be driven for the first time at Cornwall Airport Newquay, in the UK, this October, twenty years after the current land-speed record of 1 228 km/h was set.   Wing Commander Andy Green, who steered the Thrust SSC to a new record on October 15, 1997, will... 

BMG to distribute Eaton’s conveyor solutions across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Power management solutions provider Eaton has signed a distribution partnership agreement with technical solutions provider and engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), whereby BMG will be responsible for the distribution of Eaton’s range of conveyor solutions... 

Cold-rolling mill project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project involves the construction of a new cold-rolling mill for Risse + Wilke, including electrical and automation equipment. 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

The costs of safety

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th August 2017 A well known South African electrical cable manufacturer will not hold it against me when I say that, at one time, about 25 years ago, the manufacturer ran the most unsafe cable making operation that I had seen. To the accompaniment of whistles and shouts, a group of men dragged wires, PVC... 

Philips Lighting South Africa Signs Up As Platinum Sponsor Of Africa LED Expo

     8th August 2017 Philips Lighting South Africa (Pty) Ltd has been announced as Platinum Sponsor of the Africa LED Expo for the next two years. The Africa LED expo is a focused exhibition for professionals to see the latest developments and innovations in the LED lighting industry. The expo will take place from... 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

Energy consumption halved with the Atlas Copco GHS VSD+ rotary screw vacuum pump series

     7th August 2017 Energy savings of up to 50%, dramatic reductions in life cycle costs and significant increases in productivity define the Atlas Copco GHS 350 – 5400 VSD+ oil-sealed, rotary-screw vacuum pumps for central vacuum supply systems.    In almost every production environment, the demand for vacuum... 

Project Disruption, And Its Invisible Cost To Electrical Contractors

     7th August 2017 Electrical contractors are often disadvantaged – both operationally and financially – when their planned contribution to a construction or engineering project is disrupted, but are seldom able to claim compensation for their losses. Disruption to contractors is becoming an even more common... 

Tanaka Precious Metals to Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2017

     4th August 2017 World’s leading supplier of precious metals’ bonding wire to unveil new ruthenium precursors; New technology to support the microfabrication of next-generation semiconductors 

Parsons Peebles Extends MV/HV Motor Offering with New Standard Product Range

     4th August 2017 Electromechanical technology and services provider, Parsons Peebles, are pleased to announce the launch of their new medium and high voltage standard motors extending their current portfolio of engineered and drop-in replacement solutions.   The main product types that will feature in the Parsons... 

Endeavour Silver sees 26% y/y decrease in Q2 production

By: Anine Kilian     4th August 2017 Mexico-focused silver producer Endeavour Silver has reported a 26% year-on-year decrease in silver production for the second quarter ended June 30, while silver ounces sold decreased by 34%. The NYSE- and TSX-listed company said in a statement on Thursday that financial performance during the... 

BHP presses for cheaper power ahead of Olympic Dam mine expansion

By: Reuters     4th August 2017 BHP Billiton is looking for ways to shore up power supply and bring down power costs at its Olympic Dam copper mine in Australia, as it plans to expand following a string of electrical outages, the mine's head said on Friday. The mine has been badly hit by an energy crisis in Australia stoked by... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

Electrical surgery

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     4th August 2017 It has long been clear to me that it is about time that State-owned power utility Eskom was sliced up and sold. You have to understand that I am a great supporter of Eskom; I worked for the utility and I greatly admire some of its systems, in particular, the distribution maintenance systems.... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The project continues to closely manage contractor productivity. 

Now is the time to build a new oil refinery

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th August 2017 The more I look at large projects all over the world, the more I am convinced that they all relied on inspired leadership and a significant element of inspired risk taking. It is well known that, if you put your money into an investment, the financial return is least for the lowest risk. The... 

Partnership to provide solar energy for properties globally

By: Victor Moolman     4th August 2017 Solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy and South African property development company Atterbury Property Developments have partnered to provide solar energy and electrical storage solutions to the Atterbury portfolio of properties to a projected cost of up to R210-million. 

SADC needs to promote intra-bloc trade and South Africa should lead – OECD

By: Keith Campbell     4th August 2017 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), in its July 2017 survey of the South African economy, has urged South Africa to promote further economic integration within the Southern African Development Community (SADC). “SADC is already the largest export market and a major... 

Zambia’s offgrid homes to be equipped with pay-to-own solar home systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2017 Energy and financial services firm Fenix International is working to deploy pay-to-own solar home systems in Zambia leveraging telecommunications giant MTN’s mobile money platform. In partnership with the Swedish Embassy in Zambia, which committed nearly $3-million to the project up to 2020,... 

Parnis Takes Its Engineering Expertise To New Heights

     31st July 2017 As difficult market conditions force companies in many sectors to relook at their cost structures, quality refurbishment is becoming more important as a strategy to contain costs. According to Gary Colegate, general manager of Parnis Manufacturing, such strategies demand that customers find... 

Cummins Celebrates Its Commitment To Gender Diversity

     28th July 2017 Cummins is celebrating the diverse roles that women continue to play in the company. These range from business development to human resources and distribution. “That is what attracted me to Cummins. There is so much I can do, but it is up to me to learn and demonstrate the ability to execute and... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th July 2017 Eskom is focusing on maintaining momentum of construction progress on Units 4 to 1. 

Ford begins Phase 2 of 1.6-litre Kuga safety recall 

By: Anine Kilian     27th July 2017 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) has started the second phase of the safety recall for all affected 1.6-litre Kuga models, and is requesting customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer to have the vehicle enhancements completed.  Around 4 556 1.6-litre Ford Kugas, built... 

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