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On-The-Air (15/02/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2019 African countries are streaking ahead of South Africa on the mining automation front; mining companies are opting for solar power because it is cheaper than Eskom power; and only black-owned companies will be allowed to buy the seven mining operations that are up for sale in Mpumalanga.... 

Renewable grids present investment opportunity

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 The recent trend towards the development of renewable energy, including those based on smart grids and microgrids in Africa, has encouraged the establishment of a new renewable energy equity fund. With the Africa Energy Indaba set to take place from February 19 to 20 at the Sandton Convention... 

Ford production expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant, in Pretoria, has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. 

OCP Group and Cummins Africa Middle East announce strategic partnership in Morocco

12th February 2019 OCP Group and Cummins Africa Middle East have announced the signing of a strategic partnership related to the implementation of a Master Rebuild Centre (MRC) for Cummins High Horse Power engines in Khouribga, Morocco. The new facility will serve both North and West Africa, and the scope of the... 

Ford’s Silverton plant starts production of refreshed Ranger 

By: Irma Venter     11th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant in Pretoria has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. “Following the investment of over R3-billion in our local operations and extensive upgrades to our plants over the past 18 months, we are delighted to see the first of the new Ford Ranger... 

Company launches fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles

8th February 2019 Petroleum refinery company Total consolidated its position as key player in electric mobility by launching an innovative line of fluids for electric and hybrid vehicles. Launched in December last year, these products have been specially developed to meet the cooling and lubrication needs of the... 

Fourteen NGOs oppose LME plans to ban tainted cobalt

By: Reuters     7th February 2019 Fourteen nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) including Amnesty and Global Witness have opposed plans by the London Metal Exchange to ban cobalt tainted by human rights abuses, a letter seen by Reuters showed. Cobalt is a key ingredient in the batteries that power electric vehicles, a... 

The 3D Design Trends to Dominate in 2019

6th February 2019 3D modelling is one of the fastest growing design trends – set to exponentially increase over the next few years. The multitude uses for 3D designs and models seem to increase every year, and it is becoming essential for those across various sectors to know how to access the most creative designs... 

Obuasi mine to be an engine of growth for AngloGold, says CEO

By: Kim Cloete     6th February 2019 AngloGold Ashanti CEO Kelvin Dushnisky is very upbeat about developing its Obuasi gold mine, in Ghana, and has described it as being "in a class of its own on a number of metrics".  “It will be an engine of growth for this company. You need big, chunky engines of growth which, year after year,... 

Ford engages the mining sector on the road to more EVs

By: Kim Cloete     5th February 2019 Ford is quickening its pace towards the mass production of electric vehicles (EVs) and researching how the mining industry can help it to achieve its goals. “There are tremendous investments taking place at every level to achieve this radical revolution in the automotive industry,” Ford energy... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an albatros around the neck of the National Treasury and hampering the State's efforts to realise the full potential for economic growth.   

Buses using natural gas to curb fuel costs

By: Halima Frost     1st February 2019 Since the initial introduction of natural gas vehicles (NGV) in South Africa, natural gas supplier CNG Holdings has successfully converted about 180 dual-fuel compressed natural gas- (CNG-) run buses for the City of Johannesburg (CoJ). This makes Johannesburg one of the first cities in... 

Freight utility company receives new specialised excavators

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     1st February 2019 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment Africa (HPE Africa) has proven its capabilities for future tenders that are within its scope of work, following its success in delivering ten specially adapted excavators for State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) facility... 

Biogas flowmeter introduced for variable compositions

1st February 2019 Industrial process instrumentation supplier Krohne announced the introduction of the new Optisonic 7300 Biogas ultrasonic flowmeter to the Southern African market in the last quarter of last year. The Optisonic 7300 Biogas is an ultrasonic flowmeter for low pressure biogas, landfill and sewage... 

PGM-using patents abound – CPM  

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2019 Viable patents that involve the use of platinum group metals (PGMs) should be commercialised so that PGMs become less dependent on the automotive market, says CPM Group MD and founder Jeffrey Christian. CPM’s current projections, which are similar to those in the automotive and electricity supply... 

Cummins Inc. Celebrates Centennial Year

30th January 2019 Cummins Inc. is celebrating its 100th year as a company throughout 2019. Cummins today, which is listed as a Fortune 150 company, employs around 60 000 people worldwide, and serves customers in nearly every country across the globe. Cummins products range from diesel and natural gas engines to... 

Palladium theft rampant – FT 

By: Martin Creamer     29th January 2019 Palladium, used in catalytic converters that reduce harmful petrol vehicle emissions, is catalysing a crime wave in the UK, says the Financial Times (FT) of London. “Thieves are stealing catalytic converters – often in broad daylight – and selling the devices to illegal scrap dealers for cash,”... 

VW to manufacture mobile electric car recharging stations

By: Reuters     25th January 2019 Volkswagen will manufacture electric car batteries and charging stations in its home region in Germany, as it prepares to mass produce electric vehicles and overhaul its components division, which makes engines and steering parts. Volkswagen (VW) said on Friday it would invest €870-million by... 

Embraer, Boeing deal approved by the new Brazilian government

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The Brazilian Government has approved the creation of two joint ventures (JVs) between Brazilian aerospace company Embraer and US aerospace group Boeing. The Brazilian Government holds a “golden share” in the originally State-owned Embraer, giving it power of veto over mergers, take-overs, and... 

US copper projects gain steam thanks to electric vehicle trend

By: Reuters     24th January 2019 Once seen as a laggard in the global mining industry, US copper deposits have quietly drawn more than $1.1-billion in investments from small and large miners alike as Tesla and other electric carmakers scramble for more of the red metal. Four US copper projects are set to open by next year - the... 

How the cargo ship industry is cleaning up its filthy act

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2019 Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime... 

Pimco favours 'unloved' platinum that's looking cheap to gold

By: Bloomberg     16th January 2019 Platinum could be the dark horse among precious metals, according to a money manager at Pacific Investment Management Co. Nic Johnson, Pimco’s managing director and portfolio manager for commodities, says he prefers the metal over gold. Used in autocatalysts of diesel engines and jewelry, it’s... 

Understanding damage tolerance in hybrid bearings

15th January 2019 New research by SKF could make hybrid bearings more cost-effective and reliable, paving the way for their use in a wider range of applications. Gothenburg, Sweden, 19 December 2018: Hybrid bearings, which combine hardened steel rings with rolling elements made of high-performance ceramic... 

Electric cars seen getting cleaner even where grids rely on coal

By: Bloomberg     15th January 2019 Electric cars are better for the environment than traditional gasoline models, and that benefit will grow as power generators shift away from coal. That’s the conclusion of research by BloombergNEF, which found carbon dioxide emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40% lower than for... 

Local Kwagga small plant from Hire It a big hit in construction industry

9th January 2019 The increasing demand for fibreoptic cable infrastructure has seen a Durban installer acquire eight Kwagga rammers from Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. This is testament to the success of the rugged and cost-effective range of small plant for the construction industry. The customer is very happy with... 

Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led UN talks

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Delegates at UN climate talks in the Polish city of Katowice point to the mining museum next to the conference venue as the proper place for coal, which provides 80% of the country's electricity. Poland's decision to host the negotiations to revive the 2015 Paris agreement on phasing out fossil... 

Russian rail group aims to develop newly acquired Boksburg factory into global narrow-gauge hub

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2018 Leading Russian rail engineering group Transmashholding (TMH) confirmed on Wednesday that it, together with its South African partner Mjisa, had completed the acquisition of a 45 000 m2 rail manufacturing facility in Gauteng, South Africa. Black empowerment company Mjisa, which is led by Mafika... 

TBCSA welcomes R294 billion investment into SA economy

30th October 2018 The Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) welcomes the announcement of investment commitments totalling R294 billion at the recently-concluded inaugural Investment Conference hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa in Sandton. TBCSA believes that the commitments, once converted into live... 

GM cautious on switch to platinum even as palladium price soars  

By: Bloomberg     30th October 2018 Palladium’s surge to a record has intensified talk among analysts that carmakers will look to replace it with cheaper platinum for use in pollution-control devices. The auto industry’s answer: Not so fast. Palladium, mainly used to control smog from gasoline engines, is trading near the highest... 

Dirty Water No Problem For Sykes Water Transfer Range

29th October 2018 Water transfer applications in many industries across Africa must often deal with unpredictable water quality, so it is important to specify a pump built for African conditions - tough, reliable and robust. According to Henru Strydom, Sykes product specialist at Integrated Pump Rentals, the... 

Sasol, Indian companies join EP100 global energy-saving initiative

26th October 2018 Petrochemicals giant Sasol and Indian companies UltraTech Cement, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers, Mahindra Heavy Engines and Godrej Industries and Associate Companies (Gilac) last month pledged to put energy efficiency at the heart of their business growth strategies by joining EP100. EP100 is a... 

Potential issues with charging electric vehicles

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     26th October 2018 All the big automotive manufactures are making electric vehicles (EV). Why? I mean that, right now, internal combustion (IC) engines, gearboxes, drive systems, instrumentation . . . the whole lot . . . are pretty much sorted for the conventional cars (let us call them IC cars), so why retool for... 

Beautiful, perky new Kona crossover makes a bold statement for Hyundai in South Africa

22nd October 2018 With a bold front and rear design, confident and unique, the all-new Hyundai Kona has arrived in South Africa to fill an important slot as an eye-catching crossover model in Hyundai Automotive South Africa's local line-up. Hyundai's new crossover model is launched in the local market with... 

ZTE Releases 5G Network Intelligence White Paper

18th October 2018 ZTE South Africa has announced that  ZTE Corporation - a major international provider of telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the Mobile Internet - has released its "5G Network Intelligence White Paper". Featuring ZTE’s leading technologies in 5G arena and in-depth... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

DMR accepts Waterberg mining right application – PTM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) has accepted TSX- and NYSE-listed Platinum Group Metals’ (PTM’s) mining right application for the large-scale Waterberg platinum group metals (PGMs) project. The application comprises a mining work programme, social and labour plan, and associated... 

Mercedes-Benz rolls out fuel-cell SUV to tackle tech hurdles

By: Bloomberg     10th October 2018 Mercedes-Benz will soon start handing over its latest fuel-cell electric car to fleet customers to keep a toe-hold in a promising technology that’s been hampered by the difficulties of storing and refueling hydrogen. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell model combines a fuel cell with a battery that can... 

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