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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... 

Atlas Copco’s DrillAir compressor technology – why have two when one will do!

5th October 2018 Atlas Copco’s rugged and flexible DrillAir compressor range has been scientifically designed around pressure and flow to offer a superior quality compressed air solution for a wide range of high capacity drilling applications. The DrillAir range which includes the XATS 1200, XAVS 1000, V900,... 

First African Rolls-Royce lease engine storage facility opens at SAAT

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2018 In the culmination of a two-year journey, Rolls-Royce and South African Airways Technical (SAAT) on Wednesday celebrated the official opening of Rolls-Royce’s first lease engine storage facility in Africa. This facility, based at SAAT’s premises in Kempton Park, Gauteng, marks a milestone event... 

New Wärtsilä power plant will support industry development in Equatorial Guinea

3rd October 2018 The technology group Wärtsilä was awarded a 38 MW power plant project by the EPC company Groupement TEC-IEE in Equatorial Guinea. The project is sponsored by the Ministry of Hydrocarbons with the intention to boost the development of local industry. The order was booked in Q3 2018. A 24 MW... 

Mazda to deploy electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030

By: Irma Venter     3rd October 2018 Mazda will deploy some form of electrification in all of its production vehicles by 2030. The Japanese car maker expects internal combustion engines, combined with some form of electrification, such as plug-in hybrids, to account for 95% of the vehicles it produces by 2030, and battery electric... 

Germany pushes VW, BMW for trade-ins to defuse diesel crisis

By: Bloomberg     2nd October 2018 Germany’s ruling coalition pushed Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW to offer trade-in rebates for older diesel vehicles to avoid driving bans in urban areas and defuse a crisis that’s sullying the country’s reputation as an automotive leader. The plan wasreed by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government... 

Lifting technology: Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the DLR test facility for rocket drives

2nd October 2018 Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for rocket drives at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR (German Aerospace Centre), installing the latest technology for increased efficiency and safety. Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for... 

Cummins Filtration Africa Middle East produces best in class coolant and air filtration

26th September 2018 Cummins Filtration’s coolant and air filtration production plant in Woodmead, Johannesburg is the most modern in the Cummins Group globally. Apart from producing products of world-class quality, the facility also prides itself on its exemplary safety record since being established in 2015. The... 

Greensmith Energy unveils standardized energy storage solution

25th September 2018 GridSolv optimizes storage technology and software integration to deliver powerful upgrade in generation performance The technology group Wärtsilä has released a new solution, GridSolv, the company’s first standardized energy storage solution. 

Rolls-Royce launches new range of powerful medium speed V-Engines

20th September 2018 New B33:45 liquid fuel and B36:45 gas V-engine series with 12, 16 and 20 cylinder At 600 KW per cylinder the new engines offer a 20 per cent increase in power Perfect fit for hybrid systems with renewable energy sources Rolls-Royce has today launched a V-line version of the new B33:45 liquid... 

CNN-flighted advert projecting huge growth for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     18th September 2018 French company Air Liquide, a member of the Davos-launched Hydrogen Council that includes platinum-mining company Anglo American, is currently flighting an advertisement on the global television network CNN, which forecasts exceptional growth for the hydrogen and fuel cell market. Quoting the... 

US gives rare earths reprieve in revised $200bn China tariff list

By: Reuters     18th September 2018 The United States did not include rare earth elements, metals used in magnets, radars and consumer electronics, from its final list of tariffs on $200-billion of Chinese goods, underscoring its reliance on China for the strategic minerals. China is the world's largest producer of rare earths and... 

Imilingo making strides at Electra Mining 2018

17th September 2018 As the final day of Electra Mining Africa 2018 themed ‘Diversity Day’ drew to  a close, the Imilingo Mineral Processing team were upbeat about their diversified Electra experience. “We came into this with a great deal of enthusiasm and it hasn't disappointed in terms of our overall objectives to... 

Kim Pratley

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th September 2018 This week we profile Kim Pratley, CEO of Pratley Group, a manufacturing company   

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... 

Fleetcool is an ideal coolant solution for light-to-medium duty diesel and gas engines

6th September 2018 The Fleetcool antifreeze and coolant range of products from Cummins provides superior engine protection and simplified maintenance programmes. Fleetcool is a cost-effective, standard life coolant with a Borate buffer and low-silicate formulation. It is ideal for all light-to-medium duty diesel... 

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... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Waste gas fuels smelter

By: Halima Frost     31st August 2018 A gas processing plant, built by backup and continuous power solutions provider Diesel Electric Services, in Boshoek near Rustenburg, has achieved over 45 000 lost-time injury-free hours in its first year of operation. The project –  which started in January 2016, and took about 16 months to... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Hire It launches locally-assembled and supported Kwagga range

30th August 2018 Leading tool hire and sales company Hire It (Natal) (Pty) Ltd. has officially launched the tough, cost-effective Kwagga range of locally-assembled equipment for the building and construction industry. Hire It has over 37 years’ experience in the hire and sales industry, gaining an excellent... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

Cummins ISG is a revolutionary new heavy-duty engine platform

27th August 2018 Cummins ISG is a revolutionary global heavy-duty engine platform developed using a combination of patented technologies and advanced production techniques. It has been developed specifically for heavy-duty commercial applications such as construction tippers, tractors, and forklifts. Cummins... 

AFRICAN BLUE SKY

24th August 2018 Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has embarked on an Africa-focused marketing campaign for its new generation single-aisle series of airliner, the E2 family, dubbed the ‘Profit Hunter’. Last month, an E190 E2 took VIP guests and test pilots on a one-hour excursion, flying from OR Tambo... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” says Ford... 

Currency shocks knock platinum to ten-year lows

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Platinum prices tumbled to ten-year lows as the collapse of Turkey's lira rippled through markets and weakened the currency of top producer South Africa, underlining persistent oversupply of the autocatalyst metal. Platinum has been caught in a broad sell-off as investors rush to the safety of... 

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