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Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Struandale engine plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding the capability and capacity of its operations at the Struandale plant as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants.  

Anglo American to spin off unit to encourage platinum demand

By: Reuters     15th May 2018 Anglo American will spin out its internal venture capital unit, it said on Tuesday, as the world's biggest platinum producer seeks to spur investment in fuel-cell technology to boost demand for a commodity in oversupply. A push, particularly in Europe and China, for lower-emission transport... 

Pre-construction work gets under way at Nevada Copper’s promising Pumpkin Hollow

By: Henry Lazenby     11th May 2018 The proponent of what will probably be North America’s next new copper mine development, Nevada Copper, has signed a pre-works agreement with Cementation USA and secured key long-lead time items, further derisking the restart of construction of the company's fully permitted and shovel-ready... 

New Volvo CE rigid haulers to deliver improved production

8th May 2018 Babcock customers can now look forward to achieving production targets faster as the new range of Volvo Construction Equipment rigid haulers becomes available in southern Africa later this year following the official launch in Scotland in April. The new Volvo Construction Equipment hauler range... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Glencore's Congo mining conundrum

By: Reuters     4th May 2018 Miner and commodities trader Glencore is embroiled in a legal tangle over its copper and cobalt operations in Democratic Republic of Congo, where conflict and changes to regulations have deterred many mining firms. US sanctions on Glencore's former Israeli partner in Congo have been a trigger for... 

Ripasso Energy to open sales office in South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2018 Swedish cleantech company Ripasso Energy will form a subsidiary, Ripasso South Africa Ltd, and open a sales and service office in Johannesburg. The recent interest from the metal and mining industries in South Africa may prove to be the company’s major breakthrough. The sales and service office... 

MGX looking forward to booking first revenue by Oct as commercial petrolithium plants deploy

By: Henry Lazenby     28th April 2018 Budding energy metals producer MGX Minerals is looking forward to generating its first revenues later this year as the first commercial petrolithium extraction systems deploy to sites in Utah and Alberta. “It’s a liability until it becomes an asset,” president and CEO Jared Lazerson says of the... 

Company operating under new name

27th April 2018 Since the beginning of January, equipment manufacturer Bosch Group’s motors and generators division has started operating under independent company SEG Automotive. The new name is testimony to over a century of history in the development and production of starter motors and generators as well as... 

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Some opportunities

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     27th April 2018 An unusual quiz: you are asked a set of questions which are largely hypothetical but, nevertheless, interesting. The questions are (as far as I remember) as follows: Would you chose to be (a) invisible (b) be able to predict the future (c) be able to read a person's mind but only briefly (d) be... 

Senegal integrating more renewables with 130 MW Wärtsilä Flexicycle power plant

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Technology group Wärtsilä has signed a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant in Senegal, which will be an integral part of the country’s energy future.  

VARTA® from Johnson Controls now distributed by Auto X, the leading automotive battery manufacturer and distributor in South Africa

23rd April 2018 With its innovative technology VARTA® is at the forefront to move automotive aftermarket battery business to the next level. Driven by OEM requirements translated to sustainable aftermarket needs. Johnson Controls and Auto X today announce the distribution of VARTA® automotive batteries by Auto X... 

EVs not yet a market force to disrupt oil demand growth

By: Anine Kilian     19th April 2018 Short-term oil demand is still growing strong and will continue to do so through the end of 2020, a trend taking place despite the market’s increasing focus on electric vehicles (EVs) and the forecasted future plateau in oil demand, according to a new report from IHS Markit’s oil and gas team.... 

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

29th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Brakes for Life on Show at NAMPO 2018

28th March 2018 Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) will show farmers the renowned Doosan ‘brakes for life’ system at Nampo 2018. On show will be two Doosan forklifts, the D35C-5 forklift and a refurbished Doosan D25S-5. The ‘brakes for life’ system, which made world headlines when it was introduced some years ago... 

Innovation that takes drilling to the next level

28th March 2018 The conversion of a JCB JS205 excavator into a drilling rig has produced a machine that rewrites the efficiency, productivity and safety rulebooks. The innovation, which stems from a partnership between three specialist companies - Kemach Equipment (Pty) Ltd., Liyema Drilling and Integrated Air... 

Ford more than doubles engine assembly capacity at PE plant

By: Irma Venter     27th March 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is expanding its Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, as part of a R3-billion investment in its South African operations, announced late last year. The Struandale plant currently machines cylinder heads, cylinder blocks and crankshafts for the... 

Shrinking platinum sector adds to Ramaphosa's economy challenge

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 “Ramaphoria” boosted the rand and revived investor sentiment on South Africa. But deep underground in the country’s platinum mines, there’s very little cause for optimism. Producers in South Africa, which accounts for about 70% of the world’s mined platinum, are closing shafts and cutting... 

BMW to push EV range to 700 km, 12 new EVs set for launch by 2025

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Powered by the fifth generation of battery and drivetrain technology, from 2021, BMW will be able to offer all-electric vehicles (EVs) with a range of up to 700 km, and plug-in hybrids with an electrical range of up to 100 km, the German car maker said this week as it released its annual... 

BMW cautions on export credits, increased localisation

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2018 Continued support through export credits is “the single most important ingredient” in German car maker BMW’s discussions with the South African government, and not land expropriation without compensation, or the push for increased black economic empowerment within the local auto sector, says BMW... 

New KOMTRAX delivers improved usability, smoother user interface and increased interaction for Komatsu customers

22nd March 2018 Komatsu has released a new version of its KOMTRAX remote monitoring system, which is easier to use and more interactive for customers, allowing increased customisation, and collecting even more data from the latest Komatsu machines. KOMTRAX uses satellite-based Information Communication... 

Engine manufacturer offers new generator engine series

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Engine manufacturer Cummins’ South African branch will take its latest engine series of gensets, the QSG12, to market in the second quarter of 2018.  

Engineering design that’s deplorable

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th March 2018 My experience with my Mercedes-Benz C180 has been an engineering delight. The driving and ride and interior are a matter for discussion in a motoring magazine – I am talking about engineering, bru. Look at the following: you are driving along and a dog runs in front of the car. In many  cars, you... 

Southern Africa likely to see GDP growth above 2% in the next two years

By: Anine Kilian     12th March 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB) expects real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the Southern African region to improve to 2% in 2018 and then to 2.4% in 2019. The'Southern Africa Economic Outlook Report 2018', released by the AfDB, in Pretoria, on Monday, states that there is cautious... 

Federal-Mogul Motorparts to Showcase FP Diesel® Components for Commercial Engines at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

12th March 2018 The FP Diesel® brand comprises high-quality and OE quality parts for off-highway and heavy-duty engines Johannesburg, South Africa, March 12th, 2018.Federal-Mogul Motorparts, a leading global supplier of products and services to global manufacturers and servicers of vehicles and equipment in a... 

The high costs of inferior lubricants

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th March 2018 If you are a fleet manager in the trucking, mining, power generation, construction or earth-moving industries, you no doubt keep a keen eye on the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of your assets. 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new powertrain technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE), which has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Local content key to safeguarding components industry amid powertrain revolution

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 The global automotive industry is facing the rapid development of new power-train technologies, such as electric and hydrogen vehicles, eager to displace the internal combustion engine (ICE) that has powered the industry for more than a century. The local automotive manufacturing industry is... 

Barker Inlet power station, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     9th March 2018 AGL Energy plans to build a reciprocating engine power plant near Adelaide, in South Australia. 

Lufthansa to upgrade its Cape Town/Munich service

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th March 2018 German flag carrier Lufthansa announced on Thursday that it would start flying its new-generation Airbus A350-900 airliners on its direct cape Town/Munich route in December. The airline ordered 25 of these aircraft last year, of which the first ten will be based in Munich, flying on routes... 

German ruling likely blessing in disguise for platinum - RBPlat 

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 The German Federal Court ruling on diesel car emissions, which could cost transgressors eight-billion euros in fines a year, is seen as a likely blessing in disguise for platinum, Royal Bafokeng Platinum (RBPlat) CEO Steve Phiri said on Tuesday. The global backlash against diesel-engine cars,... 

Energy Fuels wins approval to expand uranium, vanadium mines in Utah

By: Reuters     28th February 2018 Uranium miner Energy Fuels said on Tuesday it has won federal approvals to expand operations at two mines in southeastern Utah, after years of challenges from conservation groups worried about radon gas emissions. The Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service last week approved the... 

Goscor Power Products to showcase full Weima range at NAMPO 2018

27th February 2018 Goscor Power Products (GPP), part of the Goscor Group, will showcase the full extent of its Weima product range at Grain SA's NAMPO Harvest Day from 15 to 18 May at Bothaville in the Free State. Last year’s unveiling of the Weima diesel-engine range from 4 hp to 13 hp will be supplemented with... 

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