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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... 

“Once you experience the value of Atlas Copco there’s no looking back” - Dynamic Air

17th August 2018 Dynamic Air recently purchased two XATS1200 compressors from Atlas Copco Power Technique to replace older same brand compressors for one of their customers in the oil refinery industry. “Having reached between 18 000 and 21 00 hours, we can safely say that these two Atlas Copco compressors have... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Resistance thermometer on offer

17th August 2018 Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech has on offer international instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold’s TNK resistance thermometers, which have applications in a number of industries, including steel.  The TNK resistance thermometers, owing to their extreme... 

Fuel levy’s revenue-generating prowess to come under intense pressure

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2018 The fuel levy as income source for government is rapidly losing productivity to generate income, says Professor Stephan Krygsman of the University of Stellenbosch’s Department of Logistics (Transport Economics). Taking the year 2000 as starting point, with the fuel levy at 100% productivity,... 

Battery boom spurs quest to resurrect World War II cobalt mines

By: Bloomberg     15th August 2018 The giant rocky outcrop known by locals as La Cobaltera offers a glimpse into northern Chile’s mining past, and a hint of its future. Slag from an ancient furnace is piled at the entrance of a mine shaft that hasn’t seen commercial activity since World War II. Inside, eucalyptus posts still... 

Ford produces milestone 500 000 Rangers in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     14th 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,” Ford Middle... 

Industry provider to expand African footprint

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th August 2018 With many emerging and developing industries in Africa, as well as greater awareness of environmental issues and concerns, instrumentation manufacturer E Instruments regards the continent as an area of growth for its business. E Instruments product manager Bill Freed tells Engineering News that... 

Embraer’s new-generation airliner demonstrated in Africa, including South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     10th August 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron tells “Engineering News”. From smallest to biggest, the E2... 

Paramount Group Donates Mirage Aircraft To Aviation Specialist School

2nd August 2018 Paramount Group, the African based global aerospace and defence company, today handed over a Mirage V airframe to Rhodesfield Technical High School to mark the official launch of the first Engineering School of Specialisation in Aviation, and to celebrate its partnership with Gauteng’s Department... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

30th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Embrace new auto tech, or pay more for old tech, warns Nissan

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 South Africa is behind the curve on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), and this is not a sustainable situation, warns Nissan South Africa MD Mike Whitfield. “Industry and government need to cooperate a lot more. We are behind the curve. There are no two ways about it. The interaction... 

New generation Embraer airliner on demonstration visit to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 Brazilian aerospace major Embraer’s new generation smaller (less than 150 seats) single-aisle airliners, the E2 family, are attracting considerable interest in Africa, Embraer Commercial Aviation VP: Middle East and Africa Raul Villaron told Engineering News Online on Friday. From smallest to... 

Cummins ISX475 engines give 30-year-old firefighting vehicles a new lease on life

27th July 2018 Cummins is supplying specialist manufacturer Marcé Fire Fighting Technology of Centurion, Gauteng with six new ISX475 engines for firefighting vehicles to be deployed at various airports in Zimbabwe. The Cummins ISX475 is an Inline (Straight) 6 diesel engine, specifically for use on heavy-duty... 

Price of electricity affects local gas-to-power projects

By: Melissa Zisengwe     27th July 2018 One of the biggest challenges of implementing gas-to-power projects in South Africa is the volatility of the natural gas price, compared with that of electricity, says consultancy firm WSP Africa generation and power regional director Martin Mkhabela. This volatility is caused by the pricing... 

Britain reveals progress and plans in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the 2018 Farnborough airshow. This, described as a ‘concept aircraft’, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which comprises British aero­space firms and the Royal Air Force... 

Kyaukse gas-fired power plant, Myanmar

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 The contract for the generating equipment for the power plant has been awarded. 

ExecuJet becomes maintenance provider for Honeywell TFE731 engines

By: Simone Liedtke     24th July 2018 Aviation company ExecuJet, part of the Luxaviation group, is now the provider of major maintenance on Honeywell TFE731 engines in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI). ExecuJet’s Johannesburg-based maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility was awarded the rights by Honeywell... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

67 websites for 67 small businesses

13th July 2018 According to a study by The Small Enterprise Development Agency, 75% of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in South Africa fail. With the National Development Plan predicting that, by 2030, 90% of all new jobs will be in SMBs, it is imperative that small businesses get the enabling... 

Battery-skeptic funds wait out cobalt rally seen as fleeting

By: Bloomberg     9th July 2018 Call them battery skeptics. Bets on surging demand for electric vehicles have made cobalt and lithium hot commodities, but some investors say the outlook is leaving them cold. While prices have more than doubled in the past three years on worries over shortages of the metals used in batteries,... 

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

Opportunity for smaller exporters amid global ecommerce trend

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The growth of e-commerce and changing retail industry trends provide entrepreneurs and small businesses with new opportunities to sell their products and services to international markets, says courier multinational FedEx Express Southern Africa operations VP Mike Higley. According to the PayPal... 

Scania and Growthpoint extend their relationship with lease renewals at four properties

27th June 2018 Growthpoint Properties has renewed four leases with Scania, extending its relationship with the global company that offers sales of trucks, buses, and services in more than 100 countries. The leases were renewed for four properties located in established industrial areas across the province of... 

AEP to acquire East African energy firm

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th June 2018 Clean energy company AEP Energy Africa has entered into a purchase agreement with First Independent Power, in Kenya, and Global Power Generation Sociedad Anónima to acquire 100% of East African company IberAfrica Power for $61-million, or R835-million. IberAfrica owns and operates the 103 MW... 

A 110-year pedigree and a competitive range of cabin, air, oil, and fuel filters to make your car run like a Champion®

22nd June 2018 Changing your car’s filters regularly is a ‘must’ if you want your beloved car to run like a Champion®. Clogged filters affect performance, with a noticeable loss of power, dirty smoke, oil light warning, and even potential engine failure. Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June 2018. A competitive... 

Increased drive towards using natural gas

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     22nd June 2018 There is an increased drive in the local boiler industry towards converting from using coal to using natural gas, as coal – despite its being the cheapest fuel to use – is becoming increasingly problematic, says heat and energy generation equipment provider Steam Generation Africa MD John Rundle.... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches the most efficient long-haul truck in South Africa: the new Actros achieves a fuel saving globally of up to 7%

21st June 2018 New Actros: sets new standard as the most efficient truck, delivering on its promise of RoadEfficiency by looking at the sum of the details New StreamSpace Cab – Tested extensively in the wind tunnel resulting in the most aerodynamic shape yet   

Mercedes-Benz Trucks launches the most efficient long-haul truck in South Africa: the new Actros achieves a fuel saving globally of up to 7%

21st June 2018 New Actros: sets new standard as the most efficient truck, delivering on its promise of RoadEfficiency by looking at the sum of the details 

Savings From Diesel Injector Technology – If You Keep Up

21st June 2018 As diesel engine technology advances in leaps and bounds, fleet owners need to appreciate the high level of equipment and skills needed to keep their trucks running efficiently. “The great advantage of modern diesel truck engines is the fuel cost savings they offer their owners, mainly due to... 

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

Head of VW's Audi arrested in Germany over diesel scandal

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 German authorities arrested the head of Volkswagen’s luxury arm Audi on Monday, the most senior company official so far to be detained over the carmaker’s emissions test cheating scandal. Munich prosecutors, who earlier this month widened their probe into Audi, said Rupert Stadler was being held... 

London, other cities call for new petrol and diesel car ban to start earlier

By: Reuters     18th June 2018 London Mayor Sadiq Khan and other city leaders from across Britain said on Monday a government plan to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars should be brought forward by ten years to 2030, in the latest push to improve air quality. Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government said... 

Germany's Heraeus to open $100m precious metals recycling plant in China

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 German technology group Heraeus will open a precious metals refinery and recycling plant in China in September to take advantage of the country's rising demand for platinum group metals. Heraeus has invested almost $100-million in the facility in Nanjing covering 84 000 square metres, which will... 

Critical To Specify Fit-For-Purpose Engines For Gensets

14th June 2018 Local genset manufacturer, Zest WEG Group believes that those involved in the purchasing decision as well as the end-users of standby power generation systems need to apply more attention to engine selection during the specification process. Louis Kotze, chief operating officer at Zest WEG Group... 

Case IH donates machinery and training to strengthen the sustainability of Ghanaian agriculture

12th June 2018 Development Partnership will encourage and train future farmers at one of the country’s five agricultural colleges St. Valentin Case IH is supporting Damongo Agricultural College in the Northern Region of Ghana as part of a programme designed to train students. The global agricultural equipment... 

The IDEAL Commercial & Industrial Combustion Gas and Emissions Analyzer

11th June 2018 Measure NOx & SOx Quickly & Accurately Built-in Printer & Full COLOR Graphic Display Automatic Data Saving & Expanded Internal Memory Bluetooth Wireless Communication & Software The E4500-S Includes: Four Gas Sensors: 

CSIR researching social media use for public safety

By: Schalk Burger     11th June 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Monday detailed work researchers are doing to put social media to use in identifying public safety incidents, including traffic collisions, crime incident patterns, emergencies, terrorism incidents and pandemics, and to develop tools... 

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