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The world still doesn’t have enough places to plug in cars

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Even in the biggest electric vehicle markets, a driver venturing too far from home can have a hard time finding a place to recharge. Try your luck on California’s Pacific Coast Highway. The roughly 600-mile route between San Diego and San Francisco has dramatic sea cliffs, off-the-grid retreats,... 

EM launches cost-effective smart-building retrofit system

15th February 2019 Retrofitting older building stock with ‘smart’ automation solutions is now possible with the latest Hager system introduced locally by leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM). Known as coviva, the system does not require extensive construction work in order to be installed, or even additional... 

VW, Ford are said to discuss $4bn valuation for Argo AI

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 Ford Motor and Volkswagen are progressing toward a potential agreement to join forces on self-driving cars and have overcome earlier obstacles, according to people familiar with the talks. Breakthroughs in the deliberations Thursday include a possible framework for Volkswagen to work with and... 

Airbus launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Luxembourg Protocol can save South Africa billions – Rail Working Group

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th February 2019 The adoption of the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment is expected to be a game changer for South Africa, said Rail Working Group chairperson Howard Rosen on Thursday. The treaty, which is expected to enter into force late in 2019,... 

As ice melts, Greenland could become big sand exporter - study

By: Reuters     11th February 2019 Greenland could start to export sand in a rare positive spinoff from global warming that is melting the island's vast ice sheet and washing large amounts of sediment into the sea, scientists said on Monday. Mining of sand and gravel, widely used in the construction industry, could boost the... 

Smart grids

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     8th February 2019 An Internet definition of a smart grid is: "An electricity network based on digital technology that is used to supply electricity to consumers via two-way digital communication. This system allows for monitoring, analysis, control and communication within the supply chain to help improve... 

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Collaboration to ensure better understanding of emission standards

8th February 2019 Oils and lubricants company Shell collaborates with a number of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) transport operators to understand the future vision of emission standards set by the manufacturers and various legislation, as well as taking into consideration the challenges that transport... 

LHDA appoints engineering panel for Phase 2 of the LHWP

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has appointed an engineering panel of experts for the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands water project (LHWP II). The panel comprises a selection of experts from the UK, Europe, the US and Australia, with the combined knowledge covering... 

Propane dehydrogenation unit and gas cracker, Belgium

By: Sheila Barradas     8th February 2019 INEOS has announced the location for the propane dehydrogenation unit. 

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 Despite a difficult operating environment, diversified woodfibre company Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 15% year-on-year and its profit by 29% year-on-year in the quarter ended December 31. Profitability for the first quarter of the... 

Germany presses for changes in EU competition rules after Siemens/Alstom deal blocked

By: Reuters     6th February 2019 Europe should change its competition rules to facilitate cross-border mergers and create European champions which can compete with rivals from China and the United States, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday. Siemens and Alstom's plan to create a European rail champion... 

Institute forecasts better year for silver

By: Mariaan Webb     6th February 2019 Following a challenging year for silver, reflected in the muted price performance of 2018, the Silver Institute expects 2019 to be a better year for the metal and that prices will regain some shine. The Washington-based nonprofit industry association says it expects sentiment for the silver... 

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... 

Aerospace group launches new space-based service for precision agriculture

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th February 2019 Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS), one of the companies of the Europe-based aerospace group Airbus, has launched a new service to support precision agriculture around the world. Precision agriculture is an approach to managing crops using remote sensing technologies (airborne and space-borne),... 

Better Transformer Designs Improve Safety And Efficiency

4th February 2019 As electricity utilities and users worldwide look to become more safety conscious and efficient in their use of electrical energy, it is important to leverage the improvements that have been made in the design of transformers. According to Trafo Power Solutions managing director David Claassen,... 

Global demand for coal rises despite uncertainty

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Despite a move to renewable energy, particularly in Europe, demand for coal globally soared in 2018, led by low calorific value (CV) coal demand. The strongest import markets were China and India, while Indonesia performed extremely strongly on the supply side. China’s demand for coal... 

Coal exports have not risen since 2008, with the IRP posing a further threat, says Minerals Council

By: Kim Cloete     4th February 2019 Coal production, exports and investment in the industry have remained stagnant since 2008, despite higher export prices and South Africa’s abundant coal reserves, says the Minerals Council South Africa. “Even as the coal export price soared, export volumes failed to respond,” Minerals Council... 

New investor for Cape Town Cobra maker; electric car on the table

By: Irma Venter     4th February 2019 Les Hayden’s Cobra replica assembly line in Cape Town is up and running again, following a change in ownership.   Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) in 2017 initiated a project to modernise the Hayden Cobra, but sold its interest in the venture after a decision to return to its core business of... 

Power-Gen Africa co-located with African Utility Week

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st February 2019 Following the acquisition of event organisers PennWell by event organisers Clarion Energy, this year, the Power-Gen Africa show will be colocated alongside African Utility Week (AUW), creating a truly scaled, end-to-end show encompassing the entire electricity and water value chain. The events... 

CYBERSECURITY ON WHEELS

1st February 2019 IBM describes its X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center as a first-of-a-kind training, simulation and security operation on wheels. Painted black and emblazoned with IBM’s logo, a 23 t trailer, with expandable side panels, is hauled by Mercedes-Benz Actros heavy-duty truck. The trailer... 

South Africa secures new money transfer service

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st February 2019 Digital money transfer service WorldRemit has launched a low-cost digital money transfer service from South Africa to over 145 international destinations. The group, after securing a regulatory licence to operate in South Africa as a ‘send’ country, opened a new office in Johannesburg in January... 

Digital trust next cybersecurity model as attacks and protection evolve

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Organisations will move from zero trust to digital trust cybersecurity models, enabling companies to create digital fingerprints of their employees, improving access to data and applications, and preparing for more mature cyberattack approaches, says information and communication technology... 

Airbus launches competition to push development of quantum computing

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st February 2019 Europe-based global major aerospace and defence group Airbus has launched a global quantum computing development competition. The Airbus Quantum Computing Challenge (AQCC) is intended to stimulate proposals and solutions regarding “complex optimisation and modelisation” (in Airbus’ words) across... 

N2 Wild Coast Toll Road megabridges project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st February 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture, responsible for building the Mtentu bridge, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. 

EM supplies Hager smart solution for Swarovski in Cape Town

31st January 2019 The latest Hager ‘smart’ solutions for automated building control have been supplied by ElectroMechanica (EM) of Cape Town for Swarovski Lighting’s new-build showroom in Green Point. The leading supplier specified high-quality Hager B7 switch frames, which feature a clean design, vega D... 

Strong investment case for gold in 2019 – World Gold Council

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st January 2019 Global gold demand in 2018 increased by 4% year-on-year to 4 345 t and was in line with the five-year average demand of 4 347 t. The World Gold Council’s (WGC’s) latest ‘Gold Demand Trends’ report, published on Thursday, said the increase was driven by a 52-year high in central bank buying and... 

Gold gets a safe-haven boost – Refinitiv’s GFMS report 

By: Nadine James     30th January 2019 Gold has benefitted in the fourth quarter of 2018 from investors seeking safe-havens, the latest GFMS Gold Survey, which Refinitiv released on Wednesday, states. Renewed interest from professional investors and a shift in the purchasing behaviour of emerging market central banks have compensated... 

Euro Manganese tables PEA for Czech tailings project

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th January 2019 Dual-listed Euro Manganese has announced the results of the preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of its Chvaletice manganese project, in Czech Republic, which shows the tailings project can operate for a quarter of a century, producing 1.19-million tonnes of high-purity electrolytic manganese... 

Iron-ore rockets as Vale supply disruption convulses market 

By: Bloomberg     30th January 2019 The global iron-ore market was pitched into turmoil after Brazil’s Vale SA, the world’s largest producer, outlined plans to cut output after a deadly dam breach, buoying shares of rivals as investors weighed the impact of the disruption. Prices soared, with futures rallying more than 9%. Vale... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.65-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Nissan is said to face SEC probe in US over executive pay

By: Bloomberg     28th January 2019 The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Nissan Motor Company accurately disclosed its executive pay in the US, according to several people familiar with the matter, compounding the carmaker’s woes as it grapples with the aftermath of former chairman Carlos Ghosn’s arrest.... 

FBO goes international at OR Tambo

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     25th January 2019 Privately-owned company Fireblade Aviation is the first fixed-base operator (FBO) to cater for arriving and departing international travellers, operating at OR Tambo International Airport. An FBO is an aviation facility within or close to an airport, usually owned and managed separately. Globally... 

Mobile retail revenues on the decline globally

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2019 Half the world has now been connected, marking an important milestone for the global information and communication technology (ICT) industry; however, global retail telecommunication revenues are lagging owing to greater market maturity. Global retail telecommunication revenues reached... 

SA’s space agency becomes space weather centre for aviation across Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th January 2019 The South African National Space Agency (Sansa) had been chosen by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to be the provider of space weather information for the aviation sector across Africa and/or using African airspace, the Ministry of Science and Technology has announced. Space... 

Cinovec lithium/tin project, Czech Republic

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 European Metals Holdings has confirmed that that it received a purported indicative offer letter to purchase the project. 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     25th January 2019 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority has announced the appointment of an engineering panel of experts for the project. 

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