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Rand-Air’s contaminant and oil-free air makes for good medicine

12th October 2018 In the process of manufacturing pharmaceuticals, every input into the final products has to be scrupulously hygienic and sterile, from the start to the end of the manufacturing process. Leaders in the rental of portable air and power solutions Rand-Air is proud to have been able to contribute to... 

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... 

Lianxin Steel and Shandong Laigang Yongfeng order TMbaR mill from SMS group

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 For decades, SMS group (www.sms-group.com) has been a pioneer in and promoter of thermomechanical rolling. Now, two Chinese companies, Lianxin Steel and Shandong Laigang Yongfeng Steel, have decided to employ TMbaR, the process developed by SMS group for thermomechanical rolling of rebar. With... 

KEMPER orders logistics systems from AMOVA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th September 2018 Gebr. Kemper GmbH + Co. KG, headquartered in Olpe, Germany, has awarded to AMOVA GmbH (www.amova.eu), a subsidiary of SMS group (www.sms-group.com) and located in Netphen, Germany, an order worth several million euros. For the second construction stage of its new Works III, which will accommodate... 

CSIR NLC to develop local photonics industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     14th September 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) National Laser Centre (NLC), in Pretoria, aims to contribute to the development of the South African photonics industry, says NLC head Delon Mudaly. “In relation to the global environment and the number of companies that exist worldwide,... 

New impulses for the aluminum industry

10th September 2018 SMS group presents digitalization-driven potentials at the leading trade fair for the aluminum industry held in Düsseldorf During the “ALUMINIUM 2018” trade fair, from 9 – 11 October 2018, Düsseldorf, will once again be in the limelight of the global aluminum industry. SMS group is going to... 

Oil change - What happens to used lubricating oil in South Africa?

19th July 2018 Global warming and environmental pollution has intensified our need to recycle our limited natural resources and to extend the lifespan of the manufactured products we use. The lubricants industry is no exception and currently in South Africa most of the used oil collected is recycled into... 

Iluka declares dividend, sees growth on price increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th February 2018 ASX-listed Iluka Resources has recorded a 140% increase in its underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation to $361-million for the year ended December 2017, with strengthened mineral sands markets throughout 2017 underpinning strong free cash flow of $322-million, up... 

Firm extols the virtues of carton packaging for food and drink products

By: Dylan Slater     3rd November 2017 Food processing and packaging solutions company Tetra Pak showcased the advantages of carton packaging for food and drink products during a live food preparation event at Sandton-based culinary school Pick n Pay Good Food Studio, last month.  

Beowulf aims to establish producing graphite mine within three years

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2017 Explorer and developer Beowulf Mining remains committed to establishing a producing graphite mine in eastern Finland within the next three years, CEO Kurt Budge said on Monday, announcing the results of a testwork programme at the Aitolampi project. The latest testwork delivered positive results,... 

Rooibos Limited faces abuse of dominance charge

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th June 2017 South Africa’s largest rooibos producer Rooibos Limited has been referred to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution, for allegedly abusing its dominance and engaging in uncompetitive behaviour. Historically, rooibos tea processors obtained their supply from farmers through one-year supply... 

ADITYA BIRLA orders most efficient CONTIROD®* copper wire rod plant for Indian market from SMS group

2nd March 2017 ADITYA BIRLA, Hindalco Industries Ltd. from Mumbai, India, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com to supply a CONTIROD®*plant, of the type CR 3500. The line for casting and rolling of wire rod in one process with a production capacity of 35 tons of copper wire rod per hour has the... 

Direct route helping SA improve trade with India

By: David Oliveira     18th November 2016 According to the 2016 H1 ‘Maersk Group India Trade Report’, India continues to shine as one of the largest containerised trade markets, registering significant growth of 11% in the first half of the year, with extensive opportunities existing for South Africa–India trade going forward. Increased... 

Kenmare lifts guidance, reports Q3 records

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2016 LSE-listed Kenmare Resources expects its Moma titanium minerals mine, in Mozambique, to deliver record full-year production levels at lower unit costs as it enters the final stretch of the year. During the third quarter to September 30, the operation achieved quarterly records mostly across the... 

Yokogawa Develops Process Data Analytics Software for the Early Detection of Production Quality Issues

6th October 2016 Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6841) announces that it has developed Process Data Analytics, an application program that can detect a decline in quality or productivity at an early stage of the manufacturing process by analyzing process data, facility status information, operation history,... 

Despite volume slump, Omnia sees growth opportunities in mining sector

By: Mia Breytenbach     28th June 2016 Despite the downturn in global mining revenues and volumes, JSE-listed Omnia’s Mining division has been “remarkably resilient” and continues “to forge ahead in maintaining its position as a leading player” in the opencast mining industry on the African continent, group CEO Rod Humphris said on... 

Xining Special Steel grants SMS group final acceptance certificate

3rd June 2016 First mill for semi-finished products with hydraulic roll gap adjustment and roll gap control successfully commissioned The Chinese company Xining Special Steel Co., Ltd, Qinghai Province, a leading producer of high-grade and specialty steel, has granted the SMS group (www.sms-group.com) the... 

Collective factors impact on state of I&C industry

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Micro and macroeconomic factors, and the unavailability of local skills in South Africa are key issues that contribute to the stifling of progress in various sectors within the instrumentation and control (I&C) industry, says the Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control... 

Access To Quality Diesel Engine Replacement Parts Reduces Downtime And Maintenance Costs For The Mining Sector

2nd February 2016 The growing cost of maintenance, especially with the current exchange rate issues, has spurred the growth of low cost, low quality spurious replacement parts. Andrew Yorke, director at Metric Automotive Engineering, says that this is especially true in those sectors, such as earthmoving and... 

SA must stop exporting raw materials – KZN ANC  

By: News24Wire      9th September 2015 Raw materials mined in South Africa should remain in the country, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal said on Tuesday. Presenting the outcomes of the provincial lekgotla, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the party wanted government to establish an economic policy review panel to investigate and... 

Barrambie PFS delivers positive results

By: Esmarie Iannucci     25th August 2015 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Barrambie titanium project, in Western Australia, has highlighted the potential for the project to be a low-cost producer of titanium dioxide, vanadium pentoxide and iron-oxide. Owner Neometals on Tuesday reported that the project would produce an average of... 

SABIC chooses S+S high performance metal separator

8th December 2014 SABIC Innovative Plastics strategic business unit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corporation and was founded in September 2007. Innovative Plastics is em-ploying over 9,000 people worldwide, manufacturing high-end thermoplastic materials in more than 35 countries. SABIC is... 

Is transport connectivity enough, what about sustainability?

30th June 2014 Transport systems and infrastructure are the lifeblood of any economy. It facilitates the movement of raw materials to manufacturers and final products to market. Without it, the economy simply would not function. However a great deal of emphasis is placed on connectivity when addressing... 

Strong focus on composites industry integration

By: Jonathan Rodin     6th June 2014 Although the South African composites industry has the potential to develop, it is currently fragmented, owing to a chasm in the integration of product design, material selection, manufacturing and research and development (R&D), says Biocomposites Centre of Competence (BCC) composites expert Dr... 

SA’s infrastructure second in sub-Saharan Africa

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th June 2013 This year, South Africa ranked second in logistics solutions provider DHL’s yearly Global Connectedness Index (GCI) report, which analyses the state of globalisation and connectedness levels, based on the international flows of trade, capital, information and people in sub-Saharan Africa. This... 

MZI secures final land agreement for Keysbrook

By: Esmarie Iannucci     5th April 2013 Mineral sands developer MZI Resources has secured the remaining landowner agreement required to start development of its flagship Keysbrook project, in Western Australia. The ASX-listed company reported that the agreements, which had been made with three landowners, gave MZI the right to access... 

Fuel cell technology in South Africa

By: Kelvin Kemm     1st March 2013 We regularly hear of the concept of the ‘hydrogen economy’. Frequently, this is spoken of in rather vague terms of how hydrogen-burning cars and so on will emit no pollution. While much of the concept of a hydrogen economy is still a pipe dream, the viable application of hydrogen fuel cells is a... 

Govt pursuing heavy mineral sands beneficiation initiatives

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th July 2012 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) established the Advanced Metals Initiative (AMI) in 2003 to develop technological competences and achieve optimal sustainable local processing capabilities for key minerals in the South African minerals sector. Downstream value-added activities, such... 

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