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AMSA unveils interim steel rail hub

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago The official unveiling of the Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, on Friday, marked the next step in steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail. Dedicated rail links between... 

Electrical product supplier launches range of switches and sockets

By: Nadine James     Updated 7 hours ago Electrical product supplier Legrand South Africa (SA) – a subsidiary of multinational industrial product supplier Legrand – launched the Ysalis switches and sockets range in South Africa earlier this month. This forms part of the company’s strategy to introduce chic wiring devices to local... 

Zuwa Solar to develop a 80 -120 MW Solar PV farm on the Bwana Mkubwa tailings dams located at the First Quantum Minerals tailings dam site in Ndola, Zambia

     24th February 2017 Zuwa Solar Limited, a Zambian registered solar PV Development company proposes to construct an 80 – 120 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant on approximately 150 ha of land on the surface of old copper ore tailings dams that are derived from copper mines operated by First Quantum Mining and... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a US military academy each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Company launches LED luminaire for industrial applications

By: Nadine James     24th February 2017 Luminaire manufacturer BEKA Schréder launched a high-performance light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire, the LEDbay-midi, late last year for industrial applications. The main objective was to enhance their low- and high-bay luminaire range. This luminaire has been very well received by warehouse... 

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th February 2017 Gibela Rail Transport Consortium has expressed concern about ongoing community unrest in Duduza, in Ekurhuleni, which is impacting on construction activities at its Dunnottar train manufacturing plant. 

East London IDZ attracts multibillion-rand investment

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Since it was established in 2002, the East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) has attracted more than R7.3-billion in private-sector investment from 45 investors.  

Gunter Vogel

     24th February 2017 This week we feature Gunter Vogel, chairperson of Kwatami (previously Joest), an original-equipment manufacturers that supplies customised engineered vibrating equipment to the African mining and industrial sectors   

Industrial automation firm to host two-day ‘automation university’ in May

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 Industrial automation and information company Rockwell Automation will host a comprehensive two-day training programme – its Automation University – at Emperors Palace, in Gauteng, from May 17 to 18.  

Partnership aims to catalyse digitalisation within power utilities

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An agreement to jointly develop solutions to accelerate the digitalisation of planning, design, and operations for power utilities and industrial power customers has been agreed upon by electrification, automation and digitalisation technologies company Siemens, and architecture and engineering... 

Wear solutions firm provides hands-on experience for ‘engineers of tomorrow’

By: Dylan Slater     24th February 2017 An internship programme offered by Alberton-based wear solutions company Rio-Carb aims to upskill the engineers of the future.  

Electricity-mix model shows South Africa won’t need to trade off clean for low-cost 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2017 The steep decline in wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) costs means that South Africa will not need to make the traditional trade-off between investing in either clean or least-cost electricity production, as the “cost-optimal mix” for South Africa is now also the cleanest, research conducted by... 

Aton share buying spree 'opportunity, not threat', says M&R’s Laas

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Amplats launches new Chrome Recovery Plant 

     23rd February 2017 Anglo American Platinum launched its newly commissioned chrome recovery plant earlier in January at its Thabazimbi-based Amandelbult complex in Limpopo.  

Brian Molefe sworn in as ANC MP

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2017 Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has been sworn in as African National Congress member of Parliament. Two sources from Parliament confirmed to News24 that the swearing in took place in the Speaker's office on Thursday morning. 

Industrial unrest brewing at CIL, risks production target

By: Ajoy K Das     23rd February 2017 Industrial unrest is once again brewing at Coal India Limited's (CIL's) operations with major trade unions threatening to disrupt the production and transportation of coal from mines across the country. The trade unions have opened up two fronts for direct action against CIL management and the... 

Seifsa welcomes R95m steel development fund

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd February 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on Wednesday welcomed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s R95-million allocation towards the establishment of a Steel Development Fund in the 2017 National Budget. The fund will be controlled by the Industrial Development... 

Budget makes room for more housing opportunities

By: News24Wire      22nd February 2017 Government is to spend R29.8-billion on housing, according to the National Budget. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered Budget 2017 in parliament on Wednesday. He said it was important to have intergovernmental cooperation between the different spheres to improve delivery of services such as... 

Continental signs collaborative agreement with Caterpillar

     22nd February 2017 Continental and Caterpillar Inc. have signed an agreement to equip Cat Off-Highway-Trucks (model series 770 to 775) with Continental RDT-Master tires in sizes 18.00R33, 21.00R33 and 24.00R35. The agreement also calls for the two companies to collaborate on designing new tires for two other Cat... 

ABB Wins $70 Million in Equipment Orders to Expand European Rail Fleets

     22nd February 2017 ABB traction technologies to provide more reliable, energy-efficient trains for rail operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. ABB has won orders worth $70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply state-of-the-art traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail... 

Industry Desperate for Certainty on Carbon Tax

     22nd February 2017 Leading energy consultancy Cova Advisory has warned that there is a desperate need for certainty over South Africa’s planned Carbon Tax.   The warning came in the run-up to this week’s Budget, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is widely expected to give an update on plans for the new tax.... 

Industry Desperate for Certainty on Carbon Tax

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd February 2017 Leading energy consultancy Cova Advisory has warned that there is a desperate need for certainty over South Africa’s planned Carbon Tax.   The warning came in the run-up to this week’s Budget, when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is widely expected to give an update on plans for the new tax. “On... 

De Beers new diamond mine set to reach full commercial production

By: Reuters     22nd February 2017 Gahcho Kué diamond mine, in Canada's Northwest Territories is set to reach full commercial production over the next six weeks, the heads of Anglo American unit De Beers and its Canadian partner Mountain Province Diamonds said on Tuesday. First diamond production at the Arctic mine, the world's... 

Ewseta, DUT launch EnergyDrive to create awareness of alternative energy sources

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 The Energy and Water Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT) on Tuesday launched the EnergyDrive initiative, to educate rural communities on climate change and alternative energy sources. A custom-designed truck equipped with ten solar... 

Energy Efficiency Workshop

     21st February 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa, the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa and the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association will host an energy efficiency workshop to highlight challenges and provide solutions to the energy challenges facing industry and business. The... 

De Beers lifts FY16 underlying Ebitda by 42%

By: Ilan Solomons     21st February 2017 Higher revenues contributed to a 42% improvement year-on-year in diamond miner De Beers’ underlying earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) to $1.4-billion in 2016. A 30% increase in revenue to $6.1-billion was driven by stronger rough diamond demand, which led to... 

DPI Plastics upgrades large-bore extrusion line for new Ultraflo™ range

     21st February 2017 DPI Plastics has upgraded the tooling on its large-bore extrusion line at its Roodekop facility in Johannesburg in order to extend its current range of Ultraflo™ PVC-m pressure pipes to include diameters of up to 630 mm and a 16-bar maximum operating pressure. The Ultraflo™ range has been... 

EOH, Steag join forces to boost energy services in South Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st February 2017 JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH Industrial Technologies on Tuesday entered into a strategic joint venture (JV) with German energy group Steag Energy Services broaden EOH’s services offering in South Africa. The JV will cover all aspects of power project developments, from inception... 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     21st February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

BHP ready to overcome global uncertainties – Mackenzie

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st February 2017 Mining major BHP Billiton has more than doubled its net profit to $3.2-billion for the six months ended December 31. This was up 157% from the $7-billion loss reported in the six months to December 31, 2015. 

Kansai Plascon sets a new standard for road-marking paint

     20th February 2017 Kansai Plascon’s BTP brick and concrete paint product is available in different colours, and adheres to notoriously difficult substrates. It also outlasts competitor products by a significant margin, setting a new benchmark in the road-marking sector in particular. This is according to a... 

Rolfes posts strong interim results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Chemicals group Rolfes on Monday reported a R37-million increase in operating profit to R97-million for the six months to December 31, while its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation also increased by 58% to R103-million. The strong performance came on the back of its... 

Minergy to list coal project in Botswana, also eyeing JSE

By: Martin Creamer     20th February 2017 Coal and energy company Minergy said on Monday that it will list on the Botswana Stock Exchange in the first half of this year and is also planning a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listing in 2017’s latter half. In the initial capital raising ahead of the listing of its Masama coal project, Minergy,... 

Aurecon appoints new global energy MD

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2017 Engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon has appointed Dr Alex Wonhas as its new global energy and resources business MD. Prior to this appointment, he was an executive director at the environment, energy and resources sector at Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial... 

African Utility Week Industry Awards include new gas, small scale and ICT categories to reflect evolution of energy and water sectors

     20th February 2017 Nominations are open for top industry professionals and projects   “I know the energy revolution is powering up and ready to take off. We should embrace energy trade with each other”.  With these words Mr Kandeh Yumkella, UN Under-Secretary-General and Former Special Representative of the... 

Mokonyane gives thumbs-up as Eastern Basin plant treats 94 Mℓ/d of AMD 

By: Ilan Solomons     17th February 2017 Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has lauded the successes achieved at the Eastern Basin acid mine drainage (AMD) treatment plant, in Springs, in Gauteng. The R1-billion plant, which started operations in June 2016, was completed under the instruction of State-owned water management... 

DTI promises fast-tracked support for downstream steel industry

By: Terence Creamer     17th February 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) insists that measures to support the downstream steel industry in South Africa are a priority for government and are being fast-tracked. In a statement outlining the various interventions undertaken since 2015 to support a primary steel sector wracked by... 

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