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R&D must be prioritised as Industry 4.0 disrupts

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 Research and development (R&D) is crucial for the aviation industry and government should establish it as a national priority, says the Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa (Barsa) GM Ndiphiwe Ntuli. Barsa submitted its comments to the Department of Transport on the Revised White... 

Cabling system enables increased data transfer

By: Evert Wasserman     31st August 2018 French industrial group Legrand designed its latest system to ensure high-performance, through structured cabling systems and a high quality cabling system called Legrand’s Cabling Solutions (LCS³). 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Metolong dam and water supply programme, Lesotho

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 The dam has spilled for the first time since its completion in 2016. 

Ngonye solar plant, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Construction has started on the plant. 

KZN Manufacturing Indaba 2018 Primes Manufacturers for Success

30th August 2018 Prime movers and participants of the nation’s manufacturing sector attended the Kwazulu Natal Manufacturing Indaba  in record numbers at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 22 August 2018. The annual event assembled provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth... 

Eskom, unions settle on salary adjustments

By: Marleny Arnoldi     30th August 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom has reached a three-year wage agreement with trade unions the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and Solidarity. In terms of the agreement, Eskom’s bargaining unit permanent employees will receive salary... 

EM supplies Socomec Digiware system for showcase Green Star project

30th August 2018 Leading supplier ElectroMechanica (EM) has supplied the Socomec Digiware system to a large South African corporation’s head office in Sandton, where it is being used for large-scale electrical metering to meet the project’s five-star Green Star rating. EM is the sole distributor of Socomec’s... 

CSIR female researchers at the forefront of improving health care in SA

29th August 2018 Currently, most patients who are diagnosed with diabetes in South Africa have to prick their fingers three times a day to check their sugar levels. This method of monitoring and detecting diabetes is painful for the patient and could potentially introduce infections. The Council for Scientific... 

Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

29th August 2018 Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. “We are very pleased to bring Flo-Tek onboard as a distribution partner. Nelspruit and the... 

South African farmers play chicken with Trump tariffs

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Herman Pretorius is just the kind of white South African farmer US President Donald Trump expressed concern for when he barged into the country's delicate land reform debate by ordering an investigation into the "large-scale killing of farmers". But for the greying, bespectacled 58-year-old,... 

Denel is getting itself back on an even keel, but needs further government guarantees

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th August 2018 State-owned defence industrial group Denel’s acting Group CEO Michael Kgobe assured the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises on Wednesday that the new Denel Board was carrying out comprehensive actions against corruption and dubious transactions, as well as to reinforce... 

VECV launches heavy-duty Eicher trucks, mulls bus entry

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2018 VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV) South Africa, a Volvo Group and Eicher Motors joint venture, has entered the domestic heavy-duty truck market, with the start of sale of its Pro 6000 series trucks. This will add to the Pro 3008 8.5 t gross vehicle mass (GVM) truck range introduced when the company... 

Air quality control solutions balance social and environmental needs

29th August 2018 Coal-fired power generation remains an important component of Africa’s energy landscape. Air-quality control solutions are key to preserving clean air and quality of life, says Webb Meko, Business Development Director, Sub-Saharan Africa, Black & Veatch Johannesburg, 21 August 2018 – According to... 

Eskom needs to be 'rightsized' – Mabuza

By: Kim Cloete     28th August 2018 Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza says the utility is up to 33% overstaffed at all levels and may need to be "rightsized" in time. “We don't know whether we will downsize but we are determined to rightsize. We will do that within the confines of the Labour Relations Act. We can’t tell people here how... 

Insimbi acquires Group Wreck for R120m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th August 2018 JSE-listed Insimbi Industrial Holdings is acquiring scrap metal recycler Group Wreck International for R120-million. “Insimbi needs to grow by acquiring businesses that complement the existing Insimbi businesses and are accretive to earnings,” said Insimbi CEO Fred Botha.  

Global experts for inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Show

28th August 2018 The 4th industrial revolution is not science fiction. Experts from across the globe will affirm the reality, scope and scale of technological advancement world-wide at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show in South Africa from November 7-9. Headlining the seminar... 

Huawei Constructs a Best-in-Class Optical Transport Network for ÖBB

28th August 2018 Huawei deployed an Optical Transport Network (OTN) using Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) for Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). DWDM technology enables 100Gbit/s performance and the ability to expand broadband network systems efficiently. Customized for ÖBB, Huawei’s DWDM OTN products... 

Majority of Solidarity members at Sasol Secunda in favour of proposed strike

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th August 2018 Eighty-three per cent of trade union Solidarity’s members at petrochemicals giant Sasol’s Secunda operations have voted in favour of strike action regarding Sasol’s exclusion of white employees from an employee share ownership plan. Solidarity is also planning a national protest in which... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

Super Group buoyed by commodities, new acquisitions

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2018 An excellent performance from the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from a number of acquired businesses and solid results from the SG Fleet have seen Super Group post a 15% jump in operating profit, to R2.4-billion, for the financial year ended June 30.... 

How technology has made the world a smarter place

27th August 2018 By Mr CY Kim, Managing Director, LG Electronics South Africa Technology is embedded into every facet of modern life and with the arrival of artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and the fourth industrial revolution, people sometimes worry about the implications of every... 

Collaboration required to improve South Africa’s sovereign credit rating

By: Maxine Arries     27th August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen, Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George and Centre for Development and Enterprise Executive... 

Continuous improvement, a blueprint for continued success

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2018 Air Products South Africa prides itself on a solid safety track record, innovative new products and developments, and success in the industrial manufacturing sector. This positioning is underpinned by a solid business strategy that is focused on key aspects, one being a constant drive for... 

New bridge to improve access to Brackengate 2 logistics park

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2018 JSE-listed diversified real estate investment trust (Reit) Redefine Properties and VDMV Property Group on Friday officially opened the newly improved Cilmor road bridge over the R300. The bridge, which was completed in August, was built at a cost of R27-million and is expected to further improve... 

Pretty in Pink for Women’s Day

24th August 2018 Atlas Copco once again partnered with the Reality Wellness Group to celebrate Women’s Day at their head office in Jet Park, Boksburg. “We pulled out all the stops as we wanted to dedicate the day to the women of Atlas Copco to show the company’s appreciation for their hard work and to give them... 

thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programme develops people for a sustainable future

24th August 2018 thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programmes are successfully developing people to secure a sustainable future not only for the company, but also for southern African industry and the regions in which thyssenkrupp is operating. “We are very happy to contribute to the development of skills in... 

Hengst acquires specialist for air filtration DELBAG

24th August 2018 Bolstering their market position as a filtration expert in the room air filtration segment Hengst Filtration, a globally operating specialist for cutting-edge filtration solutions has entered into a binding agreement with FläktGroup, the market leader in ventilation solutions, about Hengst's... 

Black industrial powerhouse backs large-scale roll-out of cutting-edge mechanised mining technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering,, has put in motion ambitious plans to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development (R&D), as well as manufacturing. Renowned industrialist, Sello Mahlangu, is the founder and... 

Pail Tipper For Dense Bulk Materials

24th August 2018 SOUTH AFRICA ¾ A new TIP-TITE™ Pail Tipper from Flexicon dumps pails containing high density bulk solid materials into downstream processing or storage vessels dust-free. The unit accommodates pails of up to 19 litres measuring up to 380 mm in height, and weighing up to 340 kg. 

New impeller improves pump suction

24th August 2018 In its ongoing quest to push the boundaries of performance, pump manufacturer, KSB Group, has developed a special impeller to further improve the suction characteristics of its Movitec multistage high-pressure pumps. The new impeller is particularly useful in applications with critical inlet... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies has, through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, put ambitious plans in motion to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development, as well as manufacturing. Genrec’s factory, in Wadeville, is undergoing significant upgrades... 

X-ray technology enabling real-time analysis of gold ore samples Down Under

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     24th August 2018 Australian gold explorers have been given the world-first option to access x-ray technology to detect and analyse unseen gold, cutting turnaround times significantly. The photon assay technology was developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over a... 

Local company offers transformer fire-protection solutions

By: Melissa Zisengwe     24th August 2018 Industrial fires cause damage of about R430-million a year. Transformer fires are disruptive, dangerous and may cause loss of life. Depending on the severity of the fire the likelihood of explosions is very high, says safety solutions provider Sperosens. Common causes of transformer fires include... 

Milestones & Opportunities

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2018 Fresh analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), showing that the combined installed base of wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) generators breached the one-terawatt mark at the end of June, offered statistical confirmation of an energy transition that is now in full swing. Of this total, wind... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning demand for generators

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 A growing rental market and the provision of expert services, including electrical engineering services, is providing global generator manufacturer Himoinsa with good growth in Southern Africa, says Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matt Bell. The rental market provides it... 

Trawling for a cleaner environment

24th August 2018 An international study has revealed that South African Hake has a low environmental impact; this and the fact that South African Hake comes from a sustainable and well managed fishery, makes it a good choice over beef and many other forms of animal proteins. According to the study − published in... 

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