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Fortuna Silver lifts Q3 output, reports San Jose contingency pond overflow

By: Mariaan Webb     12th October 2018 Latin American miner Fortuna Silver has reported improved third-quarter silver and gold output and is on schedule to meet its production guidance for the year, the NYSE- and TSX-listed company reported on Thursday. Compared with the third quarter of 2017, Fortuna’s silver production increased by... 

Air Products invests in most advanced state-of-the-art Dissolved Acetylene Facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 Continuously improving facilities, safety, processes and service delivery are key contributors to Air Products South Africa’s success over the years. This plays a vital role in establishing the company as one of the leading players in the manufacturing of industrial gas. A strategic decision was... 

Lithium leaders tout bright EV future after tough trading debut

By: Bloomberg     12th October 2018 The market for lithium will remain tight through 2025 as producers struggle to lift output fast enough to meet demand for the material that’s essential in making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), according to the sector’s newest public company, Livent. “We think demand is going to grow... 

R&D provides solutions for water management problems

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Constant research and development (R&D) has been key to the growth and success of 34-year-old industrial agitator and specialised mixing-equipment for water and wastewater treatment company, Mixtec, says the company’s sales and project manager Rudi Swanepoel.    The Mixtec global group of... 

Engineering firm acquires valve test bench

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Mpumalanga-based wholly black-owned mechanical engineering company Brimis Engineering will procure a pressure relief valve test bench by the end of this month to test more than 90% of all installed safety valves currently in use in South Africa.  Global valve test and repair equipment supplier... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

Lesotho Metolong dam achieves full capacity

12th October 2018 The new $100-million Metolong dam in Lesotho has achieved a significant project success this year, with the dam spilling for the first time since its completion in 2016. Spilling occurs when the dam is at full capacity, and the dam’s spillway – meant to direct excess water downstream during flood... 

Speciality textiles firm to produce flame-resistant fabrics for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2018 South Africa-based speciality textiles manufacturer Gelvenor Textiles will produce flame-resistant Nomex and flame- and arc-resistant Protera fabrics to be distributed in Africa in partnership with industrial multinational DuPont, says Gelvenor Textiles CEO Dicky Coetzee. The company underwent 18... 

Electrically mobile 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2018 Following a somewhat questionable hiatus in September, petrol and diesel prices resumed their sheer climbs in October, leaving motorist with the financial equivalent of altitude sickness. The decision to freeze prices last month (apart from a 4.9c/l increase to cater for a wage settlement) was... 

Rescue Rod

12th October 2018 Trenchless specialist Rescue Rod notes that, after more than ten years of decisively shaping horizontal directional drilling practices within the company, this form of trenchless technology is widely becoming recognised worldwide as the most efficient, rapid and cost-effective method of... 

Medical device production plant, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 MSQ Health is building a new medical device production plant in the Eastern Cape. 

Leading occupational health & safety trade expo to launch in Botswana

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Brand new A-OSH Expo Botswana to take place alongside Electra Mining Botswana at the Gaborone Fairgrounds in September 2019. Bringing together all aspects of occupational safety and health concerns in the workplace, A-OSH Expo Botswana will showcase the latest products, technologies and services... 

Wind body to request smoothing of procurement profile in IRP submission

By: Terence Creamer     11th October 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) will appeal for a “smooth rolling procurement” of new wind-energy capacity in its response to the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) so as to close a three-year procurement gap in the current document. The Draft IRP 2018 was released on... 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Eliminating Human Error In Industrial Manufacturing And Retail

11th October 2018 In the South African industrial manufacturing and retail industries, businesses are faced with economic pressure and constantly increasing demand. This requires constant innovation and the application of best practice, especially in the effective management of warehouses, finance, planning,... 

Packaging firm Mondi reports 30% rise in Q3 underlying profit

By: Reuters     11th October 2018 Packaging and paper group Mondi, reported a 30 percent increase in third-quarter underlying core profit, benefiting from higher average selling prices in some of its businesses. Underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose to €466-million in the three... 

Latest products and technologies revealed at Electra Mining Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Over 850 exhibitors showcased their latest new innovations, products and services at one of the world’s biggest mining and industrial trade exhibitions. Held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec from 10-14 September, leading players in the mining, manufacturing, automation, electrical and... 

ASCCI initiates revitalised approach to promoting localisation

10th October 2018 Localisation is a critical tool for industrial development, and as the national co-ordinating body, Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI) aims to advance its localisation agenda through activities which support successful localisation of components in the South African... 

Growing Lightly

10th October 2018 Sedick Samsodien explains to the guests attending the factory tour how the mountains of post-consumer and post-recycled polystyrene visible in the background are collected and recycled into the Greenlite lightweight concrete bricks and screed used to build shopping malls, architectural homes and... 

Alaska's Graphite Creek is potentially key to US defence industrial base

By: Mariaan Webb     10th October 2018 The Graphite Creek graphite project that TSX-V-listed Graphite One Resources is studying in Alaska could be a key source of supply for the US defence industry, which has recommended that the country reduce its import reliance for critical equipment and material. Commenting on the White House/US... 

Emerson To Buy General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business

10th October 2018 Acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities as a complete automation solutions provider across process, hybrid and discrete end markets. Emerson today announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric (NYSE: GE). Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic... 

Trade rules need to address Chinese excess capacity – EU's Moscovici

By: Reuters     10th October 2018 Any rewrite of global trading rules must deal with the issue of excess industrial capacity in China, European Commission Economic Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday. "We absolutely need to address the issue of overcapacities in China. Nobody can say that this is not a problem. This... 

Govt urged to include IRP adjustment that steers renewables jobs the way of coal regions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 South Africa should consider including a policy adjustment in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) directing developers of new renewable-energy infrastructure to build projects in regions currently geared towards coal mining and coal-fired electricity production. University of Johannesburg... 

Africa needs to invest more in infrastructure to meet Agenda 2063 goals

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th October 2018 For Africa to reach its Agenda 2063 goals, the necessary infrastructure needs to be in place, especially to support Africa’s accelerated integration and growth, technological transformation, trade and development. This will include high-speed railway networks, roads, shipping lines, sea and air... 

Construction on Phase A of R1.4bn Umgeni commercial development nearing completion

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Construction on the R1.4-billion Umgeni Lifestyle and Deco Park is under way, with completion of Phase A expected this month and the grand opening set for November 1. This commercial concept is a first-of-its-kind for this region, presenting a safe landscaped zone with green spaces and walkways... 

Siemens to showcase sector-specific solutions and future technologies for Industrie 4.0

9th October 2018 Integrated Digital Enterprise portfolio for machine and plant builders as well as end customers Concrete digitalization use cases from chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries 

Edenville secures its largest coal order yet

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Edenville Energy has signed a “significant” two-year contract with an industrial group operating in East Africa for the supply of a specialised coal product. The contract is for the supply of 3 500 t a month of coal, with an option for the customer to increase this to up to 6 000 t a month. 

Astron Energy appoints chair, CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th October 2018 Astron Energy, previously Chevron South Africa (CSA), has appointed Mashudu Ramano chairperson and Jonathan Molapo CEO, with immediate effect. CSA was, last month, acquired by black economic empowerment consortium Off The Shelf Investments, which is chaired by Ramano, for $1-billion. 

Is the reign of Glencore’s billionaire copper king near its end?

By: Bloomberg     9th October 2018 Aristotelis Mistakidis is one of the world’s most powerful commodity traders. For nearly 20 years, the brash, hyperactive Greek known to everyone simply as “Telis” has ruled over the global copper market, buying and selling enough of the red metal to supply every factory in the US twice over.... 

Aerospace group Airbus reveals its next CEO

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th October 2018 The board of directors of Europe-based major global aerospace manufacturing group Airbus announced on Monday that it had chosen Guillaume Faury as its next CEO. Faury is currently President of Airbus Commercial Aircraft. He will replace incumbent group CEO Tom Enders in April next year. Faury was... 

Technology cost assumptions used to produce IRP explained 

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2018 An experienced electricity system modeller has corrected a suggestion that the draft 2018 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) uses levelised cost assumptions for the various generation technologies tested, explaining that overnight capital cost assumptions for each technology are key inputs. The... 

Engen Driver Wellness sees Western Cape truck drivers roll up their sleeves and get tested

9th October 2018 Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19... 

Mali approves Randgold’s Morila mine to agribusiness conversion

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th October 2018 Gold miner Randgold Resources’ Morila gold mine’s ambitious agribusiness project has been approved by the Malian government. The project is designed to replace mining with a sustainable economic activity in the local community after the operation’s closure in two years’ time. 

Concord Cranes supports refurbishment of 102-m-high digester jib crane

8th October 2018 Concord Cranes has deployed its advanced lifting services and expertise to assist with the refurbishment of a fixed digester jib crane in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal. This complex project, involving what is deemed to be one of the highest structures in the region, was completed in May 2018. The... 

Edenville secures another offtake deal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2018 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed an offtake deal to supply an industrial customer in East Africa with 300 t a month to 500 t a month of coal for two years. Edenville has been working with the customer throughout this year to create a product specifically suited to the customer's operations... 

Climate crisis spurs UN call for $2.4tn fossil fuel shift  

By: Bloomberg     8th October 2018 The world must invest $2.4-trillion in clean energy every year through 2035 and cut the use of coal-fired power to almost nothing by 2050 to avoid catastrophic damage from climate change, according to scientists convened by the United Nations. Their report published Monday adds pressure on... 

South Africa researching hydrogen storage for platinum-using fuel cells

By: Martin Creamer     5th October 2018 South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is researching innovative hydrogen storage technologies that have the potential to be key enablers of platinum-catalysed fuel cells, which generate clean electricity using hydrogen as a fuel and platinum as a catalyst. The... 

Jobs crisis: We all took our eyes off the ball, says Busa vice president  

By: News24Wire      5th October 2018 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) vice president Martin Kingston says the last decade saw "significant damage" being done to the country due to various stakeholders dropping the ball – and it will be a long time before that damage is undone. "We collectively took our eyes off the ball for the... 

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