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On-The-Air (20/04/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     20th April 2018 South Africa is expected to play an important role in a large new multi-billion-rand potash project in the Republic of Congo. Wonderful news for platinum is that mining equipment driven by a fuel cell is scheduled to make a game-changing debut underground next year. Mining giant Glencore has... 

Business value often missing in drive towards IoT adoption in SA

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Businesses should start implementing technology solutions with business outcomes in mind. Better alignment between the business value and the implementation of Internet of Things (IoT) systems and projects will improve digital transformation projects in companies, says information technology... 

New heavy-duty jib put to the test

     20th April 2018 Heavy lifting solutions provider Ale has used its heavy duty jib with the the AL.SK350 crane while performing its inaugural lift, weighing 1 276 t, of a floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) module integration project in Nigeria. The world’s largest capacity land based crane, the... 

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

Bayer commits to provide innovative vector control solutions to help eradicate malaria by 2040

     19th April 2018 Today, at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, Bayer joins with members of the agriculture industry - BASF, Mitsui Chemicals, Sumitomo Chemical Company and Syngenta - to pledge its ongoing support to the research, development and supply of innovative vector control solutions,... 

Tomorrow’s smart cities will need equally smart utilities

     18th April 2018 By Hannes Venter, Industry Advisor: Utilities at SAP Africa Sustainable energy consumption and 'green' energy production at home is becoming a new lifestyle. Today's hyperconnected consumer expects a reduced environmental footprint while still enjoying seamless services and ease of use, improving... 

African businesses grow despite difficult macro environment – PwC

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th April 2018 Despite a challenging environment, with public debt approaching critical levels in some countries and concerns over excessive reliance on oil, African businesses are expanding.  

Port Elizabeth MoU set to assist composites industry

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2018 The Mandela Bay Composites Cluster and eNtsa, an engagement institute within Nelson Mandela University, have signed a cooperation agreement which is set to boost the development and use of composites in South Africa. In terms of a memorandum of understanding (MoU), the two entities will work... 

Detailed design phase for R200m Durban cruise terminal to start this month

By: Shirley le Guern     16th April 2018 Transnet National Ports Authority and the KwaZulu Cruise Terminal (KCT) consortium on Monday officially signed an agreement that will see the construction of a R200-million-plus cruise terminal at the entrance to the Port of Durban.   The consortium, which is 70% owned by MSC Cruises, the largest... 

Africa’s first SAP Next-Gen Lab in partnership with the University of Cape Town enables innovation with purpose between corporate SA and millennial talent

     16th April 2018 By 2020, nearly half of the total workforce will be made up of Millennials, the young, connected and tech-savvy demographic born between the early 1980s and the mid-1990s. Despite this, the latest PwC CEO survey found that one of the biggest challenges for organisations will be engaging and... 

Skyriders progresses with five-year contract at major petchem producer

     13th April 2018 From work at tank farms to power station boiler inspection, Skyriders’ five-year contract at a major petrochemical (petchem) producer in South Africa has progressed in leaps and bounds. The access specialist began its association with the company by carrying out maintenance and inspection work on... 

Flooring company takes over linoleum activities

     13th April 2018 Production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes global leader Gerflor entered into a binding agreement to acquire floor coverings manufacturer DLW Flooring’s linoleum activities. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and was expected to... 

Skysite expands and increases its offering

By: Donald Makhafola     13th April 2018 Work-at-height specialist Skysite is celebrating twenty years of doing business this year, with the company evolving from handling small cleaning and rigging projects to big and diverse projects, increasing its competency and service offering to divisionally managed offices in the Western Cape... 

UK project could halve titanium parts production costs

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th April 2018 The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced late last month that its Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (officially abbreviated to Dstl) had, in cooperation with the University of Sheffield, developed of a radical new method of producing titanium parts. Dstl has so far invested almost... 

French interested in South Africa and offering opportunities to South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2018 French companies are confident in the South African market and in its future, French Embassy Economic Counsellor William Roos assured South African journalists at a briefing on Thursday. He pointed out Some 400 French companies had already set up business in South Africa and others are interested... 

Mistra launches new book on the ethics, applications of nanotechnology

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on Wednesday officially launched its new research book ‘Beyond Imagine: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics’, in Pretoria. The book looks at countries like India, where nanotechnology is being supported as a... 

ABB forms digital research, innovation partnership with Wits

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2018 Power management multinational ABB on Wednesday signed a research and development and innovation partnership agreement with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with the view to support and tap into digital innovation to augment its own research, development and engineering work, said ABB... 

Boeing wins a trifecta of commercial aircraft orders

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during this month so far. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion. The first... 

Afrox secures contract to supply medical gases to State healthcare facilities

By: Simone Liedtke     11th April 2018 JSE-listed African Oxygen (Afrox) has been awarded a contract to supply medical gases to government hospitals and clinics across all provinces. 

At the core of new residential suburb in Polokwane

     11th April 2018 Demand for middle-income housing in Polokwane still remains high long after the city was named the capital of Limpopo. This demand is mainly being driven by civil servants, who prefer their own homes to rental accommodation, while the conversion of existing residences into commercial buildings in... 

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Advanced Manufacturing: New Face of the Manufacturing Industry

     9th April 2018 Leading industry experts, influencers, academics and policy analysts to gather in Johannesburg to review strategies for driving South Africa towards advanced manufacturing Owing to the rapidly growing influence of advanced manufacturing technologies, in a field which is spearheading the... 

LNG to underpin Australia’s export earnings growth

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     9th April 2018 Australia’s resources and energy export earnings are expected to reach a record A$230-billion in 2017/18, as liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports increased. The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has reported in the March 2018 edition of the Resources and Energy Quarterly that LNG is... 

Diversification sees I-CAT expand its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions

     9th April 2018 A successful diversification strategy has seen I-CAT expand two of its biggest growth areas at the moment, namely its Fire and Agri-Forestry Divisions. The period 2016 to 2017 saw I-CAT focus mainly on its Fire Division, putting in place products and staff to support significant growth. “This... 

Wacker Neuson offers rammers for all areas of application

     9th April 2018 Since the development of the first rammer by German engineer Herrmann Wacker in 1930, Wacker Neuson continues to develop and broaden its rammer portfolio – always connecting tradition and innovation. With its range of gasoline four-stroke-, two-stroke-, diesel- and battery-driven rammers, Wacker... 

Australia sees miners winning highest Japan coal deal since 2012

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 Coal miners are set to win the highest supply contract in six years from Japanese utilities after demand drove spot prices higher, according to Australia’s commodity forecaster. Japan’s utilities will probably pay $100 a metric ton for annual supplies during the period from April to March, the... 

World's top iron shipper says China import boom to level off

By: Bloomberg     9th April 2018 The world’s largest iron-ore exporter delivered a mixed message on the outlook, raising near-term price forecasts, but combining that revision with a more somber message that China’s gargantuan imports are set to level off as steel production eases in the coming years. Iron-ore will average... 

Dormant Swedish mine comes alive in rush for car batteries

By: Bloomberg     6th April 2018 The global race to develop batteries for electric cars is reaching deep into the pine forests of central Sweden, where a dormant graphite mine is getting a new lease on life. Woxna, situated about 259 km north of Stockholm, was mothballed in 2001 amid a slump in prices. Now, a Canadian company... 

NT resources projects to benefit from govt investment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     6th April 2018 Major resource projects in the Northern Territory are set to benefit from more investment by the state government. The territory government announced plans to invest an additional A$2.44-million over the next two years, to attract and deliver new projects to boost the region’s economy, and to... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Civil engineering shifts towards creative sphere

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th April 2018 The manner in which civil engineers work and the methods they use to find solutions are shifting towards a design-led digital arena, suggests global engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon digital practice leader Richard Matchett. “Digital technology and computers have changed the... 

Firm reiterates Africa’s importance as strategic region

     6th April 2018 Africa remains a strategic and promising business region for integrated infrastructure delivery company Aecom, and as the outlook for the continent remains positive, the company is ensuring it has the necessary staff and technical expertise to allow it to capitalise on growth opportunities. In... 

Visa launches challenge to create payment innovations

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Payment technology multinational Visa launched its global Everywhere Initiative in Africa for financial technology (fintech) start-ups to stimulate payment innovations and the nascent fintech industry in the region. “The goal is to allow for cashless economies and financial inclusion. Visa aims... 

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

     6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

     6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

IoT security spending set to increase in 2018

By: Schalk Burger     6th April 2018 Research and advisory multinational Gartner forecasts that worldwide spending on Internet of Things (IoT) security will reach $1.5-billion in 2018, a 28% increase from 2017’s spending of $1.2-billion. Spending on IoT security is increasing, and a survey has revealed that one in five organisations... 

3SUN 2.0 innovation project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 Enel Green Power is building the first facility worldwide that will exclusively manufacture heterojunction bifacial photovoltaic panels.  

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