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SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

Strong attendance growth at Fastener Fair Turkey 2018

22nd June 2018 Exhibitors at the fourth edition of the Fastener Fair Turkey 2018 welcomed high calibre Turkish and international visitors for three days, with a total of 2 900 managers, engineers and buyers visiting the event. This represents an impressive 70% growth, compared with the 2016 show. 

Irene Boulevard mixed-use precinct, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 Abland, Giflo Developments and SOM are building a mixed-use development in Gauteng. 

Gama cites need for digital change to ensure greater economic growth

By: Simone Liedtke     21st June 2018 With an unemployment rate of about 27% in South Africa, State-owned Transnet CEO Siyabonga Gama highlights the need for creating, on an urgent basis, more job absorption strategies. This vision, he explained at the Vision 2030 Summit, in Johannesburg, on Thursday, will involve employing more of... 

Imperial board to proceed with Motus unbundling, separate listing

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Imperial Holdings’ board has resolved to proceed with the unbundling of its Motus automotive business, it announced on Thursday. The JSE-listed company has previously indicated its plans to restructure its operations into two large independent and self-sufficient businesses – one holding the... 

Professional Body For Supply Chain Management Launched At 40th Sapics Conference

21st June 2018 The 40th annual SAPICS Conference wrapped up in Cape Town last week. The organisers report that in addition to providing African supply chain practitioners with an unrivalled opportunity to share knowledge and network, a high point of this year’s event was the launch by SAPICS of Africa’s first... 

Pilgangoora produces first lithium fines concentrates

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals has produced its first concentrates at the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. MD Ken Brinsden said on Thursday that the production of initial fines concentrates was a significant and exciting milestone, coming just a week after the... 

The South African pharmaceutical regulatory environment

20th June 2018 The South African pharmaceutical environment is highly regulated. The most important legislative provisions are found in the Medicines Act and the Pharmacy Act. Recent amendments to the Medicines Act brought about the replacement of the Medicines Control Council, being the regulatory body that... 

Atterbury signs first tenant for Randport industrial development

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 Contact lens manufacturer CooperVision will become the first tenant at JSE-listed Atterbury’s R850-million Randport industrial development, in Gosforth Park, Germiston, Ekurhuleni.   

History to be more equal than other subjects?

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th June 2018 Some associate professor was an in-studio guest on one of our television channels the other night. To mangle a famous quotation in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, he was on about why history should be more equal than other subjects at high school level in South Africa. He and other dons who... 

Tshwane Auto City, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th June 2018 Tshwane Auto City is a collaboration between the South African government and the automotive industry to transform the area into the leading automotive destination in Africa. 

Fortune may defer Saskatchewan metals processing plant

By: Mariaan Webb     14th June 2018 Project developer Fortune Minerals may defer its planned metals processing plant near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and may opt to sell concentrates from the flagship Nico mine directly to third parties, the company said on Thursday. The London, Ontario-based company has approval for a $200-million... 

WWF calls on airline industry to help stop the trafficking of wildlife

By: Kim Cloete     14th June 2018 The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has called on airlines and airports to work together to stop widespread wildlife trafficking.   “Wildlife trafficking is a global challenge. The very existence of wildlife is being threatened,” WWF private sector engagement team director Afsoon Namini, told... 

Germany's Heraeus to open $100m precious metals recycling plant in China

By: Reuters     14th June 2018 German technology group Heraeus will open a precious metals refinery and recycling plant in China in September to take advantage of the country's rising demand for platinum group metals. Heraeus has invested almost $100-million in the facility in Nanjing covering 84 000 square metres, which will... 

Babcock displays staying power during half-station shutdown

14th June 2018 Babcock recently completed a mammoth and highly successful half-station shutdown at a power station in the Free State. Meticulous risk management resulted in no lost-time injuries throughout the 1.7 million man-hours clocked on the project. Comprehensive planning ensured that the scope of work... 

Copper industry in crisis, new areas pursued

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     13th June 2018 The global copper industry is in crisis – traditional orebodies are becoming depleted and the commodity market has depressed the price of copper to such an extent that mining companies cannot afford to invest in expansion or new equipment, says foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie group... 

MTN aims to launch mobile service in Namibia around August

By: Reuters     13th June 2018 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile telecoms firm, is aiming to launch a mobile service in Namibia around the end of August, a company executive told Reuters. Currently state-owned operator MTC dominates in Namibia, a country of two-million people. 

Stratex partners with Cameroonian company to advance gold exploration projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th June 2018 Aim-listed Stratex International has entered into a conditional option agreement with a well-established Cameroonian company to acquire up to a 90% interest in two early-stage gold exploration projects, Bibemi and Wapouzé, in north Cameroon.  

African rail operators should jump to digital networks, says DB venture architect 

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2018 Similar to large parts of Africa jumping to mobile/phone-based Internet instead of using fixed-line access first, African railway operators should, from the onset, build systems that make use of the recent advances in technology, says Deutsche Bahn (DB) senior venture architect Henning Seeschaaf.... 

Rio appoints replacement for Lynch

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th June 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has appointed Jakob Stausholm as CFO, succeeding Chris Lynch who will stand down from the board on September 3, and who will retire from Rio on September 30. Stausholm recently stepped down as group CFO of AP Moller-Maersk, and will join Rio as an executive director on... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

Optimising the supply chain: delivering value for all

8th June 2018 By Rodney Francis and Helen Lane  Last-mile solutions (LMS), a key aspect of modern supply-chain management is gaining in relevance, while also changing and expanding its meaning, as the FMCG industry continues to evolve, placing ever-greater importance on sustainability, digital solutions and... 

Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical ‘shows its steel’ on Kwale Mineral Sands Phase 2: A milestone pan-African project, delivered on time

8th June 2018 Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical (SSM) have demonstrated their ability to compete in the pan- African mining sector by successfully executing Phase 2 of the Kwale Mineral Sands mine expansion project in Kenya (KP2). The project was awarded in June 2017 and scheduled for completion in April 2018.  SSM... 

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Gold market could put supply on blockchain as soon as next year

By: Bloomberg     6th June 2018 The gold market could start using the technology behind cryptocurrencies to track an almost-$200 billion supply chain as soon as next year. The London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) last week closed an invitation for submissions of ideas for how to track the metal as it’s dug out of remote... 

DHL Introduces the Next Evolution in International Shipping

6th June 2018 MyDHL+ simplifies and streamlines the international shipping process Combines most-used customer tools on a single, user-friendly platform 

Outsourcing Refrigeration Could Improve Your Bottom Line

1st June 2018 Why Sa Companies Are Moving Away From Owning Their Own Cooling Systems Refrigeration represents a substantial cost to companies operating in South Africa’s food and beverage industry. Additionally, the operation and maintenance of modern refrigeration systems often diverts precious resources and... 

Event to inspire industry to think differently – organisers

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     1st June 2018 Global events company Terrapinn will host the twenty-first annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, on June 12 and 13, which it believes will encourage the African railway industry to innovate and think differently. Africa Rail is the meeting... 

Sharp launches new trade hub in Johannesburg

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st June 2018 Global electronics giant Sharp has opened a new business subsidiary and experience centre in Boksburg, Gauteng, in an effort to avail its entire product range – and increase its brand presence – to the Southern African region. Previously leveraging the capacity of legacy third-party distribution... 

KLT SA in push to increase chassis frame production to meet Ford requirements

By: Irma Venter     31st May 2018 KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa (KLT SA) has to increase production this year at its Hammanskraal plant, in Pretoria, from around 450 chassis frames a day, to 500 units a day, says KLT SA CEO Paul Leonard. KLT SA supplies the Ford plant in Silverton, also in Pretoria, where the... 

Corruption, healthcare and blockchain on the agenda at Supply Chain conference

30th May 2018 Africa’s leading knowledge sharing and networking event for supply chain professionals kicks off in Cape Town on 10 June. With supply chain issues increasingly in the spotlight in South Africa - from the education department’s alleged oversupply of sanitary towels in schools, to the Estina Dairy... 

Track & trace all production output

29th May 2018 Easily track every item in production to increase efficiency and open new markets Accurate product tracking throughout production processes can increase production efficiency, open up new markets and attract more customers. It enables competitive advantages including increased quality control,... 

Total, Sonangol agree to increased activity in Angola

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th May 2018 During a recent official visit to France by Angola President João Lourenço and a delegation of Angolan businesspersons, petrochemicals giant Total chairperson and CEO Patrick Pouyanné and Angolan petroleum parastatal Sonangol chairperson Carlos Saturnino signed several agreements to cover the... 

Kolok improves efficiencies with Citrix

28th May 2018 Kolok, a division of the Bidvest Group and one of South Africa’s largest IT distributors, has deployed Citrix NetScaler SD-WAN to improve its customer service, speed of response and business efficiencies.
 
With an operation as complex as Kolok’s, a reliable and secure network is paramount to... 

Afgri Equipment, John Deere launch agricultural equipment telematics, automation systems

By: Schalk Burger     28th May 2018 Agricultural equipment company Afgri Equipment and agricultural equipment multinational John Deere have launched the JD Link telematics solution, which can connect any make and model of agricultural machinery in the field in near-real-time with the farmer’s office and mobile devices. Afgri CEO... 

Smart factories just got smarter

28th May 2018 By Dereshin Pillay, Sales & Service Management Head: Manufacturing and Automotive, at T-Systems South Africa   Bots reshape the entire manufacturing process Augmented reality reimagines the prototype, delivering it faster, cheaper and with more accuracy Connected everything is driving these shifts 

Trackmatic simplifies inbound yard execution management with inventive mobile technology

28th May 2018 Mobile tech has the ability to simplify business flow and enable efficient yard execution. Trackmatic, innovative provider of disruptive tech solutions to the supply chain and logistics industry, is presenting its market-leading inbound yard execution management solution at the 40th Annual SAPICS... 

D1 Mint buys 1 500 investment-grade diamonds for new diamond-backed crypto coin

By: Henry Lazenby     25th May 2018 The emergence of blockchain technology is helping to turn diamonds into a new investment asset class that, in turn, could drive future demand for natural diamonds, the creator of a new diamond-backed crypto coin said on Friday. Singapore-based D1 Mint, the creator of the diamond-backed D1 Coin,... 

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