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What happens when China's steel curbs end? Here's BHP's take

By: Bloomberg     Updated 2 hours 52 minutes ago Steelmakers in China are about to get back to business full-time. When unprecedented winter supply curbs lapse in the coming weeks, BHP Billiton forecasts mills in the top producer will step up output, boosting run rates through the second quarter to make up for curtailments. The resumption will... 

Energy policy certainty needed to bolster manufacturing growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 More policy certainty is required to support energy projects and to build a strong manufacturing sector in Africa, says engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon African market energy director Elekanyani Ndlovu. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba on... 

Tribunal conditionally approves Timrite’s acquisition of mining support bag manufacturer

     21st February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, mining support product supplier Timrite’s acquisition of Tufbag’s Mining Bag division. Tufbag’s Mining Bag division and Timrite design and manufacture polypropylene-based mining support (PBMS) bags.   Concerns were raised by the Competition... 

Canada province considers law to retaliate against 'Buy American'

By: Reuters     21st February 2018 Ontario's Liberals, the ruling party in Canada's most populous province, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would give officials authority to retaliate against US states that institute "Buy American" procurement policies. The Fairness in Procurement Act would give Ontario's government... 

As Trump takes aim at foreign metal, Canada argues for exemption

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 The biggest steel and aluminium exporter to the US is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. The US Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving Canada a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, but it did single out its northern... 

Ramaphosa's plan for SOEs

By: News24Wire      20th February 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed more details of how he plans to fix State-owned enterprises (SOEs), and he will be considering proposals by Members of Parliament (MPs). He was addressing the National Assembly on Tuesday, in a reply to the debate on the State of the Nation Address (Sona). 

Seifsa worried about potential impact of proposed US steel import tariff increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned that the difficulties facing the local steel industry would continue to worsen in the year ahead if the US Department of Commerce's recommendation for a tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12... 

Australian Mines shares surge 60% on offtake deal

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Shares of battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines Ltd surged on Tuesday after the company signed an offtake agreement with South Korean battery maker SK Innovation for nickel and cobalt from its Sconi project. The commodity off-take agreement, which is for an initial period of... 

Autonomous food robots move with the times

     20th February 2018 Manufacturers in the food and drink sector are increasingly asked to provide a wider variety of offerings, without suffering a decrease in productivity. These demands have dramatically increased both the amount, and complexity, of tests. Bruno Adam, Omron’s Mobile Projects Director Europe... 

As 'America First' turns to steel, Canada looks to duck trump ax

By: Bloomberg     20th February 2018 Canada, the top steel and aluminum exporter to the US, is hopeful of being left out of a Trump administration crackdown on foreign shipments. While the US Commerce Department didn’t recommend giving its northern neighbor a pass when it outlined possible tariffs and quotas on Friday, it did... 

Local Certification Not Accepted Internationally Forces SA Hippo To Set Up Companies In Canada And USA

By: Celeste Koortsen     19th February 2018 In 1993 HAZLETON PUMPS designed, developed and manufactured the first HIPPO Flameproof Submersible Slurry pump be used underground in the South African coal mines.  These pumps had to comply with the IEC 60097-1 regulations and certified by the SABS. As a result of the success of the HIPPO... 

Legacy issues, poor Q1 affect Rolfes' H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from... 

Commission recommends tribunal approve Southern Palace Group's Genrec buy

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that Southern Palace Group's (SPG's) proposed acquisition of steel fabrication and manufacturing business Genrec Engineering, from construction and engineering company Murray and Roberts, be approved without conditions. SPG,... 

Japan's steel industry urges Trump to make careful trade decision

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Japan's steel industry said on Monday the US Commerce Department proposal to President Donald Trump to impose curbs on steel imports violate the principles of free trade, calling for Washington to make a careful and appropriate decision. The US Commerce Department recommended on Friday that Trump... 

Trio Crushers And Screens On A Roll

     19th February 2018 In the three short years since Weir Minerals Africa acquired the Trio® range of crushing and screening equipment, a strong network of skills and aftermarket services has been built across Africa to support this quality brand. According to Weir Minerals Africa Process Director JD Singleton, the... 

Australian Mines signs offtake deal with Korea's SK Innovation

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Battery and technology metals developer Australian Mines said on Monday it signed a deal with Korea's SK Innovation to supply cobalt sulphate and nickel sulphate from its flagship Sconi project. The commodity off-take agreement, which is for an initial period of seven years, is for SK... 

US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

Alrosa reviews submissions for Mir reopening

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Diamond miner Alrosa has opened a contest with a 1.5-million-rouble reward for the best solution to resume underground mining at its Mir deposit, where operations were suspended in August last year owing to a flood that killed eight people. The company said this week that it had received and... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Company first-time exhibitor at event

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South African electrical engineering company Power Plant Electrical Technologies (PPE Technologies) will exhibit at the African Energy Indaba (AEI) for the first time this year. 

Initiative changing development narrative in townships, rural economies

     16th February 2018 A three-year partnership between tyre manufacturing company Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s (SA’s) iconic tyre brand, Dunlop, and development finance agency Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Small Business Growth Enterprise division will see a minimum of 25 containerised tyre fitment... 

East London plant’s performance-car production journey continues

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) on the very last  day of Januaryproduced its first Mercedes-AMG C 63 S at the East London plant, in the Eastern Cape, following a R200-million investment to allow for the assemblyof three Mercedes-AMG models for the export and local markets. MBSA announced last... 

Nuclear energy future imminent, despite delays in updated IRP

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 South Africa-based engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi Nuclear Services (Lesedi) business development executive Shane Pereira believes that there is a future for nuclear power globally, although it is being hindered locally by the delay in passing the updated Integrated... 

Robust energy base key to industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Public-private partnership South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) CEO Chiboni Evans states that Africa's industrialisation can occur only if countries have a robust energy base. 

Drones offer inspection and maintenance benefits for built environment

By: Dylan Slater     16th February 2018 Remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPASes) offer a cost-effective and safe mechanism, with significant benefits, for the built environment sector, especially in terms of inspection and maintenance, according to enterprise applications company Softworx MD Jane Thomson.  

Bureau Veritas 2020 strategy includes strong digital component

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Inspection, testing, verification and certification multinational Bureau Veritas chief digital officer Thomas Daubigny is leading the company’s digital transformation strategy, which aims to improve the efficiency of the company, provide new tools to conduct its work and reform its operating... 

PPC to pay particular attention to its financial position in 2018

By: Simone Liedtke     15th February 2018 While Johan Claassen, who was, on Wednesday, appointed permanent CEO of PPC, does not foresee any major changes for the company this year, he notes that particular attention will be paid to the company's financial position this year. This, he explained to Engineering News Online, falls in line... 

Alstom Foundation unveils new welding curriculum for Duduza school 

     15th February 2018 Alstom Ubunye has unveiled its latest educational initiative, a new welding school at a Secondary School in the Duduza township near Nigel. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

Infrastructure specialists help municipalities accelerate service delivery to poor communities

     14th February 2018 New sports complex construction projects in Limpopo are providing many members of poor communities with employment opportunities and driving skills development in the South African construction industry. Moreover, these projects have become an important pipeline of work for emerging contractors.... 

Refurbishment by Thermaspray helps extend life span of valves for SA Coal fired power plant

     13th February 2018 Thermaspray applied the proven technologies of thermal spray coating and PTA (plasma transferred arc) welding to successfully refurbish 2-way-3way valves at one of South Africa’s coal fired power generation plants. Thermaspray is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and Eskom Level 1... 

Metair expects to report positive growth in FY17 headline

By: Anine Kilian     13th February 2018 JSE-listed Metair expects to report a 24.6% year-on-year increase in headline earnings a share for the year ended December 31, while earnings a share are likely to be between 21.6% and 25.5% higher year-on-year. “The automotive component vertical recovered after a difficult 2016, returning to... 

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

     13th February 2018 Omron Industrial. Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. 

Cummins, NRG Energy Develop First-Of-Its-Kind Distributed Generation Platform

     9th February 2018 Cummins Inc. and NRG Energy of the US have announced a strategic commercial partnership to deploy a resilient, cleaner, and cost-effective distributed generation platform for commercial and industrial customers. This platform is the first-of-its-kind in the energy industry. The easy-to-implement... 

Magnis-linked consortium buys equipment for lithium-ion battery factory

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 ASX-listed Magnis Resources has reported that Imperium3 New York (IM3NY) placed the winning bid for the acquisition of second-hand lithium-ion battery manufacturing equipment currently located in North Carolina, US.   The lithium-ion battery plant assets consists of equipment from major US and... 

Sappi moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

Revival of interest in robotics to increase safety in South African mines

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th February 2018 There is a renaissance of interest in using robotics in mining in South Africa,” affirms Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Materials Science and Manufacturing Operational Unit Mechatronics and Micro Manufacturing (MMM) Competency area research group Leader Peter Bosscha.... 

Fourth month of continuous growth for Deloitte WA Index

     9th February 2018 The Deloitte WA Index climbed marginally higher in the first month of 2018, as the market capitalisation of Western Australia-listed companies increased by 0.48% to close out January at A$181.83-billion. This marks the fourth month of continuous growth, Deloitte clients and markets partner for... 

SA pulp and paper group moves to consolidate dissolving pulp leadership

By: Anine Kilian     9th February 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi plans to significantly expand its operations in South Africa, Europe and the US by 2020, starting with the preparatory work for the potential expansion of its South Africa-based Saiccor dissolving wood pulp (DWP) mill. The South African group supplies about 20% of... 

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