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Multiple award-winning keynote speaker joins SAAMA 2019-team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      Updated 1 hour 47 minutes ago The Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) Conference 2019 marks the sixth year of equipping engineers in the physical asset management industry by learning from the best, in order to be the best. This year is no different. On the 14th to the 16th of May 2019 at Spier Wine Farm,... 

Opinion Piece: Industry 4.0 and the changing job landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th February 2019 By Tebogo Moalusi, Industrial Relations Director at Workforce Staffing The world as we know it is on the brink of a revolution, driven by emerging technologies that are set to fundamentally alter our lives in unprecedented and unanticipated ways. This shift to Industry 4.0, also known as the... 

Load-shedding 'extremely dangerous' to local auto sector, warns Naamsa chairperson 

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2019 Load-shedding is “extremely dangerous” to the local automotive industry, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Kirby is also chairperson of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Defence group Denel to seek investment partners – CEO

By: Reuters     19th February 2019 State-owned defence group Denel could sell stakes in some divisions as part of a new strategy to return to profitability within two years, its chief executive said on Tuesday. The company has also asked the government for financial support to help underpin a strategy its board approved last week,... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Motsepe rejects Eskom conspiracy claims as ‘ridiculous’, but admits to ‘serious’ perception problem 

By: Terence Creamer     18th February 2019 Black business luminary Patrice Motsepe has labelled as “ridiculous” a recurring allegation that African Rainbow Energy & Power (AREP) is part of an unscrupulous plan to collapse Eskom and supplant the State-owned power utility with independent power producers (IPPs), in which the business would... 

Bearing and seal design considerations for tunnel boring machines

15th February 2019 The safe, reliable operation of tunnel boring equipment relies on the integrity of critical bearings and seals Once construction starts, there’s no going back. A tunnel boring machine (TBM) is not equipped with a reverse gear, so it is imperative that the machine is able to complete its job... 

China won't come to the rescue in global iron-ore supply crisis

By: Bloomberg     15th February 2019 China’s strict environmental regime means domestic iron ore mines won’t boost output to meet any supply shortfall after Vale’s dam disaster, according to the head of a major Chinese mining group. The global iron-ore market is in the grip of a supply shock after the deadly dam burst last month in... 

Re-evaluation of SA’s mineral beneficiation strategy urged amid slow progress

By: Paige Müller     15th February 2019 Amid slow progress in realising South Africa’s mineral beneficiation strategy – as set out in the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) 2011 policy document – mining industry participants, analysts and experts are re-evaluating the feasibility of mineral beneficiation as a growth trajectory path.... 

Continent’s energy demands increase

15th February 2019 Africa’s demand for energy is steadily increasing and solutions to meet this growth have become a major concern amongst the energy sector leaders of the continent. Key factors contributing to this soaring energy demand are Africa’s ever-growing population and the continent’s accelerating economic... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

Where did it originate?

By: Riaan de Lange     15th February 2019 Have you ever attended a a rock concert that celebrated a single album FROM a single band? To be clear: the music tracks of a singular album, with no bonus tracks. Yes, there is such an album and such a concert. Just before Christmas, I attended just that. In an era of music streaming, which,... 

Ford production expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Ford’s Silverton vehicle assembly plant, in Pretoria, has started production of the refreshed 2019 Ford Ranger. 

Rooppur nuclear power plant, Bangladesh

By: Sheila Barradas     15th February 2019 Concrete works have been completed for the turbine hall foundation slab of Rooppur 1. 

Isuzu consolidates truck and bakkie manufacturing plants

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th February 2019 Isuzu Motors South Africa has consolidated its truck and bakkie manufacturing plant – relocating its truck production facilities from Kempston Road, in Port Elizabeth, to its new headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, where all truck and bakkie manufacturing will now take place. The... 

Local manufacturers to benefit from Mining Charter 3's implementation 

By: Nadine James     14th February 2019 Mining Charter 3 and its Implementation Guidelines have created an environment where it is possible for local manufacturers to leverage procurement capacity to drive transformation, Department of Mineral Resources representative Xolile Mbonambi said at a breakfast held at the Industrial... 

Actom sells Wilec division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom has sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries, effective February 1. The disposal forms part of Actom’s corporate strategy to focus on its core businesses within the electrical infrastructure industrial sector.  

Italtile lifts interim trading profit by 35% amid trying conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 JSE-listed Italtile increased its trading profit for the six months ended December 31, 2018, by 35% to R968-million, compared with the R716-million trading profit reported for the six months ended December 2017. This was despite a challenging trading environment during which import prices... 

SKF completes previously announced divestment of L&AT business, resulting in a net gain of SEK 1.2 billion

13th February 2019 Previously announced divestment results in a net gain of SEK 1.2 billion. Unrelated to the divestment, impairments of assets and customer settlement costs totalling approximately SEK 300 million to impact operating result in Q4 2018. SKF has completed the previously announced divestment of its... 

Desoutter Industrial Tools Benchmarks with the Delta Cart II

13th February 2019 Desoutter Industrial Tools recently sold a Delta Cart II precision tool bench, to a key customer in the automotive manufacturing industry. The first one of its kind in Africa, places tool management, verification and calibration at the customer’s fingertips. “Efficient tool management,... 

Global acclaim for South Africa’s heart transplant commemorative coin

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 The South African Mint’s R2 commemorative coin depicting the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant received an accolade at this year’s Coin of the Year (COTY), held earlier this month in Berlin, Germany. The sterling silver Crown coin was the second in a series of coins... 

Marginal decrease in South Africa’s unemployment rate

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2019 South Africa’s official unemployment rate decreased marginally by 0.4 of a percentage point to 27.1% in the final three months of 2018, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) indicates the number of employed people increased by 149 000 to... 

SKF TKSU 10 provides an air-tight solution!

12th February 2019 When a local vehicle manufacturer experienced air leaks in the pneumatically operated components and systems of the specialised vehicles they construct, the company turned to SKF for assistance. As a global frontrunner in the supply of bearing technology and services, SKF was able to offer a... 

Business, industry comment on positives, negatives of SoNA 2019 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2019 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and many other industry bodies and companies have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address (SoNA), which was delivered on Thursday evening. His war on corruption and focus on economic growth,... 

Software adds value to automotive manufacturer supply chain

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 Software company Syspro Africa’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software enables automotive manufacturing and distribution companies to manage supply chain and financial processes. Syspro Africa professional services manager Doug Hunter explains that the ERP software assists automotive... 

Naamsa projects 1% increase in new-vehicle sales

By: Thabi Madiba     8th February 2019 The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) projects a marginal increase in new-vehicle sales of 1.0% for 2019, premised on the assumption that South Africa will not be downgraded and a modest increase in gross domestic product (GDP) to about 1.5%, says Naamsa... 

New plans in sight for lubricants specialist

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th February 2019 The recently opened grease plant by lubricants specialist FUCHS Lubricants South Africa is manufacturing a large variety of specialty grease grades that will be exported across Africa and to other parts of the world. “FUCHS sees the importance and demand for speciality grease growing... 

SATMC calls for second-hand tyre resale regulation

8th February 2019 Tyre manufacturing representative body the South African Tyre Manufacturers Conference (SATMC) calls on government to introduce appropriate regulations controlling and enabling the resale of safe used tyres. The SATMC represents the interests of the local tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone South... 

Ethiopia and Eritrea announce plans for new rail link

By: John Muchira     8th February 2019 Ethiopia and Eritrea have announced plans to building a railway line connecting the Ethiopian capital city of Addiss Ababa and the port of Massawa, in Eritrea. According to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, Italy has pledged to finance a feasibility study for the planned 736 km railway line... 

Adapt IT aims to expand African footprint

By: Schalk Burger     8th February 2019 JSE-listed information technology services company Adapt IT has grown its turnover by 4% year-on-year to R667-million and its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) by 10% year-on-year to R118-million for the six months ended December 31. The company’s headline... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

CSIR showcases its defence and security technologies to industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     7th February 2019 The Defence, Peace, Safety and Security (DPSS) division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) held a technology demonstration day at the CSIR campus in Pretoria on Thursday. Various technologies developed by DPSS were displayed to representatives of industry and the media.... 

SKF consolidates manufacturing in China; invests in new facility

7th February 2019 SKF is investing approximately SEK 200 million in improving its competitiveness and customer service levels for tapered roller bearings (TRB) in China. The investment is being made in a new manufacturing facility in Changshan, to which the Group’s existing small-size TRB manufacturing in China... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

The 3D Design Trends to Dominate in 2019

6th February 2019 3D modelling is one of the fastest growing design trends – set to exponentially increase over the next few years. The multitude uses for 3D designs and models seem to increase every year, and it is becoming essential for those across various sectors to know how to access the most creative designs... 

Expanded Metal Remains An Economical And Cost Effective Material

6th February 2019 Durable, dependable and incredibly versatile, Mentis Expanded Metal continues to be an economical and cost effective material. The manufacturing process ensures optimum material integrity and strength and allows it to be used for a wide range of applications. Lance Quinlan, national technical... 

Airbus teams up with 3D software specialist to implement digital transformation

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th February 2019 Giant Europe-based aerospace group Airbus and France-based 3D design, modelling and engineering company Dassault Systèmes have established a strategic partnership which will allow Airbus to significantly advance its digital transformation and, in the words of the Airbus press release, “lay the... 

Job creation through local manufacturing

6th February 2019 Approximately 50-70% local content in products would be considered acceptable to the future growth and sustainability of the local manufacturing sector. This is according to Eric Bruggeman, CEO at the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC). In a presentation at the Electra Mining... 

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