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Alibaba’s Jack Ma to speak at Ramaphosa’s Investment Conference dinner 

By: Terence Creamer     18th October 2018 Chinese tech sensation Jack Ma will deliver the keynote speech at a dinner to be hosted by President Cyril Ramaphosa on October 26 as part of the inaugural South Africa Investment Conference. The conference will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from October 25 to 27, in... 

South Africa poised to adopt plan to boost local car industry suppliers 

By: Reuters     18th October 2018 South Africa is likely to adopt new plans for the country's car industry in December which aim to increase the local content of assembled cars to 60% by 2035 from around 38% now, a cabinet minister said on Thursday. The new plan, which will come into effect in 2021, seeks to provide stability for... 

Organisations raise objections to the draft IRP

By: Kim Cloete     17th October 2018 Industry bodies and organisations have welcomed aspects of the draft Integrated Resource Plan 2018 but have also raised concerns during public hearings held in Parliament on Wednesday. They are hoping that their suggestions will be included in a final plan for South Africa’s energy future. 

Brink Towing Systems SA secures additional export volumes

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2018 An unexpected surge in demand will see Brink Towing Systems South Africa (SA) in October and November export almost 10 000 additional units to its parent company, the Brink Group, in the Netherlands. Brink Towing Systems SA is the largest manufacturer of tow bars in the domestic market, and... 

Cold Asphalt Mix Provides Versatile Pothole Solution

16th October 2018 Having been tested and rolled out across South Africa for over a decade, National Asphalt’s Cold Mix has proved to be a highly effective response to the country’s growing pothole problem, and can even be used to repair larger sections of road. “Manufactured using the high quality Macfix® additive... 

Nylon anchors from fischer are a strong, safe alternative to plastic plugs

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 Available in South Africa exclusively from leading distributor Upat, fischer has used pure polyamide material for over 50 years, with constant composition, to ensure that the material lasts for decades, Upat Technical Manager Kevin Owen explains. Nylon is the generic designation for a family of... 

CoreCivils helps bridge growing road maintenance backlog

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 CoreSlab directors, Jaco de Bruin and Tiaan de Jager, have launched CoreCivils, a company that specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of a wide range of precast-concrete bridge beams. The new company is manufacturing its high quality T, Y, I and M-type bridge beams, in addition... 

Opinion piece: Manufacturers: find the right tech partnership to achieve exponential change

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th October 2018 With the right technology partners by their side, manufacturers can achieve exponential change and digitisation in their operations, opening new opportunities and positioning them for the digital future.  Core to achieving this is alliance between vendors and IT partners to create a powerhouse... 

Surge Technology and DEHN Africa: celebrating 30+ years of doing business together

15th October 2018 JOHANNESBURG –September 16, 2018 – Surge Technology and DEHN Africa are proudly celebrating over 30 years of doing business together in the surge and lightning protection industry. This is according to Paul van As, LV divisional manager of Surge Technology, who says, “The history of the two... 

Entries for inaugural Factory of the Year competition to close on Oct 31 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2018 A.T. Kearney has extended the entry deadline for the inaugural South African Factory of the Year competition to October 31. The event is aimed at boosting competitiveness in the country’s ailing manufacturing sector. 

Seifsa elects ‘most transformed’ board to date

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2018 Arabela Holdings executive chairperson Elias Monage has been elected president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) and chairperson of its board of directors, with effect from October 12. Monage was elected president during Seifsa’s seventy-sixth annual... 

Huawei Releases Industry Business Service of the Industry Enablement Platform to Promote Digital Transformation

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 After the recent success of HUAWEI CONNECT 2018 event held in Shanghai, Huawei has released the Industry Business Service of its industry enablement platform. As one of the core components of the platform, this service has been accrued by Huawei’s years of experience in digital transformation.... 

KZN MEC unveils 25 planned projects to attract R200bn investment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th October 2018 KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala on Friday unveiled his portfolio of investment opportunities, which will result in R200-billion being pumped into the province’s economy over the next few years. Addressing captains of industry during an... 

Seifsa president points to ‘signs of green shoots' for metals sector

12th October 2018 In an address at the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa’s (Seifsa’s) Presidential Breakfast on Friday, outgoing interim president Alph Ngapo expressed optimism that the political transition, which saw President Jacob Zuma replaced by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier... 

Rand-Air’s contaminant and oil-free air makes for good medicine

12th October 2018 In the process of manufacturing pharmaceuticals, every input into the final products has to be scrupulously hygienic and sterile, from the start to the end of the manufacturing process. Leaders in the rental of portable air and power solutions Rand-Air is proud to have been able to contribute to... 

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... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

New coupling provides easy pipe joining solution

By: Donald Makhafola     12th October 2018 Ongoing water shortages relating to insufficient and aging infrastructure and lack of proper maintenance in South Africa and Africa, make mechanical pipe-joining systems manufacturer Victaulic’s safe, efficient and cost-effective pipe joining solution, which eliminates hazardous welding and... 

Connecting international expertise to South African opportunities

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 European alliance partner company GC Top Technologies — an Italian company based in South Africa — aims to connect international suppliers of the best available technologies with South African clients that require improved efficiency, enhanced productivity and environment-friendly solutions. The... 

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... 

Europe placed to contribute to African growth story

12th October 2018 Southern Africa is today off the radar of the majority of European companies and the many opportunities offered by the region are still largely ignored by European Union (EU) business leaders, professional consulting group European House Ambrosetti senior partner Paolo Borzatta said at a media... 

Energy efficient pumps solve water challenges

12th October 2018 Power-saving water-pump solutions company Grundfos presents municipalities with improved energy efficient pumps that allow them to lower their demand on the national power grid, says sub-Saharan Africa regional head Henning Sandager.    “Water, waste water removal and electricity are the main... 

Technicrete celebrating half century this year

12th October 2018 Leading S African precast concrete provider turns 50 this year. Over the last 50 years, Technicrete has grown operationally as well as through its product offering. From small beginnings to the construction of Technicrete’s first major plant at Randfontein, the establishment of nine other... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

WINDOW ON GROWTH

12th October 2018 Container ships moored alongside ship-to-shore cranes at Mombasa port, in Kenya. The East African economy expanded by 6.3% in the three months to the end of June, up from 5.7% in the previous quarter, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics reported in Septemebr. The accelertion was supported by... 

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... 

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. 

SA HIPPO in big demand for USA Coal Mines

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2018 Due to President Donald Trump insisting that USA international companies, such as General Motors, bring their manufacturing activities back to the USA it is expected that a shortage of electrical power would be experienced. Several USA coal mines that have been closed for the last 20 years, most... 

Air Products launches centralised acetylene facility 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene facility in Midvaal and decommissioning its two existing plants in Kempton Park, in Gauteng, and Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal. The company officially unveiled the new central facility on Thursday. 

Cabinet approves revised digital migration model

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th October 2018 Cabinet on Wednesday approved a revised digital migration delivery model that will see government step back from its involvement in the procurement of set-top boxes (STBs), warehousing, transportation and the installation of the devices. The new model for the implementation of the broadcast... 

August manufacturing production gains 1.3% on food and beverages

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Manufacturing production for August came in far better than the purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the same month had suggested, expanding 1.3% year-on-year from 2.8% in July. Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday that manufacturing production increased by 1.3% in August 2018 compared... 

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,... 

Manufacturers: find the right tech partnership to achieve exponential

11th October 2018 By Charles McNamara, IBM Global Alliance Leader for Cloud and Infrastructure Services, Wipro Limited With the right technology partners by their side, manufacturers can achieve exponential change and digitisation in their operations, opening new opportunities and positioning them for the digital... 

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... 

SAPSDA joins SASSDA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

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... 

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