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Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

R4-million upgrade for Krugersdorp plant

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Bosal Automotive has invested R4-million in a comprehensive upgrading of its Krugersdorp plant. The plant manufactures towbars, grilleguards and rollbars and the Brospeed performance exhaust systems. According to Bosal Automotive MD Ron Sams the plant layout has been revamped to... 

Pump-set designed for shiploader

By: System Author     11th June 1999 A high-pressure pump-set has been designed and supplied for Ultrasonic Manufacturing by Hydro Power Engineering (HPE) for inclusion in a new Caillard shiploader which is under construction at Richards Bay harbour. HPE’s high-pressure pump-set will be able to deliver water at 320 l/m at a... 

‘Mock’ hazchem accident tests mettle

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Plastics, chlor-alkali chemicals and mining reagents manufacturer Polifin staged one of two yearly mock incidents at an intersection just outside Fochville in the North West Province last month to ensure it maintains high safety and environmental standards in line with its Responsible Care... 

R18m polyurethane facility being built

By: System Author     11th June 1999 n R18-million poly- urethane-manufac- turing plant and warehouse facility is being built by CH Chemicals (CHC) in Germiston, on the East Rand, and is expected to be completed and in full production by September. The company, formed in 1987 when Dow Chemical disinvested, is its appointed... 

New SA transmission system developed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New technology, destined to revolutionise the multibillion-rand power transmission industry worldwide, has been developed by engineering company Jupiter, of Durban. The stepless drive system has been successfully tested and is already attracting considerable local and international interest.... 

SA could win 50% of telescope

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE standard and precision of South African manufacturing will be put to the test when tenders are invited on the manufacture of components on the Southern African large telescope (Sal;t) to be built at Sutherland in the Northern Cape. The overall Salt project, which will cost more than... 

Defence offsets begin to flow into SA

By: System Author     11th June 1999 South African State-owned aerospace and defence group Denel is already benefiting from defence re-equipment programme industrial participation benefits, from British Aerospace (BAe) and Saab of Sweden, even though South Africa has not yet signed any contracts, Engineering News can today report.... 

New industrial software

By: System Author     11th June 1999 New software ‘functionality’ for the engineering and construction industry has recently been launched by German software giant SAP, Engineering News can report. This is the latest functional addition to SAP’s R/3 software, for the engineering and construction (E&C) industry,... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Moves to drive catalytic converters further

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Producers of one the main components of a catalytic converter, the ceramic substrate, have been approached by members of the South African catalytic converter industry, together with the Catalytic Converter Interest Group (CCIG), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Stainless Steel... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Management program a first for SA concrete sector

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In a first for the South African concrete industry, Durban-based company Concrete Management (CM) has developed a computer program that offers a superior materials- and strength-management system. “The manufacture, supply and management of fresh concrete has by no means been excluded from... 

Company cleans up with big R5m contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Cleanroom technology specialist Deryck Smith Consulting Engineers has completed the first phase of a R5-million air-conditioning (AC) upgrade project for pharmaceutical manufacturer Warner Lambert, of Cape Town. The consultancy began last year with the R500 000 project for three new stability... 

UK to lead euro-machinery initiative

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The UK is to lead a European initiative for industry to share information on new research and development in reconfigurable machinery for manufacturing. The Amtri organisation, which specialises in engineering projects, technical consultancy and machinery research, will bring together nearly 20... 

Call for manufacturing quality in South Africa

By: System Author     4th June 1999 There is a growing urgency for organisations, in the service and manufacturing sectors of the South African economy to implement internationally-recognised quality-management systems in an integrated manner says Andersen Consulting business integration consultant Andy Searle. In the international... 

South Africa spins Aussie yarn

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Local yarn manufacturer Sans Fibres has secured a US$1,4-million contract to supply polyester high-tenacity yarn to Apex of Australia. Sans Fibres business manager Terry Fouche tells Engineering News that the Australian company will use the yarn to manufacture plied and solid-woven conveyor... 

Materials-handling firm bats a half-century

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Materials-handling company Mannesman Dematic celebrated 50 years of successful and growing business in South Africa at its premises in Boksburg last month. The local operation is part of the world’s largest materials-handling company and specialises in cranes and handling equipment,... 

World-first medicinal plant facility for SA

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa will now be able to harness its vast wealth of indigenous flora with the opening of CSIR Foodtek’s clinical supplies unit, believed to be the first of its kind in the world. The unit will be dedicated to the supply of botanical extracts from indigenous South African plants and... 

Time-to-market key for third cell bid

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE rapid and efficient roll-out of network infrastructure will be crucial to the seamless introduction and success of a third cellular network operator in the South African market. This is the word from Siemens ICN Communication on Air president Lothar Pauly, whose company is extending its... 

Stainless-steel fabrication seminar

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The latest global developments in the fabrication of stainless steel will be tackled in a free seminar to be conducted in Durban by the Southern African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda). Sponsored by Sassda in the interests of promoting cost-effective use of stainless steel, the... 

Clean bill of health for new consultancy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The local medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is going to be even more health-conscious than before with the help of newly-established Van Zyl & Gouws Quality Associates. This consultancy specialises in advising orthodox and complementary medicine and medical-device manufacturers on... 

Merger boosts turnkey ability of company

By: System Author     28th May 1999 One of the latest initiatives within General Electric (GE) includes the merger of GE Electrical Distribution and Control (ED&C) and GE Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to form one of its ten core businesses worldwide, known as GE Industrial Systems. The result is a leading global supplier of... 

International exhibition for Jhb

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Drives and controls are invaluable tools to industry because they act as a vital interface between the power supply and industrial processes, be they manufacturing or mining. Without them, industry simply could not function. With a market value of around R160 million, drives and controls are... 

R1-million-worth of export orders secured

By: System Author     28th May 1999 PROCESS and packaging specialist Accutech Weighing Services has secured export orders worth about R1-million over the last six months for its products to Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya Swaziland and Britain. “These orders, along with increasing local demand for Accutech... 

Road-surfacing material breakthrough

By: System Author     28th May 1999 In recent years, Sasol has become an influential and important player in the field of road-surfacing materials through its majority shareholding in Tosas, of Wadeville, Gauteng – a 70:30 joint-venture company formed in conjunction with Total South Africa in the early 1970s. Since its... 

New electric-motor company opened in Gauteng

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Cape Town-based electric-motor imports and distribution company Motorelli has decided to spread its wings, and has opened a branch in Gauteng. Director Mark Schell reports that Motorelli has also awarded subdistributorships to a number of companies at the beginning of the year, including... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

SA set to be global polypropylene hub

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Global chemicals company Dow, of the US, will be investing ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to manufacture its polypropylene and polyethylene products locally, Dow global vice-president for engineering plastics Dick Sosville reveals to Engin-eering News. Dow acquired Sentrachem in a... 

Concrete and asphalt squaring up

By: System Author     28th May 1999 While asphalt is generally regarded as first choice in high-quality road construction, concrete block paving (CBP) is a good alternative for roads where load-bearing capacity is the chief concern. This was stated in a paper on CBP presented by SR Bangma of the University of Twente, the... 

Industry emerges more globally competitive

By: System Author     28th May 1999 DESPITE going through a tough time in the face of a reduction in import tariffs, this has been a necessary evil for the local textile industry, among others, to emerge more globally competitive. This was the view of Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin when speaking at a signing ceremony held... 

New foreign investment trend noted in SA

By: System Author     28th May 1999 A new trend in foreign investment has been noted by Investment South Africa (ISA), which sees good-quality investments by world-leading companies that could help speed up South Africa’s globalisation process. “These multinational corporations are socially-responsible corporations that... 

SA group wins R50m Australian order

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South African electronics giant Altech has received its single largest decoder order to date for the manufacture and supply of digital satellite decoders to Australia. The R50-million order has been placed on group company UEC Technologies of Durban, by Australian TV media company Foxtel. This is... 

Simulation tool designed for inland refinery

By: System Author     28th May 1999 South Africa’s only inland oil refinery, National Refiners of South Africa (Natref), could save thousands of rands in running costs following the installation of a simulation model for the effective planning of shutdowns and transfer capacities between units. The logistics tool was... 

Gauteng pipe maker set to take on world

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the Blohm and Voss spiral mill and electric resistance welding (ERW) mill at its Wadeville, Gauteng, facility having been commissioned as part of a R100-million production-facility upgrade, pipe manufacturer Hall Longmore is gearing up for participation in the international petrochemical... 

Secure data-integrity system is designed

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Industrial information systems supplier Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, has been contracted to design and implement a data-integrity system (DIS) for Sasol. The petrochemical company required an integrated system that would ensure the overall data integrity of production data at one of its... 

Increased product range

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With an increased product range to supply pressure-reducing stations, controls, metering, boiler controls, compressed-air equipment and various other quality products, Gauteng industrial-equipment supplier Spirax Sarco has demonstrated its commitment to supply knowledge, service and products to... 

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