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Britain reveals progress and plans in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the 2018 Farnborough airshow. This, described as a ‘concept aircraft’, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which comprises British aero­space firms and the Royal Air Force... 

Reusable Packaging is the Game Changer in the Automotive Industry

27th July 2018 Never before has it been more crucial for automotive enterprises to review their packaging needs. Packaging is the one key element that is often overlooked when designing and investing in a new line of vehicle manufacture or moving parts in a closed loop system for processing. When packaging is... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, on July 24.  

Mercedes-Benz South Africa manufacturing plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa plans to significantly expand its East London manufacturing plant to build the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class 

Budgetary constraints hindering sustainable practices, says report

By: Irma Venter     26th July 2018 Sixty-four percent of respondents in this year’s Barloworld Logistics supplychainforesight report indicate that their companies have adopted sustainable business practices. Of the remaining 36% of respondents, 23% say it will only be a priority in the next three years, 6% say it will be a... 

2018 Metals and Engineering Indaba to contribute in shaping policy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th July 2018 Delegates attending the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba at the IDC Conference Centre in Sandton on 20 and 21 September will have an opportunity to influence economic policies that have a direct impact on the businesses they operate. The Indaba, now in its fourth year of... 

AECI achieves strong H1 performance

By: Anine Kilian     25th July 2018 JSE-listed AECI on Wednesday reported positive financial results for the six months ended June 30. Together with contributions from the acquisitions of Schirm and Much Asphalt in February and April respectively, AECI increased its revenue by 24% to R10.47-billion and profit from operations by 35%... 

Five everyday waste items that take longest to decompose

25th July 2018 Each waste type has the potential to pollute the environment in a different way and will differ in the time it takes to decompose. This is the reason why some waste materials are more harmful to the environment than others. “It’s critical that consumers take cognisance of the pressure that... 

SASSDA boosts stainless steel trade with Kenya & Tanzania

25th July 2018 With the priority of fast industrialisation and a call for the development of stainless steel value-add within the agricultural and food and beverage industries, Tanzania and Kenya are primed for increased bilateral trade with South Africa, with confirmed sourcing enquiries already received at... 

Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone tells BRICS investors: 15% Corporate Tax Rate is in effect, this comes as the zone marks R 3.2 billion in private sector investment secured

25th July 2018 During a high-powered BRICS Business Council delegation visit to Dube TradePort earlier this week investors were told that qualifying companies located within Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone are now eligible to access Special Economic Zone incentives after Finance Minister Mr. Nhlanhla Nene... 

HSRC to investigate role of services in boosting growth within Southern Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th July 2018 The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has been awarded a grant by the United Nations University (UNU) to investigate the catalytic role of tradable services in Southern Africa’s growth and development. The study will be led by Professor Ivan Turok and Dr Justin Visagie, and will look at how... 

BAIC SA opens vehicle assembly plant at Coega IDZ

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th July 2018 Chinese vehicle manufacturer Beijing Automotive Group’s South African subsidiary, BAIC SA, on Tuesday opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, near Port Elizabeth.   The company has completed the critical construction and equipment installation... 

The natural gas revolution in South Africa: A changing energy landscape

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th July 2018 Recent on- and off-shore discoveries of globally significant quantities of natural gas in Southern Africa – including trillions of cubic metres of natural gas in the Rovuma Basin off the Mozambique coast, the biggest global find of natural gas in decades – represent a new dawn for the region’s... 

Schneider Electric Premset installation upgrades Limpopo substation

24th July 2018 Stable electricity supply comes to Limpopo province Breakers operate under flood conditions Plug and play systems assist ease of replacement Schneider Electric has installed the first of its new-generation Schneider Premset SSIS (Shielded, Solid Insulation System) modular switchgears at the... 

China–South Africa investment continues to grow

By: Anine Kilian     23rd July 2018 Trade and investment between China and South Africa remains on a positive growth trajectory, Standard Bank CEO Sim Tshabalala said on Monday. Addressing delegates at a media briefing marking the tenth anniversary of the strategic partnership between Standard Bank and the Industrial and Commercial... 

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

VW to temporarily park cars due to new emissions testing bottlenecks

By: Reuters     23rd July 2018 Volkswagen is renting parking spaces from August to stockpile vehicles which cannot be sold due to bottlenecks caused by new engine emissions tests, a spokesperson said on Sunday. Carmakers are rushing to get models through a new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) tests on a... 

Cleveland-Cliffs delivers 171% y-o-y increase in earnings a share

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th July 2018 NYSE-listed Cleveland-Cliffs has increased its earnings a share from continuing operations by 171% to $0.76 apiece for the quarter ended June 30, compared with $0.28 apiece in the second quarter of 2017. The company on Friday reported consolidated revenues of $714-million, compared to the prior... 

AfDB approves $250m risk participation agreement with ABSA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), this week, approved an unfunded $250-million risk participation agreement (RPA) with ABSA Bank. This RPA, housed within the AfDB’s Trade Finance operations, will enhance African issuing banks’ ability to leverage trade financing through a multisectorial approach. 

Business Unusual: Embracing Disruptive Technologies in the Automotive Sector

20th July 2018 Rapid technological advancements in the global manufacturing landscape have changed the ways in which manufacturers function – from product design and development, to production optimisation, to techniques selected to penetrate new markets and deliver products to customers. Interest and... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

Entrenched player furthers provincial presence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2018 Plastic conveyor components manufacturer IRP Engineering Plastics (IRP) continues to invest in innovation and the development of its product range to continue offering market leading solutions to the food, beverage, packaging and materials handling industries in and around KwaZulu-Natal, IRP MD... 

Global airliner-maker consolidation continues as Boeing, Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer have jointly announced that they had signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding to create a commercial aviation joint venture (JV). Boeing will hold 80% of the JV and Embraer the remaining 20%. The deal has still to be approved... 

Industrial workwear showroom aims to extend business reach

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new showroom of industrial apparel manufacturer Sweet-Orr aims to get closer to clients and extend its market reach, says Sweet-Orr executive director Denver Berman-Jacob. The showroom, in Bartlett, Boksburg, is close to the OR Tambo International Airport and the industrial areas of Germiston... 

New zero-discharge chemical production facility opens in Pomona

By: Schalk Burger     20th July 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, in Pomona, Kempton Park is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its competitive costs of... 

Bridgestone South Africa’s manufacturing plant showcases rubber innovation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th July 2018 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa on Wednesday hosted a media tour of its 186 027 m2 manufacturing facility in Brits, North West, to showcase how its technology has evolved from the 1950s to date. Bridgestone manufactures passenger radial, light truck radial, truck and bus radial, and... 

Sixth solar challenge sees champions return, raft of new entries from abroad

By: Irma Venter     19th July 2018 The 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, set to take place from September 22 to September 29, will mark South Africa’s sixth solar car race. The eight-day event will see more than 20 teams depart from Pretoria and finish in Stellenbosch. The awards ceremony is scheduled to take place in Cape Town on... 

CoreSlab ranks skills development high on the agenda

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th July 2018 CoreSlab continues to invest heavily into skills development and training to ensure the future sustainability of the South African precast concrete sector and larger construction industry. Both the company’s sophisticated factory in Polokwane, Limpopo, as well as many construction sites have... 

Chile's SQM seeks approval for $450m lithium plant expansion

By: Reuters     18th July 2018 Chilean miner SQM on Wednesday began the process of seeking government approval for a $450-million expansion of its lithium carbonate plant, which could more than double its production as demand rises for the key element in the manufacturing of batteries. SQM said in an environmental impact... 

Ethekwini Municipality Supports Intra-African Chemicals Trade

18th July 2018 Durban to Host African Chemicals Imbizo 2018 The recent signing of commitment to the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCTA) by 27 African states creates significant opportunity for stronger intra-Africa trade and regional integration. Intra-Africa trade is seen as one of the ways in which the... 

Britain unveils progress in high technology combat aircraft project

By: Rebecca Campbell     17th July 2018 The UK unveiled a full-scale mock-up of a sixth-generation combat aircraft on the first day of the Farnborough airshow on Monday. This, described as a “concept aircraft”, is the result of the work of a consortium called Team Tempest, which is made up of British aerospace firms and the Royal Air... 

R2.6bn boost for platinum demand

By: Martin Creamer     17th July 2018 Platinum demand received a R2.6-billion boost on Tuesday when South Africa’s State-owned Public Investment Corporation (PIC) joined forces with Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to promote the development of innovative and competitive technological uses of platinum-group metals (PGMs). By each... 

Pratley to replicate famous suspended bulldozer stunt on Friday 13 July

16th July 2018 In celebration of its 70th anniversary this year, the Pratley Group will use Friday 13 July as an auspicious occasion to replicate the memorable launch of Pratley Wondafix in 1985. This saw CEO Kim Pratley stand underneath a 13 t bulldozer, hoisted and held aloft by a crane, attached to two... 

Manufacturing SME’s need to Re-Imagine their IT

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th July 2018 By Hannes Botes, Chief Technology Officer, MANXiT. Studies indicate that the role of South Africa’s manufacturing industry, in terms of contribution to the economy, reflects a sad tale of decline.  The sector was at the height of its powers in the 1980’s contributing nearly a quarter of the... 

Davies concerned about extension of US tariffs to autos and auto parts

By: African News Agency      16th July 2018 South Africa’s steel and aluminium exports to the United States does not pose any threat to US national security, says Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies. Davies was speaking during bilateral meetings in Washington DC with US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, US Secretary... 

No ‘hollow’ promises: Allied Steelrode’s LT20 tube laser leverages the full engineering and design potential of tubular steel

13th July 2018 The increased popularity and use of square and rectangular section hollow steel tubing is a boon for consulting engineers, as it has opened up many new and innovative design opportunities. This type of  steel tubing has many advantages for the consulting engineer as it is cost-effective, light,... 

Action needed to integrate UAVs into civil air space in South Africa – Denel

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th July 2018 Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturer Denel Dynamics (which also produces missiles and space technology) has called for a national programme to integrate UAVs (popularly called drones) into the country’s civilian controlled air space. Controlled air space is air space in which all air... 

MeerKAT radio telescope inaugurated as precursor to larger SKA project

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 After a decade in design and construction, the MeerKAT radio telescope, located about 90 km from Canarvon in the Northern Cape, was inaugurated on Friday. The MeerKAT is the precursor to the R10-billion Square Kilometre Array (SKA) – an international enterprise to build the largest and most... 

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