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Qld seeks public input on A$1bn coking coal mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2018 The Queensland government has called for public comment on the proposed A$1-billion Olive Downs coal mine, releasing its draft environmental impact statement (EIS). Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said on Thursday that the proposed project... 

Telkom, universities partner to develop national Fourth Industrial Revolution agenda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Telecommunications giant Telkom and the universities of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg (UJ) and Fort Hare on Wednesday launched SA4IR, which is a national response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The partnership between the company and the universities seeks to build an inclusive... 

Calculating your return on Investment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 In today’s competitive business environment, staying ahead of the game is essential. To do this, manufacturers need to ensure that their equipment remains effective and runs optimally at all times. The overall performance of machinery and equipment depends on its Overall Equipment Effectiveness... 

Standard Bank PMI falls to 29-month low in August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th September 2018 Operating conditions in South Africa’s private sector economy deteriorated for the second straight month in August, as business activity and input purchasing decreased in line with an accelerated drop in new orders, says Standard Bank in its Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for August.... 

Afrox launches 360-degree Integrated Customer Application Solutions Programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th September 2018 The challenging South African energy, transport, mining and fabrication industries require innovative solutions to stay abreast of global technology and competition. Whether the application is a locomotive, a pressure vessel, tanker, wind tower, a petro-chemical plant shut-down or any other... 

Master Drilling acquires Atlantis

By: Martin Creamer     5th September 2018 The strengthening of diversified geographic footprint of mining technology company Master Drilling is continuing with the announcement on Wednesday that the Johannesburg Stock Exchange company had entered into agreements to acquire the businesses of the Atlantis Group, a South African... 

African rail industry urged to adopt concepts of Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2018 The African rail industry must adopt the concepts and develop the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to facilitate, and realise, the industrialisation aspirations of the continent, delegates attending a South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) technical workshop, on Tuesday,... 

Mpact trials aluminium, plastic recyclate construction board manufacturing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th September 2018 Paper and packaging company Mpact is running manufacturing trials at its plant, in Benoni, Gauteng, to manufacture construction boards and pallets made from recycled aluminium and plastic. The aluminium and plastic are offcuts from liquid packaging that is recycled at the company’s paper mill in... 

Absa PMI falls to 18-month low in August

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has declined from a solid 51.5 points recorded in July to 43.4 in August – its lowest recorded level in 18 months. The deterioration was driven by sharp declines in the new sales orders index, as well as the business activity index;... 

National development plan to feature prominently at the Southern African metals and engineering indaba

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd September 2018 Six years ago, the Government adopted the National Development Plan (NDP), a blueprint for how South Africa could eradicate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 – with business and other stakeholders enthusiastically welcoming the initiative. While the NDP drew criticism from some labour... 

Bidvest lifts FY18 HEPS despite volatile market

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd September 2018 JSE-listed services, trading and distribution company Bidvest on Monday declared a final dividend of 301c a share, bringing the total dividend for the financial year ended June 30 to 556c, amid a volatile market, which the company said was characterised by weak economic growth and consumer spend,... 

Absa PMI falls to 13-month low in August

By: Reuters     3rd September 2018 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to a 13-month low in August driven by large declines in new sales and business activity, a survey showed on Monday. The index, which is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research and gauges manufacturing activity in... 

Volkswagen signs assembly, policy MoUs in Nigeria, Ghana

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2018 Volkswagen has added Ghana and Nigeria to its list of future vehicle assembly operations in Africa. The German manufacturer is already active on assembly sites in Kenya, Algeria and Rwanda. 

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

New tech, automation to change but also create jobs

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 New technologies, including advanced computing systems and the automation of various job activities, will change about 30% of activities in about 60% of occupations, and will require new skills across most industries, management consulting multinational McKinsey Global Institute global economic... 

President Ramaphosa jetting off to China for State visit and multilateral summit

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa departs for Beijing on Friday for both a State visit to China and to co-Chair the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which will take place immediately afterwards. The State visit will take place on September 2 and FOCAC will be held on... 

Automotive Masterplan '99% there', says DTI’s October

By: Irma Venter     31st August 2018 Government and the automotive industry have reached “99% consensus” on the South African Automotive Masterplan, says Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October. “We are close. We are 99% there. We are just finalising the targets.” 

India restricts private mineral sands exports

By: Ajoy K Das     31st August 2018 In a bid to stop illegal mineral sand exports from the country, the Indian government has decided to canalise all exports of such minerals through State-run Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL), effectively banning all private mineral sand miners from making overseas shipments. Canalising exports... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

Diamond sector must do more to tackle transparency challenge – rights groups

By: Anine Kilian     31st August 2018 The diamond industry continues to be tainted by links between diamonds and human rights abuses, conflict finance and corruption. This is according to Global Witness conflict resources campaign leader Michael Gibb, who notes that, although the diamond industry is not the only sector facing these... 

BMG’s solar inverters used in agricultural irrigation

31st August 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG’s Motoline P19000 solar inverters aid in agricultural irrigation and water feed systems, for rural domestic and municipal water supply, as well as for ponds and dams. 

S Africa’s changing energy landscape

31st August 2018 Natural gas is one of the cleanest, safest, and most useful forms of energy, providing the world with over 20% of its energy requirements across power generation, industry and transport applications. In South Africa, at just 3%, the meaningful addition of natural gas to the country’s energy mix... 

Gas monitor upgraded for better accuracy

31st August 2018 Mining equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa has extended its range of safety and communications systems to include an upgraded atmospheric and environmental monitoring system, designed for use in industries where the presence of gases may pose a safety or health risk for employees and... 

Aeronautical Society to focus on inclusivity and collaboration

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     31st August 2018 The Aeronautical Society of South Africa’s (AeSSA’s) yearly conference will take place at Hoogeind Manor, in Somerset West, on October 24 to 25 and is themed Aerospace for All. The theme captures the increasing relevance of aeronautics and space to achieve outputs for economic and societal... 

CSIR Aeronautics attracting international clients as SA budgets fall

By: Rebecca Campbell     31st August 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Aeronautics Systems Competency has created an innovation team to address both emerging opportunities and problems in the global aerospace environment. (“Innovation team” is a description, not a title.) This amounts to the creation of a new... 

SA ERP provider integrates new capabilities into new offering

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2018 South African enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro’s version 8 offers artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of things (IoT) platforms and analytics as part of its capabilities to allow for near real-time monitoring of all aspects of a business. Syspro Africa product manager... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – fourth window

By: Sheila Barradas     31st August 2018 Twenty-seven Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme project agreements were signed in April 2018.  

KZN Manufacturing Indaba 2018 Primes Manufacturers for Success

30th August 2018 Prime movers and participants of the nation’s manufacturing sector attended the Kwazulu Natal Manufacturing Indaba  in record numbers at the Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) on the 22 August 2018. The annual event assembled provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth... 

Walkabout’s Tanzania graphite mine jumps final legislative hurdle

By: Esmarie Iannucci     30th August 2018 Graphite developer Walkabout Resources will look to advance project funding negotiations after a mining licence was granted for its Lindi Jumbo project, in Tanzania. “The mining licence approval is the final major legislative requirement for the project,” said Walkabout MD Allan Mulligan on... 

Platinum-using fuel cells making more headway

By: Martin Creamer     29th August 2018 Last month’s initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange of Bloom Energy suggests a second, much larger market may be emerging for fuel cells, Greentech Media reported this week in an article recording the deployment of Bloom’s technology at 25 Fortune 100 companies. The... 

Adcock Ingram’s HEPS rise 25.5%, despite economic, consumer headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2018 JSE-listed Adcock Ingram reported headline earnings per share (HEPS) from continuing operations of 387.7c for the year ended June 30, representing a year-on-year increase of 25.5%. Headline earnings for the period were R644.7-million, up from R513.7-million in the prior financial year. 

Verder expands its network with Nelspruit distribution partner

29th August 2018 Verder Pumps South Africa, a market leader in advanced industrial pumping solutions – is pleased to confirm the company has appointed Flo-Tek as its exclusive distributor in Nelspruit and surrounding areas. “We are very pleased to bring Flo-Tek onboard as a distribution partner. Nelspruit and the... 

US–China trade tensions to shackle copper prices

By: Reuters     29th August 2018 Copper prices have recovered from a recent rout, but the possibility of the trade dispute between the Washington and Beijing escalating and its potential to crimp demand in China, the world's top consumer, is expected to cap gains. Benchmark copper on the London Metal Exchange at $6 100 has... 

Dawn to cut staff, costs amid economic pressures

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th August 2018 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) will implement a large-scale cost reduction plan to position the company for recovery. It said on Tuesday that the plan will entail a significant cost reduction in terms of the company's head office, through a staff reduction and reduced... 

Manufacturers continue to invest, despite tough market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 With tough economic conditions continuing to impact on manufacturers, the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) index for the second quarter of 2018 saw a marginal decrease from 59 index points to 58. Despite this marginal decrease, Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive Philippa Rodseth... 

De Beers, UN Women to support women micro-entrepreneurs in South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Diamond miner De Beers and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in South Africa have launched a capacity-building programme, which aims to support 500 women micro-entrepreneurs in the Blouberg and Musina communities, near De Beers’ Venetia diamond... 

Global experts for inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Show

28th August 2018 The 4th industrial revolution is not science fiction. Experts from across the globe will affirm the reality, scope and scale of technological advancement world-wide at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show in South Africa from November 7-9. Headlining the seminar... 

MSQ, Coega SEZ to build R100m medical device factory

By: Shirley le Guern     28th August 2018 South African healthcare company MSQ is positioning itself to become South Africa’s third active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) manufacturer. The company, which has set its sights on becoming a market leader in a sector dominated by imports, has teamed up with the Coega Special Economic Zone... 

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