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Nigeria's President Buhari says will soon sign up to African free-trade agreement

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari said on Wednesday the country will sign up soon to a $3-trillion African free-trade agreement. Nigeria is one of Africa's two largest economies, the other being South Africa. Buhari's government had refused to join a continental free-trade zone established in... 

Trump started the metals rally, now he's the reason it's ending

By: Bloomberg     11th July 2018 The US election of Donald Trump lit a fire under metals markets in 2016 as investors took a liking to his pro-business agenda. Now, copper and other metals are tanking as Trump’s trade war against China threatens to derail economic growth. Copper sunk to an almost one-year low and has fallen 16%... 

Plastics SA, CSIR discuss new tech at Innovation Forum

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2018 At the third yearly Innovation Forum organised by industry association Plastics SA’s training division, in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), on Wednesday, speakers highlighted the need for innovation with regard to waste management, packaging and... 

Miners welcome ACCC power plans

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th July 2018 The resources sector has welcomed recommendations from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to significantly improve electricity affordability for Australian consumers and businesses. The ACCC in March launched an inquiry to identify the root causes of the high electricity... 

Mentis Engineered Non-Slip Floor Grating Gains Traction

10th July 2018 There is a trend away from serrated grating because while it is suitable for some applications, there are others where over an extended period it will no longer provide the underfoot traction required to ensure safety. Floor grating is never a case of one size fits all, and according to Lance... 

Platinum jewellery heading for good year – PGI 

By: Martin Creamer     9th July 2018 Significant demand growth is under way in the platinum jewellery market, which remains the second biggest ounce contributor to platinum demand at 2.5-million ounces of yearly fabrication, some 35% of total demand. “We’re seeing a lot of growth in the market. Obviously, the platinum price is... 

Nissan admits to more testing misconduct for cars sold in Japan

By: Reuters     9th July 2018 Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes. Nissan said it had found sample test environments for emissions and... 

KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba 2018 to Address Pressing Topics

9th July 2018 The annual KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba, to be held on the 22nd August 2018 at the ICC in Durban, South Africa is a revered platform for assembling provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, uncover the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, as well as to... 

KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba 2018 to Address Pressing Topics

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th July 2018 The annual KwaZulu-Natal Manufacturing Indaba, to be held on the 22nd August 2018 at the ICC in Durban, South Africa is a revered platform for assembling provincial manufacturers and businesses to explore growth opportunities, uncover the latest manufacturing incentives and trends, as well as to... 

Green tech to drive industrial demand for silver

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The ongoing green technologies revolution, driven by the exponential growth of new energy vehicles (NEVs) and continued investment in solar photovoltaic (PV) energy, should boost global industrial demand for silver over the next decade, says non-profit industry organisation Silver Institute in a... 

SKF and Hexatronic sign development partnership for industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems

6th July 2018 SKF and Proximion AB, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hexatronic Group AB have entered into a development partnership for the industrialisation of fiber optic sensing systems. The two parties will work together to combine SKF’s fiber optic bearing sensing technology with Proximion’s application... 

Manufacturing and adding value to the highest quality special steels

6th July 2018 Macsteel Special Steels is Southern Africa’s leading distributor and processor of engineering steels. Located in Dunswart, Boksburg, Macsteel Special Steels operates as the crucial link between steel producers and consumers of high-grade special steels, satisfying their requirements for... 

Latest charter draft an improvement on previous iteration but discontent persists

By: Simone Liedtke     6th July 2018 The third iteration of the Mining Charter will have a significant effect on vendors of services and goods in the procurement space of South African mining, says legal services provider Strata Legal director Brandon Irsigler, noting that a great many suppliers to the mining industry are in the... 

Products facilitate cleaner, safer environments

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th July 2018 With dust legislation encouraging awareness of dust repercussions, chemical solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) and its subsidiary a.b.e are providing a range of dust suppression technologies to help reduce the effects of dust, Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News. “We... 

New division to focus on diversification, innovation

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Midvaal-based structural and reinforcing steel supply company Fabcon Steel is developing a new engineering division to diversify into different market segments. The company provides turnkey solutions based on engineering services, such as drawing, design and certification, followed by the actual... 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition to its traditional use in decorative additions, says steel supplier Edenvale Steel and Tube Co. B... 

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon says that policy direction now finally appears to be heading in a positive and clear direction,... 

Low maintenance treatment plants supplied to hospital

6th July 2018 Global optimised resource management company Veolia Water Technologies South Africa recently designed, manufactured and commissioned two containerised, plug-and-play solutions for State-owned Bambisana Hospital in Goqwana township, Eastern Cape. The two packaged low-footprint and low maintenance... 

5G capabilities showcased through virtual reality driving test

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th July 2018 MTN South Africa and Ericsson have showcased the potential of fifth-generation (5G) capabilities by having a driver navigate a vehicle around a skid pan at the Gerotek testing facility, in Pretoria, using only data fed into a virtual reality (VR) device. In the first automotive use case... 

Chemicals factory to support value chain opened in Maluti-a-Phofong SEZ

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 An industrial chemicals factory opened in the Maluti-a-Phofong special economic zone (SEZ), in Harrismith, Free State, will play a key intermediate role in supporting the value chains that pass through this transport node, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) Chemicals and Textiles... 

Russian nuclear group further develops cooperation with Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th July 2018 Russian State-owned nuclear group Rosatom has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Infrastructure of Rwanda. The MoU covers cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. This is the first agreement between the two countries regarding the... 

STEM career expo seeks to link youth with prospective employers

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2018 The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Career Expo will provide school goers, undergraduates and graduates with the opportunity to interact directly with companies to determine what careers are available to those interested in STEM, says STEM Career Expo CEO Eric Wright. The... 

Precision processing of coils and flat sheets to the highest international standards

6th July 2018 Situated in Wadeville, Germiston, and operating from a  80 119 m2 site of which 48 700 m2 is covered, Macsteel Coil Processing is one of the leading coil and flat sheet processing facilities in Southern Africa. Equipped with ISO 9001 certification, Macsteel Coil Processing’s valued customers are... 

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Consolidation of global airliner sector continues as Boeing and Embraer announce JV

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing and Brazilian aerospace major Embraer jointly announced on Thursday 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... 

Competition Amendment Bill to be submitted to Parliament 

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 Cabinet has approved the submission of the Competition Amendment Bill to Parliament. In a statement released following its July 4 meeting, Cabinet said the amendments provide for an extension of the mandate of the competition authorities and the executive to address high levels of economic... 

Cabinet’s failure to consider IRP threatens mid-August deadline

By: Terence Creamer     5th July 2018 South Africa’s Cabinet did not deliberate on the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) at its most recent fortnightly meeting, potentially threatening Energy Minister Jeff Radebe’s self-imposed mid-August deadline for finalising the long-awaited update to the electricity generation plan. Communications... 

Brics Industry Ministers agree to step up cooperation

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th July 2018 The Industry Ministers of the Brics alignment countries reaffirmed on Wednesday their commitment to the Brics Economic Partnership Strategy, with increased stress on strengthening business-to-business contacts between their countries. The Brics countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

IT and engineering: bringing it all together

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2018 The maintenance of infrastructure is a vital role for engineers worldwide – to mitigate risks for our industries and for society at large.   With recent advances in information technology (IT), possibilities have opened up to ensure that this maintenance and risk management happens effectively.... 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry 

5th July 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, according to National Tooling Initiative Programme CEO Dirk van Dyk. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Freight capacity growth continues to outstrip demand growth – Iata

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Global air freight capacity growth outstripped demand growth for the fourth month in a row in May, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) reports.  

Bulgarian Subsidiary Grows European Market Share

5th July 2018 Condra Bulgaria Ltd, fledgling European subsidiary of South African crane manufacturer Condra, has received orders worth some €½-million in the past six months, and secured further contracts for the ongoing supply of end-carriages to crane manufacturers in England and Spain. The subsidiary’s... 

Radebe sets the record straight on power plant decommissioning, IPP job creation 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 State-owned power utility Eskom will not be closing its own coal plants to accommodate the offtake requirements of the coal independent power producers (IPPs), Energy Minister Jeff Radebe said in a Parliamentary reply this week.  

Standard Bank PMI signals overall business improvement in South African private sector  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 The Standard Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) indicates that business conditions in the private sector improved in June, signalling an improvement in the health of the sector, following stagnation in May.  

Chryso Solutions For Every Readymix Need

4th July 2018 The readymix sector faces a plethora of different demands daily for concrete applications, and CHRYSO Southern Africa has the solutions to ensure that every delivery meets the customer’s requirements. Common issues such as durability of concrete due to shrinkage cracking can be addressed by... 

ElectroMechanica celebrates longstanding relationship with Perelec

3rd July 2018 Kya Sand-based electrical supply company Perelec has been a distributor of low-voltage switchgear products from leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) since 1991. This is testament to the longstanding business relationships that EM has forged over the years. Established in 1989, this... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

Draft Mining Charter progressive, but still ambiguous – Bench Marks Foundation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2018 The new draft Mining Charter, released mid-June, is a step in the right direction, says performance monitoring organisation Bench Marks Foundation, but it warns that the devil remains in the detail, with some matters still to be clarified.  

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