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Cargo Carriers helps its customers navigate complex supply chains

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 Supply chains are becoming more complex and a higher degree of coordination is, therefore, required to manufacture or produce products and get them to market. One of the largest contributors towards this scenario is customer expectations, including a need to drive down costs. 

IRP 2018 suffers from major errors, affirms nuclear analyst 

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd October 2018 South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018 contained serious flaws which significantly undermined confidence in its recommendations. So affirmed University of the Witwatersrand Honorary Research Fellow and South African Network for Nuclear Education, Science and Technology National... 

Public Enterprises confirms DG is 'leaving the public service'

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2018 The public enterprises ministry on Wednesday confirmed director-general Richard Seleke would be leaving the public service. In a statement issued on Wednesday afternoon, the ministry said it had been informed by President Cyril Ramaphosa's office that an agreement had been reached with Seleke... 

Family Values and a Shared Passion for Africa Shine in New South Africa Partnership

3rd October 2018 Haver & Boecker Enters Joint Venture with   South Africa-Based Portland Packaging (Pty) Ltd 

Uncompromising Quality Standards Stand Andrew Mentis In Good Stead

3rd October 2018 In the current economic climate, with projects needing to reduce costs wherever possible, there may be a very real danger that inferior quality products will be used. This can obviously have a detrimental effect on safety. National technical sales consultant at Andrew Mentis, Lance Quinlan says... 

RS Components introduces industrial videoscope for equipment inspection applications

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd October 2018 High-resolution IP68-rated videoscope designed to meet challenges of industrial maintenance troubleshooting and quality assurance testing in harsh environments RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced the rugged... 

Sumitomo Rubber Unveils R970 million Tyre Production Facility in Ladysmith

2nd October 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (PTY) LTD (SRSA), manufacturer of the popular Dunlop, Sumitomo and Falken tyre brands, officially launched its new, state-of-the-art Truck and Bus Radial (TBR) factory in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 02 October 2018. This second phase of SRSA’s... 

Reitech SA celebrates 55th anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 This year marks the 55th anniversary of Reitech SA, a customer-focused solutions provider of machines and systems engineering primarily for the FMCG and pharmaceutical markets. While Reitech SA is fully focused on continuing to evolve as a strong market competitor, it’s worth a glimpse back in... 

14 Projects Shortlisted for AfriSam-SAIA Award 2017/2018

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 Shortlisted projects for the AfriSam-SAIA Award for Sustainable Architecture + Innovation for 2017/18 highlight how reducing the environmental impact of building is pivotal for good architecture and social design It was the Roman architect Vitruvius who defined the principles of good architecture... 

Lifting technology: Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the DLR test facility for rocket drives

2nd October 2018 Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for rocket drives at the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt DLR (German Aerospace Centre), installing the latest technology for increased efficiency and safety. Konecranes modernises the rotary crane at the test facility for... 

SA's unemployment crisis in numbers 

By: News24Wire      2nd October 2018 The Jobs Summit, which will kick off later this week, is a joint effort by various stakeholders to find solutions to South Africa’s unemployment crisis. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the summit during his State of the Nation Address in February, and it is intended to yield practical... 

Mars Changing How It Does Business One Year From Launch Of $1b Sustainable In A Generation Plan

1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of Mars Incorporated (Mars), a global family owned food, well known for producing global brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Royal Canin®, Orbit® & Airways® gum, Royco® and many more, is proud to announce the progress made on the company’s... 

Mars’ sustainable generation plan achieves key milestones globally, locally

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of global family-owned food company Mars, has recorded progress with its global Sustainable in a Generation plan, which was launched globally last year. The plan is designed to make tangible, scientifically-based changes to the way Mars does business globally. 

Absa PMI weakens further in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st October 2018 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) remained virtually unchanged at a weak level of 43.2 points in September. The latest figure dashed hopes that the sharp PMI decline in August – to 43.4 points, down from July’s 51.5 points – was a one-off occurrence. The August figure was already an... 

NitraLife's nitrogen generation helps cut fabrication costs locally and in Africa

1st October 2018 In a breakthrough for the leading South African manufacturer of nitrogen generators, NitraLife, the company is proud to announce that it has exported a NitraCut nitrogen generator into Africa. To date, this is the first generator of this type to be exported pan-Africa. First Cut, South Africa's... 

Dutch team Nuon outruns Japan’s Tokai to take gold in Sasol Solar Challenge

By: Irma Venter     1st October 2018 Dutch team Nuon has taken top honours in the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge, arriving in Stellenbosch on the weekend with 4 030.4 km on the clock. Nuon’s close rivals from Japan, team Tokai, completed 3 941.4 km, and had to be satisfied with second place. 

Strikes And Their Economic Consequences

1st October 2018 Perfect Word Consulting (Pty) Ltd After conducting intensive research* into the topic of strikes and labour unrest, the Mandela Initiative came to several conclusions. One of these was that the right to strike is made up of a delicate balance between the power of firms and the rights of... 

South Africa’s food and beverage industry a key driver for future economic growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 With South Africa having the most advanced and refined food and beverage market on the African continent, Frost & Sullivan believes in a 4%-7% estimated growth in the sector by 2020. The agricultural, agro-processing and food and beverage industries provide an abundance of opportunity for... 

Reducing Customisations For Greater Manufacturing Efficiency

28th September 2018 Customisation is often sold as a software benefit. “It is tailor-made, unique and built only for your organisation” – these were the constant and reliable sentiments of the past. While bespoke software design certainly had its place in history, as the pace of innovation in tech continues to rise,... 

AECOM continues to build on its track record in the rail industry

28th September 2018 Integrated infrastructure development company AECOM plays a key role in identifying the need for railway projects, conceptualising these, assessing the feasibility, undertaking the planning, designing the services and infrastructure, assisting with the procurement, and then managing the... 

Reducing Customisations For Greater Manufacturing Efficiency

28th September 2018 Customisation is often sold as a software benefit. “It is tailor-made, unique and built only for your organisation” – these were the constant and reliable sentiments of the past. While bespoke software design certainly had its place in history, as the pace of innovation in tech continues to rise,... 

Record-high margins for aluminium sales

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Johannesburg-based precision water-cutting and -profiling company AquaJet Profiles noted record-high aluminium sales profit margins earlier this year, owing to the sanctions placed on Russian suppliers exporting to the US, claims AquaJet Profiles director Preeshan Naidoo. The sanctions were... 

Managing waste generation crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     28th September 2018 Effective waste management entails industries’ not overlooking the management of waste generation, says the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Waste Research, Development and Innovation Roadmap Implementation Unit manager Professor Linda Godfrey. “There is still a great... 

Manufacturer keeps up with increasingly complex orders

28th September 2018 As manufacturing becomes more specialised, manufacturing companies have to keep up with customers’ changing demands with regards to complexity of manufactured parts as well as functionality and the aesthetic appeal of the product. South African arm of Germany-based metallurgical plant and rolling... 

Gavin Young

28th September 2018 This week we profile Gavin Young, CEO of tyre manufacturing company Bridgestone   

Developer of Ethiopian geothermal plant targeting financial close in 2019

By: John Muchira     28th September 2018 A private company implementing a $2-billion geothermal power plant in Ethiopia is hoping to attain financial closure next year to enable it to deliver the first 50 MW by 2021. Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO) says negotiations are at an advance stage with potential financiers of the 520 MW... 

ELEVATED PERSPECTIVE

28th September 2018 Electra Mining Africa 2018 took place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre earlier this month, attracting more than 29 000 visitors from 59 countries. Thousands of potential buyers had an opportunity to network and meet with over 850 exhibitors, as well as industry experts and advisers. This year’s... 

Musings on the local aerospace and defence industries

By: Rebecca Campbell     28th September 2018 Last week saw the latest edition of Africa Aerospace and Defence, still the continent’s premier exhibition in this sector, attracting exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. And, naturally, drawing one’s thoughts to the state of the closely related but not identical aerospace and defence... 

Local strides to hydrogen economy tempered by cost, industrialisation questions

By: Schalk Burger     27th September 2018 The use of platinum group metals-based fuel cells in electricity and mobility applications is expected to provide ample commercial opportunities for South Africa, in line with worldwide trends to decarbonise electricity generation and transport. However, the high cost of these technologies,... 

Lion Match division boosts local manufacture of feminine personal care products

By: Shirley le Guern     27th September 2018 NSP Unsgaard, a division of Lion Match Company, has commissioned a R20-million pantyliner production line at its Cape Town factory. Lion Match CEO Basie Van Wyk says the new equipment – dubbed “the pink lady” – is some of the most sophisticated of its kind in the country and has grown the... 

Unbalanced trade heightens inequality – Unctad

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th September 2018 Trade under hyperglobalisation has failed to foster broad-base structural change in developing countries and has contributed to increased worldwide inequality, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) says. Its Trade and Development Report for 2018, entitled ‘Power,... 

Bushveld reports first consolidated net profit, net free cash flow for group

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals on Wednesday reported its first consolidated net profit and net free cash flow for the group for the six-month period ended June 30. Commenting on the results, CEO Fortune Mojapelo said the unaudited financial results for the first half of the financial year reflected... 

Cummins Filtration Africa Middle East produces best in class coolant and air filtration

26th September 2018 Cummins Filtration’s coolant and air filtration production plant in Woodmead, Johannesburg is the most modern in the Cummins Group globally. Apart from producing products of world-class quality, the facility also prides itself on its exemplary safety record since being established in 2015. The... 

Three UCT lecturers participate in international Solar Decathlon competition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th September 2018 Thee lecturers from the University of Cape Town (UCT) are part of Team Mahali, the only team representing sub-Saharan Africa in the international Solar Decathlon competition, which will be held in Morocco next year. The Solar Decathlon is an international competition to design and build a fully... 

Queensland fires up for gas supply challenge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2018 More explorers are on the hunt across Queensland for gas for the hungry Australian market. Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham on Tuesday announced that four companies would soon start exploring more than 6 600 km2 for more gas for local use, as well as export dollars. 

Stats SA reports SA lost 69 000 jobs in second quarter

By: News24Wire      26th September 2018 Employment in South African's non-agricultural formal sector dropped by 69 000 between March and June 2018, Stats SA announced on Wednesday in its  latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) bulletin.  The QES results, published quarterly, are based on a sample survey conducted by Stats SA and... 

Embattled South African construction firm Aveng reports wider FY operating loss

By: Reuters     26th September 2018 South Africa's Aveng reported on Tuesday a wider annual net operating loss due to declining revenue in two business units in its manufacturing business as well as under-performance of three key contracts in its core mining Moolmans unit. After market close, the construction firm reported a net... 

Lasher, a heritage of helping South Africa to grow

25th September 2018 Whether you’re talking construction or gardening and DIY, mining or agriculture, Lasher makes the tools that help South Africa to grow With more than 100 years of designing, manufacturing and distributing tough, reliable tools built for the South African market by South Africans, Lasher has... 

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