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SKF provides technical acumen as proud sponsor of the 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge

28th August 2018 SKF is proud to be one of the event sponsors in the prestigious 2018 Sasol Solar Challenge (SSC). The eight day solar journey kicks off in Pretoria, Gauteng, on 22 September, finishing in Stellenbosch, Western Cape, on 29 September. This biennial competition draws teams from across the world;... 

Clinobrite From Pratley Cuts Chlorine Costs In Pool Maintenance

27th August 2018 With spring almost upon us, many homeowners will again be faced with the issue of ongoing pool maintenance. Clinobrite from Pratley is an ideal product to cut costs by reducing chlorine consumption, giving homeowners peace of mind to enjoy their swimming pools to the fullest during summer.... 

Wind body praises IRP, but wants clarity on three-year gap in new additions

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2018 The South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) has praised the emphasis placed in the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2018) on integrating the least-cost generation solutions of wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and gas into the South African electricity mix between 2018 and 2030. However, the... 

Collaboration required to improve South Africa’s sovereign credit rating

By: Maxine Arries     27th August 2018 Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will, on the first day of the 2018 Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, meet with Business Unity South Africa CEO Tanya Cohen, Federation of Unions of South Africa General Secretary Dennis George and Centre for Development and Enterprise Executive... 

Continuous improvement, a blueprint for continued success

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th August 2018 Air Products South Africa prides itself on a solid safety track record, innovative new products and developments, and success in the industrial manufacturing sector. This positioning is underpinned by a solid business strategy that is focused on key aspects, one being a constant drive for... 

thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programme develops people for a sustainable future

24th August 2018 thyssenkrupp Technical Apprenticeship Programmes are successfully developing people to secure a sustainable future not only for the company, but also for southern African industry and the regions in which thyssenkrupp is operating. “We are very happy to contribute to the development of skills in... 

Black industrial powerhouse backs large-scale roll-out of cutting-edge mechanised mining technology

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering,, has put in motion ambitious plans to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development (R&D), as well as manufacturing. Renowned industrialist, Sello Mahlangu, is the founder and... 

Southern Palace accelerating mining technology development in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th August 2018 Southern Palace Group of Companies has, through its subsidiary Genrec Engineering, put ambitious plans in motion to position South Africa as a leading hub for mining solutions research and development, as well as manufacturing. Genrec’s factory, in Wadeville, is undergoing significant upgrades... 

Auto thought leader on need to build Tier 2 and 3 suppliers as local content falls

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 The South African automotive industry is eagerly awaiting the announcement of the details of government’s new support programme, the Automotive Masterplan, which is set to guide the industry’s investment activities from 2020 to 2035. The masterplan will perhaps be South Africa’s most challenging... 

Rental market, power-as-service offerings underpinning demand for generators

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 A growing rental market and the provision of expert services, including electrical engineering services, is providing global generator manufacturer Himoinsa with good growth in Southern Africa, says Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matt Bell. The rental market provides it... 

Electromobility the future of transport infrastructure

By: Paige Müller     24th August 2018 On the back of introducing its all-electric Volvo FL and FE trucks, global manufacturing company Volvo Trucks aims to be the leading sustainable transport solutions provider globally. Sales and series production of the new Volvo FL and FE trucks – designed for urban distribution and refuse... 

Company first to use CO2 refrigeration in South Africa

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Food manufacturer BM Foods – the holding company of South African food brand Mediterranean Delicacies – has become the first food manufacturing company in South Africa to use a carbon dioxide- (CO2-) driven refrigeration system at its Cape Town factory. “With the more aggressive cooling potential... 

Compact aluminium gear units used in F&B industry

24th August 2018 Automation and drive specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa has introduced a new assembly line at its Johannesburg head office for local production of its K19 and K29 helical bevel gear units. One of the key features of the K19 and K29 series is its compactness and all-aluminium construction,... 

Software well suited for food and beverage industry

By: Halima Frost     24th August 2018 Having supplied big beverage and baking goods suppliers with its software, Syspro believes that its Syspro 8 system is well suited to the food and beverage industry. The Syspro 8 system includes the integration of several new features, comprising machine learning, and social media as... 

British aid partnership aimed at allowing Ethiopia to fund its own development

By: Rebecca Campbell     24th August 2018 Earlier this month the UK launched its largest ever “tax partnership programme”, with Ethiopia. In terms of this partnership, which was announced by UK International Development Secretary (Cabinet Minister) Penny Mordaunt while on a visit to the north east African country, Britain will provide... 

Sumitomo Rubber’s truck, bus tyre plant starts production

By: Irma Venter     24th August 2018 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has officially started production at its truck and bus radial (TBR) tyre manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal. Japanese company Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the world’s fifth-largest producer of automotive tyres... 

GreenCape unveils tool for modelling water efficiency interventions

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th August 2018 Nonprofit organisation the GreenCape Sector Development Agency has developed a financial feasibility tool modelling scenarios of suitable water efficiency interventions for commercial and industrial buildings, showing that it makes business sense to invest in water efficiency solutions. With... 

Ford produces 500 000th Ranger in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has produced its 500 000th Ford Ranger. “The current Ford Ranger has been a remarkable success story for FMCSA, and we are delighted to have reached the 500 000 mark for this vehicle programme,” says Ford... 

Transnet Freight Rail 1 064 locomotives acquisition programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 In the year to March 31, 2018, Transnet Freight Rail accepted 402 locomotives from the 1 064 locomotives project. 

Daraju Industries’ Otta manufacturing plant expansion, Nigeria

By: Sheila Barradas     24th August 2018 Daraju Industries plans to expand production capacity at its manufacturing plant in Ogun state. 

Starrett band saws from First Cut – new levels of portable cutting convenience for both professional and DIY users

23rd August 2018 For more than 125 years, manufacturers worldwide have depended on Starrett for quality tools and equipment, which have always been at the forefront of innovation. Traditionally, steel-cutting band saws tended to be larger equipment items that were not particularly portable. However, in... 

Place your bid on cranes and more from MHPS Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd August 2018 It’s not every day that one of Africa’s largest players in the construction of fossil fuel-fired power plants goes to auction with one of its biggest crawler cranes. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS Africa) have mandated GoIndustry DoveBid S.A to dispose of their surplus assets,... 

Place your bid on cranes and more from MHPS Africa

By: Maxine Arries     23rd August 2018 It’s not every day that one of Africa’s largest players in the construction of fossil fuel-fired power plants goes to auction with one of its biggest crawler cranes. Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS Africa) have mandated GoIndustry DoveBid S.A to dispose of their surplus assets,... 

Qld's A$2bn ion-battery project gets backing

By: Esmarie Iannucci     23rd August 2018 The Queensland government on Thursday inked an assistance agreement with international consortium Imperium 3, over the proposed A$2-billion lithium ion-battery factory planned for Townsville. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the agreement with Imperium 3, led by Boston Energy and Innovation,... 

Gauteng rapid land release programme to be launched next week

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd August 2018 Gauteng Premier David Makhura will, on August 31, launch the province’s rapid land release programme, in which he plans to make provincial land and buildings available for the development of human settlements and for urban agriculture projects. Speaking at the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and... 

Italtile delivers resilient FY18 performance despite subdued consumer sentiment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd August 2018 JSE-listed Italtile has declared an ordinary dividend a share of 38c for the year ended June 30, which is a 27% increase on the dividend of 30c declared for the prior financial year. The higher dividend follows a strong trading profit of R1.5-billion, which is up 43% on the trading profit of... 

BI offers fit-for-purpose chain solution for cement producers

21st August 2018 Leading supplier BI has supplied a large order of KÖBO chains to cement producers in the North West and the Western Cape. This consisted of bucket elevator, coal reclaimer, and hot pan conveyor chain. In total, BI supplied 80 m of coal reclaimer chain, 93 m of bucket elevator chain, 90 m of... 

Study initiated to assess conversion of Kelvin power station from coal to gas

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2018 A $1.3-million feasibility study has been initiated into the prospect of converting the coal-fired Kelvin power station, east of Johannesburg, into a 450 MW to 600 MW gas-fired power station. The study will also assess the potential for developing the Kelvin site into a gas distribution hub for... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

SKF ups the digital ante - Göteborg plant 4.0

21st August 2018 Swedish group, SKF, has been implementing its digital transformation since 2015, investing close to €19 million to carry out its digital revolution at its historical Göteborg plant which has, for over a century, been producing the quality bearings on which the Swedish group’s success is based.... 

Mint Directors Conference to reach South African shores in 2020

By: Simone Liedtke     20th August 2018 The biennial Mint Directors Conference (MDC) will return to South African shores in 2020, says South African Reserve Bank (SARB) subsidiary, the South African (SA) Mint. The event, which is expected to attract more than 300 guests, will be held in both Cape Town and Pretoria, in April 2020. 

Sasol FY18 headline earnings fall 22%

By: Anine Kilian     20th August 2018 Integrated chemicals and energy company Sasol on Monday reported a 22% year-on-year decrease in its headline earnings a share to R27.44 for the financial year ended June 30. Speaking at a presentation of the group’s results on Wednesday, joint president and CEO Bongani Nqwababa said core headline... 

Omron to Collaborate with Cisco in Manufacturing Innovations Enhancing IoT Security in the manufacturing sites

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2018 Omron Corporation and Cisco Systems have agreed to collaborate by integrating Cisco’s leading networking and security technology into Omron programmable logic controllers (PLCs), which are designed to deliver reliability under extreme conditions at manufacturing plants. Through this... 

On-The-Air (17/08/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2018 Yet another huge mine is in serious financial trouble, which is throwing up the dread of more mass retrenchment. South Africa should adopt the growth model that has proved so resoundingly successful for the economy of Canada. The Constitutional Court should be called upon to lift the veil of... 

Sweden's Granges halts plans for US aluminium joint venture

By: Reuters     17th August 2018 Sweden's Granges put on ice on Friday plans to form an aluminium manufacturing joint venture in the United States with Japan's Mitsubishi Aluminum Co, saying that the project was less attractive in "current circumstances". It did not specify what circumstances it was referring to though a Granges... 

Construction advancing on eCobalt’s Idaho project

By: Anine Kilian     17th August 2018 Construction at eCobalt Solutions’ Idaho cobalt project, in the Idaho cobalt belt, continues to advance on time and on budget, the company said on Thursday. “Very good progress has been made at the project by our exceptional team of mining professionals,” CEO Paul Farquharson said in statement on... 

Opinion Piece: Iron and Steel and Alcohol: a dangerous combination

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th August 2018 The South African Iron & Steel industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the country. Contributing to roughly 1% of the world’s crude steel, South Africa is also Africa’s largest steel producer. It’s also consistently listed as one of the most dangerous industries to work in, in the... 

Commodity price increases lack conviction – IHS

By: Nadine James     17th August 2018 Commodity analysts IHS Markit on Thursday reported that the Materials Price Index (MPI) had risen by 0.5% in the last week, but that the index’s ten subcomponents were evenly split between those showing increases and those showing declines, highlighting the uncertainty in markets. The MPI... 

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