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Newmont beats Q4 earnings forecast; output on par with largest gold producer Barrick

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 3 hours ago US gold miner Newmont Mining as reported market-beating earnings for the three months ended December, reporting production that is on par with that of leading gold producer Barrick Gold. The Denver, Colorado-based miner reported headline earnings for the fourth quarter of $216-million, or $0.40 a... 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

LD basic oxygen furnace plant ladle heating stations, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     16th February 2018 Hüttenwerke Krupp Mannesmann plans to build two new furnaces to help substantially reduce operating costs at its steelworks.  

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

     13th February 2018 Omron Industrial. Johannesburg. South Africa. OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. 

BHP expects $1.8bn tax charge, says US reform beneficial in long run

By: Mariaan Webb     13th February 2018 The world’s largest diversified mining group BHP has flagged a $1.8-billion income tax expense as a result of the US Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which will lower the country’s federal corporate income tax rate. The tax expense will be treated as an exceptional item, and comprises a noncash measurement... 

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

The Application Of Improved Sensing Technologies To Protect Product Quality In Polyethylene

     6th February 2018 Polyethylene are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Because of its exceptional application flexibility, polyethylene’s rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses means that today it is the largest volume plastic in the world. Low density... 

Entrained Gas Management EGM

     5th February 2018 The Coriolis method, a technology used to measure mass flow, is a growing market for Krohne, despite it being a relatively new technology. Added to this is a specifically patented algorithm unique to KROHNE, known as Entrained Gas Measurement (EGM). Since the introduction of EGM technology for... 

New tool ensures accuracy for transition flow of gas

     2nd February 2018 Industrial automation multinational Endress+Hauser’s new integrated pressure measurement tool, the Prowirl F/R/O 200 (Prowirl) is able to record energy and mass flows with maximum accuracy for transition flow of gases or liquids up to Re ≤ 10 000. The Prowirl is a central measuring point for... 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

     2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

New flowmeter from South African manufacturer

     2nd February 2018 South African manufacturer Instrotech is offering a flow meter called Kobold RCD, for measuring and monitoring the flow of liquids and gases. The company explains that depending on the model, the measuring range of the Kobold RCD ranges from 0.5 ℓ/min to 2 350 ℓ/min for water and 0.5 Nm3/h to 2... 

Endress+Hauser presents the world’s first self-calibrating thermometer

     1st February 2018 Endress+Hauser is launching the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 compact thermometer for food & beverage and life sciences industries. It features unique sensor technology with fully automated inline self-calibration function for hygienic and aseptic applications. 100% Compliance – 0% Effort. The new... 

Petra delivers record production but stifled by Tanzania blockage

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2018 In the six months to December 31, LSE-listed Petra Diamonds saw a 10% production increase to 2.2-million carats across its operations, which was in line with guidance. This represented record production for any six-month period for the company. 

Multifunction vibration meter redefines vibration screening

     26th January 2018 Sandton-based distribution centre Comtest is offering electronic test tools manufacturer and distributor Fluke’s latest vibration meter, the Fluke 805, which provides quantifiable information on a bearing and the overall health of motors and other rotating equipment. 

Plant to be completed in March

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 Integrated solutions provider ImproChem will be completing the construction and commissioning of a desalination plant for a large factory on the West Coast, in South Africa, with the plant expected to supply its first water in the second week of March 2018. 

What the Amended B-BBEE codes mean for your industry

     17th January 2018 Amended B-BBEE Sector Codes and What they Mean for your Industry   The Department of Trade and Industry Minister, Rob Davies recently announced amendments to the Financial, Agricultural and Construction Sector Codes.   While these amendments have been long awaited and look to constantly improve... 

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique’s Accredited Torque Laboratory talks the Torque

     11th January 2018 Atlas Copco Industrial Technique is pleased to announce the recent extension of its SANAS accredited Torque Laboratory’s scope and capabilities. “We now have ability to do SANAS accredited hydraulic calibrations on torque wrenches up to 45 000Nm,” confirms Calibration Laboratory Manager, Nicolas... 

Yokogawa Develops N-IO Standard Field Enclosure and Control System Virtualization Platform

     10th January 2018 For improved agility in implementing control system projects Yokogawa Electric Corporation (Tokyo: 6841) announces that it has developed an N-IO standard field enclosure and a control system virtualization platform. The enclosure is a weatherproof remote IO cabinet that stores IO devices used by... 

Deionising water to protect against corrosion in heating installations

     8th January 2018 Hans-Jürgen Wedemeyer, Technical Marketing Manager of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit at Lanxess, describes how water for heating circuits can be treated using a special new kind of mixed bed ion exchanger to reliably prevent corrosion. A dark, cloudy sludge no longer... 

SMS group strengthens its position as service provider in Japan

     7th December 2017 Cooperation between Japan Engineering Network, Co. (JEN) and SMS group K.K. bundles competences in repair service for continuous casting plants Japan Engineering Network, Co.(JEN) and SMS group K.K., based in Tokyo, Japan, have signed a business partnership agreement on repair services for... 

Polish retail portfolio offers expansion opportunities for EPP

By: Anine Kilian     4th December 2017 A portfolio of 12 retail properties in Poland being acquired by JSE-listed Echo Polska Properties (EPP), offers “substantial” expansion opportunities, says EPP CEO Hadley Dean. EPP in October announced that it would acquire the 12 properties, which includes eight shopping centres and four retail... 

Justice confused

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     24th November 2017 In the State vs Oscar Pistorius case, we all know what may have happened. The trial can also aspire to a record – the worst forensic evidence in South African legal history, ever. This does not relate to bloodstains and fingerprints, but simple scientific evidence that could have been tested on a... 

Bushveld Energy and Partners Deploy Eskom's First Vanadium Redox Flow Battery

     21st November 2017 Bushveld Minerals Limited , a mineral project development company with a portfolio of vanadium and coal assets in Southern Africa and an investment in tin, is pleased to announce that its 84%-owned energy subsidiary, Bushveld Energy Limited ("Bushveld Energy") has confirmed its first vanadium... 

Industry still suffers effects of drought

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Although innovative production practices and a diversified geographic production area helped to buffer the effect of the drought on the 2017 harvest, wine industry body VinPro explains that insufficient rainfall in the winter months will undoubtedly have an effect on vine functionality and yield... 

Full range of measuring tools for the African market

     16th November 2017 A full range of premium German measuring tools are available locally from leading distributor Upat in Johannesburg, ranging from levels to lasers and even tape measures. The main benefit to the African market of the extensive Stabila range is that products include entry-level units all the way to... 

Organisation assists business in becoming energy efficient

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 Lack of energy supply security, economic costs associated with energy, and environmental costs, such as depleting resources, contributing to climate change are just some of the factors that can be mitigated if South Africa embraces energy efficiency and reliable renewable energy alternatives,... 

Handheld ProcessMeter enables in-field valve positioner checks

     10th November 2017 To keep a system operating properly, a good preventive maintenance programme that mandates periodic checks of valve positioners is required, says industrial product supplier Comtest Group. This is because valves, the actuators that move them, and the electronic circuits that control them, are all... 

Petrochemicals product supplier launches ball valve

     10th November 2017 Last month, multinational oil and gas product supplier Schlumberger announced the release of the GROVE IST integrated seat technology ball valve. The company, which has an Angolan office that services the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, and... 

International distributor adds bearings to selection

     10th November 2017 Last month, international components distributor RS Components, which acts as the trading brand for parts distributor Electrocomponents plc, announced that a significant expansion to its portfolio of available power transmission application had been completed. The company has added components... 

Sanral denies writing off R3bn debt in unpaid e-toll fees in South Africa

By: African News Agency      8th November 2017 The South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday denied that it had written off impairment losses of R3.6-billion for unpaid e-toll debts older than three years, compared to R92-million in 2015/16. This comes after Sanral on Tuesday appeared before the Portfolio Committee on Transport... 

TOC or COD, that is the question

     7th November 2017 Which parameter is the correct one for measuring the organic load in the wastewater of the food industry? Manufacturing milk products, beer, mustard, ketchup and similar products generate a large amount of water, some of which has a high organic load. As a result, the chemical oxygen demand (COD)... 

Turkish electronics, electrical trade mission to meet SA importers

     6th November 2017 Following renewed Turkish-South African commitments to boost bilateral trade, a Turkish electronics and electrical goods trade mission will travel to South Africa in November for meetings with local buyers and distributors.  

Gold price rises 3.2% in Q3

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th October 2017 Gold experienced a “strong and fairly steadily rising” third quarter, with the price having increased by $40/oz, or 3.2%, in dollar terms, the SA Bullion Gold Report shows. A one-year analysis indicated a 2.9% contraction in the gold price, while the three-year growth analysis showed a steady... 

Sophisticated modernization concept for the production of high-quality structural steel, boiler, tube and heavy-plate grades

     30th October 2017 ArcelorMittal Asturias (Avilés) has contracted SMS group for tailor-made conversion of slab caster No. 2 ArcelorMittal Asturias, Avilés, Spain, has contracted SMS group www.sms-group.com for a comprehensive conversion of the company’s two-strand slab caster No. 2. With this modernization,... 

Company mitigates refinery industry challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th October 2017 Amid the weak demand and low prices that have hampered strategic decision-making and stalled planning for the oil and gas industry globally, specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering says improved technologies facilitating the understanding of process variables allow for cautious... 

Loeriesfontein Wind Farm connected to grid

     27th October 2017 Loeriesfontein Wind Farm as well as Khobab Wind Farm, both located in the Northern Cape, are now connected to State-owned power utility Eskom’s grid, through Eskom’s Helios substation and the commissioning of wind turbines has started. “We energised the wind farm substations with Eskom... 

Credit default index offers visibility of pressures faced by consumer segments

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2017 Consumer credit multinational Experian South Africa’s local consumer default index is a highly accurate tool to assess the economic pressures on different segments of the population, says Experian South Africa MD Simon Russell. The index functions as a business and policy formulation tool, and... 

Temperature Calibration: Endress+Hauser South Africa boasts lowest uncertainty of measurement

     25th October 2017 Process automation specialist, Endress+Hauser South Africa’s Temperature Calibration Laboratory utilises only the highest precision and state-of-the-art equipment, resulting in it achieving a SANAS accolade as one of the highest performing temperature calibration laboratories in South Africa. The... 

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