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Zest WEG Group

The Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of operating conditions, applications and years of experience on the African continent, has ensured that the Zest WEG Group service offering is fit-for-purpose. By leveraging best practice engineering and manufacturing capabilities, the group is able to offer a range of standard off-the-shelf products as well as end-to-end energy solutions

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New Curve™ Pump Proves Its Capability In Market Application

     24th March 2017 Pump and Abrasion Technologies® (PAT) unveiled their new CURVE™ range of pumps in September 2016.  Among the first South African companies to adopt this new technology was Hernic Ferrochrome who currently plans to retrofit all the pumps at their OB-Plant to the CURVE™ range. The conversion... 

Peugeot vehicles to be assembled in Kenya

     24th March 2017 French multinational automotive manufacturer General Motors and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA Group) and motor dealer Urysia Limited Authorised Peugeot Dealers, will begin in June with supplying a yearly volume of over 1 000 Peugeot units in order to meet the expectations of the Kenyan market.  

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Tata Motors signs MoU with VW, Skoda to develop affordable vehicles

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 India’s Tata Motors has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Volkswagen Group and its Skoda division, aimed at possible joint product development. The agreement has been signed by Tata Motors CEO Günter Butschek, Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller and Skoda Auto... 

Impact of Opel sale on South Africa not immediately clear

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 General Motors (GM) and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) has announced the sale of GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to the PSA group, in a transaction valued at €1.3-billion and €0.9-billion, respectively. With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of... 

Kwatani

     17th March 2017 Kwatani, previously known as Joest South Africa, is one of the largest local original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of custom-engineered vibratory equipment solutions for the African continent. On average, one machine a day leaves the company’s 17 000 m2 heavy fabrication facility outside... 

Opel Astra takes Car of the Year title

By: Irma Venter     16th March 2017 The Opel Astra has been crowned South Africa’s 2017 Car of the Year, as voted for by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. The nine finalists for the 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year competition were the Audi A4; Honda Civic; Hyundai Tucson; Jaguar F-Pace; Opel Astra; Renault... 

Commitment To Africa Is Not Just About Money

     16th March 2017 When companies invest in Africa by setting up production facilities here, they contribute far more than just finances, buildings and equipment; they offer their host countries a shortcut into the global mainstream, opening the doors to trade and development on an unprecedented scale. According to... 

New APDP must boost volumes, exports, says Merc SA CEO

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2017 Given the poor outlook for growth in sub-Saharan Africa since the sharp decline in oil and commodity prices, “it would be reasonable to conclude” that any government support programme for the South African automotive industry requires a “sustainable export strategy”, says Mercedes-Benz South... 

Van Zyl first African to become senior managing officer at Toyota Motor Corporation 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th March 2017 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) chairperson and Toyota Motor Europe (TME) president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl has become the first African to be promoted to senior managing officer by Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). The appointment, a step up from managing officer, is effective April 1, two... 

Industrial manufacturers to implement energy management systems

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) is assisting industrial manufacturing companies – such as foundries – to develop and implement energy management systems (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001 through its EnMS training programme. 

VW, Tata sign accord to explore cooperation – sources

By: Reuters     9th March 2017 Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Motors to explore cooperation in India, sources close to the matter said, as the German carmaker takes a fresh attempt at conquering low-cost markets. The MoU will enable both carmakers to deepen exchanges about technology,... 

SKF rotates to its core strength – bearings

     9th March 2017 SKF has taken a strategic decision to shift its global business focus back to the company’s core strength – bearings. As a leading global technology provider since 1907, SKF has over the years developed a holistic product and service offering that is integral to bearing performance and... 

Commission refers alleged collusion case against shipping line to tribunal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2017 The Competition Commission of South Africa has referred a case of alleged price fixing, market division and collusive tendering against Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution. The commission alleged that the Japanese company, operating in South Africa, along with Mitsui... 

Opel sold to Peugeot in €2.2bn deal, SA effect still unknown

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2017 General Motors (GM) and Peugeot-Citroen (PSA) has announced the sale of GM’s Opel/Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial’s European operations to the PSA group, in a transaction valued at €1.3-billion and €0.9-billion, respectively. With the addition of Opel/Vauxhall, which generated revenue of... 

Alstom awarded its first tramway contract in Taiwan

     3rd March 2017 Multinational rail transport company Alstom has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project, in Taiwan, which is expected to start revenue service in 2019. This tramway project – the first of its kind for Alstom... 

Renault SA to have new head as De Canha moves to Imperial’s new Motus unit

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

Toyota Dyna truck redesigned as a light commercial vehicle to sidestep new speed-limiter law

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

ADITYA BIRLA orders most efficient CONTIROD®* copper wire rod plant for Indian market from SMS group

     2nd March 2017 ADITYA BIRLA, Hindalco Industries Ltd. from Mumbai, India, has placed an order with SMS group www.sms-group.com to supply a CONTIROD®*plant, of the type CR 3500. The line for casting and rolling of wire rod in one process with a production capacity of 35 tons of copper wire rod per hour has the... 

GM plans to sell stake in East African unit to Isuzu

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 General Motors Co on Tuesday said it plans to sell its majority ownership stake in General Motors East Africa to its Japanese partner Isuzu Motors Ltd, as the US carmaker continues to streamline by exiting non-core operations. Isuzu will acquire GM's 57.7% stake in the unit in Kenya, which... 

LH Marthinusen completes locomotive traction motors manufacturing project

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, isa leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a contract for the manufacture of 16 new 500kW DC traction motors to replace existing motors for diesel electric... 

LH Marthinusen performs complex repairs on pump station’s hybrid AC motor

     27th February 2017 LH Marthinusen (LHM), a division of ACTOM (Pty) Ltd, is a leading repairer of transformers and large rotating machines and manufacturer of specialised transformers, recently completed a complex repair operation on a hybrid integrated AC motor unit used to drive a large pump in a South African... 

Electric vehicles unlikely to scale battery hurdle 

By: Kelvin Kemm     24th February 2017 Much scientific work has gone into the development of electric vehicles over recent years. Huge strides have been made, but I cannot see a way past the battery problem in the case of day-to-day electric cars. This is always glossed over by the proponents of electric cars.  Making the electric... 

Making sense of insulation testing

     23rd February 2017 Insulation problems are to blame for around 30% or more of motor failures – meaning that electrical motor testing should be a larger part of every condition monitoring regime. Mike Teska, Product Line Manager at SKF, explains. Motors are being asked to work with less margin and cost these days,... 

ABB Wins $70 Million in Equipment Orders to Expand European Rail Fleets

     22nd February 2017 ABB traction technologies to provide more reliable, energy-efficient trains for rail operators in Switzerland, Sweden and Hungary. ABB has won orders worth $70 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply state-of-the-art traction and onboard power equipment to three European rail... 

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique Torque Laboratory attains SANAS accreditation

     16th February 2017 The Industrial Technique business area of Atlas Copco South Africa has augmented its comprehensive range of industrial power tools, assembly systems, quality assurance products, software, and service solutions by obtaining SANAS accreditation for its Torque Laboratory. Nicolas Van Zyl,... 

Amplats anticipates continued growth in fuel cells

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th February 2017 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) expects the autocatalyst sector to remain a significant driver of platinum demand. In the last year, autocatalyst demand continued to grow, with sales in Western Europe up 6%. This, CEO Chris Griffith said, was as a result of slightly higher loading, owing to... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     14th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

Renault has a new MD, Kwid sales surprise on the upside

By: Irma Venter     13th February 2017 Renault South Africa (SA) will have a new MD from July 1. Current Renault SA MD Nicholas de Canha has already started work at Imperial’s new Motus division – managing everything to do with motoring within the JSE-listed group – where he will look after a number of brands, including Tata, Renault,... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     10th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

Hino SA trims it Dyna model from medium to light commercial vehicle

By: Irma Venter     10th February 2017 Hino South Africa, the commercial vehicle arm of Toyota South Africa Motors, has reclassified its Toyota Dyna truck as a light commercial vehicle (LCV), moving it from the medium commercial vehicle (MCV) segment where it has been competing since its introduction to South Africa in 1965. Toyota... 

Lubricants company retains top spot for tenth year

     10th February 2017 Lubricants supplier Shell Lubricants was being named the number one global lubricants supplier at the end of last year following its retention of an 11.6% market share as indicated in business process management consultant Kline & Company’s ‘Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and... 

Positive outlook for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 Increased new-car production levels, which include an expected growth in vehicle exports, are likely to drive improvement in South Africa’s automotive industry this year, says industrial equipment supplier Bearings International sales representative Cherry Slater. 

Production capacity grows in SA automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The outlook for the local automotive industry for the next three to five years is very positive, with several manufacturers planning upgrades and expansions at their facilities to increase capacity, says drive technology provider SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA) sales engineer Willem Strydom. 

Structured maintenance programme emphasised

By: Kimberley Smuts     10th February 2017 Introducing a structured maintenance management programme that ensures ongoing effective lubrication is critical in maximising production efficiencies, says technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG). BMG fluid technology manager Wayne Holton says the company’s efficiency drive, which... 

Isondo excited about prospects for a viable fuel-cell manufacturing industry 

By: Kim Cloete     8th February 2017 Isondo Precious Metals is rolling out its fuel-cell strategy and is planning to establish a fuel-cell component manufacturing plant in South Africa. Isondo CEO Vinay Somera on Wednesday said he and his team had “scoured the world” for the best-in-class technology with an eye on building a... 

The power of innovative engineering: The biggest LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in successful operation with the new COPE drive

     8th February 2017 The LOESCHE mill type LM 70.4+4 CS in operation with the new COPE drive at the cement plant Mfamosing The United Cement Company of Nigeria (Ltd), UNICEM, successfully commissioned their new cement plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River State, Nigeria. LOESCHE received the order for two vertical... 

Roytec Global

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th February 2017 South Africa-based liquid/solid and mineral separation equipment supplier Roytec Global is a leader in the supply of thickening, filtration and mineral floatation technologies for the mining industry. Roytec is passionate about service excellence and prides itself on living up to its promises.  

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