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Metair to deliver its first lithium-ion batteries before the end of the year

By: Irma Venter     16th August 2018 JSE-listed Metair will deliver its first production lithium-ion batteries to a customer before the end of the year. Metair is a distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and automotive components. 

Most Extensive Low Voltage Electric Motor Range From Zest Weg Group

16th August 2018 Electric motor applications require a reliable, robust fit-for-purpose product that will give the end user the requisite low total cost of ownership. Fanie Steyn, manager responsible for rotating machines at Zest WEG Group, says it is encouraging that most industries in southern Africa have woken... 

OLI South Africa

10th August 2018 As the world’s top-selling electric and pneumatic vibrator manufacturer, OLI guarantees a high level of customer service through its 19 OLI trading subsidiaries, 36 warehouses and five manufacturing plants worldwide. OLI vibrator motors are distributed in South Africa by the company’s local... 

Auto suppliers retool to chase electric vehicle bonanza

By: Reuters     1st August 2018 In what seems to be a magic trick, Dele Fayemi runs a batch of batteries in a beaker of boiling water - a physical impossibility that should cause a short circuit. But instead of a highly-dangerous combination of water and electricity, the 3M Co (MMM.N) engineer is testing the batteries in Novec,... 

Honda’s Eagle takes over the reins at Fiat Chrysler SA

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2018 Graham Eagle has been appointed as the CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles South Africa (FCA SA), with immediate effect.   His appointment follows the recent resignation of Robin van Rensburg. 

Company completes reusable bins supply for new vehicle model

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Rotational and low pressure injection moulding specialists Kaymac Structural Foam (KSF) completed a contract with a leading German automobile manufacturer last month, where it supplied reusable collapsible bins for components of a new vehicle model being manufactured in South Africa for world... 

New design introduced for global dealerships

27th July 2018 Last month, automotive manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced that it will introduce a new design for the interior and exterior of about 5 000 dealer stores globally. The move is based on the new brand message ‘Drive your Ambition’, initiated in October last year, and is intended to... 

BAIC vehicle manufacturing plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Beijing Automotive Group Corporation South Africa opened its 88 969 m2 vehicle assembly plant, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone, on July 24.  

SEW-EURODRIVE to discuss ‘the future of mining’ at Electra Mining Africa 2018

20th July 2018 Drive and automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will give insight into the future of mining at Electra Mining Africa 2018 at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 10 to 14 September, where it will display its total solutions offering for the mining industry. Long-known in the... 

Kenya to lower age limit on used-vehicle imports to promote local assembly

By: John Muchira     20th July 2018 Kenya has decided to reduce the age limit of used vehicles allowed into the country to promote local assemblers, who are struggling to increase sale of new vehicles in a market choking with imports. Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed said that Kenya is on the verge of reducing the... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

Magnets driving energy saving

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Over the past 18 months, Durban-based compressor original-equipment manufacturer Airstream Compressors has supplied 15 rotary-screw air compressor (SCR) permanent magnet (PM) driven compressors across South Africa, saving clients between 30% and 40% on energy costs. Airstream Compressors has... 

Company to expand channel blowers range

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Sandton-based side-channel blower supplier CR Elec plans to expand on its offerings, which will complement its existing Sirocco brand. A side-channel blower can generate significantly higher pressures than industrial fans, and is also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum compressor. The side-channel... 

Others expected to follow Coca-Cola’s solar leadership as costs fall

By: Simone Liedtke     13th July 2018 Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA), Coca-Cola’s bottling partner in South Africa, is aiming to have 25% of its electricity powered by renewable sources by 2025. The company says the first 10% of this renewable energy, about 18-million kilowatt hours a year, will be rolled out nationwide... 

RESERVED PARKING

13th July 2018 General Motors has installed 18 fast chargers for its Cruise self-driving car unit at a parking facility on San Francisco's Embarcadero, a busy boulevard along the Californian city's eastern shoreline. General Motors has created its own ride-hailing platform and is aiming get its self-driving car... 

Powermite

13th July 2018 Focused on supplying engineered solutions and products for the electrification of moveable machinery, including materials handling equipment, cranes and mining equipment, Powermite prides itself on an excellent customer service experience, superior collective technical knowledge and high-quality... 

Opel investment drives brand identity, new dealerships

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Opel Germany has established a new subsidiary Opel South Africa (Opel SA), which has invested more than R700-million into parts, warranty and service plans for Opel customers in Southern Africa.  

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

Activities, Interactions – all the Latest at TruckX 2018

2nd July 2018 Competitions, challenges, launches, prizes and more – visitors to TruckX 2018 have a lot to experience and enjoy at this year’s show. TruckX, the most anticipated trucking and fleet event of the year, takes place on 11 and 12 July at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand. “TruckX is the only... 

Toyota shares 800 localisation opportunities with South African suppliers

29th June 2018 The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) was pleased to attend the Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) International Multipurpose Vehicle (IMV) Imported Parts Exhibition held on 21 June 2018 in Durban. Over 40 suppliers viewed over 800 components that are open to localisation in what TSAM calls their... 

On-The-Air (29/06/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     29th June 2018 Good news for the economy is that Swiss-based mining giant Glencore is taking steps to boost its investments in South Africa. An Australian-funded company is moving at break-neck speed to reopen a rich zinc and copper mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. South Africa has supplied all... 

Feasibility study on Western Cape rare earths mine to be completed in 6 to 12 months

By: Anine Kilian     29th June 2018 The Steenkampskraal rare earths mine, owned by developer Steenkampskraal Holdings, in the Western Cape, is aiming to be a building block in a global rare earths supply chain independent of China. Manufacturers globally are expressing concern over China’s dominance of these strategic elements,... 

Cleaner, safer fuel on display at expo

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Natural gas supplier CNG Holdings hopes to educate the private sector and original-equipment manufacturers about the benefits of alternative fuels during the TruckX Expo, to be held at the Kyalami International Grand Prix Circuit and Conference Centre on July 11 and 12. “Compressed natural gas... 

BMG extends Eaton Winner range

29th June 2018 Technical solutions provider BMG has extended its range of Eaton Winner hose and fittings to include Eaton’s latest generation of 4S/6S spiral hose and hose fittings. The fittings are designed for use in high pressure hydraulic systems used in mobile machinery and industrial equipment used in... 

VW launches assembly, mobility operations in Rwanda; plant to be supplied from S Africa

By: Irma Venter     27th June 2018 German car manufacturer Volkswagen on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its new semi-knockdown (SKD) assembly facility in the Rwandan capital of Kigali. The group also kickstarted its mobility operations in the East African country. 

Ongoing fuel cell developments kindle hope for platinum demand 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2018 Ongoing hydrogen fuel cell developments across the globe are kindling hope for an eventual significant increase in platinum demand. This month alone, Hyundai Auto Canada took part in the official opening of Canada's first retail hydrogen fuelling station operated by Shell and Hydrogen Technology... 

VW, Ford confirm talks on possible commercial vehicle tie-up

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 Volkswagen and Ford Motor Co are talking about jointly developing and building a range of commercial vehicles including vans, the companies confirmed on Tuesday. A Reuters story earlier on Tuesday said VW and Ford were discussing joint production of vans. 

OMRON to Introduce New i4 SCARA Product Family

19th June 2018 Top of the line SCARA in speed and precision is designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa. 

Porsche to start production of first full electric car in 2019

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Series production of the first purely electric Porsche, the Taycan, is set to begin next year. The name can be roughly translated as “lively young horse”, referencing the imagery at the heart of the Porsche crest, which has featured a leaping steed since 1952. 

Equinox Gold says Brazil gold project past halfway mark

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th June 2018 The Aurizona gold project that Canadian junior Equinox Gold is building in Brazil has moved past the halfway mark, with the overall project now 55% complete and the engineering, procurement and construction management activities about 70% complete. In a project update on Thursday,... 

Supplier expanding its tools range

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine Tool and Metrology equipment supplier WD Hearn will exclusively distribute and service coordinated measuring machines (CMM) from LK Metrology – formerly known as Nikon Metrology. WD Hearn have also been appointed sole agents for ANCA CNC Machines in South Africa who manufacture CNC Tool &... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

One in every three cars exported from SA in 2017 a Merc

By: Irma Venter     7th June 2018 Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) last year again produced a record number of vehicles. MBSA’s East London plant built 106 500 vehicles (passenger cars and commercial vehicles) in 2015, growing this to a new record of 118 700 vehicles in 2016. 

ELB welcomes Josh Hodgkinson as Implementation Engineer - Intelligent Solutions

6th June 2018 ELB Engineering Services (Pty) Ltd (ELB), is pleased to announce that Josh Hodgkinson has been appointed as Implementation Engineer – ELB Intelligent Solutions (EIS), to help drive the business into the 4th Industrial Revolution. Josh has work experience in over 12 different countries, graduating... 

Engineering Optimal Energy Solutions For Africa

5th June 2018 Zest WEG Group combines its local manufacturing capability with WEG’s range of world class products to engineer energy solutions for customers around Africa, according to the group’s integrated solutions executive, Alastair Gerrard. Gerrard also emphasises Zest WEG Group’s extensive network of... 

Smooth commissioning and safe operation

5th June 2018 SMS group high-speed wire rod mills at Guangdong Guoxin operate at 120 meters per second Chinese Guangdong Guoxin Industrial Co., Ltd. has awarded SMS group (www.sms-group.com) the Final Acceptance Certificate after successful commissioning of the two single-strand wire rod mills for its Jieyang... 

Worldwide Orders Make For Bullish Mood

4th June 2018 Condra has received an order for a further overhead crane from Kamoto Copper Company, the copper and cobalt mine in the south of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is the eighth machine to be ordered by Kamoto Copper from Johannesburg-headquartered Condra in just over a year and, like its... 

OMRON Introduced Four Series of Condition Monitoring Devices

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd June 2018 OMRON Corporation have introduced on February 1, 2018, four series of condition monitoring devices to monitor operational status in manufacturing sites for workers. Motor Condition Monitoring Devices that predict a failure of 3-phase induction motors. Power Supplies with Network that can predict... 

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