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Firm sees taxis and mine trucks as logical hydrogen transport pioneers

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology can serve the local taxi industry and be used in large opencast mines where several haul trucks operate in a limited radius. One hydrogen fuelling station could serve an entire fleet. Such applications would eliminate the need for a dispersed suburban and urban... 

Ford’s new CEO tackles brand revitalisation in wake of Kuga recall

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of South Africa (FMCSA) will lure South Africans back to the blue oval not with special deals or big promises, but by the steadfast improvement of every customer interface. When former CEO Jeff Nemeth departed FMCSA in 2017, he did so at the end of a seven-year tenure, and in... 

Zest WEG Group

4th May 2018 Zest WEG Group, a subsidiary of leading Brazilian motor and controls manufacturer WEG, has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of Africa and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years. An in-depth understanding of the harsh conditions found... 

Alstom holds test run for Coradia Polyvalent train for Senegal

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd May 2018 Alstom has successfully started the test run of the first Coradia Polyvalent train to be delivered to Senegal at Alstom’s site in Reichshoffen, in France, which marks the start of an extensive testing campaign prior to its departure. These tests, the rail transport company explained, will allow... 

Company operating under new name

27th April 2018 Since the beginning of January, equipment manufacturer Bosch Group’s motors and generators division has started operating under independent company SEG Automotive. The new name is testimony to over a century of history in the development and production of starter motors and generators as well as... 

Integrated direct drives for format changeover close a key gap

24th April 2018 The PSD series of direct drives from halstrup-walcher not only incorporates a stepper motor but all the relevant sub-systems such as control, bus interface and incremental or absolute measurement system. The drives for automatic format changeover have a compact design and operate at speeds of up... 

SEW-EURODRIVE’s IE3-compliant DRN motor series promotes energy efficiency

17th April 2018 SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa showcased its IE3-compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018. The range has set a new benchmark in the local electric-motor industry in terms of energy efficiency. Stricter international regulations have meant that all two-, four- and... 

Goodbye to copper

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     13th April 2018 Copper, the metal, has been around for a very long time. The Copper Age predates the Bronze and Iron ages and ran from about 4500 BC to 3500 BC. Copper has stuck with us – wooden ships were sheathed in copper and the domes of buildings were made from copper – it does not corrode. The Statue of... 

LG Chem cobalt deal sets tone for battery cathode market

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new deal by Korean battery manufacturer LG Chem and China’s Huayou Cobalt is expected to set the tone for the lithium-ion battery cathode market. The two partners have announced a significant deal worth about $440-million to build a 40 000 t/y lithium-ion battery precursor materials plant and a... 

BI to showcase latest agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018

11th April 2018 Bearings International (BI) will showcase the latest design of its agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018. In addition, it will also launch a new bearing hub for planters, and display its full product range for the agricultural industry. The leading supplier offers its agricultural customers a... 

New technologies key to driving Africa’s growth

By: Anine Kilian     10th April 2018 Africa has a historic opportunity to accelerate growth and development by tapping into the potential that new technologies hold, ABB Asia, Middle East and Africa region President Dr Chun-Yuan Gu said on Tuesday. Delivering the keynote speech at the ABB Customer World Africa 2018 conference in... 

Ingeteam reaches the milestone of 50 GW in the supply of power converters for renewable energy plants

28th March 2018 To cap this achievement, in this same sector, the company also boasts a total of 12 GW in O&M contracts and 3 GW in plant automation. The energy generated in one year by those converters would be equivalent to the annual consumption of 28 million households Ingeteam. 

South Korea steel shares rise on US steel tariff exemption

By: Reuters     26th March 2018 South Korea's steelmakers rose on Monday, with market heavyweight Posco leading the overall sector after the United States agreed to exempt South Korea from its new steel tariffs. Washington will impose a quota on steel imports instead, while South Korea in return will improve access for U.S.... 

Treasury places obligation on SOEs to buy locally manufactured pumps

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 The South African Pump Cluster (SAPC) welcomes the decision of the National Treasury to place an obligation on State-owned enterprises (SOEs) to buy designated pumps and medium-voltage (MV) motors from local manufacturers. National Treasury issued a practice instruction note in terms of... 

Association to revive local pumps manufacturing industry

By: Donald Makhafola     23rd March 2018 The Southern African Pump System Development Association (SAPSDA) has developed a local manufacturing plan that will revive the South African Pump Cluster and include all companies that can manufacture components required by industry, as well as encourage member companies to support local... 

Trams enjoy renewed interest in growing cities

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2018 The exponential growth of cities worldwide raises many challenges for urban authorities, including reducing road traffic congestion, combating pollution, noise in cities and redeveloping urban zones. Addressing delegates during a media tour of Alstom’s La Rochelle manufacturing centre, in... 

New orders for RTS Africa principal Nel’s hydrogen filling stations internationally ‘fuelling’ hydrogen-powered vehicle trend

13th March 2018 The era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. Climate change concerns and dwindling liquid hydrocarbon reserves will undoubtedly change the patterns of personal and commercial transportation in the future. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation... 

Zest Weg Adds Value In The HVAC Space

5th March 2018 With access to years of experience in the Heating, Ventilation Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) market, and its range of quality products to service HVAC applications, the Zest WEG Group can tackle any single product installation right through to a customised solution. Zest WEG Group sales... 

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa collaborates on systems integration approach

2nd March 2018 Electrical wholesale supplier and panel builder Ptytrade 228 (Pty) Ltd situated in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg, is a successful Systems Integrator that uses SEW-EURODRIVE products in its electrical panels and Motor Control Centres (MCCs). The two companies have forged a close working... 

Trump says US to impose steep tariffs on steel, aluminium imports

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 US President Donald Trump announced on Thursday he would impose hefty tariffs on imported steel and aluminium to protect US producers, risking retaliation from major trade partners like China, Europe and neighbouring Canada as well as helping to trigger a large selloff on Wall Street. Trump said... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Hydraulic innovations to be showcased at expo

2nd March 2018 Some of the world’s leading mobile hydraulic technology will be on display at hydraulics and automation company Hytec Group/Rexroth’s stand at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

Ergonomic and user-friendly products on display at expo

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 In its third participation at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, machinery and tools manufacturer, Husqvarna South Africa (SA) will exhibit ergonomic and user-friendly products designed for high productivity and consumer satisfaction. 

‘World-class’ machine to debut at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has designed the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, PMSA joint MD Walter Ebeling reveals exclusively to Engineering News. The Ultra 3000 is an... 

Why the Koeberg nuclear power station was built

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     2nd March 2018 A lot of people are very much against South Africa building another nuclear power station. Many hope that the first project that President Cyril Ramaphosa throws under the bus will be a new nuclear power station. It is a sensitive topic. 

Bauer drives cater for strict hygiene in the food and beverage industry

1st March 2018 Bearings International (BI) distributes the full range of Bauer gear drives to cater for the diverse hygiene requirements of the food and beverage industry. From standard cast-iron, epoxy coated surfaces to complete stainless-steel units, Bauer Gear Motor provide drive solutions for a range of... 

Nearly a century of innovation and quality from Milwaukee power tools

1st March 2018 Milwaukee, an industry-leading manufacturer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories for professional users worldwide, distributed locally by Upat of Johannesburg, celebrates its 94th year in operation this year. This is testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and... 

How smart sensors aid predictive maintenance as part of Industry 4.0

27th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, European Product Manager for Actuator, Parker Hannifin Industry 4.0 is far more than a term that’s simply ‘trending’ in the manufacturing industry, it’s a tool made up of many component parts which are able to offer genuine benefits and competitive gain to plants prepared to... 

Change of venue draws in highly targeted audience

23rd February 2018 With over 3 000 visitors attending throughout the course of the three-day biennial Heating, Cooling, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) Show, the new venue that organiser Datateam Business Media opted for proved to be a success. Having taken place from January 23 to 25 at... 

New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

By: Reuters     20th February 2018 Toyota Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in magnets for electric car motors by around 20%, which could tame the cost of producing electric cars and reduce the risk of a supply shortage of materials needed for their production. The Japanese automaker... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Linear actuator drive selection – a precise balancing act

16th February 2018 No ‘one size fits all’ for linear motion system drive train designs Olaf Zeiss, Product Manager, Linear Actuators Parker Hannifin Motion Systems Group 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Safe motion control in ATEX environments

14th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, BU ACT EU Product Manager Actuators, Parker Hannifin Machinery and moving equipment is a vital element in all areas of modern automated industry, but what happens when the atmosphere in the working environment is potentially explosive? In short, regulations and directives... 

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. 

SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa to have a major presence at bauma CONEXPO Africa 2018

8th February 2018 From the new ECDriveS® 24 V drive system for light-load conveyor technology, to its latest DRN series of IE3-compliant motors, and the customised LTP-B Eco Drive for pump and fan control in a range of niche sectors from HVAC to underground mining, SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa will have a major... 

Partnerships Key As SA Tackles World-Class Gamsberg Zinc Project

5th February 2018 At Vedanta Resources’ Gamsberg mine in the Northern Cape, Zest WEG Group is working closely with lead contractor ELB Engineering Services as a preferred supplier to standardise on its range of transformers and motors across a number of on-site applications. The Gamsberg project is South Africa’s... 

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