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BI unveils Agri-Smart integrated solutions for farmers at NAMPO 2018

22nd May 2018 Leading supplier Bearings International (BI) showcase the latest design of its agricultural hub bearings at NAMPO 2018. In addition, it launched a bearing hub for planters, and displayed its full product range for the agricultural industry under its new Agri-Smart banner. Agri-Smart allows BI to... 

Barloworld H1 profits, revenue rise on higher Southern African, Russian equipment sales

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Despite a weaker first quarter, the global economy remains on track to show solid growth for 2018 in both developed and emerging markets, while South Africa’s economic outlook is also improving, benefiting multinational Barloworld. The company on Monday reported a 14.2% year-on-year increase in... 

Engen Libra helps transform children’s lives at Tjhabelani Primary School

14th May 2018 Eleven years ago the rural Tjhabelani Primary School was just a dream. Today, Engen Libra Motors has helped it grow offering its learners the kind of educational opportunities they never thought possible. The school, which opened 11 years ago in Bainsvlei, 15km outside Bloemfontein, has... 

Energy efficient tech can bring farmers substantial savings

By: Paige Müller     11th May 2018 With energy cost a major factor in farm viability and profitability, the South African farming sector will need to shift its thinking towards the implementation of energy efficient technology, says motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group integrated solutions executive Johan van Niekerk.... 

OLI South Africa

11th May 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... 

Zest WEG Group

11th 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... 

Brink produces 350 000th tow bar, mulls importing steel

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2018 Brink Towing Systems this month produced its 350 000th tow bar at its plant in KwaZulu-Natal. The Pietermaritzburg-based company is a manufacturer and importer of towing solutions. 

Bauer from BI drives innovation in the food and beverage industry

4th May 2018 The AsepticDrive™ from Bauer Gear Motor, distributed locally by Bearings International (BI), is an asynchronous motor with a basic design that does away with a fan and cooling ribs. As a result, its entirely smooth outer casing makes it ideal for the strict hygiene requirements of the food and... 

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... 

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

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... 

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