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Africa’s metals, engineering cluster needs to do more to attract investment 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st September 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist Dr Michael Ade has declared Africa’s metals and engineering sector open for business. Ade was addressing delegates on the second day of Seifsa’s fourth annual Metals and Engineering Indaba, in Johannesburg. 

Australian miners spearheading disruptive technology movement – Fitch

By: Nadine James     21st September 2018 Australia’s strong information communications technology and energy infrastructure, highly skilled labour force and government support ensures that its miners will continue to be the frontrunners in implementing technology to cut costs, enhance efficiency and increase mine safety, the latest... 

Chinese lithium giant agrees three-year pact to supply Tesla

By: Bloomberg     21st September 2018 China’s top producer of lithium, a metal used in electric-vehicle batteries, said it’s agreed a deal with Tesla Inc. to supply a fifth of its production to the vehicle maker, highlighting the push for supply pacts. Tesla will designate its battery suppliers to buy lithium-hydroxide products from... 

Transerve Filtration appointed as Cummins Filtration dealer, opens Middelburg branch

21st September 2018 Cummins Filtration is pleased to announce the recent appointment of mining and construction filtration specialist Transerve Filtration as a Distributor Dealer, with full use of Cummins Filtration, and Cummins-owned original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Fleetguard’s, fuel-filtration solutions... 

Fast Image Processing For Beginners And Experts With Univision Assistant

21st September 2018 New to sensor specialist ASSTech is Wenglor’s latest software solution to simplify implementation of intelligent image processing applications for the range of weQube smart cameras. Sensors can easily be configured with the new intuitive software assistant, UniVision that guides any user – novice... 

Innovation Challenge to find future steel product fingerprint

21st September 2018 SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology are joining forces to find the best ideas on how to track steel products during their whole life cycle. Today the SmartSteel Innovation Challenge is launched, an initiative by SSAB and Sandvik Materials Technology looking to find new brilliant ideas on what a... 

750 t SANY excavator expected to be a big hitter in the mining industry

21st September 2018 What is believed to be the largest excavator in Africa has been launched by Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, and official distributor of SANY. The SY750 is a primary loading tool for the mining industry, from opencast to alluvial diamond mining. The 750 t excavator is ideal to... 

Precast Concrete Faҫades Bring Buildings To Life

21st September 2018 Precast construction technology represents Finnish high-tech know-how at its best. The country’s professionalism in precast technology originates from its extensive application of this construction method. Testing innovative solutions and developing new products has been possible due to a solid... 

Chinese steel mills chase iron-ore contracts with Brazil's Vale

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 Chinese steel mills and traders are rushing to secure long-term contracts for high-quality iron-ore ahead of winter steel output cuts, a boon for the main supplier of such grades of the commodity, Brazilian mining giant Vale. China, the world's biggest consumer of the steelmaking ingredient,... 

Engineering News iPhone and Android Apps available for free download

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers an Engineering News Online app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps... 

Mining Weekly iPhone and Android Apps available for free download 

21st September 2018 Creamer Media’s readers continue to be part of the mobile revolution.  Over 20% of Creamer Media’s online readers view the websites on their mobile devices. To cater for this growing mobile readership Creamer Media offers a MiningWeekly.com app for iPhone and Android users.  These apps offer... 

Rational fire design solutions championed

21st September 2018 It is imperative for buildings to be designed to allow for safe escape and the control of fire and smoke, as a minor design flaw could potentially put people, equipment and property at risk. For example, inhaling five breaths in a smoke filled room can lead to death. 

Electrical equipment range expanded

21st September 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group has expanded on its Carlo Gavazzi range by introducing multi-channel power analyser and automation products. These include WM50 multi-channel power analysers, which efficiently measure main electrical variables as well as voltage and current... 

Culture imperative in facilitating safe workplaces

21st September 2018 Creating a safe working environment is a complex issue and requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders over a sustained period of time, posits cement, lime and related products supplier PPC technical and lime executive Hardie de Beer. “It is this understanding that is at the core of PPC’s... 

Plastic pallets championed in factories

21st September 2018 The use of wooden plastic pallets when considering the health and safety issues at factories is one of the most important decisions for managements, according to plastic pallets distributer Premier Pallets. The balancing act of juggling costs, “green conscience” regarding recyclability of company... 

Technically, stuck in a recession

By: Riaan de Lange     21st September 2018 “Is you is or is you ain't?”, to partially borrow from the title of American blues musician BB King’s song. Is South Africa in a recession or ain’t it? It is a simple enough question that should solicit a 'yes' or 'no' answer, ain’t? Surely, if one knows what a recession is, then one should know... 

Smart factories reshaping the face of manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 Advanced manufacturing technologies, connectivity and analytics are helping factories to become integrated, intelligent, adaptable and efficient, says Japanese-based industrial technology multinational Omron South Africa GM and sub-Saharan Africa head Victor Marques. This global trend is mirrored... 

Partnerships enable HighJump to bring new supply chain technology to Africa

By: Schalk Burger     21st September 2018 With the help of its partners, supply chain software company HighJump is bringing new logistics, freight and warehouse technologies into South Africa and Africa. These technologies include the use of voice commands, which will be important to interact with automated systems and robots that are a... 

Vision Automation

21st September 2018 Vision Automation, specialists in automation control with over 50 years combined experience in programmable logic controller (PLC), instrumentation and control design projects, is the exclusive supplier of Unitronics’ all-in-one PLC+HMI equipment in Southern Africa. The Unitronics field-proven... 

Aury Africa enters into empowerment deal with Nkomose Consulting

20th September 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has concluded a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) agreement with 100% black-owned local services company Nkomose Consulting Engineers & Projects. The B-BBEE deal aims to align Aury Africa with the... 

Vital Engineering: ensuring quality and safety standards don’t slip in the local and pan-African mining sector

20th September 2018 “Electra Mining has definitely grown exponentially over the past few years in terms of the scale and variety of companies, products and solutions showcased”, was the observation by Glen Pringle, Technical Director at Vital Engineering, on visiting the show with members of his sales team last... 

DST bolsters biomass industry with new consortium

By: Marleny Arnoldi     20th September 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has established a biorefinery research consortium (BRC) to create new value chains from waste biomass. The consortium is a partnership between the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the Tshwane University of Technology, the... 

Coca-Cola moving ahead with takeover of Nigeria's Chi juice

By: Reuters     20th September 2018 Coca-Cola is moving ahead with plans to take over Nigeria's leading juice company Chi and aims to complete the deal early next year, a senior executive told Reuters. The acquisition for an undisclosed price is one of several steps the US company is taking in a global strategy to diversify from... 

Martin Engineering Vibrators Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month

19th September 2018 Following the success of its 2017 campaign, the global leader in bulk material handling technologies is repeating its Cougar Cares fundraising program for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.  Manufacturing a limited-edition series of Cougar® brand DC truck vibrators painted in the... 

PSV brings on board two key partnerships to drive strategy going forward

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2018 AltX-listed industrial holding company PSV Holdings has finalised an equity transaction with Regis Holdings and concluded a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) partnership with Beryl Holdings Partners. Regis is a Mauritanian-headquartered investment holding company, and Beryl... 

Collaboration, innovation needed to drive localisation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th September 2018 There is much opportunity in South Africa to expand local manufacturing and innovation, and this should be pursued through greater collaboration within the business community, delegates attending an industry collaboration workshop, hosted by DuPont in collaboration with the Department of Trade... 

Ngqura Port celebrates milestone

By: Simone Liedtke     19th September 2018 The developing Port of Ngqura, owned by Transnet National Ports Authority, celebrated a milestone this week, with the arrival of the first vessel discharging cargo for Osho Cement. Osho Cement is a new cement manufacturer currently under construction in the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ), in... 

Poorer South Africans carrying the can for SA’s lack of financial inclusion

19th September 2018 Paul Kent, MD of Sureswipe, says that South Africa needs a national financial inclusion strategy that has the commitment of all the dominant players in government and business, and that we should look at other emerging economies like India and Indonesia to see how it can be done.   The challenge... 

A Sandvik automated LHD proves its precision in a glass labyrinth

19th September 2018 In recent years, self-driving vehicles have become a popular discussion topic. Sandvik has had automated loaders and trucks working in mines for over 20 years — with zero accidents involving people. To prove its capabilities, Sandvik moved things above ground and put its latest generation of... 

Retailers should focus on low-hanging fruit to attract shoppers

19th September 2018 With competition for a share of consumers’ wallets becoming ever fiercer, retailers and retail property owners are going all out to attract shoppers. This has become crucial to their survival in an environment where consumer confidence and spending are hampered by a lacklustre economy. “Retail... 

Rolfes announces 2019 plan to strengthen, build and grow

19th September 2018 • Progress on strategic issues and foundation set for future • Revenue from continuing operations decreased by 1,1% to R1,422 billion 

Hudaco Industries appoints new Portfolio Executive

19th September 2018 Hudaco Industries, a South African group specialising in the importation and distribution of high-quality branded automotive, industrial, and electrical consumable products, has appointed Ernie Smith as Portfolio Executive within the group. Smith will initially be responsible for leading... 

IoT development kit available from RS Components connects out of the box to advanced Cloud-services platform

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), a global multi-channel distributor, has introduced a Cloud-enabled development kit that kick-starts IoT-sensing projects by allowing users to collect and analyse data on a dashboard within minutes after unboxing. The... 

ASSA ABLOY unlocks automation with over R10 million investment

19th September 2018 Global leader in door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY, has tapped into the Industry 4.0 space by investing over R10 million to process automation machines in their Roodepoort factory in Johannesburg. This investment saw the recent installation of six robots with the goal to have a fleet of more... 

750 t SANY excavator expected to be a big hitter in the mining industry

19th September 2018 What is believed to be the largest excavator in Africa has been launched by Goscor Earth Moving (GEM), part of the Goscor Group, and official distributor of SANY. The SY750 is a primary loading tool for the mining industry, from opencast to alluvial diamond mining. The 750 t excavator is ideal to... 

Cobalt Blue seeks to reassure investors on Thackaringa BFS timing

By: Mariaan Webb     19th September 2018 ASX-listed explorer Cobalt Blue on Wednesday moved to reassure investors about the timeline for the Thackaringa joint venture (JV) project, a day after CEO Joe Kaderavek said in a letter to shareholders that an independent review has concluded that more pre-bankable feasibility study (BFS)... 

Designed to disrupt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th September 2018 Victaulic first disrupted the piping industry as far back as 1919, bringing about the concept of joining pipes with a mechanical bolted coupling in order to rapidly deploy fuel and water to the Allied Forces during World War I. This powerful, industry-changing idea laid the groundwork for... 

Government looking at 'modernising' defence funding – Ramaphosa

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th September 2018 Government is looking at reducing the dependency of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) on direct funding by the State, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. He was delivering the opening address for the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2018 exhibition at Air Force Base Waterkloof... 

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