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Press Office - Lucchini South Africa

Lucchini South Africa

Lucchini South Africa, subsidiary of Italian manufacturer of forged railways products, Lucchini RS, was established in 2016. Significantly, Lucchini RS was the first international manufacturer of forged wheels to localise part of the wheel manufacturing in South Africa. Forged wheels are sent from Italy to a well-equipped machining facility in Germiston, Gauteng, where the equipment and processes utilised are the same as those used across the Lucchini RS Group, maintaining high quality standards.


Australian group lines up China backing for new iron-ore rail, port infrastructure

By: Reuters     24th March 2017 China State Construction Engineering Corp has tentatively agreed to build a new port and rail line for a yet-to-be-approved iron-ore mine in Western Australia, according to a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with privately-owned New Zealand firm BBI Group. The MoU, tied to a A$6-billion... 

Mobility Vision

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 Gauteng-based transport economist Andrew Marsay earlier in February detailed his vision for a high-density, high-value public transport system in South Africa, delivered in a presentation at the i-Transport and UATP conference, held in Sandton. Engineering News senior deputy editor Irma Venter... 

New strategy to give policy direction to rail sector

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2017 A new national rail strategy, proposed to become legislation in 2018/2019, will give policy direction to the rail sector for the first time in 150 years, says Department of Transport deputy director-general rail Jan-David de Villiers. The policy – currently a Draft White Paper – comes as South... 

AMSA officially launches Gauteng steel rail hub 

     23rd March 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa in February officially launched its Isando Distribution Centre, in Germiston, in a long-term initiative to migrate the bulk of domestic final product steel distribution from road to rail.  

Peru mine output stranded after rains disrupt rail shipments

By: Reuters     21st March 2017 Heavy rains in Peru have disrupted train transport of minerals from the country's central region to the Pacific Coast, and the train line could take at least 15 days to fix, VP and Transport Minister Martin Vizcarra said on Monday. The government is coordinating with mining companies to find... 

South African OEM completes equipment delivery to Chinese copper mine

By: David Oliveira     20th March 2017 South African original-equipment manufacturer Galison earlier this month completed the delivery of an automated underground rolling stock solution, comprising 40 underground wagons and two tipping stations, to Chinese State-owned copper mine Pulong, in Yunnan province, China, at a cost of about... 

Sunrise Energy secures two international deals for LPG terminal

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th March 2017 Sunrise Energy has secured two commercial contracts with international traders and their South African joint venture partners for the sourcing and importation of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through its new import and storage facility in the Western Cape. The R1.2-billion open-access Sunrise... 

Adani to start Carmichael construction in August

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2017 Construction on the A$21.7-billion Carmichael coal and rail project is expected to start in August, Indian major Adani confirmed to Mining Weekly Online. Chairperson Guatam Adani told a media conference in Mumbai that the outstanding approvals and licences were in the pipeline for approval and... 

Letsoalo denied request to join PRASA board's case

By: News24Wire      17th March 2017 Former PRASA group CEO Collins Letsoalo's request to join the urgent court case by PRASA's former board members was denied by the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday. Judge Peter Mabuse said he was not persuaded by Letsoalo's case and refused his application. 

Salani Sithole

     17th March 2017 This week we feature Salani Sithole, Managing Director of consulting engineering firm Royal HaskoningDHV South Africa   

PPC Zimbabwe’s Harare mill officially opened

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th March 2017 PPC Zimbabwe on Thursday officially opened its $82-million Harare cement milling and dispatch facility, bringing its collective production capacity to 1.4-million tons a year. The project, forming part of PPC’s African expansion strategy, was completed on time and under budget, and boasted a... 

Fortress Income Fund launches R650 million Louwlardia development

     16th March 2017 The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion.   Speaking at the launch,  executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1... 

Former PRASA board case postponed

By: News24Wire      16th March 2017 The urgent High Court case brought by former PRASA board members to have their dismissal by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters set aside, was postponed on Thursday morning. After a minute of appearing in the High Court in Pretoria, Advocate David Unterhalter SC requested a postponement to file an... 

Debiensko could be low-cost producer – Prairie

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th March 2017 A scoping study into the Debiensko coking coal project, in Poland, has demonstrated its potential to become a globally significant producer, adding some 2.6-million tonnes a year of hard coking coal product to the global market. ASX-listed Prairie Mining said on Thursday that, with a mine life of... 

Champion Iron acquires 735 iron-ore railcars

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2017 Iron-ore project proponent Champion Iron Ore has acquired an operational fleet of 735 specialised iron-ore railcars from Canadian Iron Ore Railcar Leasing, for $30.1-million. Champion chairperson and CEO Michael O’Keeffe on Wednesday said the acquisition brought the TSX- and ASX-listed company a... 

New agroprocessing-, metals-focused Ipap to be released next month

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2017 A new Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) focused on supporting the agroprocessing and metals industries, including foundries and the casting sector, will be released in April, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said at the Metal Casting Conference, in Kempton... 

Mikono Expo Group will Host the Dar Construction Trade Expo and the East Africa Smart Building Summit 2017 in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania!!

     15th March 2017 Tanzanian based company Mikono Speakers under her sister company Mikono Expo Group, which operates in Tanzania, South Africa and other African nations, is hosting the Dar Construction Trade Expo 2017. This esteemed event will take place along with the East Africa Smart Building Conference. More... 

Outa, Untu speak out against appointment of interim PRASA board 

By: Anine Kilian     14th March 2017 The United National Transport Union (Untu) does not believe the newly appointed interim board of State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be able to save the entity. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Monday announced the appointment of the interim board, which will be... 

First K+S rail cars arrive at $4.1bn Legacy mine, in Saskatchewan

By: Henry Lazenby     13th March 2017 The first 177 of 531 custom built rail cars have arrived at potash project developer K+S Potash Canada's (KSPC's) $4.1-billion Legacy mine site, in Saskatchewan. The company on Monday said this was enough to complete one of three trains that will transport KSPC’s product to its potash handling... 

PRASA gets interim board in attempt to bring stability

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has appointed an interim board to stabilise the ailing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and guide the parastatal until a new, permanent board is selected. Peters last week dissolved the entire PRASA board on the back of “declining performance, lack of... 

India's Adani applies to Aus govt fund for coal mine railway financing

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 India's Adani Enterprises has applied for financing from an Australian infrastructure fund to build a rail line that is part of a $16-billion coal project in the state of Queensland, Australia's resources minister said on Monday. Financing from the A$5 billion Northern Australian Infrastructure... 

Molefe files urgent application over PRASA board dissolution

By: News24Wire      13th March 2017 Former PRASA chairperson Popo Molefe has filed an urgent application to the High Court in Johannesburg to have the decision to dissolve the board of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the Minister of Transport set aside. Molefe, along with the other fired directors of PRASA, have... 

PRASA locomotives contractor paid ANC 'fundraisers' 

By: News24Wire      10th March 2017 Less than a week after PRASA made its first payment of nearly R500-million to the supplier of the controversial Afro4000 locomotives, the latter's managing director paid an amount of R14.3-million into the account of a lawyer who had introduced himself as a fundraiser for the African National... 

Gautrain on par with global standards – RATP

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 French-owned public transport operator Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens (RATP) is confident that the addition of new rolling stock for South Africa’s Gautrain will generate significant benefits for the rapid-rail system. RATP is a shareholder of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), which... 

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Treasury approval sought for Gautrain expansion plan

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The proposed expansion of the Gautrain rail system has the capacity to create around 211 000 direct jobs, says Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Paul Mashatile. Speaking at the i-Transport and UATP Conference and Exhibition, in Sandton, in February, he noted that the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA)... 

Treasury Metals reports strong economics for Goliath project

By: Henry Lazenby     9th March 2017 Ontario-focused project developer Treasury Metals has reported robust economics for its Goliath gold project, in North-Western Ontario, with an updated preliminary economic assessment (PEA) calculating a net present value of C$306-million and an internal rate of return of 25% at a base gold price... 

Peters fires PRASA board 

By: African News Agency      8th March 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Wednesday, dissolved the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board with immediate effect. This was revealed in Parliament when acting transport department director general Mathabatha Mokonyama read out a letter from Peters during a portfolio committee... 

Trackless mobile machinery regulation a contentious point for industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th March 2017 The regulation of trackless mobile machinery (TMM) in the mining industry will be the subject of ongoing debate between mines and the Mine Health and Safety Inspectorate in the next couple of years, when further regulations may be promulgated. At ENSAfrica’s Mine Health and Safety (MHS) Seminar... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

They now call me Mr 350% – defiant PRASA CEO

By: News24Wire      7th March 2017 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has twice tried to return suspended acting CEO Collins Letsoalo to sender, with no success. And a week after he was again handed his marching orders, a defiant Letsoalo has insisted that the ongoing salary debacle is not his fault. 

Brexit set to change SA’s bilateral economic relationship with the UK 

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 Last month, during the debate regarding the 2017 State of the Nation address in Parliament, in Cape Town, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies highlighted: “[A]s the UK government prepares to trigger exit negotiations from the EU (European Union), we need to prepare for a new trade... 

Rathdowney closes C$7m private placement to progress permitting of Polish project

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd March 2017 TSX-V-listed project developer Rathdowny Resources has closed a C$6.9-million private placement, which will be used to further advance permitting of the company’s flagship Olza zinc/lead/silver project, in Poland. The Vancouver-based junior has also entered an unsecured C$30 000 debenture with an... 

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... 

Brexit set to change SA’s bilateral economic relationship with the UK

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2017 Last month, during the debate regarding the 2017 State of the Nation Address in Parliament in Cape Town, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies highlighted that “[a]s the UK Government prepares to trigger exit negotiations from the EU [European Union], we need to prepare for a new trade... 

Dakota access pipeline project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     3rd March 2017 The US Army Corps of Engineers has notified Congress that it will permit the project to allow for the pipeline to run under Lake Oahe, in North Dakota. 

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

     3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

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