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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.


M&R buys further 17% stake in Bombela Concession Company for R405m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 JSE-listed Murray & Roberts (M&R) will acquire a further 17% interest in the Bombela Concession Company (BCC) for R405-million, taking its overall stake in BCC to 50%. BCC was established to manage the design, partial financing, delivery, operation and maintenance of the Gautrain rapid rail link,... 

Activist loses court challenge against Carmichael coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     22nd August 2017 Indian major Adani on Tuesday welcomed a decision by the Queensland Court of Appeal to dismiss an activist challenge against the $16.5-billion Carmichael coal mine. “The decision presents yet another independent judicial decision upholding nearly eight years of development planning and rigorous... 

Thinking out of the Box

     22nd August 2017 Having been smashed off its rail mountings by a passing ship, a 900 ton ship loader belonging to Durban Port operator Bulk Connections, a Bidvest Company, the machine lay badly damaged, at a 27 degree angle supported by what was left of the shore side supply conveyor. Which, by all accounts, had... 

Infrastructure initiative garners support from nine African presidents

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st August 2017 Spearheaded by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), aimed at accelerating regional trade and unlocking the economic potential of the continent, now has nine African presidents on board, with ten projects in the spotlight as Africa... 

The victor, the spoils? Trump eyes Afghanistan's elusive mineral riches

By: Reuters     21st August 2017 US President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan's mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117-billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world's most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States Geological... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The first locally built train will be delivered by the end of 2018. 

Focus needed to maximise S Africa’s export potential

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 The future of the South African materials handling sector will be impacted on significantly by sub-Saharan Africa development and the ability of South Africa to leverage its export capabilities on the subcontinent, says engineering consultant WSP Africa transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network expansion project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The National Treasury is evaluating the expansion project's feasibility study. 


     18th August 2017 Construction workers pictured above build new track as part of renovation works aimed at boosting peak-time capacity by 30% at the London Waterloo train station, in the UK capital. The £800-million- renovation will open four platforms mothballed since Channel Tunnel express trains switched to St.... 

SADC in need of localised development

     18th August 2017 Localisation in infrastructure development in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is critical to industrialisation, says the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).  

Coal India building new railway links to efficiently evacuate production

By: Ajoy K Das     17th August 2017 Coal India Limited (CIL) is undertaking three critical railway infrastructure projects that will enable the miner to efficiently evacuate 282-million tons a year of production. According to a directors’ report of the company, the railway infrastructure projects form part of the miner’s ‘Synergy... 

Grindrod expects to narrow interim losses

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th August 2017 Shipping and logistics group Grindrod expects to narrow its headline loss to between R119-million and R139-million for the six months ended June 30, a 64% to 69% improvement on the headline loss of R381-million reported for the first half of 2016. It further expects to report a loss of between... 

Fund invests into African rail operator

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 The Pan-African Infrastructure Development Fund 2 (PAIDF2) has concluded an investment into Sheltam Mauritius, which is the parent company of the South African locomotive and rail operator Sheltam Group. This investment was made through a share subscription for 30% of Sheltam for an undisclosed sum. 

Metro light rail vehicle overhaul project, US

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project involves the midlife overhaul of 52 P2000 light rail vehicles, which operate on Los Angeles’ Blue, Green and Expo lines. 

Sunrise Energy liquefied petroleum gas import terminal, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th August 2017 The terminal was officially launched on August 8. 

Transnet to recapitalise Zimbabwe rail firm 

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South African logistics group Transnet has won a bid to recapitalise the government-owned National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) with $400-million, the company's board chairman said on Thursday. Larry Mavhima said the financially struggling NRZ will begin contract negotiations with Transnet next week. 

Mentis Stainless Steel Offers Structural Intregrity With Clean Lines

     8th August 2017 Recognised and accepted as the handrailing of choice in corrosive applications, Andrew Mentis’ stainless steel handrailing system has clean, modern lines that belie its resistance to hostile environments. Lance Quinlan, marketing manager for Andrew Mentis, says that not only is the use of... 

Durable And Flexible Apex Strip Curtains For All Applications

     8th August 2017 The patented Balledge® design on Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains not only ensures an effective thermal seal, it also makes the locally manufactured product very durable. Made from specially formulated PVC material that retains its flexibility irrespective of the environment or temperate where... 

Atlas Copco Industrial Technique - First in Mind-First in Choice for Rail Industry

     8th August 2017 Rail Africa 2017 presented the ideal platform for Atlas Copco Industrial Technique to launch its ‘Disc to Wrist’ campaign as well as to showcase its comprehensive tool portfolio for the local rail industry. According to Paul Groves, Atlas Copco Industrial Technique Business Manager, the combined... 

Hydraulic breakers from Chicago Pneumatic first choice for major infrastructure projects contractor in Qatar

     8th August 2017 Rock Fall Contracting WLL (RFC), a major civil engineering and earthmoving specialist contractor based in Doha, Qatar, has augmented its fleet of Chicago Pneumatic rig-mounted hydraulic breakers with the addition of new RX8 and RX54 units. The breakers are destined for use in demanding... 

Transnet mulls options to improve Durban port efficiencies

By: Shirley le Guern     4th August 2017 Improving ship turnaround times, implementing a scheduling system to alleviate crippling truck congestion at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) and rescheduling construction of the Durban Dig Out Port (DDOP) were some of the key topics discussed during a business-to-business breakfast hosted by... 

Company attains trade approval for weighing system

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th August 2017 With industrial scale suppliers Autotech Weighing Systems having successfully attained legal for trade approval for scales and weighing information systems manufactuer Tamtron’s on-board reach stacker scale, containers can be weighed according to the international convention of Safety of Life at... 

Decolonising the green economy

By: Saliem Fakir     4th August 2017 On June 13, a good agent provocateur, former National Planning Commission member Mike Muller, proposed in a panel discussion at a Trade and Investment Policy Secretariat (TIPS) conference on sustainable growth and industrialisation that we should decolonise the idea of the green economy. Muller... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa by the end of 2018. 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

Gautrain rolling stock procurement programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 The bidding process on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system has started. 

Legal and policy certainty required if gas economy is to be realised

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th August 2017 Key factors that will influence the establishment of a gas economy in South Africa include the passing of the amended Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act (MPRDA) and greater clarity regarding the expected and stated imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG), says South African Oil and... 

LYC bearing range available from ISO Bearings in September

     4th August 2017 With changes in South Africa’s economic landscape forcing many companies to increase their prices to meet their bottom line goals, bearings supplier ISO Bearings has remained undeterred, continuing to provide flexible pricing solutions that assist its customers in meeting business objectives. The... 

MBSA preparing to enter ‘competitive’ bakkie market early next year

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 With a new-bakkie market of roughly 110 000 units a year, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) would like to secure its “fair share” of this lucrative, “but highly competitive” segment with the launch of the new X-Class in the local market in the first half of next year, says Mercedes-Benz Vans... 

New association aims to support emerging truck operators

By: Ilan Solomons     4th August 2017 The newly launched Emerging Truckers Association of South Africa (Tasa) aims to assist in meaningfully transforming the local truck and freight industry, with a long-term view of ensuring work for women and black truck owners and operators. This is according to Tasa convener Mary Phadi, who was... 

Now is the time to build a new oil refinery

By: Kelvin Kemm     4th August 2017 The more I look at large projects all over the world, the more I am convinced that they all relied on inspired leadership and a significant element of inspired risk taking. It is well known that, if you put your money into an investment, the financial return is least for the lowest risk. The... 

Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th August 2017 Transnet Freight Rail plans to increase the capacity on its manganese rail line beyond 5.5-million tonnes to an eventual 16-million tons. 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

Station’s strategic location to improve corridor capacity

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rosmead station, in the Eastern Cape, was identified as strategic in improving operational capacity along the export corridor and forms part of Phase 1 of State-owned freight utility Transnet’s Port of Ngqura manganese export expansion project. 

Successful event to be held again next year

     4th August 2017 Following the success of the Africa Rail exhibition and conference in 2017, the event will be held again on June 12 to 13 next year at the Sandton Convention Centre, in South Africa. 

Konecranes celebrates the delivery of the 1000th RTG

     3rd August 2017 Konecranes has been delivering Rail Mounted Gantry (RMG) cranes to intermodal operators all over the world for many years. This year marks the delivery of the 1000th Konecranes Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) crane – a milestone in its impressive history. It was installed at the Georgia Ports Authority... 

A step change in affordable machine health monitoring from SKF

     3rd August 2017 SKF releases a new compact, easy-to-use model in its IMx range - offering sophisticated yet highly cost-effective, fit-for-purpose condition monitoring for a multitude of industrial applications. SKF has launched a compact 8-channel version of its highly popular IMx machine health monitoring... 

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