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Rittal’s industry-first enclosure making waves

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th January 2019 How can the best be made even better? This is the question that Rittal asked itself as we began developing a new enclosure system. This ground-breaking system sees the rise of the enclosure evolution with more than 25 registered patent and trademark applications. Following the official launch of... 

Eaton develops 10 000 operation switchgear for Shoprite’s warehouses

2nd November 2018 Shoprite Holdings commissioned engineering professional services firms WSP Africa to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for its new Cilmor Distribution Centre, to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite regular utility load shedding issues which... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th October 2018 Unit 2 at the Medupi power station produced first power on October 7, 2018. 


By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2018 In 2013 the South African Pump Manufacturers Association (Sapma®) was requested by the dti as well as ESKOM to form the South African Pump Cluster and in order to comply with the dti requirement to form a cluster, Sapma had to change from being an employer’s association to become a development... 

Integrated Solutions Key To Growing Africa’s Power Generation

4th October 2018 As African countries work to develop their power generation capacity in the most cost effective ways, the key will be to find integrated solutions that attract investment throughout the value chain. According to Alastair Gerrard, integrated solutions executive at Zest WEG Group, the energy sector... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining units at the Medupi project are progressing well against the revised schedule. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th September 2018 The remaining Kusile units are progressing well. 

Eaton develops new 10,000-operation switchgear to safeguard Shoprite’s stock quality

25th September 2018 Shoprite Holdings commissioned WSP Africa, one of the world's leading engineering professional services firms, to design a medium voltage (MV) power distribution system for their new Cilmor Distribution Centre. The system had to provide reliable, continuous power to three large warehouses despite... 

EM launches hagercad software for low-voltage distribution planning

10th September 2018 The new hagercad software from Hager for planning and configuration of low-voltage switchgear is now available locally from ElectroMechanica (EM), Hager’s official distributor in South Africa. The software package is aimed at the design and encryption of distribution boards up to 4000 A. “It... 

Brady provides automatic label formatting

31st August 2018 Power distribution system supplier Magnet Group is dedicated to enhancing its extensive range of electrical equipment, industrial instrumentation and automation systems, to meet market requirements. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th July 2018 Eskom has signed a loan agreement with the China Development Bank for the Kusile power station. 

Schneider Electric Premset installation upgrades Limpopo substation

24th July 2018 Stable electricity supply comes to Limpopo province Breakers operate under flood conditions Plug and play systems assist ease of replacement Schneider Electric has installed the first of its new-generation Schneider Premset SSIS (Shielded, Solid Insulation System) modular switchgears at the... 

Skills deficit a leading cause of cable installation failure

13th July 2018 There has been a marked increase in the amount of failures of medium voltage (MV) cable joints and terminations in South Africa, says manufacturer and supplier of cable accessories Tank Industries. The company states that for installation of house wiring, a formal trade test is mandatory,... 

ElectroMechanica celebrates longstanding relationship with Perelec

3rd July 2018 Kya Sand-based electrical supply company Perelec has been a distributor of low-voltage switchgear products from leading distributor ElectroMechanica (EM) since 1991. This is testament to the longstanding business relationships that EM has forged over the years. Established in 1989, this... 

Zest to enter renewables market

By: Shannon de Ryhove     8th June 2018 Local manufacturer of large electrical equipment and supplier of motors, drives and switchgear Zest WEG Group Africa has announced exclusively to Engineering News that it has recently restructured its business to include the renewable-energy industry. This move is strategically aligned with the... 

Engineering Optimal Energy Solutions For Africa

5th June 2018 Zest WEG Group combines its local manufacturing capability with WEG’s range of world class products to engineer energy solutions for customers around Africa, according to the group’s integrated solutions executive, Alastair Gerrard. Gerrard also emphasises Zest WEG Group’s extensive network of... 

Altron eyes next phase of growth following turnaround

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th May 2018 After concluding a successful year of repositioning, restructuring and realignment, telecommunications and information technology (ICT) giant Allied Electronics (Altron) is now heading into the 2019 financial year as a group ready to deliver on growth. During the 2018 financial year ended... 

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... 

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... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

East London dry dock hosts SA Agulhas for maintenance lay-up

By: Simone Liedtke     9th April 2018 The SA Agulhas is back in the now-refurbished Port of East London’s Princess Elizabeth dry dock, with improved facilities, for her lay-up maintenance plan after her previous visit in 2013. The contract to undertake maintenance on the 40-year-old vessel was awarded to local ship repair company... 

Muara Tawar power plant expansion, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     16th March 2018 PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara is converting a gas-fired thermal power plant into a combined-cycle thermal power plant. 

Dry-Type Mini Substation Now Available From Trafo

14th March 2018 Trafo Power Solutions is extending the benefits of dry-type transformers by offering customised dry-type mini substations as a complete and customisable electrical distribution solution for users in mining, industrial, marine, commercial and residential applications. “Using the well-proven... 

EM adopts ‘green’ paperless system to drive efficiency

7th March 2018 ElectroMechanica (EM) has rolled out a paperless system throughout all its branch offices and warehouses in South Africa, in line with the global trend for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and create a ‘green’ work environment. This strategy is in line with EM’s established reputation... 

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... 

Online-Electrical, EM partnership is a ‘win-win’ for customers

8th February 2018 Electrical supply company Online-Electrical is a proud distributor of the comprehensive product range of ElectroMechanica (EM), which comprises high-end industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear, and electronic automation products. Online-Electrical MD Joey Gaskell comments that... 

Zest WEG Group 

5th February 2018 The Zest WEG Group has a strong commitment to contributing to the development of the African region, and has been servicing the mining sector on the continent for more than 35 years.  

HIPPO Flameproof Medium-High Voltage Submersible Slurry Pump 

2nd February 2018 Used For De-Sitling Of Dams And Can Assist To Resolve The Water Crisis In Drought Stricken Areas Hazlet on Pumps has been actively involved with the de-silting of tailings dams – specifically in Canada. The HIPPO Flameproof Medium-High Voltage; High Volume; Submersible Slurry Pump® has... 

Junior projects lighting bright path into Africa for ‘search and solve’ group

By: Martin Creamer     26th January 2018 Motor and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group, which designs, manufactures, markets and installs electrical products and solutions across the full electrical spectrum, is achieving great success with its new specially crafted ‘pavement pounding, search and solve’ business model that ensures... 

Gabal El Zayt gas-insulated substation extension, Egypt

By: Sheila Barradas     26th January 2018 The Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company aims to connect an additional 120 MW of power to the national grid by the end of 2018. 

SA Hippo Submersible Slurry Pump Range Extends Warrantee Period

23rd January 2018 The HIPPO SUBMERSIBLE SLURRY PUMP RANGE is manufactured locally with a 98% local content – with only the bearings and the mechanical seals being imported and due to reliability of this pump range Hazlet on Pumps has introduced an extended warrantee period on all new submersible slurry pumps. The... 

Shaw Controls Fast Tracks Upgrade At Automotive Component Manufacturing Plant

23rd January 2018 A wide-ranging upgrade of the electrical distribution network at a catalyst manufacturer’s plant near Johannesburg has been successfully – and speedily – completed by Zest WEG Group companies led by Shaw Controls. According to Shaw Controls chief operating officer Bevan Richards, the work was... 

Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear heat and power plant project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     19th January 2018 The operation of the Akademik Lomonosov was approved in December 2017. 

AfriTin marks progress at Uis mine

By: Natasha Odendaal     17th January 2018 Aim-listed tin miner AfriTin Mining has acquired the entire front-end crushing component for the processing circuit of the Phase 1 processing plant at the company’s Uis tin mine, in Namibia. The equipment includes a jaw crusher, three cone crushers, stacking and conveying equipment and an... 

At Mining Indaba 2018, Caterpillar presents broad range of machines, technology and services to support African mining

15th January 2018 Caterpillar will present its unmatched range of innovative technologies and services at Mining Indaba, February 5-8 in Cape Town, South Africa. With a focus on optimizing operations, whether surface or underground, large or small, Caterpillar and Cat® dealers are dedicated to working with mining... 

Medupi power station project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2017 Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has completed delivery of the third boiler unit of the Medupi power station project. 

Richard Nobbs

8th December 2017 This week we feature Richard Nobbs, sales and marketing director of ElectroMechanica, a specialised direct importer and wholesale distributor of industrial switchgear as well as products for automation and energy management   

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