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Vanitec Applauds New Stricter Chinese Rebar Standard

     15th February 2018 Vanitec, the International Trade Association representing the companies and organisations involved in the processing, manufacture, mining, research and use of vanadium and vanadium-containing products, today praised the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China on its... 

New dawn for platinum mining – Robert Friedland

By: Martin Creamer     7th February 2018 New cars being produced in Japan have platinum- and copper-intensive fuel cell drives that outdo battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs) in cold climates as the EV batteries drain when the heaters are switched on, Ivanhoe Mines executive chairperson and founder Robert Friedland said on Wednesday.... 

Japan's record exports, manufacturing, point to powerhouse economy

By: Reuters     24th January 2018 Japan’s exports to China and Asia hit record levels as shipments rose for a thirteenth straight month in December and manufacturing growth hit a four-year high in January, pointing to an economy that powered through the fourth quarter and into 2018. The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Wednesday... 

WEF 2018 meeting to feature record number of world leaders

By: African News Agency      18th January 2018 A record number of heads of state, government and international organisations, as well as leaders from business, civil society, academia, the arts and media, are set to attend the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 48th annual meeting taking place in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, from January 23 to 26.... 

Zimnisky Diamond Price Index rises as demand improves

By: Henry Lazenby     20th December 2017 The Zimnisky Global Rough Diamond Price Index has gained 2.7% up to mid-December, with polished prices are down 3.5% in the same period, diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky said in a new blog post. The reason for this, according to the New York-based analyst, is that 2017 has been a year of excess... 

Zinc deficit grows 30% in first eight months of 2017; lead narrows gap – ILZSG

By: Henry Lazenby     11th October 2017 The zinc supply gap has widened by 30% year-on-year for the first eight months of this year, new data published by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) shows. The Lisbon, Portugal-based organisation on Wednesday said the zinc deficit had grown from 221 000 t over the same... 

South African nuclear deal to boost debt – Safcei 

By: African News Agency      11th October 2017 The Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (Safcei) told South African President Jacob Zuma and the Minister of Energy on Tuesday that it was worried about the country’s planned nuclear deal triggering a surge in debt. The faith-based NGO said it had delivered a letter to the... 

New acid gas scrubber up to standard

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 Testing, inspection and certification services provider TÜV Rheinland Quality Services South Africa has ensured that the design and fabrication of a new 15-m-long acid gas scrubber for one of South Africa’s largest fuel refineries has met all quality and safety requirements for pressure vessels. 

Bamin inks MoU to develop Brazil-based iron-ore project

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2017 Diversified resources producer Eurasian Resources Group’s (ERG’s) wholly owned Brazilian subsidiary, Bahia Mineração (Bamin), has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Brazil state of Bahia and a consortium of Chinese companies to develop a $2.4-billion integrated mining and... 

Bushveld repays $3m Wogen facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 Diversified mineral development company Bushveld Minerals’ Bushveld Vametco subsidiary has agreed with Wogen Resources to retire the $3-million prepayment facility entered into, in March, to help fund the acquisition of a 78.8% interest in Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC) from Evraz Group.... 

Zinc’s six-month deficit grows 3% y/y – ILZSG

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd August 2017 The latest date published by the International Lead and Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) has found a 3% year-on-year wider zinc market supply gap for the first six months of 2017. According to preliminary data recently compiled by the ILZSG, the global market for refined zinc metal was in deficit by 203... 

Glencore to acquire 49% of Hunter Valley Operations

By: Martin Creamer     27th July 2017 Diversified mining and marketing company Glencore announced on Thursday that it had signed agreements with Yancoal Australia Limited (Yancoal) to acquire a 49% interest in the Hunter Valley Operations (HVO) coal mine in New South Wales and form a joint venture (JV) following Yancoal's acquisition... 

World copper market shows 80 000 t surplus in first four months of 2017

By: Henry Lazenby     21st July 2017 The world refined copper balance for the first four months of 2017 indicates a surplus of about 80 000 t, the International Copper Study Group (ICSG) reported on Thursday. It ascribed the surplus mainly to a decline in Chinese apparent demand, a market that currently accounts for about 48% of the... 

Zuma arrives in Germany for G20 Summit

By: African News Agency      6th July 2017 South Africa President Jacob Zuma arrived in Hamburg, Germany, on Thursday morning for the Group of 20 (G20) Leaders’ Summit which is scheduled to take place on July 7 and 8 under the theme “Shaping an Interconnected World”. South Africa is one of the 19 member countries of the G20 which, in... 

Glencore increases offer for Rio Tinto’s C&A assets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd June 2017 In light of reports on Tuesday that diversified miner Rio Tinto urged its shareholders to vote in favour of the sale of its wholly-owned subsidiary Coal & Allied Industries (C&A) to Yancoal Australia, as opposed to electing the counter offer from Glencore, the latter has raised its offer to... 

Manufacturer gears up to meet growing fastening systems demand

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Owing to its recent move to larger premises, fastening systems manufacturer Easyhold will increase its stockholding and provide better service for its growing customer base, says operations director Simon Barnard. 

Advanced tech key to unlocking future competitiveness

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 According to the Deloitte 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, CEOs globally believe that advanced manufacturing technologies are key to unlocking future competitiveness. “As the digital and physical worlds converge within manufacturing, executives indicate the path to manufacturing... 

A new botnet is lurking as Hajime has 300,000 devices waiting orders

     29th May 2017 If you thought the IoT botnet Mirai was bad, Westcon-Comstor warns of Hajime, which currently has 300,000 obeying devices which is currently conquering the Internet of Things world.   Hajime is, according to Westcon-Comstor vendor partner Kaspersky “a mysterious evolving Internet of Things (IoT)... 

Down with State security! Long live national security!

By: Keith Campbell     26th May 2017 Why does South Africa have a Ministry of State Security? (The official South African Government website refers to it as a Ministry, although it is also officially referred to as a Department.) Let me make the question clearer: why does South Africa have a Ministry/Department of STATE Security? As... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) insists that the institution of a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) from July 1 will not result in a commensurate rise in domestic prices for the primary-steel product, owing to a pricing agreement with government that regulates the... 

Utility expo to highlight off-grid project developments

By: David Oliveira     5th May 2017 African Utility Week, taking place from May 16 to 18, in Cape Town, will showcase how the continent is creating innovative, home-grown solutions for its energy and water challenges, and how these are creating opportunities for utilities and industry suppliers. The event will give voice to the... 

Cape Town initiates study into viability of affordable-bicycle plant

By: Irma Venter     14th April 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

MCA calls for Australia’s pursuit of trade liberalisation

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     28th March 2017 The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has proposed a number of measures to boost Australia’s international engagement in its submission to the federal government’s Foreign Policy White Paper, calling on the government to pursue further trade liberalisation, maintain an open foreign investment... 

Bushveld secures financing to aid in acquisition of SMC stake

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th March 2017 Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals has secured a definitive sales and marketing agreement with Wogen Resources to aid the financing of Bushveld Vametco’s acquisition of a 78.8% interest in Strategic Minerals Corporation (SMC) from Evraz. Bushveld Minerals announced on Monday that the five-year... 

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... 

Cape Town mulls bicycle plant, giveaway project to learners 

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 The City of Cape Town is studying the viability of establishing a bicycle plant in the city, says Cape Town Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) commissioner Melissa Whitehead. “As far as we know, there is no affordable bicycle manufacturing plant in the whole of Africa.” 

Foreign policy rows all about the changing balance of power  

By: Aubrey Matshiqi     17th February 2017 The year began with two rows on foreign policy. The first was about a visit to Taiwan by Solly Msimang in his capacity as the executive mayor of Tshwane. The second, which riled the African National Congress (ANC) even more, was about a visit to Israel by Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi... 

South Africans or self-interest first?

By: Riaan de Lange     3rd February 2017 I woke to bad news recently, being immediately reminded of a television series that has undisputed longevity and is a personification of both innovation and trailblazing. It is the BBC’s 1980s classic, Allo 'Allo! Unless you are of a single-digit age, or a recent arrival to the third rock from... 

An Efficient Approach to Obtain an MID Approval for Measuring Instruments

     11th January 2017 For manufacturers, the time to market for their measuring instruments can be crucial, particularly during massive and time-limited roll-out programs, as are currently taking place for smart meters in several European countries. Typically, a considerable fraction of the time to market for... 

Zuma hints he will confront Msimanga over Taiwan trip 

By: African News Agency      3rd January 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday suggested he would use the next meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council to talk to Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga about his visit to Taiwan, which has angered the government and ruling party. In a statement from his office, Zuma said he “has noted the... 

Hertwich Engineering to supply a compact remelt plant for aluminum to SAI in Taiwan

     23rd November 2016 SuperAlloy Industrial CO. Ltd. (SAI), located in Dou-Liu City, Taiwan, has placed an order with Austrian Hertwich Engineering, a company of SMS group (www.sms-group.com), for the supply of a compact remelt plant for aluminum billets in sizes up to maximum 305 millimeters diameter and 7,000... 

Regional demand grows for safety science company’s services

By: Mia Breytenbach     18th November 2016 Global independent safety science company UL says demand for its services in Southern Africa has increased by more than 25% year-on-year since the company established a local footprint in 2015. The company certifies, validates, tests, verifies and inspects manufactured products, as well as audits... 

Trade relations from afar

By: Riaan de Lange     4th November 2016 It took Julie Gold, in her own words, “on the one hand, two hours to write and, on the other hand, 30 years to write”, in 1986, the most famous of songs. The song was first recorded by Nanci Griffith for her 1987 album, Lone Star State of Mind, but it only became a commercial success after Bette... 

India scours globe for bargain LNG as domestic plants idle

By: Bloomberg     28th October 2016 India is scouting for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) contracts globally as part of a push to secure cheap supplies for its under-utilised gas-fired power plants. Australia, Qatar and Iran could all act as potential suppliers of long-term LNG contracts, Power Minister Piyush Goyal said in... 

Hunter Valley benefits from Bloomfield mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     14th October 2016 Hunter Valley-focused Bloomfield Group has employed nearly 100 additional staff at its recently acquired Rix’s Creek North operation, as activities at the mine pick up. The Bloomfield Group in August last year acquired the Camberwell opencut mine from the Australian arm of major Vale, as part of... 

Reassurance in a stormy world

By: Keith Campbell     30th September 2016 After a review that lasted some two months, British Prime Minister Theresa May gave the go-ahead for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant (NPP), which will be built by a partnership between France’s State-owned Électricité de France (EDF) and China General Nuclear Power (CGN), another... 

WINDSOR brings an innovative FCS injection moulding machine to Europe

     29th September 2016 After successful introduction of all-electric injection moulding machines from JSW (Japan Steel Works Ltd) in Germany in 2007 and continuous market penetration in the past nine years, WINDSOR Kunststofftechnologie GmbH in Hanau now makes a further step. As a renowned system supplier, it is now... 

Study links 2˚C rise in global temperature to 40% fall in thermal coal trade

By: Henry Lazenby     8th September 2016 A 2˚C rise in global temperatures could result in a 40% reduction in global thermal coal trade by 2035, new analysis by Wood Mackenzie (WoodMac) has found. According to WoodMac, the reduction in trade in thermal coal, from an estimated 900-million tonnes for 2016, to 527-million tonnes by 2035,... 

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