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Italtile lifts interim trading profit by 35% amid trying conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 JSE-listed Italtile increased its trading profit for the six months ended December 31, 2018, by 35% to R968-million, compared with the R716-million trading profit reported for the six months ended December 2017. This was despite a challenging trading environment during which import prices... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it will submit site-specific applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to secure tariff relief from Eskom for its operations in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The submissions will be made in line with... 

Andrew Skudder

25th January 2019 This week we profile Andrew Skudder, CEO of CCS, which is involved in the development, marketing, sales, implementation and support of software for the construction and engineering industries   

Vaal Triangle patients get advanced new cancer treatment support

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th October 2018 Equra Health has installed advanced new radiation equipment at the Vaal Triangle Oncology Centre, bringing the latest world-class treatment to this renowned oncology facility.  The Vaal Triangle Oncology Centre at Mediclinic Vereeniging is the latest Equra Health facility to be equipped with the... 

AMSA seeks growth opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa amid muted domestic steel demand

By: Nadine James     10th October 2018 In light of weak domestic demand, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has implemented a strategy to enhance its short-term profitability and cashflow, thereby, ensuring the business’ sustainability and positioning it to exploit growth in the sub-Saharan Africa region, says CEO Kobus Verster. During... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Metrorail train hijackings a ticking time bomb, warns union

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2018 It is only a matter of time before the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will be forced to face another derailment or serious accident on its Metrorail lines, says United National Transport Union (UNTU) spokesperson Sonja Carstens. “PRASA is sitting on a ticking time bomb.” 

Disgruntled mayor barricades Rand Water gates demanding water for residents 

By: News24Wire      9th January 2018 Frustrated Emfuleni mayor Jacob Khawe has barricaded the gates of Rand Water's Glenvista head office in Emfuleni, Vereeniging on Tuesday morning, following the interruption of water supplies due to debt to the water board. Khawe told News24 that, although his municipality was financially... 

JV brings suspension products closer to market

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 A new joint venture (JV) – National Spring Manufacturers – between Italian suspension products provider Mollebalestra and local auto spring manufacturer Golden Spring & Engineering Services was launched last month, boosting the availability of the international brand and creating employment... 

Resources Watch  

21st September 2017 Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector; and, systems water intensive, but more efficient and environment friendly 

Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

High-quality products and superior service provide competitive edge

By: Victor Moolman     30th June 2017 As a means to overcome competition from larger plastic pipe providers, plastic pipes, fittings and welding machines company Plastitech offers superior service levels and a complete range of high-quality pipe products. 

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

Gravico’s strategy for the new economy

20th April 2017 As part of its strategic consolidation in response to ongoing changes in South Africa’s heavy engineering industry, the DCD Group is consolidating aspects of its manufacturing capacity and expertise into its Gravico Heavy Engineering joint venture. According to DCD chief executive officer Digby... 

KSB Pumps & Valves

14th April 2017 East Rand-headquartered KSB Pumps & Valves is an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for the water, sewage, chemicals, petrochemicals, mining and building services sectors, among others. Since its establishment in 1959, the company has... 

Scaw expands chain-making capacity with R110m investment in automated plant

By: Terence Creamer     6th April 2017 Specialist steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals has invested R110-million to expand and modernise the production of large-diameter chain and masterlink components at its McKinnon Chain factory in Vereeniging, in southern Gauteng. Large-diameter chains are used in various industries for lifting... 

Planned Rationalisation and Consolidation of the DCD Heavy Engineering Operation

31st March 2017 For the past number of years, DCD’s Heavy Engineering Operation, situated in Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, has focused on the manufacturing of large capital equipment components for the mining industry. As a result of the depressed market conditions in the global mining sector, with very few... 

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

Deep surface salt bath hardening technique offered locally

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Diversified manufacturing facility Frankwen Forge is now offering a unique tailor-made salt-bath hardening technique, the company states, explaining that the surface of the item is run through heated molten salt and then undergoes a water quench. 

Call made for intervention to sustain Gauteng’s key industrial heartland

By: Dylan Slater     10th February 2017 Travelling about 60 km south of Johannesburg through Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, a general state of decay is visible in the once thriving industrial heartland known as the Vaal Triangle.  

AMSA to report narrowed FY16 losses

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th February 2017 JSE-listed ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report narrowed losses for the year to December 31, which is attributed to the nonrecurrence of the 2015 financial year’s R2.55-billion in one-off items and a R4.25-billion impairment, as well as an increase in steel sales prices and... 

Esor profit up despite revenue drop

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2016 Civils and construction company Esor on Thursday posted a 21.7% increase in profit for the six months ended September 30, up from R6.2-million in 2015, to R7.5-million this year. Basic earnings a share for the half-year grew 24.2% to 2.05c, while headline earnings a share increased by 6.8% to 2.15c. 

No irregularities in R1.1bn tenders – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2016 There were no irregularities in the R1.1-billion tenders awarded to one company by Rand Water, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This after reports that the country’s biggest water utility, which supplies Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga and Free State, was paying millions more for work that was not... 

Company targets major construction contracts

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Construction, civils and housing company Motheo Construction Group is upgrading the on- and off-ramps at the Engen Blockhouse on the R59, in Vereeniging, which is scheduled for completion in January. Having started in September, the project comprises earthworks that mainly consist of the... 

Track system to benefit railway contractors

By: Simone Liedtke     4th November 2016 Railway track manufacturer Tubular Track adviser and business development head of T-Track Global Jaap van der Merwe believes that contractors awarded Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) tenders can use Tubular Track’s tubular modular track (TMT) to build and rebuild track and platforms... 

Worsening drought puts water supply under pressure

By: African News Agency      31st October 2016 As the drought worsens, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation has warned South Africans to use water sparingly as persisting low dam levels could force government to use reserve water supply, which could be detrimental. Spokesman Sputnik Ratau said the country’s water supply situation... 

KSB Pumps and Valves

21st October 2016 Headquartered on the East Rand, KSB Pumps and Valves in an original-equipment manufacturer of technologically advanced pumps, valves and related products for sectors including water, sewerage, chemicals, petrochemicals, steel, mining, energy and building services. Since 1959, the company has... 

New lease on life for DCD Heavy Engineering as Venco settles in Vereeniging

14th October 2016 The incorporation of DCD Venco into DCD Heavy Engineering in Vereeniging is consolidating the capacity of two iconic South African manufacturing operations into an optimised business well placed for growth, according to DCD Heavy Engineering general manager Dawie Marais. “Moving DCD Venco from... 

New lease on life for DCD Heavy Engineering as Venco settles in Vereeniging

10th October 2016 The incorporation of DCD Venco into DCD Heavy Engineering in Vereeniging is consolidating the capacity of two iconic South African manufacturing operations into an optimised business well placed for growth, according to DCD Heavy Engineering general manager Dawie Marais. “Moving DCD Venco from... 

Sibanye halts Cooke operations after employees injured in attack

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Sibanye Gold has halted operations at its Cooke mine, after four employees were injured in an attack by unknown assailants in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Two of the four employees were seriously injured and are being treated at local hospitals. The incidents are related to illegal... 

Vadi launches R24m Evaton road upgrade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a R24-million road rehabilitation project in Evaton, Sedibeng, as part of the provincial campaign for the Department of Transport's yearly Transport Month this October. Vadi said road D904, known as the Old Evaton road, was in... 

High efficiency, safety and quality in local build of dragline base

19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based DCD Heavy Engineering is nearing completion of a 380 ton base for a Caterpillar dragline excavator destined for a coal project in Mpumalanga. At 18 meters in diameter, and comprising 16 individual sections, the contract to manufacture the base locally was awarded to the company... 

DCD completes winder build for Zambian mine

19th September 2016 Vereeniging-based specialist manufacturer DCD Heavy Engineering – part of the DCD Group’s mining and energy cluster – is nearing completion on a two-year project to produce winder drums for a copper mine in Zambia. The contract was for two double-drum winders for hoisting rock and two single-drum... 

Rand Water invests billions to ensure sufficient supply by 2020 

11th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion on infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which will end in 2020. David Oliveira has the story. 

DCD opens new doors to local market

10th August 2016 Leading seamless forged product manufacturer DCD Ringrollers is expanding into new market segments with its recent forging of a large nozzle component weighing over three tons. “With a height of 850 mm, this forging is the largest of 43 components ordered by a South African customer for a... 

Rand Water says it is investing to meet 2020 demand forecasts

By: David Oliveira     5th August 2016 Water utility Rand Water will invest more than R17-billion in infrastructure development during its five-year infrastructure development plan, which ends in 2020. Rand Water Zuikerbosch water treatment plant executive manager Eddie Singo told the media during a site visit that the infrastructure... 

UNTU calls for railways police to be re-established 

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) on Sunday urged the South African Police Service (SAPS) to re-establish the railway police. If the SAPS was serious about fighting the drastic increase in violent crime at railway stations across the country, it would re-establish the railway police as... 

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