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Equipment News

Association stresses quality control is imperative

1st July 2022 As part of its continuous education process, Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) continues to enlighten design engineers, contractors and all users of plastic pipe of the critical importance of getting the highest quality of polymers in the products they specify or... 

Company produces over 1Mt of corrosion resistant steel

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Stainless steel manufacturer Columbus Stainless, based in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, says that it has produced more than one-million tons of its 3CR12 chromium-containing corrosion-resistant stainless steel for a variety of applications for local and international clients. 3CR12 is a locally... 

A stainless steel 3CR12 exhaust pipe laying among a group of rusted metal exhaust pipes with a small seedling growing n front of it
SHINING LIGHT The notable corrosion resistance of Columbus Stainless's 3CR12 improve on cost of ownership and product longevity

Wacker Neuson launches new training academy, as it celebrates fortieth anniversary in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2022 Construction machines and equipment, spare parts and services provider Wacker Neuson has celebrated its fortieth anniversary in Africa with the launch of a new training academy at its facility in Florida, Johannesburg. This milestone also comes in a year that saw the company achieve its best... 

The Wacker Neuson training acadamey
The Wacker Neuson training acadamey

Tech company commissioned to run upgrades in UAE

3rd June 2022 Global technology company ABB has installed ABB Ability System 800xA, called the market-leading distributed control system (DCS) automation platform, to upgrade three grinding units at Star Super Cement in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Technology assists agriculture sector

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 Agriculture input prices have risen by about 100%, but using technology provides farmers with an opportunity to save on costs, such as fuel and downtime issues, says agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributor AGCO Africa field service manager Zack Janse van Rensburg. 

Smart logistics required for efficient movement of goods

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 To ensure the efficient and effective movement of goods in the agriculture sector, the implementation of technology, such as SMART logistics, is imperative, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders CEO Dr Juanita Maree. 

Innovative greenhouse built

By: Anna Moross     13th May 2022 Building materials supplier Trumod has designed an innovative greenhouse, which has been constructed and developed as a light steel frame (LSF) indoor cultivating warehouse structure used for growing microgreens or hemp products, such as cannabis, in a controlled environment. 

Sugarcane farmers report extensive damage, AgriSA calls for road repairs as a priority

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Sugarcane farming industry body South African Cane Growers (SA Canegrowers) says preliminary results from a survey of KwaZulu-Natal cane growers reveal extensive damage from the recent flooding to cane fields, farm infrastructure and access routes to deliver cane to mills. By the afternoon of... 

A cane field in South Africa

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany as it introduces new products at KZN plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Lubricants ensure food safety

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers food-grade Renolin SJL Heavy and Renolin SJL Winter lubricants for the sugar processing industry, with a range of benefits to ensure equipment longevity and food safety. KwaZulu-Natal technical sales representative Allan Fabian explains that... 

An image of FUCHS Lubricants' Renolin SJL Heavy lubricant
RENOLIN SJL HEAVY FUCHS' Renolin range offers a food-grade, bitumen-free lubricant to the food processing industry

Agriculture continues to outperform nearly all other sectors of South Africa’s economy

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2022 Over the past two years the agriculture sector has been one of the few very stars in the firmament of the South African economy. In 2020 and 2021, agriculture was one of only four sectors of the economy to register growth, the Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy (BFAP) has pointed out. Last... 

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High-performance additives protect gears

1st April 2022 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s team works closely with key players in the sugar sector to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend the service life of critical systems in the field and during harvesting, transport, milling and refining. “To ensure the local market has... 

An image of Liqui Moly's Cera Tec which is available through BMG
CERA TEC HIGH PERFORMANCE ADDITIVES Cera Tec reduces friction and protects gears

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany, introduce new products to KZN plant  

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Image of the Bell ADT
The Bell ADT

Group stays afloat amid challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group (CEG) has maintained its success in the South African construction industry despite challenging economic conditions, global supply issues and escalating costs, which worsened because of Covid-19 and strike action. “In today’s challenging conditions,... 

Black and yellow Hyundai crawler excavator machine excavating earth
HPE AFRICA The HX220S crawler excavator is part of Hyundai’s HX series

New year holds promise for wood pellet manufacturer

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Biomass fuel manufacturer and distributor Calore Sustainability Energy (CSE) Biomass, a division of clean energy provider Earth & Wire, started the new year with installations at two agriculture companies in Worcester, in the Western Cape. The first installation includes two 350 kW hot-air... 

A Biomass fueled Hot-air Generator and boiler system being loaded onto a truck at the Calore Head office in the Cap
LOADING MASS Biomass-fueled systems being loaded to a transport for delivery to an agriculture company in Worcester, Western Cape

Service centre assists in optimisation solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the sugar sector by providing engineering solutions designed to optimise productivity for sugar growers and millers. “Our dedicated service centre, which focuses on... 

An image of BMGKZN field service team assisting with sgar diffuser
OPERATION EFFICIENCY BMG's services assist in enuring sugar processing plants are prepared for high productivity season

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

An image of IWC's sugar cooler
COOLING DOWN IWC has partnered with Solex to distribute heat transfer technology

Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in the category of projects valued between R50-million and R250-million. “This annual awards programme,... 

An image of Strike Recievers installed in the project
EXPANDING CAPACITY The expansion project was necessary for UCL to meet its season requirements

Mahindra launches new tractor, farm equipment range in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th November 2021 Mahindra South Africa (SA) has launched a new range of tractors and farm equipment in the domestic market.  Mahindra SA says these products will be introduced in a phased manner.  

Image of Mahindra tractors

ETGL expands its logistics business into tractor, motorbike sectors

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

ETGL expands its logistics business into the tractor, motorbike sectors 

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 ETG Logistics (ETGL) has announced that it is expanding its product and service offering to the farming and automotive sectors. ETGL is the logistics vertical of ETG, a global conglomerate with business interests across various industries. 

An image of Belarus tractors from Minsk Tractor Works
The range of tractors from Minsk Tractor Works

Unitrans Africa acquires crop-spraying drone fleet

By: Irma Venter     30th September 2021 Unitrans Africa has acquired a fleet of the world’s largest spraying drones. The seven Chinese-made DJI T30 Agras drones were developed at a cost of more than R400-million. The T30 drones are already in operation in Malawi and Mozambique, with results exceeding expectations in terms of spraying... 

Image of a DJI T30 Agras spraying drone
One of the DJI T30 Agras spraying drones

Barloworld reflects on resilient group performance

By: Schalk Burger     28th September 2021 JSE-listed equipment and services company Barloworld says the group achieved a resilient performance for the 11 months to August 31, in what remains a tough operating environment. The resilient performance was driven by a robust performance from industrial equipment, together with a substantial... 

Control tower effectively monitors transport of chemicals

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 Specialist transport company Unitrans Supply Chain Solutions has noted a 42% improvement in driver awareness, while distracted driving incidents have decreased by 45%, since the launch of its centralised control tower in January 2017. The control tower manages Unitrans’ chemical, petrochemical,... 

An image of a large Unitrans truck bearing an abnormal loads sign
VANTAGE POINT Unitrans' new control tower uses new tech, trained staff and an aerial view of its yard to successfully dispatch its trucks throughout S. Africa

New agriculture machinery on offer from OEM

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Agriculture machinery manufacturer AGCO Corporation has introduced a number of high technology products into the market with its German-engineered Fendt brand. “With a demand for high technology solutions and confidence in the coming season, farmers are already showing interest in our Fendt... 

A photo of AGCO Africa sales head Felix Seitz
FELIX SEITZ Planning and supply lines give AGCO a competitive advantage in the market

Project management firm upgrades sugar factory

23rd July 2021 Consulting engineering and project management solutions company Bosch Projects was appointed by wattle bark miller and sugar producer UCL Company to undertake three major projects for the recent expansion at its sugar factory in Dalton, KwaZulu-Natal. Bosch Projects is a member of the... 

Photo of long tube evaporator installed at sugar factory
LONG TUBE EVAPORATOR Bosch Projects team needed to be innovative and creative in its approach to detailed engineering solutions and the application of expertise

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

By: Schalk Burger     18th June 2021 A blockchain-based livestock traceability system was launched in Africa and the Middle East on June 17 to provide end-to-end visibility of the cattle supply chain. Zimbabwe is the first African country where the system is being rolled out. 

Blockchain-based e-livestock supply chain traceability system launched in Zimbabwe

New tech to increase boiler inspection accuracy

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Material testing and inspection services specialist DEKRA Industrial’s new non-destructive testing (NDT) and inspection service – using the Fast Scanning Thickness- (FST-)Gage inspection technology – will place the company in a strong position as the leader in boiler and burner inspection in... 

FTS-GAUGE ON-SITE INSPECTION
FST-Gage inspection technology is a high-priority initiative from DEKRA’s global Industrial Inspection Service division
FTS-GAUGE ON-SITE INSPECTION FST-Gage inspection technology is a high-priority initiative from DEKRA’s global Industrial Inspection Service division

Steam generator reduces heat loss by 20%

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Steam boiler supplier Steam Generation Africa, exclusive distributor of the CERTUSS steam generators, is testing the generators at a brewery in Ghana. 

CERTUSS STEAM GENERATOR
The key objective of this project is to overcome the disadvantages of a firetube by installing a CERTUSS steam generator, which reduces heat loss by 20%
CERTUSS STEAM GENERATOR The key objective of this project is to overcome the disadvantages of a firetube by installing a CERTUSS steam generator, which reduces heat loss by 20%

Tata International Africa to distribute John Deere products in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Tata International Africa has signed an agreement to distribute and support John Deere products in Zambia. “We are very proud to have been given this opportunity. We are also grateful to John Deere for showing confidence in us to represent the brand in another country on the continent,” Tata... 

Tata International Africa to distribute John Deere products in Zambia

Company ensures up-to-date machinery trends reach industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th May 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s agricultural specialists work closely with farmers, to ensure they benefit from constantly changing trends in agricultural machinery. “Through BMG’s Boer Slim/Smart Farming initiative, which was launched about eight years ago, the company offers farming... 

FAVOURED CHAIN
Aboutt 70% of baler OEMS choose the Tsubaki RS100HT Agri Baler Chain
FAVOURED CHAIN Aboutt 70% of baler OEMS choose the Tsubaki RS100HT Agri Baler Chain

Local mulchers have much to offer

By: Nadine Ramdass     7th May 2021 Local heavy machinery provider and manufacturer Wuhlf Equipment believes that industries should take advantage of its locally manufactured mulchers, as they can be used in various applications.    Mulchers are machines used to cut, grind and clear vegetation. Clearing vegetation can result in... 

920 Mulcher 
Wuhlf manufactures local muchlers to suit every need
920 Mulcher Wuhlf manufactures local muchlers to suit every need

John Deere names new dealers in Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 Following an announcement to expand its construction lineup into new markets, John Deere has made public the first three construction and forestry dealers responsible for the Southern African region. These are AFGRI Equipment, Mascor and Senwes Equipment.  

John Deere names new dealers in Africa

Bell posts R57m full-year loss, but says order books healthy in most regions

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 A 14% year-on-year decrease in sales for the financial year ended December 31, 2020, has led to JSE-listed materials handing equipment company Bell Equipment reporting a loss after tax of R57.2-million. Additionally, following several years of large expansions in Europe and the US, Bell finds... 

TATA International Africa sets up finance offering, uptime strategy supports growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 Trading and distribution company TATA International Africa's uptime strategy has allowed it to improve turnover and profitability over the past year. It also supports the pursuit of its growth and expansion objectives, says TATA International Africa CEO Len Brand. 

Poultry Master Plan benefiting industry, says Sapa

By: Donna Slater     26th February 2021 The Poultry Master Plan, as implemented by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), is propelling new entrants and emerging role-players in the industry to build their businesses and expand markets, according to South African Poultry Association broiler organisation GM Isaak... 

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