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Manufacturing News

New waterjet machine bought

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 To meet growing demand for specialised cutting services, waterjet cutting specialist Aquajet has procured a new precision waterjet machine from jet machining manufacturer Omax to complement its three existing Omax machines. “The machine is part of our ambitious expansion, which aims to increase... 

New premises, machine cater to growing demand

24th June 2022 In May, global arc welding equipment manufacturer Miller Electric released its new Millermatic 355 metal inert gas (MIG) welder, an easy-to-use machine designed for fabricators and manufacturers who need to MIG weld a variety of materials. The Millermatic 355 can operate on single-phase or... 

A new blue welding machine offered by Miller Electric
POWER PACK The new, powerful Millermatic metal inert gas welder is an east-to use option for fabricators and manufacturers

Testing phase of steam drum finalised

By: Halima Frost     24th June 2022 Earlier this month, steel fabricator and welding specialist Hydra-Arc finished the post weld heat treatment (PWHT) and pressure test of the third of four drums on an order for a client in the sugar industry.   The order – procured in August last year, which will be supplied and commissioned by... 

A welder at Hydra Arc's Middleburg premises is seen welding a large drum which will be used in the sugar industry
UNDER PRESSURE The pressure testing and post weld heat treatment of three of four drums on order has been finalised

Alliance formed for global supply of laser welder

24th June 2022 Last month, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group and material joining equipment manufacturer Taylor-Winfield Technologies joined together in a global strategic alliance for the supply, support and service of SMS’s proprietary X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder. Taylor-Winfield has... 

An aerial view of the X-Roll heavy gauge coil joining laser welder offered by SMS group and which will now be manufactured and supplied by Taylor-Winfield Technologies
ON A ROLL The alliance leverages the strengths of both companies to accelerate the growth of the X-Roll laser welder

Compact grinding and polishing system launched

24th June 2022 Having realised that consumers want smaller packaging units and functional sets containing components that are designed to work in harmony with one another, cutting and grinding solutions manufacturer PFERD has scaled down the packaging unit for its popular COMBICLICK system. “It’s like all the... 

A small cutting disk on an angle grinding a piece of steel with sparks flying to the side
COMBICLICK SYSTEM The smaller packages for PFERD's COMBICLICK system are now available

Panel unpacks mining-focused manufacturing obstacles

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd June 2022 If South Africa is to solve its unemployment problem, about 6 000 new factories will have to be built every year over the next decade, each employing about 100 people. The incentives from government, however, do not match this scale of development, value chain strategic and engineering research... 

Mining equipment underground

Floods, load-shedding contribute to lower second-quarter manufacturing confidence

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2022 Additional headwinds have caused a decrease in confidence levels across the manufacturing sector, which dropped by 14 points to 29 in the second quarter, according to the latest Absa Manufacturing survey. “Following a fairly upbeat set of results in the first quarter of 2022, during the second... 

Farmers petition government to intervene in Tiger Brands factory closure

By: Darren Parker     23rd June 2022 Fruit producers have made urgent requests to the Western Cape provincial government, as well as national government, to intervene in food manufacturer Tiger Brands’ decision to close down its canning factory in Ashton, in the Western Cape, which agriculture industry association Agri SA believes... 

Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2022 There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key message from speakers during a transport and logistics panel discussion, on day two of the... 

S&J Industrial Estate development applies for EcoDistricts certification

By: Darren Parker     22nd June 2022 The new S&J Industrial Estate, situated on the south-eastern corridor of Johannesburg, has applied to become the first EcoDistricts-certified precinct outside of North America. EcoDistricts promotes new models of urban development to empower just, sustainable and resilient neighbourhoods.... 

S&J estate traffic circle

Patel says ‘pragmatic solution’ to be found to localisation-linked renewables delays   

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2022 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel reports that government is working to find a “pragmatic solution” to the problem where local-content requirements contained in government’s electricity procurement programmes are delaying the construction of utility scale renewable-energy... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel on localising renewables components in a pragmatic way. Camera Work: Shadwyn Dickinson. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.06.2022

Schneider targets more licence agreements to accelerate localisation in South Africa

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2022 Energy management and automation multinational Schneider Electric is planning to partner with more South African manufacturers as part of a strategy geared towards accelerating the expansion of its domestic market presence, while increasing local content. Global CFO Hilary Maxson told Engineering... 

Schneider Electric CFO Hilary Maxson
Schneider Electric CFO Hilary Maxson

Kearney bringing back factory of the year competition in 2023 as economy recovers

By: Schalk Burger     17th June 2022 Following a challenging two years within the manufacturing sector, management consulting firm Kearney has announced that entries for the 2023 Factory of the Year competition have opened. As the global and local economy starts to find its feet and adapt to a new normal, the opportunities for the... 

Industry body stresses need for import protection

By: Cameron Mackay     17th June 2022 Construction industry body Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) is interacting with government to legislate anti-import dumping tariffs and protection for local cement materials and products. “We have capacity to produce around 22-million tons of cement a year, and we are producing only about... 

Image of CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie
BRYAN PERRIE The cement industry is a large employer locally. If the industry suffers and cement plants close, it can have a severe knock-on effect on communities

World Economic Forum New Champions Chapter launched in South Africa

By: Donna Slater     15th June 2022 Integrated market access and logistics solutions provider Imperial, and markets, risk management and data science company Risk Insights jointly hosted the official launch of the World Economic Forum (WEF) New Champions Chapter, in Johannesburg, on June 14. In August 2021, the WEF announced both... 

An image of Julia Devos, Andrey Bogdanov and Mohammed Akoojee
WEF New Champions global community head Julia Devos, Risk Insights principal and CEO, and WEF New Champions Local Chapter South Africa co-chairperson Andrey Bogdanov, and Imperial group CEO Mohammed Akoojee

World Bank approves R7.6bn loan to boost vaccination drive

By: Donna Slater     14th June 2022 Following a request by the South African government for assistance in financing vaccine procurement contracts, the World Bank Group, on June 13, approved a R7.6-billion ($480-million) loan for South Africa’s Covid-19 Emergency Response Project. The project will retroactively finance the... 

An image of a vaccine scientist
The R7.6-billion loan will help accelerate vaccine deployment in South Africa

Localisation strategies must identify, remove constraints for local producers

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2022 Effective localisation strategies must start by identifying the constraints on local producers that make it harder for them to compete with foreign suppliers, a report issued by economic research firm Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) on June 10 states. Tips identified several... 

South African GDP boosted as investment makes gradual recovery

By: Darren Parker     13th June 2022 In expenditure terms, a recovery in investment and expanded household spending boosted South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first quarter this year, according to a report issued by economic research firm Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (Tips) on June 10. Gross fixed... 

Better assessment needed to overcome future crises – BLSA 

By: Donna Slater     13th June 2022 In responding to crises on local soil, South Africa needs to ensure all collaborators have sufficient capacity to engage and plan for joint action, says Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso. She says South Africa has responded well to some of the recent crises it has been presented... 

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

A cross section of a metal pipe with two angles that was coated internally using a new technique offered by coatings company Corrocoat
CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Online portal launched to guide clients

10th June 2022 Last month, protective powder coating and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel Powder Coatings launched a dedicated site to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings. AkzoNobel created the new dedicated microsite and resource centre for customers and specifiers of functional powder... 

A photo of the AzkoNobel head office taken from the bottom looking up
HOME PAGE AzkoNobel has launched a dedicated website to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings

Sector requires support to recover, reap economic benefits

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 Despite the manufacturing sector being the fourth highest contributor to the gross domestic product, it has been in decline in recent years, and shrunk, impacting the overall economy. The Covid-19 pandemic has further impacted the sector and its growth. However, through collaborative efforts by... 

An image of metal cutting
VITAL SPARK Petrochemicals, chemicals and metals machinery manufacturing can spark growth in local manufacturing sector

Company shows revenue growth

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 Steel manufacturer and supplier Stewarts and Lloyds’ manufacturing division registered an even bigger growth in revenue last year – compared with the previous year – largely owing to the company’s increasing its products range and branches across South Africa. The company also opened a branch in... 

Drones launched for boiler inspections

By: Mandisa Nyathi     10th June 2022 Rope access specialist Skyriders introduced the new Elios SkyEye drones last month for use in non-destructive testing when inspecting boiler internals at power stations. 

An image of a boiler inspection drone
BOILER INSPECTION Rope access Specialist adds drones for burner inspection

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Covid-19 continues to haunt manufacturing companies

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and its resulting lockdowns continues to be felt in the manufacturing sector despite a move towards eased regulations. Challenges, such as the shortage of electronic components, global shipping delays and overall uncertainty, have impacted on the growth of the... 

An image of a MCC made by Iritron
COVID DELAYS STRETCH Owing to pandemic-related delays, a MCC can now take up to between 30 and 40 weeks to complete

Manufacturing Indaba welcomes back the physical event

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th June 2022 The Manufacturing Indaba is scheduled to take place later this month as an in-person event for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Event management company and Manufacturing Indaba organiser Siyenza looks forward to using the event as a platform to enable industry... 

AN image of panelists at the Manufacturing Indaba
MANUFACTURING INDABA This year's Indaba will be in-person for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic

Push for education in manufacturing

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 Owing to a continued lack of understanding of the concept of tribology and its importance, the South African Institute of Tribology (SAIT) remains a firm advocate of the need for tribology education in the manufacturing sector. Tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces... 

A metal component that can be seen with deep grooves in it caused by frictional wear
WEAR OH WEAR The South African Institute of Tribology explains that tribology is the study of friction and wear, where two surfaces moving over one another cause friction

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

Cost-effective electrical termination solutions for construction industry

10th June 2022 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley offers a range of cost-effective electrical solutions available to assist contractors in a recovering construction industry. “It is important that one does not compromise on quality in favour of cost, which is especially important when it... 

a black electrical junction box made of tough, corrosion-resistant engineering plastic by Pratley
CANT CORRODE Pratley's range of junction boxes and cable glands are made of tough, corrosion-resistant engineering plastic

Manufacturing output for April ‘worse than expected’

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2022 Manufacturing production decreased by 7.8% year-on-year in April, with the single largest drag on output being the motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sector, declining by 28.6% and contributing -3.3 percentage points. This may be as a result of automotive... 

Digital technologies can support industries in achieving sustainability, net-zero goals

By: Schalk Burger     9th June 2022 Digital technologies can support industries in achieving their sustainability and net-zero emissions goals. Efficiency is the largest driver of sustainability, but also of profitability, says industrial software multinational Aveva global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari. 

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Eya Bantu appointed switchgear manufacturer for Schneider Electric

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2022 Electricity equipment and automation multinational Schneider Electric has appointed South African company Eya Bantu as one of its local engineering and customisation licensed partners for its range of PIX Easy air-insulated medium-voltage (MV) switchgear. This will bolster local manufacturing and... 

National rail policy to support local industry, manufacturing  

By: Schalk Burger     3rd June 2022 The National Rail Policy White Paper has a deliberate bias towards local manufacturing to ensure industrialisation and the local production of steel, railway lines, rolling stock and supplies, and the State and private sector operators should procure all supplies from South African manufacturers,... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Innovative alternative to mechanical seals

3rd June 2022 Sealing products producer Garlock’s Hydra-Just system is a reliable, leak-free rotary sealing system. It consists of a minimal number of components and comes completely split which eliminates the need for a costly dismantling process or backup equipment. 

Global sector poised to grow, says report

3rd June 2022 Apropos, a latest report published by research membership organisation ESOMAR-certified market research and consulting firm Future Market Insights, the global demand for gaskets and seals is projected to surge at a steady rate during the forecast period 2016 to 2026. The report estimates that in... 

An image of seals
GROWTH EXPECTED A comparative forecast on the global sales of gaskets and seals projects that demand for seals will increase

Drive-based solutions enhance efficiency, safety of machines

3rd June 2022 Engineering Solutions provider BMG’s Nord predictive maintenance solutions offer fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of analogue and digital data, to enhance the operational efficiency and safety of machines.  

Image of Nord’s maintenance system
PREDICTIVE SOLUTIONS The intelligent PLC in Nord drive technology forms the basis for condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.
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