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Manufacturing News

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’  

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

RMI puts its full support behind upcoming Automechanika trade fair

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 Industry body the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has pledged its support to the international automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Johannesburg, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from June 7 to 10. The event is sponsored by financial institution... 

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system

Machine tools importers faced with challenges

13th May 2022 Members of trade organisation South African Machine Tool Merchant Association (MTMA) have adapted to Covid-related impacts, such as importing delays, as 2021 progressed. However, unforeseen events, such as mass unrest in July last year and flooding along the South African east coast, have added... 

An image of a welder welding.
Photo by Russ Ward
SPARKS FLY Apart from the pandemic, the machine tools industry has encountered many challenges

New products added to portfolio, renew interest in metrology solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th May 2022 Measuring instruments supplier B&R Metrology introduced new products to its portfolio to counteract the decline in enquiries for metrology products as manufacturing and engineering companies navigate Covid-related impacts, and to pursue new sales tactics and increase its online presence. As a... 

An image of Scantech's Simscan
SCANTECH SIMSCAN The Simscan has been popular in the local market since its introduction October last year

KZN Treasury approves flood relief fund for rural businesses, informal traders

By: Yvonne Silaule     12th May 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Treasury has approved the reprioritisation of R67.5-million in funding to the province’s Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to provide relief for township and rural businesses, as well as informal traders affected by the recent floods. Premier... 

Manufacturing output down 0.8% year-on-year in March

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 South Africa's manufacturing output was down 0.8% year on year in March after rising by a revised 0.7% in February, the statistics agency said on Thursday. Factory production rose 0.6% month on month in March, Statistics South Africa said. 

SAB, AB InBev reiterate commitment to investing in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 Despite the negative impact of the lockdown-related alcohol bans in South Africa – particularly in 2020 – beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) CEO Richard Rivett-Carnac and parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) CEO Michel Doukeris have reiterated the group’s commitment to investing... 

Beer bottles being manufactured

AVEVA commits to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030; net-zero Scope 3 emissions by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 Industrial software provide AVEVA has committed to achieving net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and to have net-zero Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 2050, AVEVA Europe, Middle East and Africa global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari said this week. "A proper sustainability message... 

Cabinet approves LPG rollout strategy 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2022 Cabinet has approved a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rollout strategy for implementation. The strategy, which was published for public consultation in March, seeks to expand the domestic industry and contribute to the diversification of sources of energy, Minister in the Presidency Mondli... 

LPG bottles

Industrial software professionals engage during technical streams at conference

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2022 The Industry Software Solutions and Support (IS3) X-Change User Conference, aimed at providing the attending industrial software professionals with technical overviews and insights into industrial automation solutions and processes, saw the professionals get detailed updates on various industrial... 

European Commission, European electrolyser industry agree to manufacturing framework conditions

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2022 The European Commission and the European electrolyser industry have signed a joint declaration containing a range of initiatives to improve framework conditions for electrolyser manufacturers in Europe. In March, the European Commission announced its increased ambitions to double the previous... 

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR 
The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Market expected to be worth $22.2M by 2030

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The South African hydraulic gear pumps market is expected to be worth $22.2-million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% over the next eight years, says market research and consulting company Future Market Insights (FMI), which recently published a report on the global... 

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year
ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer embarks on African roadshow

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 Precision hydraulic cylinder specialist Kappa Engineering aims to navigate the African business environment through a series of roadshows this year to showcase its expertise to key mining companies. With the company already having visited Botswana in February and Mozambique in March, plans are in... 

BIGGER AND BETTER
Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads
BIGGER AND BETTER Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads

Mbalula recommends a people-centred just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said a just transition is about improving the lives and livelihoods of all South Africans, particularly those that are bearing the brunt of climate impacts, and protecting and empowering workers and communities, as the country navigates the shift away from... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Photo by Reuters
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Africa CDC urges Covid-19 vaccine buyers to order from S Africa's Aspen

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Africa's top public health body urged all those purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for the continent to place orders with South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare, saying the market was key to developing vaccine manufacturing on the continent. The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said it was... 

Covid-19 vaccine

Ardagh completes Consol buyout, to build new furnaces in R3bn investment programme

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2022 Recyclable metal and glass packaging multinational supplier Ardagh Group has completed the $1-billion acquisition of glass packaging manufacturer Consol, including net debt assumed in Consol. This represents a significant inward investment into the South African and other markets in which Consol... 

VWSA produces its one-millionth Polo for export

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has produced its one-millionth Polo for export at its plant in Kariega in the Eastern Cape, the company announced on May 3. “Given the current climate, with the pandemic and the semi-conductor crisis, this milestone is an especially strong moment for VWSA,” said... 

Absa PMI drops sharply to 50.7 owing to impact of KZN floods

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2022 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) fell sharply to 50.7 index points in April 2022 owing to a sharp drop in the business activity and new sales orders indices, this time amid devastating flooding in parts of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), which led to facilities in several manufacturing sub-sectors... 

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES
The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking
CATERING TO REMOTE COMMUNITIES The NEWgenerator sanitation system provides effective sewage treatment where infrastructure is lacking

As world celebrates glass, SA industry seeks to up circular-economy game

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2022 Glass manufacturers in South Africa are working to improve the energy efficiency of their products, including by using more energy efficient equipment and furnaces, improving the efficiency of the products through design, and making supply chains more efficient. The United Nations (UN) General... 

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Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

An image depicting the WAAM 3D printing process for metal
WAAM The WAAM 3D Printing for Metal: Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing with Cold Metal Transfer (CMT) from Fronius

Rethink of local waterborne sewage system unavoidable

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 As a water-scarce country, a rethink of South Africa’s waterborne sewage system is inevitable, owing to the threat of climate change, with the country’s overall water security partially hinging on its sanitation security. This is according to South Africa’s premier water knowledge hub, the Water... 

QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification
QUALITY CONTROL The Water Research Commission is working with several sanitation industry stakeholders to develop a mark scheme that would allow for local ISO 30500 accreditation and certification

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Using sensor data to improve return on investment

22nd April 2022 Since automation is becoming increasingly prevalent across industries, mechanical devices are being replaced by electronic components in manufacturing, industrial and factory environments, says industry software solutions provider Industrial Software Solutions & Support (IS³). This evolution... 

REAL-TIME MANAGEMENT
Various sensors and mobile devices provide decision-makers with real-time data on the condition, performance and safety of their assets
REAL-TIME MANAGEMENT Various sensors and mobile devices provide decision-makers with real-time data on the condition, performance and safety of their assets

Local tank installer commissions projects throughout Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Local storage tank supplier and installer Tanks Connected has commissioned tanks for projects in Tanzania, Ghana, Eritrea and South Africa. The company has supplied and supervised six tanks for a wastewater treatment facility in Ghana. 

An image depicting the 8000 m³ portable water storage tank supplied and installed by Tanks Connected and commissioned for Glencore in Ogies, Mpumalanga
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Tanks Connected celebrated its tenth anniversary by reflecting on its milestones to date

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

BEYOND TECHNOLOGY
Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working
BEYOND TECHNOLOGY Companies often believe that the Fourth Industrial Revolution is all about technology, failing to see that it is actually about a new way of working

Association commits to developing automotive sector across Africa

By: Anna Moross     15th April 2022 The automotive assembly industry in Africa has “great economic potential” and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) is focusing on ensuring this potential is realised, says AAAM CEO David Coffey.  

An image of an automotive production line
AUTOMOTIVE ASSEMBLY INDUSTRY By working with governments to shape policies that create an enabling and attractive investment environment, the automotive industry in Africa can advance

QES mobile generators ordered locally

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Air, power and flow solutions provider Atlas Copco Power Technique has received orders this year for its QES mobile, plug-and-play generators from local companies, mostly for standby power purposes or for use at manufacturing plants, says Power Technique business development manager Philip du... 

PRIME PRODUCT
Power Technique is focused on supplying QES generators to mining, utilities and construction sectors, which require prime power
PRIME PRODUCT Power Technique is focused on supplying QES generators to mining, utilities and construction sectors, which require prime power

Many manufacturers still without backup power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Many local manufacturers still do not have backup power installed, while others lack adequate power solutions to effectively limit the production losses incurred during power outages or load-shedding, says power rental expert Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group. “A lot of companies do not... 

Image of generators on site
FUEL FOR THOUGHT Buyers are “digging deeper” into the specifications of generators and their fuel consumption
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