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Manufacturing News

New filtration product developed

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Dust and liquid filtration systems manufacturer Crosible Filtration, in collaboration with afabric developer, have developed a product called Pyro-flo. 

Components supplied to local platinum smelter

By: Darren Parker     26th November 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in a local platinum smelter project. All components supplied by Thos Begbie must be approved through... 

A wide angle photo of a delta section of a furnace
DELTA SECTION Thos Begbie hosted some of the major Italian role-players on its premises, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, to witness work conducted on a previous project

Socioeconomic factors worsened by Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2021 Several economy-influencing factors have been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic, including asymmetry of socioeconomic factors, consumer and business disruption, population age discrepancies, socioeconomic polarisation and a lack of trust in leadership, PwC partner and chief economist Lullu... 

Regional value chains across Africa can link markets and drive industrialisation - Patel 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 The development of regional value chains across Africa presents an opportunity to create market linkages between regions, integrate critical supply chains and replace some products that currently being imported from outside of the continent, said Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

SMEs need to take up 4IR tech to align with larger players

By: Donna Slater     23rd November 2021 Smart manufacturing is important to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because such businesses account for between 95% and 99% of every major country’s manufacturing sectors, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association vice-chairperson Dr Ananth Seshan said during the organisation’s year-end... 

Additive manufacturing in South Africa boosted by local technology developments

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2021 Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a very real impact on the sector, both globally and locally, all signs are that additive manufacturing (AM) – popularly called 3D printing – is set to grow rapidly in the coming years, both in South Africa and around the world. That was a clear consensus at... 

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Second phase of plant expansion begins  

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Picture of Veers steel Mills alrode Plant
MELTING AWAY  A melt shop has commenced construction and will be the newest addition to Veer’s plant in Alrode, Alberton 

Manufacturers need to innovate to survive in post-Covid-19 environment

By: Donna Slater     17th November 2021 In an environment where manufacturers have and continue to overcome disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Manufacturing Operations Management Institute president and senior consultant Jan Snoeij has said industries need to innovate to survive and be successful through better systems... 

SKF supporting fossil-free bearing steel through collaboration with Swedish university

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 Bearings, seals and lubrication systems company SKF is supporting the development of so-called fossil-free bearing steel through a collaboration with Sweden-based Luleå University of Technology’s Centre for Hydrogen Energy Systems Sweden (CH2ESS) initiative. Hydrogen is the key to a fossil-free... 

British High Commission plans partnership to develop youth technical skills

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 The British government will invest up to £75-million of official development assistance, globally, for skills development across nine fast-growing economies; with the South African portion being dedicated to addressing the skills gaps, skills mismatch and quality training for unemployed youth and... 

Report warns that industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2021 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has published a hard-hitting critique of South Africa’s localisation policy, warning that it could raise the cost of doing business, reduce export competitiveness and constrain future development. Titled ‘The Siren Song of Localisation: Why... 

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Highveld Robusteel to acquire Evraz Highveld's remaining iron, steelmaking assets

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 Highveld Robusteel will be acquiring the remaining iron and steelmaking assets of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium, business rescue practitioner Piers Marsden confirmed on November 12. The transaction is the first of Robusteel’s strategic acquisitions in the steel, mining, minerals beneficiation... 

Ascendis Health continues to consider nonbinding proposals, EoIs for shares

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 South African pharmaceuticals company Ascendis Health’s board of directors continues to consider nonbinding proposals and expressions of interest (EoIs) for the acquisition of Ascendis Health shares. The company on November 12 said it continues to receive a number of these, though it advised... 

MoU signed to establish fully automated smart skills centre in Saldanha Bay

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 To address a widening digital skills gap in South Africa, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) Licencing Company. This was done to establish a new fully... 

An image of SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay

Schneider Electric appoints new Africa leaders to bolster evolving continental needs

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Schneider Electric has appointed Taru Madangombe as Africa power and grid segment regional leader and Vladimir Milovanovic as Anglophone Africa power systems VP. In a statement, the company says their appointments represent Schneider Electric’s continued commitment to the ever-evolving power and... 

An image of Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic
Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic

LED light improve vision on site

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 Multinational manufacturer Atlas Copco’s H6 plus light tower uses light-emitting-diode (LED) lights to improve on the previous H5 plus light tower used at construction sites. Atlas Copco power technique business line manager David Stanford says conditions at a construction or mine site can be... 

An image of Atlas Copco's H6+ Light Tower
H6+ LIGHT TOWER The latest extension of Atlas Copco's range offers wider range with compact design

Green shoots in manufacturing production, sales as expansion is urged

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Specialised consultancy firm the Don Consultancy Group (DCG) says the recent manufacturing production and sales data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) indicate positive news for South Africa’s growth. However, chief economic Chifi Mhango warns that “South Africa must expand its... 

Sappi recovers strongly after Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has returned to profitability for the financial year ended September 30, turning a loss of $135-million in 2020 into a profit of $13-million for 2021, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation (Ebitda) having increased by 40% over the prior... 

Pic of paper at Sappi mill

Tribunal extends PepsiCo’s employee share scheme for second time

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2021 The Competition Tribunal has extended, for the second time, the compliance period for the implementation of a landmark broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) employee share ownership plan (Esop), to November 26. The Esop was imposed as a condition in the March 2020 merger whereby PepsiCo... 

Opinion: Embracing green energy industrialisation to tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth

10th November 2021 In this opinion article, Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet writes about the need for South Africa to coordinate its climate change adaptation and mitigation plans with its broader national reindustrialisation plans. 

BCG MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet

Electronics group announces ESG action plan; sets 2030 net-zero target

By: Halima Frost     8th November 2021 Industrial and electronic products distributor Electrocomponents has launched its comprehensive 2030 environmental, social and governance (ESG) action plan, titled ‘For a better world’. During a virtual media conference on November 4, subsidiary RS Components social responsibility and... 

RS Components social responsibility and sustainability VP Andrea Barrett
RS Components social responsibility and sustainability VP Andrea Barrett

New opportunities in strained industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 The partnership between industrial valves supplier Process and Allied Contracting Equipment (PACE Valves) and Australia-based specialist flow control solutions company Proeger, is helping to meet the African market’s growing need for high-pressure backfill valves amid a challenging local valve... 

An image of PACE Valves' dump valve
DUMP VALVES PACE Valves also provides on-site support services for clients apart from manufacturing and supplying valves

Coating solutions extend valves life span

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 High technology spray coating specialist Thermaspray offers the distinct technologies of thermal spray, laser cladding and Teflon for application of coatings on new or refurbished valves. These technologies provide a suite of benefits, tailored to every application for every customer, says... 

An image of Thermaspray's laser cladding process on the knife gate of a knife gate valve
LASER CLADDING Laser cladding is a unique process ensuring that valve components do not become distorted

Company celebrates one year

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 Specialists in the design and slurry related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) is celebrating its first year of business. “AFS was established by the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings Limited, as part of the group’s... 

An image of AFS' new rubber lining facility with autoclave
RUBBER LINING FACILITY With up to 10m in length capacity autoclave

Updated precision bearings testing system available

5th November 2021 Precision testing expert Vibrac notes that its Bearing Inspector Model 3100 Series – an update of BRG-3000 –  is available. Vibrac  explains that Bearing Inspector Model 3100 bench top system is used to measure torque of anti-friction bearings and bearing assemblies. This is crucial, as the... 

An image of the Vibrac's bench top Bearing Inspector Model 3100 Series
BEARINGS INSPECTOR 3100 The system identifies bearing problems such as contamination, pitted raceways, and a variety of structural defects

Local-content policies need fine-tuning

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 While the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has worked closely with the valve manufacturing industry and industry bodies to boost the industry and local content, policies addressing local-content requirements do not adequately address the requirements of various manufacturing... 

 	An image of AVK Valve's Valves
LOCAL IS LEKKER Local content calculations need to be simplified

Valves manufacturer aims for Africa expansion

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 Valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) aims to extend its global footprint to include a stronger presence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through partnerships with local DRC suppliers. The South Africa-based company will primarily focus on supplying valves in the thriving DRC... 

An image of DFC's CEO Tumi Tsehlo
TUMI TSEHLO Steel industry strike has tremendous impact on industry

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

By: Donna Slater     3rd November 2021 To help curb illegal use of explosives, AECI Mining Explosives has partnered with explosive detection patrol company Vapor Wake K9 South Africa (VWK9SA) by providing it with samples of explosives to assist in training its dogs. Criminal activities that involve the use of illicit explosives in... 

AECI provide explosives to K9 detection team to help curb illicit, criminal use

Absa PMI declines in October

By: Donna Slater     2nd November 2021 Financial services provider Absa reports that its seasonally adjusted purchasing managers’ index (PMI) declined further in October, falling to 53.6 from a downwardly revised 54.7 in September. As was the case in September, Absa notes that the business activity and new sales orders indices lost... 

Company prepared to meet increased localisation demand

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Demand for logistics storage space remains high, as the e-commerce consumer base continues to grow year-on-year, amid the challenges caused by Covid-19, says design business Paragon Architects director Estelle Meiring. She stresses that the pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of extended and... 

Image of Mattress and Couch's facility in Centurion
SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES Paragon is the architect for a new warehousing, storage and manufacture facility for Mattress and Couch at the Old Mint Industrial Park in Centurion, Gauteng

Storage flexibility shown during turbulent time

By: Cameron Mackay     29th October 2021 Logistics company Unitrans has shown flexibility in meeting the warehousing and storage needs of customers – particularly amid the effects of Covid-19, and the looting in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July, on the local market – says Unitrans specialised warehousing and freight GM Ryan Brooke.... 

Image of a Unitrans warehouse
VERSATILE STORAGE The company runs two types of warehousing ¬– specialised warehouses that are customer specific and its own non-exclusive warehouses

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

By: Donna Slater     25th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education Training Authority, has opened the doors of its newly developed Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Learning Factory (LF), which is designed to help... 

CSIR nears launch of 4IR Learning Factory to bolster local skills

Aspen starts local manufacture of anaesthetics at flagship Gqeberha site 

By: Simone Liedtke     25th October 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has officially opened multinational specialty pharmaceutical company Aspen’s general anaesthetics production line at its flagship manufacturing site in Gqeberha. This manufacturing capability will convert Aspen’s Gqeberha facility into one of... 

Pic of Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth
Aspen's SVP2 Facility in Port Elizabeth

Schneider Electric adds to its EcoStruxure Power offering

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     22nd October 2021 Over a billion people on the African continent either have no access or only limited access to energy, while South Africa faces electricity supply constraints. Energy management and automation company Schneider Electric, says it has always been in the business of developing energy efficient... 

Aspen sells six South African medicines to Swedish company

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd October 2021 Swiss pharmaceutical company Acino and multinational pharmaceutical company Aspen Pharmacare and its subsidiaries have signed an agreement for Acino to acquire six South African medicines for more than R1.8-billion. The acquired medicines are used for the treatment of gastroenterology, erectile... 

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan
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