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South Africa Germany Partnership

Acquisition strengthens 
supply base

18th June 2010 As part of the Becker Group’s international strategy to supply energy distribution products to the mining sector, Walter Becker South Africa, a subsidiary of the German organisation, Walter Becker GM BH Group, has acquired local electrical equipment specialist, EMIS Sales 2002. 

Company growth 
necessitates R4bn 
investment in two years

By: Dimakatso Motau     18th June 2010 Volkwagen of South Africa (VWSA), a whollyowned subsidiary of Volkswagen Aktiengessellschaft in Germany that represents one of the largest German investments in South Africa, reports that it is invested about R4-billion over the past two years, to enhance the growth of the company locally. 

German company 
celebrates 150 years in SA

18th June 2010 This year marks the 150th year that German company Siemens has been operating in South Africa. The company reports that, having proved that it is indeed a sustainable business, it recently once again hosted the totally integrated automation (TIA) user forums for customers during the month of May.  

Shipping company takes on global economic crisis

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Shipping company Macs Maritime Carrier Shipping (Macs) has reduced its fleet by 20%, as a result of the effects of the global economic crisis. 

Germany focused on business partnerships in South Africa’s renewable-energy sector

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Industry association the Southern African-German Chamber of Industry and Commerce is focused on forming business partnerships in renewable energy, says Chamber CEO Matthias Boddenberg. 

New centre to provide training for future sub-Saharan African leaders

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 The South African German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice, launched at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), aims to provide research-orientated training for future public leaders of Sub-Saharan African countries. 

South Africa maintains German investor confidence

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 South Africa is an attractive environment for German investors, because it is perceived as the gateway to Africa, as well as having relatively stable political and economic conditions, says credit trade solutions company Coface marketing manager Natasha Hardy. 

Germans assist with preparations for 2010 FIFA World Cup

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Germany is significantly assisting in South Africa’s preparations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup through a number of initiatives, German Ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller tells Engineering News.  

Cultural institute commemorates Berlin Wall collapse, SA democracy

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 German cultural institution the Goethe-Institut, has plans to demolish the surrounding walls of its premises in Johannesburg, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, as well as 15 years of democracy in South Africa. 

Polyurethane company expects significant growth

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Polyurethane company Elastogran South Africa expects significant growth this year, says Elastogran MD Andrew Bailey. 

Exchange rate presents challenges for German investors

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 The Euro-Rand exchange rate, with its high levels of fluctuation, have proven a formidable challenge for German investors in South Africa, says investment organisation Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) analyst Carsten Ehlers. 

Company establishes HIV/Aids relief programme

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Thermal insulation contractors Kaefer-Thermal South Africa has established an HIV/Aids Relief Programme, known as Karp, which is jointly funded by Kaefer’s German parent company. 

Investors look beyond the financial crisis

By: Beth Shirley     19th June 2009 Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) reports that the outlook for global foreign direct investment (FDI) is more positive than what was previously predicted. 

Engineering company experiances growth trend

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 Increased business efficiency and clearer lines of communications have provided local engineering company Clifford Welding Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of German engineering company Ideal Werk, with a springboard for the significant growth that the company is currently experiencing. 

Mechatronics competition participation encouraged

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 The local subsidiary of German engineering company Festo, Festo South Africa, is engaging with industry participants and tertiary education institutions to build a foundation for South Africa’s participation in future WorldSkills mechatronics competitions, reports Festo South Africa. 

German engineering company envisions renewable energy options

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 Diversified German engineering company, Voith, is spending a significant amount of capital on researching the development of renewable energy sources reports the South African division of the company.  

South African investment opportunities beckon German companies 

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 The South African market offers German companies a plethora of opportunities for diversified investment, which are not limited to the automotive sector, reports German Ambassador to South Africa Dieter Haller. 

Growth trend for German automotive company.

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 German automotive manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz South Africa, part of the Daimler Chrysler AG group, has reported continuing growth from 2005's revenue figures. 

Dart throwing robot wins PneuDrive challenge

By: Jonathan Faurie     19th September 2008 An automated robot, designed by a student team from the Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering of the University of Stellenbosch, has won the inaugural PneuDrive Challenge.  

Air-conditioning range adds icing to local product offering cake

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Pipe tool system supplier Rothenberger�s established line of tools and equipment for air conditioning and refrigeration applications is now available through its South African company. 

Empowerment deal imminent for drives company

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 The South African division of drive automation specialist SEW Eurodrive is set to announce details of a black economic-empowerment (BEE) deal this month. 

Latest addition joins hydrostatic pressure instrument range

21st September 2007 Process instrumentation specialist Endress+Hauser (E+H) has launched the Deltapilot S FMB70. This hydrostatic pressure sensor integrates a climate-proof Contite digital measuring cell into the modular instrument platform of Cerabar S and Deltabar S with interchangeable housing, electronics and... 

Multidimensional audio technology to enhance aerospace communication capability

By: Guy Copans     21st September 2007 Multi dimensional audio, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3-D) audio, has the ability, in many respects, to revolutionise aerospace communication, as it reintroduces a powerful natural ability to communicate, says Sennheiser South Africa Technical Manager James Futter. 

Initiative delivers 30 000 lapdesks to needy school children

21st September 2007 Global chemicals producer BASF and The Lapdesk Company have launched a massive drive to provide 30 000 disadvantaged school children with Lapdesks by September this year. 

No cheques please, we're German

21st September 2007 When it comes to doing business with Germany, South African business partners would do well to heed the differences in the methods of payment and debt collection procedures between the two countries, trade credit solutions firm Coface ZA executive director Michael Creighton cautions. 

Gauteng to learn from 2006 German World Cup experience

21st September 2007 Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has been invited to Germany to attend the 2008 European Cup as preparation for South Africa's hosting of the 2010 World Cup, Gauteng provincial government announced on its website. 

New acquisition contributes to growth strategy

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Technology company Carl Zeiss Optronics, of Oberkochen, Germany, plans to strengthen its investment in South African enterprise Denel Optronics, which belonged to State-owned defense group Denel, and in which it has acquired a majority interest consequent to a partial privatisation and... 

Electrical engineering, electronics company invests in human potential

By: Neal Goldwyer     21st September 2007 Diversified electrical engineering and electronics company Siemens Southern Africa celebrates its 111th year in South Africa in 2007, and plans a host of local capacity and corporate social investment spending to consolidate its position across various markets, Group CEO Sigi Proebstl tells... 

Frigate offset drives Eastern Cape's first mechatronics university degree course

21st September 2007 South Africa's drive to grow the economy's technology and skills base received a major boost with the launch last month at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in Port Elizabeth of a new multimillion rand centre for the training of specialists in the new industrial field of... 

Chemicals firm mulls empowerment benefits

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Following the successful signing of its black economic empowerment deal with Vuya Investments on January 26, diverse speciality chemicals supplier Henkel South Africa has moved into a phase of determining how such a collaboration can most benefit all parties, both internally and externally. 

German support intensifies as 2010 preparations gain momentum

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 In light of Germany’s recent experience hosting the Soccer World Cup in 2006 and South Africa’s preparations for the event in 2010, the two countries have embarked on an even closer relationship, with an ongoing exchange of experience, knowledge and information underway. 

German-SA trade rises

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Figures released by Statistisches Bundesamt, Wiesbaden, Germany, reveal that the trade levels between South Africa and Germany during the past year continued to grow. 

Chamber hopes to boost SA exports

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 Working closely with the the Department of Trade and Industry, the South African-German Chamber of Commerce is fervently promoting local participation in German and other international trade fairs in order to encourage export. 

Bilateral relations ‘increasingly holistic’ – embassy

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 With historically strong trade links with the country, Germany’s interest in South Africa can be termed as encouragingly holistic, with its interests surpassing mere investment to address key local issues such as skills development and black economic empowerment (BEE). However, German... 

Firm targets niche markets to counter broader economic vulnerability

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 In a market sector where cheaper Eastern imports have become an issue for manufacturers, privately owned and German founded company Condra Cranes is seizing its share of the market through specialising in niche areas and reliability. 

‘Scope for greater German SME participation in South Africa’

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 With a past illustrating decades of unwavering investment and an estimated contribution to the South African economy of close to 5%, German companies are a sterling example of international investment in the country. 

Electrical-engineering group sees sustained growth

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 As it celebrates 37 years of trading in South Africa this year, German electrical engineering group Moeller has reported a second successive year of double-digit sales growth and continued expansion globally, with the South African subsidiary not far behind, exceeding budgeted profitability for... 

‘German technology ensures success’

By: Amy Heydenrych     22nd September 2006 The Becker Group of Companies, a subsidiary of the German organisation, Walter Becker GM BH, comprises different divisions which include mining equipment, pumps, electronics, underground and tunnel supports, as well as lifting and pulling equipment. 

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