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Apr 04, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
The Mozambique Ministry of Agriculture has awarded a Royal HaskoningDHV-led consortium a $5.4-million irrigation services provider contract, which would see the engineering and construction group design and implement new and rehabilitated irrigation schemes as well...
Mar 28, 2014
DEPRAG AIR MOTOR Dowson & Dobson stocks a range of Deprag air motors which are made entirely from stainless steel
Industrial products supplier Dowson & Dobson assembly technology manager Herman Parsons says air motors are generally well suited to the preparation of materials in the harsh operating conditions of the paper, pulp and board industries. “These industries’...
Mar 28, 2014
JANE MOLONY The paper, pulp and board sectors employ 146 000 people who are involved in every process, from planting the trees to making the paper
If the weak rand persists during this year, producers of paper, pulp and board will register stronger returns, particularly from bleached hardwood pulp and chemical cellulose exports, Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane...
Mar 28, 2014
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Mar 28, 2014
PILING IT ON Piet Matentshi has been running a successful business for more than ten years, collecting recovered paper and delivering it to Mpact’s paper mills
The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest employers in South Africa, making a significant yearly contribution to the economy of about R35.26-billion, says the Paper and Recycling Association of South Africa (Prasa). Paper and plastic packaging manufacturer...
Mar 28, 2014
EMPOWERING RURAL COMMUNITIES Project Grow comprises more than 4 500 tree growers, from small individual growers to larger community projects, farming on about 19 250 ha
Paper and packaging group Sappi Southern Africa’s Project Grow programme is supporting emerging historically disadvantaged tree growers to produce timber for the local paper, pulp and board industries. Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel tells Engineering News...
Mar 28, 2014
The Department of Health (DoH) is considering introducing a sugar tax to encourage South Africans to consume less sugar, says DoH head of non-communicable diseases Melvyn Freeman. Freeman’s comments follow the publication of the World Health Organisation’s latest...
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With more than 150 years of providing financial services and support to the agriculture sector, South African financial institute Standard Bank remains at the forefront of agricultural development with key partnerships with major agricultural role players, aimed at...
Mar 28, 2014
SUSTAINABLE FOOD SOURCE The capacity of sugar cane to grow rapidly has made it the world’s number one energy crop
The widespread practice of burning sugar cane prior to harvest is becoming a challenge, particularly in Southern Africa, as it causes air pollution and biomass residue (cane trash), which could otherwise be burned to generate heat and create electricity, says global...
Mar 28, 2014
There was strong progress in 2013 toward 2020 environmental targets which focused on developing sustainable products, reducing environmental footprint across the value chain and increasing recycling, reports food processing and packaging solutions business Tetra Pak....
Mar 24, 2014
Agriculture industry representative organisation the Agri Sector Unity Forum urged members at it first policy conference held recently in Stellenbosch to “actively contribute to shaping the future” of the local agricultural sector over the next five years....
Mar 21, 2014
While the food-versus-fuel dilemma remains, South Africa is moving ahead with the roll-out of its much debated biofuels strategy, which even received a mention in President Jacob Zuma's February State of the Nation address, when he confirmed that biofuels...
Mar 21, 2014
Black-controlled investment company Brimstone says although 2013 was a challenging year, the financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013, were satisfactory.
Mar 21, 2014
NEW OFFER Hazleton Pumps expects the trading in of old submersible pumps to increase the company’s local pumps sales
Slurry pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps has introduced a new buyback and trade-in scheme for submersible slurry pumps for cases where it has become economically unviable to repair these pumps, states Hazleton Pumps MD Thys Wehmeyer. “The decision was taken to...
Mar 21, 2014
NEW PRODUCTS Pump and Abrasion’s Battlemax range offers several new products for different applications
Slurry pumps supplier and pumps solution specialist Pump and Abrasion Technologies has introduced several new products to its Battlemax range onto the market over the past few years, including the new 35% Ultra-High chrome alloy and high-abrasion- resistant...
Mar 21, 2014
The Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI) hopes that its recent nine day trade mission to South Africa will, on its own, generate at least $10-million in bilateral trade. So stated FGI senior VP and mission head Janak Seth at a trade briefing in Sandton (north...
Mar 21, 2014
INCREASED DEMAND Foundries are expected to meet the demand for castings, which from part of valves and pumps components
As castings comprise the bulk of the cost and material of pumps and valves, local foundries play a significant part in enabling industry to reach competitiveness targets, states specialist foundry group Steloy group sales manager Leon Reeves. Although the current...
Mar 21, 2014
CONCRETE OPERATION The Turbosol Beton Master pump and PMSA’s Fiori self-loading concrete mixer operate together on a project site in North Africa.
Concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has secured the contract to locally distribute a range of products, including concrete pumps, from Italy-based concrete technology company Turbosol Pumps. The official distribution contract...
Mar 21, 2014
EXPORT GROWTH The Hippo submersible slurry pumps range has contributed to Hazleton Pumps’ increase in export sales
South African pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps registered an increase in export sales of more than 250% in 2013, compared with sales in 2012, states company MD Thys Wehmeyer. “This growth can be attributed to the company’s current, continuous product development...
Mar 21, 2014
SUCCESSFUL RANGE The 200 MCR is one of six sizes of mill circuit pump that is fully manufactured in South Africa by Weir Minerals Africa
While many South African plants still run on the Warman AH series slurry pumps for highly abrasive mill duties, which are supplied by minerals solutions company Weir Minerals Africa, an increasing number of plant operators in other parts of Africa are recognising...
Mar 21, 2014
As cyanide leaching remains the most economically viable and efficient method of recovering gold from gold-bearing ores, pumps technology company Verder Pumps’ Verdermag mag drive pumps, which are economic and cost effective, have been specified in the cyanide code...
Mar 21, 2014
RECTIFYING CONTRACT APE Pumps manages the Walker’s Ferry and Chileka pumping stations near Blantyre, Malawi
Pumps manufacturer APE Pumps has been awarded a €4.1-million rectifying contract to complete upgrades at the town of Walkers Ferry’s raw water and high-lift pumping stations near Blantyre, Malawi. The raw water pumping station, which is located on the Shire river...
Mar 20, 2014
The Competition Commission has referred its findings of cartel conduct against Pioneer Fishing and Blue Continent Products (BPC) to the Competition Tribunal, recommending that it impose an administrative penalty on Pioneer not exceeding 10% of its yearly turnover. No...
Mar 20, 2014
The adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) by the African agricultural sector ten years ago has enabled the repositioning of the continent’s agriculture industry as an engine for transformation in Africa, New Partnership for...
Mar 17, 2014
Paper and packaging group Sappi on Monday announced the appointment of Sappi Europe and Southern Africa CFO Glen Pearce as group CFO and executive director, with effect from July 1. Pearce would be replacing current Sappi group CFO Steve Binnie, who would be...
Mar 17, 2014
Sappi Ngodwana operation
Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech has concluded a turnkey project for paper and packaging group Sappi’s Ngodwana mill GoCell Project. The GoCell Project comprised the establishment of a new fibre line for the manufacturing of specialised...
Mar 14, 2014
ROOM CONTROL The new SE8000 series of room controllers can enhance operational efficiency
Global energy management specialist Schneider Electric last month introduced a new series of room controllers, which provides a solution that integrates a thermostat/temperature sensor and programmable room controller in a single unit. “The SE8000 series room...
Mar 14, 2014
SMART CHECK A key function of Schaeffler’s new SmartCheck system is to monitor machine vibrations
Germany-based manufacturer Schaeffler Group’s FAG brand SmartCheck measuring system, for the monitoring of machines and plants, makes a valuable contribution to optimising processes and ultimately reduces life-cycle cost (LCC) and the total cost of ownership (TCO),...
Mar 14, 2014
TOP APPLICATION The Helukabel Topflex cables can be used in any industrial applications, such as measurement and control
Germany-based cable manufacturing specialist Helukabel has introduced a new variable-frequency drive (VFD) power cable to its range of Topflex cables that can be used in the industrial sector, as well as in motor and control applications. The Topflex 620 VFD cable...
Mar 14, 2014
As an instrumentation and electrical construction company, B&W Instrumentation and Electrical marketing manager Ken Nel says the company is very training-orientated with regard to new technological developments in its industry. “We continuously train employees to...
Mar 14, 2014
GANSBAAI WASTEWATER TREATMENT Royal HaskoningDHV aims to have the Nereda system installed at wastewater treatment plants in the country to enhance efficient plant operation
Consulting and environment engineering company Royal HaskoningDHV (RHDHV) will design and install a control and instrumentation system, estimated at R35-million, at the 149-million-litre Tshele Hills oil storage facility in Kgatleng, Botswana, this year. “RHDHV...
Mar 14, 2014
ACCURATE TECHNOLOGY The new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system is designed to reduce installation costs
Electrical equipment and industrial instrumentation supply and implementation company Magnet has extended its range to include energy management specialist Schneider Electric’s new Accutech self-powered wireless instrumentation system. The Accutech range of...
Mar 14, 2014
TIME CONTROL Electrical specialist Legrand’s new generation of digital time switches is suited for air-conditioning systems, thermostats and pressure sensors
France-based electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has extended its range of time switches with the launch of a new generation of digital time switches for industrial, commercial and domestic environments. This range was launched at the...
Mar 14, 2014
OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY The real time operational intelligence software called Proficy Mobile detects and predicts faults during operations
Global manufacturing, industrial and mining operations are benefitting from new technology that analyses operations, detects and predicts faults and communicates with technicians using mobile devices and applications from America-based manufacturer and supplier...
Mar 14, 2014
TESTING SOLUTION The accumulator testing solution developed by automation distributor Tectra Automation can accommodate 1 ℓ to 150 ℓ accumulators
Automation distributor Tectra Automation has developed South Africa’s first solution for the pressure testing of hydraulic accumulators for recertification processes required by law. Tectra Automation, which is a member of the drive and control company Hytec Group,...
Mar 10, 2014
Dr Rob Davies
Despite the “continued ripple effect” of the 2008 global economic meltdown, South Africa’s R49-billion agroprocessing sector remains resilient and government will move to support its growth. As one of the largest employers in the manufacturing sector, the...
Mar 07, 2014
Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between South African and Malaysian companies at the Malaysian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday. These MoUs are part of the indirect offsets programme South Africa is providing in return for Malaysia’s...
Mar 07, 2014
Local food factory Paarman Foods factory in Constantia, Cape Town has undergone major renovations using Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s innovative products to meet the needs of the plant, reports Paarman Foods in a statement. Company MD Graham Paarman says the company needed...
Mar 07, 2014
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development  (Nepad) Agency has, through one of its flagship programmes - the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) – been intensifying talks on growing agriculture capacity and thereby eradicating hunger...
Mar 07, 2014
Electrical systems supplier Legrand has developed electrical systems for the food and beverage industry to enhance the industry’s efficient use of energy and to help with hygienic requirements, says company Southern Africa GM Luk Ivens. “Energy, safety and...
Mar 07, 2014
FOOD TESTING South Africa is not producing enough food testing specialists
The shortage of food testing specialists in South Africa is challenging, as food and beverage analytical services providers have to train their own food testers to ensure that they meet the required standards and can thoroughly analyse the nutritional elements of all...
Mar 07, 2014
The National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC),  which organises the yearly Beef Cattle Farming Indaba, reports that the 2013 event has been a success and that they have been able to reach out to rural farmers. The indaba is aimed at introducing rural farmers...
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