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Challenging times call for innovation

By: Robyn Wilkinson     17th February 2017 It remains imperative for companies to remain innovative, especially amid the construction industry’s facing a dilemma, with local infrastructure – including power, road, water and sewerage infrastructure – in dire need of upgrading, while very little money is being spent on civil construction... 

New black-owned compressed-air company launched 

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 The South African compressed-air industry has celebrated its first 100% black-owned company following the launch of Enza Air, a division of industrial holdings company Asani Group, in Johannesburg earlier this month. “This is a very important day for us and signals the birth of a new player in... 

New black-owned compressed-air  company launched
Enza Air launch. Camerawork and Editing: Darlene Creamer.

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2017 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is hoping to salvage the domestic manufacturing capability established to produce wind-tower sections in the Eastern Cape that was set up in response to government’s demand for higher levels of local content in the renewable-energy sector. However, it... 

IDC hopes to salvage wind-tower plant, but warns liquidation can’t be ruled out
Sections being manufactured at DCD Wind Towers plant, which has been shut since December

Company aims to be lead supplier

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Bearings International (BI) will be proactive this year in its aim of offering one of the most comprehensive power transmission product ranges available on the local market, says BI CEO Burtie Roberts. BI business unit head Ross Trevelyan points out that in terms of... 

Company aims  to be lead supplier
EXTENSIVE PRODUCT OFFERING The main benefit of the brands represented by BI is cost saving and reduced downtime

Complete solution provided for medium voltage applications

     27th January 2017 Last month, automation solutions provider Weg launched the new MVW3000 series of variable speed drives (VSDs) for voltages from 2.3 kV to 8 kV and power levels from 280 kW to 2 400 kW. Weg highlights that this series is built with multilevel technology and cascaded H-bridge inverters. The... 

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes

By: Dylan Slater     27th January 2017 Earthmoving machine distributor Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa has unveiled a robotic system that improves the way in which the refurbishment of track shoes for Caterpillar bulldozers can be undertaken.  

Robotic system simplifies refurbishment of track shoes
IMPROVING REFURBISHMENT An automated refurbishment robotic system enables technicians to refurbish track shoes more easily

Specialist to supply ten motors to Jhb water plant

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th January 2017 Drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will supply ten of its new DRN IE3 premium efficiency motors from its DR series to the extension of the existing Meyerton Wastewater Treatment Works south of Johannesburg, in Gauteng, at the end of next month. The company will also supply six 45 kW motors... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

Bell Equipment launches tractor-loader-backhoe

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 South African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment launched its new L-series tractor-loader-backhoe (TLB) to the domestic market in October.  

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses

By: Sascha Solomons     2nd December 2016 As a means to grow the customer base in underserved communities and informal markets, global beverages company Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s (CCBSA’s) local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create sustainable standalone distribution... 

Programme encourages standalone third-party distribution businesses
DISTRIBUTION BUSINESSES Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa’s local distribution partner (LDP) programme has been launched to help local entrepreneurs create standalone distribution businesses

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020

By: Dylan Slater     18th November 2016 Equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment – a division of JSE-listed Barloworld – recently launched its 40/20 strategy, which aims to increase women representation to about 40% of the company’s staff by 2020.  

Equipment supplier sets 40% target for women representation by 2020
WOMEN IN ENGINEERING Barloworld Equipment invites all genders to apply for its graduate programme

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it would be increasing prices on flat- and long-steel products from December 1 – a move it attributed to market movements, rising input costs and the need to staunch losses at its Vanderbijlpark Works. The group outlined... 

AMSA announces steel price increases from December 1

Effective construction materials delivered to Dukathole project

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th November 2016 Concrete brick, block and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) supplied a new PMSA VB4X plant to Dukathole Brickworks, in the Eastern Cape, that will manufacture M9, M6, M4, Maxi, Stockbricks, 80 mm paving, 60 mm paving and 50 mm paving for the project. The company details... 

Effective construction materials delivered  to Dukathole project
COMMUNITY BENEFITS One of the major benefits from the Dukathole project is the employment opportunities brought to the community

Cutting solutions company celebrates 60 years of operations

By: Dylan Slater     21st October 2016 Benrose-based capital equipment, cutting consumables and precision measuring tools company First Cut celebrated its sixtieth year of existence in the South African industry, highlighting continued customer support and meeting customer needs as being core to survival.  

Cutting solutions company  celebrates 60 years of operations
MANAGEMENT FOCUS First Cut CEO Ian McCrystal and MD Andrew Poole are focused on building stronger ties with customers to assist in growing their businesses

Sasol wins tax award in Mozambique

     21st October 2016 Oil and gas company Sasol Petroleum Temane was this year named the best income tax payer for 2015 in the large companies section by Mozambique Revenue Authority. 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     20th October 2016 Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William Price says he is “surprised” by Eskom’s current resistance to signing power purchase agreements (PPAs) for new renewable-energy projects in light of the undeniable success of the competitive-bidding model pursued by the Department of Energy... 

Enel expects renewables to prevail in South Africa despite current uncertainty
Photo by Duane Daws
Enel Green Power South Africa country manager William

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

Municipalities need to prioritise water infrastructure – KPMG

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 With infrastructure being a vehicle for economic development, global consulting firm KPMG says government and municipalities should prioritise infrastructure projects, especially in the water sector where there is a growing demand. “The challenges in the water industry have not changed that much.... 

Plastic pipes integral to water infrastructure

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th October 2016 The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important in South Africa as infrastructure such as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructure to work effectively, says Southern African Plastic Pipe... 

Water treatment plant for Limpopo

     7th October 2016 Water technology solutions provider, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa (SA) recently reported that it provided an energy efficient, low maintenance packaged water treatment plant to supply an additional 5 Mℓ/d of potable water to two villages in Limpopo. Veolia was contracted by Lepelle... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2016 A domestic homologation process has been initiated for an innovative American bimodal transport solution, which integrates long-distance rail with ‘first- and last-mile’ road legs to provide a door-to-door cargo service. The process began following the recent announcement that South African... 

Work under way to localise bimodal road-rail cargo technology
The RailRunner units carry standard shipping containers

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd September 2016 The Rail Road Association of South Africa (RRA) will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday, September 29. The gathering will take place at Scaw Metals’ offices in Germiston from 8:30. The RRA has been critical of what it views as uneven localisation efforts in Transnet’s multibillion-rand... 

Rail Road Association to hold AGM

Unctad proposes import-substitution strategy for South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2016 African economies will grow on average by only 2% in 2016 and South Africa by just 0.3%, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (Unctad’s) latest Trade and Development Report states. North Africa will expand by 1.7% and sub-Saharan Africa by 2.8%, excluding South Africa. The... 

Unctad proposes import-substitution strategy for South Africa

High-tech ‘cyber’ drill rig makes presence felt in Mozambique bush

By: Terence Creamer     5th September 2016 In stark contrast to its rugged surroundings in the Temane bush and not far from the picturesque Mozambican coastal town of Vilanculos, one of the highest-technology drill rigs yet to be deployed in Africa rises out of the orange-brown earth and towers over the surrounding bush. The rig – known... 

High-tech ‘cyber’ drill rig makes presence felt in Mozambique bush
Photo by Sasol
The SMP-105 drill rig in action

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors

By: Simon Sonnekus     30th August 2016 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) Programme delivered by the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) campus has proven to be important in the creation of several synergies that are providing effective recycling... 

Industrial symbiosis key to growth in recycling and manufacturing sectors
HENRY NUWARINDA The IS Programme provides a platform for companies to identify which usable waste resources could be made available for other companies in different fields

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Automation specialist Abacus Automation intends to further business relations with State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and increase its market share in port and harbour services through the implementation and optimisation of its crane automation offering. The company –... 

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services
SMOOTH PORT OPERATION Abacus supplied the automation solution for two 40 t Terex rail mounted gantry cranes that were supplied to Pier 2 of the Durban port

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years 

     25th August 2016 Industrial brand management company Barloworld celebrated its 75th year on the JSE earlier this month, making it one of only nine companies to have achieved the milestone. Megan van Wyngaardt tells us more. 

Barloworld stands the test of 75 years
Barloworld stands the test of 75 years

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The Department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury will consolidate procurement for locomotives into a single institution, under Transnet, to ensure “efficiency and compliance with the localisation requirements”. The decision to set up the unit was made at the recent Cabinet lekgotla,... 

New unit to be set up to oversee rail local-content push

Research identifies barriers, suggests new approach to building black industrialists

By: Mia Breytenbach     19th August 2016 The South African economy requires a new approach to regulation, competition and industrial policy to open the economy for greater participation, particularly for black industrialists, according to research released last month by the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial

By: Sascha Solomons     12th August 2016 Following two years of research and preparing for the local manufacturing of new innovative materials handling equipment, Pretoria-based materials handling company Wuhlf started manufacturing last month and has reached full production. Engineering News reported in January that the company would... 

Manufacturing equipment locally proves to be beneficial
QUALITY OUTCOME PREDICTED Inputs and outputs of the expected end product can be controlled

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity

By: Shirley le Guern     12th August 2016 With an estimated 12 000 ships calling at South Africa’s ports each year and over 30 000 vessels sailing along the South African coastline annually, the ship repair industry should theoretically be a thriving and growing industry. In reality, however, it’s an opportunity that is largely being... 

New Durban floating dock to add much-needed ship repair capacity

Lubrication suited for cement kilns

     5th August 2016 Total performance lubricant manufacturer Bel-Ray provides ‘superior’ lubrication for Type 2 open gear systems used in industrial equipment such as cement kilns, mills and driers. The Clear Gear Lubricant with its high viscosity is proven to reduce consumption, vibration and the temperature of... 

Local content priority for PRASA contract

     29th July 2016 French multinational rail transport company Alstom, which has a controlling stake in local rail transport consortium Gibela, has reinforced its commitment to ensuring local content forms a significant portion of the multibillion-rand contract signed between Gibela and the Passenger Rail Agency of... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector

By: Simon Sonnekus     29th July 2016 Companies are under pressure from government and the public to embark on new projects while there are still projects that need to be completed. The countless delays across the rail expansions are concerning, says the RailRoad Association of South Africa (RRA). Negative sentiments by the industry... 

Stability and cohesion a way forward for African rail sector
Photo by Duane Daws
DELAYS Negative sentiments by the industry on implementing the designation policy and delays of some rail projects have led to discussions with Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd July 2016 The decision by Eskom not to sign any new power purchase agreements (PPAs) with independent power producers (IPPs) beyond those selected in the latest competitive bidding round could have a “chilling” effect on investment and undermine industrialisation efforts under way in the green economy,... 

Eskom’s IPP stance seen undermining investment and green industrialisation

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

By: Terence Creamer     15th July 2016 The South African government believes the launch of a new one-stop-shop to facilitate higher levels of trade and investment in the rest of Africa will help consolidate the continent as the country’s most important market for value-added goods and create the platform for an expansion in exports... 

DTI sets up Africa-focused trade unit in bid to grow exports beyond R300bn

Acquisition ensures lean manufacturing expertise at all operation stages

     15th July 2016 Project management consultancy Turner & Townsend acquired UK-based operational consultancy Suiko in June, to position the company as the first independent construction consultancy to offer lean expertise at all stages of capital project delivery and operations. 

Acquisition ensures lean manufacturing expertise  at all operation stages
COST FORECAST Turner & Townsend provides cost forecasting to various large projects like power stations
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