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‘Chemical-city’ project reflects changes

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The scope of the ChemCity initiative in Sasolburg, Free State, has changed drastically since August last year when the company was created. Initially the concept focused on the establishment of industrial parks aimed at the fine and speciality-chemicals industry (Engineering News, July 31, 1998).... 

Chemicals expo promises to be bigger and better

By: System Author     11th June 1999 With a substantial intensification of financial infrastructure and support, the third Raw-Chem Expo, to be held in October this year, is expected to have a much different appearance from the previous ones. Exhibition organiser Upmarket Exhibitions has been acquired by media giant Kagiso Media... 

Crane hire contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Johnson Crane Hire has been awarded a crane-hire contract by SLE, an SNC-Lavalin-EMS joint venture, for the Mozal site. Johnson’s ability for handling an intricate contract of this nature was instrumental in the company securing this contract. Not only is the company able to... 

South African developers begin work in Malawi

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Two South African developers, Group Five International and TCI Capital, are to start with the development of what will be the largest and most modern shopping centre in Malawi – a R60-million regional retail complex in Blantyre – in partnership with the National Insurance Company of... 

SME financier exceeds its own targets

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The financial services group which invests in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), Business Partners, has exceeded its own targets by approving a record R445,3-million to SMEs countrywide in the 1998–99 financial year. In comparison, last year’s approvals amounted to... 

Traditional slag properties enhanced by new strategy

By: System Author     4th June 1999 As part of its strategy to regain market share in the South African cement industry, specialist slag producer Slagment has employed leading-edge technology to develop Slag 5000, a more finely-ground blast-furnace slag that enhances the properties of traditional slag, reveals MD Shaun Patterson.... 

Leading SA supplier celebrates 75 years

By: System Author     4th June 1999 General engineering equipment and service supplier to the Southern African market Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. As a supplier of electrical, mechanical and electronic products to industry, it has built a reputation on understanding and meeting the challenges... 

Mixed bag of global and local technologies

By: System Author     4th June 1999 One of the largest and oldest privately-owned general engineering equipment and service suppliers in Southern Africa, Stratford Engineering is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The company offers a mix of global and local technologies and associated services. It is distinguished by its ability to... 

Switching on to importance of safety

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Safety throughout industry is of critical importance, and in materials-handling situations perhaps more so than some others. On conveyor belts, large masses of materials are often moving at quite high speeds over long distances. The ability to stop the belt if some emergency arises is thus an... 

Instrumentation company measures up

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Leading South African supplier of ac electrical transducers, dc signal conditioners and measurement systems Measurtronic was acquired by the Stratcon group of companies in 1993. Stratcon comprises Measurtronic, Stratford Engineering, a mechanical power transmission company which is celebrating... 

Electronic-product provider powers up its solutions range

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Power electronic product and solution provider Saftronics was established in 1966 by Bonne Posma. The company has built its reputation on supplying power electronic products from international suppliers and developing custom-manufactured power electronic solutions of the highest quality to meet... 

New ball-and-cone torque limiter

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A new type of ball-and-cone torque limiter for extra-large shafts, newly launched by British Autogard of the UK, has been a big success, particularly in the cement industry. Stratford Engineering is the sole representative of British Autogard for Sub-Saharan Africa. In one application, two of... 

Revamped Web site a hit for engineering firm

By: System Author     4th June 1999 In honour of the celebration of its 75th anniversary, Stratford Engineering has undergone a big revision of its Internet Web site in an attempt to bring its products and services more directly to the attention of potential users. In response to the revamp the site is reportedly receiving almost 6... 

Range of time switches

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A range of Grasslin electronic time switches is available from Stratford Engineering, the sole distributor for Grasslin in sub-Saharan Africa. The V 86 range can be supplied for one to four channels of switching, and are the ultimate in ease of operation. Its operational philosophy allows users... 

Black empowerment on the right track

By: System Author     4th June 1999 WHAT is believed to be the largest black-owned company in the railway construction and rail maintenance business, Zomba Civils & Building, has bought a 50% interest in Racec Gauteng, a leading private railway contractor. Effective as of May 1, the deal will see Zomba CEO Charles Modise assuming... 

Technology access programme for women

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa has been rated number 37 out of 47 countries in terms of human resource development and science and technology. Women comprise 51,9% of the total local population and more than half of all women are unemployed. For these reasons, and to improve the overall competitiveness of South... 

Workshops set to probe latest in concrete

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A series of workshops to discuss develop- ments and advances in concrete technology will be co-ordinated by Professor Mark Alexander of the department of civil engineering of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Based on extensive research done by the department, the industry and other engineering... 

Fluid couplings for gold-mine

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Fluid couplings have been supplied to Siguri gold-mine in Guinea by Stratford Engineering. The couplings have been supplied to project manager Senet Projects, which will be responsible for the installation and commissioning, due for completion in the first quarter of this year. A variety of... 

Fluid couplings supplied abroad

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The first in a range of FST fluid couplings have been supplied to the Tar Sands oil-extraction plants in northern Alberta, Canada, by UK scoop-trimming, variable-filling and fluid-coupling company, Fluidrive. The tar deposits found in this area of Canada are extracted by excavator and transported... 

13m breweries contract

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A R13-million contract for the construction of a high-tech insulated enclosure for the South African Breweries plant in Durban has been awarded to Concor Coastal. In order to maintain constant temperature control, the existing fermentation vessels will be enclosed and fully refrigerated. A 350 t... 

Fly ash producer is one of world’s largest

By: System Author     4th June 1999 Producing 1,2-million tons of fly ash a year from three plants based at Eskom’s Matla, Kendal and Lethabo power stations, Ash Resources is one of the world’s largest, GM Bert Dijkema tells Engineering News. Fly ash is used as a partial replacement (or extender) for cement in concretes... 

Time-to-market key for third cell bid

By: System Author     4th June 1999 THE rapid and efficient roll-out of network infrastructure will be crucial to the seamless introduction and success of a third cellular network operator in the South African market. This is the word from Siemens ICN Communication on Air president Lothar Pauly, whose company is extending its... 

Transport partnership trend to continue

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The traditional lines that distinguished the role of the private as opposed to the public sector in the South African transport environment have been significantly blurred over the last few years – a trend which is set to continue. Outgoing Transport Minister Mac Maharaj says that the era... 

South Africa must dance to competitiveness drum – Erwin

By: System Author     4th June 1999 The only way South Africa would create jobs was by restructuring its economy and becoming internationally competitive, stated Trade and Industry Minister Alec Erwin at a press function in May. “To become internationally competitive, South Africa requires a new strategy and a new form of... 

R432m set aside for KZN

By: System Author     4th June 1999 ABOUT R432-million is to be ploughed into developmental projects and programmes in Kwazulu-Natal by the newly-launched Ithala Development Finance Corporation. Ithala executive director Dr Marius Spies reports that this amount reflected a 10% increase over the R393-million estimated actual... 

Unified SA engineering body on the cards

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Companies and professions in South Africa have been bracing themselves against globalisation by consolidating and unifying, but our otherwise forward-thinking engineers seem to be a step behind. After 18 months, a steering committee charged with finding a method of unifying the profession has... 

Nigerian project is well on track

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Front-end engineering of the natural-gas-to- liquid-fuels joint venture between Sasol and Chevron in Nigeria is expected to start as early as the third quarter of this year following the completion of the feasibility study in March, reports Sasol Synfuels International (SSI) business development... 

Innovative engineering feats are promoted

By: System Author     28th May 1999 s part of a greater operational aim of optimising plant operations further to ensure suitable throughputs, optimum plant stability, reduced downtime and maintenance, Sasol Synthetic Fuels (SSF) has continued to promote innovative engineering thinking and practices. This trend, which has the... 

Supply-chain management optimised

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Engaged in the supply of material on a number of Sasol projects directly through Sasol Technology, and in association with the group’s engineering contractors, Van Leeuwen Pipe & Tube South Africa, of Alrode, Gauteng, sees itself playing a significant role in integrating the process of... 

A leading pioneer celebrates 100 years

By: System Author     28th May 1999 leading supplier of equipment in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, including motor control centres (MCCs), celebrates its hundredth anniversary this year. The year has also brought a change in the names of group companies worldwide from the previous name of Klockner Moeller.... 

Progress on water project flows on

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Electrical installations on various pumpstations and treatment plants on the estimated overall US$350-million North–South Carrier water project in Botswana is being executed by Johannesburg-based turnkey electrical projects company RBF Engineering. Work comprises a network of four... 

Station upgrades uplift economy

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Manager and developer of State-owned property Intersite is generating millions of rands in income for the local rail and construction industries. Since its inception in 1992, the company has created some 80 000 direct and indirect jobs and has made an overall financial impact on the economy of... 

SA construction firm going strong in Botswana

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Local construction company Concor is busy with a R28-million contract to build a technology centre and an R8-million extension to a private hospital in Gaborone, Botswana. Concor building division MD Brian Robertson tells Engineering News that the R28-million contract to build the technology... 

Property developers urged to go the green route

By: System Author     28th May 1999 Property developers might consider going green in the long-term management of their buildings through a programme designed to optimise the benefits of environmental responsibility and energy conservation. The green buildings for Africa programme has been developed by CSIR Building and... 

Cable ducting for Mozal

By: System Author     28th May 1999 The joint venture undertaking the construction of the potlines at Billiton’s US$1,3-billion Mozal aluminium smelter project in Maputo has ordered 16 km of cable ducting specially designed by Nextube to meet the needs of the project. Ducting for the Mozal plant, which is set to produce 245... 

Concrete and asphalt squaring up

By: System Author     28th May 1999 While asphalt is generally regarded as first choice in high-quality road construction, concrete block paving (CBP) is a good alternative for roads where load-bearing capacity is the chief concern. This was stated in a paper on CBP presented by SR Bangma of the University of Twente, the... 

R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

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