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R3m oxygen plant fuels drive into Africa

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Achieving success with the establish- ment of an on-site oxygen-manufacturing plant at the Blanket gold-mine, owned by Kinross of Canada, near Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, only seven months after its establishment, Messer Fedgas sister company Messer Zimbabwe is creating a springboard for the company to... 

Regulations stymie R5,2bn gas project

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The potential development of an estimated R5,2-billion project to bring natural gas from Mozambique to South Africa is dependent on favourable regulations and fiscal dispensation, reveals Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger. The South African pipeline gas supplier has been closely... 

SA gas industry boom on the horizon

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Despite South Africa’s small known gas resources, the country could soon be witnessing a boom in the gas industry if negotiations with neighbouring countries Mozambique and Namibia for the cross-border transport of natural gas are concluded successfully, Department of Minerals and Energy... 

SA’s gas pipeline installers under fire

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Quality standards in the South African pipeline gas indus- try compare poorly to those in other parts of the world as a result of a lack of clear-cut guidelines and training for participants in the industry, reveals Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) project manager for pressure vessels... 

Science festival launched

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The third National Festival of Science, Engineering and Technology, Sasol SciFest ’99, is expected to pull large crowds into Grahamstown in the eastern Cape from all over Southern Africa next month. Organisers say visitor numbers doubled from 15 000 in the first year to 28 000 in the... 

Waste-gas management boosts recoveries

By: System Author     12th February 1999 A higher efficiency rate can be achieved in ore-recovery smelters with the correct control, cleaning and conditioning of waste gas, reveals Gas Handling Systems MD Chris Rowland. Although expensive, proper waste-gas management in metal-recovery plants can be justified as it could lead to an... 

Welding mill for gas pipes installed

By: System Author     12th February 1999 The R80-million second phase of Hall Longmore’s R100-million production facility upgrade is nearing completion with the installation of the upgraded R65-million electric resistance welding (ERW) mill which will be dedicated to the manufacture of pipes for oil and gas, sales and marketing... 

Bleak year ahead for machine tool sector

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 High interest rates, the fall in the rand and the general lack of growth in the South African economy suggest a bleak outlook for the machine tool industry in 1999. “Because interest rates are expected to remain abnormally high for at least the next six months in order to protect the... 

Crisis can be surmounted

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Introducing lean manufacturing principles, improving and maintaining service and quality as well as developing an export market are important factors for surviving the present economic crisis, Dorbyl Automotive Technologies executive director Mornet Villet tells Engineering News. This can be seen... 

Defence contracts will bolster growth

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Although the machine tool industry has been subdued for quite some time and no significant recovery is expected in 1999, Retecon executive chairperson Burkhard Herrmann is quietly optimistic about the future. He attributes this to positive signs such as the softening of interest rates, which is... 

Machine tool stockist

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 Having serviced the South African engineering industry for 25 years, Machine Tool Exchange, an offshoot of AD Machinery, stocks machine tools ranging from pedestal drilling machines to heavy engineering machinery, including vertical, horizontal and floor boring mills. All items stocked are... 

Products sourced worldwide

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 A comprehensive range of products used in the machine tools industry is distributed by Bearing Man, specialist in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting. The range includes IKO linear bearings, NSK ball and roller bearings and high-precision ballscrews, Gamet... 

Used equipment sector toughs it out

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 How would you describe the state of the used machine tool industry? The used machine tool industry went through a rough year in 1998. Orders were hard to achieve owing chiefly to the lack of confidence in the economy and the country. Our industry is affected just the same as any other which deals... 

SA gets five new chemical projects

By: Archivist     15th January 1999 A R1,5-billion investment in five new chemical plants has been approved by Sasol as part of its R14-billion five-year capital expansion programme. In an announcement in December last year, Sasol MD Pieter Cox said that the plants will include a R270-million ethyl acetate plant, a R140-million... 

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