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Proposal to boost precision farming in South Africa

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 A satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) that could help generate more crops and boost sales in South Africa’s agricultural sector has been proposed by the UK Space Agency-funded SBAS-Africa programme. The SBAS-Africa programme, aimed at demonstrating the potential benefits of SBAS... 

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper

By: Tracy Hancock     8th April 2016 Copper, a significant economic driver in Zambia, had taken the country so far but would not be able to take it any further, said Zambian Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng’onga on Thursday at the opening of the AGCO Future Farm training centre, in Lusaka, Zambia. As Africa’s... 

Zambia Agri Minister emphasises need to diversify beyond copper
Photo by Tracy Hancock
Zambia Deputy Agriculture and Livestock Minister Maxas Ng'onga

Cost reduction an option for survival

By: Sascha Solomons     8th April 2016 Nonferrous metal and plastic component manufacturer Wam Metals is acquiring robot automation of a forging press to reduce operational costs and improve output. Wam Metals will be in production for 30 years this year and has plans to continue operations as well as make use of opportunities to... 

Cost reduction an option  for survival
Photo by Wam_Metals_Robot_welding
WAM METALS Acquiring robot automation to reduce operational costs and improve output

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019

     8th April 2016 India-based market research company Markets and Markets (M&M) predict that the heat exchanger market will be worth $21.08-million by 2019 owing to demand increase from Europe and Asia. The exchanger market report conducted by M&M is based on heat exchanger types such as shell and tube, plate and... 

Heat exchanger market worth $21.8M by 2019
MARKET DEMAND TO INCREASE A large number of emerging manufacturers is expected to drive the heat exchanger market in future

Software developed to save container operators millions

     8th April 2016 The StarConomy reefer control software designed by manufacturer of dry containers Maersk Container Industry (MCI), in conjunction with fruit multinational Dole, supports reefer  refrigerated container operators by allowing them to maximise the value of their refrigerated cargoes in MCI’s Star... 

Software developed to save container operators millions
REEFER CARGO VALUE MAXIMISED Dole eefer container transport preserves and transports the fruit safely using as little energy as possible

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th April 2016 Having looked to quietly expand since delisting from the Johannesburg bourse two years ago, agricultural services and food processing company Afgri will turn its focus to supporting development and transformation in the agricultural sector in South Africa and beyond. The group, aiming to drive... 

Afgri eyes agricultural development for food security

Manufacturer introduces cordless cutoff technology

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Power equipment manufacturer STIHL has developed what it says is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine that has a 230 mm cutting wheel for both indoor and outdoor cutting requirements. The STIHL TSA 230 is carbon emission-free compact and lightweight. The company introduced the machine to... 

Manufacturer introduces cordless  cutoff technology
A FIRST The STIHL TSA 230 is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine with a 230 mm cutting wheel

Strong growth leads to blade technology introduction

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Engineering and electronics specialist company Bosch is set to introduce its NanoBlade technology in October this year to selected markets, with initial availability being targeted for Europe. This follows the company’s strong growth in power tools last year that resulted in a €4.5-billion... 

Strong growth leads to blade technology introduction
CUTTING EDGE Bosch’s new NanoBlade technology is ideal for do-it-yourself applications

Battery-powered power tools more beneficial

By: Malusi Mkhize     1st April 2016 Outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna’s 36 V lithium-ion battery-powered equipment provides long lasting power and greater economical value than petrol powered alternatives, says Husqvarna South Africa product support general manager Bronson Gunter. The high-performance battery can be used... 

Battery-powered power tools more beneficial
NEIGHBOURHOOD FRIENDLY Battery-driven power tools offer more efficiency and reduce maintenance cost

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

     1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

Block-making machinery used to  build affordable housing
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPED Hydraform was contracted to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community

Corrosion cures for sugar cane industry

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 Coatings manufacturer Kansai Plascon has reaffirmed its position in the sugar industry by providing holistic coating solutions that will prolong inevitable corrosion at sugar mills and refineries through implementing established specifications and seasoned systems. Kansai Plascon industrial and... 

Corrosion cures for  sugar cane industry
Photo by Bloomberg
FILM THICKNESS Plascon ensures that the dry film thickness of the coating meets client requirements, with a full inspection conducted after the application

Sugar mill focuses on skills development

     25th March 2016 South African sugar producer Illovo Sugar’s new technical academy located at the Eston sugar mill, in KwaZulu-Natal, will soon see large portions of the company’s agricultural, factory and management personnel attend a combination of intense in-classroom and on-the-job training to deliver... 

Sugar mill focuses on  skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT The academy also presents the opportunity to extend the company’s agricultural programmes

Locally produced flocculants provide cost-effective solutions

By: Simon Sonnekus     25th March 2016 With increasing productivity and water availability being the biggest challenges for sugar and ethanol plants, chemicals group AECI’s wholly owned water, energy and air solutions subsidiary ImproChem has reaffirmed its focus to provide sustainable solutions for the sugar industry. 

Locally produced  flocculants provide  cost-effective solutions
SIMON TRESTON The new SENFLOC range of products is suited to the market as it has a unique property in uncurling to reach maximum expansion

Printing solution ensures traceability for industry

     11th March 2016 In January, product identification solutions specialist Pyrotec’s machinery division PackMark introduced the 9450 continuous inkjet printer for all manufacturers, regardless of the industry sector in which they fall, as well as the 9540 S, an inkjet printer for the beverage industry that meets... 

Printing solution ensures traceability for industry
9450 CONTINUOUS INKJET PRINTER Prints barcodes and logos of any size or resolution for all manufacturers

Manufacturer offers alternative prepackaging, processing solutions

By: Nadine James     11th March 2016 The expected increase in food production, in conjunction with challenges, such as water scarcity and economic restrictions, will force the agriculture and food and beverage (F&B) sectors to adapt packaging, and processing practices, to improve performance and reduce operational costs, says... 

Foil, cling wrap dispenser crucial to hospitality industry

     11th March 2016 Industrial plastic packaging supplier Damax Kahn & Kahn (DK&K) says that the Duo Wrap dispenser, designed to simultaneously dispense cling film and foil will maintain order and hygiene in the kitchen, while alleviating the frustrating and time-consuming struggle associated with traditional box... 

AB7 to provide gateway to expansion

     11th March 2016 A growing number of local and international packaging manufacturers are using the food and beverage exhibition Africa’s Big Seven (AB7) to access rapidly expanding consumer markets across the continent. AB7 set new records for international participation last year, with 267 food sector exhibitors... 

GSM device suitable for remote monitoring

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Wear control company, Filter Focus, indicates that there are no competitors that implement the same logic control as the i-Commander— a global system for monitoring, automating and reporting events at remote sites, using mobile communication (GSM) — owing to its completely unique software, says... 

GSM device suitable for  remote monitoring
I-COMMANDER The i-Commander is a control and telemetry device configured to perform site specific functions and enables the client to remotely monitor and manage the operation

MCBs provide protection and safety solutions

By: Kimberley Smuts     11th March 2016 Electrical and digital building infrastructures company Legrand’s portfolio of miniature circuit breakers (MCBs) offers solutions for efficient protection, enhanced safety and continuity of service in commercial, industrial and domestic applications. New to the company’s MCBs is the TX³ series,... 

MCBs provide protection and safety solutions
LEGRAND TX3 The TX³ series, designed for safe installation and maximum protection of people and property in modern commercial and residential installations

Government-funded programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 Resource efficiency programme the National Cleaner Production Centre, South Africa (NCPC-SA) will launch Phase 2 of its Industrial Energy Efficiency (IEE) project, at the Energy Services (Esco) Conference, which takes place on February 17, day two of the 2016 Africa Energy Indaba.  

Government-funded  programme to launch Phase 2 at Energy Indaba
REACHING OUT TO BUSINESSES Industrial Energy Efficiency phase 2 will be introducing a funding mechanism for businesses that require financing for the energy efficiency projects

Detector system available for commercial market

By: Lynne Jackson     5th February 2016 Sole supplier of Lion detection systems Alco-Safe recently completed the testing of its Lion Detection System (DS-20), which will soon be available for commercial use. The system was tested on privately owned vehicles to resolve any issues before it is made available to the commercial market. 

Minister Nkwinti to discuss plans for agriparks in S Africa

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th January 2016 To further revitalise the agricultural and agroprocessing value chain, Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti will, this weekend, host a workshop with 1 000 AgriParks advisory committee members from 44 districts. This formed part of the of government’s nine-point plan to ignite... 

Minister Nkwinti to discuss plans for agriparks in S Africa

Company provides a solution for sustainable power generation

By: Kimberley Smuts     29th January 2016 Technology manufacturer and service provider Cummins Africa has made natural- gas-powered generator sets (gensets) available for the South African market as a more sustainable solution than the standard diesel solution most commonly used.  

Company provides a  solution for sustainable power generation
KTA19 NATURAL GAS POWER UNIT Although the capital cost of a natural-gas genset can be up to two times, the operational cost is substantially lower over a five-to-ten-year period

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing

By: Dylan Slater     29th January 2016 Pretoria-based materials handling equipment company Wuhlf is increasing manufacturing capacity to meet local demand and ease reliance on imported equipment and components, says Wuhlf director Johan Grobler.  

Equipment company ramps up local manufacturing
ATF20 MEERKAT The locally manufactured ATF20 Meerkat is an all-terrain forklift, designed for harsh South African conditions

GWK depicts ‘humble’ farmer as ‘hero’ advancing economy  

By: Tracy Hancock     7th December 2015 On the back of its most successful financial showing to date, reporting a profit of R163.8-million in 2015, a 57% increase on 2014, farmer-owned agribusiness GWK is ending the year by emphasising the integral role farmers play in supporting the growth of South Africa’s economy. The Douglas,... 

GWK depicts ‘humble’ farmer as ‘hero’ advancing economy
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the production of farmer owned agribusiness GWK's new advertising campaign.

Supplier launches dual-purpose generators

By: Malusi Mkhize     4th December 2015 Welding, rigging and construction equipment supplier Renttech South Africa, has launched a new, “one-of-a-kind” dual purpose welder-generator unit to the local market. The unit which features a CE conformity marking for international safety standards, offers various industries, including the... 

TB patients benefit from alternative energy solution

     4th December 2015 A pilot project designed to provide alternative power to Tuberculosis (TB) patients at the Windsor East Clinic located in Randburg, Johannesburg will ensure uninterrupted treatment for tuberculosis patients during times of power outages and load shedding. The Department of Science and Technology... 

TB patients benefit from  alternative energy solution
UNINTERRUPTED TREATMENT Hydrogen fuel cell technology assists in providing continuous healthcare for tuberculosis patients

Supplier introduces a new double-acting high-pressure pump

     13th November 2015 Industrial-strength pumps manufacturer and distributor Verder now offers a new, FDA-approved high-pressure, double-acting diaphragm pump, suitable for applications where the discharge pressure is higher than the available compressed air pressure, and for filter-press applications in the brewery... 

Imperial offloads industrial equipment company for R1.03bn

By: Natalie Greve     3rd November 2015 JSE-listed Imperial Holdings has reached an agreement to dispose of the group’s interests in industrial equipment importer and distributor Goscor to the current management and minority acquirers of Goscor for R1.03-billion, which included the discharge of shareholder loans of R730-million. The... 

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source

By: Kimberley Smuts     30th October 2015 Waste management solutions provider Interwaste – a member of the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa – is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy. Interwaste group sales director Jason McNeil tells Engineering News that there is an ongoing... 

Alternative technology converts waste into energy source
Photo by Bloomberg
MUNICIPAL WASTE CONVERTED Waste management solutions provider Interwaste is currently focusing on opportunities that allow for waste to be converted into energy

Solution being trialled to fight dwindling bee population

     30th October 2015 International digital security company Gemalto notes that the global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease. With this in mind, the company highlights an innovative technology-based solution called Mite Not, which could provide a new source of hope for... 

Solution being trialled to fight dwindling  bee population
Photo by Bloomberg
PLUMMETING POPULATION The global bee population is declining significantly and is under new pressure from disease

S Africa’s rural landscape to change by 2030

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th October 2015 The Economic Sectors, Employment and Infrastructure Development (ESEID) cluster, which oversees progress in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP), reports that an agripark is ready to be launched in the North West. Government has committed to developing 44 agriparks across the... 

S Africa’s rural landscape to change by 2030

Stainless steel fabricator completes malting plant installation

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Stainless steel solutions provider Styria Stainless Steel will complete its installation of tanks, kilns and germination beds at a South African malting plant, in Gauteng by December, the company tells Engineering News. Styria’s manufacturing and supply contract for the malting plant comprises 20... 

Stainless steel fabricator completes malting  plant installation
STEEPING TANKS Styria has a potential future project lined up in Democratic Republic of Congo as well as various small projects around South Africa

Stainless steel producer indicates local market pressures and challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Flat stainless steel products producer Columbus Stainless Steel expects its 2015 production at 500 000 t to remain similar to that of the past two years, says Columbus CEO Lucien Matthews, noting that given the challenging commodity prices the company is satisfied with its performance.   Columbus... 

Stainless steel producer indicates local market pressures and challenges
MARKET UNDER PRESSURE The South African stainless steel market shrunk by 4% to 5% in 2014 and the same is expected for this year

Company warns industry to check specifications

     23rd October 2015 Gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering, which manufactures the Vitex range of stainless steel or mild steel products, has expressed its concern that substandard specifications will slowly become the accepted industry norm. Vital Engineering MD... 

Company warns industry to check specifications
IMPORTANCE OF PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS Vital Engineering’s customers prefer Vitex products as they have come to rely on the accuracy of the mesh sizes and the thickness as advertised and supplied

Stainless steel air motors ensure safe processing of foodstuffs

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Air motors, automation, screwdriving technology and air tools supplier Deprag Schulz is focused on improving its range of pneumatic motors, as companies are becoming increasingly reliant on automation and preprocessing, as a result of rising costs. Deprag notes that, even in the food industry,... 

Stainless steel air  motors ensure safe processing of foodstuffs
SAFE PROCESSING ENSURED High-quality stainless steel air vane motors are especially suited to automated production processes

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