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Equipment News

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 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

Stainless steel producer orders tube-bending machine from specialist

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Intelligent tube technology specialist Unison last month received its first order for an all-electric computer numerically controlled (CNC) tube-bending machine, just five weeks after opening. The order was placed by industrial precision metal fabricator Byers Precision Fabricators (Byers) for a... 

Stainless steel manufacturer orders cold-rolling mill

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Global systems provider for the metallurgical industry SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless (NAS), a subsidiary of Spain-based stainless steel manufacturer Acerinox Group. NAS... 

Stainless steel manufacturer orders cold-rolling mill
COLD ROLLING MILL ORDERED SMS Group has been contracted to supply a 20-roll cold rolling mill and a bright annealing line to US-based stainless steel company North American Stainless

Steel materials designer introduces BLDRmetal powders for 3D printing

By: Kimberley Smuts     23rd October 2015 Nano-structured steel materials designer NanoSteel last month introduced the company’s first powders designed for a binder jet three-dimensional (3D) printing process, showcasing the company’s initial commercial application in additive manufacturing. The BLDRmetal J-10 and BLDRmetal J-11 powders... 

Steel materials designer introduces BLDRmetal powders for 3D printing
Photo by Bloomberg
EQUIVALENT RESISTANCE OF STAINLESS STEEL NanoSteel developed the capability to print a security tool, which is being used by a global avionics company to remove and replace aircraft panels

Opportunities for machine tools sector, despite decreased demand

     16th October 2015 Despite the first couple of months of 2015 showing steady order intakes across the industry, recent months have shown a notable decline in demand for machine tools, reports Machine Tool Merchants Association (MTMA) chairperson Hans-Peter Neth. He believes that this can be attributed to fewer... 

Opportunities for machine tools sector, despite decreased demand
HANS-PETER NETH The Machine Tool Merchants Association chair applauds colleges and organisations for training young artisans

Machine tools trade exhibition returns

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Exhibition organiser Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery last month announced the official launch of Machine Tools Africa 2017, an upcoming trade conference and exhibition that is expected to be the biggest Africa-based trade expo of its kind. The exhibition will be held at the Johannesburg Expo... 

Machine tools trade  exhibition returns
MAKING A COMEBACK The largest African trade exhibition of its kind will take place in May 2017

Precision tool supplier expands milling cutter range

     16th October 2015 Machine tools solutions provider Mapal has expanded its milling cutter product range to address the industry’s trending preference for lightweight construction. This has resulted in the development of new materials, which have, in turn, created new machining demands. Mapal aerospace and... 

Precision tool supplier  expands milling  cutter range
MILLING CUTTERS Mapal's milling cutters aim to partly address the trend towards lightweight contruction

Tooling manufacturer celebrates 50 years

     16th October 2015 Since its established 50 years ago, tooling manufacturer Gedore South Africa (SA) has been hot forging and manufacturing quality hand tools, which come with a lifetime guarantee, having introduced hot forged, German-engineered hand tools into the South African market, thereby “revolutionising the... 

Tooling manufacturer celebrates 50 years
GEDORE TOOLS. GEDORE SA's manufactures over 1 200 products in its manufacturing plant in KZN

Energy storage system introduced

By: Nadine James     16th October 2015 Tooling manufacturer S&D Precision Toolmakers last month activated its backup power supply system, the Gildermeister CellCube, which uses vanadium redox technology to store and discharge energy. Gildermeister Energy Solutions sales manager Andreas Feichtinger says that, in addition to mitigating... 

Energy storage system introduced
GILDERMEISTER CELLCUBE FB10 -130 S&D Precision Toolmakers have acquired the latest in energy storage technology in order to save on electricity

Mozambique seeks to promote business and development with foreign help

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 The first phase of the repair and modernisation of the deep water port of Nacala, in Nampula province in Mozambique, is close to being concluded, the Macauhub news agency has reported. This phase will result in the port having new container and fuel terminals, plus a new harbourmaster’s control... 

Workwear distributor boasts extensive fire-resistant range

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Workwear manufacturer and distributor MB Workwear (MBW) has been supplying specialised fire-resistant fabrics producer DuPont’s Nomex inherent flame-resistant overalls, specifically designed for the oil and gas industry, for many years and is the leading supplier of protective clothing to the oil... 

Workwear distributor boasts  extensive fire-resistant range
FIRE-RESISTANT RANGE MB Workwear's fire-resistant range includes Zeroflame, Vinex and DuPont's Nomex overalls

Educating the public on hazardous dust

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective clothing (PPC) manufacturer Charnaud has embarked on an initiative to educate people on the dangers of combustible dust. “Considering the history of combustible dust, one finds that nearly 300 explosions have injured or killed more than 800 workers since 1980,” says Charnaud... 

Educating the public on hazardous dust
Caption: SURVIVE-ARC SWITCHING SUIT Charnaud's FR Range is IEC, SAB-S and NFPA approved

PPE manufacturer employs facial recognition technology

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer and distributor Black Ginger 48 has implemented facial recognition technology at two of its clients’ on-site stores to counter identity fraud and reduce theft. Black Ginger 48 GM Jevan Malan tells Engineering News that the motivation for the... 

PPE manufacturer employs facial recognition technology
Photo by Bloomberg
DUAL BIOMETRICS SCANNER Black Ginger 48 has introduced biometric scanners at its on-site stores

PPE supplier’s new management system reduces TCO

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplier Bramhope Health and Safety has introduced holistic solutions to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of PPE and safety items, including its award-winning PPE management system. Bramhope CEO Isak Marais notes that the system, which provides a... 

PPE supplier’s new management system  reduces TCO
PPE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM Bramhope Health and Safety have introduced an award-winning cloud based management system

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution

By: Nadine James     2nd October 2015 Personal protective equipment (PPE) management solutions provider Select PPE has introduced an improved version of its PPE vending machine that provides all the benefits of an on-site store. Select PPE sales director Dries van Tonder tells Engineering News that the latest model, which was... 

PPE solutions provider introduces new vending solution
PPE VENDING SOLUTION. Select PPE's improved vending solution has all the benefits of n on-site store

Electrical solution provider distributes PPE

     2nd October 2015 Electrical solutions consultant Magnet was appointed Southern African distributor for Dromex personal protection equipment (PPE) in April this year. MD Brian Howarth said that Magnet had recognised an urgent need in the electricity industry for increased safety for workers and made a strategic... 

Electrical solution provider distributes PPE
DROVISION GOGGLES. Magnet has added personal protective equipment to its product range

Less Food, More Nutrition

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2015 Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD) technology aimed at improving global... 

Less Food, More Nutrition

Growth potential for ropes manufacturer in export market

By: Dylan Slater     11th September 2015 The export market for locally made fibre ropes has proven highly beneficial for Cape Town-based ropes manufacturer Southern Ropes, says MD Chris King. 

Growth potential for ropes  manufacturer in export market
AS STRONG AS WIRE ROPE A fibre rope being used to recover a dump truck from mud

Italian compact loaders well received since local launch

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 After officially opening its head office in mid-February, Jet Park-based industrial equipment distributor MultiOne South Africa (SA) has sold more than 30 loaders and numerous attachments of the machinery the company is distributing from Italy-based manufacturer CSF MultiOne. 

Italian compact loaders well  received since  local launch
8-SERIES Compact loaders from MultiOne aim to rival the more expensive skid-steers

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA expansion necessitates larger venue

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Since the first international construction and mining trade fair bauma Africa 2013, the expo has grown significantly and will feature hundreds of exhibitors at this year’s event, reports BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA (BC Expo South Africa) CEO Elaine Crewe. 

BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA  expansion necessitates larger venue
ELAINE CREWE The 2015 installment of BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA is expecting more than 20 000 visitors from over 100 countries

Earthmoving equipment supplier introduces new telematics solution

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Local earthmoving equipment supplier Kemach JCB will showcase its LiveLink online monitoring and tracking system, another feature on JCB machines driven by the ‘innovation’ theme that JCB continuously strive for, at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA international trade fair, which is taking place... 

Local manufacturer cements position in construction, mining industries

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Richards Bay-based heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment South Africa will participate in construction and mining trade fair BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 to reinforce the brand’s reputation as a significant role-player in the industry. 

Local manufacturer cements position in construction, mining industries
ON DISPLAY A preproduction model from the Bell E-series large articulated dump truck will be on display at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Industrial equipment distributor launches best-in-class products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Industrial and agricultural equipment supplier and distributor Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra Holdings, will be launching new products and showcasing its comprehensive range of construction and heavy equipment at this year’s BAUMA... 

Lubricants company improves performance since 2014 acquisition 

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Lubricants company Fuchs Lubricants Southern Africa (Fuchs SA) has done “extremely well” in the local market in the past year, partly owing to its acquisition of local lubricants company Lubritene at the end of 2014, says Fuchs SA commercial sales manager Andrew Cowling. 

Lubricants company  improves performance since 2014 acquisition
INDUSTRIAL LUBRICANTS Fuchs Lubricants Southern Africa will display some of its mining industry oil, lubricants and greases at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

Multipurpose drilling rigs to be displayed at expo

     4th September 2015 The Bauer Maschinen Group will exhibit machines specifically selected for the South African market at the 2015 BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA, taking place from September 15 to 18 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Bauer’s successful BG series Rotary Drilling Rigs will be represented at the event by the... 

New production model using mobile battery moulds

     4th September 2015 As a result of the demand for faster construction of large residential complexes, to meet the need created by rapid population growth and urbanisation, the use of precast concrete elements is growing, says concrete elements production plant manufacturer Weckenmann Anlagentechnik. The company... 

Equipment distributor builds on expo’s first-time success

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 Construction equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa – a division of capital equipment group Invicta Holdings – will participate again at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015, building on the success it achieved at the 2013 expo. 

Equipment distributor builds on expo’s  first-time success
HYUNDAI RANGE The Hyundai equipment range from HPE Africa includes mini excavators, wheeled excavators, tracked excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and wheel loaders

Retailer’s workwear division uses expo to infiltrate African market

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Having heard “rave reviews” about the 2013 bauma Africa exhibition and trade fair, workwear retailer Dickies South Africa decided that this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA would be the perfect platform to educate and infiltrate the market.  Dickies South Africa marketing manager Celo Buthelezi tells... 

Earthmoving machinery parts supplier to showcase new products

By: Nadine James     4th September 2015 Earthmoving machinery spare parts manufacturer Malika Overseas will display a new range of replacement parts for backhoe loaders, originally manufactured by industrial equipment manufacturers JCB, Caterpillar and Case, at this year’s BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA international trade fair, which will take... 

Telescopic handler and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched

By: Dylan Slater     4th September 2015 The launch of a new telescopic handler and three industrial heavy-duty vacuums will be the highlight of equipment group of companies Goscor Group’s stand at the construction and mining trade fair BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015 and IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, respectively. 

Telescopic handler  and heavy-duty vacuum trucks to be launched
BOBCAT TELE ROTOR The largest Bobcat Tele Rotor yet will be launched at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015

High-quality coating materials essential for conveying packaged food

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 It is critical in modern food processes that only high-quality coating materials, suitable for packaged food conveying and direct contact with foodstuffs, are used to ensure hygienic, safe processing and efficient logistics, says engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) light... 

High-quality coating  materials essential for  conveying packaged food
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT Ammeraal Beltech's Peak range of PTFE and Silicone coated belts were developed for the food sector

Trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft

By: Kimberley Smuts     21st August 2015 Asset management solutions provider QCIC’s Qic-T12 trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft and effectively optimises trailer use and performance, says QCIC director Brian McKenzie. "The Qic-T12 device is a rechargeable trailer tracking solution designed for management and stolen... 

Trailer tracking solution eliminates the risk of theft
TRAILER TRACKING SOLUTION The Qic-T12 device can be fitted to trailers, compressors, power generators and lighting plants, among other applications

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2015 The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban port corridor and link it to... 

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

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