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Manufacturing

Advanced tech key to unlocking future competitiveness

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 According to the Deloitte 2016 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index, CEOs globally believe that advanced manufacturing technologies are key to unlocking future competitiveness. “As the digital and physical worlds converge within manufacturing, executives indicate the path to manufacturing... 

Companies join forces to support local manufacturing

     23rd June 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), air defence developer, manufacturer and supplier Rheinmetall Air Defence AG – a division of German armament manufacturer Rheinmetall – global engineering and technology services company Siemens and engineering solutions company ESTEQ... 

Companies join forces to support local manufacturing
RHEINMETALL The international group is one of the companies collaborating with the CSIR to strengthen South Africa’s manufacturing industry

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector

     23rd June 2017 According to growth strategy company Frost & Sullivan, the Internet of Things and data analytics are transforming the manufacturing space, as data is the new currency. “With the rise of cognitive technologies, human intervention will no longer be needed for logical and reasonable decision-making.... 

Data is the new currency in manufacturing sector
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AUTOMATED MANUFACTURING Cognitive technology is advancing, especially in the automotive manufacturing sector

Expansion ensures greater manufacturing capability for Hydra-Arc

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Steel fabricator Hydra-Arc has recently expanded its machining capability allowing them to take on work previously done by international manufacturing and engineering companies. Founded in 1987 by Jose Maciel, Hydra-Arc has grown from a supplier of specialised welders into a leading refinery... 

Expansion ensures  greater manufacturing  capability for Hydra-Arc
BEACON OF HOPE Mshiniwami trainees do practical training by assisting with the less complex welds on Hydra- Arc’s water tank projects, helping water-scarce rural communities

Indaba critical for policy engagement 

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 With the policy environment changing as a result of global and local competition, consulting firm Cova Advisory believes that this year’s Manufacturing Indaba can play a significant role to assist industry in staying abreast of the changes. Cova Advisory has been a sponsor of the Manufacturing... 

Indaba critical for  policy engagement
Cova Advisory joint MD Duane Newman discuss why the Manufacturing Indaba is important for the manufacturing industry. Video Cameraperson: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Indaba to focus on emerging sector developments

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 With the 2017 Manufacturing Indaba’s focus being on the development of emerging manufacturers, event organisers Siyenza Management MD Liz Hart says the event will continue to provide new and innovative content as well as showcase the latest in local and global trends in manufacturing. She notes... 

Indaba to focus on emerging sector developments
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DEBATE FOR CHANGE Department of Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and paper and plastic packaging business Mpact Limited CEO Bruce Strong participate in a panel discussion at the Manufacturing Indaba

Initiative addresses barriers to expand aerospace manufacturing

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The aerospace industry has, among others, two important international players – Airbus and Boeing. This applies to local aerospace as well as international aerospace manufacturing industries, all competing to be part of the global supply chain. Aerospace manufacturing in South Africa is dependent... 

Initiative addresses  barriers to expand  aerospace manufacturing
TO INFINITY European aircraft manufacturer Airbus plays an important role in the world’s aerospace manufacturing industry

Innovative software ensures security in manufacturing automation

     23rd June 2017 Owing to rapidly advancing manufacturing innovations and technologies bringing about disruptions in the software and technology currently used in manufacturing, family-owned enterprise resource planning (ERP) software company Global Shop Solutions’ cloud ERP has many benefits, a notable one being... 

Innovative software ensures security in manufacturing automation
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CLOUD NINE Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) will ensure efficiency, reliability, cost benefits and security in automated manufacturing

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Leading lighting solutions company Beka Schrèder is succeeding in adapting to rapidly changing lighting technology, in its manufacturing process, while maintaining focus on cost benefits for consumers. Beka Schrèder product development manager Daniel Kasper says the company prioritises cost... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology
Caption: HIGHMAST LIGHTING Beka Schrèder completed a highmast lighting project on the N3 national route connecting Johannesburg and Durban

R&D incentives pivotal for sector growth

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The direct correlation between successful economies and their investment into research and development (R&D), is the reason consultancy firm Cova Advisory joint MD Duane Newman says it is important that local manufacturing sector and government continue to engage in the R&D incentives made... 

R&D incentives pivotal for sector growth
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DUANE NEWMAN Cova Advisory joint managing director and co-founder is a respected sustainability strategy and business consultant, with an expertise in grants, incentives and tax in the green economy

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Although the fourth industrial revolution is set to disrupt almost every industry globally by transforming production, management systems and governance, Department of Science and Technology advanced manufacturing technologies acting director Sechaba Tsubella says for the manufacturing industry,... 

Revolution draws mixed reaction from industry
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MANUAL SACRIFICE The fourth industrial revolution will disrupt labour practices in the manufacturing industry

Aerospace support programme success leads to increased funding for supplier development

     17th June 2016 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) - managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) - has renewed its focus on its Supplier Development Programme (SDP), consequently allocating more resources to the... 

Aerospace support programme success leads to increased funding for supplier development

Aerosud Aviation exceeds growth objectives

     17th June 2016 In 2014, Aerosud Aviation was comprehensively restructured to ensure continued strong growth. This included recognition by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) of the business as a national strategic industrial asset, with the IDC investing in a substantial financial stake in the company... 

Aerosud Aviation exceeds growth objectives

Category supply contracts cannot adequately manage indirect costs

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Global components distributor RS Components GM Brian Andrew says that although manufacturing companies have realised that they can reduce costs by optimising their maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) procurement, they tend to achieve this by negotiating category supply contracts, which... 

Category supply contracts cannot adequately  manage indirect costs
BRIAN ANDREW The RS Components GM says sufficient price data could save as much as 35% of the total MRO procurement costs

Cooler upgrade enhances production capacity and reliability

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Cement manufacturer PPC is reaping the benefits of an upgrade to the cooler on one of the kiln lines at its Dwaalboom production facility, in the North West. PPC group technical services head Niru Govender says there has been a notable improvement in production capacity and the reliability of the... 

Cooler upgrade enhances  production capacity  and reliability
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QUALITY IS KEY PPC introduced revamped quality control and quality assurance systems as part of its commitment to continuous improvement

Internet of Things impacts on manufacturing

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Research shows that smart devices like machine sensors, radio-frequency identification readers and video cameras – connected to the Internet and the Cloud, and communicating in real time – are impacting significantly on factory-floor production and distribution processes worldwide. Enterprise... 

Internet of Things  impacts on  manufacturing
KEVIN DHERMAN SYSPRO's chief innovation officer says the Internet of Things is causing a shift in manufacturing

Manufacturing Indaba continues to deliver despite economic climate

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The Manufacturing Indaba, which takes place on June 28 and 29 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, has shown consistent growth over the past three years in terms of attendance and scope, despite tough economic conditions, says Manufacturing Indaba MD Liz Hart. Even with companies scaling... 

Manufacturing Indaba continues to deliver  despite economic climate
ROB DAVIES AND BRUCE STRONG The Trade and Industry Minster Rob Davies will be addressing a press conference on day one of the Manufacturing Indaba

Metals fabricator hosts industry stakeholders

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Sheet metal fabricator Fabrinox welcomed manufacturing industry stakeholders to its Paarl premises for its 2016 Manufacturing Industry event, held last month. The open day included factory tours, exhibits by key Fabrinox suppliers and partners, and a presentation that was designed to inform and... 

Metals fabricator hosts  industry stakeholders
ANDRE VISSER The Fabrinox MD believes companies should form partnerships with associations and industry bodies as this ensures they are aware of advances and opportunities

Piping fabricators assist in Sasol projects

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 Pressure vessels and piping fabrication specialists and construction fabrication consortium Hydra Arc Group, is one of the subcontractors assisting with the construction of an air separation unit for energy and chemicals company Sasol. The project’s main contractor, multinational gas and services... 

Piping fabricators  assist in Sasol projects
D DAY Hydra Arc delivered preassembled plant modules to Sasol’s Secunda complex for the Coal Tar Filtration East project

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber

By: Nadine James     17th June 2016 The European Union Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Southern Africa (EUCCIISA) believes that the manufacturing sector and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) should prioritise less complex, labour-intensive production – as opposed to high-end, high-precision production –  to increase... 

Prioritise labour-intensive industries – EU Chamber
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DRIVING GROWTH? Industry stakeholders call for greater public-private engagement and warn against prioritizing high-end high-precision industries

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice  

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The successful installation of a R13-million ISO 3 cleanroom and BSL3 laboratory at national mineral research organisation Mintek was proof that the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) ongoing investment in national research projects was bearing fruit, said Science and Technology... 

Cleanroom ensures good manufacturing practice
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor on how Mintek plans to use its new R13-million cleanroom and laboratory

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Drying catalysts and resins manufacturer and exporter Metallica Chemicals aims to use this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify and understand the key drivers of growth in the manufacturing industry from industry leaders at the event, says Metallica Chemicals  MD Neville Naicker. He tells... 

Company to identify key growth drivers at Manufacturing Indaba
ADVANCED MANUFACTURING Metallica Chemicals aims to use knowledge gained at Manufacturing Indaba to improve its production processes

Cova Advisory & Associates

     19th June 2015 Established in 2012, incentive advisory firm Cova Advisory and Associates delivers tailored advice to clients who are looking to apply for government grants and incentives. The team, which has more than 60 years of cumulative experience in their fields, closely monitor the changing regulatory... 

Cova Advisory  & Associates

David Brown Gear Industries 

     19th June 2015 David Brown is an iconic engineering brand associated with the much-loved Aston Martin DB models of the 1950s and 1960s, as well as the David Brown tractor – the workhorse for the revolution in global agriculture. The company is also known for its role in World War Two as the supplier of gearing... 

David Brown Gear Industries

Embracing Industry 4.0 will boost local manufacturing

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 For South Africa to grow its manufacturing base, which currently  contributes between 12.5% and 14% of the overall gross domestic product, the manufacturing industry needs to be more competitive, says Deloitte Africa manufacturing industry leader Karthi Pillay. Pillay tells Engineering News that... 

Embracing Industry 4.0 will  boost local manufacturing
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SMART FACTORY Manufacturing is one of the sectors that can help grow South Africa’s economy

Enterprise development fund seeks high-growth manufacturers for R20m investment

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 Local banking firm First National Bank’s Vumela Enterprise Development Fund will be participating in this year’s Manufacturing Indaba to identify manufacturing companies with significant growth and job creation potential, with the aim of partnering with some of them to unlock growth with... 

Enterprise development fund seeks high-growth manufacturers for R20m investment
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JOB CREATION The FNB-run Vumela Enterprise Development Fund seeks to encourage the creation of jobs in the manufacturing sector

Export council guides manufacturing exporters

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 In support of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) drive to diversify and increase the base of South African exporters, the South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) – a nonprofit public–private partnership between South African business and the DTI – has embarked on a... 

Export council guides  manufacturing exporters
EXPORT AUDIENCE The South African Electrotechnical Export Council will facilitate the participation of emerging manufacturing exporters in a series of exhibitions this year

Local manufacturing needs to instil resource efficiency

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 South Africa’s manufacturing processes still need to be developed – especially in terms of resource efficiency – as the industry is still growing, says resource efficiency and cleaner production specialist the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) director Ndibhuho Raphulu.... 

Local manufacturing needs to instil resource efficiency
EFFICIENT MANUFACTURING PROCESSES The National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa will be exhibiting at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba

Low prices, cheap labour crippling textiles industry

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The reduced prices and quality of some clothing manufactured in South Africa is one of the biggest challenges facing the local textiles industry, as it affects companies that strive to produce quality clothing sold at market-related prices, says workwear manufacturer Siyasebenza Manufacturing... 

Low prices, cheap labour crippling textiles industry
MAKING CLOTHES Siyasebenza Manufacturing is prepared to attempt most workwear designs, especially if it is what clients need and if it is beneficial to the business

More high-level delegates expected at Manufacturing Indaba

By: Bruce Montiea     19th June 2015 The second yearly Manufacturing Indaba is expected to attract 350 high-level government and private-sector manufacturing delegates, compared with last year’s 240 delegates, says event organiser Siyenza Management. The Manufacturing Indaba, which is taking place from June 29 to 30 at Emperors... 

More high-level delegates expected at Manufacturing Indaba
GATHERING The Manufacturing Indaba will host 80 exhibitors that will showcase new manufacturing trends and the latest products and technologies

Ekurhuleni is well placed as a manufacturing hub

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 The Democratic Alliance caucus leader for the Ekurhuleni municipality councillor Eddie Taylor tells Engineering News that economic regions should build on their strengths and that an advantage for Ekurhuleni is its manufacturing base.  

Laser profiling company moves 
operations to Ekurhuleni

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Steel profiling and fabrication company Laser Cut Varios (LCV) operations director Donovan Richards is planning to move its operations to a new and larger factory premises in Alrode, in Ekurhuleni, within the next month. 

Local company buys out foreign directors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Precision grinding and chrome plating company SA Hard Chrome group (SAHC), comprising Ground Bar Industries (GBI), SA Induction Hardening and SA Hard Chrome, has undergone a share acquisition in which local directors have bought out foreign shareholders. 

Manufacturer replacing 
piping systems in eThekwini

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe manufactures DPI Plastics has a strong 20-year relationship with the eThekwini Municipality, which is using DPI Plastics’ newly launched product Gemini-Biax to replace some of Durban’s piping systems. 

New motorised pulleys for conveyors

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     9th October 2009 Conveyor equipment manufacturing company Melco, of Ekurhuleni, and its parent company Rulmeca, of Italy are supplying motorised pulleys for bulk materials handling belt conveyors. 

Bedfordview electricity upgrade under way

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 The planned R25-million upgrade of the underground cable network infrastructure of Bedfordview is under way, reports electrical engineering company CBI Electric Power Installations, part of the CBI Electric group. 

Capacity expansion to increase engineering companies’ capacity by 35%

By: Jonathan Faurie     10th October 2008 The capacity expansions at diversified electrical engineering companies CHI Control and Meissner, divisions of the Alstom Low Voltage group, will increase the two companies capacities by up to 35%, reports CHI Control business development manager Athol Hankey. 

Ekurhuleni urges SMME development

     10th October 2008 Until small businesses decide to robustly pursue the many programmes offered by both government organs and the private sector, the economic landscape of the Ekurhuleni region is likely to remain the same rather then improve. 

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