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Manufacturing News

ARB lifts FY profit, despite flat revenue

By: Anine Kilian     18th August 2017 JSE-listed ARB Holdings has maintained its revenue at R2.5-billion for the year ended June 30, while gross profit rose 8.4% year-on-year, owing to disciplined trading practices. The company on Friday said its electrical division's revenue remained constrained as a result of the limited government... 

Advanced wear technology stands to set new benchmark

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Following the successful introduction of its locally manufactured zirconia-enhanced alumina ceramic products for wear protection applications in South Africa, industrial lining and materials handling solutions provider Groupline Projects is exploring options to expand the availability of the... 

Advanced wear technology stands to set new benchmark
ENHANCED PROTECTION Zirconia-enhanced alumina offers superior mechanical strength, abrasion resistance and fracture toughness in wear linings protecting components such as inlet heads

Asian giant proceeds with latest nuclear expansion project with Russia

By: Keith Campbell     18th August 2017 The ASE Group of Companies, a subsidiary of Russia’s State-owned Rosatom nuclear energy group, has announced that key contracts for Stage III of India’s Kudankulam nuclear power plant (NPP) had been signed on the last day of July. The contracts cover priority design work, and working design and... 

Attention to detail crucial for conveyor belts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Stringent adherence to safety protocols and a fit-for-purpose design are important factors governing the successful use of conveyor belts to increase production rates in mining, say industrial rubber products manufacturer Dunlop Industrial Products product managers Paul Nel and Dave Pitcher.  

Attention to  detail crucial for conveyor belts
SAFETY FIRST It is imperative that a risk assessment be performed prior to working on conveyors and that all operators are educated on the learning points identified

Biofuels company launches franchise solution

     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based biofuel company Biogreen Diesel will start franchising its ‘Biodiesel & Research model’, to aid in the expansion of the industry and simultaneously increase awareness of biofuels in the region. The company, having made the announcement in June on its website, says it felt it had... 

Biofuels company launches franchise solution
Photo by Bloomberg
GREASY GOODNESS Biogreen Diesel uses a locally developed jet reactor, to convert waste oil into an environment-friendly fuel that can be blended with, or substituted for, diesel

Comprehensive service support adds value to forklifts

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) is ensuring that the value-add on its range of imported forklifts meets customer requirements while balancing performance and cost to help companies manage the economic challenges. 

Comprehensive  service support adds value to forklifts
FIT FOR PURPOSE Kipor forklifts were supplied to Icon Bricks with additional filtration systems to protect the engines from fine dust particles

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Increased automation in the South African manufacturing sector could aggravate the country’s unemployment rate if supply chain management education and skills training initiatives are not prioritised, says supply chain and logistics consultancy Industrial Logistic Systems (ILS) chairperson Martin... 

Education and training imperative for modern supply chain management
FUTURE-FOCUSED Companies are increasingly upgrading their manufacturing facilities to streamline operations and remove constraints through automation

Materials handling still a key focus for businesses

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Even in times of slow economic growth and uncertainty, business continues, with materials handling remaining a crucial operation for companies, especially those operating in the e-commerce, food and beverage and distribution sectors, says global internal logistics products and services supplier... 

Materials handling still a key focus for businesses
ADDING VALUE Businesses are investing in upgrading existing materials handling equipment and eliminating problem areas to maximise efficiency

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 With the Internet of Things driving large-scale automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies, drive engineering company SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa national sales manager Norman Maleka believes that materials handling systems will become increasingly integral for improving... 

Modern materials handling systems support operational improvements
NORMAN MALEKA Technologies like SEW-EURODRIVE’s MOVITRANS are paving the way to the fully integrated and automated future of materials handling

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Krugerrand demand resurgence anticipated to result in record sales  

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2017 Increased demand for gold has supported sales of the gold bullion Krugerrands and this year is predicted to yield the highest sales since the 1980s, with an expected 15% to 20% increase on the 1.1-million ounces of the coins sold in 2016. This is according to precious metal smelting and refining... 

Krugerrand demand resurgence anticipated to result in record sales
Rand Refinery marketing executive head Richard Collocott discusses the significance of the fiftieth anniversary of the launch of the gold bullion Krugerrand

Manufacturing sector slows Q2 spending, Q3 outlook more promising

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th August 2017 While the manufacturing sector slowed its overall investment during the second quarter of the year, there are indications of a recovery in the third quarter, new data released by the Manufacturing Circle suggests. The latest Manufacturing Composite Investment Tracker (MCIT) shows continued –... 

Manufacturing sector slows Q2 spending, Q3 outlook more promising
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Manufacturing Circle chairperson Andre de Ruyter

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 Trade union Solidarity has confirmed receipt of a Section 189A retrenchment notice from steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) and has indicated that it will enter negotiations with the company to ensure alternatives to retrenchments are considered. On Tuesday, AMSA announced that it... 

Solidarity warns of ‘major impact’ should AMSA proceed with job cuts

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th August 2017 There is favourable demand for vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs), particularly in the utility and offgrid, as well as minigrid markets, with demand to peak in 2025 to 2030. This is according to recently concluded market studies, commissioned by Aim-listed Bushveld Minerals’ energy subsidiary... 

Bushveld Energy, IDC studies indicate favourable vanadium battery, electrolyte demand
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Bushveld Minerals CEO Fortune Mojapelo

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2017 The Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) will approach the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) before the end of September with a proposal for structural changes to Eskom’s tariff for large power users by removing existing cross-subsidies to assist businesses whose future... 

Electricity intensive firms to approach Nersa for new job-saving tariff deal
EIUG chairperson Dr Tsakani Mthombeni

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan

By: Terence Creamer     15th August 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) announced on Tuesday that it had initiated consultations with employees regarding its proposed business-restructuring programme, which could result in job losses. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that it was premature to provide an estimate as... 

AMSA initiates retrenchment talks as it pushes ahead with restructuring plan
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AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

KAP advances acquisition strategy; reports good FY17 results

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2017 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings’ acquisition of high-density polyethylene and polypropylene manufacturer Safripol, logistics firm Lucerne Transport and a 51.4% interest in logistics firm Xinergistix during the 2017 financial year, provides the company with further... 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products 

By: Terence Creamer     14th August 2017 Highveld Steel, which recently reopened its heavy structural mill in Mpumalanga despite still being in business rescue, has welcomed the institution of 10% import-duty protection on certain heavy steel sections and shapes. However, CEO Johan Burger tells Engineering News Online that Highveld... 

Highveld to pursue safeguard protection on heavy structural steel products
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Highveld's recently reopened structural mill

Safeguard duties on hot-rolled steel coil and plate officially come into force

By: Terence Creamer     11th August 2017 Safeguard duties of 12% have been officially placed on hot-rolled coil (HRC) and plate entering South Africa following publication of the August 11 Government Gazette, which amends schedule two of the Customs and Excise Act. The safeguard duties have been signed by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba... 

Safeguard duties on hot-rolled steel coil and plate officially come into force

Company ships dryers and convection oven

     11th August 2017 Global manufacturer of thermal-processing equipment Thermal Product Solutions has shipped two Gruenberg dryers to a prominent diesel engine manufacturer. The drying ovens – whose shipment was announced in March – will be used to dry diesel particulate filters after they are washed during the... 

Company ships dryers and convection oven
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FUELLING INDUSTRIES Two Gruenberg drying ovens will be used by a prominent diesel engine manufacturer to dry diesel particulate filters

Creative farming methods ensure sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Amid extreme weather, regulatory barriers and import competition, South African farmers need to think creatively about farming practices – not only to reduce costs but also preserve an environment that is struggling under the pressures of a growing global population, says agriculture... 

Creative farming methods  ensure sustainability
PLANT PROTECTION Haygrove’s multispan polytunnel structure provides a controlled environment for the aquaponic and hydroponic systems

Equipment drives farming sustainability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Forward-thinking livestock farmers who are willing to embrace the use of new equipment in their operations will forge a way forward amid the economic and ecological hardships facing South Africa’s agricultural industry, says Johannesburg-based industrial equipment provider Vermeer Equipment... 

Equipment drives  farming sustainability
BETTER FEED The Vermeer R2300 basket rake ensures a cleaner forage, increasing the production value of dairy and beef cattle

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are taking strain, as with many other industries, owing to financial difficulties amid the current economic climate, says furnaces and kilns manufacturer Van Tuyls director and owner Richard McCullough. McCullough indicates that the number of manufacturers in the... 

Furnaces and kilns manufacturers are feeling the heat
UNDER PRESSURE Manufacturers of furnaces and kilns are are changing their products and diversifying into new markets both locally and internationally

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap
KLINGER TRAINING ACADEMY The trainees have access to a fully equipped workshop, and gain both practical and theoretical knowledge

Merger completed in thermal application sector

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2017 Export-oriented engineering company Loesche Group has completed the merger of its combustion systems and drying systems businesses into one central location. Completed in April, the group has built a team of specialists to manage the merger accordingly, as all technical details, drawings,... 

Merger completed in thermal application sector
BRINGING THE HEAT The new subsidiary will allow for consultation on and engineering of thermal application systems to client requirements

Phase 1 of aquarium resealing project completed

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Speciality chemicals manufacturer a.b.e. Construction Chemicals supplied a range of products for the resealing of the waterproofing system of two Cape Town Two Oceans Aquarium tanks between January and March this year. The Two Oceans Aquarium – located at the V&A Waterfront – is resealing its... 

Phase 1 of aquarium  resealing project completed
WATER TIGHT The project, which included waterproofing the Kelp and Predator tanks, also involved applying new waterproofing to the aquarium’s public and service areas

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Rust-prevention  sealing system ideal for corrosive environments
MULTIPURPOSE PRODUCT Rust-Anode is perfect for applications where an anti-corrosion seal would be beneficial

Small farms an economical option in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 While many medium-sized farms have been unable to weather the challenges facing the South African agricultural industry and have consequently been absorbed by larger commercial farms, smaller farmers are proving that it is possible to generate a sustainable income from a modest operation through... 

Small farms an economical option in South Africa
MAXIMUM BENEFIT Hinomoto’s small-scale tractors ensure that farmland is used in the most efficient way possible, maximising yield sizes

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy

By: Robyn Wilkinson     11th August 2017 Supported by the Western Cape government’s strategic initiatives to help farmers grow their crops – and their market share – the province’s official tourism, trade and investment agency Wesgro has successfully committed investments in the Western Cape agricultural sector of R1.56-billion over the... 

Western Cape’s agricultural growth to drive economy
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UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT The Western Cape plays a key role in South Africa’s agricultural sector, with a unique rainfall pattern allowing for a mixture of agricultural activities

Manufacturing output down 2.3% y/y in June

By: Reuters     10th August 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output fell 2.3% year-on-year in June after contracting by a revised 0.9% in May, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would contract by 2.5% year-on-year in June. 

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car 

By: Reuters     7th August 2017 Producers of processed lithium – an essential element for batteries used in electric cars – are agreeing long-term contracts with their customers to fund the investments needed to address a looming shortfall. Demand for battery-grade lithium compounds is expected to skyrocket in the next decades... 

Lithium processors prepare to meet demand in era of electric car

Job-shedding in the thousands cause for alarm – Seifsa

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th August 2017 The loss of 25 000 jobs in the metals and engineering sector during the three-year period from July 2014 to June 2017 necessitates that a workable solution be found to halt the “jobs bloodbath”, says the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa). With a first-quarter... 

Digital transformation may offer remedy to SA’s manufacturing ailments

By: David Oliveira     4th August 2017 According to the Deloitte Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Survey for 2016, South Africa is ranked 27, slipping three places since 2013, and is expected to drop even further in the next five to ten years. “The rising cost of production combined with muted investments in technology are making... 

First delivery of locomotives expected in Q4

By: Simone Liedtke     4th August 2017 Rail technology provider Bombardier Transportation (BT) will hand over the first of 240 Bombardier Traxx Africa locomotives to State-owned freight utility Transnet, during the fourth quarter of this year. 

Forum to address rail maintenance and rehabilitation

     4th August 2017 A delegation of international rail maintenance and rehabilitation professionals, together with an “unbeatable” line-up of thought leaders in Africa’s transport sector will be in Durban, South Africa in October to address challenges faced by the rail fraternity in Africa. 

Rail is the future of Africa’s industrialisation

     4th August 2017 Rail infrastructure upgrades remain a core focus of the ongoing industrialisation of Africa, where the transportation of goods and commodities is often difficult and costly, owing to underinvestment in rail infrastructure, says multinational power and engine manufacturer and distributor Cummins. 

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