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Manufacturing News

Sappi to build xylitol, furfural production demo plant

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th July 2018 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has decided to build a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex technology for the production of xylitol and furfural. The plant, which will become operational in early 2019, will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant... 

Company to expand channel blowers range

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Sandton-based side-channel blower supplier CR Elec plans to expand on its offerings, which will complement its existing Sirocco brand. A side-channel blower can generate significantly higher pressures than industrial fans, and is also known as a vacuum pump or vacuum compressor. The side-channel... 

Company to expand channel blowers range
BLOWING AWAY COMPETITION Side-channel blowers across the range will maximise offerings

Compressed air dryer freezing the costs of energy consumption

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Compressed-air treatment suppliers Artic Driers International, also the Southern Africa distributor of global manufacturer SPX Flow Busan products, has introduced a new approach in compressed-air drying South Africa through the Phase Change Material (PCM) compressed-air dryer. “The constant need... 

Compressed air dryer freezing the costs of energy consumption
COOLER CUTTING COSTS The SPX Flow Busan compressed-air dryer is now available in South Africa

High-speed dry vacuum pumps series launched

13th July 2018 Vacuum device manufacturer ULVAC has launched its LS vacuum series – a range of dry vacuum pumps with high pumping speeds and low power consumption. Dry vacuum pumps are used in many production lines, including those for electronic parts and displays, for reasons including low power consumption.... 

High-speed dry vacuum  pumps series launched
SHORTER DOWNTIMES The LS Vacuum pump series shortens downtime with higher speeds

Vacuum systems leak detection a first for Southern Africa

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 South African pump distributor Integrated Pump Technology has added on-site vacuum leak detection of vacuum systems to complement its existing service offering of design, supply, service and repairs of vacuum pumps and systems. Making use of the recently launched Leybold Phoenix Quadro portable... 

Magnets driving energy saving

By: Halima Frost     13th July 2018 Over the past 18 months, Durban-based compressor original-equipment manufacturer Airstream Compressors has supplied 15 rotary-screw air compressor (SCR) permanent magnet (PM) driven compressors across South Africa, saving clients between 30% and 40% on energy costs. Airstream Compressors has... 

Magnets driving energy saving
ALL IN ONE SOLUTION The SCR PM Compressor offers energy saving and a sleek design

New measuring instrument launched

13th July 2018 Last month, measurement technology specialist WIKA launched the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, which is the first handheld instrument from WIKA that records measured values of up to 10 000 bar. With the CPH7000 portable process calibrator, high-pressure measuring instruments can now also be... 

New measuring instrument launched
PORTABLE PROCESS CALIBRATION High-pressure measuring instruments can now also be tested in the field

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town

By: Kim Cloete     12th July 2018 Prompted by a growing customer base in the Western Cape, Panasonic South Africa has launched its new South African headquarters in Century City, in Cape Town. “We are excited about our new headquarters. We decided to move to the Western Cape because of the growth in our customer base in this... 

Panasonic launches its new headquarters in Cape Town
Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi and Panasonic South Africa MD Hidetoshi Kaneko

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

By: Reuters     12th July 2018 South Africa's manufacturing output rose again in May after a disappointing first quarter as production of motor vehicles and durable consumer goods increased, offering hope the economy will avoid slipping into recession. The continent's most industrialised economy suffered its worst quarterly... 

Manufacturing output tempers recession fears

Agni Steel South Africa’s expansion approved

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism has authorised the phase 2 and 3 expansion of steel recycling and processing company Agni Steel South Africa. Agni Steel’s plant is located in Zone 6 of the Coega Special Economic Zone. 

South African CEOs’ optimism waning – index

By: Nadine James     6th July 2018 The Merchantec CEO Confidence Index (MCCI), compiled by corporate finance and research and business advisory company Merchantec Capital, recorded a 20.9% decrease in CEOs’ confidence between the first and second quarters of this year –  a downward spike following the increase in optimism between... 

Cheap valve imports taking over the local market

By: Donald Makhafola     6th July 2018 Amid ageing water infrastructure, the South African Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Association (Savama) laments the substantially cheaper and poor-quality Chinese valves and associated products that find their way onto the local market. “In the current market, we find that price supersedes... 

26.8% of all cigarettes in South Africa sold under taxable minimum, study finds 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th July 2018 According to a study by independent market researcher Ipsos, 26.8% of all cigarettes in South Africa are sold under the R17.85 minimum, which is payable at excise duty and value-added tax (VAT). It is the responsibility of cigarette manufacturers, the company that owns the trademarks, to pay the... 

26.8% of all cigarettes in South Africa sold under taxable minimum, study finds

Mintek, Difeme partner to beneficiate quartz mined in the Northern Cape

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Minerals beneficiator Mintek has partnered with Difeme Holdings Group on the development of appropriate process technologies to beneficiate quartz. Mintek will provide technical services to Difeme – a black-owned mining start-up company with a focus on the mining and beneficiation of quartz to a... 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry 

5th July 2018 To ensure South Africa has the skills required for advanced manufacturing, industry needs to invest in high-end skills, according to National Tooling Initiative Programme CEO Dirk van Dyk. Anine Kilian has the story. 

Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry
Skills investment needed to sustain manufacturing industry

New 3M CEO seeks to develop or buy way to higher growth

By: Reuters     3rd July 2018 The new chief executive of 3M Co is looking at both buying companies and selling underperforming units while investing in developing the next blockbuster product in a bid to drive faster growth at the industrials group that makes products ranging from adhesive tape to air filters. "We're looking... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2018 India-based automotive component manufacturer KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa plans to add 1 000 people to its 900-strong work force in the next eight years. The company has a major contract with the Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) for the Ford Ranger, and... 

KLT’s community partnerships in South Africa recipe for meeting global production standard

Decrease in June PMI a ‘cause for concern’ – Seifsa

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is concerned about the general dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector as reflected in the composite Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which was released on Monday. Seifsa economist... 

Manufacturing recovery hopes dampened as Absa PMI declines further 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research, fell further below the neutral 50-point mark in June, shedding 1.9 points to 47.9 points. This compares with 49.8 points in May and is the lowest level since March, when the PMI measured... 

Veolia's new South African chemical production facility offers improved cost competitiveness

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2018 The new 6 600 m2 chemical production facility of multinational Veolia Water Technologies South Africa, which opened in Pomona, Kempton Park, on Thursday, is the main blending facility for the company’s local operations, and is also set to export to Veolia’s clients throughout Africa, owing to its... 

Local company diversifies its product offering

By: Melissa Zisengwe     29th June 2018 Following the slump in the mining industry, hose manufacturer Astore Keymak has diversified its range of hoses for application in the industrial and agriculture sector. “The company has always specialised in the manufacturing of polyvinylchloride (PVC) hose products, mainly for the mining... 

Local company diversifies its product offering
NEW OFFERING Dragline hose can be manufactured to a custom length

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year

By: Halima Frost     29th June 2018 Building on record attendance of more than 2 280 visitors to Africa's leading transport, materials handling, logistics and fleet management event the TruckX Conference and Expo (TruckX) at the Kyalami grand prix circuit, in Midrand, last year, TruckX 2018 hopes to increase this year’s attendance... 

Expo aims for 50% more visitors this year
BIGGER SPACE EQUALS BIGGER VISIBILITY The capacity for larger outdoor stands is seen in Sasol’s TruckX 2017 stand

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson  

By: Nadine James     28th June 2018 South Africa must create ecosystems that foster entrepreneurial activity and multistakeholder collaboration, while furthering innovation and education in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (Stem) fields, if it is going to benefit from opportunities that result from the Fourth... 

Entrepreneurial spirit, collaboration, education needed to advance Fourth Industrial Revolution – WEF chairperson
Photo by Dylan Slater
World Economic Forum executive chairperson Professor Klaus Schwab

IDC denies politically connected elite has ‘hijacked’ black industrialist scheme

By: Terence Creamer     22nd June 2018 South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) has defended the integrity of the credit approval processes for its flagship Black Industrialist Programme and has given the assurance that the scheme has not been captured by individuals with connections to the governing African National... 

IDC denies politically connected elite has ‘hijacked’ black industrialist scheme
Photo by Creamer Media
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel has promised that the IDC will release the names of beneficiaries

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry
Photo by Bloomberg
MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel nuts, bolts and fasteners supplier Fastenright has been forced to increase the selling prices of its stainless steel fasteners, a detrimental consequence of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) changing import duties, Fastenright MD Rainer... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers
IMPORT BUSINESS Fastenright imports its stainless steel fasteners from approved suppliers, mainly the Far East, specifically China and Taiwan; and Europe

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector

By: Nadine James     21st June 2018 Chromium carbide (CrC) wear solutions provider Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine has identified a gap in the mining sector in the form of a lack of local beneficiation in the second-tier supply chain in the South African mining industry, and has commissioned academic research to establish how the country... 

Rio-Carb commissions academic research into the future of South Africa’s mining sector
Rio-Carb MD Martin Maine

Cost competitiveness key for a thriving energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The number of power projects across Africa and South Africa has grown in the last few years and has given rise to many opportunities, but also challenges, Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies executive director Saul Levin said on Wednesday. Speaking at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

There is hope for South Africa’s manufacturing sector – October

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 South Africa has the potential to revive, remould and expand its manufacturing sector through partnerships between industry and government, Department of Trade and Industry deputy director general Lionel October said on Wednesday. Addressing delegates at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, he... 

There is hope for South Africa’s manufacturing sector – October
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DTI deputy director general Lionel October

Momentum in local procurement can bolster South African SMME growth

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2018 While small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa do not contribute the equivalent proportion to employment or gross domestic product as those in developed countries, there are various initiatives that are helping to draw SMMEs into the formal sector and into larger supply... 

Sephaku warns of lower FY earnings

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Sephaku Holdings on Wednesday advised shareholders that the company earnings for the 2018 financial year, ended March 31, are expected to be between 32% and 40% lower than the R68-million reported for 2017 financial year. Sephaku attributed the decrease in earnings to poor performances from its... 

S African automotive sector encouraged to embrace Fourth Industrial Revolution

By: Anine Kilian     20th June 2018 The automotive industry is undergoing tremendous transformation and change and there are various challenges that need to be addressed within South Africa’s automotive industry, African Innovators director Sherrie Donaldson said at the Manufacturing Indaba, in Sandton, on Wednesday. Speaking as... 

Emission abatement technology could drive industrialisation – EPCM Global

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 South African firm EPCM Global Engineering has partnered with Luxembourg-based Carbon Process & Plant Engineering (CPPE) to bring its emissions abatement technology to Africa, in a move that could spur industrialisation, says EPCM Global CEO Tumi Kgomo. He explains that the technology, which was... 

Mining, manufacturing sectors urged to focus on local content

By: Anine Kilian     19th June 2018 There is a close relationship between mining and manufacturing, especially in terms of the equipment that is manufactured and supplied to the mining industry, Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth said at the Manufacturing Indaba, on Tuesday. Speaking during a panel session on... 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark

By: Terence Creamer     19th June 2018 Global management consulting firm AT Kearney has officially launched the South African version of its internationally recognised ‘Factory of the Year’ competition and is urging domestic manufacturers to enter ahead of the August 20 deadline for submissions. AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo... 

Inaugural Factory of the Year competition to include future-proofing benchmark
AT Kearney partner and Africa MD Theo Sibiya

Company hits 500 mark in sales

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 Over the past 23 years, industrial services company The Dickinson Group has sold more than 500 specialised stud welding machines, says company refractory anchor division manager Miles Simpson. The machines were provided by Germany-based welding machine suppliers Soyer and UK-based welding... 

Company hits 500  mark in sales
MULTIFUNCTIONAL STUD WELDER A Soyer BMH-22i characterised by its invariably high welding capacity.

Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Improved quality and  productivity reduce  production costs
MULTIPURPOSE PIPE WELDING SOLUTION Miller Electric’s PipeWorx process improves quality and productivity
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