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Manufacturing News

2018 brings renewed optimism for South African stainless steel industry

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 This year may break the downward trend of reduced consumption in the South African stainless steel industry, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) director John Tarboton. He notes that stainless steel consumption dropped by about 5.6% in 2017, and that the industry... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2018 Investment in the manufacturing industry increased in the final quarter of 2017, reflecting a growing optimism and changing sentiment in the sector, the latest Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) has indicated. In the fourth quarter, the MCIT increased by five index points year-on-year... 

Investment tracker points to growing optimism in manufacturing sector
Photo by Creamer Media
Manufacturing Circle executive director Phillipa Rodseth

Process control manufacturer expands sales to South Africa

9th March 2018 Die-casting process control systems manufacturer Visi-Trak Worldwide has expanded its direct sales distribution to several countries, including South Africa, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Korea and to South-East Asia. The company explains that this expands upon its current network of... 

Domestic drugs manufacturing could benefit from increased local demand

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 The South Africa pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is “well positioned” to assist in contributing to the economy with an increase in local manufacturing, which needs to be driven by a decrease in importing drugs and consequent increase in local manufacturing, says local procurement lobby... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area 

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Steel supplier BBD steel, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has become steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s exclusive distributor of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM) for the area. BBD Steel supplies ASSM products to car manufacturers that are located in the Rosslyn area. BBD... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area
BBD Steel MD Monika Pretorious and business development director Gwen Mahuma discuss the importance of ASSM steel and how BBD Steel started. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma  

8th March 2018 Concrete products machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa has designed, what it calls, the “world’s best” concrete-product manufacturing machine, which it will debut at this year’s bauma CONEXPO AFRICA. 

World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma
World-class Ultra 3000 machine to debut at bauma

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom

By: Terence Creamer     6th March 2018 South African steel and aluminium firms remain watchful and uncertain about the effects that a proposed increased US trade protection will have. However, the companies also indicate that they will seek to mitigate the risk through export diversification, as well as a continued focus on markets... 

South African steel, aluminum firms watchful, but not overly anxious, as US tariff hikes loom
US President Donald Trump

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

Mondi FY17 profit rises 4% to €1bn

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 Packaging giant Mondi on Friday reported a 4% year-on-year increase in underlying operating profit to €1.01-billion for the year ended December 31, benefitting from good demand and higher average selling prices across most of its businesses. "Our continuous drive for operational performance... 

Jabu Moleketi succeeds Nelson as PPC chairperson

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Peter Nelson has resigned as chairperson and nonexecutive director of cement manufacturer PPC, effective March 2. Former Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi has been appointed to succeed Nelson as chairperson. 

Davies welcomes Whirlpool’s R100m investment

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has congratulated appliance manufacturer Whirlpool South Africa on its R100-million investment in a new manufacturing line that is expected to create about 100 jobs. The investment in the company’s plant, located in the Isithebe Industrial Park near... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Drive specialist launches new product at event
NORMAN MALEKA Our aim is to offer complete solutions, as opposed to simply being a component supplier

Ergonomic and user-friendly products on display at expo

By: Melissa Zisengwe     2nd March 2018 In its third participation at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA, machinery and tools manufacturer, Husqvarna South Africa (SA) will exhibit ergonomic and user-friendly products designed for high productivity and consumer satisfaction. 

Ergonomic and user-friendly  products on display at expo
NEW PRODUCT Husqvarna will be introducing a hassle-free, safe and efficient way to manage concrete, dust and slurry

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

By: Dylan Slater     2nd March 2018 Prior to the Valentine’s Day resignation of now former President Jacob Zuma, popular industry sentiment pointed towards a better year in terms of manufacturing and gross domestic product (GDP) on the back of a recovering commodities market.  

Long-suffering SA manufacturing sector  hoping to reap Ramaphosa dividend

The Lion Match Company’s extra-long match epitomises its growth push

By: Shirley le Guern     2nd March 2018 The Lion Match Company, which is making massive inroads into the local fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) space, has begun 2018 with the roll out of a new extra-long safety match. This, according to executive chairman, Gora Abdoola, forms part of a progressive strategy of innovation, acquisition... 

Don't be mesmerised by manufacturing, warns Harvard expert

By: Kim Cloete     1st March 2018 Most jobs in the South African economy are likely to be created in the services sector, in line with global trends away from manufacturing, says Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Trade and Investment Professor Robert Lawrence. “Don't be mesmerised by manufacturing and... 

Alaris posts promising interim results; focuses on organic growth, US opportunities

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2018 AltX-listed specialist antenna firm Alaris Holdings has posted a 67% year-on-year increase in profit after tax to R21.6-million for the six months ended December 31. Revenue increased by 21% to R102.6-million, headline earnings a share from continuing operations increased by 125% to 18.62c and... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has incorporated virtual reality (VR) technology into the apprenticeship and training programmes at its Vanderbiljpark plant. The VR training solution, which has been operational since December last year, is currently used to determine... 

Working-at-height training programme incorporates VR tech
SAFETY FIRST The virtual reality technology allows for practical application without placing trainees at risk

Solar systems company dismisses takeover rumour

By: Dylan Slater     23rd February 2018 Solar photovoltaic (PV) mounting systems company Schletter South Africa is seeing positive growth in line with industry developments, with high hopes of renewed interest and demand in 2018.  

A major local aerospace industry development initiative is coming back to life

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd February 2018 The Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is being revitalised after spending some years in the doldrums. The initiative dates back to 2006 and was formally opened in 2008, but to date has only had one tenant, local aeronautics enterprise... 

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

By: Nadine James     23rd February 2018 Aim-listed miner Bushveld Minerals’ 84%-owned energy subsidiary Bushveld Energy will be commissioning its first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) for testing by State-owned power utility Eskom in May, says Bushveld Energy CEO Mikhail Nikomarov. 

South Africa to pilot first utility-scale vanadium redox flow battery

Transnet delivering on its Africa strategy

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd February 2018 State-owned Transnet's Diaspora Infrastructure Development Group (DIDG) Consortium on Wednesday delivered rolling stock to the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to strengthen regional integration, trade and the recapitalisation of the Zimbabwean railway programme. This transaction between a... 

Energy policy certainty needed to bolster manufacturing growth in Africa

By: Anine Kilian     21st February 2018 More policy certainty is required to support energy projects and to build a strong manufacturing sector in Africa, says engineering and infrastructure advisory group Aurecon African market energy director Elekanyani Ndlovu. Speaking as part of a panel discussion at the Africa Energy Indaba on... 

Slow start to year to impact on Tiger Brands’ FY18 performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st February 2018 JSE-listed Tiger Brands’ shares fell by 9% on Wednesday morning after the company announced that its revenue for the four months to January 31 had decreased by 5% year-on-year, driven by price deflation of 1% and volume declines of 4%. In a voluntary trading update to the market, the company... 

Tribunal conditionally approves Timrite’s acquisition of mining support bag manufacturer

21st February 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, mining support product supplier Timrite’s acquisition of Tufbag’s Mining Bag division. Tufbag’s Mining Bag division and Timrite design and manufacture polypropylene-based mining support (PBMS) bags.   Concerns were raised by the Competition... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th February 2018 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) on Friday not only launched its standalone business at its manufacturing plant in Struandale, Port Elizabeth – apart from the General Motors brand, following the latter’s exit from South Africa last year –  but also showcased its new bakkie-derived sports utility... 

Isuzu launches standalone South African business, new mu-X utility vehicle
Isuzu mu-X

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions 

By: Terence Creamer     16th February 2018 The global head of GE Power says the group anticipates that South Africa’s future electricity mix will incorporate higher contributions from wind and solar and that its South African unit, which currently has a strong coal focus, will “pivot and adjust” its skills and localisation strategies... 

GE Power expects to build a renewables ‘ecosystem’ in South Africa as electricity mix transitions
GE Power president and CEO Russell Stokes

Sasol Chemicals completes alumina capacity expansion project in Germany

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2018 Sasol Chemicals' inorganics and catalyst division has completed a 15 000 t/y expansion of alumina capacity at its  Brunsbuettel site, in Germany, enabling the company to meet growing global demand. The expansion involved debottlenecking the alumina slurry feed capacity by installing an additional... 

Trade conditions remain strong – Sacci

By: Dylan Slater     13th February 2018 With general business confidence at its highest level in two-and-a-half years, trade expectations have maintained an improved level going into this year, the South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.  

KAP gears up for growth, announces solid interim results

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2018 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings has raised R2-billion through the issuance of three- to five-year bond tenures to fund its future growth, the firm stated in its six-month interim results for the period ended December 31. The group on Monday reported that its revenue from... 

SARB to launch commemorative banknotes in honour of Nelson Mandela's centenary

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) will this year launch a set of commemorative South African banknotes, which will cover all denominations - R10, R20, R50, R100 and R200 - in honour of what would have been Nelson Mandela's centenary. The South African Mint, a subsidiary of the SARB, will... 

SARB to launch commemorative banknotes in honour of Nelson Mandela's centenary
Photo by Duane Daws
Current commemorative South African banknotes

Entries for Seifsa Awards for Excellence now open

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has invited manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2018 Seifsa Awards for Excellence. Entries are open to all companies in the sector, including those which are not... 

Portuguese association says MoU with South African tooling bodies beneficial to both countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th February 2018 With an 85% export rate in the past year from its member companies in Portugal, Portuguese mouldmaking association Cefamol secretary-general Manuel Oliveira says the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with South Africa’s National Toolmaking Initiative Programme (NTIP) and Tooling... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0, says Paramount head

By: Dylan Slater     9th February 2018 Africa is not alone in its unpreparedness for shifting into the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, but it has the potential to gain the most out of such a development by finding new ways of manufacturing, says aerospace and defence company Paramount group executive chairperson Ivor... 

Continent has potential to gain the most from Industry 4.0,  says Paramount head
MADE IN SOUTH AFRICA Paramount Group’s Mwari aircraft is a testament of digital technology at work as it is designed entirely in a digital format, thereby enabling for a jigless construction

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The latest preliminary production data for the metals and engineering sector, released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday, reflected a slowdown in production in December, despite a 2% increase in the broader manufacturing production during the same period, Steel and Engineering... 

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

Richards Bay zone woos investors at Cape Town's Mining Indaba

By: African News Agency      8th February 2018 The Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) went on a charm offensive at the Mining Indaba held in Cape Town to woo local and international investors seeking export and import opportunities in KwaZulu-Natal province. RBIDZ acting manager for business development and support, Mzamo... 

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