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Manufacturing News

Vibration monitoring 
device launched 

By: Petronel Smit     9th October 2009 Vibration-monitoring solutions provider IQ Instruments has designed and manufactured the only two-wire loop-powered 4-20 MA vibration-monitoring device for critical machinery in South Africa, the model 2400 vibration transmitter. 

Preparing local manufacturing market for nuclear 
roll-out

By: Carla Thomaz     9th October 2009 In anticipation of an immanent announcement from government on its planned nuclear programme rollout, the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa (Niasa) is alerting the local manufacturing market to the opportunities within the nuclear industry. 

SA manufacturing output continues to slide

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th October 2009 South Africa was unlikely to see a straight V-shaped economic recovery, an economist said on Thursday, after the country’s manufacturing output contracted by 15% year-on-year in August, reversing the small improvement registered in July, when output contracted by 13,7%. This was, however, still... 

SA, Chinese groups mull ‘catalytic' Gauteng transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     25th September 2009 A R30-million import-substitution investment aimed at producing continuously transposed conductor (CTC) - a copper-based wire component used increasingly in the production of modern electricity transformers - is on the cards for Gauteng, following the signing of an agreement between a South... 

Fabricator confident its expansion will be vindicated, 
despite recession ructions

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 Steel structure fabricator DSE, part of construction group Grinaker-LTA, has reported that it has managed to secure 50% of its order book for the next three years, despite the current economic downturn. 

Research should have an eye to commercialisation

By: Darren Parker     25th September 2009 The absence of innovation spells certain death for industry, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said at the opening of the 2009 Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) annual symposium, in Midrand, last week. 

Product labelling rife with potential pitfalls for manufacturers

By: Leandi Kolver     25th September 2009 Labels on all South African-manufactured products will soon have to be changed; particularly those carrying warnings and instructions to consumers. 

Infrastructure funding uncertainties need to be removed – Actom 

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2009 Infrastructure funding uncertainties needed to be removed to ensure job security and the sustainability of local manufacturing capacity, Actom MD Mark Wilson said on Tuesday. Speaking to Engineering News Online at the change of name of Alstom Electrical Industries to Actom, Wilson said that... 

Competitive advantage of SA's labour force rests in quality, skill - Deputy Minister

By: Darren Parker     14th September 2009 Unlike countries like China and India, South Africa does not have the "luxury" of cheap labour, and to counter this, the competitive advantage of South Africa's labour force must rest in its quality, efficiency and skill, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom said on Monday.... 

Smaller manufacturing contraction may signal worst is over – analyst  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     10th September 2009 A smaller contraction in July’s manufacturing output could point towards the start of a recovery for the South African economy, but any recovery would still be slow, economists highlighted on Thursday. July’s manufacturing output was down by 13,7% year-on-year, an improvement on June’s 17,1%... 

Rolfes sees FY earnings falling 58% to 68%

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd September 2009 JSE-listed manufacturing and technology company Rolfes expects its earnings a share (EPS) and headline earnings a share (HEPS) for the 2009 financial year to be between 58% and 68% lower than those of the year before. This was mainly as a result of losses incurred by its chemicals division,... 

Power Matla buys 20% stake in Powertech Transformers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st September 2009 Powertech Transformers, a subsidiary of electrical engineering firm Powertech and the JSE-listed Allied Technologies Group, has expanded its empowerment shareholding, with Power Matla taking a 20% equity stake in the combined Powertech Transformers and Desta Power Matla (DPM) operations. Power... 

SA’s manufacturing sector ‘on track’ to join global rebound

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st September 2009 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) improved to 39,3 index points in August, up from the 37,3 points registered in July, while South Africa’s manufacturing sector could now be “on track” to join the rebound in global manufacturing. Output volume indicators had shown... 

AMTS symposium to showcase research and technological advances

By: Darren Parker     28th August 2009 The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS) Implementation Unit (IU) will be hosting the AMTS 2009 Project Symposium from September 14 to September 15, in Johannesburg, which will showcase the new collaborations that have resulted since last year’s event. 

Gear maker establishes service centre in response to growing demand 

By: Leandi Kolver     21st August 2009 Gear manufacturer David Brown Gear Industries has extended its capabilities by adding an in-house gear service centre at its premises in Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

SKF opens R9m factory in Joburg

By: Leandi Kolver     7th August 2009 Integrated technology solutions provider SKF South Africa has launched the SKF Solutions Factory Africa.

The company has invested R9-million in infrastructure, equipment, people and business processes to establish the factory. 

SA's July PMI falls, lacks global trading partners' performance

By: Chanel de Bruyn     3rd August 2009 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) in July dropped back to its May level of 37,3 index points, a “disappointing” performance in comparison with the global PMI, Kagiso Securities said on Monday. The PMI, which is a key measure of manufacturing activity, in May, registered its first climb... 

Altech, Ellies sign set-top-box distribution deal as SA migrates to digital TV 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd July 2009 Allied Technologies Limited (Altech), through its subsidiary, Altech UEC announced that it has partnered with AltX-listed Ellies Holdings to provide a full service offering for digital migration in Southern Africa. Digital migration has taken place in the US, Australia and Europe, and the South... 

Govt fails to rescue loss-making textile company Frame  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th July 2009 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday “expressed its disappointment” at not being able to facilitate an arrangement to save the strategic capacity and 1 400 jobs at Seardel’s Frame Textile vertical pipeline division. Seardel had reported in April that it would close down the Frame... 

SA company invests in high-tech steel-profiling machine

By: Leandi Kolver     17th July 2009 Specialist dished-head manufacturing company Tank Ends Engineering has unveiled a three-dimensional computer numerically controlled CNC Profiler - one of only three profilers in the world.  

SA's project pipeline needs urgent replenishment, Manuel asserts 

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2009 The South African government, which had placed infrastructure expenditure at the heart of its response to the global economic crisis, warned on Tuesday that the country was at risk of running into a "a procyclical trough" within the next year unless new projects were identified to replenish the... 

World Cup stadium lighting innovation could find export niche 

By: Terence Creamer     10th July 2009 A lighting innovation developed jointly by global lighting products manufacturer Osram and Southern African public-lighting specialist Beka to illuminate the iconic arch at the Moses Mabhida stadium, which is under construction in Durban ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, could emerge as a new... 

Manufacturing output continues to decline, but economists see signs of turnaround

By: Chanel de Bruyn     9th July 2009 The manufacturing sector seems to have reached a turning point with some positive signs of a potential turnaround, although a recovery in growth was not expected to occur soon, economists agreed. Data by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday showed a 17,1% year-on-year decline in... 

New Siemens SA CEO still expecting growth in 2009, despite recession

By: Terence Creamer     9th July 2009 Electronics and electrical engineering group Siemens was continuing to budget for growth in orders and sales in South Africa and Southern Africa during 2009, despite the descent of Africa's biggest economy into its first recession in 17 years. The Southern African business received orders worth... 

Boart Longyear sells SA manufacturing operations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd July 2009 Drilling products and services provider Boart Longyear has sold some of its sub-Saharan African operations to South African empowered investment company Tranter Energy & Mining. This included its percussive rock drills and hard rock tools product lines for sub-Saharan Africa and all its... 

IDC has already spent R800m to aid distressed firms, confirms R6,1bn bail-out budget

By: Terence Creamer     2nd July 2009 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) confirmed on Wednesday that it had already spent more than R800-million to assist "distressed" companies affected by the domestic economic slowdown, and confirmed that it had set aside a total of R6,1-billion for the next two years to assist others... 

Worst of factory recession may be over, but positive growth not on the cards soon

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st July 2009 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) rose for a second consecutive month to 37,9 points on a seasonally adjusted basis in June, compared with 37,3 points in May. The index, which was a key measure of manufacturing activity, had, in May, shown its first increase since January with sponsors... 

Manufacturing still in dire straights, but worst could be over - BER

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th June 2009 South Africa’s manufacturing sector remained in “dire straights” during the second quarter, the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) on Thursday, but noted that the worst of the contraction could be over. The BER said that manufacturing business confidence had dropped in the quarter, as nine of... 

SA manufacturing output likely to shrink by 11,7%, says analyst  

By: Chanel de Bruyn     7th April 2009 The ability of South Africa’s manufacturing industry to become more competitive would be key for its output levels to return to the levels it had achieved between 2004 to 2007, an analyst said on Tuesday. Efficient Group economist Doret Els said she expected the manufacturing industry’s... 

Manufacturing business confidence plummets

By: Mariaan Webb     20th March 2009 Business confidence in the manufacturing almost halved in the first quarter of 2009, as the global economic crisis exacerbated a domestic economic slowdown, bringing the manufacturing sector to its knees, a survey revealed on Friday. Bureau for Economic Research (BER) economist Christelle... 

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