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Nov 07, 2014
COMOS WALKINSIDE SIMULATORThe COMOS simulator supports multiple avatars to test a team’s performance and communication on the plant
Multinational electronics company Siemens unveiled a working model of the Curiosity Mars Rover – which is the biggest robot to land on Mars – at its Future of Manufacturing Conference at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg last week.
Nov 07, 2014
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer rolled out the first prototype of its KC-390 military transport and air-to-air refuelling aircraft at its Gavião Peixoto plant in São Paulo state on October 21. The aircraft is the biggest type yet developed by the company and...
Nov 07, 2014
Nov 07, 2014
The Petroleum Agency South Africa (Pasa) has confirmed on Monday that it would proceed with the processing of pending shale-gas applications received prior to February 1, 2011. The applicants affected include Shell South Africa Upstream, Falcon Oil and Gas and...
Nov 07, 2014
Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank says it expects domestic new vehicle sales to decline by 4.4% in 2014. The group originally forecast a 0.6% decline over 2013.
Nov 07, 2014
Durban-based ND Engineering’s massive tar separator project for petrochemicals giant Sasol is this year’s winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Engineering Project Award. The project, which entailed the design and...
Nov 07, 2014
JSE-listed Grindrod’s rail division has vowed to make rail operations more cost-effective in Africa, as Grindrod Locomotives unveiled its new, cost-effective fit-for-purpose shunting and short-haul locomotive. The new GS7, launched at Rovos Rail in Pretoria this...
Nov 07, 2014
In an innovative contribution to the strategic national imperative of increasing the number of qualified artisans in South Africa, the Health and Welfare SETA (HWSETA) has ventured into new territory by embarking on a project to train 100 artisans for the first time....
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Nov 07, 2014
The latest TransUnion Vehicle Pricing Index (VPI) contains a number of small, but significant indications that the tide may at last be turning for the beleaguered used car industry. For the third successive quarter, used car inflation has increased on a year-on-year...
Nov 07, 2014
At the Africa Aerospace and Defence 2014 exhibition in September, State-owned defence industrial group Denel made an announcement that has the potential to dramatically transform the South African aerospace industry. Two of the group’s companies, Denel Aerostructures...
Oct 31, 2014
In the next 20 years, it was expected that, in Africa, more people would live in cities and towns than in rural areas, United Nations Habitat executive director Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira said at the Human Settlements Indaba that took place earlier this month in...
Oct 31, 2014
Tough-talking Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has committed government to building 1.5-million low-cost houses over the next five years, telling the Human Settlements Indaba in Johannesburg on Wednesday that the State would achieve this target through the...
Oct 31, 2014
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Over the past 20 years there has been persistent concern about deindustrialisation in South Africa, as well as the fact that locally produced manufactured products have been increasingly displaced by imports.
Oct 31, 2014
Financial agreement for Ghanian independent power producer (IPP) Cenpower Generation Company’s $900-million, 350 MW combined-cycle gas-turbine power plant was finalised earlier this month, paving the way for the project’s construction to begin before 2015 in Tema,...
Oct 31, 2014
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted last week that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...
Oct 31, 2014
South Africa’s defence acquisition agency Armscor (which also undertakes research and development [R&D] and disposes of surplus military equipment) achieved, during the 2013/2014 financial year, its best financial performance regarding acquisition projects in five...
Oct 31, 2014
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene confirmed a further direct allocation to power utility Eskom of at least R20-billion. But he also stressed last week that the injection would have no impact on the Budget deficit as the capital would be raised through the sale of...
Oct 31, 2014
Master engineer and engineering consultant Bert Chapman has created an educational disc of engineering training materials based on real engineering problems, including their solutions, for engineers entering industry. The disc covers more than 35 electrical,...
 
 
Oct 31, 2014
The transmission unit of South African electricity utility Eskom has completed a strategic grid study for the period to 2040. The study signals major shifts in future generation and demand patterns that will have implications for the domestic network and future...
Oct 31, 2014
Trends in the steelmaking industry have shown that local access to good-quality scrap is being hampered by the increasing exports of this material.
Oct 31, 2014
MICHAEL FRANS Core technology systems used by businesses across various other industries can provide enormous benefit to the automotive sector
Improving manufacturing efficiencies and reducing the cost and environmental impacts of vehicle travel using efficient information and communication technology (ICT) systems can be achieved if energy providers, information technology enterprises and automotive...
Oct 31, 2014
The establishment of proper liaison channels between government and private enterprises regarding funding for manufacturing projects can guarantee that South Africa's manufacturing sector remains internationally competitive, says business consulting and advisory...
Oct 31, 2014
South African companies are increasingly seeking growth opportunities north of the border as a hedge against lacklustre domestic prospects. Highlighting the divergence of opportunity, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) forecast a 6.5% domestic product  growth for...
Oct 31, 2014
CRAIG STEPHENS Companies can use the data they have always had to streamline operations and gain strategic competitive insights
The traditional use of analytics to analyse large-scale projects is changing to a faster and more immediate use of near real-time analytics to inform the daily decisions in a business. The near real-time analysis of business information in modern analytics systems...
Oct 31, 2014
TRANSFORMATION AGENDA Palabora Copper’s 100% Level 4 broad-based black economic-empowerment status will be valid until October 2015
Refined copper producer Palabora Copper (PC), a subsidiary of Palabora Mining Company (PMC), achieved a Level 4 broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) status earlier this month following an audit conducted by BBBEEE verification agency Edge Verification...
Oct 31, 2014
MEETA PATEL Design thinking complements traditional business planning and product design
Enterprise resource planning giant SAP is offering customers software tools that analyse product data and context to enable the rapid design of products and solutions, thereby significantly improving responsiveness and innovation. The tools are based on the rapid...
Oct 31, 2014
BIOLOGICALLY ACTIVE COSMETICS UP plant scientists are exploring the cosmetic and medicinal applications of more than 100 indigenous plants used in traditional remedies
Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) Plant Science department are researching the medical and cosmetic applications of indigenous plant species traditionally used for ailments among the more than 100 indigenous South African medicinal plants already...
Oct 31, 2014
Deputy Science and Technology Minister Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi has hailed the high quality of the people working at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the importance of their work. She was speaking at the recent 2014 CSIR Excellence Awards...
 
 
Oct 24, 2014
Integrated energy and chemical company Sasol has partnered with Unisa Graduate School of Business Leadership (SBL) professor and founder and CEO of PanAvest Partnership Dr Douglas Boateng to publish a series of books on executive supply chain management aimed at...
Oct 24, 2014
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Oct 24, 2014
Rwanda has joined a number of East African countries seeking to import electricity from Ethiopia as its demand grows. After it became apparent several generation project it is implementing will not come on stream early enough, now plans to import 400 MW from Ethiopia...
Oct 24, 2014
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Metrorail’s first new passenger train will arrive in November next year, says Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana. “Next year we will be able to put our hands around the infrastructure and equipment we have been talking about for so long.”
Oct 24, 2014
The Competition Commission has launched an investigation into what it says are “price fixing, market division and collusive tendering in the market for the manufacture and supply of automotive components to original equipment manufacturers” (OEMs, or vehicle...
Oct 24, 2014
In the first quarter of 2015, seven Vestas V112 wind turbines will be erected in the Great Kei local municipality at integrated renewable energy company InnoWind’s 21 MW Chaba wind farm in the Eastern Cape.
Oct 24, 2014
European airliner manufacturer Airbus has signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with the Tianjin Free Trade Zone (TJFTZ) and the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) which reconfirms a programme to establish a Completion and Delivery Centre for A330 wide body...
Oct 24, 2014
The twenty-third Airports Council International Africa Regional Assembly, which took place in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, earlier this month, brought together African airport leaders under the theme: Service Excellence – Key to the Future.
Oct 24, 2014
SABINE DALL’OMO You will be challenged regardless of gender, especially in South Africa, where having a woman at the helm of an organisation is not that unusual
Sabine Dall'Omo, Siemens South Africa CEO, talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about her career and moving to South Africa for love. For the first time in 150 years, there is a woman at the helm of Siemens South Africa – German-born Sabine Dall'Omo, who has...
Oct 24, 2014
Forklift and lift-truck distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) launched its new head office, in Chloorkop, in Johannesburg, earlier this month and highlighted its efforts to ensure the building’s energy and water efficiency.
 
 
Oct 24, 2014
KLAUS ECKSTEIN Bayer is launching new anticoagulants, cardiovascular, oncology and agricultural products in Africa
Multinational chemical and pharmaceutical Bayer is bringing new medicines for prostate cancer and cardiovascular diseases, as well as new hybridised canola-oil seed variety and chemical and biological crop- and root-protection treatments, to South Africa and Africa...
Oct 24, 2014
Following a slump in new vehicle sales in recent months, September surprised by delivering an 11.5% increase in sales compared with the same month last year. Data released by the Department of Trade and Industry shows that September new vehicle sales improved to 60...
Oct 24, 2014
On-site rental and supply solutions Renttech South Africa has been closely involved in some of the largest petrochemicals shutdown projects in this country in recent years, providing on-site technical support to minimise downtime. The company specialises in the...
Oct 24, 2014
State-owned power utility Eskom’s renewable energy projects will contribute significantly to minimising power cuts as they have the ability to contribute positively to grid stability.
Oct 24, 2014
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The backlog on South Africa’s road network has reached R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. This backlog included the strengthening and regravelling of roads, and excluded periodic...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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