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Oct 02, 2015
ACCELERATING TREND The amount of aluminium used in vehicles is expected to increase by about 100% or more in North America and globally
The automotive industry’s shift from manufacturing vehicle body panels in steel to manufacturing them in aluminium is a trend that is expected to significantly accelerate, says aluminium industry representative body the Aluminium Federation of South Africa (Afsa)....
Oct 02, 2015
FUTURE INNOVATION The brake’s patented solution uses a 0.3 m2 vacuum plate below the vehicle, which activates in 0.1 seconds and produces a downforce of 15 000 N
Sweden-based automotive safety systems manufacturer Autoliv is showcasing a new vacuum braking system – the Torricelli brake – developed to significantly reduce the stopping distance for autonomous emergency braking (AEB) in vehicles. The Torricelli brake is a...
Oct 02, 2015
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has announced that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International...
Oct 02, 2015
FITTING PART The PureTech family of three-cylinder engines is fitted on several Peugeot models
French multinational automobile and motorcycle manufacturer PSA Peugeot Citroën received the International Engine of the Year Award for its three-cylinder Turbo PureTech engine, which ranked top in the 1-litre to 1.4-litre category, in June. PSA Peugeot Citroën notes...
Oct 02, 2015
LIGHTWEIGHT DESIGN The composite parts are made using laminate construction of advanced carbon weave-epoxy material
Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites is ramping up production of several automotive component composite parts for a UK-based, high-end automotive manufacturer. AAT Composites, which was awarded the contract of...
Oct 02, 2015
MARKET IMPERATIVE Automotive components imports remain vital as these parts are needed for the aftermarket sector
As the volatile rand rate causes a flux in the logistics and import market, there has been a definite paradigm shift in the market as the industry moves towards a more integrated and, therefore, cost-effective solution for the automotive import process, reports...
Oct 02, 2015
RISK FACTOR South Africa’s automotive industry, government and labour are continuously engaging to avoid another strike to protect the industry and retain employment
In addition to mitigating rising manufacturing input costs, a potential prolonged strike in 2016 is the most significant challenge the automotive components sector could face, avers professional services firm KPMG. “The previous strike created considerable negative...
Oct 02, 2015
LOCAL INITIATIVE A developed local supply chain could enable component manufacturers to buy more reliable and cost-effective subcomponents and materials, locally
South Africa’s light vehicle production has increased only marginally in the past five years – 533 000 units were produced in 2014 – with local content of automotive components also stagnating at a low 35%, compared with levels of more than 80% in countries such as...
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Sep 29, 2015
A symposium on Science and Society in Africa has encouraged scientists to make their work more relevant and accessible to the public. Collaborations between everyone, from cosmologists and artists to scientists, writers and musicians, have been explored by the...
Sep 29, 2015
A processed Nasa image showing slope lineae (the dark streaks) flowing downhill on a part of the Horowitz Crater (Nasa)
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa), the US space agency, announced on Monday that flowing water almost certainly exists on Mars today. From high-resolution images, scientists have discovered evidence of hydrated salts that are produced by salt,...
Sep 25, 2015
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Gauteng Premier David Makhura
The discovery of Homo naledi, a new species of a human ancestor, should unite and not divide people, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Thursday. "Africa is the beginning of humankind. Our diversity does not detract from the fact that we have a common ancestry,"...
Sep 25, 2015
RICHTFEST TESTTURM The tower, which will be clad once completed to fit in with the town’s spires, will function as a technology testing facility for ThyssenKrupp and the surrounding universities
German industrial company division ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s participation in Richtfest skyscraper being built, in Rottweil, will enable it to use the building as an innovation centre for new elevator technologies, such as its prototype MULTI system magnetic levitation...
Sep 25, 2015
GEN2 SWITCH ELEVATORThe elevator is designed to continue operating despite electrical power disruptions
Conveying and lift company Otis has launched its Gen2 Switch lift, which can continue operating for 100 trips in an seven-storey building during a power outage, owing to its regenerative drives and battery system, says Otis communications manager Hayley Elwen. The...
Sep 25, 2015
New technologies promise to transform the economic, scientific and environmental of "ocean space" by humanity. This is the view expressed in the recent Global Marine Technology Trends 2030 report, drawn up by three British institutions – marine classification and...
Sep 22, 2015
A company formed by genome pioneer Craig Venter will offer clients of a South Africa-based insurance company whole exome sequencing - sequencing all protein-making genes in the human genome - at a price that marks yet another dramatic decline in the cost of gene...
Sep 18, 2015
Continuing rapid technological innovation and development is likely to transform all aspects of the global maritime sector over the next 15 years. This is the thrust of a report published last month, Global Marine Technology Trends 2030. This analysis was jointly...
Sep 18, 2015
Green Cell Technologies founder and CEO Roy Henderson talks to Tracy Hancock of Engineering News about his days as a South African naval officer, which he says set him up to help develop his start-up Green Cell Technologies’ Dynamic Cellular Disruption (DCD)...
Sep 18, 2015
South African Breweries (SAB) last month started the pitch segment of its KickStart Ignite entrepreneurship programme, which aims to amplify and strengthen the maker movement in South Africa by enabling young entrepreneurs to prototype and commercialise their ideas.
Sep 17, 2015
With the belief that innovation is an essential part of improving lives, Philips has opened a competition aimed at drawing out the best of South Africa’s healthcare-related inventions. Philips Africa senior VP and CEO JJ Van Dongen said innovation was a catalyst for...
Sep 17, 2015
A preserved Hunter T.68, in Swiss Air Force colours
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Thursday that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria...
Sep 17, 2015
A Griffon Hoverwork 2000TD hovercraft of the Peruvian Marines
South African private-sector defence group Paramount signed a cooperative agreement with British hovercraft company Griffon Hoverwork in London on Wednesday. The aim of this new strategic partnership is to bring British hovercraft to sub-Saharan Africa and take South...
Sep 16, 2015
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa kisses the Homo naledi skull
A dramatic fossil find has given South Africa reason to celebrate amid economic gloom, but some experts question its scientific significance. By contrast, the political significance is not in doubt.
Sep 11, 2015
Government wants to encourage more visitors to the Cradle of Humankind and its Maropeng Visitor Centre. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said on Friday they were investing R22-million as a result, with the hope of making the World Heritage Site more attractive to...
Sep 11, 2015
University of South Africa institutional development VP Dr Molapo Qhobela has been appointed CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF) for a five-year term. Former CEO Dr Albert van Jaarsveld left the NRF in February to take up an appointment as vice-chancellor...
Sep 10, 2015
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It is a discovery that is shedding new light on the origins of humankind. One unlike anything scientists have encountered in any other Hominin species and a discovery forcing scientists to rethink the origins of our genus. It is, perhaps even, the missing link in our...
Sep 10, 2015
The history of humankind has changed with the discovery of a new human ancestor, Homo naledi, in the Cradle of Humankind, it was announced on Thursday. "Today I am pleased to introduce you to a new species . . . they are an extraordinary species," said Professor Lee...
Sep 08, 2015
Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor
More investment is needed in research and development (R&D) activities in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector to tackle five “grand challenges” identified by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Science and Technology Minister Naledi...
Sep 04, 2015
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Africa project's radio antennae positioner took top honours at this year’s Southern African Institute of Steel Construction Steel Awards, which took place on Thursday night at Emperor’s Palace, in Ekurhuleni. This year marked the...
Sep 04, 2015
South African guided weapons, unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) and space company Denel Dynamics plans to increase its revenues to more than R2-billion within five years. This was reported by company CEO Tsepo Monaheng at its annual "Show and Tell" briefing in Centurion,...
Sep 04, 2015
Mining solutions provider MBE Minerals South Africa’s Pneuflot technology has attracted worldwide attention since its launch in 2012, says company MD Johannes Kottman, who adds that Pneuflot is already surpassing conventional flotation technology in terms of...
Sep 03, 2015
Farmers must not be blinded by the bells and whistles of technology, understanding that the blind adoption of precision farming technology will not make them better farmers. “In a long-term business like farming, technology isn’t a short cut to success. It’s a...
Aug 28, 2015
To celebrate South Africa’s top researchers’ continued pioneering work in advancing knowledge creation and innovation, the yearly National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards was held in Durban on Thursday. University of Cape Town (UCT) Department of Astronomy Professor...
Aug 28, 2015
The US House of Representatives took a firm stance on commercial space exploration when it passed the Space Resources Exploration and Utilisation Act of 2015 (SPACE Act) in May, providing an opportunity for companies to get off the ground and embrace a new era of...
Aug 28, 2015
REPOSITIONED ENGINEERING Daliff re-engineered several machining processes and enhanced its quality-control systems
Having received direct approval in 2014 from aerospace major Airbus that it is a credible supplier, Cape Town-based machined components supplier Daliff Precision Engineering aims to secure machining contracts from international Airbus Tier 1 suppliers within the next...
Aug 28, 2015
ASCENDING AFRICA Airbus customers in the African region account for 255 orders since 1974 while there are currently 209 Airbus aircraft in service with 38 carriers in the region
In the past two years, European airliner maker Airbus has added eight African and Indian Ocean airlines to its regional operators’ base, continuing a growth trend that began in the mid-1970s and which is firmly on track to meet the region’s future needs for over 970...
Aug 28, 2015
DEWALD DE JAGER The 74 g Hero4 Session camera is waterproof, can capture high-resolution footage and has clip-trimming editing capabilities built-in to enable rapid sharing
Action video camera manufacturer GoPro aims to broaden the appeal of its range of cameras to include capturing lifestyle and family moments, with its extreme-sports users benefitting from new accessories and broader camera functionalities, says GoPro South Africa...
Aug 28, 2015
Although the Tshimologong Digital Precinct in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, is just one of the city’s districts dedicated to economic and social development, it aims to use information and communications technology (ICT) to help solve social and economic problems in...
Aug 28, 2015
GAS TIGHT The monitoring of gases in a dust-free laboratory is essential to ensure the safety and health of laboratory personnel and the outcomes of experiments
Monitoring, adjusting and evacuating different gases in sophisticated laboratories is becoming increasingly important to ensure that detailed experiments are conducted safely, says gas products company African Oxygen Limited (Afrox).
Aug 28, 2015
TAKING FLIGHT The new certified aeroplane will be suitable for use in flying schools, recreation and other limited commercial purposes throughout the world
Light-aircraft manufacturer The Airplane Factory has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Belgium-based aerospace company Sonaca to develop and produce a certified new-generation training aeroplane for global use. The companies signed the JV agreement at the...
Aug 28, 2015
MECHATRONIC MANUFACTURING Pupils can explore and trial picking, sorting and handling systems, as well as the integration of these subsystems to create a manufacturing circuit
The Mechatronics laboratory, or MecLab, at science centre Sci-Bono, in Newtown, Johannesburg, will enable school pupils to build, test and operate industrial handling and automation systems, says Sci-Bono CEO David Kramer. “A key problem that educators and industries...
Aug 28, 2015
EN ROUTE Paramount Group aims to produce between 10 and 15 Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft a year at its new production facility
Having celebrated the one-year anniversary of its Advanced High-Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft’s (Ahrlac’s) first flight in July, South Africa-based defence solutions business Paramount Group says it will soon be able to set/finalise the aircraft’s...
Aug 28, 2015
MARKET APPROACH The design and production of a 3/8 mounting tray will now enable a full range of mounting trays to be developed locally
In aiming to identify a business growth opportunity in the local aerospace industry, the Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) at the end of last year assisted Cape Town-based machining and assembly company Daliff Precision Engineering in developing a mounting...
Aug 28, 2015
HIGH VOLUME AAT Composites uses press claves and autoclaves to manufacture sophisticated composite parts, with a moulding capacity of more than 10 000 items a month
Western Cape-based aircraft and automotive composites products manufacturer AAT Composites has invested in new machining and manufacturing technology, valued at about R20-million, to increase its competitiveness in the global aerospace industry. AAT Composites’ key...
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