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Airbus predicts commercial aircraft numbers will double by 2035

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 European major airliner manufacturer Airbus has forecast, in its latest Global Market Forecast, that the world will require 33 000 new commercial aircraft, worth $5.2-trillion, over the next 20 years. The forecast was released by the company at the recent Farnborough International Airshow. This... 

Boeing predicts growing demand for new airliners over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 US aerospace giant Boeing has forecast that the global market demand for new airliners will total 39 620 over the next 20 years, worth $5.9-trillion. This represents a 4.1% rise over last year’s forecast. These predictions were made in the company’s 2016 Current Market Outlook, released at the... 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite communication technology

By: Dylan Slater     22nd July 2016 The decades-old conventional flight data recorders found in every commercial airliner might soon be replaced, or at least supplemented by a feed of recorded data to a land-based server.  

Flight data soon to be sent live through satellite  communication technology
A320 COCKPIT Either the Aviator 200S or 700S systems will be employed in the Airbus A320 from 2018 onwards to provide a seamless connection between the aircraft cockpit and Inmarsat’s extensive global satellite network

Imperial group to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics

     22nd July 2016 The Imperial group has entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics will be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

Manufacturers to profit from ‘connected life’ concept

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Technological developments relating to high-speed connectivity, smart sensors and cloud-based computing, present vehicle manufacturers with an opportunity to develop services based around connected cars and devices. This has provided new impetus to the “Connected Life” concept, says computer... 

Manufacturers  to profit from  ‘connected life’ concept
Photo by Bloomberg
INTERACTIVE DRIVING The BMW Group showcased the BMW ConnectedDrive features at 2011 Paris Motor Show

Manufacturers to exploit emerging automotive markets

By: Nadine James     22nd July 2016 Original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are aiming to expand their client bases and establish automotive manufacturing facilities in emerging market economies, owing to the current saturation in European and US automotive markets, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG industrial and... 

Manufacturers to exploit emerging  automotive markets
Photo by Duane Daws
MISFIT TOYS? Recent trends suggest that demand for vehicles is depressed, even if the desire tow own a vehicle has not finished

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd July 2016 ABB Robotics has launched its latest robot – the IRB 1660ID – for applications, such as arc welding, machine tending and material handling, which require work in tight spaces. The new robot’s Integrated DressPack solution makes it easier to programme and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

New robot offers bigger payload handling, compact footprint
LATEST OFFERING The IRB 1660ID has a reach of 1.55 m and can handle payloads of up to 6 kg

Public transport operators need to do ‘more with less’

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 South African public transport operators need “to do more with less” as the economy contracts and the national fiscus faces increasing financial pressure, says National Treasury intergovernmental relations deputy director-general Malijeng Ngqaleni. She notes that the current system of public... 

Teaching scholarship in education under spotlight

By: Keith Campbell     22nd July 2016 Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education will be the focus of this year’s Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Conference. The conference, in its tenth year, is an international gathering of academics and researchers that will be held at the Southern Sun... 

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

SAA steps back from BnP Capital agreement 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st July 2016 National carrier South African Airways (SAA) has announced it is terminating the services of BnP Capital as a financial services provider, both as a transaction adviser and as a fund sourcing middleman, to the State-owned airline. It also took a decision to arrange debt consolidation, debt review... 

SAA steps back from BnP Capital agreement

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

EgyptAir expects to receive first of nine new Boeing jets in December

By: Reuters     21st July 2016 EgyptAir expects to receive in December the first of nine new Boeing 737-800s ordered as part of plans to upgrade its ageing fleet, its chairperson Safwat Mosallem said on Wednesday. The airline announced last week it had ordered nine Boeing 737-800 planes in a deal valued at $864 million at... 

Tanzania gets $7.6bn loan from China's Exim Bank for railway

By: Reuters     21st July 2016 Tanzania has secured a $7.6-billion loan from China's Export-Import Bank (Exim) to build a railway line that will link it to its neighbours, President John Magufuli's office said on Wednesday. Tanzania wants to profit from its long coastline and upgrade its rickety railways and roads to serve... 

SAA must be put under business rescue – DA

By: News24Wire      20th July 2016 The stalemate between Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and South African Airways (SAA) chairperson Dudu Myeni is rapidly driving the national carrier to total collapse and this cannot be allowed to happen, said the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday. The DA believes there should be an application... 

SAA must be put under business rescue – DA

SAA banking tender deferred due to debt consolidation

By: News24Wire      19th July 2016 South African Airways' (SAA) controversial appointment of little-known finance company BnP Capital was not only expensive; it also put on hold an approved banking tender to Nedbank. News24 can exclusively reveal that SAA's board approved the awarding of banking services to Nedbank on May 27, for... 

Ethiopian Airlines ink deal to manufacture and supply aircraft parts

By: African News Agency      19th July 2016 Ethiopian Airlines will start aerospace manufacture in Ethiopia and supply aircraft parts to Boeing, Airbus and other aerospace companies, the airline said in statement on Monday. To that effect, Ethiopian Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Aerosud Group, a prominent... 

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 Daimler Buses on Monday announced that its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot had driven autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of... 

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam
The Future Bus

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018
Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack

Placing SAA-BnP deal ‘on ice’ not good enough – Outa

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) will consider legal action against South African Airways (SAA) should it not cancel a deal with BnP Capital to restructure R15-billion of debt. SAA on Sunday said it had put a deal to restructure R15-billion of debt on hold after questions were raised... 

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight 

By: Anine Kilian     15th July 2016 Aircraft manufacturer Boeing, along with South African Airways (SAA) and its low-cost carrier Mango on Friday celebrated Africa’s first commercial passenger flights using sustainable aviation biofuel. The flights used sustainable jet biofuel produced from research and development company... 

Boeing, Mango in Africa's first jet biofuel flight

Gabon rail network to get €52.5m boost from IFC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th July 2016 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is providing €52.5-million of debt financing to boost the capacity and improve the efficiency of Gabon’s rail network and improve the Central African country’s trade and transport links. The financing was awarded to Société d'Exploitation du... 

African and world airlines enjoyed increased passenger traffic last year

By: Keith Campbell     15th July 2016 Africa-registered airlines accounted for 2.2% of global scheduled passenger traffic last year, reports the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in its World Air transport Statistics 2016 – the 60th edition of this publication. In numerical terms, African airlines carried 79.5-million... 

Company strengthens ties with African country

     15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

     15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

SA shipping container trade in choppy waters

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2016 The economic slowdown in China, declining demand for mining commodities, dwindling consumer spending power and the persistent drought in Southern Africa have all negatively impacted shipping container trade in South Africa in the first quarter of the year, with import and export markets declining... 

Transport projects study under way in the UK

     15th July 2016 Project management and development company Mott MacDonald has been commissioned by Solihull metropolitan borough council, in the UK, to undertake a comprehensive integrated transport study. 

Transport projects study under way in the UK
TRANSPORT NETWORK The transport network will be upgraded to link several railways and airports together

Iata inks MoU with African Union Commission

By: Samantha Herbst     14th July 2016 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the African Union (AU) Commission to expand strategic cooperation and further the continent’s economic and social development, through the benefits of safe, efficient and sustainable air... 

Iata inks MoU with African Union Commission

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

By: Terence Creamer     14th July 2016 The capacity of South Africa’s coal export corridor to transport material mined in the Limpopo province’s Waterberg coalfields has been increased with the completion of a new 1.8 km passing loop at Matlabas, Transnet reports. The loop, which enables 100-wagon trains to cross without disrupting... 

New rail loop adds coal export capacity for Waterberg mines

Embraer foresees rapid growth in smallest jet airliner category

By: Keith Campbell     13th July 2016 Embraer, the Brazilian group that is the world’s number one manufacturer of commercial jets carrying up to 130 passengers, forecasts that the global market for jet airliners in the 70-seat to 130-seat category will come to 6 400 new aircraft, worth $300-billion, over the next 20 years. The... 

Embraer foresees rapid growth in smallest jet airliner category
Photo by Embraer
The Embraer E190-E2 on its maiden flight

What SAA paid departing CEOs and CFOs 

By: News24Wire      12th July 2016 In the past 11 years, South African Airways (SAA) has paid close to R23-million in separation packages to chief executives and chief financial officers who did not complete their contracts, according to a response to a parliamentary question. Pieter Groenewald from the Freedom Front Plus asked... 

What SAA paid departing CEOs and CFOs

Imperial acquires 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics to create trade expert

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2016 The Imperial group said on Tuesday that it had entered into an agreement with Sasfin to acquire 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sasfin. Sasfin Premier Logistics would be renamed Imperial Sasfin Logistics. 

Imperial acquires 70% of Sasfin Premier Logistics to create trade expert

Airbus predicts commercial aircraft numbers doubling by 2035

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2016 European major airliner manufacturer Airbus has forecast, in its latest Global Market Forecast, that the world will require 33 000 new commercial aircraft, worth $5.2-trillion, over the next 20 years. The forecast was released by the company at the Farnborough International Airshow on Monday.... 

Airbus predicts commercial aircraft numbers doubling by 2035
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
An Airbus A350 XWB

Boeing foresees increasing demand for new airliners over next 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     12th July 2016 US aerospace giant Boeing has forecast that the global market demand for new airliners will total 39 620 over the next 20 years, worth $5.9-trillion. This represents a 4.1% rise over last year’s forecast. These predictions were made in the company’s 2016 'Current Market Outlook', released on... 

Boeing foresees increasing demand for new airliners over next 20 years
Photo by Boeing
An artist’s impression of the Boeing 737 MAX 8

Metrobus suspends services as bus strike continues

By: African News Agency      11th July 2016 Metrobus said the illegal strike by bus drives continued on Monday and services had been suspended. Metrobus Corporate Services GM Ranti Mahlabana said: "It does appear that this is a continuation of an illegal strike that started on Friday afternoon". 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail

By: Anine Kilian     8th July 2016 The latest of Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA’s) nine new, powerful tugboats will set sail from the Durban premises of contractor Southern African Shipyards this month, destined for its new home at the Port Elizabeth port. The tug was ceremonially launched as Qunu in May alongside a... 

Second of nine new TNPA tugs to set sail
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