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ICC unveils draft world trade recommendations

By: Callie Lombard     12th October 2012 The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) on September 28 unveiled the initial recommendations of its Business World Trade Agenda initiative, aimed at stimulating the global economy by helping to move the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) multilateral trade negotiations out of an 11-year deadlock. 

Hydroelectricity powering on

By: Jeremy Wakeford     21st September 2012 Hydroelectric power is one of the oldest and best established sources of renewable energy, and world hydropower capacity has been growing at a steady rate of about 3% a year since the 1960s. The bulk of hydropower is generated on a large scale using water stored in dams. But, lately,... 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     7th September 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Distell buys majority stake in Chinese liquor distributor

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd September 2012 South African liquor company Distell is expanding its presence in the East with the acquisition of a 60% share in fast-growing liquor distribution company CJ Wines & Spirits, for an undisclosed amount. Privately owned CJ is based in Zhongshan in the Pearl Valley Delta of Guandong province, and... 

Company Announcement: Assembly line in China completes the 100th A320 Family aircraft

     31st August 2012 Airbus and Chinese partners agree on a framework concerning FALC project extension 

SA exports 'crowded out' by Chinese products 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     31st August 2012 South Africa has lost out on $900-million in trade with sub-Saharan Africa because of increased Chinese imports, costing the country more than 77 000 jobs over a decade, a new report by the University of East Anglia (UEA) from the UK has revealed. South Africa’s industrial production, which grew... 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     24th August 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Company Announcement: Pick n Pay backs the SA Paralympics team in track, field, pool and cyberspace

     21st August 2012 As the South African paralympic team heads off to England, they have not only the support of the nation but also the innovative efforts of sponsor Pick n Pay’s digital team 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     17th August 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     3rd August 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     27th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     20th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

International

By: Asha Ramsaran     13th July 2012 What’s On provides you with information about conferences, exhibitions, seminars, training courses and other events pertaining to general industry and the mining sector. To include information about an upcoming event, e-mail whats-on@engineeringnews.co.za with key details. 

Company Announcement: Airbus offers longer-range A330 with increased payload

     9th July 2012 New 240 tonne takeoff-weight capability extends A330’s market coverage 

Chinese enterprises use Hannover Fair to showcase innovation prowess

By: Karel Smrcka     22nd June 2012 The 2012 version of the Hannover Fair, which took place in during April, provided impressive evidence that collaboration between industrial enterprises from China and many other countries can lead to mutual benefits, Deutsche Messe managing board chairperson Dr Wolfram von Fritsch said. “China... 

EU emissions trading scheme a ‘polarising obstacle’

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     22nd June 2012 The European Union’s (EU's) extraterritorial Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could be a polarising obstacle to efforts to cut global civil aviation emissions to 320-million tons by 2050 – about half the 2005 levels. “To meet our ambitious targets, we will, at least initially . . . need globally... 

SAA to host global airline summit in Cape Town next year

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th June 2012 South African Airways (SAA) was last week announced as the host of the 2013 International Air Transport Association (Iata) annual general meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit (WATS). The event will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from June 2 to 4. 

SAA reports 65% load factor on new Beijing service

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th June 2012 National flag carrier South African Airways’ (SAA’s) thrice-a-week Johannesburg–Beijing service, which was introduced in February, had already achieved an average load rate of 65% a flight, but this was expected to increase to 85% in the not-too-distant future. “This is a new service and we are... 

Global airline safety improves, but African record still a concern

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     18th June 2012 The overall safety situation in the civil aviation industry has shown marked improvement in the last few years, thanks to interventions by organisations like the International Air Transport Association (Iata) and other stakeholders. Last year, the number of accidents globally involving aircraft... 

EU emissions trading scheme a ‘polarising obstacle’ – Iata CEO

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     12th June 2012 The European Union’s (EU's) extraterritorial Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) could be a polarising obstacle to efforts to cut global civil aviation emissions to 320-million tons by 2050 – about half the 2005 levels. “To meet our ambitious targets, we will, at least initially . . . need globally... 

Iata CEO slams excessive taxes, flags eurozone as biggest risk to profits

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     11th June 2012 Despite the many challenges facing civil aviation, including declining profits since a peak of $15.8-billion in 2010, the International Association of Air Transport (Iata) is upbeat on the industry, predicting a doubling in passenger numbers to 5.9-billion in 2030, with cargo volumes increasing... 

Sassda joins global centenary celebration

By: Yolandi Booyens     1st June 2012 To mark the global celebration of the 100 years since stainless steel was first produced, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has themed its Stainless Steel Awards for 2012 ‘A century of innovation’. 

Company Announcement: Volkswagen receives international recognition for its Health and Wellness programme

     15th May 2012 Volkswagen Group South Africa has been recognised by the Global Business Coalition on Health at its annual conference in New York for its outstanding work in the category - Workplace/Workforce Engagement with the designation “Commended Company”. 

China, eurozone woes fuel risk aversion

By: Reuters     16th April 2012 Commodities slid on Monday, with copper hitting fresh three-month lows and oil and grains also in the red, as worries about the global economy from China to Europe pushed investors out of risky assets. Gold, otherwise a safe haven, fell too, as the dollar strengthened with rising Spanish bond... 

Weak China GDP growth no signal for fresh stimulus

By: Reuters     13th April 2012 Speculation that China's weakest quarter of annual economic growth since the global financial crisis will trigger a flood of policy support to fight the downturn misses a crucial point - the taps are already turned on. The annual rate of GDP growth in the first quarter slowed to 8.1% from 8.9%... 

The oil price roller coaster

By: Jeremy Wakeford     13th April 2012 In March, the price of petrol in Gauteng breached R11/l, breaking the previous record-high nominal price of R10.50/l set in July 2008. At R10.37, the wholesale price of diesel is still below the high of R11.43/l recorded four years ago.  

Finland one of the top countries in clean water

By: Karel Smrcka     6th April 2012 The scarcity of water is growing into an ever bigger problem, and new sustainable solutions for securing water supplies and for more effective water use these days are more precious than gold, says explains Mona Arnold, heads of Finland-based Green Solutions for Water and Waste (GWW). 

BHP keeps investing in iron-ore despite Chinese slowdown

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th March 2012 Mining giant BHP Billiton said on Tuesday that it had no intention of scaling back its iron-ore expansion plans, despite a slow-down in China’s growth rates. BHP president for iron-ore, Ian Ashby, told reporters on the sidelines of the Global Iron and Steel Conference, in Perth, that there was a... 

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