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The fourth industrial revolution, an African perspective

8th June 2018 New and emerging technologies are fundamentally changing the world in ways that were previously unimaginable. Technology driven innovation has always caused business models to go extinct. Some companies could not evolve and went out of business while others adapted, seized opportunities and... 

Bayer to sell South African cotton seed business as part of Monsanto merger conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2018 The Competition Tribunal on Friday approved a merger between German multinational pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer and US multinational agrochemical corporation Monsanto on the condition that the merged entity sell the Bayer South African cotton seed business.  

What Industry 4.0 means for business

20th April 2018 At its core, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or Industry 4.0, is driven by the coming together of physical and digital technologies. By gathering and analysing data from machines and robots, we are able to obtain insights into the health and performance of industrial installations, allowing us... 

Mistra launches new book on the ethics, applications of nanotechnology

By: Anine Kilian     11th April 2018 The Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (Mistra) on Wednesday officially launched its new research book ‘Beyond Imagine: The Ethics and Applications of Nanotechnology and Bio-Economics’, in Pretoria. The book looks at countries like India, where nanotechnology is being supported as a... 

Conference to shed light on CO2-based production technologies

9th March 2018 The sixth edition of the international Carbon Dioxide as Feedstock for Fuels, Chemicals and Polymers conference will take place in Cologne, Germany in mid-March. More than 200 industry and research experts are expected to attend the symposium. Organiser, independent institute Nova-Institute, has... 

DCD success in winemaking opens new markets

17th November 2017 Having proven that its Disruptor technology is more than suitable for the winemaking and beer sectors, South African biotechnology company Green Cell Technologies (GCT), states that it has turned its attention to the lucrative fruit sugar concentrates market. 

Messe Muenchen acquires lab-technology trade fair Lab Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th October 2017 Messe Muenchen bolsters its portfolio with the future market of Africa. By taking over Lab Africa, it is acquiring the only laboratory and analytics trade fair in South Africa, which is part of the analytica trade fair network. The first Lab Africa under the banner of Messe Muenchen will take... 

SA Competition Commission drops cancer drugs investigation against Aspen

By: African News Agency      4th October 2017 The Competition Commission on Wednesday dropped its investigation into allegations that pharmaceutical companies, Aspen Pharmacare Holdings and Equity Pharma, were involved in excessive pricing. The Commission had in June initiated three investigations against both companies for suspected abuse... 

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     21st July 2017 As the global population increases, so too the global infrastructure naturally takes strain. With the combined issues of population growth and climate change, water supplies are becoming more and more tricky to manage. 

Commission approves Dow, DuPont merger with conditions

By: Anine Kilian     5th July 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended to the Competition Tribunal that the proposed large merger between DuPont and Dow Chemical Company be approved with conditions.    Both Dow and DuPont are companies incorporated in accordance with the company laws of the US. Dow is the ultimate parent... 

Research, technology key to surviving next drought – DuPont

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th July 2017 Research and technology will be key to surviving the next drought, with investments equal, at minimum, to the cost of drought required to mitigate the impact of the changing environment. Droughts cost some $6-billion to $8-billion globally every year, with 80% of the drought-related losses in... 

Ecsponent Development Fund improving BEE procurement in the Mining Sector

21st June 2017 JSE-listed African financial services company, Ecsponent Limited, says that its unique Ecsponent Development Fund (EDF) provides large corporate business with an effective way of managing preferential procurement and improving reliable delivery whilst ensuring true social upliftment and skills... 

New vision needed for conservation

By: Saliem Fakir     26th May 2017 A friend of mine, Mark Halle, argues that the world of conservation is going nowhere and that a new vision is needed to take it out of its maelstrom. I agree and often solutions are not found in defensive postures but in the offensive realm. Three things will determine the future of conservation... 

Personalised medicine beneficial for medical industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th May 2017 Medical laboratory DNAlysis Biotechnology has added the mygeneRx – which analyses genotypes to highlight drug responsiveness for cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and pain management – to its testing portfolio.  

South African intellectual property offices seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     12th May 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

Competition Commission approves Bayer, Monsanto merger

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 The Competition Commission has approved, with conditions, pharmaceutical group Bayer’s proposed acquisition of agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto. The commission, however, identified competition concerns in the market for the supply of genetically modified (GM)... 

Biotechnology and injectable plant project, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The International Finance Corporation is considering a project loan of up to $25-million for the project. 

B-BBEE must look beyond regulation to be effective in supply chain procurement

3rd May 2017 Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) is one of the most highly regulated aspects of the South African business landscape today. The most recent changes to the regulations have both large corporate businesses and smaller businesses going back to the scorecard drawing board. Louis Coetzee, General... 

SBS Tanks

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th April 2017 With the combined issues of population growth and climate change as well as water supplies becoming more and more tricky to manage, important solutions to these many challenges is the treatment of sewage and effluent. 

South African intellectual property agency seeking to stimulate innovation

By: Keith Campbell     26th April 2017 The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), an agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been holding talks with the Department of Higher Education about establishing a national Intellectual Property (IP), or Innovation, Academy, reported CIPC Executive Manager:... 

AzarGen’s case for a commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility in South Africa

25th April 2017 AzarGen Biotechnologies, South Africa’s only private plant-based biopharmaceutical company, is imagining a world-class commercial plant-made pharmaceutical facility for South Africa. AzarGen, one of a few biopharming companies in the world focuses on developing human therapeutic proteins using... 

South Africa asks World Bank to review ease-of-doing-business position in light of InvestSA initiative 

By: Terence Creamer     17th March 2017 The South African government has officially launched a new investment facilitation service, dubbed InvestSA, which it claims will dramatically reduce red tape for foreign and domestic businesses seeking to pursue greenfield or brownfield projects in the country. The service, which has both... 

Advances in GM crops highlighted at anniversary event

By: Dylan Slater     17th February 2017 Independent, nonprofit biotechnology stakeholders association Africabio celebrated 20 years of genetically modified (GM) crops and other biotechnology at a dinner event in November, 2016, during which various roleplayers from governmental departments and private-sector farmers discussed the... 

South Africa encouraged to join Oceans Joint Partnership Initiative

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2016 Collaborative research efforts between Norway and South Africa, through programmes such as Horizon 2020, which focuses on the promotion of research excellence in the fields of environment, climate change and renewable energy, have led to a number of successful initiatives. Speaking to delegates... 

Pharmaceuticals giant to launch SA’s first biotech manufacturing facility

23rd September 2016 Global pharmaceutical company Cipla announced in July that its proposed biotech subsidiary, Cipla BioTec South Africa (CBSA) will invest just over R1.3-billion into the country's first biotech manufacturing facility, used for the production of biosimilars, and located in KwaZulu-Natal. Cipla’s... 

BASF repurposing equipment through donation to DUT

29th August 2016 BASF in partnership with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The world’s leading chemical company, BASF recently donated three fermentation systems and Erlenmeyer flasks, for cultivation of microorganisms and useful by-products, to the Department of Biotechnology and Food Technology at the... 

Automated pharmaceutical dryer improves productivity

5th August 2016 Thermal processing equipment manufacturer Thermal Product Solutions (TPS) last month announced the shipment of a custom built automated Gruenberg Class A pharmaceutical dryer, designed to meet specifications for an emerging pharmaceutical manufacturing technology.  The dryer was designed to... 

Monsanto to extend confined field trial permits

By: Tracy Hancock     29th July 2016 Agriculture company Monsanto has applied to extend the confined field trial (CFT) permits of three genetically improved maize products involved in CFTs in four provinces across South Africa. A decision expected prior to the start of the country’s planting season, which takes place around October. 

New pumps launched at trade fair

8th July 2016 Global vacuum technology supplier Pfeiffer Vacuum introduced its new turbo pumps and diaphragm pumps at the Analytica trade show in Munich, Germany from May 10 to 13. With a pumping speed of 32 ℓ/s Pfeiffer Vacuum notes that the HiPace 30 is currently the most powerful turbo pump of this size on... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and micro- enterprises (SMMEs) in entering the local bio- industry, will have provided about R50-million... 

South Africa takes steps to nurture nascent biomanufacturing industry

By: David Oliveira     1st July 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR’s) Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC), a biomanufacturing innovation hub aimed at supporting small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to enter the local bio-industry, will have provided about R50-million worth of... 

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

CSIR launches new facility to support biomanufacturing

By: David Oliveira     27th May 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) launched the R90-million Biomanufacturing Industry Development Centre (BIDC) at the CSIR’s main campus, in Pretoria, earlier this month. The R90-million investment had resulted in new infrastructure, pilot-scale equipment, enterprise... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

Plan in motion to manage carbon tax uncertainties

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th March 2016 Through education, lobbying and research, the paper industry will manage policy uncertainties regarding the inception of carbon tax, says Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. 

Getting clean and staying clean

23rd February 2016 Hannover. Whether car and automotive parts industry, medical technology, aviation, precision engineering, optics or electronics – in many sectors, information about residual surface contaminants is now a standard part of the technical specification for components, and not only dimensions and... 

New economic plan for Gauteng to be tabled in May 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd February 2016 The Gauteng Provincial Government is preparing to unveil a new Provincial Economic Plan for South Africa’s economic powerhouse to better cope with rapid urbanisation, persistent unemployment, poverty and inequality. The new plan, set to be publicly launched in May, aligned itself to government’s... 

WEF warns of more than 7m job losses in next five years 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 As many as 7.1-million jobs could be lost through redundancy, automation or disintermediation, globally over the next five years, with the greatest losses in white-collar office and administrative roles, a World Economic Forum (WEF) report, titled The Future of Jobs, warns. The report, which... 

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