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US seeks to boost output of 35 minerals, reduce import reliance

By: Reuters     17th February 2018 The United States should boost domestic production of 35 critical minerals including uranium, cobalt and lithium, to reduce its reliance on foreign suppliers, the Interior Department said on Friday. Aluminium and potash are also on the draft list of 35 critical materials used in basic... 

Sweden hunts for cobalt as electrical vehicle race boosts demand

By: Bloomberg     16th February 2018 Sweden will step up efforts to find precious minerals such as cobalt and lithium, key battery components that are increasingly in demand among makers of electric vehicles. The government will invest 10-million kronor ($1.26-million) over the next two years to map the existence of minerals... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 People are concerned about noise, emissions and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, general director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Event to add value to African energy sector

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 To bolster the socioeconomic development of the African energy sector, Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) chairperson Brian Statham says thinking within the sector needs to be expanded. 

Radial tyre portfolio available on the market

     16th February 2018 Technology company Continental is introducing two additional EM-Master E4/L4 radial tyre sizes to the market, the company indicated in an announcement last month. “This now completes our range of radial tyres for use on wheel loaders and dump trucks in particular for construction work and... 

Russian views on the future of civil aeronautics

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th February 2018 “People are concerned about noise, emissions, and safety. We are working to make aviation safer, greener and more comfortable for people,” highlighted Professor Sergey Chernyshev, General Director of Russia’s renowned Central Aerohydrodynamic Institute (much better known in English by the... 

Managing severely distorted high temperature cylinders

     15th February 2018 An estimated *R14mln savings delivered through improved Turbine maintenance practices by Eskom Rotek Industries. Challenge: Background: In the past major performance and vibration problems were experienced by Eskom following major outages. 

Win one of 25 CPPG generators at MTE, compliments Chicago Pneumatic

     15th February 2018 Visitors to this year’s Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) stand the chance of winning one of 25 Chicago Pneumatic CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generators. ”In a bid to grow the Chicago Pneumatic brand within the mining industry which is a key market for us, we took the decision to... 

Safe motion control in ATEX environments

     14th February 2018 Franck Roussillon, BU ACT EU Product Manager Actuators, Parker Hannifin Machinery and moving equipment is a vital element in all areas of modern automated industry, but what happens when the atmosphere in the working environment is potentially explosive? In short, regulations and directives... 

Infrastructure specialists help municipalities accelerate service delivery to poor communities

     14th February 2018 New sports complex construction projects in Limpopo are providing many members of poor communities with employment opportunities and driving skills development in the South African construction industry. Moreover, these projects have become an important pipeline of work for emerging contractors.... 

Win one of 25 CPPG generators at MTE, compliments Chicago Pneumatic

     14th February 2018 Visitors to this year’s Mining & Technical Exhibitions (MTE) stand the chance of winning one of 25 Chicago Pneumatic CPPG5 (5.5Kva) petrol-driven portable generators. ”In a bid to grow the Chicago Pneumatic brand within the mining industry which is a key market for us, we took the decision to... 

Refurbishment by Thermaspray helps extend life span of valves for SA Coal fired power plant

     13th February 2018 Thermaspray applied the proven technologies of thermal spray coating and PTA (plasma transferred arc) welding to successfully refurbish 2-way-3way valves at one of South Africa’s coal fired power generation plants. Thermaspray is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and Eskom Level 1... 

VEHS presents opportunity to change energy landscape

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2018 With South Africa's electricity largely still generated from fossil fuels and the lengthy processes involved in commissioning renewable-energy, civil engineering company Epitome Consulting GM Clement Mokoenene says transferring high volumes of traffic energy into electricity could significantly... 

Precast concrete technologies complement labour-based construction

     12th February 2018 Precast concrete technologies are playing a key role in helping municipalities deliver essential infrastructure, including sports and recreational facilities. By harnessing the main benefits of this technology, namely speed and ease of construction, these public-sector bodies that operate at... 

Fourth month of continuous growth for Deloitte WA Index

     9th February 2018 The Deloitte WA Index climbed marginally higher in the first month of 2018, as the market capitalisation of Western Australia-listed companies increased by 0.48% to close out January at A$181.83-billion. This marks the fourth month of continuous growth, Deloitte clients and markets partner for... 

Multistage line a first for South Africa, to reduce scrap rate in automotive industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     9th February 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will later this year test the prototype model of a custom-built, multistage slitting and blanking line. Once the full-scale line has been built and commissioned it will achieve average scrap rate reductions of between 5% and 25% and improve... 

Ransomware attacks among major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 Ransomware attacks and targeted attacks will continue to be major cybersecurity risks for industrial companies this year, as well as the continued rise of targeted fraud attacks on industrial companies, says cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab industrial control systems (ICS) computer... 

Hyundai and Cisco collaboration to disrupt automotive industry

     9th February 2018 Automotive manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company and technology conglomerate Cisco Systems have revealed a new technology roadmap that will enable next-generation in-vehicle networking with security. Additionally, the companies have shared their timelines for commercial deployment of... 

Supplier adds food-grade range to lubricant offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Engineering consumables and components distributor BMG will start supplying a National Sanitation Foundation International-certified H1 food-grade range of lubricants from the third quarter this year to the food and beverage industry.  

Lubricants manufacturer opens analytical centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2018 Leading automotive and industrial products manufacturer G.U.D Holdings’ subsidiary, Indy Oil, has opened its analytical centre at its blending plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Fire suppression technology improves industrial kitchen safety

     9th February 2018 Electric and gas operated equipment in kitchens, which uses large amounts of flammable ingredients, is susceptible to ignition and a fire break out, says protective fire equipment provider Centa Group chairperson Duncan Boyes. “Cooking oils have high ignition temperatures and spontaneously... 

Portuguese association says MoU with South African tooling bodies beneficial to both countries

By: Zandile Mavuso     9th February 2018 With an 85% export rate in the past year from its member companies in Portugal, Portuguese mouldmaking association Cefamol secretary-general Manuel Oliveira says the recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) it signed with South Africa’s National Toolmaking Initiative Programme (NTIP) and Tooling... 

New Polo, Polo Vivo production starts at Uitenhage in wake of R6.1bn investment

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 German carmaker Volkswagen in 2015 took a multibillion-rand decision to invest in new Polo and Polo Vivo production in South Africa. However, it is “unlikely” that the group would have come to the same positive conclusion in 2017, says Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) MD and chairperson... 

Laoting steel plant, China

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 HBIS Laoting Steel Co is building a new production facility for high-quality steels. 

Varaka paper mill PM 2 rebuild, Turkey

By: Sheila Barradas     9th February 2018 Albayrak Group is reinstalling and rebuilding the PM 2, which is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern, brown-packaging-paper machine. 

Thousands of train commuters still stranded in Cape Town

By: News24Wire      8th February 2018 Tens of thousands of commuters who use Cape Town's central line are still waiting for Metrorail to say when the train service, suspended since January 8, will be restored. Meanwhile commuters on the northern line were greeted by a filthy toilet this week, according to a GroundUp report.The... 

South African nuclear group under financial stress, but optimistic about recovery

By: Rebecca Campbell     8th February 2018 The South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) is currently facing financial pressures, the State-owned group’s Chief Executive, Phumzile Tshelane, has confirmed to Engineering News Online. “At the moment, Necsa is under financial stress, because [subsidiary] Pelchem is loss-making and we... 

No ‘brakes’ on innovation: First Cut brings Bystronic’s award-winning Xpert 40 press brake/Mobile Bending Cell combination to South Africa

     7th February 2018 Great innovation deserves to be rewarded. In the case of the foremost Swiss OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Bystronic - a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet-metal processing industry – their Mobile Bending Cell was recognised with an award for innovative... 

Introducing Cerasmooth™ compound – the wear life solution for the FGD market

     7th February 2018 Weir Minerals has announced an upgrade to its polymer-ceramic composite for the Flue Gas Desulphurisation (FGD) market. Specially engineered for use in FGD applications, the new and improved Cerasmooth™ compound is designed to provide ultimate wear and corrosion resistance. “We are focused on the... 

Thyssenkrupp remains on growth track: double-digit gains in order intake and adjusted EBIT / growth and earnings targets for 2016/2017 exceeded

     6th February 2018 Group’s adjusted EBIT: €1.9 billion (prior year €1.5 billion) Adjusted EBIT of continuing operations (without Steel Americas): €1.7 billion (prior year €1.5 billion) Highest order intake since start of Strategic Way Forward Net financial debt substantially reduced, equity substantially increased... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     6th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

The Application Of Improved Sensing Technologies To Protect Product Quality In Polyethylene

     6th February 2018 Polyethylene are thermoplastic resins obtained by polymerizing the gas ethylene [C2H4]. Because of its exceptional application flexibility, polyethylene’s rise in popularity for both consumer and industrial uses means that today it is the largest volume plastic in the world. Low density... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     5th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

R3.5bn empowerment venture fund to be launched in auto sector this year

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s seven light vehicle manufacturers plan to launch a R3.5-billion venture fund this year, aimed at boosting black economic empowerment in the domestic automotive manufacturing industry. The seven manufacturers are BMW, Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Isuzu, Nissan and Volkswagen. They... 

M&C Zambia Now Offers In-House 12 Dynamic Ton Balancing Service

     2nd February 2018 The largest balancing machine in Zambia was recently successfully commissioned at Marthinusen & Coutts’ Zambian operation in Kitwe. The fully upgraded 12 ton Schenck machine is capable of balancing rotors up to 12 tons at operating speeds up to 3300 r/min, 5.5 metre in length and with diameters... 

Apex’s Smart Reset Door For Safe, Productive Workspace

     2nd February 2018 Helping warehouses, plants and shipment areas to raise turnaround times and safety levels while reducing downtime is the innovative Smart Reset roll-up door from industry leader Apex Strip Curtains & Doors. This heavy duty door is equipped with an integral electronic safety device that... 

SA’s oldest gold mine shifts to refrigerated cooling as it reaches greater depths

By: Dylan Slater     2nd February 2018 A cool breeze of change has swept over South Africa’s oldest listed gold mine – the Barberton gold mine, in Mpumalanga – where a refrige- rated cooling system has been installed to improve underground conditions as the mine reaches greater depths, where ambient air temperatures become hotter. The... 

New gas detection sensors available in SA

     2nd February 2018 A range of compact gas sensors from gas detection sensor technology developer Figaro is now available for purchase in South Africa through electronics components supplier RS Components (RS). The company explains that the gas sensors are targeting a wide range of gas monitoring and detection... 

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