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Innosun’s Namibian Wind Farm Lifted By Johnson Renew

18th May 2018 The Ombepo Wind Farm, the first wind farm to be constructed in Namibia, is situated just outside Luderitz, Southern Namibia and is designed to inject 5 MW into the national grid managed by NamPower, the national utility. The wind farm was built by InnoSun Energy Holdings (Pty) Ltd who secured the... 

Rio-Carb appoints new Finance Manager to oversee its diversification

18th May 2018 Wear-engineering specialist Rio-Carb from Alrode in Johannesburg has appointed Iwan Pretorius as its new Financial Manager, with immediate effect. Pretorius has a BA (Psychology) from the University of Johannesburg and a BCompt (Accounting) from Unisa. He received his accreditation from the South... 

Learning opportunity on mining training’s competitive edge 

By: Martin Creamer     18th May 2018 The objective of the impressive Murray & Roberts Training Academy in Carletonville is to make mining workplaces safer, more productive, technically proficient and values driven. 

New diaphragm valves to be supplied in South Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Italian thermoplastic valve manufacturer Formatura Iniezone Polimeri’s (FIP’s) flanged Dialock (DK) diaphragm valve, launched internationally in June last year, will be available to the South African market within the next few months through thermoplastic products supplier Astore Keymak. The new... 

BMG appointed valves distributor in Africa

By: Donald Makhafola     18th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG was recently appointed as the distributor for slurry valves manufacturer Dual Valves’ products in South Africa and Africa, through its 130 branches, as part of the company’s fluid technology expansion programme. Appointed in February, BMG fluid technology... 

New research group to bridge skills gap at Eskom

18th May 2018 Applied Thermo Fluid Process Modelling Research Unit (ATProM), a new research group, is building on an existing collaboration between State-owned power utility Eskom and the University of Cape Town (UCT) to provide engineers with up-to-date research and students with real-world experience while... 

Cranes company upgrades equipment at power stations

18th May 2018 Crane manufacturer Konecranes Southern Africa is currently working on systematically upgrading lifting equipment at State-owned power utility Eskom’s different power stations. The upgrading of the equipment includes repairing equipment that has been misused and replacing equipment that is obsolete. 

Storage gets open-source software-defined boost

By: Schalk Burger     18th May 2018 The growth of software-defined storage in Africa means businesses can have a bigger storage pool with a single storage budget and can add storage resources at the scaled needed, as well as changing their relationships with suppliers, says enterprise open source services multinational Suse Africa... 

Struandale engine plant expansion, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa is expanding the capability and capacity of its operations at the Struandale plant as part of a wide-ranging investment in its two South African plants.  

Barakah nuclear energy plant, United Arab Emirates

By: Sheila Barradas     18th May 2018 Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation is building the United Arab Emirates' first nuclear energy plant. 

Mondi Q1 performance strong despite maintenance shutdowns, challenging trading conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th May 2018 Paper and packaging multinational Mondi achieved an underlying profit of €295-million for the first quarter ended March 31 – a 15% improvement on the underlying profit of €256-million reported for the first quarter of 2017 and a 6% improvement on the €279-million reported for the fourth quarter... 

Fogmaker fire suppression system takes the heat in the forestry industry

16th May 2018 South Africa‘s plantation area covers more than 1.5 million hectares, stretching over five provinces - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern and Western Cape. “With the forestry industry in the summer rainfall areas nearing the fire season, forestry machinery not fitted with a fire... 

Platinum surplus to widen; fuel cells seen as key driver for future demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The platinum market will move further into oversupply this year, as production from South Africa remains flat and demand is forecast to contract by 2.5%, the latest Johnson Matthey platinum group metals (PGM) market report states.  

CRM tailings retreatment project cost rises

By: Anine Kilian     11th May 2018 The estimated cost to complete the chrome tailings retreatment project at the Crocodile River Mine (CRM), in the North-West, has increased by 16.6% to R191.2-million, Eastern Platinum (Eastplats) reported on Friday. This follows after Eastplats and its subsidiary Barplats Mines undertook a... 

Mechanical grease overflow prevention system increases worker safety and efficiency

11th May 2018 SKF announced the introduction of its Lincoln mechanical grease overflow prevention system. Designed to prevent hazards associated with reservoir overfilling, this product improves worker safety and minimises environmental concerns caused by this type of spill.  Easy to install and simple to... 

Rio and Alcoa team up with Apple in zero carbon aluminium smelting drive

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th May 2018 Mining major Rio Tinto has teamed up with aluminium producer Alcoa to develop the world’s first carbon-free aluminium smelting process. The new process will produce oxygen and replace all direct greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from the traditional aluminium smelting process. 

Increased demand for locally manufactured drones in Africa

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     11th May 2018 South African fixed-wing drone manufacturer and supplier Aerial Monitoring Solutions (AMS) has seen the biggest demand for its Eagle Owl drones in Africa, mainly for mining surveying and security. The Eagle Owl is perfect for the three Ds of industrial work: dull, dangerous and dirty. With AMS... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

11th May 2018 The optimised maintenance of vertical roller mills (VRMs) using hardfacing technology does not consist solely in refurbishing the surface by means of welding to the original profile. To achieve an efficient solution for improvement and reliability of components, an assessment of these components... 

Reef Fuel Injection Services

11th May 2018 Leading diesel service centre Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFI) is one of only a handful of South African companies that is able to repair cutting-edge diesel fuel-injection systems. The company has an established reputation for its high-quality workmanship and is an authorised service agent for... 

Advanced Aerial

11th May 2018 Witbank-based mining optimisation company Advanced Aerial specialises in providing processed aerial data to the coal mining and industrial sector. With the convergence of exponential technology, drones are starting to play a more significant role in actionable mine information and can currently... 

Higher metals prices prop up BC mining industry in 2017 – PwC

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th May 2018 British Columbia's mining industry remained upbeat in 2017, as prices for most metals and minerals produced in the province continued to steadily recover from multiyear lows. Although most commodity prices remain below the record highs seen in 2011, the recent increases are part of an upward... 

SKF Explorer tapered roller thrust bearings: optimised for the most demanding oil & gas applications

10th May 2018 Advanced bearing design offers higher load rating and up to 300 percent longer rating life The oil and gas industry continues to push the limits of technology. Deeper wells, harsher environments and more sophisticated drilling approaches all place additional demands on equipment, calling for... 

Consistent fluid dispensing with no waste 781RC Valve of Nordson EFD

10th May 2018 EFD introduces the unique 781RC MicroMark Recirculating Spray Marking System for uniform round patterns and stripes > from 5.0mm to 30.4mm (0.20" to 1.20") wide without clogging or overspray. Features of the 781RC Spray Marking System: • Recirculating pump to keep pigments in suspension and a... 

DST outlines plans to boost mining, manufacturing

By: Kim Cloete     9th May 2018 The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has outlined its investments in innovations in mining, with R186-million over the next three years being earmarked for targeted research and development to modernise South Africa’s mining industry. Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko... 

First Hero class vessel calls at Port of East London

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th May 2018 The Port of East London on Wednesday hosted the first Post Panamax high efficiency Ro-Ro (Hero) class vessel to call at the port.  

Amplats awarded global sustainability accolade

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2018 Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) has achieved the second-highest sustainability practice score within the metals and mining sector category of ISS-oekom’s global ‘Corporate Responsibility Review 2018'. ISS-oekom is an environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and rating agency. 

RS Components launches new RS Pro 3D printer targeting diverse applications including rapid prototyping and education

9th May 2018 New RS Pro open-source based additive-manufacturing machine delivers high level of customisability, easy maintenance and upgradeable future proofing RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, announced the launch of its new... 

Hollow-Core Slabs Trump Rib-And-Block Systems In Limpopo

8th May 2018 Demand for hollow-core slabs continues to outstrip rib-and-block sales in-and-around Polokwane, and the lion’s share of this construction material is being supplied to the local residential construction market by precast concrete specialist, CoreSlab. The company manufactures these quality... 

WSP helps City of Cape Town bring emergency desalination plant online

7th May 2018 WSP - one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consultancies on the continent - played a crucial role in the fast-tracked development of the City of Cape Town V&A desalination plant, feeding 2.0 megalitres of fresh water into the city’s network per day. Located at the V&A Waterfront,... 

Kwatani’s Huge Screen Order Includes Largest Units Yet

7th May 2018 In the single largest order for vibrating screens secured from any mine in the past two years, Kwatani has shown its mettle by supplying some of the largest vibrating screens in Africa to the world’s leading opencast coal complex. According to Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin, the contract comprised 44... 

Apex Strip Curtains Installed On Sliding Track Ideal Solution

7th May 2018 Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains have long been considered one of the most cost effective manners of cordoning off areas in a manufacturing or production area, and this solution was recently applied at Germiston-based CT Hydraulics’ facility. In this particular application, the Apex General... 

Double-up on safe, efficient cable sealing with AMPgland cable glands from Proof Engineering

4th May 2018 Proof Engineering’s range of double-compression cable glands including the Orion, Crater & Taurus Exd AMPgland, ensures safe and efficient securing and sealing of cables in the mining and oil & gas industries. “The AMPgland which is proudly our very own branded cable gland, offers an... 

Auto exports earned South Africa R165bn in 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2018 Total earnings from South African automotive exports reached R164.9-billion in 2017, comprising 13.9% of South Africa’s total export earnings. This number is down from the record R171.1-billion achieved in 2016, at 15.6% of total export earnings. Total automotive revenue in the South African... 

Trade shows, expos significant to investment into Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th May 2018 In its fifty-second year of serving the automotive industry in Portugal and internationally, Portuguese automotive suppliers association Afia believes that being involved in trade shows, conferences and expos plays a significant role in creating relationships with countries such as South Africa. 

Hydraulics repair centre certifications are good for business

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry now has access to two Denison pump and motor approved repair centres (ARCs) for hydraulic repair that are accredited by international motion and control technologies manufacturer Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin Sales Company South Africa, has, in the last... 

Skills shortage worrisome for industry

By: Paige Müller     4th May 2018 The South Africa hydraulics industry is feeling the effects of a brain drain of skilled and qualified personnel, says hydraulic and pneumatic equipment manufacturers and suppliers Germiston Hydraulics CEO Archie Leitch. Although the fluid power industry is enjoying a positive industry upturn,... 

Hydraulics service centre available for most industries

4th May 2018 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC), in Port Elizabeth, offers critical solution services to diverse sectors, including the automotive industry, power and petrochemical plants, manufacturing, marine, agriculture and general engineering. “Through the consolidation... 

Automotive press for local range of light commercial vehicles

4th May 2018 A servo-driven automotive press for automotive components integrated provider Auto Industrial (AI) has been designed, manufactured and commissioned by pneumatic, electric and mechanical drive technology specialist Tectra Automation. The application- specific automotive press is used by AI to... 

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