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IHS materials index posts sixth gain in seven weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     18th August 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit has recovered about half the losses it suffered between February and June. The latest reading of the MPI, an index measuring the weighted average of weekly spot prices for a basket of globally traded manufacturing inputs comprising... 

Advanced wear technology stands to set new benchmark

By: Robyn Wilkinson     18th August 2017 Following the successful introduction of its locally manufactured zirconia-enhanced alumina ceramic products for wear protection applications in South Africa, industrial lining and materials handling solutions provider Groupline Projects is exploring options to expand the availability of the... 

Bentley Systems releases update for AutoPIPE Connect edition

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Global infrastructure software manufacturer Bentley Systems has released the most recent update of its AutoPIPE Connect edition, which supports ASME B31J piping code document calculations. AutoPIPE Connect edition provides engineers with a comprehensive and advanced software application for pipe... 

Cape firm launches compact solar-powered battery system

By: Dylan Slater     18th August 2017 Cape Town-based energy storage solutions company BlueNova Energy has launched its first, fully integrated solar photovoltaic (PV) system – the CompactHybird – onto the South African market.  

Company offers complete solution for water treatment works

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Chemical dosing and pump solutions supplier Packaged Metering and Pumping Solutions (PMPS) says its Polisol automatic polymer preparation plant unit, from Italy-based metering pumps manufacturer OBL, can cater for companies that need small-scale dosing equipment.  

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th August 2017 The first locally built train will be delivered by the end of 2018. 

Firms joining forces to raise $500m for mining projects, particularly in Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 Mining investment advisory company MX Mining Capital Advisors and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa are collaborating to assist in raising about $500-million in finance for mining projects worldwide and for Africa based ones in particularly. MX Mining is focused on raising capital and... 

Machines, tools prepare steel pipes for successful welding

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Portable pipe-cutting split frames and orbital welding tools complement each other in the steel pipe construction industry because the split frames are used to prepare pipes for the welding procedure, says industrial product supplier Actum Industrial. 

Upstream and downstream industry has to work together

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Upstream and downstream steel industries need to work together to overcome the challenges of imports and tariffs in the steel construction industry, says South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) CEO Paolo Trinchero. 

More flexibility cast into CoreSlab’s processes

     17th August 2017 CoreSlab has taken further steps that have secured its position as a leading designer and manufacturer of pre-cast concrete items. CoreEngineering, Coreslab’s state-of-the-art engineering arm, has commissioned equipment that will now allow the group to manufacture all the “cast-in” components for... 

Metair ready for market shift to electric vehicles, says Loock

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2017 Metair is ready for the anticipated revolution in the automotive industry, including the introduction of electric vehicles (EV), hybrid vehicles and autonomous drive vehicles. These vehicle still need lights, brakes and wiring harnesses, for example, said Metair MD Theo Loock on Thursday at the... 

Women man the mechanical engineering fort at AR Controls

     16th August 2017 AR Controls of Vanderbijlpark has several women in key technical positions at the valve and actuator technology manufacturer and supplier. It is very supportive, and does not discriminate. It challenges its employees constantly to learn new skills, as well as providing the tools and funding to... 

thyssenkrupp Infra-Red rapid drying oven improves turnaround time for Minopex

     16th August 2017 The fast drying capability of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions‘ Infra-Red rapid drying oven has significantly improved turnaround times for minerals processing operations specialist, Minopex. Developed in-house by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa, the Infra-Red (IR) rapid drying... 

KAP advances acquisition strategy; reports good FY17 results

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2017 Diversified industrial group KAP Industrial Holdings’ acquisition of high-density polyethylene and polypropylene manufacturer Safripol, logistics firm Lucerne Transport and a 51.4% interest in logistics firm Xinergistix during the 2017 financial year, provides the company with further... 

Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

Double The Capacity At Reef For Diesel Injection Work

     14th August 2017 Leading diesel injection specialist Reef Fuel Injection Services has boosted the capability of its ISO 9001 accredited Germiston facility by investing in a second Hartridge test bench for calibrating the new generation smart Delphi diesel injectors. The new equipment represents RFI’s further... 

BMG to distribute Eaton’s conveyor solutions across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Power management solutions provider Eaton has signed a distribution partnership agreement with technical solutions provider and engineering consumables and components distributor Bearing Man Group (BMG), whereby BMG will be responsible for the distribution of Eaton’s range of conveyor solutions... 

Electric vehicles to comprise majority of cars sold globally by 2040

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Electric vehicles (EVs) will make up the majority of new-car sales worldwide by 2040, and account for 33% of all the light-duty vehicles on the road, according to new research published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The forecast draws on detailed analysis of likely future reductions in... 

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

KM 2 board machine rebuild project, Russia

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The project entails rebuilding the KM 2 board machine at Knauf’s mill, in Kommunar. 

Local manufacturer looks to bridge skills gap

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Sealing products manufacturer Klinger Mzansi has opened its training academy, which offers a learnership programme, joint integrity training as well as an introductory course on all of the company’s products. Klinger sales and marketing director Phillip Herbst notes that the academy opened on... 

Nurek hydropower plant rehabilitation project, Tajikistan

By: Sheila Barradas     11th August 2017 The Nurek dam, commissioned in 1972, is the highest embankment dam in the world at 300 m high. 

Rust-prevention sealing system ideal for corrosive environments

By: Nadine James     11th August 2017 Engineering components manufacturer Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) range of sealing products includes the Rust-Anode cold galvanisation system, designed for rust prevention in diverse industries, says BMG seals business unit manager Marc Gravett. He explains that Rust-Anode is the first active cold... 

Smart factory systems boosting product customisation

By: Schalk Burger     11th August 2017 Smart factory systems – specifically digital information technology systems that support highly detailed, varied and variable industrial work – are integral to enabling effective customisation of products and their management across disparate supply chains, says enterprise resource planning... 

TITAN vacuum furnace purchased to support aerospace industry

     11th August 2017 With a focus on pursuing additional market sectors, such as the aerospace industry, last month, heat-treating company Diamond Heat Treat purchased a TITAN H6 vacuum furnace with six-bar gas quenching to expand its capabilities. The TITAN H6 vacuum furnace is one of industrial vacuum and... 

‘Exceptional’ rare earth grades confirmed at Burundi prospect

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th August 2017 Independent laboratory testing recently undertaken at the Gasagwe prospect at LSE-listed Rainbow Rare Earths’ Gakara project, in Burundi, has returned an average total rare earth oxide (TREO) grade of 62.17%. This grade compares favourably with the average grade of 57% contained within... 

Atlas Copco’s new rotary vane vacuum pump series – cooler, quieter and up to 15% more efficient

     10th August 2017 Atlas Copco’s new GVS A rotary vane vacuum pumps feature a very compact design, fewer components, excel in reliability and are up to 15% more efficient making them ideal for a wide range of both industrial production and research applications. The new generation GVS A which is completely... 

Chicago Pneumatic provides vital illumination for oil and gas project in Kuwait

     10th August 2017 Chicago Pneumatic has secured a major sale of its tough and efficient light towers in Kuwait after its authorised distributor General Transportation & Equipment Company (GTE) placed an order for 100 CPLT V15 metal halide models. The light towers will provide crucial illumination for an oil and... 

Billionaire who made killing on cobalt bets on electric-car fund

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2017 An investment firm founded by Russian billionaire Vladimir Iorich is following its winning bet on cobalt this year by creating a $150-million fund to buy into metals used in electric cars. Pala New Energy Metals will invest in cobalt, lithium, vanadium, rare earths, nickel and tin. Pala... 

Mentis Stainless Steel Offers Structural Intregrity With Clean Lines

     8th August 2017 Recognised and accepted as the handrailing of choice in corrosive applications, Andrew Mentis’ stainless steel handrailing system has clean, modern lines that belie its resistance to hostile environments. Lance Quinlan, marketing manager for Andrew Mentis, says that not only is the use of... 

Ingeteam bags 170 MW inverter order for three PV plants in Morocco

     8th August 2017 Ingeteam has commenced the supply of its equipment to three solar photovoltaic power plants in Morocco, totaling 170 MW of output power. These three PV plants, which will be amongst the largest in North Africa, are expected to be operating within a year and to have a service life of at least... 

One step ahead

     7th August 2017 The increasing relevance of electromobility offers opportunities for light metal casting The automobile industry is experiencing a strong trend towards electromobility. The figures and deadlines given vary, but as of 2025, the industry expects a considerable increase in the number of electric... 

Energy consumption halved with the Atlas Copco GHS VSD+ rotary screw vacuum pump series

     7th August 2017 Energy savings of up to 50%, dramatic reductions in life cycle costs and significant increases in productivity define the Atlas Copco GHS 350 – 5400 VSD+ oil-sealed, rotary-screw vacuum pumps for central vacuum supply systems.    In almost every production environment, the demand for vacuum... 

Africa’s Largest Crankshaft Polisher At Metric

     7th August 2017 Leading diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering is once again ahead of the curve, installing and commissioning the largest crankshaft polishing machine in Africa. “This custom engineered, one-of-a-kind machine is capable of accommodating crankshafts with lengths of... 

Africa’s Largest Crankshaft Polisher At Metric

     7th August 2017 Leading diesel engine component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering is once again ahead of the curve, installing and commissioning the largest crankshaft polishing machine in Africa. “This custom engineered, one-of-a-kind machine is capable of accommodating crankshafts with lengths of... 

Tanaka Precious Metals to Exhibit at SEMICON WEST 2017

     4th August 2017 World’s leading supplier of precious metals’ bonding wire to unveil new ruthenium precursors; New technology to support the microfabrication of next-generation semiconductors 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today, the chase is... 

As batteries make power play, South Africa mulls market participation

By: Irma Venter     4th August 2017 The world changed more than could be imagined in the 1990s. Not only was it the advent of all things Internet and digital connectivity, it also saw the birth of the rechargeable lithium battery, required to charge humankind’s new tools, such as cellphones and laptop computers. Today the chase is... 

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