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New Gold’s Rainy River progresses on schedule, budget

By: Henry Lazenby     Updated 3 hours ago Canadian miner New Gold on Tuesday reported that construction of its $1-billion-plus Rainy River project, in Ontario, remains on track to start operations in September, with commercial production expected to follow in November. “Through the second quarter, our team has both successfully commenced... 

SMC rolls out two new compact cylinders

     27th June 2017 SMC’s latest compact cylinders, the JMGP guide cylinder and the compact JCQ Series, have been designed with weight and space savings in mind. Both help to reduce machine sizes and costs, and deliver increased efficiency due to their lightweight nature which could enhance cycle time.    SMC, the... 

Wall Colmonoy Aerobraze Oklahoma City Creates A New Look, New Logo, New Website for NicrocraftTM Aircraft Exhaust Systems

     27th June 2017 Wall Colmonoy Aerobraze Oklahoma City is pleased to announce a new look for NicrocraftTM Aircraft Exhaust Systems. Nicrocraft™, which is designed and manufactured at Aerobraze Oklahoma City, are both newly manufactured and overhauled with FAA – PMA / STC approved parts. Nicrocraft™ Systems can be... 

Thuthukani Engineering Designs Hoisting Infrastructure to Medusa Mining

     26th June 2017 Pretoria based engineering firm, Thuthukani Engineering has designed full service shaft hoisting infrastructure for the Philsaga Mining Corporation – a Medusa Mining owned gold mine located in the Philippines. Following a drive to expand their reach internationally, Thuthukani Engineering was... 

Legrand has extended its range of DIY products to incorporate new everyday electrical components, including lamps, worklights, wall fixtures and pendant fittings, as well as extractor fans.

     26th June 2017 Feedback from home enthusiasts indicates a need for safe, affordable and reliable light fittings, that are easy to install. The HPM range, which adheres to stringent quality and safety specifications, meets all requirements for home lighting, including energy efficiency, flexibility and enhanced... 

Southern Africa’s first SDLG wheel loader continues to head operations at South African bulk terminals

     26th June 2017 The very first SDLG wheel loader, an LG958L, to be sold in southern Africa by regional dealer Babcock International, has now amassed some 5,000 operating hours in extreme conditions at South African Bulk Terminals (SABT) in Durban. Despite the workload already under its belt, the machine... 

EM introduces latest Italian electrical connection systems into SA

     26th June 2017 Cembre SpA, a leading Italian manufacturer of electrical connectors, crimping and cutting tools, railroad products, identification and labelling systems, concluded an exclusive distribution agreement with ElectroMechanica (EM) of Johannesburg on 1 March. The family-owned Cembre SpA has its main... 

Japanese airbag maker Takata files for bankruptcy, gets US sponsor

By: Reuters     26th June 2017 Japan's Takata Corp, the firm at the centre of the auto industry's biggest ever product recall, filed for bankruptcy protection in the US and Japan, and said it would be bought for $1.6-billion by US-based Key Safety Systems. In the biggest bankruptcy of a Japanese manufacturer, Takata faces tens... 

Ford recalls 15 600 cars in South Africa over fire risk

By: Reuters     23rd June 2017 Ford Motor Company is recalling nearly 16 000 Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, it said on Friday. The models were built between 2004 and 2012 in India, Ford said in a statement. 

BMW Group South Africa Rosslyn plant investment programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 Production of the new X3 at the BMW plant will start in the first half of 2018. 

Companies join forces to support local manufacturing

     23rd June 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), air defence developer, manufacturer and supplier Rheinmetall Air Defence AG – a division of German armament manufacturer Rheinmetall – global engineering and technology services company Siemens and engineering solutions company ESTEQ... 

Initiative addresses barriers to expand aerospace manufacturing

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 The aerospace industry has, among others, two important international players – Airbus and Boeing. This applies to local aerospace as well as international aerospace manufacturing industries, all competing to be part of the global supply chain. Aerospace manufacturing in South Africa is dependent... 

Kaspersky Lab, AVL collaborating on secure-by-design auto components

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2017 Cybersecurity multinational Kaspersky Lab and German automotive software, systems and electronics subsidiary AVL Software and Functions are developing secure communications units (SCUs) to protect all automotive communications from cyberthreats. The partnership will help to develop... 

Lighting solutions company adapts to changing technology

By: Nica Schreuder     23rd June 2017 Leading lighting solutions company Beka Schrèder is succeeding in adapting to rapidly changing lighting technology, in its manufacturing process, while maintaining focus on cost benefits for consumers. Beka Schrèder product development manager Daniel Kasper says the company prioritises cost... 

Rutherford FTS

By: Zandile Mavuso     23rd June 2017 FTS Industries – a division of Rutherford – is one of the largest importers of blind rivets. It offers an extensive range of quality rivets and riveting tools. 

Trianel Windpark Borkum II project, German North Sea

By: Sheila Barradas     23rd June 2017 The project involves the development of a 203 MW wind farm.  

LEM completes its surface mounted SO8 & SO16 isolated current transducers range with an integrated current conductor

     22nd June 2017 Key points: Open-loop Hall effect ASIC-based current transducers to measure from 4 A up to 30 A DC, AC or pulsed Cost effective, 2 x IC packaging for SMD automatic assembly Excellent immunity to external fields Good offset and gain drifts Wide operating temperature range from -40 to +125ºC Up to... 

Transnet denies claim that no CSR locomotives made in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     21st June 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has described as “inaccurate” the claim that none of the locomotives procured from China South Rail (CSR) have been manufactured locally. Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)... 

RS Components now stocks compact Figaro gas sensors that provide improved monitoring and detection

     21st June 2017 Wide selection of sensors meets needs in monitoring and detection of a range of gases in a variety of applications, including leak detection in refrigeration and gas systems and solvent detection in air-conditioning systems   RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 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... 

Cape Town plant to build Cobra kit car for local, export markets 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 Automotive Investment Holdings (AIH) has partnered with Les Hayden to industrialise Hayden Cobra kit car production in South Africa. Hayden started Cobra replica sports car production in South Africa in the 1980s with the Shamrock Cobra. He produced around 500 kits for the local and export markets. 

Lydian hits Amulsar milestones as construction proceeds apace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th June 2017 Construction of Lydian International’s 100%-owned Amulsar project, in Armenia, is advancing fast with 58% of the $369.9-million project capital committed as of May 31. Priority will now shift to advancing site earthworks. 

Merchantec Q2 Index registers CEO confidence ‘crisis’

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2017 Growth prospects for the second half of 2017 are looking slim as CEOs suffered a confidence “crisis” in the second quarter of the year. The latest Merchantec CEO Confidence Index shows that CEO confidence has been shaken by political instability, ratings downgrades, ineffective broad-based black... 

Cold cutting machine minimises explosion risks

     16th June 2017 Portable weld prep-machine tool manufacturer E.H. Wachs’ low clearance split frame (LCSF) operates on a cold cutting machining process, resulting in a safe and clean operation that minimises the risk of explosion. 

Company focuses on total cost of ownership

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th June 2017 With an increased focus on total cost of ownership rather than individual product expenditure, chemicals supplier CPS Chemicals Oil-Tech has started tailoring its optimisation services to cater for improved total cost of ownership solutions.  

Composites cluster charts way forward for basalt in composites

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) – Phase II, Lesotho and South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     16th June 2017 The Lesotjo Highlands Water Commission has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the project. 

Malawi and Tanzania sign MOU for Songwe River Basin Programme 

By: David Oliveira     16th June 2017 Malawi and Tanzania signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) last month at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, which will see the two African nations work together for the development of the Songwe River Basin Development Programme (SRBDP). The SRBDP was... 

Mobile hard-drive shredder plant launched in Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     16th June 2017 Secure information technology (IT) asset disposal services provider Xperien has launched the first mobile hard drive shredder plant in Africa, which is a fully equipped Protection of Personal Information compliant truck that provides on-site degaussing and destruction facilities. Degaussing is a... 

New era in large satellite propulsion marked by recent launch

By: Keith Campbell     16th June 2017 The world’s first high-power satellite employing an all-electrical propulsion system, Eutelsat 172B, has been successfully launched from Kourou in French Guiana, manufacturer Airbus Defence and Space announced on June 2. The new satellite will provide broadcast, in-flight broadband, and improved... 

Product and process innovation key to future success of components firms

By: Irma Venter     16th June 2017 South Africa’s component industry will be well served by implementing innovative growth strategies in the short to medium term. This emerged as one of the recommendations of the South African Automotive Supplier Performance Report 2017, produced for the National Association of Automotive... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Molewa welcomes approval of Garden Route as Unesco biosphere reserve

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa, on Thursday welcomed the approval of the Garden Route as a Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Unesco members voted in favour of the inclusion of the Garden Route as a Biosphere reserve at a meeting in Paris on Wednesday. 

‘Not one’ CSR locomotive made in South Africa, economic research group claims 

By: Terence Creamer     14th June 2017 Research commissioned by independent economic research institution Trade and Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) has found that, despite local-content obligations, not one of the China South Rail (CSR) locomotives being procured by Transnet has been assembled in South Africa and that all have... 

Johnson Lifts Big And Small At World’s Largest Air Sep Plant

     13th June 2017 Engaged by Stefanutti Stocks Oil & Gas Division in the construction of the largest air separation train ever built, Johnson Crane Hire has been providing heavy lift services as well as a range of smaller lifts at Sasol’s Secunda complex. This milestone plant under construction for Air Liquide,... 

US Energy Department selects research projects for rare earths from coal industry

By: Creamer Media Reporter      13th June 2017 The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected three projects for funding to research the recovery of saleable rare earth elements (REE) from domestic coal and coal byproducts. The DoE will invest about $3-million into these projects, which will focus on laboratory testing and the preparation of... 

LHWP construction tenders ready to be advertised

By: Anine Kilian     12th June 2017 The Lesotho Highlands Water Commission (LHWC) has embarked on a countrywide roadshow to update the construction industry and other stakeholders on the implementation of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), highlighting challenges facing the project, the scope of work ahead under Phase 2,... 

Why hygienic design of bearings is key to food safety

     12th June 2017 An emphasis on the hygiene element of the design of equipment can play an important role in controlling the safety of food products manufactured. However, applying this too broadly without focussing specifically on the hygienic design of the components part of the system, can potentially risk the... 

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