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Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Local constraints preventing SA civil aerospace firms from spreading wings

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th October 2018 In his speech, officially opening the recent Africa Aerospace and Defence (AAD) 2018 exhibition held at Air Force Base Waterkloof in Pretoria (City of Tshwane), President Cyril Ramaphosa made an all-too-brief reference to South Africa’s civil aerospace industry. “Some of our aircraft-related... 

Sacci BCI marks slight improvement in September

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th October 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) improved by 2.8 index points to 93.3 points in September, from 90.5 points in August. The BCI was in line with the 93 points measured in September 2017.  

India to auction 102 mineral blocks in next six months

By: Ajoy K Das     8th October 2018 In one of the most aggressive moves yet to monetise natural resources, India’s Mines Ministry is pushing to auction 102 mineral blocks in the next six months of current financial year. The Ministry’s new thrust to complete the auctions by March 31, 2019 can be gauged from the fact that since... 

Company diversifies aluminium offering

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     28th September 2018 Aluminium composite cladding / material (ACP or ACM) is widely used on building facades internationally, and although very much in its infancy in South Africa, it is slowly gaining traction. It is preferred over painted surfaces due to its colour retention, corrosion resistance and low... 

Aviation companies to benefit from new Aerosud growth strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st September 2018 Aerosud Aviation’s new Growth Strategy is focused on improving aviation production services to a growing industry. The Growth Strategy follows on from a successful growth trajectory that has resulted in Aerosud Holdings being the largest commercial aerospace company in SA. Aerosud continues to... 

Positive performance, outlook for construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th September 2018 There has been a very good increase in the value of buildings completed in larger municipalities during the second quarter of this year, to the tune of almost 7%, which presents a recovery from the sluggish growth of the first quarter of the year, the latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI)... 

Aerosud announces new initiative in its growth strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th September 2018 South Africa's largest commercial aerospace manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation, announced at the Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition on Thursday that it was offering its business solutions capabilities to other companies. This formed part of the company's new Growth Strategy, stated... 

Vitaglass - ‘reinforcing’ the trend toward maintenance-free, glass fibre reinforced gratings

13th September 2018 For nearly 80 years, Vital Engineering has been providing clients across various industry sectors – from food and beverage, marine exploration, minerals sands processing, architectural, construction, petrochemical, mining, and power generation – with a range of products. This comprises non-slip... 

Indian mineral exploration policy and reality divergence

By: Ajoy K Das     12th September 2018 The Indian government’s ostensible policy is to double mineral exploration every year with participation of domestic and foreign private players, but foreign participation in domestic non-coal mineral exploration is on a downtrend. “We are preparing a document for increasing the participation of... 

Business confidence at its worst this year, marred by uncertainty

By: News24Wire      12th September 2018 Business confidence in South Africa has declined by 4.2 index points - measuring 90.5 in August compared to 94.7 in July 2018 - the lowest level this year. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) released its Business Confidence Index on Wednesday. The BCI does not reflect... 

Business confidence falls amid uncertainty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th September 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined by 4.2 index points in August to 90.5, compared with 94.7 in July. The BCI, nevertheless, remained 0.9 index point above the level of 89.6 recorded in August 2017.  

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine  

By: Terence Creamer     11th September 2018 A South African start-up has developed a vertical-axis wind-turbine that employs a groundbreaking morphing wing design, which seeks to mimic the movements of the Cape vulture. A prototype of the turbine, developed by Brayfoil Technologies in collaboration with WorleyParsons, is currently being... 

Manufacturers continue to invest, despite tough market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 With tough economic conditions continuing to impact on manufacturers, the Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) index for the second quarter of 2018 saw a marginal decrease from 59 index points to 58. Despite this marginal decrease, Manufacturing Circle (MC) executive Philippa Rodseth... 

Cummins ISG is a revolutionary new heavy-duty engine platform

27th August 2018 Cummins ISG is a revolutionary global heavy-duty engine platform developed using a combination of patented technologies and advanced production techniques. It has been developed specifically for heavy-duty commercial applications such as construction tippers, tractors, and forklifts. Cummins... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Despite the challenging period that the steel industry is facing, with the difficult economic climate and policy issues, progress is being made within the industry in terms of projects, and current developments present much scope for further growth and innovation. This was the sentiment conveyed... 

KML bearings from BI a perfect fit for food-and-beverage applications

16th August 2018 The KML range of corrosion-resistant, food-grade ball bearings, distributed exclusively in Southern Africa by leading supplier BI, continue to set the quality and hygiene benchmark in the food-and-beverage industry. With over 35 years’ experience in power transmission, KML Bearings has developed... 

Health of private sector deteriorates as Standard Bank PMI falls below 50

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd August 2018 Standard Bank South Africa’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) slipped into contractionary territory for the first time in six months in July, with the start of the third quarter signalling a deterioration in the health of the South African private sector. The headline PMI fell from 50.9 in June... 

Preventing building fire incidents with fischer FireStop from Upat

2nd August 2018 The fischer FireStop range aids in the prevention and suppression of the spread of fire, smoke, and toxic gases, ensuring the safety of building occupants and protecting properties in the event of any fire incidents. The fischer FireStop range, comprising both active and passive fire-prevention... 

Fire engineering research and postgraduate programmes launched at Stellenbosch University

30th July 2018 Dr Richard Walls (Stellenbosch University) Stellenbosch University has established the Fire Engineering Research Unit (FireSUN) which is the first university research group focussed on fire safety in Africa. The team, located within the Department of Civil Engineering, will now be offering... 

India to shift to revenue sharing contracts at oilfields auction next month

By: Ajoy K Das     30th July 2018 KIndia will usher in a shift to revenue-sharing contracts and scrap production sharing contracts (PSCs) when the government auctions 60 discovered small oilfields next month. The government will put up for auction 22 fields owned by national oil exploration and production (E&P) major ONGC, five... 

Manual disconnect switches

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th July 2018 GIGAVAC manual disconnect switches provide a level of sealed switching technology to meet any application requirement. All GIGAVAC manual disconnect switches incorporate important key features such as lock-out/tag-out to meet OSHA requirements, composite housings, and stainless steel hardware.... 

End-users should be familiar with NDT

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     20th July 2018 Clients using nondestructive testing (NDT) services are sometimes unfamiliar with NDT, and it is crucial that they educate themselves prior to spending money on NDT inspections, says technical solutions specialist African NDT Centre Level 3 consulting manager Abdur-Rahman Mahomed. “Clients... 

Provincial presence benefits company

20th July 2018 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex SA’s local operation plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal, is well positioned to meet growing demand for geosynthetic products, not only in Africa, but also from countries in Europe, Australasia and Asia, and is the largest plant in Africa... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th July 2018 The MeerKAT radio telescope was inaugurated on July 13. 

Decrease in the purchasing managers’ index for June 2018 a cause for concern

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th July 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (SEIFSA) is concerned about the general dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector as reflected in the composite Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) released yesterday, SEIFSA Economist Marique Kruger... 

Index points to cautious business confidence 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th July 2018 The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Sacci’s) Business Confidence Index (BCI) declined to 93.7 index points in June, compared with 94 index points in May. The BCI for June was also lower than the 94.9 index points registered in June 2017. 

Alternative solution for composite construction

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel. Composite construction consists of a concrete... 

German funding to back oil, gas exploration in Namibia

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th July 2018 Gravionic, a specialist in the development of complex sensor systems, was awarded a €376 000 grant from the German government to mount its gravity and magnetic surveying equipment on to a gyrocopter for the first time.  

Standard Bank PMI signals overall business improvement in South African private sector  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2018 The Standard Bank Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) indicates that business conditions in the private sector improved in June, signalling an improvement in the health of the sector, following stagnation in May.  

Decrease in June PMI a ‘cause for concern’ – Seifsa

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd July 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is concerned about the general dip in overall business activity in the broader manufacturing sector as reflected in the composite Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which was released on Monday. Seifsa economist... 

Innovative approaches deployed to overcome industry hardship

By: Paige Müller     29th June 2018 With construction industry growth having remained subdued since the start of this year and government spend on large construction projects having declined dramatically, there has been a trend towards lowering consulting costs to win new contracts and remain competitive, says multidisciplinary... 

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two “innovative technologies” – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

Afrimat Construction Index reflects downward trend in construction activity in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 It is concerning that the construction sector – South Africa’s most labour-intensive sector in terms of labour/capital ratios – is not growing, said economist Dr Roelof Botha on Tuesday at the release of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter. The ACI, compiled by Botha on... 

Sikorsky Continues Customer Support Focus with New Parts Supply Site and S-92 Blade Repair Capability

8th June 2018 Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today announced the relocation and expansion of its Brazil-based forward stocking location (FSL) at a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local operator CEOs and Sikorsky officials. The strategic decision positions Sikorsky products closer to operators and... 

Manufacturing sector investment to remain stable in Q2 – Manufacturing Circle  

By: Anine Kilian     29th May 2018 The Manufacturing Circle Investment Tracker (MCIT) for the first quarter of this year shows there has been investment into the manufacturing sector in the past 15 months, but that investment is declining. Presenting key findings of the MCIT, in Centurion, on Tuesday, Manufacturing Circle... 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

The world’s first high visibility safety work wear wellington boot

16th May 2018 Brightboot launches its unique and innovative wellingtons at this year's Safety & Health Expo 2018 – Stand P172. Brightboot delivers a world first in combining safety footwear protection with compliant high visibility performance. Brightboot conform to the EN ISO 20345:2011 S5 HRO CI SRA footwear... 

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