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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... 

Transforming an informal settlement in South Africa into a modern city

4th May 2018 Transforming an informal settlement into a fully-fledged urban development requires extensive planning and integration of infrastructure. This was the major problem faced by the City of Johannesburg’s Housing Department when it embarked on a long-term project to develop Elias Motsoaledi. Named... 

NexGen gains on two new discoveries, exploration progress

By: Henry Lazenby     3rd May 2018 Vancouver-based uranium explorer NexGen Energy has reported the scintillometer results for 54 winter drill holes comprising 30 208 m from its flagship Rook I project, in Northern Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, reporting positive results on targets tested and outlining two new discoveries.... 

Seifsa encouraged by Absa PMI improvement

By: Anine Kilian     2nd May 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is encouraged by the improvement in the Absa Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) for April, released on Wednesday, with the data showing that businesses are slowly responding to a buoyant consumer, business and investor... 

Boeing wins a trio of commercial aircraft orders in a matter of days

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th April 2018 US aerospace giant Boeing has announced a series of orders for its commercial aircraft during the first half of this month. The orders are for 737 MAX 10 single-aisle and 787 Dreamliner wide-body airliners and 777 freighter aircraft. The three deals have a total value of some $19.94-billion.  

Stocks fall as US yields rise, commodities tumble

By: Reuters     23rd April 2018 A gauge of global equity markets declined on Monday as US bond yields moved closer to the 3% level that has unsettled investors in recent months, while a fall in commodity prices pressured materials stocks. US bond prices fell, with the ten-year yield hitting its highest in over four years at... 

Nanoclay technology being developed as possible means to treat AMD

By: Anine Kilian     17th April 2018 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is developing low-cost polymer-based adsorbents for the removal of toxic pollutants such as heavy metals, anions and organics, from wastewater, that could be applied in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD is the outflow of... 

Airport business model under threat globally

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th April 2018 Worldwide, airports are facing a significant challenge to their current business models, S&P Global infrastructure ratings senior director Mar Beltran has warned. The challenge comes from important changes in the behaviour of passengers using their facilities. Airports have benefitted from a boom... 

Tangible results needed to maintain business confidence momentum – Sacci

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2018 Although an improved business mood is still present, it has to be augmented by an improvement in the real economy and further focus on better financial conditions, the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Thursday, releasing the results of its latest business confidence... 

Vulco R67 mill lining rubber compound

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th April 2018 The mill liner that lasts longer Fields results show that the new Vulco® R67 mill lining rubber compound from Weir Minerals delivers an increase in wear life of 20%. With a liner that can run significantly longer, operators will experience a measurable reduction in mill downtime, installation and... 

Absa PMI falls below 50-point mark, Seifsa concerned about unresponsiveness to improving confidence

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) on Tuesday dropped back below the neutral 50-point mark in March, after encouraging improvements during the first two months of the year. The index shed 3.9 points to reach a level of 46.9 points in March, down from 50.8 in February.  

New research facility to unlock economic potential of South Africa’s biomass waste

By: Shirley le Guern     20th March 2018 The Department of Science and Technology and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Tuesday launched a R37.5-million Biorefinery Development Facility (BIDF) in Durban that will bridge the gap between research and development and industrialisation, while helping to rejuvenate... 

South Africa’s aviation activity index shows continuing mild improvement

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th March 2018 On Tuesday the Commercial Aviation Association of South Africa (Caasa) released its composite index of aviation activity for the fourth quarter of last year (4Q17). The Caasa Aviation Activity Index (CAAI) is created using 25 different indicators. It is designed to provide a measure of economic... 

Aerosud Aviation warns of tough times for the South African aerospace industry

By: Rebecca Campbell     16th March 2018 South Africa’s largest private-sector commercial aviation aerostructures manufacturing company, Aerosud Aviation (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aerosud Holdings), warns that the local aerospace industry is going through tough times and is not receiving the kind of support that competitors in other... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

Cemteq Established To Supply Smart, Sustainable Building Materials

15th March 2018 Wadeville-based Sun Silicates has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions (Pty) Ltd, that specialises in developing and marketing unique, value-adding products for the building and construction industries. Initially CemteQ will focus on using high quality Perlite produced by Sun... 

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