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Colenso power project set for construction in 2019

By: Donald Makhafola     16th March 2018 The development of the greenfield Colenso anthracite coal mining project, in KwaZulu-Natal - primarily earmarked to supply the coal-fired Colenso power station currently in the planning phase - is expected to start next year at an estimated cost of R410-million, says coal mining and independent... 

Growing need for correct specification of equipment in F&B industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th March 2018 Adhering to international food safety regulations and industry trends such as energy efficiency can sometimes lead to the incorrect specification of equipment in the food manufacturing process, says vibrating-equipment manufacturer Kwatani business development manager Warren Mann. 

New tech to mitigate production challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With inefficiency and downtime being significant challenges for the food and beverage industry, the largest provider of reconditioned boilers, Dryden Combustion, a division of Energy Partners, is working on new products to optimise field efficiency for clients. 

Food manufacturer expands into packaging

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. 

Energy management automation products to be exhibited at PEWA

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Electrical solutions and lighting specialist organisation Magnet Group will exhibit at Power & Electricity World Africa (PEWA) on March 27 and 28 at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng.  

New Boeing jets will bring lower costs for local airline group

By: Rebecca Campbell     15th March 2018 The entry into service of eight next generation Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with South Africa’s private-sector Comair airline group will cut the airline’s fuel expenditure per seat by 15%. This was highlighted by Comair CEO Erik Venter at a press conference on Thursday. (This assumes that the fuel... 

Clean energy, hi-tech sectors drive demand for high-quality silica

     15th March 2018 The race to develop more effective and efficient solar panels has resulted in an increased demand for relatively rare raw materials such as high-grade quartz silica. To meet this demand, Suricate Minerals is fast-tracking its development of high-quality quartz deposits in Mauritania. The mining... 

High-quality bar products for the US market

     15th March 2018 Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc. selects SMS group for new merchant bar mill Nucor Steel Kankakee, Inc., based in Illinois, U.S.A., has chosen SMS group ( as the primary technology supplier for its new 500,000 tons per year merchant bar mill. The new facility will be installed at its... 

Lowering The “Normal” Cost Of Maintenance

     15th March 2018 Better parts visibility keeps the machinery of manufacturing running. Considering how maintenance and parts inventories have evolved in recent years, and the increasingly strategic approach to Enterprise Asset Management (EAM), it is apparent that visibility is one of the most important drivers... 

S African foundry aims to expand footprint in North America 

By: Donald Makhafola     14th March 2018 The capacity of some aspects of the smelting industry in North America, such as the steel sector, has significantly deteriorated in the past 25 years, as a result of Chinese companies dominating the market and supplying cheaper products, says South Africa-based foundry and engineering company... 

Anglo commits to ambitious sustainability strategy

By: Martin Creamer     14th March 2018 Diversified mining company Anglo American has outlined an innovative approach to three major areas of sustainability - the environment, community development, and driving greater trust and transparency across the mining industry. 

Industrial automation solutions improve South African industry's global competitiveness

     13th March 2018 Digitalisation and automation are driving South Africa towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where smart technology improves efficiency, upskills workers and creates new jobs. At the forefront of South Africa's industrial revolution is automation specialist PCMP. The Pretoria-based company... 

Compact, Lightweight and Mobile – the efficiency trio of Atlas Copco 8 Series Utility air compressor range

     13th March 2018 “The 8 Series Utility air compressor range delivers our value proposition of lowest overall cost of ownership which differentiates us as a preferred supplier of portable energy products to diverse industries,” states David Stanford, Business Line Manager – Portable Products, Atlas Copco Power... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Smooth sailing for maritime sector with SKF Enlight Centre machine condition monitoring system

     12th March 2018 SKF Enlight Centre is an internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system designed for the global marine industry. This first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system has been designed to meet the changing... 

Smooth sailing for maritime sector with SKF Enlight Centre machine condition monitoring system

     9th March 2018 SKF Enlight Centre is an internet-enabled condition-based maintenance (CBM) and condition monitoring (CM) system designed for the global marine industry. This first-of-its-kind, asset based (as opposed to measurement focused) machine health monitoring system has been designed to meet the changing... 

Native title laws cause uncertainty in mining circles – MCA

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2018 Australian minerals companies have called for urgent amendments to native title laws to remove uncertainty created by court decisions which cast doubt over the status of mining leases and tenements, the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Friday. The MCA’s submission to the... 

Transnet rejects claim of no significant mining-linked rail and port investment in 15 years

     9th March 2018 Anglo American South Africa deputy chairperson Norman Mbazima argues that a revitalisation of South Africa’s rail and port networks will be key to ensuring a recovery in mining investment. Speaking at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, he lamented that he had not seen any significant rail... 

Standard rail network can foster intercountry trade

By: Melissa Zisengwe     9th March 2018 Linking African countries with a standard rail network will assist in growing inter-country trade and, subsequently, foster Africa’s economic growth, says engineering consultancy WSP Africa Group. 

Fund invests in Africa-focused renewables IPP

By: Dylan Slater     9th March 2018 Clean energy infrastructure and resource efficiency investment company Inspired Evolution has signed a deal to invest up to $36-million in independent power producer (IPP) Alten Renewable Energy Developments Africa, which is the sub-Saharan Africa-focused subsidiary of Netherlands-based solar... 

Barker Inlet power station, Australia

By: Sheila Barradas     9th March 2018 AGL Energy plans to build a reciprocating engine power plant near Adelaide, in South Australia. 

From Warehouse floor to store: How Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility™ transformed distribution for Massdiscounters

     8th March 2018 Massdiscounters, a leading distribution chain, has adopted Trackmatic’s Driver-Led Visibility™ solution. The solution, paired with Trackmatic’s detailed business analytics, has transformed key performance indicators, with objective, empirically based driver performance KPIs improving by 14% and... 

Alrosa ups February sales, reports on exploration developments

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th March 2018 Russian diamond major Alrosa on Wednesday announced its latest diamond sales results and also reported on geological prospecting developments, including the reorganisation of its exploration unit. The company, which produces the world’s most diamonds in terms of volume, said that it had sold... 

EM adopts ‘green’ paperless system to drive efficiency

     7th March 2018 ElectroMechanica (EM) has rolled out a paperless system throughout all its branch offices and warehouses in South Africa, in line with the global trend for businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, and create a ‘green’ work environment. This strategy is in line with EM’s established reputation... 

MEDITECH Holdings South Africa Expands Solution Offerings and Data Value with Commvault

     7th March 2018 Enables fully integrated electronic healthcare record management for more effective patient care around the world with Commvault Data Platform –   Commvault, the global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, has today announced a new partnership with MEDITECH Holdings South... 

Solar-hydro hybrid schemes can help fulfil Africa’s energy needs

     7th March 2018 By Riyaadh Hassim and Louiza van Vuuren The evidence for climate change is clear worldwide. We see it in record heat levels, heavier rainstorms and severe droughts, increased tropical storms and hurricane intensity. This reality has forced a new era of clean energy development. At the same time,... 

Nexa a pioneer of the new future of mining – Tito Martins

By: Henry Lazenby     6th March 2018 Recently rebranded Brazilian miner Nexa Resources is at the forefront of innovating in the mining industry with progressive policies and innovative technologies, an audience attending the keynote session during the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's 2018 convention has heard.... 

Government to finalise designation of Atlantis and Nkomazi SEZs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th March 2018 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will finalise the designation of the Atlantis and the Nkomazi special economic zones (SEZs), located in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga, respectively, in the next financial year.  

Clover not too worried about land expropriation proposals, satisfied with H1 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Despite concerns about the recent controversial calls for land expropriation without compensation and the possible effect this could have on South Africa’s economy and food security, JSE-listed foods and beverages group Clover believes it is not all doom and gloom. Speaking to Engineering News... 

TNG in talks for Mt Peake finance, offtakes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th March 2018 Australian strategic metals developer TNG on Tuesday said it has had preliminary meetings with Germany's KfW IPEX-Bank and received a positive hearing with an expression of interest to conduct further due diligence ahead of possible mandating for finance for the development of its flagship Mount... 

Outlook good for cash-flush Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     6th March 2018 Chrome and ferrochrome company Merafe, which has zero debt and R600-million cash on hand, sees ferrochrome prices being supported by the cost of production in China, solid projected stainless steel production growth and the absence of any major additional ferrochrome supply capacity coming on... 

South Africa needs to adopt strategic water plan to avoid deteriorating supply  

By: Anine Kilian     5th March 2018 South Africa’s water crisis is having a significant impact on economic growth and on the wellbeing of South African citizens, Department of Water and Sanitation DDG Trevor Balzer said on Monday. Addressing delegates at the Consulting Engineers of South Africa Infrastructure Indaba, in... 

Electric, hybrid trucks to reach 2.25m unit sales by 2025, says Frost & Sullivan

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2018 Research firm Frost & Sullivan’s latest analysis of the electric truck market finds that the global light/medium/heavy-duty hybrid and full electric truck segments are expected to reach yearly sales of more than 2.25-million units by 2025. Frost & Sullivan believes China will lead the... 

Zest Weg Adds Value In The HVAC Space

     5th March 2018 With access to years of experience in the Heating, Ventilation Air-conditioning and Cooling (HVAC) market, and its range of quality products to service HVAC applications, the Zest WEG Group can tackle any single product installation right through to a customised solution. Zest WEG Group sales... 

Dialogue between govt, private sector key to R&D tax incentive success

By: Anine Kilian     2nd March 2018 The success of the research and development (R&D) tax incentive is dependent on ongoing and constructive dialogue between the government and the business sector, Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday. A task team, comprising representatives from the private and... 

ACCC proposes joint gas marketing in Northern Territory

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd March 2018 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has released a draft determination proposing to authorise joint gas marketing arrangements between joint venture partners ASX-listed Central Petroleum and Macquarie Mereenie for their Mereenie oil- and gasfield, located in the Amadeus... 

Drive specialist launches new product at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 Drive engineering specialist SEW Eurodrive will launch its ECDriveS at this year's bauma CONEXPO AFRICA expo for the global construction and mining industries. 

Mini mills embraced by the steel industry

By: Paige Müller     2nd March 2018 Metallurgic processing plant supplier SMS group states that the South African steel industry is embracing mini mill technology as an alternative to expensive traditional integrated steel plants. SMS group’s latest annual report, published in 2017, indicates that steel producers are looking to... 

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