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Joburg slips in Networked Society rankings

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2016 Johannesburg has slipped a number of spots in the latest Networked Society City Index; however, some progress is still being made and there are signs of improvements. The 2016 edition of the report, compiled by Ericsson and released on Wednesday, ranked Johannesburg at 35, down from the 29... 

AHEC to collaborate with seven UAE-based designers for ‘Seed to Seat’ project at Downtown Design 2016

     20th June 2016 The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, has announced the launch of ‘Seed to Seat’, a collaboration with seven of the most prominent and exciting designers in the UAE, who have been given an open brief and asked... 

2015 Plastics Recycling Figures

     30th May 2016 Over the last couple of decades, Plastics|SA – the umbrella organisation representing the local plastics industry – has been measuring the recycling rate of plastics in South Africa.  Annual updates are done to track the trends in recycling, with the results of the last comprehensive and complete... 

New solar solution on offer for sectional-title market

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2016 Renewable energy services company SolarAfrica has launched a new rooftop solar solution, tailored specifically for South Africa’s large sectional-title market. The offering is designed to provide homeowners in complexes and estates with immediate access to affordable solar energy without having... 

GEA Presents the NiSoX-Valve: A New Concept in Homogenizing Valve

     14th April 2016 Solid experience and extensive engineering skills have enabled GEA to develop a new homogenizing valve that represents a watershed in high pressure homogenization technology. For manufacturers looking to achieve a high quality homogenizing action, producing uniform particles of the required size,... 

Distance measurement of melting bath levels and incandescent objects

     9th March 2016 IAS GmbH develop an innovative powerful cooling system for off-the-shelf microwave sensors – applications in pyrometallurgy for metal and glass industries A cooled sensor system for high-temperature areas up to 800°C – this is the result of a development project by the company IAS GmbH from Weil... 

Energy efficiency in farming – no longer a nice to have but a crucial necessity

     16th February 2016 Farming in South Africa, as in many parts of the world, is faced with severe drought conditions and steadily increasing costs on all fronts. Labour, infrastructure, equipment, transport, energy, livestock and seed stock are becoming more and more expensive. Farmers’ need to counterbalance these... 

CompAir launches totally new 160kW to 250kW lubricated screw range of compressors

     20th January 2016 Leading compressor manufacturer, CompAir, has started from the ground up to totally redesign its 160 kW to 250 kW oil-injected screw compressors to deliver a range of machines that both meet and exceed its existing and new customer requirements. Commenting on the new range, Marcus Hamilton,... 

New house gives new hope to Polokwane family

     7th December 2015 The durability and aesthetic qualities clay face brick are renowned for are some of the reasons government departments keep turning to Corobrik for the construction of affordable housing. Mmakwena Elizabeth Mothiba and her family are the latest recipients of a house in Ga-Mmamabolo, Polokwane,... 

Molex Launches Transcend Connected LED c

     3rd December 2015 Molex, LLC today announced that it has become a Cisco Solutions Technology Integrator for connected commercial LED lighting. With Cisco and luminaire manufacturer partners, Molex is creating the Transcend® Connected Lighting System to accelerate deployment of smart LED lighting control using... 

Multotec optimises grinding circuits with specialised skill set

     13th October 2015 Optimising the grinding circuit requires a specialist skill set that has at its foundation an in-depth understanding of the application of available products to facilitate optimum throughput, minimum unscheduled downtime and eliminate unnecessary wear. Multotec is in a position to offer its... 

Agriculture and energy offer some of the most attractive investments in Africa

     22nd September 2015 As well as analysing the most attractive investment destinations in Africa Rand Merchant Bank’s Where to Invest in Africa 2015/2016 report also addresses two of the most under-invested sectors on the continent - power and energy - and looks at the opportunities they offer to investors. In many... 

SKF to build test centre in Germany

     31st July 2015 SKF invested in the construction of a large-size bearing test centre in Schweinfurt, Germany. The investment, which totals SEK 360 million, is being supported by both the German Government and State of Bavaria, who are contributing SEK 28 million in funding. The test centre have two LSB test... 

Schneider Electric unveils Wiser Home Control solution with improved user experience and easy installation

     21st July 2015 Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced significant updates to its Wiser Home Control, a truly integrated control solution that interlinks electrical, multimedia and telecommunications in a single home automation platform.Wiser Home Control allows owners to... 

SKF invests SEK 190 million in Gothenburg production channels

     15th July 2015 SKF invested SEK 190 million in modernising its spherical roller bearing production channels in Gothenburg. The investment is part of the Group’s focus on the development of world class manufacturing processes.More modern manufacturing processes, including intelligent grinding, which enables... 

VWSA introduces advanced robot technology at paint shop

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2015 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has introduced advanced automated robot technology in its paint shop – in the base coat interior painting process – which has reduced hazardous waste and increased painting efficiency, while also improving quality and consistency. This fully automated interior... 

Eskom to implement load-shedding

By: News24Wire      10th June 2015 Eskom announced on Wednesday that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 16:00 today, which is likely to continue until 22:00 this evening. "This is due to increased electricity demand and a shortage of generation capacity resulting from technical faults at some of our units," the power... 

VWSA paint shop project cuts energy use by 8.8%, hazardous waste by 39%

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2015 Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has introduced advanced automated robot technology in its paint shop – in the base coat interior painting process – which has reduced hazardous waste and increased painting efficiency, while also improving quality and consistency. This fully automated interior... 

Goldcorp again named to Nasdaq Sustainability Index

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2015 NYSE-listed Goldcorp reported on Tuesday that it had, for the second consecutive time, been included in the semiannual reranking of the NASDAQ OMX CRD Global Sustainability Index. This listing ranked Goldcorp, world’s largest gold producer by market value, as one of the top 100 companies in the... 

Africa's energy challenges continue to weigh down its growth

By: Kim Cloete     12th May 2015 The lack of vital electricity infrastructure continued to bedevil Africa’s drive towards developing integrated regional markets, while energy usage in sub-Saharan Africa had increased by 45% in the past 15 years, said Eskom board member Zethembe Khoza at African Utility Week, in Cape Town, on... 

IT in Africa’s construction industry

     15th October 2014 An integral component of today’s construction industry is Information Technology.  Utilising the data it generates, IT contributes significantly to meeting industry needs and adapts to and supports construction trends.  It is in fact one of the core utilities or services that support an... 

Bytes SI’s electricity consumption project reduces energy cost at Midrand Campus

     19th June 2014 It is becoming increasingly important to take energy efficiency very seriously in today’s environment. Apart from the fact that our planet cannot cope with the rate at which we burn fossil fuels and extreme dumping of dangerous amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, our local energy provider is... 

Big challenges for smart metering

By: Kim Cloete     14th May 2014 Executives from around the world have listed cyber security, regulatory uncertainty and a need to close the skills gap as three of the top challenges facing the smart metering industry. Delegates to African Utilities Week in Cape Town heard how the threat of hacking remote devices was a very real... 

Danish Data Centres Cut Energy Usage By 10% Using Eaton Technology

     22nd April 2014 ESPOO, Finland … Power management company Eaton has revealed that more than 90 percent of the data centres in Denmark that use the company’s three-phase uninterruptible power supplies rated at 40 kW or more, are substantially reducing  energy costs by taking advantage of Eaton’s unique Energy... 

AAA-LUX and Abacus Lighting will enter a partnership to jointly develop and distribute high-quality LED floodlights globally.

     10th April 2014 The partnership will break the international market for LED floodlights wide-open and allows customers in virtually any country access to good quality LED floodlights. “Abacus Lighting is a well-respected provider of floodlight solutions internationally and has a very strong sales team. The... 

South Africans have shown that they have the power during Earth Hour

     27th March 2014 “Solar geyser could reduce electricity bill by up to 50%” “South Africans have shown that we have the power during Earth Hour to make a difference when Eskom confirmed last year that we had switched off and achieved a massive, combined 629MW average reduction on our electricity usage”, says... 

Massive energy savings for Western Cape steel plant

     28th February 2014 Effective energy management is showing significant cost savings at South Africa’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal’s Western Cape plant in Saldahna, says the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA). Energy savings were achieved at the Saldanha plant with the help of... 

Use turbine technology to earn from surplus energy

     26th February 2014 A comprehensive range of accessories is available for the DEPRAG GET turbine generator Floods in the past year, the mildest winter in a long time, springtime temperatures in January. Our climate is changing. Extreme weather is on the increase. Climate protection and efficient energy usage are... 

This is the only way to save electricity

     24th February 2014 Unless an invention is introduced to supply all the electricity needs of society, to date tariff hikes and other methods have not been enough to encourage sufficient energy conservation. However, a new technology one that has been improved for accuracy and efficacy has now been introduced to the... 

Coal is a natural resource this means that eventually there will be nothing left

     15th January 2014 According to the 2006 issue of the Digest of South Africa Energy Statistics, released by the Department of Energy, between 65 and 77% of the country's energy usage is derived from coal. It is this natural resource by which electricity is generated. However, in a bid to further awareness on the... 

Ellis Park has significant potential for energy efficiency 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2013 German consulting firm Transsolar Energietechnick visited the Ellis Park stadium, in Johannesburg, for an energy audit aimed at reducing the stadium’s energy usage and subsequent costs. Leandi Kolver has the story.  

Massive energy savings save ArcelorMittal Saldanha Steel Works

     18th November 2013 South Africa’s largest steel producer, ArcelorMittal, has reported significant energy savings after managing and optimising energy usage at their Western Cape (Saldanha) plant. This was achieved with the help of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) www.ncpc.co.za  by... 

Responsible Care Report 2013 showcase Responsible Care in action

     15th November 2013 At a special breakfast function on 14 November 2013, the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association launched its 2013 Responsible Care Performance Report, the 7th in the history of Responsible Care in South Africa.  CAIA, the custodian of Responsible Care in South Africa, collects safety, health... 

Company Annoucements:The challenges of a smart grid

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2013 It is no secret that South Africa’s national power grid is under severe pressure, and the country’s energy supply is unreliable and insecure.  In Winter months the grid at times gets alarmingly close to the brink of shutdown.  Power utility, Eskom, is faced with ongoing crises, and at the back of... 

Company Announcement: OSRAM AG becomes the official lighting partner of Disneyland Paris

     1st October 2012 OSRAM AG and Euro Disney Associés S.C.A., which operates Disneyland Paris, today announced a five-year strategic corporate alliance 

Green energy requires an investment in chemistry

     27th July 2012 The chemical industry is often overlooked as key to the generation of new and alternative energy solutions, says industry body South African Chemical Institute (SACI) Green Chemistry division chair Dr Vincent Nyamori. 

Company Announcement: SKF CASM electric cylinders reduce CO2 emissions for industrial automation applications

     27th June 2012 SKF today announced that the SKF CASM electric cylinder, a BeyondZero Portfolio product, reduces CO2 emissions in a wide range of industrial applications 

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