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SA platinum miners enter recycling market despite ‘mixed’ expectations

By: David Oliveira     22nd September 2017 Despite the mixed performance and expectations of the recycling industry, local platinum producers Sibanye and Northam Platinum this year entered the platinum-group metals (PGMs) recycling market. Platinum recycling is projected to decline by 6% year-on-year to 1.76-million ounces this year,... 

I am unable to replicate your thinking

By: Riaan de Lange     22nd September 2017 In a country famed for its politeness, you have to take care not of offend, or to be perceived to offend, when expressing an opinion that may differ from those held by people about whom you are expressing the opinion. An expression might well be perceived as a prejudicial. Hint: the country is... 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

New chillers, heat pumps launch next month

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Multinational heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment producer Johnson Controls is launching its Amichi series of chillers and heat pumps for the South African market on October 1. Johnson Controls building efficiency Africa GM Neil Cameron explains that the series has... 

Leaf 2 offers advanced technologies, dynamic new design 

     21st September 2017 The effects of global warming are driving the case for electric vehicles, or EVs, such as the latest zero-emissions EV from global vehicle manufacturer Nissan, the much-anticipated Leaf 2. Tracy Hancock attended the launch in Japan. 

Johnson Matthey to invest £200m in battery material technology

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 Johnson Matthey said it will invest an initial £200-million in expanding its battery material technology business from 2018, aiming to capitalise on growth in the electric vehicle market. The specialty chemicals company said the overall market "could be (worth) more than $30-billion (in) sales... 

The graphite fix: Inside China's newest commodity addiction

By: Reuters     21st September 2017 China's aggressive environmental protection campaign has tightened supplies of graphite electrodes used in steelmaking, boosting the fortunes of big producers like Fangda Carbon as mills search far and wide for a material now in short supply. Beijing's campaign for clearer skies has closed... 

Cummins Provides Latest Technology For Emissions Control In Rail-Engine Market

     20th September 2017 Cummins, the world’s largest independent engine manufacturer, has over 70 years’ experience in high-speed rail engines, reveals Andreas Dammann, Rail Business Manager – EMEA. With engine platforms from 36 kW to 3 300 kW, Cummins has a range of engines specifically for the rail market segment.... 

Robust intersections support potential to fast-track Portugal lithium project

By: Mariaan Webb     20th September 2017 Aim-quoted Savannah Resources is hard at work to fast-track its Mina do Barroso lithium project, in Portugal, to production, as it seeks to tap into the fast-expanding battery market. Assay results from the first part of a reverse circulation drilling programme at two high-priority targets,... 

Electric buses expected to spur platinum demand – Implats 

By: Martin Creamer     19th September 2017 Electric buses powered by platinum-catalysed fuel cells are attracting the attention of South Africans, who will visit Germany next month to update themselves on passenger carriers that emit zero pollution into the atmosphere. “There’s a lot of interest in fuel cell buses simply because the... 

Deterrence, prevention critical for miners in fight against fraud

By: Henry Lazenby     18th September 2017 Fraud is a significant burden on the mining industry and is likely to cost companies an average of 5.85% of turnover every year. Therefore, catching it before it happens is often the best weapon to combat this scourge. This figure is based on 20 years of data across more than 40 sectors,... 

World’s first electric truck in series production makes US debut


By: Irma Venter     18th September 2017 Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) has launched the world’s first all-electric truck in series production, the Fuso eCanter, in the US. MFTBC is a member of the Daimler group. 

Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

Africa’s Uptake Of Dry-Type Transformers Set To Grow

     18th September 2017 Already popular in North America and Europe, dry-type transformers will soon be seeing greater take-up in Africa through a more concerted entry and support strategy from global leader Hammond Power Solutions (HPS). According to Andrea Giacometti, regional sales manager of the HPS Europe, the... 

Bullish outlook for Canadian crude, natural gas provides investment opportunities

By: Henry Lazenby     15th September 2017 Two reports issued this week point to a significantly increased global appetite for fossil fuels like oil and gas, presenting an investment opportunity for energy speculators. While renewables are forecast to be the fastest-growing energy source, fossil fuels will continue to be important and... 

BMG launches R400m World site facility in Gauteng

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Technical solutions provider BMG, which is part of Invicta Holdings, has officially launched its BMG World site, in Johannesburg, which is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy that began nearly ten years ago. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade... 

Certification upholds international standards

     15th September 2017 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) Welding Fabricator Certification Scheme, known as ISO 3834, is operated by independent company SAIW Certification, which is authorised by the International Institute of Welding (IIW) as South Africa’s Authorised National Body for Company... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

Partnership to supply world-class chain slings in South Africa

     15th September 2017 Specialty steel products integrated producer Scaw Metals Group's operation, Distribution Network, has extended its cooperation with lifting, rigging and securement applications manufacturer Crosby by adding Crosby Platinum Line Grade 100 chain fittings to its product offering. Having made the... 

South African munitions company to make major investments

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze tells “Engineering News”. “We will likely recruit... 

Eldorado receives Greek arbitration notice

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Vancouver-headquartered Eldorado Gold said on Thursday its Greek subsidiary Hellas Gold has finally received a formal notice from the country’s Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Environment and Energy initiating domestic arbitration. The mediation will take place under the provisions... 

Coal market boom casts bullish trajectory for Corsa as it prowls for M&A ops

By: Henry Lazenby     14th September 2017 Surprising as it may seem, coal demand is at an all-time high, with the current heydays spelling “good profits and rising margins” for several miners in this space, including US-focused Corsa Coal. The TSX-V-listed miner, which produces coal from six mines, has one development mine and operates... 

Smart regulation key to driving renewable energy sector

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2017 Smart regulation and market stimulation are key drivers for growing the renewable energy sector and help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Finnish Economic Affairs and Employment Deputy Minister Petri Peltonen said on Thursday. Speaking to Engineering News Online on the sidelines of the... 

Fastener Fair France 2018 arrives in Paris

     14th September 2017 Paris Expo Porte de Versailles will host Fastener Fair France from 28-29 November 2018. The exhibition is the latest in the world’s leading series of trade shows specialising in fastener and fixing technologies. Locating the exhibition in Paris will bring the very latest in fastener and fixing... 

Euro Sun awards contract for Rovina bankable feasibility study

By: Mariaan Webb     14th September 2017 SX-listed Euro Sun has awarded the bankable feasibility study (BFS) contract for its Rovina Valley gold and copper project, in Romania, to SRK Consulting (Canada) and Ausenco Engineering Canada. Announcing the award of the BFS on Thursday, Euro Sun said SRK would provide expertise in geology,... 

RS Components marks 80 years of business operations

     14th September 2017 80-year heritage lays foundation for RS to build future business focussed on service excellence and innovation RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers, today celebrates 80 years since opening its first business operations in London, UK. 

Teck sells interest in Ireland zinc project to G11

By: Mariaan Webb     13th September 2017 Canadian miner Teck Resources has sold its 76.56% interest in the Stonepark zinc project, in Ireland, to base metals explorer Group Eleven Resources (G11), according to joint venture (JV) partner Connemara Mining. Connemara chairperson John Teeling previously said the explorer was keen to have... 

Ascendis reports strong headline earnings growth

By: Anine Kilian     12th September 2017 JSE-listed pharmaceuticals company Ascendis Health has reported strong growth in normalised headline earnings of 92% to R645-million for the year ended June 30.   The group’s revenue increased by 64% to R6.4-billion, with acquisitions contributing R2.3-billion, the company said in a statement on... 

Honda previews 2019 electric car, showcases revenue opportunity for EV owners

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2017 Honda has revealed an all-new electric vehicle (EV), the Urban EV Concept, at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept car is built on a completely new platform, and sets the direction for the technology and design that will appear on a future battery electric Honda production model. 

Afrox unveils Genie® Helium N6.0

     12th September 2017 Afrox has unveiled its own genie in a bottle in the form of Genie® Helium N6.0. With a guaranteed minimum purity of 99.9999%, this speciality gas is a certified Helium N6.0 product, and also offers smart technology and portability in a revolutionary new packaging. Andisha Dukkan, Head of... 

Eldorado's suspension threatens Greece's investment image

By: Bloomberg     12th September 2017 Eldorado Gold has put Greece on the spot. The Canadian mining company’s decision on Monday to suspend all its operations in Greece, citing delays in acquiring routine permits, puts the Syriza government of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in a difficult position.  

China sends one of the West's most critical materials soaring

By: Bloomberg     11th September 2017 The price of one of the most critical materials for the Western world’s economy and defenses is spiking faster than any major commodity. Tungsten, used to harden steel in ballistic missiles and in drill bits, has surged more than 50% in the last two months amid growing concern about supply... 

First-generation biofuels just as sustainable as second – report

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th September 2017 A new study on bioethanol has revealed that first-generation biofuels are “just as sustainable” as second-generation biofuels and that both show significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and promote climate change mitigation. Conducting a quantitative and qualitative sustainability... 

Cuba shuts down nickel industry as Hurricane Irma approaches

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Cuba has begun to shut down its nickel industry in preparation for Hurricane Irma, state-run television said on Thursday. One of two processing plants, the state-owned Ernesto Che Guevara, was closed, and the second, a joint venture with Canadian miner Sherritt International Corporation, was... 

Nokeng mulling two or three more fluorspar mines by 2026 as huge shortage is predicted

By: Mia Breytenbach     8th September 2017 Following the breakthrough of opening the first new mine in Gauteng, South Africa, in the last 12 years, which is being developed by producer SepFluor’s wholly owned Nokeng fluorspar mine, the company aims to become vertically integrated in the fluorspar value chain in future. Fluorite ore is... 

South Africa’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) aims to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy was... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

Volvo Car SA expecting big change in EV perceptions in coming years

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Volvo Car South Africa (VCSA) MD Greg Maruszewski is confident the local arm of the Swedish group will be able to thrive under its parent company’s new powertrain policy. Volvo announced last month that all new cars launched globally from 2019 onwards will be partially or completely... 

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