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Improved quality and productivity reduce production costs

15th June 2018 As the leading supplier of gases and welding equipment and machinery in sub-Saharan Africa, industrial gases company Afrox continues to provide innovative welding solutions to the Southern African market by introducing new products and technology. The latest of these is welding equipment... 

Industry body assumes consultancy role in DHET initiative

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 The Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) has been appointed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to act as the consultants in the welding aspect of the Centres of Specialisation Programme. Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor outlined in March that the... 

Understanding weld standards crucial to the welding industry

By: Halima Frost     15th June 2018 To ensure quality in the welding industry, pipes supplier Marley Pipe Systems product specialist Ian Venter says it is important to not only use the standards required in welding but also understand them. Delivering a keynote address at the Thermoplastic Welding Technology Day, hosted by industry... 

Arc 1

15th June 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

IFPA Announces Steps To Qualify Welding Procedures And Welds

11th June 2018 Ensuring Consistent Quality Installations And Peace Of Mind The Installation and Fabrication Plastics Pipe Association (IFPA) has announced that it will be qualifying welding procedures and weld jobs performed by its members going forward. 

Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical ‘shows its steel’ on Kwale Mineral Sands Phase 2: A milestone pan-African project, delivered on time

8th June 2018 Stefanutti Stocks Mechanical (SSM) have demonstrated their ability to compete in the pan- African mining sector by successfully executing Phase 2 of the Kwale Mineral Sands mine expansion project in Kenya (KP2). The project was awarded in June 2017 and scheduled for completion in April 2018.  SSM... 

Laser machine in full production at fabrication company

By: Halima Frost     8th June 2018 Machine tool supplier Puma Machine Tools completed the supply of its high-end laser profile JinFangYuan (JFY) 4020 machine to a Wadeville metals fabrication company last month. The machine, with a Trumpf TruDisk 3001 laser source, will be used to cut processing plates for the manufacturing of... 

Platinum price set for recovery this year – survey

By: Anine Kilian     7th June 2018 The platinum price is expected to exceed $1 000/oz in the second half of this year. “We expect the platinum price will start a recovery this year, albeit a gradual one. This is predicated on a small deficit this year, of nearly 300 000 oz, fuelled by a contraction in supply, chiefly from the... 

Fluor Completes Sasol Oxygen Train Project in Secunda, South Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th June 2018 WOODMEAD, South Africa (June 4, 2018) – Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) has completed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of Sasol’s Additional Oxygen Capacity Train 17 Outside Battery Limits project in the first quarter of 2018, at its Secunda plant in South Africa.  The project... 

A Bright Future Awaits Trained Thermoplastic Welders

4th June 2018 Plastics|SA equips learners with welding skills that are in high demand in a growing industry Plastics|SA put welding skills, learnership programmes, technology and the latest welding equipment in the spotlight at its third Thermoplastics Welding Technology Day that took place at its head office... 

Small modular reactors offer promise, but face major challenges

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st June 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Port of Saldanha offshore supply base, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th May 2018 The project aims to provide fabrication of offshore structures. 

ParkerStore™ Limpopo opens with ribbon cutting by The Executive Mayor of Polokwane

23rd May 2018 New motion control products and services specialist facility officially opens doors to service the mining and industrial market needs. Polokwane, South Africa. The Executive Mayor of Polokwane, Cllr. Thembi Nkadimeng and Limpopo Economic Development MEC and Hon. Seaparo Sekoati helped cut the... 

Small modular reactors offer great promise but face major challenges 

By: Rebecca Campbell     18th May 2018 Worldwide, there is significant interest in the development of small and medium modular reactors (SMRs). “At the moment there are 11 countries developing about 50 SMR designs and four units are under construction or have a certified design,” said University of Pretoria Mechanical and Aeronautical... 

Young, bridal jewellery consumers to drive platinum demand

By: Nadine James     18th May 2018 Young, bridal and self-purchasing jewellery consumers are emerging to contribute to platinum demand growth this year, the Platinum Guild International (PGI) reports. In its ‘2017 Platinum Jewellery Business Review’, the PGI found strong consumer retail sales growth in the US, Japan and India for... 

Platinum surplus to widen; fuel cells seen as key driver for future demand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th May 2018 The platinum market will move further into oversupply this year, as production from South Africa remains flat and demand is forecast to contract by 2.5%, the latest Johnson Matthey platinum group metals (PGM) market report states.  

RS Components launches new RS Pro 3D printer targeting diverse applications including rapid prototyping and education

9th May 2018 New RS Pro open-source based additive-manufacturing machine delivers high level of customisability, easy maintenance and upgradeable future proofing RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, announced the launch of its new... 

Gold price to average $1 360/oz this year – survey

By: Simone Liedtke     8th May 2018 Thomson Reuters GFMS expects the gold price to average $1 360/oz this year and potentially briefly approach a 2018 peak towards $1 500/oz on any external shocks later in the year as it believes that the geopolitical climate and equity markets will continue to support gold’s role as a risk hedge.... 

Kwatani’s Huge Screen Order Includes Largest Units Yet

7th May 2018 In the single largest order for vibrating screens secured from any mine in the past two years, Kwatani has shown its mettle by supplying some of the largest vibrating screens in Africa to the world’s leading opencast coal complex. According to Kwatani CEO Kim Schoepflin, the contract comprised 44... 

Trade shows, expos significant to investment into Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     4th May 2018 In its fifty-second year of serving the automotive industry in Portugal and internationally, Portuguese automotive suppliers association Afia believes that being involved in trade shows, conferences and expos plays a significant role in creating relationships with countries such as South Africa. 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia and Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     4th May 2018 The Zambezi River Authority has embarked on the final stage of the project with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works. 

Kariba dam rehabilitation project, Zambia/Zimbabwe

By: Sheila Barradas     27th April 2018 The Kariba dam rehabilitation project is progressing steadily. 

Irish forklift manufacturer launches new headquarters, manufacturing facility

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2018 Irish manufacturer of multidirectional forklifts Combilift, which specialises in customised machines, on Wednesday launched its new 46 500 m2 global headquarters and manufacturing facility, in which it invested about €50-million. The facility, which is based in Monaghan, Ireland, currently... 

Zambezi River Authority launches Kariba dam spillway rehabilitation works tender

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th April 2018 The Zambezi River Authority (ZRA) has embarked on the final stage of its Kariba Dam rehabilitation project (KDRP) with the launch of a tender for the spillway rehabilitation works to a shortlist of three prequalified companies – China Gezhouba Group, the CMC/ATB Kariba joint venture and GE Hydro... 

Cosatu won't join general strike on Wednesday, supports minimum wage

By: African News Agency      24th April 2018 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday distanced itself from a planned national strike against a proposed minimum wage and amendments to labour laws. Cosatu's rival, the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) said on Monday it would embark on a general strike on... 

Agreement opens way for R1.8bn oil services hub at Saldanha port

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2018 A private port terminal operator has been selected to build and operate South Africa’s first offshore supply base (OSSB) at the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. The facility, which will involve investments of R1.8-billion over the coming five years, will provide services to offshore oil and... 

Coral South floating liquefied natural gas project, Mozambique

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 Coral FLNG SA plans to develop five-trillion cubic feet of gas in the deep waters of the Rovuma basin. 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     20th April 2018 General Electric has successfully completed performance tests on Unit 1 of the power plant. 

Home-Grown, World Class Mine Winder Manufacture

16th April 2018 So well regarded is Parnis Manufacturing’s reputation in manufacturing and refurbishing mine winders, that the company recently delivered a 23 tonne, 3 metre single drum winder to a gold mining company in Canada. The unit will be used as a man winder and service hoist, and will be used to reach a... 

Growing Presence In Coal Grows B&E International’s Capabilities

13th April 2018 Raubex Group company B&E International’s 15 years of experience in coal today places it in the top rung of crushing and screening specialists in this competitive segment of mining, according to director of operations Sandile Mazibuko. “Our expertise – developed mainly in hard rock mining and... 

Arc 1

13th April 2018 High-quality welding and cutting products and services supplier Arc 1 is focused on supporting the fabrication industry in Southern Africa. Based in Elandsfontein, Germiston, the company intends to be the supplier of choice for those fabrication customers wanting to procure high-quality welding... 

Global silver output falls 4.1% in 2017, as industrial demand ramps up – GFMS

By: Henry Lazenby     12th April 2018 A new survey by the GFMS team at Thomson Reuters has found that global silver output had fallen 4.1% in 2017 to 852.1-million ounces. Prepared by GFMS, the report found that total physical demand of 1.02-billion ounces was 25% lower year-on-year, signalling that the tightening of the... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     6th April 2018 The upgrade of two shiploaders at the Durban harbour has been completed. 

Fluor Awarded Front-End Engineering and Design and Project Management Consultancy Contract for Phosphoric Acid Production Facility in Egypt

By: Creamer Media Reporter      4th April 2018 IRVING, Texas & CAIRO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fluor Corporation (NYSE: FLR) announced today that it was awarded the front-end engineering design (FEED) contract by Egypt’s state energy firm Enppi for the offsites and utilities portion of the main plant complex and support services for the Waphco... 

Metals Focus sees gold climbing to $1 450/oz this year

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2018 Although facing a number of challenges, global market conditions are expected to become positive for gold this year, with the precious metal potentially testing  $1 450/oz before the end of 2018, consultancy Metals Focus says in its latest gold market report. The ‘Gold Focus 2018’ report, which... 

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies age 81

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2018 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, aged 81, has died on Monday, a Mandela family spokesperson confirmed. The South African politician and anti-apartheid activist died on Monday, at the Netcare Milpark Hospital, Johannesburg, after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the... 

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Global gold investment seen rising for 5th year in 2018 – CPM

By: Reuters     28th March 2018 Bullion investors, miners and makers of coins will help drive the fifth straight annual increase in total global gold investment in 2018, CPM Group said in its Gold Yearbook 2018 on Tuesday, citing geopolitical tensions and fears that the bubbling US economic expansion will end in a 2019... 

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