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Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

IFAT Africa: environmental technologies exhibition gets broader scope in 2019

1st November 2018 IFAT Africa, Africa’s leading trade fair for water, sewage, refuse and recycling, will have a broader scope next year, when this key event is co-located for the first time with food & drink technology Africa (fdt Africa) and analytica Lab Africa. Presented by leading international exhibition... 

Businesses need increased awareness when managing risks – Dlamini

By: Simone Liedtke     30th October 2018 Given the fact that the world is marked by volatility, uncertainty, complexity and increasing ambiguity, retail property group Massmart chairperson Kuseni Dlamini on Tuesday suggested that businesses need to be “that much more aware and vigilant in terms of managing risks in the most appropriate... 

American trade delegation in South Africa to expand business opportunities in Southern Africa

By: African News Agency      30th October 2018 An American trade delegation, comprising businessmen from more than 30 American companies and state government leaders, is in South Africa seeking to expand agricultural export opportunities in the region. The trade delegation, which arrived in South Africa on Monday and will conclude its visit... 

McDonald’s SA to invest R3bn in opening 120 new restaurants in 5 years

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th October 2018 Fast food franchise McDonald’s South Africa (McDonald’s SA) has committed to investing R3-billion in South Africa over the next five years. This was announced at the South African Investment Conference, held in Johannesburg, last week.  

Dirk Dijkstra

26th October 2018 This week we profile Dirk Sjoerd Dijkstra, GM and head of subregion: Southern Africa at powertools, fastening solutions, construction software and services company Hilti South Africa   

Tetra Pak celebrates 60 years in South Africa

25th October 2018 Tetra Pak, the leading food processing and packaging company, is celebrating 60 years in South Africa. With a world class manufacturing plant, established in 1979 in Pinetown, Tetra Pak South Africa has grown since its establishment to almost 2 billion packages to meet the needs of the growing... 

Emerson’s New Compact, Hygienic Transmitters Meet Food And Beverage Industry Challenges

25th October 2018 The Rosemount™ 326/327 line of pressure, level and temperature instruments offers food and beverage facilities the opportunity to improve efficiency, safety, product quality and consistency. Emerson today unveiled a new line of transmitters designed specifically for hygienic applications in the... 

Consumer Price Inflation stays 4.9%

By: African News Agency      24th October 2018 The Consumer Price Inflation remained at 4.9% in September 2018, unchanged from August 2018, Statistics SA said Wednesday morning. "The consumer price index increased by 0.5% month-on-month in September 2018. Annual inflation for food and non-alcoholic beverages increased to 3.9% in September... 

Nestlē And Worldchefs Join Forces To Promote Healthier Eating For Children

22nd October 2018 Quality diet and good choice of food are essential for children’s growth and mental development.  This was an educational message shared with learners from Soweto at Nestlé South Africa Head Office, Bryanston earlier today. Nestlé and World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) hosted an... 

FLIR Systems Announces Industry-First Deep Learning-Enabled Camera Family

22nd October 2018 FLIR Firefly Integrates Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ 2 VPU to Enable Deep Neural Networks for On-Camera Inference  FLIR® Systems, Inc. today announced the FLIR Firefly® camera family, the industry’s first deep learning inference-enabled machine vision camera. The FLIR Firefly, which integrates the... 

Mike Eksteen reflects on twenty-fifth anniversary of Kloof Gold accident

By: Nadine James     19th October 2018 October 13 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the successful rescue of 150 miners trapped 3 km underground at the Kloof Gold Mine No. 3 sub shaft, in Westonaria, west of Johannesburg. Former Kloof Gold Mine GM Mike Eksteen, who helmed one of the most successful mine rescue operations in South... 

Aventics offers online service and product portal

19th October 2018 Pneumatic components and systems manufacturer Aventics will now offer their customers in Germany, France and Spain an innovative service and product portal. The online portal helps to quickly and easily find information on components and solutions tailored to the requirements of engineers and... 

Kimmo guarantees safe packaging for transportation

19th October 2018 When choosing a packaging option for goods that will be shipped to neighbouring countries, honeycomb fibreboard manufacturer Kimmo Packaging director Jan Vreken says it is essential to look for a packaging option that is International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM-15)... 

Coca-Cola says all containers to be made from recyclable materials by 2025

By: Schalk Burger     19th October 2018 Beverages multinational subsidiary Coca-Cola Southern and East Africa (CCSEA) continues to reduce the weight of its bottles and has committed to recovering the equivalent of 100% of  all its packaging by 2025, says CCSEA head of sustainability Dr Casper Durandt. These commitments are part of... 

Microplastics are everywhere

16th October 2018 Science shows us that increasingly we are surrounded by tiny fragments of plastic, known as microplastics. They are not just in the oceans but also on land, in rivers, wetlands, soil and even in the air. A problem this pervasive will take a concerted effort from governments, businesses,... 

Digital-enabled creativity, tech solutions and interaction at Italian innovation fair

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th October 2018 The circular economy, robotics, artificial intelligence (AI) and space exploration were among the main topics that were showcased at this year’s Maker Faire Rome, which took place at the Rome Exhibition Centre in Rome, Italy, from October 12 to 15,  2018. The largest European innovation event –... 

Famous Brands sees R874m impairment as UK burger business struggles

By: Reuters     15th October 2018 South African fast-food chain owner Famous Brands, which owns Wimpy, Steers and Debonairs pizza said on Monday it will take a pre-tax impairment charge of R874-million, sending its shares down 7%. The company blamed the impairment on the difficult trading conditions and sustained underperformance... 

Why AB InBev may cut its generous dividend

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2018 Anheuser-Busch InBev is the most generous big food-and-beverage company in the world when it comes to paying cash out to shareholders. That largess could end as soon as next week. The reason? The Belgian beermaker is the most indebted company in the industry, in both absolute terms and relative... 

Opportunities abound for Italian entrepreneurs expanding into Africa

By: Shannon de Ryhove     12th October 2018 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries says Italian companies are becoming increasingly positive about the opportunities offered by South Africa, which is being acknowledged as a hub from which to expand and invest into surrounding African countries, says Italian-South African... 

August manufacturing production gains 1.3% on food and beverages

By: African News Agency      11th October 2018 Manufacturing production for August came in far better than the purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the same month had suggested, expanding 1.3% year-on-year from 2.8% in July. Statistics South Africa reported on Tuesday that manufacturing production increased by 1.3% in August 2018 compared... 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. This investment is the largest into the Johannesburg central business... 

Emerson To Buy General Electric’s Intelligent Platforms Business

10th October 2018 Acquisition increases Emerson’s capabilities as a complete automation solutions provider across process, hybrid and discrete end markets. Emerson today announced it has agreed to acquire Intelligent Platforms, a division of General Electric (NYSE: GE). Intelligent Platforms’ programmable logic... 

Siemens to showcase sector-specific solutions and future technologies for Industrie 4.0

9th October 2018 Integrated Digital Enterprise portfolio for machine and plant builders as well as end customers Concrete digitalization use cases from chemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, battery, food and beverage industries 

SKF ReMan boosts customer productivity through short lead times of refurbished LSBs

9th October 2018 SKF ReMan recently assisted two key customers in reducing input costs and improving their profitability through efficient sourcing, team collaboration, excellent refurbishing capabilities and ‘just in time’ delivery of Large Size Bearings (LSBs). Seamless operation is fundamental to the... 

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight 

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Marine waste a pressing issue, but few solutions in sight

By: Dylan Slater     5th October 2018 Plastics have become the “ubiquitous workhorse material” of the modern economy, combining unrivalled functional properties with low cost, and its use has increased twenty-fold in the past half-century, according to circular economy advocacy charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.  

Jaco Maree

5th October 2018 This week we profile Jaco Maree, CEO and cofounder of WIRUlink, an Internet and telephone services company   

Drought: more action, less rhetoric needed from business

5th October 2018 South Africa’s current drought affects people at home, but more important to our economy is the damage to businesses. The Western Cape is not the only place in trouble, and as a new El Niño season approaches, the effects will only worsen. The story of the business sector and its water security is... 

Buy local to save jobs in South Africa, says Ramaphosa

By: African News Agency      4th October 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged companies doing business in South Africa, government entities and the general populace to prioritize purchasing locally manufactured goods and products in a bid to create and save jobs. "For the economy to grow and for jobs to be created, it is... 

Reitech SA celebrates 55th anniversary

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2018 This year marks the 55th anniversary of Reitech SA, a customer-focused solutions provider of machines and systems engineering primarily for the FMCG and pharmaceutical markets. While Reitech SA is fully focused on continuing to evolve as a strong market competitor, it’s worth a glimpse back in... 

Mars Changing How It Does Business One Year From Launch Of $1b Sustainable In A Generation Plan

1st October 2018 Mars Multisales Africa, a division of Mars Incorporated (Mars), a global family owned food, well known for producing global brands such as M&M’s®, Snickers®, Pedigree®, Whiskas®, Royal Canin®, Orbit® & Airways® gum, Royco® and many more, is proud to announce the progress made on the company’s... 

Fourth Industrial Revolution Upon Us

1st October 2018 We are living in a connected society where most people have access to smart mobile devices. Having quick access to information has become an extension of our existence. We have begun to see internet access, among other things, becoming cheaper and far more accessible than ever before. Technology... 

South Africa’s food and beverage industry a key driver for future economic growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2018 With South Africa having the most advanced and refined food and beverage market on the African continent, Frost & Sullivan believes in a 4%-7% estimated growth in the sector by 2020. The agricultural, agro-processing and food and beverage industries provide an abundance of opportunity for... 

Lasher, a heritage of helping South Africa to grow

25th September 2018 Whether you’re talking construction or gardening and DIY, mining or agriculture, Lasher makes the tools that help South Africa to grow With more than 100 years of designing, manufacturing and distributing tough, reliable tools built for the South African market by South Africans, Lasher has... 

Domestic Manufactures Must Work Together To Survive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2018 The global trade war between two of the world’s largest economies has the potential to render global growth less synchronised, less certain and less supportive of emerging economies. Moreover, weaknesses in the global economy would make it even more difficult for South Africa to accelerate its... 

Potential buyer ditches plan to acquire Bidcorp's UK logistics business

By: Reuters     21st September 2018 International food distributor Bid Corporation Ltd (Bidcorp) said on Friday the prospective buyer for its UK logistics business is no longer interested in buying it, citing internal reasons. In August the South African company said is was finalising an agreement to sell that business to an... 

Plastic pallets championed in factories

21st September 2018 The use of wooden plastic pallets when considering the health and safety issues at factories is one of the most important decisions for managements, according to plastic pallets distributer Premier Pallets. The balancing act of juggling costs, “green conscience” regarding recyclability of company... 

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