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DTI acknowledges poultry stakeholder concerns over imports

By: Anine Kilian     9th December 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has acknowledged concerns raised by South Africa’s poultry industry with regard to the increase in poultry product imports. Through the DTI and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), government has been working with the domestic... 

Nuclear power is the way to go

By: Kelvin Kemm     9th December 2016 If one decides to build a new hospital, one would expect that medical doctors and nurses would have a major say in how the hospital should be laid out. Architects would be involved. But local church groups, the baker and butcher should not be involved. Representatives of the church could make... 

Research ongoing to further develop biogas in South Africa

     9th December 2016 Despite the biogas sector being a well developed industry globally, ongoing research continues to further develop and strengthen the industry in South Africa, highlights the South African Biogas Industry Association (Sabia). The association notes that a variety of biogas applications have been... 

Alternative fuels power more than 5 000 flights

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 The global airline industry will have made more than 5 000 commercial flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels by the end of the year, reporters attending the International Air Transport Association’s (Iata's) global media day heard on Thursday. The alternative fuels initiative forms part... 

Air cargo volumes encourage, outperforming weak global trade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     8th December 2016 Although the global airfreight business continues to face headwinds from weak global trade, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) says there are encouraging signs that growth in air cargo volumes, which came in at 8.2% year‐on‐year in October, will endure into the new year. This was... 

Boardroom shuffle sees Merc SA’s Van der Merwe head to China 

By: Irma Venter     6th December 2016 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA). Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). 

AUMUND India celebrates 20 Years of successful business Chennai, November 2016

     5th December 2016 When AUMUND India opened up 20 years ago in Chennai it was a small sales organisation of only 6 people. But since then it has grown and developed to such an extent that it now includes engineering, software development, manufacturing, and exports of engineering services and components among its... 

Air Seychelles opens direct route to Durban

By: Anine Kilian     2nd December 2016 Air Seychelles has established a new direct route to Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal set to open on March 30, 2017. Travellers can already buy tickets with round-trip economy class fares starting from R5 000 and business class fares starting from R15 000. 

86 MW Northern Cape solar photovoltaic plant connected to national grid

By: Dylan Slater     2nd December 2016 Developed on a remote site 50 km south-west of Prieska in the Northern Cape, the 86 MW Mulilo-Sonnedix-Prieska photovoltaic (PV) project was connected to the national grid in October, thereby finalising the project on schedule, on budget and reaching full grid code compliance in good time for... 

Ekurhuleni excited to activate Aerotropolis project as part of wider 5-year plan  

     2nd December 2016 Ekurhuleni metropolitan municipality is excited to finally acquire a comprehensive plan for the much anticipated Aerotropolis project announced two years ago. The Aerotropolis project is one of the important projects the city is spearheading, amongst others it has unveiled as part of its... 

It don’t matter if you’re black or white

By: Riaan de Lange     2nd December 2016 No, it don’t matter - rather, grammatically it doesn’t matter. It’s not supposed too, but then, in South Africa’s instance it does. Unfortunately, it does. It has been for living memory, and there is no indication that this would not be the case in the foreseeable future. It might not have... 

Kriegers Flak offshore wind farms project, Denmark

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The project will be Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm. 

Monet submarine cable network project, Brazil and the US

By: Sheila Barradas     2nd December 2016 The Monet project comprises a 10 500-km-long fibre-optic cable, which stretches from Brazil to the US. 

Oil hits 6-week high after Opec deal, sterling jumps

By: Reuters     1st December 2016 Oil swept to a six-week high on Thursday after Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) agreed to cut crude output to help clear a glut, while sterling hit a three-month peak after traders interpreted comments from a senior UK official as a crack in the government's "hard Brexit"... 

MMK’s environmental management system passes international audit

     1st December 2016 OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works announces that it is now one of the first companies in Russia to have its environmental management system (EMS) certified in line with the new version of the ISO 14001:2015 International Standard. This audit was carried out by TÜV NORD CERT (Germany), a... 

MTN Group plans expansion in Iran

By: Reuters     29th November 2016 MTN Group, Africa's biggest mobile phone company, is planning to expand in Iran, from where it has only just managed to begin reptratiating profits. The move is part of MTN's 10-year plan to cement its leading position in risky but lucrative frontier markets in the Middle East and Africa, where... 

Aveng nears completion on Sasol Place

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th November 2016 Aveng Grinaker-LTA is nearing the completion of Sasol’s new global headquarters, Sasol Place, in Sandton. The building is designed in an S-shape, which links the core of the building with two atriums and represents the linked particles of the Sasol logo. The internal structure of the building is... 

Germany's Merkel says G20 must tackle global steel glut

By: Reuters     28th November 2016 The G20 group of leading economies must find a solution to excess capacity in the global steel industry, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday, adding that overproduction in some countries was causing job losses elsewhere. Merkel said Germany, which takes over the G20 presidency next... 

Focus set on filtration adhesive products

     25th November 2016 Adhesive technologies provider Henkel exhibited its latest adhesive products for the filtration industry at this year’s Filtech – the world’s largest filtration event, which was held from October 11 to 13 in Cologne, in Germany. 

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine

By: Riaan de Lange     25th November 2016 And I feel fine. These are the recurring lyric of the American rock band REM's song, which are an apt encapsulation of my feelings in the aftermath of what has been called Brexit  Part II, the seemingly unanticipated results of the US Presidential election. A few days since the election, on the... 

Reverse pocket filter coming to South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     25th November 2016 After extensive trials in Europe, with very successful results, air and liquid filtration solutions provider Freudenberg Filtration Technologies’ HydroMaxx reverse pocket filter will become available in South Africa next month. 

Stenprop posts strong interim results for half-year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th November 2016 European property investment group Stenprop on Thursday reported saw a strong interim period, with its headline earnings of €16.5-million increasing from the previous year’s €13.5 million, diluted headline earnings a share of €5.78c apiece. Further, the company declared a dividend of 4.5c apiece,... 

No irregularities in R1.1bn tenders – Rand Water

By: News24Wire      23rd November 2016 There were no irregularities in the R1.1-billion tenders awarded to one company by Rand Water, Parliament heard on Wednesday. This after reports that the country’s biggest water utility, which supplies Gauteng and parts of Mpumalanga and Free State, was paying millions more for work that was not... 

Global steel production rises 3.3% y/y in October

By: Anine Kilian     22nd November 2016 Global crude steel production, as reported by the 65 member countries of the World Steel Association (worldsteel), increased by 3.3% year-on-year to 136.5-million tons in October. South Africa’s crude steel output rose by 13.8% year-on-year to 534 000 t in October, while Egypt lifted its... 

Eni signs off on plans for Mozambique gas development

By: Reuters     21st November 2016 Eni on Friday finalised plans to develop Mozambique's Coral South offshore gas project, part of a larger scheme that will see Italy's top energy company and partners spend an estimated $50-billion. Eni has discovered huge gas reserves in its Area 4 concession, offering Mozambique, one of the... 

Volkswagen CEO says sees case for building own battery factory – paper

By: Reuters     21st November 2016 Europe's largest carmaker Volkswagen sees building its own factory to make electronic vehicle batteries as a logical move as it expands production of low-emission cars after its emissions scandal. Volkswagen and its labour unions agreed on Friday to cut 30 000 jobs at the core VW brand in... 

Volkswagen to cut 30 000 jobs at VW brand by 2020

By: Reuters     18th November 2016 Volkswagen and its powerful labour unions agreed to cut 30 000 jobs at the core VW brand in exchange for avoiding forced redundancies in Germany until 2025, a compromise which leaves the carmaker's profitability still lagging rivals. The turnaround plan announced on Friday will lead to... 

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

By: Aarifah Nosarka     18th November 2016 National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales is “positive”, contrasting with the bigger decline in passenger vehicle... 

Coke’s upgraded Durban plant on stream in time for festive demand

By: Shirley le Guern     18th November 2016 The R205-million upgrade to the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) plant in the Phoenix Industrial Park in Durban and the replacement of a seventies packing line, has come on stream just in time for the busy festive season. The upgrade of the line, which has trebled capacity, came with... 

Hans Coertse

     18th November 2016 This week we feature Hans Coertse, Managing Director of Anderson Engineering. Anderson Engineering manufactures stainless steel processing equipment for the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, dairy and chemicals industries.  

Farming 4.0: smart technologies transfer big data to smart data

     17th November 2016 At this year’s EuroTier (November 15 – 18, 2016, Hanover, Germany) GEA presents according to their motto “Smart Technology for Future Farming” intelligent technologies for the automation and digitalization in dairy farming. Digitalization has already entered the agricultural sector some time ago.... 

Boehringer Ingelheim welcomes central role of LAMA/LABA therapy within 2017 GOLD Strategy for COPD

     17th November 2016 Pharmacologic treatment recommendations are tailored to patients' needs based on symptoms and exacerbation history1 LAMA/LABA therapy now an essential cornerstone for COPD treatment across the spectrum of people with COPD in GOLD groups B-D1 Clearer guidance for physicians on which subset of... 

SA mining sector generally not yet ready to willingly adopt modernised mining methods

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 The South African mining sector is, generally, not yet in a position to willingly adopt and implement an array of digitalised and modernised mining methods, contrary to advisory and general industry views on the need to modernise mines to prepare them for the future, according to University of... 

Arguments for nuclear energy

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     11th November 2016 When I worked for State-owned power utility Eskom, I gave up trying to explain to people how power systems work. Right now I am hard practising my ignoring skills in the debate over whether or not we need nuclear power or whether or not wind power is good. But before I do this, before I drop the... 

Beverage industry trade fairs join forces

     11th November 2016 German drinktec trade fair organiser Messe München announced at this year’s Food and Drink Technology Africa trade fair that Italian wine technology exhibition SIMEI will, for the first time, feature as an integrated part of drinktec 2017, which will be held in Munich, in Germany, from September... 

Decolonisation of science – what is it?

By: Saliem Fakir     11th November 2016 A group of University of Cape Town students organised a panel discussion on the decolonisation of science, which is also another way of saying that science should be Africanised. The YouTube version of the debate went viral, arousing consternation in some quarters and mocking and ridicule in... 

Klingenberg combined heat and power plant upgrade project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     11th November 2016 The project aims to phase out the use of lignite at the power plant. 

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