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EuroTier 2016: GEA to showcase “Smart Technology for Future Farming”

     23rd September 2016 Process engineering group, GEA, will showcase cutting-edge automation and sensor-based technologies for the dairy industry at this year’s EuroTier (November 15 – 18, 2016, Hanover, Germany). They will empower customers to produce milk safely and increase animal health, while optimizing revenues... 

Breathtaking views on electricity and renewables

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     23rd September 2016 Of late, I have been reading in Engineering News and other publications of opinion on electricity and renewable energy by various people that are just breathtaking. It is interesting that these opinions are somewhat fanciful, to say the least. Let us first get down to the detail in a particular... 

Integration of digital tech seen as critical to future business success

By: David Oliveira     23rd September 2016 Companies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

Global steel production rises 1.9% y/y in August

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st September 2016 World crude steel production for the 66 countries reporting to the World Steel Association rose 1.9% year-on-year to 134.1-million tonnes in August. China’s crude steel production for August was 68.6-million tonnes, an increase of 3%, while Japan’s production was up 1.5% to 8.9-million tonnes. 

Henan Mingtai Aluminium awards order for supply of new cold mill for wide aluminum strip to SMS group

     21st September 2016 Henan Mingtai Al. Industrial Co., Ltd., located in Gongyi, China, has awarded SMS group the order to supply a six-high cold rolling mill for wide aluminum strips. The wide range of products to be rolled on the new cold mill, including grades from soft to hard from the alloy... 

Alstom unveils emission-free Coradia iLint locomotive

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 Two years after inking the first letters of intent (LoIs) with various German states and entities, French multinational Alstom’s zero-carbon-dioxide- (CO2) emission passenger train is set to grace the European country’s rail network. Launched on Tuesday at railway trade fair InnoTrans, in Berlin,... 

Alstom on the right track, says CEO

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2016 French multinational Alstom is well on course in the “railway traffic evolution” stakes, with sustained growth in the sector affirming the group is on the right track with its 2020 strategy, says Alstom chairperson and CEO Henri Poupart-Lafarge. Addressing media at a press conference on the... 

Kwatani – From Its Humble Beginnings As Joest To Best In Class

     20th September 2016 Kwatani, previously known as Joest Kwatani, has made the final transition to position itself as a company with a proud African history. Kim Schoepflin, managing director of Kwatani, says this has been a natural progression and better reflects the company’s operating philosophy, its African... 

FA 07 Refineries are quite sophisticated

     20th September 2016 Valve makers are increasingly targeting refineries outside of Europe. Energy efficiency is decisive for the competitiveness of refinery operators and their valve suppliers. Refineries always are in operation, and simply cannot be replaced. Traffic can only flow with their products, namely petrol... 

Wacker Neuson Group confident for 2016 – despite a difficult start to the year

     16th September 2016 During the first quarter of 2016, international light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson continued to feel the impact of difficult conditions across many of its markets, in particular in the Americas region. Although the Group managed to maintain revenue at almost the same level as... 

Natural refrigerant trailer unit unveiled

     16th September 2016 Container refrigeration equipment provider Carrier Transicold will introduce a prototype natural refrigerant trailer unit as well as a new generation of engineless transport refrigeration systems at the 2016 Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) show, an international trade fare for... 

Amplats takes another step towards fuel cell realisation

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2016 In the latest step towards the potential adoption of zero-emission fuel cell technology on a large scale, platinum mining company Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Thursday announced an investment in a company engaged in small-scale gas-to-liquids technology that converts flare gas, natural... 

Ricoh SA digitalises Compass Insurance’s payment processing using DocuWare

     15th September 2016 Compass Insurance, now has a payments processing environment that is digitalised and automated, with time-based escalations and audit trails, and linked to a departmental viewing screen that allows management to rapidly assess processing by technical accountants after Ricoh SA implemented... 

Attacq achieves good FY growth despite tough business climate

By: Anine Kilian     13th September 2016 Property development company Attacq lifted its headline earnings a share for the year ended June 30 to 12c, from 2c the year before, while basic earnings per share (EPS) rose to 197.9c and diluted EPS rose to 196.7c. Attacq achieved 15.3% year-on-year growth in adjusted net asset value per share... 

Israel Chemicals, hurt by weak potash prices, names interim CEO

By: Reuters     12th September 2016 Israel Chemicals (ICL) on Sunday named Asher Grinbaum interim chief executive officer after Stefan Borgas stepped down as CEO last week. German-born Borgas, 52, said last Thursday he would resign after four years as CEO but would stay available to the company and chairperson Johanan Locker during... 

Aspen expands anaesthetics portfolio with product acquisitions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th September 2016 To further expand its footprint in the anaesthetics field, healthcare solutions provider Aspen Pharmacare has signed agreements with a number of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) subsidiaries to acquire a portfolio of anaesthetics globally. The portfolio, which comprises five established medicines,... 

Gauteng 'open for business', Makhura tells German chamber

By: Anine Kilian     9th September 2016 Government’s vision for the Gauteng province has not changed, despite the change of leadership from the African National Congress to a Democratic Alliance-led coalition in major metropolitan regions, including Johannesburg and Tshwane, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Friday. Speaking at an... 

Company training ensures technical expertise

     9th September 2016 Global electrical, automation, mechanical and consumable products provider Elquip Solutions aims to ensure that its customers have access to quality tools and equipment by ensuring that its personnel are trained and certified to offer quality service. 

New brake test centre launched for South African market

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Powertrain components and vehicle-safety products developer, manufacturer and supplier Federal-Mogul launched its new brake test centre, which received ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) last month. Federal-Mogul operations manager Reegan... 

Rope achieves world record

     9th September 2016 Wire rope specialist Casar has set a new world record at Northparkes copper and gold mine, with the Turboplast M used for the work establishing a new milestone after 652 239 completed working cycles, attaining a service life of 46 months and moving more than 22-million tons rock, and subsequently... 

Truck, tyre and logistics shows to share stage with Automechanika 2017

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2016 Next year’s Automechanika Johannesburg trade fair for the automotive aftermarket, taking place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 27 to 30, will also play host to three new, related shows. The new shows are Futuroad Expo, Scalex Johannesburg, and REIFEN. 

Solving the Problem of Metal Contamination at the K Plastics Show

     6th September 2016 Metal Separation Equipment will be displayed by Bunting Magnetics Europe in Hall 10 on stand G16 at the International Plastics and Rubber trade fair, K 2016 (19th – 26th October 2016 Dusseldorf, Germany. FF Drawer Magnet installed in a plastics manufacturing plant Bunting Magnetics is one of the... 

GE to buy SLM, Arcam for $1.4bn in 3D printing push

By: Reuters     6th September 2016 General Electric announced plans on Tuesday to buy two European three-dimensional (3D) printing groups – Sweden's Arcam and Germany's SLM Solutions – for a total of $1.4-billion to tap into manufacturers' growing demand for digital technologies. 3D printing has been used by engineers to build... 

Green buildings: conserving energy, preserving the environment and saving money

     5th September 2016 There is a global shift towards energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and green buildings. South Africa’s recent signing of the Paris Agreements, coupled with increasing demand on the power grid is driving many businesses to invest in energy efficiency and alternative energy sources.... 

Siemens eyes international markets with new trolley assist substation

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd September 2016 Siemens South Africa  (SA) is targeting international markets with its fourth-generation 11 MW fully automated direct current (DC) containerised trolley assist substation – the Siemens E House. One of the six inaugural in-house-developed units heading to an undisclosed Namibia-based opencast mine... 

Newest firefighting technology delivered to South Africa

By: Nadine James     2nd September 2016 Fire protection technology provider DoseTech is promoting the concept of firefighting trailer-mounted (FTM) units to the sub-Saharan Africa oil industry, and has concluded the delivery of the first system to the South African market. Further, the company is in discussions with a South African... 

Digital technology key to companies’ future business models – research firm

By: David Oliveira     1st September 2016 Companies that incorporate digital technology that is customer-centric are most likely to succeed in the business world of tomorrow, says research-based consultancy Forrester Consulting VP and principal analyst Nigel Fenwick. In a presentation following the release of a paper titled ‘Business and... 

ABB introduces the IRB 1660ID, the market’s most versatile compact robot

     1st September 2016 Munich, Germany (June 21, 2016) - ABB Robotics today unveiled its latest compact robot for arc welding and machine tending, the IRB 1660ID. The most versatile robot in the mid-size class, the new robot’s Integrated DressPack makes it easier to program and simulate predictable cable movements,... 

PotashCorp, Agrium confirm in talks for 'potential merger of equals'

By: Henry Lazenby     30th August 2016 Two of the world’s largest crop nutrients companies, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan and Argrium Inc, on Tuesday confirmed that they were engaged in discussions regarding a “potential merger of equals”. Bloomberg News, citing unnamed sources, first reported Tuesday that the merger, which could... 

Haver & Boecker Appoints New Sales Engineer

     30th August 2016 Haver & Boecker, a leading manufacturer in processing, handling, mixing, packing, filling, palletizing and loading systems, named Matthias Griesdorn its sales engineer earlier this year. He brings three years of industry experience to his new role, which is based in Texas and covers the central... 

Cuxhaven wind turbine manufacturing facility, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     26th August 2016 Construction at the building site has started.  

Law firm launches practice focused on infrastructure

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 International law firm Pinsent Masons announced at the end of July plans to launch an infrastructure-focused practice in Johannesburg, South Africa, with the appointment of two founding partners to launch the office.  

Manufacturer hires external company for machine cleaning

     26th August 2016 Multinational Voith Industrial Services has supplied a team of 40 employees to take over the machine cleaning responsibilities at the headquarters of compaction technology and manufacturer Bomag, in Boppard, Germany. 

SA slides down global manufacturing competitiveness ranking

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th August 2016 Despite being regarded as the most competitive manufacturing country in Africa, South Africa is losing momentum when compared with other countries, particularly China. South Africa dropped three places – to twenty-seventh position – on the global ranking of the world’s most competitive countries,... 

South African students receive technical training in Berlin

By: Dylan Slater     26th August 2016 As part of its domestic commitment to address South Africa’s shortage of engineers, global engineering firm Siemens is placing three top-performing South African grade 12 students in the Siemens Apprenticeship Scheme, thereby granting them a place to undergo further training in Germany.  

Specialists look to expand freightrelated services

By: Nadine James     26th August 2016 Automation specialist Abacus Automation intends to further business relations with State-owned freight utility Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), and increase its market share in port and harbour services through the implementation and optimisation of its crane automation offering. The company –... 

Quick Curing Flooring System From A.B.E. Eliminates Costly Downtimme

     25th August 2016 A.B.E Construction Chemicals’ range of flooring products has been expanded with the local distribution rights for the VIP QuickFloor system that can cure in less than an hour to enable flooring contractors to provide new flooring overnight or even faster. The rapid curing eliminates costly... 

MB – Outrank in quarries

     25th August 2016 Crushing in quarries around the world has become a key aspect of mines operation; the need to make the most of all available material arose and has prompted sharpest operators to use also the "waste material" that was once simply piled up in the quarry, becoming today valuable resources. The need... 

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