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MB star of the world's most important trade fairs this autumn

     23rd August 2016 As usual 2016 is confirmed to be very busy for MB Crusher that, after the great success of Bauma last April, will be involved until the very end of the year in the most important international trade fairs. Fairs always represent an important opportunity to meet new clients, make tangible and... 

VW says six German plants hit by supplier dispute

By: Reuters     22nd August 2016 Volkswagen said it faced production delays at more than half its German plants because of a row with two suppliers that analysts estimate may cost the carmaker tens of millions of euros. About 28,000 workers at six of Volkswagen's (VW) ten German factories were affected after the carmarker halted... 

Wind, solar can supply bulk of South Africa’s power at least cost, CSIR model shows 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2016 The dramatic fall in the cost of supplying power from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) plants has moved the global electricity supply industry beyond a critical “tipping point”, which leading energy scientist Dr Tobias Bischof-Niemz says is irreversibly altering the operating model, with... 

High-Performance Material Handling Technologies on Display at MINExpo 2016

     19th August 2016 A broad range of advanced technologies for safer and more productive bulk handling will be on display at MINExpo INTERNATIONAL® 2016, as Martin Engineering unveils new and improved component designs for conveyor belt cleaning, dust management, load containment, risk reduction and improved... 

Australian energy firm rolls out home battery solution

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 A revolution in south Australia is wresting power from utility-owned grids and putting it inside batteries installed inside the homes of electricity consumers. Billed as the world’s biggest “virtual power plant”, AGL Energy is installing 1 000 batteries in and around Adelaide at a cost of about... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th August 2016 Fourteen Terberg haulers have entered operations at Pier 1 at Transnet Port Terminal's Durban Container Terminal. 

Siemens CEO sees political upheaval threatening orders

By: Bloomberg     19th August 2016 Fresh from raising the earnings outlook for a second time this year, Siemens AG CEO Joe Kaeser struck a more cautionary tone for the German engineering company, saying rising political uncertainty in countries like the UK and Turkey is clouding prospects for keeping the order books full.... 

Tussling over islands

By: Riaan de Lange     19th August 2016 One of my first memories when I first came to Pretoria many years ago is that of Fook Island. I recall that my cousin’s boyfriend stayed in a commune just off Atterbury road and, just up the road from the commune, at the corner of Mackenzie street and 20th street, was a house with extracts of the... 

Gas suppliers Praxair, Linde hold merger talks

By: Reuters     16th August 2016 US industrial gas supplier Praxair and German peer Linde are in early-stage talks about a merger to create a market leader with a value of more than $60-billion, Linde said on Tuesday, sending shares in both companies higher. An agreement would accelerate consolidation sweeping the industrial gas... 

Ramaphosa appoints panel on minimum wage 

By: News24Wire      15th August 2016 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a seven-person panel to advise on an appropriate level at which the national minimum wage could be set. Ramaphosa did this in his capacity as chair of the Committee of Principals of the National Economic Development Council (Nedlac). The committee... 

VW gets approval for another 460 000 diesel-car fixes

By: Reuters     15th August 2016 Volkswagen has won German regulatory approval for technical fixes on another 460 000 diesel cars with illicit emissions control software, it said on Sunday, raising the number of vehicles cleared for repair to over 5 million. Approval by Germany's motor vehicle authority KBA is valid for... 

SMA Solar shuts factories as pricing pressure intensifies

By: Reuters     12th August 2016 SMA Solar, Germany's top solar power equipment maker, will shut down production sites in Denver and Cape Town, citing pricing pressure from Chinese rivals that seek to dump their products outside their collapsing home market. "The acceleration of price pressure in the solar industry has been... 

European helicopter maker highlights global presence, including SA

By: Keith Campbell     12th August 2016 Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter and part of the larger Airbus Group) is confident that it has a unique global presence. The company recently pointed out it that had 22 900 employees worldwide, with 29 customer centres, 26 training centres and 100 maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)... 

South Africa slips down manufacturing competitiveness ranking

By: African News Agency      10th August 2016 South Africa has dropped down the global ranking of most competitive manufacturing regions, according to data released by Deloitte on Wednesday. While the country is still seen as the most competitive manufacturing country in Africa, it has dropped three places globally since 2013 to come in at... 

China bought less bullion as prices climbed after Brexit vote

By: Bloomberg     8th August 2016 China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of gold, cut bullion purchases in July as prices soared to the highest level since 2014 after the UK voted to leave the European Union. The People’s Bank of China increased holdings by 170 000 oz to 58.79-million ounces, or about 1 829 metric... 

Terex Implements Expansion Plan For Fuchs Material Handlers

     8th August 2016 Terex Corporation continues to implement a series of strategic moves and investments to better position its purpose-built Fuchs material handler business for global expansion and sales growth. Recently, the business was rebranded “Fuchs – A Terex Brand” in key markets for consistent global brand... 

New Technology Generates Power Using Conveyor Belt Energy

     8th August 2016 A global leader in bulk handling equipment has introduced an innovative technology that uses the kinetic energy from a moving conveyor belt to generate enough power to run a wide variety of electronic systems.  Martin Engineering designed the Martin® Roll Gen™ System to create a self contained... 

Energy poverty unemployment and growth 

     5th August 2016 The recent discussion about energy and electricity is one of the most important debates South Africa can have.   One of the fundamental objective of South Africa is the necessity to address urgently inequality unemployment and poverty and this objective cannot be achieved by redistribution of... 

Adoption of railway telecoms systems boosting regional rail – Huawei

By: Schalk Burger     5th August 2016 The adoption of modern railway telecommunications systems is boosting the efficiencies of railways in the Southern African region, says Huawei Global Transport Solutions business development director Norman Frisch. The use of well-established GSM-R (2G for railway) systems as well as versatile... 

Blast furnaces set new records

     5th August 2016 Russia-based steel producer and metals company OJSC Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works’ (MMK’s) largest blast furnaces set new records for monthly volumes of pig iron. The company’s blast furnace no. 9 produced 157 490 t of pig iron in April, beating its previous monthly record of 153 526 t, set... 

Can Europe survive without Britain?

By: Saliem Fakir     5th August 2016 The European project has been long in the making, starting with the formation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), which involved France, Germany, England and others and formally came into being in 1951 with the signing of the Treaty of Paris. Luminaries of the pan-European idea, such... 

Global defence aviation market predicted to expand, but competition to rise too

By: Keith Campbell     5th August 2016 European aerospace and defence company Airbus Defence and Space (Airbus DS) expects the global defence market to grow at an annual average rate of 2.4% between now and 2020. Currently, total global defence expenditure is estimated at about €400-billion. In terms of regions, defence spending in... 

LSE says Brexit may erode trading volume

By: Bloomberg     4th August 2016 LSE Group said the UK’s decision to leave the European Union may eventually damage investor confidence and weigh on trading. “There is a broad range of possible outcomes resulting from this vote which has created uncertainty in the markets,” LSE said Thursday in a statement while reporting a gain... 

South Korea suspends sales of most Volkswagen models

By: Reuters     2nd August 2016 South Korea on Tuesday suspended sales of most Volkswagen AG models in a fresh blow to the German automaker as it struggles to overcome the global repercussions of its emissions-test cheating scandal and rebuild its tattered image. The government revoked certification for 80 model variants of VW,... 

Ecosse Subsea Systems Double Up On Wikinger Offshore Wind Farm Project

     1st August 2016 Subsea technology specialist, Ecosse Subsea Systems, has extended a trenching scope on the Wikinger offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea with the award of a seabed clearance project.   The Scottish company was last year awarded a contract by main contractor Prysmian Group to carry out pre-cut... 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

The danger of an underdog becoming a top dog

By: Riaan de Lange     29th July 2016 Nestled on the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula, but not quite at its tip, is a country – a British overseas territory or self-governing territory; well, not according to the United Nations, but that is a story for another day. Some call it an island, which it was not so long ago, but the... 

As consortium leader, SMS group supplies turnkey production plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels to RINL

     28th July 2016 Indian steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  has placed an order with SMS group (www.sms-group.com) to supply a plant for the manufacture of railroad wheels. From the fall of 2018, RINL will start production in the new factory in the Northern Indian province of Uttar Pradesh. SMS group... 

First equipment delivered for Kazchrome Aksu ferroalloys plant renovation and upgrade

     25th July 2016 Tenova Pyromet announced today it has delivered the first equipment to Kazchrome's Aksu ferroalloys plant in Kazakhstan as part of a contract awarded in July 2014 for the renovation and upgrade of shop 6.  Tenova Pyromet is on target to deliver all the equipment by September 2016, with... 

Black Rock marketing graphite to new markets

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2016 Tanzania-focused graphite company Black Rock Mining has stepped up its offtake marketing activities, engaging potential offtake partners and presenting the company’s value proposition as a secure and reliable alternative source of high purity graphite for various applications. Marketing manager... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Mariaan Webb     22nd July 2016 The MeerKAT First Light image has been released, shedding light on more than 1 300 galaxies in the universe. 

Uranium is the dirty underbelly of nuclear – scientist

By: News24Wire      21st July 2016 Antinuclear sentiment tends to focus on nuclear waste or operational risks, but more focus should be on the “dirty underbelly” of uranium mining, according to a science adviser. “Whenever people get excited about nuclear power stations, they kind of forget where the actual uranium comes from,” Dr... 

Datatec sees boost in gross margins, despite tough economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th July 2016 Dual-listed information and communications technology group Datatec on Wednesday reported that its gross margins for the quarter ended June 30 were 13.8%, up from 12.8% in the comparable period of 2015. The group described the quarter as “a sound trading start to the year”, despite tough global... 

Talga launches graphene product line

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th July 2016 Advanced materials company Talga Resources is seeking to unlock early commercialisation opportunities from its pilot plant facility in Germany by manufacturing targeted fit-for-purpose graphene products. Through four specific graphene products, including coatings, polymer composites, building... 

Misinvoicing causing countries to lose up to 67% export earnings – UN

By: Anine Kilian     18th July 2016 Some commodity-dependent developing countries are losing as much as 67% of their exports, worth billions of dollars, to trade misinvoicing, according to a new study by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad). Trade misinvoicing is thought to be one of the largest drivers... 

E-commerce a $22tn market of opportunities – Unctad

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th July 2016 The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) has unveiled a new electronic commerce (e-commerce) initiative to assist emerging economies in leveraging the rapidly growing $22.1-trillion market. The global e-commerce market has increased 38% since 2013, with business-to-business... 

The Brexit fear: Was it overdone?

     18th July 2016 Various global and domestic real economic activity data gave financial markets last week a welcome boost. On the heal of the favourable USA job data the previous Friday, better than expected company earnings in the USA, and good growth prospects for China turned market sentiment to the good. The... 

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