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Air freight markets see April growth

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 7 hours ago The International Air Transport Association (Iata) saw a 3.2% increase in air freight demand in April compared with the same period last year, according to demand growth results for global air freight markets, published on Monday. The increase in demand was broad-based across all regions, with... 

Airbus: new design airliner soon unlikely, but not impossible

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2016 European airliner manufacturer Airbus, part of the wider Airbus Group, is not currently planning a new airline design. But that does not mean that there is no thinking about a new design. "If there is [to be] a new plane, it will be a single-aisle [airliner]," Airbus Germany board chairperson... 

G7: Global economic growth an 'urgent priority'

By: News24Wire      30th May 2016 The leaders of the G7 group have said the world economy is an urgent priority and warned that a British vote to leave the European Union would seriously threaten global growth. In a statement following a two-day summit in the Japanese resort of Ise-Shima, the world's seven leading industrial... 

Company distributes stainless steel safety hinge solution

     27th May 2016 The Leuze S420  stainless steel safety hinge switch, available from South African sensor solutions provider Countapulse Controls, offers an ideal solution for mechanically and hygienically challenging applications such as the food and beverage, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics industries. It is... 

MeerKAT telescope project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     27th May 2016 South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has announced that the MeerKAT will be ready for science by the end of June this year. 

SA’s first lighthouse still in working order – 192 years on

By: Jade Davenport     27th May 2016 It is said that there are more than 3 000 shipwrecks off the coast of South Africa. This should hardly be surprising, given that our coastline, particularly the section around the Cape, which was originally christened Cabos das Tormentas (Cape of Storms) by Bartolomeu Dias, the first Portuguese... 

SA’s relative economic decline undermines its diplomatic ambitions

By: Keith Campbell     27th May 2016 The news, released earlier this month, that Egypt had become Africa’s second largest economy, pushing South Africa into third place, did not create all that much of a stir. There were two good reason for this. The huge shock had been to lose first place to Nigeria, back in 2014, whose economy was... 

UK-SA bilateral research chair to boost food security research in SA

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th May 2016 Amid rising food prices, coupled with one of the worst droughts the country has experienced, food security research in South Africa has received a much-needed boost from the Newton Fund, and National Research Foundation (NRF) UK–South Africa Bilateral Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) launched... 

Wind power potential in South Africa on par with solar – CSIR 

By: Anine Kilian     26th May 2016 The potential to produce electricity from wind turbines in South Africa is more widely spread than initially thought, a study by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has determined. The study conducted by the CSIR in collaboration with the South African Energy Development... 

Yokogawa Launches ROTAMASS Total Insight Product Portfolio

     24th May 2016 Yokogawa announces the global release on this date in all markets other than Japan* of ROTAMASS Total Insight (TI), a new portfolio of four-wire Coriolis mass flowmeters and transmitters. This new Coriolis mass flowmeter product platform was developed based on a Total Insight concept that seeks... 

Global steel production down 0.5% y/y in April

By: Samantha Herbst     23rd May 2016 Despite clawing its way back in recent months from a brief slump in January and February, global crude steel production fell 0.5% year-on-year to 135-million tonnes in April, according to the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) crude steel production report for April. South America was... 

BMW SA unveils solar carport charging for its electric car range

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2016 BMW Group South Africa (SA) has unveiled a purpose-built solar carport that allows its electric vehicle (EV) range to charge using the power of the sun, instead of electricity from power utility Eskom's grid. The carport, an international innovation by Germany's BMW Group, can charge any EV, such... 

Hydra-Arc Group scores again…..

     20th May 2016 Since March the Hydra-Arc Group received three major international awards as recognition of their excellence in quality. Hydra Arc (Pty) Ltd won the Europe Business Assembly’s prestigious international prize The Highest Hallmark on 22 March. This award recognizes effective business activities and... 

Tanzania to start building $3bn fertiliser plant this year

By: Reuters     20th May 2016 Tanzania plans to start work this year on a $3-billion fertiliser plant, which it said on Friday will be Africa's largest, as part of an effort to increase its agricultural production. The factory, which Tanzania is building along with a consortium from Germany, Denmark and Pakistan, will use... 

To regain FDI ranking, South Africa must ‘rebuild trust’ with investors 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2016 South Africa’s absence – for the second year running – from the top 25 countries listed in AT Kearney’s annual foreign direct investment (FDI) confidence index is suggestive of heightened investor concern about perceived political, policy and regulatory instability. Africa region head Wim... 

African aviation warms to carbon reduction – Iata

By: News24Wire      20th May 2016 African countries seem to be coming around to a global scheme to offset carbon emissions in the aviation industry, Tony Tyler, CEO of the International Air Transport Association (Iata), told Fin24 on Wednesday. “In the past a lot of African countries were anxious and concerned about such a carbon... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Countdown begins for key South Africa-linked radio astronomy developments

By: Keith Campbell     20th May 2016 South Africa’s MeerKAT radio telescope array will be ready to start scientific observations by the end of next month, South African Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced at last month’s Third SKA African Partner Countries Ministerial Meeting. By then, 21 antennas would be... 

Modular electric drive system to start volume production in 2018

     20th May 2016 Last month, powertrain, chasis and safety technology developers ZF Motion and Mobility announced that its new electric drive system, which is based on a modular approach, will start volume production with a European vehicle manufacturer in 2018. 

Pneumatics firm says new SA office will serve as African springboard

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Pneumatics technology company SMC Pneumatics launched its South African head office in Midrand on April 21, thereby extending its ability to service global markets. The company states that its new South African office will serve to expand the company’s future prospects of expansion into Africa. 

PaintExpo Inspires Exhibitors and Visitors

     18th May 2016 During the course of its sixth edition, PaintExpo once again scored top ratings with regard to exhibitor and visitor numbers, as well as internationalism. The numerous RFQs, projects and orders brought to Karlsruhe by the 10,522 visitors who attended the leading international trade fair from 19... 

A.B.E. Polyurea Protection For Two New Concrete Parking Decks

     18th May 2016 A.B.E. Construction Chemicals' VIP Polyurea coatings have been applied as waterproofing to commercial property parking decks in the Free State and KZN. A.B.E. - part of the Chryso Southern Africa Group - holds an exclusive agreement with Voelkel  Industrie Produkte (VIP) in Germany for the local... 

EKD Kolibri Energy Chain from Powermite delivers seamless, cost-effective protection of cables & hoses

     17th May 2016 EKD Kolibri energy chain from electrical and mechanical equipment and energy supply systems specialist, Powermite, has been delivering high quality, reliable, cost saving solutions for seamless operation of mobile equipment across Southern African industry for more than 3 decades. Produced in... 

Restore the original function of castings, reduce scrap & save with polymeric coating solutions from Thermaspray

     17th May 2016 Diamant polymeric metal product solutions from Thermaspray, in partnership with Diamant Metallplastic GmbH based in Germany, can deliver substantial cost savings for the foundry industry by significantly reducing scrap through the restoration of the original function of castings. Porosity, blow... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Increased efficiencies with thyssenkrupp in-pit semi-mobile crushing plants

     16th May 2016 Global plant engineering giant, thyssenkrupp’s production-boosting mobile, semi-mobile and stationary crushing systems assist customers in optimising their comminution processes and increasing their equipment efficiencies. Rising costs for labour, fuel and consumables and the trend to more... 

From challenges to opportunities: favourable climate for the plastics industry

     13th May 2016 The plastics industry in ASEAN remains unperturbed by global developments that are also impacting the growth path of key industries. With K 2016, the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber, coming up in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 19 to 26 October, we take a closer look at this market.... 

Consulting firm calls for privatisation of power utility

By: Sascha Solomons     13th May 2016 State-owned power utility Eskom needs to be operated more like a private-sector business by people who have knowledge of the energy sector, experience in bureaucratic processes, business acumen and political influence, says global growth consulting firm Frost and Sullivan. “Bringing politics... 

EuroBLECH 2016 reflects trend towards smart manufacturing in sheet metal working

     12th May 2016 EuroBLECH 2016 will open its doors in Hanover, Germany. The exhibition will, once again, be the meeting place for sheet metal working professionals from all over the world looking to find enhanced machinery and innovative production solutions. Visitors will be able to discover an extensive... 

REMA TIP TOP strives for market leadership in Australia

     11th May 2016 REMA TIP TOP AG, a globally operating system provider of services and products in the field of conveying and treatment technology as well as in the automotive sector, has acquired a majority interest in the Australian company ConvaTech. With this investment, REMA TIP TOP continues to pursue its... 

South East Asia venture 'part and parcel' of Denel’s growth strategy

By: Samantha Herbst     11th May 2016 Continuing to defend its joint venture (JV) with steel manufacturing group VR Laser Services to establish Denel Asia, State-owned defence industrial group Denel told the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises in Parliament on Wednesday that its decision to extend its business footprint in... 

RNRG hires Mario López to strengthen presence in EMEA region

     11th May 2016 RNRG hires Mario López to strengthen presence in EMEA region Hinesburg, VT, USA, May 11, 2016:  Renewable NRG Systems (RNRG), a designer and manufacturer of decision support tools for the global renewable energy industry, has announced the hire of Mario López as Senior Territory Manager for the... 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German carmaker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First of... 

Government support imperative for solar energy in South Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     6th May 2016 One of the biggest challenges hindering large projects in the commercial and industrial sectors in South Africa is the lack of a legal framework enabling the production of alternate sources of energy, says photovoltaic module manufacturer SolarWorld Africa MD Gregor Kuepper. 

Weight, cost challenges as BMW works to bring fuel-cell vehicle to market

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2016 BMW hopes to have all of the components for a hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle ready by “2020-ish”, says BMW head of fuel cell development Dr Merten Jung. Only then will the German car maker decide which model should be launched onto the market as a customer-ready, fuel-cell-powered BMW. “First... 

Pandor launches three new chairs as part of initiative to retain talent 

By: African News Agency      5th May 2016 South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor launched three new chairs within the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) as part of the South Africa and United Kingdom (UK) bilateral research chair initiative. Pandor said that the establishment of the three new chairs... 

Amplats-backed developer in potential fuel cell breakthrough 

By: Martin Creamer     4th May 2016 A potentially far-reaching step has been taken towards the viable roll-out of hydrogen refuelling infrastructure for platinum-using fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) with the commercial launch of a system that allows hydrogen to be stored and transported in conventional fuel infrastructure.... 

‘Quiet’ quarter prompts more cautious outlook for Cameco

By: Henry Lazenby     29th April 2016 Canadian uranium producer Cameco has reported a “very quiet” first quarter during which it swung to an adjusted loss of C$7-million, or C$0.02 a share, compared with earnings of C$69-million, or C$0.18 a share a year earlier. For the three months ended March 31, revenues fell 28% year-over-year... 

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