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Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 2 hours 29 minutes ago Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

First-class service keeps customers returning to Babcock

     Updated 5 hours ago Babcock’s tailor-made aftersales service and reliable technical support, coupled with competitive pricing, were major deciding factors in Bidfreight Port Operations’ recent purchase of two additional SDLG wheeled loader machines from Babcock. Bidfreight Port Operations (BPO) is one of the largest... 

Western Cape to grow business ties with incoming French government

By: African News Agency      25th April 2017 The Western Cape Investment and Trade and Promotion Agency (Wesgro) said on Monday it was closely monitoring the remaining leg of the first round of France’s most contested and controversial election with the aim of growing business ties with France and the European Union (EU). Widely considered... 

Cutting-edge machine tools supplies come alive at industry event

     20th April 2017 Local machine tools suppliers together with their international principals will be showcasing the latest technology and innovation at Machine Tools Africa. Taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May, visitors will see machine tools in action with many daily demonstrations... 

Minister Jeff Radebe to speak on opening day at Machine Tools Africa

     20th April 2017 Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of The Presidency, will be speaking on the opening day at Machine Tools Africa, a trade exhibition taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May. Minister Radebe will discuss the National Development Plan and its impact on the SA manufacturing... 

South Deep rebase plan paving way for healthier economics, safer mining

By: Dylan Slater     13th April 2017 The South Deep gold mine, in Westonaria, Gauteng, is set to steadily ramp up production using a fully mechanised deep-level underground fleet, allowing for operations to be conducted at increasingly greater efficiencies, while ensuring improved personnel health and safety, as well as morale. The... 

Cyclone wreckage lays bare met coal's top exporter weak link

By: Bloomberg     13th April 2017 Two weeks after a cyclone tore through Australia’s biggest metallurgical coal mining basin, the industry is still reeling. The outages are a flashback to deluges in 2008 and 2010-11, which forced miners in the world’s largest exporter of the steel-making commodity to update operations with... 

Strand jacks an effective option for sugar mills

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th April 2017 Machine moving and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros is adding four 70 t strand jacks to its service offering, providing an effective heavy-lifting alternative to conventional cranes for many industries, including the sugar industry. 

Premium Miller welding equipment now available for rental from Afrox

     10th April 2017 As of April 2017, Afrox will be offering tailor-made welding equipment rental packages to the South African market, affording customers the option to rent a selection of premium welding machines for short- to medium-term projects. This first-of-a-kind rental equipment offer from Afrox... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

A Clean Sheet approach

     6th April 2017 In the latest phase of a 60-year partnership, SKF is helping a leading global supplier of pulp and paper equipment meet the challenges of a changing industry With roots that stretch back to the end of the 18th Century, Espoo-based Valmet Oyj has evolved to become one of the world’s most important... 

Dynapac quality secures Eastern Cape local municipality tender for distributor, Universal Equipment

     6th April 2017 Dynapac distributor in Eastern Cape Province, Universal Equipment, was awarded the tender for the supply of two Dynapac CA510 Soil Rollers with compaction meter technology, to Lukhanji Local Municipality in Queenstown. Universal Equipment Managing Director, Riaan Claassen, attributes the... 

Modernisation, not gold price will determine success of South Africa’s gold sector – Briggs

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st March 2017 South African’s gold mines could face another 60 000 job losses by 2025, unless the industry starts engaging a shift in mining methodology, Ninety Eight Degrees Group consultant Graham Briggs says. He told attendees at the Geological Society of South Africa’s Gold Day meeting on Friday that the... 

South Deep Reaffirms Rebase Plan 

     30th March 2017 Gold mining major Gold Fields has reinforced its rebase plan for its South Deep mine with renewed focus being put into safety, production and mechanisation.  

China said to push talks to create $241bn power giant

By: Bloomberg     30th March 2017 China’s state-owned enterprise regulator has asked coal mining giant Shenhua Group Corp. and power generator China Datang Corp. to discuss a possible merger, according to people with knowledge of the situation. The talks are at an early stage and there’s no guarantee of a deal, said the people,... 

EU decides against provisional duties on hot-rolled steel – sources

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 The European Commission has decided it will not impose provisional duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, but could still find the countries have breached rules on unfair competition, industry sources said on Wednesday. The EU executive has a deadline of April 7... 

Quality festoon systems from Powermite – the life blood of bulk materials handling machines

     29th March 2017 Festoon systems are the life blood of mobile electric bulk materials handling machinery, feeding energy, data, air or fluids to these machines to keep them moving. As operations such as open cast and underground mines, quarries, stockyards, and ports greatly depend on the reliable operation of... 

Authorities help to curb counterfeit car part imports

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2017 The South African Police Service (SAPS), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and the South African Revenue Service’s Customs offices are committed to reducing the number of imported counterfeit spare parts for motor vehicles, says law firm Spoor & Fisher. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Find a multitude of industrial technology solutions at KITE 2017

     22nd March 2017 There are a number of common denominators for any manufacturing business when considering the sustainability and profitability of their operation and jargon like ‘just in time (JIT)’, ‘continuous workflow’ and ‘waste reduction’ is commonly used when referring to lean manufacturing processes.... 

Rainbow progresses Burundi rare earths project

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2017 Rare earth elements mining company Rainbow Rare Earths has started work on the now fully permitted Gakara rare earths project, in Burundi, ahead of trial mining. Following its $8-million fundraising and successful initial public offering (IPO) on the LSE in January, preparation for mining at... 

Excessive grain safely storable in low-cost plastic bags

     17th March 2017 While the anticipated size of the harvest could have a stabilising effect on food price inflation, an increasingly competitive global market continues to pressure South African producers to find new ways of cutting costs on grain and silage storage. One such method is the use of massive Hitec... 

Filtration solutions can prevent explosions in food and beverage sector

By: Johane Turkstra     17th March 2017 Food processing, involving baking flour, soup powders, milk powder, spices, flavourings and sugar for instance, can cause highly explosive organic dust, and industrial equipment company Envirox sales manager Anton Hertenberger says its Nederman filtration systems are designed to mitigate... 

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

PPI lower than expected this year

     17th March 2017 Growth in agricultural and manufactured food prices continues to lose momentum, which is reflected in South African headline producer price inflation (PPI) slowing to 5.9% year-on-year in January from an upwardly revised 7.1% in December, says multinational bank BNP Paribas. The January figure... 

Visit your preferred supplier of choice for gases and welding products at NAMPO 2017

     15th March 2017 Afrox will be featuring a fresh and revamped stand at NAMPO this year to encourage customers to view and experience welding machines and equipment in a dynamic and informative environment. Hinging on the theme of ‘Preferred Supplier of Choice’, Afrox will be pulling out all the stops to... 

SKF rotates to its core strength – bearings

     9th March 2017 SKF has taken a strategic decision to shift its global business focus back to the company’s core strength – bearings. As a leading global technology provider since 1907, SKF has over the years developed a holistic product and service offering that is integral to bearing performance and... 

Strong outlook for recovering ferrochrome industry – Merafe

By: Martin Creamer     8th March 2017 Ferrochrome and chrome ore prices recovered from rock bottom in the first quarter of last year to levels twice and four times higher respectively in 2017, a year in which a shortage of electricity supply has ceased to be a constraining factor, ferrochrome company Merafe reports. Despite market... 

The Sheet Metal MES

     7th March 2017 Over time, production management has become the key factor in productivity and competitiveness for companies in the sheet metal industry, far beyond other factors that have traditionally been very important such as use of material, calculation of times and costs, elimination of paper, and... 

Sawmilling sector’s resource shortages need urgent attention

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2017 South Africa needs to urgently respond to the resource shortages within the sawmilling sector to unlock the benefits of job creation and growth. The shrinking of resources in forestry was one major challenge that needed to be dealt with by both government and the private sector, said Sawmilling... 

Fassi To Launch 2017 At International Industry-Leading Trade Fair

     27th February 2017 Fassi to bring expertise, new models to CONEXPO in Las Vegas, March 7-11 Fassi will be exhibiting new and popular crane models with its American dealer, Fascan International., at the 2017 CONEXPO at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, March 7-11 in the external Gold Lot, Booth G3722. 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector, which has been struggling to shed the ‘deindustrialisation’ mantle for the past three decades, despite vocal support for the sector from government, is unlikely to experience a dramatic turnaround in 2017. However, there are some signs of resilience and even... 

Pockets of resilience, but SA’s manufacturing outlook remains fragile

By: David Oliveira     17th February 2017 South Africa’s manufacturing sector is expected to grow by 0.5% this year and by 1.2% in 2018, according to data from economic analysis and forecast provider FocusEconomics. Financial institution Barclays’ latest purchasing managers’ index (PMI) released earlier this month indicates that the... 

The first powered flight in South Africa

By: Jade Davenport     17th February 2017 The field of aviation achieved a new milestone last week with the safe passage of the world's longest commercial flight. That Qatar Airways plane travelled a distance of 14 535 km between the Qatari capital of Doha,  and Auckland, New Zealand, in one continuous stretch – a journey that covered... 

Businesses require a balanced approach to IoT

     15th February 2017 Companies shouldn’t allow the hype around IoT to blind them to its very real applications in specific industries, says Netshield. While the hype around the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing is enough to put most sane business people off the concept, Netshield CEO Inus Dreckmeyr advises... 

South Africa to strengthen bilateral trade in shipbuilding with France

By: African News Agency      14th February 2017 South Africa has agreed to advance trade and economic relations with France in the shipbuilding industry. This comes after Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies had a courtesy meeting with the new French Ambassador to South Africa Christophe Farnaud, in Cape Town, on Monday. 

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