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Health monitoring system keeps an eye on the fleet

     22nd August 2017 SKF has helped a shipping customer introduce condition monitoring to its vessel, with plans to extend it further across the fleet says Anders Welin, Business Engineer at SKF When you’re out at sea, the last thing you need is a major breakdown. In such a case, it would mean being towed back to dry... 

E-cigarette manufacturers: is your labelling in line with global best practice?

     22nd August 2017 In South Africa, there is currently no specific legislation that governs the labelling and marketing of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and other products in the wider vape industry. However, as these products and the e-cigarette lifestyle grow in popularity, this legal situation could... 

Billions in investment to propel Zambia’s Mopani mine into costs ‘premier league’

By: Ilan Solomons     18th August 2017 “Like a sports team, Mopani copper mine, in Kitwe, Zambia is near the bottom of the league and needs to improve its ranking to avoid relegation or closure,” says diversified mining major Glencore’s Mopani copper mine CEO Johan Jansen, using a football analogy to explain where the company is in... 

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Nornickel delivering coal to remote settlements in Russian Arctic

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th August 2017 The Polar transport division of nickel and palladium miner Nornickel said on Wednesday it had shipped about a third of the 72 000 t of coal it planned to deliver to remote settlements in the Russian Arctic this year.  Nornickel, which is a key participant of the Northern Supply Haul programme,... 

SKF unveils new machinery health monitoring solutions at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

     16th August 2017 SKF’s latest condition monitoring technologies are demonstrated live on a vibrating screen operating at the show SKF used CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, a major exhibition for the international construction and aggregates industries, to demonstrate its latest condition monitoring technologies. Taking... 

Concor Buildings Showcases Flexibility On Makro Riversands Project

     14th August 2017 Visible Felt Leadership is a philosophy that Concor Construction drives and an excellent example of a project where this is reaping significant rewards is the Concor Buildings Makro Riversands contract. Concor Buildings, previously known as Murray & Roberts Buildings, is part of Concor... 

Vedanta commits majority of Gamsberg capex, progresses waste stripping

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources’ Zinc International subsidiary has committed more than 80% of the $400-million capital expenditure for the first phase of the Gamsberg zinc project, in the Northern Cape. The first phase of the Gasmberg project is expected to have a mine life of 13 years,... 

A step change in affordable machine health monitoring from SKF

     3rd August 2017 SKF releases a new compact, easy-to-use model in its IMx range - offering sophisticated yet highly cost-effective, fit-for-purpose condition monitoring for a multitude of industrial applications. SKF has launched a compact 8-channel version of its highly popular IMx machine health monitoring... 

BMI AIR introduces the BOGE range of air compressor, technologies

     28th July 2017 Mining and Industrial machinery supplier BMI Group’s subsidiary BMI Air has been appointed as the Southern Africa distributor for BOGE compressed air systems and related technologies. “The BOGE compressed air range, from Germany, will complement our existing range of air and industrial products... 

Desalination will ensure enough water for farming 

By: Kelvin Kemm     28th July 2017 Some good news of the past few days has been that South Africa will once again be exporting maize. The reason is that we had good rains over the maize growing areas.  During 2015 and 2016, South Africa imported maize because of drought conditions. This year, the national Crop Estimation Committee... 

US farm equipment maker looking to Africa for future growth

By: Dylan Slater     28th July 2017 US-based agricultural equipment manufacturer and supplier Agco is directing a large portion of its future growth potential into Africa, specifically South Africa, as a key market going forward.  

Vedanta’s Zinc International production down y/y in Q1, Zambia copper production improves

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 Diversified miner Vedanta Resources' Zinc International business recorded a 25% year-on-year decrease in production to 32 000 t  for the quarter ended June 30 – the first quarter of its 2018 financial year. The decrease was mainly as a result of an planned plant shutdown at the acid plant, as... 

Numsa warns ‘intransigent’ employers in engineering sector of possible strike 

By: African News Agency      18th July 2017 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday slammed “intransigent” employers in the engineering sector and warned of a “total shutdown” in the industry. This comes after Numsa declared a dispute with employers in the engineering sector following deadlock in wage... 

Top mining nation readying fresh investment wave as prices rally

By: Bloomberg     17th July 2017 Mining companies in Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron-ore and coal, are poised to approve fresh investments in projects, driven by rallying commodity prices and the need to replace depleting deposits, according to global equipment supply giant Komatsu. “They’re looking at new... 

Farmers still face headwinds despite return to growth

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Despite the recent positive news from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) indicating that the agriculture sector had increased 22.2% in the first quarter of 2017 and that a record maize harvest is on the horizon for this year, the recent sovereign downgrades by credit agencies and news that the... 

Focus on niche applications, aftersales key for air motor market

By: Nadine James     14th July 2017 The air motor market has a directly proportional relationship to the economy, subsequently making aftersales support and services key focus areas for industrial product supplier Actum Group, says Actum’s Deprag product leader Herman Parsons. This focus, combined with Actum’s approach of providing... 

Industry 4.0 will affect connectivity

     14th July 2017 As Industry 4.0 advances, the demands on cable and connection technology will also change, states cable connector producer the Lapp Group, predicting that the speed at which data is transferred will climb with the consistent networking of company and business processes, which is a development... 

Lapp Group

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 Established in Germany in the 1950’s and in South Africa in 1994, Lapp Group South Africa's headquarters is located in Modderfontein, Gauteng.  

Powermite

     14th July 2017 Gauteng-headquartered Powermite, which has been operational since 1967, manufactures products for moving and rotating machinery, as well as cable, industrial plugs and sockets, mining connectors and lighting systems. 

Digital innovation, while necessary, comes with risks – Deloitte

By: Ilan Solomons     13th July 2017 While global competition has necessitated technological and digital innovation across all industries, there is legitimate concern globally that innovation could threaten job creation, particularly in traditionally labour-intensive sectors such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture, according... 

Demag launches DMR modular rope hoist for diverse applications

     13th July 2017 The newly-launched Demag DMR modular rope hoist can be adapted precisely to match specific requirements. With one basic technology, Demag is now able to cover an even broader range of applications than rival products on the market. Due to its modular design, the Demag DMR modular rope hoist... 

Maxiflex PVC strip curtains improve the bottom line – strip by strip

     12th July 2017 Flexible PVC strip curtains from door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex, are economical, practical, efficient, versatile and cost-effective partition solutions. The strip curtains present a flexible barrier across internal and external apertures providing seamless traffic flow, protecting... 

Atlas Copco - automation partner for sustainable productivity

     12th July 2017 Atlas Copco’s Powered by Automation contributes to the sustainable productivity and profitability of mines, plant and quarries by enhancing the performance of machines, equipment and systems. Operational stability, productivity and profitability are fundamental to the sustainable future of a... 

Digitalisation evolution, not revolution

     7th July 2017 Efficient plants, machinery and services solutions company SMS group has developed strategies to promote digitalisation in the steel industry, in light of Internet 4.0, digitalisation, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing becoming dominant themes in the industry. According to the SMS... 

Locally produced engineering steel declining

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 It has become cheaper to import finished products manufactured  overseas  than to manufacture engineering steel in the country, which has resulted in more than half the country’s foundries closing down, laments specialised steel and industry expertise company Special Steels MD Byron Ferguson. He... 

Steel remains invaluable commodity, despite decline

By: Nica Schreuder     7th July 2017 Despite the decrease in demand in the local steel industry, the industry remains invaluable to South Africa’s economy, says local provider of high-quality global electrical, automation, mechanical, consumable and capital equipment products, Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin. He explains that steel... 

Monopoly capital 'has no colour, gender or faith' – Cronin

By: News24Wire      6th July 2017 SACP deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin says the idea of monopoly capital is a reality that has always been around, but it has no colour, gender or faith. Cronin told News24 on the sidelines of a Cape Town Press Club event on Wednesday that the Communist Party has a long history with the idea... 

Sven Riddle takes up the reins at Propak Africa and Propak Cape

     6th July 2017 Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery has announced the promotion of Sven Riddle to Event Director of the highly successful trade exhibitions Propak Africa and Propak Cape. Having thrived in the exhibition industry during the past four years, Sven Riddle is thrilled to be taking up the reins as... 

Local wine and olive oil sectors on show at Propak Cape

     6th July 2017 Despite Africa taking over as the leading destination for exports from the Western Cape, the traditional export markets in Europe - mainly the UK, the Netherlands and Germany - remain important sources of foreign exchange reserves. The UK imported R1.5 billion worth of wine, R1.2 billion of... 

Western Cape agri-processing sector identified for high growth and employment potential

     6th July 2017 The Western Cape Province is currently South Africa’s leading agricultural export region. The province’s broader agricultural value chain, consisting of the primary production agriculture and value-added agri-processing (food and beverages manufacturing) sectors, forms an important and integral... 

Sudor Coal Installs Booyco For Safer Mining

     5th July 2017 In pursuit of the goal of zero harm in mining, and in compliance with recent safety regulations, Mpumalanga miner Sudor Coal has implemented a state-of-the-art proximity detection system (PDS) from market leader Booyco Electronics at its Weltevreden operation. The underground coal mine near... 

South Africa records trade surplus of R9.5bn for May – Sars

By: African News Agency      30th June 2017 South Africa registered a trade balance surplus of R9.5-billion for May this year, according to trade statistics released by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday. The stats, which include trade information with Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, shows a year-to-date... 

Funding dearth, restrictive laws and lack of leadership from govt stifling SA junior miners

By: Dylan Slater     30th June 2017 The junior mining sector in South Africa has “huge potential” to grow and re-establish itself in the domestic mining environment; however, this potential is being blunted by a lack of funding, restrictive legislation and a lack of leadership from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and... 

SMC rolls out two new compact cylinders

     27th June 2017 SMC’s latest compact cylinders, the JMGP guide cylinder and the compact JCQ Series, have been designed with weight and space savings in mind. Both help to reduce machine sizes and costs, and deliver increased efficiency due to their lightweight nature which could enhance cycle time.    SMC, the... 

Electra Mining Botswana attracting top names and industry support

     26th June 2017 Leading local and international suppliers to the mining, industrial and power generation sectors have embraced the business growth opportunity that Electra Mining Botswana presents in the region. Komatsu Botswana, Atlas Copco Botswana, Hansen & Genwest, Cummins SA, Phoenix Contact, Worley Parsons... 

America's only rare earth mine mired in distressed debt dispute

By: Bloomberg     23rd June 2017 A long-running fight between distressed debt investors is threatening to scuttle the reopening of the only US mine producing rare metals used in hybrid electric cars and some military hardware. A court-appointed trustee for bankrupt Molycorp Minerals will ask a judge Friday to approve the sale of... 

Blanket increases in import duty put industry under pressure

By: Robyn Wilkinson     23rd June 2017 Although the implementation of a hot-rolled coil (HRC) safeguard duty in South Africa aims to protect and support the local steel manufacturing industry, its unintended consequences for downstream customers are placing further pressure on an economy already under stress, says fastener products... 

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