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More X’Trapolis Mega trains delivered to PRASA

     Updated 19 minutes ago The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has, to date, taken delivery of five X’Trapolis Mega train sets being manufactured by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium, in Brazil. A further two of the train sets, each comprising six coaches, were en route to South Africa, while the... 

Africa could be the new frontier for GTL-technology-based lubricants – Shell

By: Kim Cloete     Updated 35 minutes ago Shell Lubricants is making the most of the growth in Africa’s power sector and sees the continent as a new frontier for its gas-to-liquids (GTL) technology in transformers and turbine oils. “We see tremendous potential for the right kind of oil among utilities in Africa, particularly as... 

MPs demand to see Davies over steel price hikes

By: African News Agency      24th May 2016 Opposition MPs on Tuesday accused Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies of turning a blind eye to repeated steel price increases and demanded that he be called to explain government’s inaction. Democratic Alliance MP Dean McPherson said four steel price increases so far this year violated an... 

The Connected Enterprise: why Africa’s operations managers should care

     24th May 2016 With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), a wealth of possibilities have emerged that, through greater connectivity between the plant floor and the enterprise, are revolutionising efficiencies of production. Through greater industrial connectivity, we can make better decisions, expose... 

Ascendis Health acquires two European firms for R7.3bn

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th May 2016 As part of its international growth strategy, JSE-listed Ascendis Health has acquired two major European health and care businesses, Remedica Holdings and Scitec International, for a combined R7.3-billion. “Our strategy is to complement growth in the domestic health and care market through... 

Toyota SA opens R6.1bn Fortuner, Hilux assembly lines

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday officially opened Toyota South Africa Motors’ (TSAM’s) new Fortuner and Hilux production lines. The Japanese manufacturer invested R6.1-billion to facilitate production of the two new models at its Prospecton plant, in Durban. 

DTI moving to iron out local-content frustrations around Transnet contracts

By: Terence Creamer     24th May 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has confirmed that it is “concerned” about whether all four of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that have been awarded parts of a R50-billion contract to supply 1 064 electricity and diesel locomotives to Transnet will meet the minimum... 

POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers

     23rd May 2016 POWER-GEN & DISTRIBUTECH AFRICA: Africa’s power sector to seek sustainable growth drivers Africa’s leading power generation and distribution stakeholders are set to converge in Sandton later this year, for talks on creating power for sustainable growth in Africa. 

S&P's downgrade will tip South Africa into job-shedding recession, bank economist warns 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd May 2016 A downgrade of South Africa’s credit rating to junk was currently only partially priced in, a leading bank economist warned on Monday, arguing that a negative assessment by Standard & Poor’s (S&P’s) on June 3 would most probably trigger a recession and precipitate the shedding on around 200 000... 

Dürsot Food Corporation opens R100m tomato processing plant

By: Anine Kilian     23rd May 2016 Eastern Trading Company, trading as Dürsot Food Corporation, the controlling shareholder of AH-Vest, which produces All Joy products, on Monday launched a R100-million tomato processing plant in Modjadjiskloof, Tzaneen, to meet rising demand for tomato paste in South Africa. South Africa was... 

Arrium recap and sales process to be completed by year-end

By: Mariaan Webb     23rd May 2016 The recapitalisation and sale of collapsed Australian mining and steel group Arrium’s assets would be largely completed by the end of the year, the company’s administrator reported on Monday. The recapitalisation and sales process would start in July and was expected to attract “genuine interest”... 

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... 

Afrisam Invests In The Economic Development Of Lesotho And Its People

     23rd May 2016 As the leading supplier of concrete materials in southern Africa, AfriSam has been supplying the Lesotho nation with superior quality cement for over half a century. The company established a physical presence in Lesotho when it opened its distribution centre in Maseru in 1999.  This year AfriSam... 

CEOs, govt work on initiatives to stave off downgrade

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2016 Around 90 CEOs were working in conjunction with government to protect South Africa’s investment grade credit rating, the Banking Association South Africa said in a statement on Friday. Led by Telkom chairperson Jabu Mabuza, the National Business Initiative, along with the Department of Finance... 

Zuma to officially launch new Toyota lineup in Durban

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2016 While production of the all-new Toyota Hilux and Fortuner models ramps up, President Jacob Zuma will officially unveil the new plant additions at Toyota South Africa’s Prospecton manufacturing facility, in Durban. The Tuesday launch of the new lines, which had been operating since February, was... 

Protect performance critical surfaces with Thermal Spray coating solutions for improved pump efficiencies

     20th May 2016 The application of Thermaspray’s protective thermal spray coatings reduce degradation processes on performance critical pump components to extend operating life and improve pump efficiencies for optimised uptime and increased production. Pumps are essential in many heavy industries including... 

Transnet appoints group executive for R&D

     20th May 2016 State-owned Transnet has appointed Khomotso Phihlela group executive for research and development to spearhead and monetise the company’s intellectual property drive. The group has identified innovation as one of the key drivers of revenue and profitability, operational efficiency and a way of... 

ARV project’s third attempt to supply affordable medicine

     20th May 2016 Government driven initiative the Ketlaphela project, which is aimed at establishing a fully backward integrated pharmaceutical company that bridges the gap between research and development capabilities in South Africa, is going through its third attempt at being implemented. 

Auto sector moving to lay groundwork for less hostile wage talks in 2016

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2016 The South African automotive industry experienced 34 days of labour strikes in 2013 as it negotiated new three-year wage deals within the assembly and component manufacturing sectors, says newly appointed Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) president and CEO Andrew Kirby. This year will see... 

Digby Glover

     20th May 2016 This week we feature Digby John Glover, CEO of DCD Group, a diversified heavy engineering and manufacturing group 

Legislation impacts on energy efficient motors industry uptake

By: Sebastian Whyle     20th May 2016 Electric motors manufacturer Zest WEG Group says the uptake of new efficiency-increasing technology in the local electric motor manufacturing sector has been slow, owing to the lack of regulation and legislation. 

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

New African automotive body to offer support to aspirant manufacturers

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2016 The initial focus of the newly formed African Association of Automobile Manufacturers (AAAM) will be to assist countries wishing to participate in the automotive value chain to implement the appropriate legislation and regulations that will allow the automotive industry to thrive on the... 

New antibacterial gel can save thousands in developing countries

     20th May 2016 A new antiseptic chlorhexidine gel – antibacterial gel – that can prevent umbilical cord infections (omphalitis) in newborn infants in developing countries has been granted an encouraging scientific judgement from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines... 

The impact of local content rules in renewables sector questioned

     20th May 2016 By Dr Chris Ettmayr and Professor Hendrik Lloyd Economies around the world are demanding more energy, but the nature of the demand is changing, with preference given to energy sources that have a reduced environmental impact. A dichotomy arises for governments that need to increase generation... 

UK wind industry to benefit from service agreement

     20th May 2016 Wind gearbox service provider Moventas Gears UK has invested heavily in the UK wind service market with its offering of a multi-brand service portfolio suited to UK and Ireland’s most popular fleets. A substantial upgrade of Moventas’s original equipment manufacturer quality facility in... 

Transnet Engineering targets big rise in third-party orders as OEM strategy evolves

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2016 The engineering unit of State-owned Transnet has set a target of securing 40% of its revenue from third-party orders by 2021, which would represent a material increase from current levels of around 12%. The bulk of Transnet Engineering’s R10-billion in yearly revenues is currently derived from... 

Superior Industries Doubles Size of Plant in Columbus, Nebraska After Expansion

     19th May 2016 Superior Industries, based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, recently completed a major expansion at its manufacturing plant in Columbus, Nebraska. The expansion creates space and adds capabilities for building newly launched Guardian™ Horizontal... 

Nair confirmed as TFR chief as Transnet unveils new team

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2016 Freight logistics group Transnet on Wednesday unveiled its new leadership team and structure, which the State-owned company said was in line with revisions to its operating model and its aspiration to capture new market opportunities. Group CEO Siyabonga Gama, who was recently confirmed as the... 

Toyota SA to see production, exports dip, recovery expected in 2017

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2016 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) will see production at its Durban plant drop from 138 000 units in 2015 to an expected 122 000 units this year, says TSAM president and CEO Andrew Kirby. Of the 138 000 units assembled at the Prospecton plant last year, 93 500 units were Hilux bakkies, 10 200... 

Vxpmills Adapted For Copper Processing Application

     18th May 2016 FLSmidth’s VXPmill technology is well-known for its efficient grinding of fine and ultra-fine materials. Because these mills operate at a power intensity that is higher than low speed mills and overlaps that of high speed mills, one of the major traits of VXPmills is their flexibility, allowing... 

32 Channel Temperature Scanner Indicator by The Sensor Connection a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC

     18th May 2016 The Sensor Connection a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC, has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model PMD-MXT series of temperature scanner indicators.  This 32 Channel microprocessor-based temperature scanner provides continuous... 

US sets steep duties on imports of Chinese cold-rolled steel

By: Reuters     17th May 2016 The US on Tuesday set final anti-dumping duties of 265.79% on imports of cold-rolled flat steel from China and 71.35% on imports from Japan, finding that producers from these countries were selling the products at unfair prices. The Commerce Department also said it levied final anti-subsidy... 

Vergnet Confirms Strategic Repositioning as Global Renewable Energy Solutions Provider

     17th May 2016 Vergnet, a leading renewable energy company specialising in wind, solar and hybrid energy solutions, today confirmed its strategic repositioning as a renewable energy solutions provider, reflecting the company’s global reach and approach. The corporate positioning reflects Vergnet’s approach in... 

UN expert urges African utilities to improve policies, pricing

By: Kim Cloete     17th May 2016 African power utilities have been urged to adopt good policies and pricing and be at the forefront of change or risk being left behind. “Africa contributes less than 3% of manufacturing globally. That is unacceptable. Our population will be 1.4-billion by 2030 and two-billion by 2050. We need to... 

Tool Die And Mould-Making At South African Automotive Week

     17th May 2016 The Tool, Die, Mould-making and precision engineering sectors will take centerstage at the 5th edition of South African Automotive Week from October 11-13 2016 at the Tshwane Events Centre. Speaking after the launch of the Eastern Cape Tooling Initiative in Port Elizabeth in April, Inkanyezi... 

DTI urged to consult widely on new rail, agroprocessing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reaffirmed on Tuesday that government planned to pursue an increasing number of sector-specific incentive schemes, with an initial focus on the creation of new incentives for the agroprocessing and railways industries. Speaking at a business briefing... 

Construction starts on R250m optical fibre cable manufacturing plant

By: Shirley le Guern     16th May 2016 A R250-million new optical fibre cable manufacturing plant at Dube TradePort, north of Durban, would be fully operational by January 2017, proving that much-needed industrial development could be fast-tracked, government officials said at a sod-turning event at the construction site on Friday.... 

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