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A400M reportedly wins second export order

By: Keith Campbell     20th January 2017 French aerospace journal “Air et Cosmos” and British defence media group Jane’s have both reported that the Indonesian government has approved the purchase of five Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft. Both cite local Indonesian media as the source of the information. According to the French... 

Businesses to navigate the effects of union instability

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th January 2017 Given the ongoing unstable political climate, the realignment of trade unions to consolidate numbers or gain increased affiliation is likely to perpetuate interunion rivalry for the foreseeable future, says legal services provider Creighton Attorneys director Barney Creighton. 

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Market needs education on plastic pipe advantages

     20th January 2017 The South African market is not well educated to look for, and know, the difference between high-quality plastic pipes and low-quality plastic pipes, says plastic producer DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman. 

New CEO confirmed for MBSA as former chief heads for Beijing

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 German automaker Daimler has announced the appointment of Andreas Engling as the new CEO and manufacturing executive director of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).Current CEO, Arno van der Merwe, will start a new chapter in his career as president and CEO of Beijing Benz Automotive (BBAC). Both... 

Pipe strainers inexpensive option to protect equipment

     20th January 2017 Pipeline strainers can be seen as an “inexpensive insurance policy” as they help to protect piping systems, say liquid filtration manufacturers Flow Clear Filtration. 

S African manufacturer of steel tube and pipes commissions new mill

By: Victor Moolman     20th January 2017 The new capital expenditure (capex) project to replace two older mills with one new mill at steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor’s plant, in Elandsfontein, in Johannesburg, will be concluded in early 2017 with the installation of a fully automated mill capable of producing 60 000 t/y of pipe at... 

Tooling capabilities open up new prospects for SA auto-parts firm

By: David Oliveira     20th January 2017 Cable management solutions provider HellermannTyton South Africa’s 2014 acquisition of PVS Engineering has significantly improved the company’s tooling manufacturing capabilities and placed the company in a strong position within the group internationally. HellermannTyton South Africa network... 

We should spend time with our loved ones

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     20th January 2017 A week ago, my darling, my best friend, was driving back from her mother’s house. She must have felt a slight pain in her chest and so pulled over into the parking area near Kloof Neck, which has a beautiful view of Camps Bay. There she died. When they found her, she had a smile on her face. She... 

Industrial Explosives Market Is Expected to Reach $196,299 Million, Globally by 2022

     19th January 2017 Industrial Explosives Market by type (High Explosives, ANFO, Emulsions and Others), end-use industry (Metal Mining, Non-Metal Mining, Quarrying, Construction and Others) is projected to reach $15,888 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2016 to 2022, according to a new report by... 

The Pretoria-based Falcon 402 aircraft programme 

     19th January 2017 Falcon Air, based at Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, has developed and is producing the Falcon 402 single-engined passenger and utility aircraft. Keith Campbell reports. 

SA Hippo Again Flown To Canada

     19th January 2017 SA Hippo Again Flown To Canada Two HIPPO 350kW Medium Voltage Submersible Slurry pumps would have been returned by the Canadian National Resources Limited (CNRL) to South Africa for repair and upgrade in May 2016. These pumps are being used to pump liquids containing solids, contaminated with tar... 

SA Pump Manufacturer Celebrates 37 Years Of Internationally Proven Award Winning Pump Designs

     19th January 2017 HAZLETON PUMPS, a family owned and managed business located in Centurion, has been continually awarded since the company’s inception 37 years ago with numerous awards and is regarded as a world leader in the pumping of high head, high volume acidic liquids containing solids utilising their... 

JEC Group Celebrates Composite Innovation At JEC World 2017

     19th January 2017 While this year’s show will take place from Tuesday March 14 to Thursday March 16, 2016 at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, France, JEC Group is proud to unveil the names of the 13 winners of the JEC Innovation Awards. The JEC Innovation Awards reward the best composite breakthroughs... 

Emirates introduces blankets made from recycled plastic on flights 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th January 2017 Dubai-based airline Emirates is introducing new sustainable blankets made from 100% recycled plastic bottles for use in economy class on all its long-haul flights. The blankets are made using ecoTHREAD patented technology, with each blanket made from 28 recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are... 

Diamond lobby said to seek ten-fold jump in budget to spur demand

By: Bloomberg     18th January 2017 The diamond industry is looking to up the ante on its effort to win over younger consumers more interested in gadgets and gastronomy. The Diamond Producers Association lobby will ask its backers including top miners De Beers and Alrosa PJSC to raise its budget to as much as $60-million a year... 

Dangote, China's Sinotruck set up $100m truck plant in Nigeria

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has partnered with China's heavy duty truck group Sinotruck to set up a $100-million plant to assemble trucks and cars in Nigeria for local use and export, the executive director of Dangote group said. The joint venture, which is 65% owned by Dangote and 35% by... 

From farm to fork – Africa’s top F&B show gets a makeover

     18th January 2017 Africa’s Big 7, the continent’s leading event for the food & beverage industry runs from June 25 to 27 in South Africa attracting senior buyers from across the sector Africa’s premier food and beverage show has been rebranded and has relaunched this year to meet the needs of a changing market. 

De Beers calls for greater collaboration in global diamond industry

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2017 A sustainable future for the global diamond mining and manufacturing industry is dependent on its ability to work together and pull towards the common goal of industry value growth, says De Beers CEO Bruce Cleaver. Speaking at a reception for customers of its Global Sightholder Sales business... 

Education and right mix of skills crucial to growth and development – Radebe

By: African News Agency      18th January 2017 Investing in education and the right skills have become vital elements to a country’s economic growth, development and competitiveness in a global setting. This was according to South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National... 

African Utility Week returns to Cape Town in May and showcases how community scale projects are the continent’s energy future

     18th January 2017 Expo and conference to focus on major industry trends “The power and energy landscape in Africa is undergoing significant change” says Evan Schiff, African Utility Week event director, adding that current trends include “the availability of private investment for power and energy projects, the... 

Peru economy grew 3.22% y/y in Nov – govt

By: Reuters     18th January 2017 Peru's economy grew by 3.22% in November from the same month a year ago, beating expectations, with strength in sectors including mining and manufacturing outweighing a slide in construction, government data showed on Monday. The annualised economic growth rate was 4.14% in November, state... 

Investment key to raising South Africa’s lagging growth potential – World Bank 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2017 The World Bank says raising private investment in South Africa will be critical to increasing the country’s growth potential above its current estimate of only 1.3%, which is well below the National Development Plan’s (NDP’s) aspiration of 5.4% a year. In its ninth South Africa Economic Update,... 

Ferrum, BVI in talks over delayed Moonlight BFS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th January 2017 A farm-in and joint venture agreement between triple-listed metals project developer Ferrum Crescent and Business Venture Investments (BVI) has stalled, after the latter failed to complete the first phase of a bankable feasibility study (BFS) at Ferrum’s Moonlight iron-ore project, in Limpopo. In... 

Improving Screens For Better Bottom Lines

     16th January 2017 Working closely with mines to ensure optimal designs for vibrating screens and feeders gives Kwatani the opportunity to constantly improve products by applying the latest technology. Kwatani, previously known as Joest Kwatani, is one of the largest OEMs producing custom engineered vibratory... 

Zest Energy Provides Mobile Power For Kamoa-Kakula Mine Development In The DRC

     16th January 2017 The development of the world’s largest high-grade copper deposit – the Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo– now is running on power from the DRC’s national grid using a mobile substation recently commissioned by South Africa’s Gauteng-based Zest Energy. The 120/11 kV... 

Material Specifiers Are Dropping The Safety And Performance Ball

     16th January 2017 Cost and price are two separate factors, and with increased pressure on the purchase price specifiers of floor grating are purchasing material at the expense of structural integrity and loading capacity. Elaine van Rooyen, marketing manager at Andrew Mentis, has raised the important issue that... 

Nissan picks London for first European on-road autonomous car tests

By: Reuters     13th January 2017 Japanese carmaker Nissan said it will conduct its first European real-world trials of self-driving cars in London, choosing Britain just months after it said it would build two new models in the country despite concerns over Brexit. The government has said it wants to encourage the development... 

HellermannTyton Automotive Components

     13th January 2017 HellermannTyton serves a wide range of global target markets. This diverse market involvement allows us to bring cross-market wire management ideas and products to the forefront. HellermannTyton has the engineering/design resources and manufacturing capabilities to become working partner on any... 

Kathu concentrated solar power project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     13th January 2017 Sener is expected to continue providing the engineering, procurement and construction services for the project this year, in conjunction with its joint venture partner Acciona. 

From farm to fork – Africa’s top F&B show gets a makeover

     12th January 2017 Africa’s Big 7, the continent’s leading event for the food & beverage industry runs from June 25 to 27 in South Africa attracting senior buyers from across the sector Africa’s premier food and beverage show has been rebranded and has relaunched this year to meet the needs of a changing market. 

Manufacturing activity rises, but momentum weak

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th January 2017 South African manufacturing production growth climbed back into positive growth territory in November, rising 1.9% year-on-year, after contracting 2.7% year-on-year in October. This, BNP Paribas Securities economist Jeffrey Schultz said, also came in higher than the firm’s consensus of a 1.1%... 

PMI shows South Africa’s manufacturing sector is ‘in trouble’, says Manufacturing Circle

By: Natasha Odendaal     12th January 2017 The Barclays Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) for December, which showed that South Africa’s manufacturing sector’s growth was “stuck”, compared with the global upswing in manufacturing activity, has sparked warnings from the Manufacturing Circle. December’s seasonally adjusted PMI remained below... 

Dragflow Announces Four New Contracts For Custom Dredgers

     12th January 2017 The last quarter of the 2016 has been a busy time for DRAGFLOW technical and manufacturing teams as we received four important orders for custom-made dredgers. In the first place. A contract for five (5) dredgers, model DRH300E23 has won  for sand and gravel extraction in Middle East. The... 

Govt's proposed fuel changes a ticking time-bomb – Naamsa

By: News24Wire      12th January 2017 Time is running out for government to avoid the oil currently refined in SA from becoming illegal, Stuart Rayner, chair of the fuel and emissions committee of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), told Fin24 on Wednesday. Rayner explained that Naamsa... 

Opinion Piece: Keeping workplace alcohol consumption under control all year round

     11th January 2017 The fact that alcohol consumption increases over the holiday period is a well-known fact, and many companies implement more stringent controls and policies over these times to reduce risk. However, this piecemeal approach is often ineffective in the long run, as the momentum achieved as a result... 

New challenges abound in fundamentally changed diamond market

By: Henry Lazenby     11th January 2017 The future of the diamond industry hinges on the follow-through of structural changes that have been prompted by the challenges the industry faced, and the opportunities presented in a fundamentally changed diamond market, independent diamond analyst Paul Zimnisky says in a new blog post. He... 

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