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Numsa has no desire to avoid strike action – Saefa

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 2 hours 24 minutes ago Responding to the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa’s (Numsa’s) alleged intention to take industrial action to “shut down” the country’s engineering sector, the South African Engineers and Founders Association (Saefa) feels that the trade union has no desire to avoid strike action,... 

Blueprint for Queensland’s North West minerals province welcomed

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     20th July 2017 The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies (AMEC) has welcomed the Queensland government’s release of a blueprint for the North West minerals province, which contains a suite of actions to secure the long-term future of the minerals-rich region. The strategic blueprint leverages... 

US steel tariffs likely to trigger swift EU 'safeguard' – sources

By: Reuters     20th July 2017 US President Donald Trump's plan to impose steel import tariffs for national security reasons would likely trigger a swift "safeguard" action by the European Union, political and industry sources said. Resorting to a Cold War-era law, Trump has initiated a 'Section 232' review of the US steel... 

DPI Plastics receives SAVA Product Stewardship Excellence Award at Vinyl SA 2017

     19th July 2017 DPI Plastics’ commitment to environmental sustainability has been recognised with a Product Stewardship Excellence Award at the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) conference, Vinyl SA 2017. The Vinyl SA 2017 Awards are a first for South Africa, where SAVA acknowledged and awarded members... 

Nuclear is not just about energy – Niasa MD

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th July 2017 South Africa’s controversial nuclear energy plans have overwhelmingly overshadowed the more expansive, overall industry that has quietly developed in the country, which has become a world leader in nuclear medicine. Speaking at the one-day nuclear forum on the sidelines of the PowerGen Africa... 

Trump urged by CEO to nationalise the only US rare-earths mine

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2017 The head of an advanced-materials manufacturer said he met with President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, on Monday to persuade him that the US should nationalise the country’s only mine of rare earth minerals, which are used in military applications. “The staff understood the... 

Boiler Users Gain Advantage From Vertical Turbine Pumps

     17th July 2017 Floway® vertical turbine pumps (VTPs) from Weir Flow Control group company Floway have particular advantages for condensate extraction pumping applications in facilities that operate boilers, such as power stations and petrochemical plants. According to Weir Minerals Africa’s dewatering product... 

High Speed Doors Can Reduce Energy Costs

     17th July 2017 Efficiency of the supply chain combined with employee wellbeing are primary contributors to a productive workplace environment within manufacturing and storage facilities. High speed roll up doors allow for rapid opening and closing and together with their longer operating life and high safety... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

Australian products showcased at event

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 Following the establishment of Australia-based industrial solutions provider HMA Group’s South African subsidiary, the company is looking forward to showcasing its diverse offering at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

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... 

Greener rotary compressor can deliver savings exceeding 20%

     14th July 2017 Compressor engineering firm Lontra founder Steve Lindsey devised a more efficient, oil-free rotary compressor that offers a greener solution to traditional compression technology, able to deliver energy savings of more than 20%. His efforts gained recognition of the European Patent Office (EPO)... 

Inaugural Africa Architecture Awards to take place in September

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 The inaugural Africa Architecture Awards, the first Pan-African awards programme of its kind and launched by French manufacturing multinational Saint-Gobain, aims to recognise and reward worthy projects from across the African continent, with the overall winner garnering a $10 000 prize. The... 

Indigenous pressurised heavy water reactors project, India

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 The project will be the first of its kind for India’s nuclear power sector. 

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.  

Metair buys into Germany battery manufacturer

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The JSE-listed Metair group has acquired a 25.1% shareholding in Germany-based battery manufacturer and supplier, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll (Moll), at a cash price of €7.425-million (R111.4-million). Metair is a global manufacturer, distributor and retailer of energy storage solutions and... 

Pipeline expansion project completed in February

     14th July 2017 In February, high-end and specialised equipment supplier Energas Technologies announced that it had completed a commission to design and supply a mobile heater skid to a budgeted $210-million pipeline expansion project. The project was commissioned by engineering firm VGI Consulting Africa, on... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     14th July 2017 Alstom has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.  

Smartphone adoption expected to drive investment in Africa

By: David Oliveira     14th July 2017 Driven by significant growth in smartphone adoption, Africa is poised to become the skills pool for the world, underpinned by innovation solutions derived from trends, such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and data analytics, making the continent an attractive target for international investment.... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

Specialist to showcase latest international developments

     14th July 2017 Global engineering company Sulzer will be highlighting the specialist services it has on offer for gas turbines operators and other rotating equipment at this year’s POWER-GEN & DistribuTECH Africa. 

Spotlight on solar

By: Robyn Wilkinson     14th July 2017 With solar photovoltaic (PV) installations now recognised globally as the cheapest form of power generation, a key emerging trend is the integration of these systems with storage and transport options, says solar solutions provider SOLA Future Energy CEO Dom Wills. 

WEG Transformers Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     14th July 2017 WEG Transformers Africa (WTA) is one of the largest manufacturers of mini substations and distribution transformers in South Africa. 

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... 

Platinum for new fuel cell Mercedes cut to autocat level  

By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2017 German car manufacturer Daimler has cut the platinum loading of its new fuel cell Mercedes to catalytic converter level. “We reduced the amount of platinum by 90%, which provides a significant cost reduction. Our fuel cell is not much above the platinum loading of a catalytic converter on a... 

Thermal spray coating and Plasma Transferred Arc cladding solutions from Thermaspray protect power generation components against corrosion and wear

     12th July 2017 South Africa’s Thermal Spray and Plasma Coating technology specialist, Thermaspray, delivers world-class refurbishing, manufacturing and repair services to numerous power stations around the country. Equipment and components such as steam generators, pumps and turbines that handle steam and water... 

Chamber’s interdict application likely to succeed – attorney

By: Nadine James     12th July 2017 Mining industry employers’ organisation Chamber of Mines’ (CoM’s) urgent interdict application to halt the implementation of the third iteration of the Mining Charter – published by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane on June 15 – is likely to succeed, says Webber Wentzel partner Rita... 

China's new Silk Road encroaches on US turf in Eastern Europe

By: Bloomberg     12th July 2017 In the 19th century mansion in central Belgrade where bureaucrats plan some of Serbia’s important overseas projects, 64-year-old Ivan Mrkic is busy unpacking boxes teeming with the books, research papers and maps he needs to become an instant expert on China. Mrkic, a one-time Foreign Minister,... 

Alstom completes first 20 trains for PRASA 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2017 International railway systems and equipment major Alstom on Tuesday has completed the manufacture of the first 20 trains as part of its €4-billion contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The contract, signed in 2013, commits Alsom to supply 600 X’Ttrapolis Mega trains... 

Composite repair systems an alternative to welding and most steel repairs

     11th July 2017 Industrial lining solutions providers Groupline Projects (GLP) – a subsidiary of Wonderstone, which forms part of the Assore Group of companies – now offer revolutionary alternatives to welding, in the form of Armasteel and Armacoat composite repair systems, in South Africa. Since 2008, the... 

Manganese makes list of key tech metals heading for short supply

By: Martin Creamer     11th July 2017 Nothing can stop the proliferation of iPhones, solar panels and Teslas, except perhaps a shortage of key natural resources, comments the latest Fortune magazine, which puts manganese from South Africa on the list of crucial technology metals needed in the US. Fortune’s world map showing the... 

South Africa’s policy uncertainty pushed further into negative territory

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th July 2017 The heightened policy uncertainty, revealed by the North West University (NWU) School of Business and Governance’s latest quarterly Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI), shows an urgent need for South Africa to “get the politics right in order to get the economics right” to promote the policy certainty... 

Manufacturing output down 0.8% y/y in May

By: Reuters     11th July 2017 South Africa's manufacturing output fell 0.8% year-on-year in May, contracting less than expected, after falling by 4.2% in April, Statistics South Africa said on Tuesday. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast manufacturing volumes would contract by 4.5% year-on-year in May. 

3D Printing A Breakthrough For Rapid Prototyping

     11th July 2017 The use of 3D printing by Multotec over the past two years has proved this technology’s ability to produce prototypes for customers quickly and cost effectively, according to Multotec Manufacturing technology manager, Chris Oldewage. “Our 3D printing facilities bring designs to life, and allow... 

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