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MEA manufacturing sector second-most vulnerable to cyberattacks

By: Schalk Burger     20th October 2017 The manufacturing sector was second only to the finance industry in terms of the most cyberattacks recorded in any sector in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region in 2016, information technology (IT) services multinational Dimension Data’s ‘Global Threat Intelligence Report for 2017’ reveals.... 

New era of disruption

By: Saliem Fakir     20th October 2017 Perhaps the recent multiple attacks of extreme weather – hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria – do not only tell us that fierce weather is the new normal, but changes in weather, together with other global shifts and crises, are forcing us to acknowledge that we are moving into an era of greater... 

Automation specialist products on show

     20th October 2017 Automatic data capture and industrial automation specialist Datalogic will have products and solutions on display at booth D48 at Propak Cape this year. “As one of the global leaders in the market, Datalogic is positioned as one of the few technology companies able to deliver solutions spanning... 

Hydraulics company expands Middle Eastern presence

     20th October 2017 UK-based hydraulic tools designer, manufacturer and supplier Hi-Force has opened a new office in the Khalidia area of Dammam, Saudi Arabia. According to a statement released by Hi-Force last month, the new facility will stock a range of Hi-Force products that provides the market with the fastest... 

Cummins Relocates To Allandale Building In Waterfall City, Midrand

     16th October 2017 Cummins has announced that it has relocated to new premises in the Allandale Building in Waterfall City, Midrand, in close proximity to the Mall of Africa development. The relocation is due to the fact that the company’s success on the continent has led to a healthy and growing organisation that... 

Uber says committed to Egypt, announces $20m investment

By: Reuters     11th October 2017 Uber is committed to Egypt despite challenges presented by sweeping economic reforms and record inflation, the company said on Tuesday as it announced $20-million of investment in its new support centre in Cairo. The Egyptian pound has lost half its value and fuel prices have jumped by up to 50%... 

Global steel recovery at risk from capacity ramp-ups outside China

By: Reuters     10th October 2017 The global steel sector's recovery from a glut-fuelled slump, driven by Chinese capacity cuts, is being put at risk by surplus capacity being built in the Middle East and Asia, sources and experts say. Figures from China show it has cut nearly 100-million tonnes of legal steel capacity and... 

Cummins Relocates To Allandale Building In Waterfall City, Midrand

     9th October 2017 Cummins has announced that it has relocated to new premises in the Allandale Building in Waterfall City, Midrand, in close proximity to the Mall of Africa development. The relocation is due to the fact that the company’s success on the continent has led to a healthy and growing organisation that... 

Opinion: South Africa’s coal mining sector could shrink by 46% 

     6th October 2017 In this opinion article, independent economic risk consultant Rob Jeffrey argues that the mining industry and coal industry need to fight for their very future otherwise all is lost. Few people realise that future economic, political and social prosperity are at currently stake. Decisions made in... 

Small businesses remain optimistic, despite volatility and uncertainties

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th September 2017 Despite economic volatility, South African small business owners remain optimistic and are actively pursuing growth, according to research from cloud based accounting software company Xero.   The research report, titled ‘State of South African Small Businesses’ surveys the challenges facing the... 

Here's one commodity rally that may end up being short-lived

By: Bloomberg     27th September 2017 Is it finally time to get excited about nitrogen fertiliser? Since the end of June, prices for the world’s most commonly used crop nutrient have soared 60 percent in the US – rebounding from the lowest levels in more than a decade. There have been similar moves in Brazil, India and the Middle... 

EOH focuses on own IP, Africa and Middle East for growth

By: Schalk Burger     19th September 2017 JSE-listed information technology (IT) firm EOH is growing its own software, services and solutions, while gradually expanding its presence in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. At a presentation of the group's financial results for the year ended June 30, on Tuesday, CEO Zunaid Mayet... 

New business appointments at DEHN Africa

     15th September 2017 DEHN Africa (PTY) LTD has appointed a new managing director, Hannes Ackermann, and promoted incumbent technical manager Hano Oelofse to the position of technical director. DEHN Africa is the local subsidiary of Germany-based lightning and surge protection, earthing components and safety equipment... 

Drones ensure effective tower inspection

By: Robyn Wilkinson     15th September 2017 To ensure efficient gathering of relevant data without any risk to human life, international drone services provider Delta Drone Group is using multi-rotor drones with optical sensors, operated under automatic flight plans, to conduct inspections on cellphone towers. 

South African munitions company to make major investments

By: Keith Campbell     15th September 2017 Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) will invest R550-million over the next three years to modernise its production facilities to the latest standards, introduce state-of-the-art processes and to increase its capacity, company CEO Norbert Schulze tells “Engineering News”. “We will likely recruit... 

Metso showcases ongoing commitment to servicing South African mining sector 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th September 2017 This year marks 60 years since global engineering and technology corporation Metso's factory in Vereeniging was established. The factory became part of the Metso group in 1970 and has played "a crucial role" not only in the South African, but also the African mining industry. 

Jasco FY17 earnings hit by ‘unusual items’ in tough market

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th September 2017 “Unusual items” have dealt a blow to the full-year earnings of JSE-listed Jasco Electronics as the group navigates a particularly tough environment. The group on Wednesday reported a 61% decline in both headline earnings and headline earnings a share to a respective R5.6-million and 2.5c apiece... 

What Does It Mean, Why Should You Care?

     13th September 2017 Digital transformation is more than a mere buzzword. Modern businesses must evolve as the digital age continues to overtake lives, both personally and professionally. To maintain the capability to leverage intricate market changes, businesses must undergo an in-depth metamorphosis. This digital... 

South Africa’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) aims to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy was... 

SA’s export strategy aims to boost capacity for value-added goods, services trade

By: David Oliveira     8th September 2017 South Africa's Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Integrated National Export Strategy (INES) to help improve the global competitiveness of South African exporters and tap the export-led economic growth benefits that have flowed to other developing countries in recent decades. The strategy... 

Importing refined fuels quicker and more financially viable for Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th September 2017 Rather than focusing time and finances on establishing new oil refineries, African countries should enhance their focus on a niche market strength that will enable them to become competitive in a global market, accepting that the import and storage of refined fuels is a quicker and more... 

Good growth, new products, from local defence company

By: Keith Campbell     5th September 2017 South African private-sector defence company Rheinmetall Defence Munition (RDM) is enjoying strong growth in its business, which is dominated by exports. “Things are going exceptionally good for RDM,” company CEO Norbert Schulze told Engineering News Online. “Since 2016, we have been growing at... 

New ASSA ABLOY patented cylinder – the key to uncompromised security

     1st September 2017 ASSA ABLOY South Africa is proud to introduce its brand new patented high-security cylinder, the unique CY110 which is also the first cylinder that carries the prestigious ASSA ABLOY brand name! Developed in-group at ASSA ABLOY’s Centre of Excellence for cylinders in  Rychnov, Czech Republic, the... 

Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     1st September 2017 An update on the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme – second window. 

SA has a role to play in the Middle East - Zuma

By: News24Wire      25th August 2017 South Africa can play a role in the Middle East and will help resolve conflicts there if given the opportunity, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday. “This world must be at peace with itself and I hope there will be more time to discuss the solutions,” he said while receiving letters of credence... 

S African packaging specialists acquired by international company

     25th August 2017 International supplier of plastic packaging ALPLA – which produces packaging for the food and beverage industry – last month bought South Africa-based packaging specialists Boxmore Packaging. 

M&R homes in on US construction acquisition

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2017 Restructured engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which offers project lifecycle services in selected natural resources markets globally, is actively pursuing a US acquisition, which it hopes to consummate during the company’s 2018 financial year. CEO Henry Laas tells... 

Advisian appoints Adam Boughton to grow infrastructure business

     24th August 2017 Advisian, the technical and management consulting division of WorleyParsons, has appointed Adam Boughton to the newly created role of Regional Director Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Reporting to EMEA Managing Director Adrian Smith, Adam will serve as a member of the EMEA... 

Advisian appoints Adam Boughton to grow infrastructure business

     23rd August 2017 Advisian, the technical and management consulting division of WorleyParsons, has appointed Adam Boughton to the newly created role of Regional Director Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Reporting to EMEA Managing Director Adrian Smith, Adam will serve as a member of the EMEA... 

Turkish firms set for $64bn spending spree to leave home

By: Bloomberg     21st August 2017 Robert Yuksel Yildirim had barely been at the family’s construction-materials business a year before the company won its first international contract. Now, it’s a conglomerate with interests in mining, ports and chemicals across 28 countries. Twenty four years after the deal to import coal... 

M&R warns ‘costly’ Middle East exit will drag 2017 earnings lower

By: Terence Creamer     17th August 2017 Engineering group Murray & Roberts (M&R), which sold its Southern African infrastructure and building units to a Southern Palace-led consortium in November, has warned that its earnings will fall by more than expected in 2017, owing to additional costs associated with four remaining building... 

Low consumer confidence contributes to weaker H1 for Famous Brands

By: Anine Kilian     16th August 2017 JSE-listed Famous Brands expects its results for the six months to August 31 to be weaker than those reported for the six months to August 31, 2016. In a voluntary trading update issued on Wednesday, the company said trading conditions in the South African market had declined further in the five... 

Chicago Pneumatic provides vital continuous energy supply for new luxury residential development in Dubai

     15th August 2017 Fourteen tough and reliable stationary generators from Chicago Pneumatic are providing the essential power required for the construction of a luxury residential development besides the Dubai Water Canal. The order was secured by authorised Chicago Pneumatic distributor German-Gulf Enterprises... 

AgriProtein assessing two new fly-farming sites in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 Waste-to-nutrient group AgriProtein will expand its presence in South Africa with two new fly-farming sites, while also growing its research and development function in the country, says CEO Jason Drew. AgriProtein started operations in Cape Town in 2015, launching the world’s first... 

Survey identifies protecting market share as one of top priorities for South African organisations

By: Mia Breytenbach     11th August 2017 Protecting market share, strengthening customer relationships and driving efficiencies are key priorities for South African organisations, according to survey findings presented at the Experian 2017 Innovation Summit in Johannesburg last month. While South African businesses are gearing up for... 

Malawi contracts Japan’s Mitsubishi to build 18 MW hydopower plant

By: Marcel Chimwala     11th August 2017 Malawi State-owned utility the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) has contracted Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation to construct the 18 MW Tedzani IV power station, on Shire river. The Malawi government and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency will jointly finance the project, where... 

Chicago Pneumatic provides vital illumination for oil and gas project in Kuwait

     10th August 2017 Chicago Pneumatic has secured a major sale of its tough and efficient light towers in Kuwait after its authorised distributor General Transportation & Equipment Company (GTE) placed an order for 100 CPLT V15 metal halide models. The light towers will provide crucial illumination for an oil and... 

TrenTyre rolls out FleetFirst tyre management programme in S Africa

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2017 TrenTyre has launched FleetFirst, a tyre management solution offered by Goodyear, in the South African fleet market. FleetFirst currently takes care of more than 200 000 trucks in 28 European countries, including Spain and the UK. 

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