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DMCC Middle East Gems and Jewellery Forum launched in Dubai

     10th November 2014 Company Announcement - Over 250 delegates attended event inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Department of Civil Aviation, CEO and Chairman of The Emirates Group and Chairman of Dubai World- UAE number one jewellery consuming nation in the Middle East... 

Govt puts DTT back on track

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th November 2014 With the international June 2015 deadline looming to migrate broadcasting services from analogue to digital, Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has initiated the process of reviving the digital terrestrial television (DTT) migration project. Minister Muthambi, who was recently delegated the... 

Ex PM Blair to hit Mining Indaba high note

By: Martin Creamer     6th November 2014 Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is to present a keynote address at the 2015 Mining Indaba, the world’s largest mining investment event, which is scheduled to take place in Cape Town from February 9 to 12. The organisers of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba announced on... 

Nampak Flexible gains competitive advantage through R40m investment

By: Shirley le Guern     5th November 2014 Nampak Flexible has invested R40-million in a new W&H Heliostar SL 10 gravure printer – the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa – in a bid to gain competitive advantage in a sector that is butting heads with imports. The newly acquired ten-colour press was introduced into the company’s... 

Fortinet Changes Security Landscape With New FortiGate-3810D, the World’s First Data Center Firewall Appliance with 100GbE

     5th November 2014 Fortinet® a global leader in high-performance network security – is setting a new standard for large scale enterprises and carriers with the release of the FortiGate-3810D in the Middle East. It is the first and only firewall appliance with 100GbE interfaces and 300+ Gbps throughput to meet the... 

Wd® Releases My Cloud Os Upgrade Version 1.5 For Devices & Mobile App

     5th November 2014 WD®, a Western Digital company and a world leader in connected storage solutions, today released WD My Cloud operating software version 1.5, delivering new versions of the WD My Cloud device firmware as well as the WD My Cloud mobile app. WD My Cloud OS 1.5 introduces new media navigation,... 

Infrastructure drives growth

     31st October 2014 Engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba is pursuing two major development themes, aimed at both public sector and industrial sector clients. “The themes will be the driving force behind the business going forward, particularly into Africa,” says Hatch Goba infrastructure for the... 

CIG’s diversification strategy lifts FY profits 50%

By: Natalie Greve     29th October 2014 Electrical services, infrastructure and materials provider Consolidated Infrastructure Group (CIG) has delivered strong profit growth for the year ended August 31, driven largely by first-time inclusion of results from newly acquired oil service provider Angola Environmental Servicos Limitada... 

GAC EnvironHull starts green hull cleaning operations in Oman

     29th October 2014 Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free HullWiper system at the port of Sohar, just outside the Gulf of Hormuz. It is the fourth port in the Middle East at which the... 

Renault Trucks looks to double market share as it launches C, K ranges

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2014 Renault Trucks Southern Africa (RTSA) has a 2% share of the local truck market, but would like to grow this to 5%, says Renault Trucks Commercial GM Herman Venter. RTSA expects to sell around 300 trucks this year, with Venter hopeful of pushing this to 400 units in 2015. 

Carsten Larsen

By: Anine Kilian     24th October 2014 Main Activity of the Company: Dow manufactures plastics, chemicals and agricultural products for sectors such as electronics, water, energy, agriculture, construction and coatings 

What’s driving the oil price plunge?

By: Jeremy Wakeford     24th October 2014 In early October, Brent crude oil was trading as low as $92/bl – a marked drop from the $115/bl it reached in mid-June and the $105/lb to $112/bl range it has held for most of the past three years. In the midst of some serious geopolitical threats to oil supplies in the Middle East, this price... 

Fortinet Unveils Industry’s First Multi-Gigabit Next Generation Firewall in the Middle East

     23rd October 2014 Protects Mid-Enterprises with 5 Times the Performance.Priced Under $5,000 Sets Fortinet FortiGate-300D and FortiGate-500D Apart in Addressing Advanced Threats. Fortinet® a global leader in high-performance network security, today unveiled two new next-generation firewall platforms – the... 

Dupont Titanium Increases Investment In S.A. Coatings Industry

     22nd October 2014 DuPont Titanium Technologies, the largest producer of titanium dioxide products globally, has announced that it is bringing DuPont Ti-Pure products closer to Africa with the establishment of a major regional distribution centre in Durban for the specialist products manufactured using DuPont’s... 

Fortinet Strengthens its Presence in the Middle East Market

     20th October 2014 Fortinet® a leader in high-performance network security – today announced the appointment of Nader Baghdadi as its Enterprise Sales Director for the Middle East and the relocation of Yann Pradelle, Vice President for Southern Europe, Middle East & Africa, to Dubai to oversee its entire territory.... 

File synchronisation and sharing for secure mobility management

By: Schalk Burger     17th October 2014 Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex mobile-device and document... 

New chemical protective suits for local industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     17th October 2014 Owing to recent chemical protection advances in industry, science and innovation company DuPont de Nemours South Africa launched its new Tyvek 800 J and Tychem 4000 S coveralls last month. The new coveralls are additions to DuPont’s chemical protection Tyvek and Tychem ranges and have been... 

SA munitions company enjoying technical and commercial success

By: Keith Campbell     17th October 2014 South African defence company Rheinmetall Denel Munition (RDM) is busy launching new products on to the international market. The company, 51%-owned by German group Rheinmetall and 49% by South Africa’s State-owned Denel group, designs, develops and manufactures mortar bombs, aircraft bombs,... 

ExecuJet expands maintenance services at Cape Town facility

     15th October 2014 ExecuJet Aviation Group is expanding heavy maintenance support at the company’s Cape Town International Airport MRO facility to include Bombardier Dash 8 Q100, Q400 as well as the CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft. ExecuJet has also received South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) approval to... 

Chryso Prepares For East- And West-African Production

     13th October 2014 South Africa’s s current market conditions are offering limited growth for concrete performance-enhancing admixtures which has accelerated the need for the Chryso Southern Africa Group to seek new markets - and even manufacturing capacity - in other parts of Africa. Norman Seymore, CEO of Chryso... 

Orange weighs IPO of Africa, Mideast units

By: Reuters     10th October 2014 French telecom operator Orange is studying whether to float its African and Middle Eastern units as a way to raise money to cut debt and reinvest in Europe, the company said on Friday. The news was first reported on Thursday by financial newspaper Agefi. 

Africa has significant real estate investment potential as global retailers target the continent

By: Leandi Kolver     10th October 2014 Africa has significant potential for real estate investments with the continent’s retail landscape constantly changing as international brands target the African consumer, commercial property services company Broll Property Group CEO Malcolm Horne said on Friday. He pointed out that Broll had... 

Construction and mining machinery launched locally

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 China-based machine manufacturer XCMG launched a diverse range of specialist machinery on August 15 in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. The range includes truck loader cranes, cherry pickers, rollbacks, wheel loaders, excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and truck-mounted mobile cranes. 

WTO lowers trade growth forecast

By: Callie Lombard     10th October 2014 World Trade Organisation (WTO) economists announced  on September 23 that they had reduced their forecast for world trade growth in 2014 to 3.1% (down from the 4.7% forecast made in April) and cut their estimate for 2015 to 4% from 5.3% previously. This downgrade was the result of... 

Civilian derivative of Super Hercules airlifter attracting African interest

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2014 The civilian version of the Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules military airlift aircraft is attracting attention from air freight operators in Africa. They are interested in replacing the previous generation L-100 civil Hercules version as well as other aircraft. The company produced 115 L-100... 

ComGuard to Demonstrate Expertise in Next-Gen Security at GITEX 2014

     8th October 2014 ComGuard, the region’s leading IT security value added distributor will leverage its presence at GITEX Technology Week 2014 to demonstrate its vast expertise in next generation security solutions. ComGuard will also be participating at Gitex Showstoppers which takes place on October 11th at the... 

AccTech Systems scoops top awards at the 2014 Microsoft Partner Network Awards

     8th October 2014 AccTech Systems has once again captured the top ‘Microsoft Dynamics ERP Partner of the year for 2014’ award and also the ‘Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner of the year for 2014’ at the 2014 Microsoft Partner Network Awards held at the Inanda Club in Sandton last week. These awards emphasise... 

Lutian petrol generators – high on power, light on the pocket

     7th October 2014 The superior quality and feature-rich characteristics of the reliable Lutian ES and EA Series 2kVA – 6.5 kVA petrol generators from Goscor Power Products offer a reliable and affordable standby or backup power solution for households, farms and small industry. “In a market flooded with cheap,... 

WD® To Focus On NAS Storage At GITEX 2014

     7th October 2014 WD®, a Western Digital company, and world leader in storage solutions, will showcase its pace-setting WD Red™ range of NAS hard drives at GITEX Technology Week 2014. The range consists of the WD Red and WD Red Pro SATA drives, which are designed for use in NAS devices that target SOHOs and medium... 

South Africa in the Brics – opportunity or a lost cause?

By: Saliem Fakir     3rd October 2014 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) meeting held in Fortaleza, Brazil, in July, ended with the establishment of the Brics bank, called the New Development Bank, raising not only important questions about the role of the bank but also South Africa’s place in the Brics. What... 

WRS set for global expansion after successful launch in Kurdistan

     2nd October 2014 Altrincham-based WRS plans to open four Global Recruitment ‘hubs’ after opening in Iraq. As part of their global expansion plans, Cheshire-based Worldwide Recruitment Solutions have opened a branch in Erbil, in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. Based in the UK, WRS is a global recruitment company... 

Dairy exports to emerging markets on the rise – Tetra Pak

By: Schalk Burger     1st October 2014 Changing dairy consumption patterns in developed markets and rising consumption in emerging markets is resulting in increased trade from dairy producing countries to emerging markets, says Swiss food packaging and processing multinational Tetra Pak CEO Dennis Jönsson. Emerging market demand is... 

ICTSI Manila builds capacity

     30th September 2014 Despite a rise of over 40% in cargo movements since the lifting of the Manila truck ban, anticipation of a surge in trade with the sustained robust growth of the Philippine economy, and following approval from the government to develop more yard and road infrastructure, International Container... 

Africa a promising market for transport company

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th September 2014 Africa is quickly becoming one of French transport company Alstom Tranport’s key focus areas, with the company registering a 2.2% growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region over the past two years. There has also been an average yearly order value of €8-billion since 2011 in the region.... 

Stable energy source key challenge for aluminium industry

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th September 2014 The availability of stable energy sources at competitive prices remains a core challenge for the South African aluminium industry, says EY Africa mining and metals leader Wickus Botha. “As aluminium smelting processes are significantly energy intensive, these smelters and foundries require a... 

Airbus readies for boom in demand for aircraft over next 20 years

By: Natalie Greve     25th September 2014 Global airline passenger traffic is likely to grow at a rate of 4.7% a year over the next 20 years, driving the need for around 31 400 new passenger and freighter aircraft – worth an estimated $4.6-trillion – by 2033, airline manufacturer Airbus’s Global Market Forecast has revealed. The global... 

Fortinet to Highlight its Solutions to Combat Sophisticated Threats at Gitex 2014

     25th September 2014 Fortinet®  a leader in high-performance network security - will showcase its latest Advanced Threat Protection framework and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack Mitigation Appliances at GITEX Technology Week 2014. "Threats are evolving rapidly; the traditional security systems that are... 

dwp wins ‘Outstanding use of American Hardwood in the Middle East’ award for ‘Emaar Corporate Offices’

     23rd September 2014 Design Worldwide Partnership won the ‘Outstanding use of American Hardwood in the Middle East’ award for Emaar’s new corporate offices at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2014, which took place on Monday, September 15, 2014 at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai. The award was presented by... 

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