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Airbus marks scientific programme, first airliner milestones

By: Keith Campbell     23rd May 2014 European airliner manufacturer Airbus recently marked the 20th anniversary of its scientific research partnership with a number of international airlines and European universities and scientific institutions to gather atmospheric data. This programme was originally known as Mozaic (an acronym for... 

Building And Power Prevent Stefanutti Stocks Posting A Good Recovery

     22nd May 2014 Stefanutti Stocks, a leading construction company, operating throughout South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East with multi-disciplinary expertise in the construction industry, reported their results for the year ended 28 February 2014 today. Willie Meyburgh, CEO of Stefanutti Stocks,... 

Terex Washing Systems Dedicated Focus In Gulf Region

     22nd May 2014 Terex Washing Systems are responding to increased washing enquiries and demand in the Gulf region which are being facilitated through the five dedicated TWS distributors in this area. In an effort to develop the Gulf markets, TWS appointed a dedicated Gulf Region Sales Manager, in August 2013, to... 

Yahsat wins SatCom operator of the year award

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2014 United Arab Emirates-based satellite service provider Yahsat has bagged the ‘Satellite operator of the year’ award at SatCom Africa, which was held in Sandton, on Tuesday and Wednesday. Yahsat’s flagship product, YahClick, which was set to be fully operational in the company’s targeted regions by... 

Spacecom prepares to launch new satellite

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st May 2014 Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia are set to get increased satellite coverage as satellite services provider Spacecom prepares for the launch of a new satellite and plans for another satellite get under way. The AMOS-6 satellite was currently being manufactured by Israel Aerospace... 

France’s Total Strengthens Partnership with Saudi Zahid Group

     19th May 2014 Total has announced that it has invited direct foreign investment in its Marketing and Services affiliate, Total Maroc, and that Zahid Group, headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has become a 30% shareholder of the company. Total Maroc is also currently preparing an initial public offering on... 

Broader telecoms coverage over Africa

     16th May 2014 Communications satellite operator Arab Satellite Communication Organisation (Arabsat), a platinum sponsor at SatCom Africa 2014, has released a request for proposal for the procurement of four new satellites to be named HS3, HS4, ARB6E and ARB6A, set to launch in 2016 and 2017. The new satellites... 

Is gas entering a ‘golden age’?

By: Jeremy Wakeford     16th May 2014 Natural gas has been widely touted as a bridging fuel between dirtier fossil fuels – coal and oil – and renewable-energy sources. In a 2011 report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) declared that gas was poised to enter a 'golden age'. But is gas as good as it is cracked up to be? Natural gas... 

Solar power solution to energy woes

By: Ilan Solomons     16th May 2014 Increasing electricity demand in South Africa has resulted in the depletion of State-owned power utility Eskom’s electricity generation reserves. This poses a significant challenge for the country, as Eskom currently relies heavily on coal-fired power stations, which produce about 90% of its... 

Centamin’s Q1 financial performance weakens as output slows

By: Henry Lazenby     15th May 2014 Egypt-focused gold producer Centamin recorded a weaker year-on-year financial performance for the three months ended March 31, as output slumped owing to lower grades caused by mining fleet unavailability. The Perth, Australia-based miner, which operates the Sukari mine in the south-easterly... 

Sumitomo Demag lays foundation stone for new production facility in China

     15th May 2014 Demag Plastics Machinery Ningbo, a 100% subsidiary of Sumitomo Demag will set up a new production site in Ningbo, China, to boost its successful growth course. Official construction work on the new site started after the foundation stone was laid on 18 April, 2014. In the company of Akio... 

Gijima Announces Appointment Of Chief Sales Officer

     13th May 2014 Gijima, a leading JSE listed ICT company, has named Mr Bill Hoggarth as its new Chief Sales Officer effective 1 May 2014. Mr Hoggarth has over 30 years of Executive, General Management and Sales experience in the ICT industry and he joins Gijima from Dataways, a Business Intelligence product and... 

Reputation management the biggest risk consideration for firms – report

By: Natalie Greve     13th May 2014 Reputation management has become the biggest strategic risk consideration for global and local companies, and should be managed by leveraging modern communications technology and social media platforms, a recent strategic risk survey by professional services firm Deloitte has stated. “The spread... 

Fortinet Unveils FortiOS 5.2 to Fight Advanced Persistent Threats

     13th May 2014 Fortinet® a world leader in high-performance network security – today unveiled a major update to the company’s FortiOS network security operating system that powers the FortiGate platform , in the Middle East. This release incorporates numerous innovations that strengthen Fortinet’s Advanced... 

Deadline for KZN park mine bid looms

By: Sapa     12th May 2014 The deadline for comment on a provisional environmental-impact assessment for a coal mine next to the Hluhluwe iMfolozi nature reserve is Monday, according to Rapport newspaper. This was according to Karl Wiggishoff of Jacana Environmentals, which has been appointed by the mine's owners, iButho... 

Nissan SA weighs localisation options as it delays output of new bakkie

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2014 Local production of a new pickup, expected to replace assembly of the NP300 Hardbody in early 2015, has been “moved out”, says Nissan South Africa (SA) MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan has suffered several delays on the global introduction of a new pickup model, set to replace the Hardbody and the Navara. 

Ethiopia poised to start next phase of Bole Airport expansion

By: John Muchira     9th May 2014 Ethiopia is set to embark on Phase III of the Bole International Airport expansion project in an effort to transform the facility into a regional connecting hub. The Horn of Africa nation has secured $250-million from China Import Export Bank to fund the project. 

Ford keeps watching brief on SA’s labour climate as it mulls assembly alternatives

By: Irma Venter     9th May 2014 Labour stability in South Africa is not a Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) issue, or even an automotive industry issue, but a “country discussion”, says Ford Motor Company (FMC) Europe, Middle East and Africa president Stephen Odell. Odell says Ford is closely following evolving... 

SA valves company acquired by oil and gas specialist

     9th May 2014 South African valves company Control Valve Technology (CVT), which provides servicing, refurbishment and sale of control and safety valves used in the energy, mining and petrochemical industries, was last month acquired by oil and gas engineering specialist EnerMech as a going concern. The deal... 

ComGuard hosts annual partner conference with a focus on ‘Tech Convergence’

     8th May 2014 Encourages vendor-partner interaction and recognizes partner contributions towards business excellence ComGuard, the region’s leading IT security value added distributor hosted its annual partner conference in Dubai, in an effort to recognize and reward its channel community for business... 

Fortinet Appoints Rami Karajah as its New Channel Manager for Saudi Arabia

     8th May 2014 Fortinet® a leader in high-performance network security – today announced the appointment of Rami Ali Karajah as its new Channel Account Manager for Saudi Arabia. In his new role, Karajah’s primary focus is channel development, in addition to driving channel marketing activities and increasing... 

Companies extend global strategic alliance

     2nd May 2014 Developer and supplier of modular drive systems Linde Hydraulics and power management company Eaton Corporation announced in March that they are extending their global strategic alliance. As a result of this extension, the cooperation agreement - which has been in existence since 2010 - will be... 

Data protection and recovery firms form partnership

By: Schalk Burger     2nd May 2014 Data protection company Veeam Software has entered into a technology partnership with storage vendor NetApp to enhance data protection solutions for virtual machines in conjunction with NetApp Snapshots, says Veeam Software North West Europe, Middle East and Africa VP Ian Wells. The NetApp... 

Versatility and cost efficiency of Airbus Helicopters’ range displayed at ShieldAfrica 2014

     30th April 2014 Marignane, with more than 670 of its rotorcraft operating across the African continent, Airbus Helicopters’ presence at next week’s ShieldAfrica exhibition will spotlight the role of its product line in serving this evolving market’s varied missions. “The designed-in versatility of our aircraft... 

Tuk Tuk Factory and e-Tuk USA ink Deal to Bring One of the World’s First Fully Electric, Zero-Emission e-Tuks to the United States e-Tuk USA to be exclusive U.S. distributor of e-Tuk vehicles

     30th April 2014 Tuk Tuk Factory, the world´s leading manufacturer of premium & road legal electric e-Tuks, today announced a licensing agreement with e-Tuk USA, LLC to make the company the exclusive and distributor of e-Tuk electric vehicles in the United States. The e-Tuks are already a big success in European... 

Nissan starts Patrol assembly in Nigeria, Almera, NP300 to follow

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2014 Nissan on Friday said that it had become the first major vehicle manufacturer to build a car in Nigeria, following the announcement of the Nigeria Automotive Policy. The policy in January raised import tariffs on fully built-up cars from 20% to 70% for those companies which do not participate in... 

Convergence, flexibility driving open standards for business IT

By: Schalk Burger     25th April 2014 The development, convergence and mobility of modern information technology (IT) is challenging companies to have more agile systems. This may require more use of open IT standards to enable movement into and out of cloud services, says international open source IT company RedHat southern Europe,... 

Mayfox becomes first E Africa miner to implement cost-control software

By: Natalie Greve     23rd April 2014 Kenyan-owned Mayfox Mining has signed an agreement with Sage Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) X3 solution provider Wingo.net for the installation of an ERP solution, which will see the gold exploration company become the first mining company in East Africa to implement Sage ERP X3. Business... 

Ixia Launches Integrated Partner Program to Accelerate Global Growth

     22nd April 2014 Channel Xcelerate offers innovative visibility solutions portfolio to speed time to revenue Dubai has announced its integrated global partner program in the region, which will help partners increase revenue while providing their customers access to an industry-leading portfolio of network... 

Changing Easter dates a case of church politicians wrestling with the moon’s motion

By: Kelvin Kemm     18th April 2014 In 2013, Easter fell at the end of March. Good Friday was March 29 and Easter Sunday March 31. In 2014, the dates shifted a lot, with Good Friday being April 18 and Easter Sunday April 20.  Churches around the world have an Easter problem, which they would like to resolve. 

Ensure fire protection provisions are made for PV installations

     18th April 2014 Given the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic- (PV-) generated electricity globally, independence from energy suppliers, through the use of solar PV technology, is likely to become a favourable option for businesses and home owners, says China-based solar cells and modules manufacturer Talesun... 

Leon Engineering’s cost-effective DIY weighbridge innovation to address different geographical and vertical needs.

     16th April 2014 Leon Engineering is a leading European manufacturer of industrial weighbridges and scales having served the global weighing industry for over 30 years. The company’s commitment to constant innovation has catapulted it into a major player in the global weighing industry. Leon Engineering is proud... 

‘Scale Infinite’ is a huge draw at FuoriSalone 2014

     15th April 2014 A new interpretation of the extraordinary American tulipwood CLT ‘Endless Stair’ steals the spotlight in Milan ‘Scale Infinite’, the latest iteration in the life of dRMM and the American Hardwood Export Council’s award-winning tulipwood structure, has attracted significant attention at... 

Customer order fulfilment software gaining ground in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2014 South African retail companies are responding to the way in which e-commerce is changing their engagement model with customers by improving customer engagement channels and order fulfilment intelligence, says industrial and retail software company JDA Europe, Middle East and Africa Pre-sales... 

Local manufacturers in bid to stop battery dumping by Korean companies

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2014 The South African Battery Manufacturers Association is in the process of launching an application with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac), for protection against what it views as the dumping of Korean manufactured vehicle batteries, says Metair MD Theo Loock.... 

SA container exports expected to increase by 5% to 10% this year

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2014 Container exports from South Africa are expected to record 5% to 10% growth in 2014, following the more than 10% growth seen in 2013, says Maersk Line South Africa trade executive Matthew Conroy. Imported containerised cargo grew 5% in 2013 in South Africa. However, strong growth in the first... 

New Nissan pickup production ‘moved out’, kits supplied to Nigerian plant

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2014 Local production of a new pickup, expected to replace assembly of the NP300 Hardbody in early 2015, has been “moved out”, says Nissan South Africa (SA) MD Mike Whitfield. Nissan has suffered several delays on the global introduction of a new pickup model, set to replace the Hardbody and the Navara. 

Bridging the gaps: Leaders to map future of investments in water, sanitation and hygiene

     10th April 2014 Government ministers from 50 countries are expected this week to pledge concrete commitments to bring safe water, sanitation and hygiene to those who need it most. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will open the third biennial Sanitation and Water For All High-Level Meeting here on... 

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