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Robust industrial platforms, software help improve productivity

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2014 Reliable mobile industrial equipment, networks and software improve the productivity of industrial workers and the performance of companies, says industrial equipment company Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Europe, Middle East and Africa market development manager Enzo Capobianco. Although... 

Credit growth slowing in emerging markets – Fitch

By: Natalie Greve     19th June 2014 Although global real lending growth picked up slightly to 4.6% in 2013, it may slow in 2014 as a slowdown in emerging markets outside Europe outweighs a weak recovery in the developed world, Ratings agency Fitch said in its latest Macro-Prudential Risk Monitor, released on Thursday. On the basis... 

ExxonMobil’s Equipment Builder Group Celebrates 100 Years of Innovation with Leading Original Equipment Manufacturers

     18th June 2014 Equipment Builder Group works with leading OEMs in more than 150 countries to help optimise industrial machinery For 100 years ExxonMobil has dedicated resources to building innovation-centred relationships with leading equipment builders Mobil SHC™ Series have preferential endorsements from more... 

South African defence firm forecasts global armoured vehicle market upturn

By: Keith Campbell     13th June 2014 While the international armoured and mine-protected vehicle market remains in a downturn, local company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa (LSSA) expects this to come to an end over the next 18 to 24 months and be followed by an upturn. “We are seeing new vehicle projects emerging,” reports... 

ExecuJet and Rolls-Royce expand engine service agreement

     11th June 2014 ExecuJet Aviation Group and Rolls-Royce have signed engine service agreements authorising ExecuJet Service Centres in China, Malaysia, South Africa, Nigeria and Australia to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on Rolls-Royce BR710 engines. Rolls-Royce and ExecuJet Middle... 

Middle East prepared for forensics-based cyber security models

     10th June 2014 The timing is appropriate for the governments and organizations across the Middle East market to adopt forensics-based cyber security solutions, says Dr. Parag Pruthi, Chairman and CEO of Niksun, a recognized world leader which develops highly scalable real-time forensics- based cyber security... 

M&R reaches settlement on lossmaking Australia project

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th June 2014 Construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) on Monday announced that it had reached a settlement related to one of the lossmaking projects that had dragged the once profitable JSE-listed group into the red three years ago, forcing a multiyear turnaround plan. The company reached an undisclosed... 

Industrial software group expanding in emerging markets with manufacturing focus

By: Schalk Burger     6th June 2014 International industrial and retail software group JDA Software is expanding in South Africa and is enabling industrial companies to manage their profitability against price fluctuations and to manage their supply chains efficiently and rationally, says JDA Group Europe, Middle East and Africa... 

Skilled trades overtake engineering positions as most difficult to fill  

By: Leandi Kolver     4th June 2014 Skilled trades have become the most difficult positions for companies to fill in 2014, overtaking engineering positions, according to the Manpower Group South Africa 2014 Talent Shortage Survey. Engineering positions had been found to be the most difficult to fill in 2013, while skilled trades... 

ComGuard to unveil enhanced security portfolio at GISEC 2014

     4th June 2014 ComGuard, the region’s leading IT security value added distributor, is set to dramatically boost its portfolio at GISEC 2014. ComGuard will showcase solutions from key security vendors Tripwire, SafeNet, Ixia, Ping Identity, BlueCat and HP Enterprise Security. “The region is witnessing a surge in... 

Mondi to acquire US industrial bags business for $105m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd June 2014 Packaging and paper group Mondi will acquire the industrial bags and kraft paper business of US-based Graphic Packaging International for $105-million. The business’ production base comprises an integrated 135 000 t/y kraft paper mill in Arkansas, as well as nine bags plants across the US. 

Bt Helps Connect The De Beers Group

     3rd June 2014 BT’s global network will help the world’s leading diamond company connect generations of people with the Earth's natural treasures. BT has won a significant new contract with The De Beers Group of Companies.  The six-year agreement, worth US $37m (around R 390m), sees BT orchestrate a wide range... 

African airline industry expected to remain weakest regional performer in 2014

By: Natalie Greve     2nd June 2014 In terms of regional profitability, the airline industry in Africa is expected to remain the weakest performer, with the International Air Transport Association (Iata) expecting the continent to post “barely positive” profits of $100-million for this year. This would represent a margin of only... 

Global stainless steel sector to grow

By: Jonathan Rodin     30th May 2014 Consultancy group MEPS has, with cautious optimism, forecast stainless steel production growth in 2014 will be better than 2013 for all traditional steelmaking countries and regions, including the EU, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. According to the consultancy, this will be the first time since... 

Refraline

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     30th May 2014 Since its humble beginnings in 1981, the Refraline group of companies – which consists of Refraline, Refraline Natal, Refraline SA Industrial Linings, WR Refractory Services and Didier Corrosion Engineering – has grown into one of the leading refractory contractors in sub-Saharan Africa. The... 

Fortinet to Focus on Advanced Threat Protection at GISEC 2014

     26th May 2014 Security specialist highly recommends that enterprises focus on five fundamental areas of an Advanced Threat Protection Framework Fortinet®  - a leader in high-performance network security will focus on Advanced Threat Protection as part of its solution portfolio at the Gulf Information Security... 

First vehicle rolls off the production line at Lagos assembly plant

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2014 Nissan has 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 the policy’s... 

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... 

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