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Hyder Consulting Launches Drive To Recruit Site Engineers

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st October 2013 Highly skilled engineers in South Africa are being targeted by acclaimed multi-national design and engineering consultancy, Hyder Consulting, in a major recruitment drive for experienced site engineers to join its team in Doha, Qatar.  Following reports that the unemployment rate in South Africa... 

Global construction industry in an upturn – KPMG 

By: Natalie Greve     17th October 2013 After prolonged economic uncertainty, the bulk of companies in the global engineering and construction sector have expressed renewed confidence in the growth prospects for the industry, indicating that the sector is finally in an upturn, the KPMG International 2013 Global Construction Survey... 

Ford’s Mulally emphasises need for continuous growth in productivity, reliability

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2013 The recent seven-week-long strike in South Africa’s automotive industry had managed to “dramatically increase” awareness of this business in the country, said Ford Motor Company (FMC) CEO Alan Mulally on Wednesday. Speaking at a media roundtable held at the Johannesburg International Motor Show,... 

Iveco, partner to build R530m local manufacturing plant

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2013 Localisation would be key in gaining ground in an increasingly important market, Iveco Africa and Middle East regional head Luca Sra said on Wednesday. This comes as the company announced the formation of Iveco South Africa Works, a new 60:40 joint venture (JV) partnership between Iveco and... 

Datatec head laments H1 ‘underperformance’ as earnings narrow

By: Natalie Greve     16th October 2013 Global information and communications technology (ICT) group Datatec CEO Jens Montanana says a disappointing performance by the company’s subsidiary in North America and a subsequent volume shortfall led to the group’s “underperformance” in the six months ended August 31. “Performance in parts of... 

Africa struggles to keep up with global electricity access – WEC

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th October 2013 While access to electricity has improved across the world, sub-Saharan Africa would continue its struggle to light up the continent by 2050, the World Energy Council’s (WEC’s) latest report showed on Monday. The World Energy Scenarios – Composing Energy Futures to 2050 report revealed that Africa... 

US fuel catalyst makes SA debut 

By: Irma Venter     14th October 2013 A fuel catalyst, developed years ago by a family with strong Texan oil interests, has now also become available in South Africa. The Rentar catalyst promises fuel savings of up to 6% for long-haul trucks, more for furnaces, boilers and generators, as well as a roughly 8% cut in carbon dioxide... 

Company Annoucements:Zebra Technologies enlightens SA retailers on tech trends

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th October 2013 Zebra Technologies, global leader in innovation and reliability that give avirtual voice to an organization’s assets, recently invited the South African retail industry to an insightful and stimulating workshop to elaborate the role technology can play in the modern retail environment. The... 

BMG expands offering as it enters new partnership 

By: Sashnee Moodley     11th October 2013 Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) announced the expansion of its range of pneumatic and hydraulic filtration products and systems to include technologies from global motion and control specialists Parker Hannifin Corporation last month at its open day, in Johannesburg.  

Du Plessis returns as MAN Truck & Bus SA executive chairperson

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2013 MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) in September announced the fifth leadership change at the company since 2008, by returning the business to the hands of former CEO Geoff du Plessis. Du Plessis makes his return as executive chairperson, with Bruce Dickson remaining as CEO. 

Energy efficiency influencing water developments

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 These days there is a high awareness of energy efficiency in society, which is influencing new developments and upgrades in water technology, says South African research funder the Water Research Commission (WRC). “Greater emphasis is being placed on using energy efficient equipment, such as... 

Metair acquires 75% of Turkish battery group for R2.17bn

By: Natalie Greve     10th October 2013 South African automotive components manufacturer Metair Investments has concluded a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of Mutlu Holding for R2.17-billion, giving Metair an effective 75% interest in Istanbul-listed Mutlu Akü – the largest battery manufacturer in Eastern Europe and the... 

Saudi power group aiming for 4 000 MW Southern African portfolio by 2020

By: Terence Creamer     9th October 2013 Independent power producer ACWA Power is pursuing several electricity investments in Southern Africa over and above the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) project being developed in the Northern Cape and has set a goal of building a regional portfolio with a capacity of 4 000 MW by... 

Company Annoucements:EY reports 2013 global revenues of US$25.8 billion

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th October 2013 „ Fastest growth in five years of 7.7% „ Revenues improve across all service lines and geographies „ Emerging-market practices see combined revenue growth of 12% „ Headcount reaches all-time high of 175,000 EY announced combined global revenues of US$25.8 billion for its financial year ended 30... 

Company Annoucements:esearch, development and product testing – a pre-requisite to quality technology innovations!

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th October 2013 In the 2013 R&D Trends Forecast* it was found that only 31% of respondents expected a minimal increase in their R&D spend this year, where businesses indicated that they will only be spending *267% on R&D as opposed to 70% in 2012. This is surprising if we consider the very saturated market... 

Epicor Demonstrates Middle East Channel Strategy Success

     7th October 2013 Epicor Software Corporation, a global leader in business software solutions for manufacturing, distribution, retail and services organizations, today announced that Xeca International, a leading provider of business IT strategies, solutions and services in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), is... 

World airliner fleet predicted to more than double in 20 years

By: Keith Campbell     4th October 2013 European airliner manufacturer Airbus predicts, in its latest Global Market Forecast, that over the next 20 years (from this year until 3032) air traffic will grow at an annual rate of 4.7%. This will be the result of economic growth, migration, urbanisation, rising middle classes, affordability,... 

Africa freight volumes down 9.7%, global air cargo demand rises

By: Leandi Kolver     1st October 2013 Global airfreight demand grew by 3.6% year-on-year during August, with the bulk of the growth coming from carriers in Europe and the Middle East, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) said on Tuesday. European carriers’ freight volumes grew by 3.4% in August, with capacity having... 

Motorola Solutions, Danimex in SA distribution partnership

     1st October 2013 Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI), a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers, says it expects to see growth in the sub-Saharan African region on the back of its new distribution partnership with Danimex Communications.... 

Comany Annoucements:XON and Procera Networks establish sub-Sahara Africa partnership

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th September 2013 XON has cemented a partnership agreement with Procera Networks, the global Internet intelligence company, to distribute, implement, and support the OEM vendor’s intelligent policy enforcement PacketLogic products that provide actionable network intelligence andpolicy enforcement for network... 

Addressing need to increase recycling tonnages

     27th September 2013 The twenty-first International Recycled Aluminium Conference is setting out to better the aluminium industry’s understanding of recycling by highlighting sustainable development, says Rio Tinto, product group Rio Tinto Alcan product stewardship director Jerome Lucaes. 

R2bn crude oil storage and blending terminal for Saldanha Bay

By: Irma Venter     27th September 2013 Oiltanking Grindrod Calulo Holdings (OTGC), a subsidiary of Germany’s Oiltanking group, and Mining, Oil and Gas Services (MOGS) will, through a joint venture (JV), construct a R2-billion commercial crude oil storage and blending terminal at the Saldanha Bay port. The terminal will have a capacity... 

Southern Africa distributor receives top award for scissor lifts sales

By: Timothy Sibanda     27th September 2013 Sole distributor of Genie products in Southern Africa Goscor Hi-Reach won the award for Best Performance for Scissor Lifts, which have achieved good sales figures in South Africa, at this years annual Genie Awards. 

Virtualisation and consolidation are 2013 business priorities for EMEA CIOs

     26th September 2013 Swiss Re One of EMEA IT decision makers planning investment in virtualisation and consolidation projects An independent market research survey commissioned by Riverbed Technology, the application performance company, reveals that 70 percent of IT decision makers are looking to centralise... 

E-marine successfully completes challenging cable repair in Arabian Sea

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2013 Technical team battles adverse weather conditions to restore service to FEA network Dubai, 25 September 2013: E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East region, has successfully completed a challenging cable repair in the Arabian Sea,... 

Parker Hannifin and BMG announce strategic distribution commitment

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2013 Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announces the signature of a strategic partnership agreement with  Bearing Man Group - BMG, which is designed to extend the level of support and product availability that both companies offer to customers... 

ART and Self Retention Remain Relevant as Insurance Market Appetites Wane in Wake of Spate of NatCats & Capacity Reduction

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th September 2013 Changes in the insurance industry have sparked renewed interest in Alternative Risk Transfer (ART), a method of protecting business assets by making use of non-traditional methods available in the insurance market.  Furthermore, there is a growing need to develop real Alternative Risk Transfer... 

Iata revises 2013 profit outlook downwards to $11.7bn

By: Leandi Kolver     23rd September 2013 The International Air Transport Association (Iata) on Monday revised its net profit estimates for 2013 downwards to $11.7-billion on revenues of $708-billion, compared with the net profit estimates of $12.7-billion in June. The latest forecast reflected the impact of the oil price spike... 

Signs Growing That The South African Economy Is On The Road To Recovery 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2013 The Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) Mr Lionel October has highlighted the forging of a “buy local” culture and the need to narrow the divide between big business and township business as important components of efforts to build an inclusive South African... 

Interactive Intelligence Named 2013 EMEA Contact Centre Company of the Year by Frost & Sullivan

     20th September 2013 Interactive Intelligence Group Inc., a global provider of software and services designed to improve the customer experience, has received the 2013 EMEA Frost & Sullivan Contact Centre Company of the Year Award. The award is based on Frost & Sullivan’s recent research into the contact centre... 

Use of sunflower oil as a renewable-energy source researched

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th September 2013 A study on biofuels being undertaken by the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) aims to develop sunflower oil as an alternative fuel source in South Africa. 

Wearcheck, Letaba Dewatering And Meter Systems At Bauma AFRICA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2013 As the doors of the inaugural Bauma Africa open at 09h00 on 18 September 2013, three of the seven Set Point Group divisions occupy exhibition space. Bauma Africa, the premier international Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction... 

Consumers rate SA’s worst customer service

     18th September 2013 South Africa’s worst customer service is to be found from government agencies and utility providers, according to new research released by contact centre experts Interactive Intelligence. The research was carried out by Actionable Research between February and March this year in seven countries –... 

Deloitte grows for fourth consecutive year, reporting US $32.4 billion in revenue

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th September 2013 Deloitte grows for fourth consecutive year, reporting US $32.4 billion in revenue - Increased demand from clients for all services created growth across all businesses and regions - Growth in consulting and other advisory services was particularly strong - Priority markets contributed nearly... 

MAN restructures in SA, Du Plessis returns as executive chair

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2013 MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (SA) last week announced the fifth leadership change at the company since 2008, by returning the business to the hands of former CEO Geoff du Plessis. Du Plessis made his return as executive chairperson, with Bruce Dickson remaining as CEO. 

Ressano Garcia emerges as hub in trinational interim power deal

By: Samantha Herbst     13th September 2013 Temporary power and temperature control solutions provider Aggreko officiated its power purchase agreement (PPA) with Namibian power utility NamPower at the unveiling of Phase 2 of its Ressano Garcia gas-fired power plant at Gigawatt Park, in Mozambique, last month. The $200-million expansion... 

Business in Africa: Lafarge shares insights

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2013 “Lafarge is a well established, experienced building materials producer on the African continent”, was the clear message to a gathering of 70 key South African construction and engineering industry leaders at the prestigious ‘Lafarge in Africa’ breakfast seminar 

Aggreko expands Moz-based power plant to supply midtier power to Namibia  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th September 2013 From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, this is the Real Economy Report. Temporary power solutions provider Aggreko has officially launched Phase 2 of its cross-border interim power project at Gigawatt Park, in Ressano Garcia, Mozambique.  

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