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Largest fibre manufacturing plant opens in KZN

     Updated 4 hours ago Nonwoven product manufacturer Fibertex South Africa’s manufacturing plant in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal – which is one of six Fibertex factories in the world – is now the largest nonwoven geotextiles manufacturing facility in Africa. 

Tricky hydro scheme checks completed

By: Simon Sonnekus     Updated 4 hours ago Difficult-to-complete inspections, high up at a water-storage scheme, in KwaZulu-Natal, were easily completed within the allotted time using  rope access.  Rope access solutions provider Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn notes that the operation – which took place after the conclusion of one... 

HVAC Multi-Probe Anemometer Available From Asstech

     26th May 2016 French manufacturer of measuring instruments for the past 30 years, Kimo, has designed the versatile VT200 air velocity and airflow control device that is available in six different configurations. The anemometer is a product offering of Randburg-based instrumentation company, ASSTech. Easy to... 

Diavik hits 100m-carat milestone as Ekati development gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     20th May 2016 Canada’s largest diamond mine has reached the significant milestone of producing 100-million carats of rough diamonds since the mine started in 2003. Simon Trott, MD of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Salt & Uranium, a 60/40 joint venture between mining major Rio Tinto and Canada’s Dominion Diamond Corp,... 

Mozambique steel plant acquired by South African manufacturer

By: Dylan Slater     20th May 2016 Following extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel (CAS), LionSteel South Africa (SA) has acquired the Mozambique-based steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA (CSS), which is located in Matola.  

We all need to do our part to save water – ActionAid South Africa

     17th May 2016 With the country being classified as the 30th driest in the world and the outlook for sufficient availability looking grim, all South Africans need to play their parts in using water more efficiently, says ActionAid South Africa. Last month, the organisation launched its Water Interrupted... 

Saudi group keen to expand South African solar footprint well beyond Bokpoort  

By: Terence Creamer     13th May 2016 Located on a dead flat piece of land about an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Upington and close to the Orange river, the curved solar collector mirrors, gleaming pipes and large molten-salt tanks of the 50 MW Bokpoort concentrated solar power (CSP) plant stand in stark industrial contrast to the... 

Water taken from Sterkfontein still not replaced – Muller 

By: Martin Creamer     12th May 2016 Water extracted from the Sterkfontein dam had still not been replaced, six months after officials promised that it would be, Wits School of Governance visiting adjunct professor Mike Muller has pointed out. Speaking at this week’s South African Institution of Civil Engineering Civilution... 

Pipes manufacturers take on SABS over unfulfilled mandate 

By: Samantha Herbst     6th May 2016 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has taken legal action against the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to address the standards body’s alleged failure to perform in terms of its mandate and to meet its obligations, as prescribed in the Standards Act.... 

Earthmoving specialist EPH commends Atlas Copco hydraulic hammers

     6th May 2016 Excavating and earthmoving rental equipment provider EPH PLANT HIRE (PTY) LTD has commended the range of SB202 hydraulic hammers supplied by sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco. EPH supplies a broad spectrum of customers that range from large listed construction firms to small... 

Lesotho aiming to be a major diamond producer in next few years

By: Ilan Solomons     6th May 2016 The mining industry in Lesotho is still in its infancy, but it is developing and has a lot of potential, says Lesotho Mining Minister Lebohang Thotanyana. In 2015, Lesotho adopted the Minerals and Mining Policy – the first time that the country has developed a policy specifically focused on its... 

Clamp solution primary focus at Nampo 2016

By: Nadine James     6th May 2016 Southern Africa sole distributor of Jacob Modular Tubing products Roff Industries will showcase the Jacob Quick Connect (JQC) clamp solution for grain-handling and food- processing applications at the Nampo, or National Maize Producers Organisation, Harvest Day. Roff Industries bulk materials... 

Lionsteel South Africa Acquires Mozambique Steel Pipe Manufacturing Mill From Capital Africa Steel (Cas)

     3rd May 2016 LionSteel South Africa has, after extensive negotiations with Capital Africa Steel, acquired the steel pipe manufacturing mill Capital Star Steel SA, located in Matola, Mozambique. The acquisition worth in excess of R500 million, involved a comprehensive debt restructuring with a syndication of... 

Field pressure testing ensures that PVC pipes do not leak

     26th April 2016 DPI Plastics has developed a ‘how to’ guide on field pressure testing to ensure that the integrity of a pipeline is not compromised. A field pressure test is used to test the integrity of pipe joints completed on site. This test is covered by the SANS 2001:DP2 – Medium pressure pipelines... 

Block Pipes Instantly and Effectively with Pipestoppers®

     22nd April 2016 Blocking pipes in order to carry out routine maintenance, repair work or even for weld purging is easy with Pipestoppers®. The Pipestoppers® Division at Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® design and manufacture a range of Mechanical and Inflatable Pipestoppers® and Plugs to suit every application.... 

Costa Norte liquefied natural gas project, Panama

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd April 2016 The project comprises the development, construction, operation and maintenance of an integrated gas-to-power project on Telfers Island. 

Electrofusion welding suitable for high-pressure sewerage system pipes

By: Victor Moolman     22nd April 2016 Plastic pipe specialists Marley Pipe Systems has throughout 2015 and in 2016 supplied high-density polyethylene (HDPE) Megatuff pipes that are suitable for electrofusion in sewage system upgrades throughout South Africa. 

Sewage pipes company joins Sappma

     22nd April 2016 Supply and installation specialists plastic pipe manufacturer Pexmart, which manufactures pipes of between 20 mm and 800 mm and fits high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes for the water, sewage and industrial pipes industries has joined the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturer’s Association... 

South African smart cities require smart citizen initiatives, T-Systems argues

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 To develop smart cities that can provide the services demanded of a population expected to be 80% urbanised by 2050, South African cities and local governments must begin with smaller, focused projects to gain traction, says Germany-based information technology multinational T-Systems South... 

Versatile Vinyl In The “Sport-Light” At 2016 Olympic Games

     21st April 2016 Flexibility, versatility and recyclability of vinyl takes center stage during the biggest sporting event taking place in Rio de Janeiro, South America, later this year During the next few months, the 2016 Olympic Games will once again be on everybody’s lips when the much anticipated event takes... 

Coperion and Coperion K-Tron to Exhibit at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition, Rosemont,

     19th April 2016 Coperion and Coperion K-Tron formally announce exhibition at the International Powder & Bulk Solids Conference & Exhibition, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, Illinois, May 3-5 – Booth 1413. The booth will feature feeding, pneumatic conveying and systems engineered solutions for... 

Kusile power plant project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     15th April 2016 Work is progressing at the project. 

Pool weir a classic example of bad engineering design

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th April 2016 Recently, I had to have my home swimming pool recoated in new fibreglass and I took the opportunity to make a few changes. One thing I did was to put in a new weir.  My old weir had been hand-made out of cement, with pipes placed in the cement.  It had worked perfectly for decades. One thing I... 

Sun International targets massive energy savings

By: Kim Cloete     14th April 2016 Sun International is targeting energy savings of at least R30-million across its hotels and casinos through various interventions, from adopting energy efficient lighting to the insulation of geysers and pipes. Energy savings as high as 61% of current energy costs have been identified at four of... 

New Method Of Detecting Gravitational Waves Will Bring Them Closer

     12th April 2016 Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered new technology which could mean that instead of being detected a billion light years away, gravitational waves may be identified throughout ‘the observable universe’. Professor David Blair from the Australian International... 

Babcock custom engineers hydrocarbon waste management system for flagship branch

     8th April 2016 Babcock’s new flagship branch in Middelburg has been described as one of the most advanced yellow-metal facilities of its kind, and for good reason. The design team spent several months planning the infrastructure of the facility to ensure that every detail was designed around Babcock’s specific... 

SA firms seeking to cash in on nuclear build will need to prioritise certification

By: David Oliveira     8th April 2016 South Africa’s new nuclear build, which is expected to add about 9 600 MW of capacity to the national grid, will offer significant employment and growth opportunities for local industries and should not be viewed as a “mysterious and fearsome” industry, independent engineering consultant Andrew... 

Kennady Diamonds appoints industry veteran as new president, CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     6th April 2016 Explorer Kennady Diamonds has appointed industry veteran Dr Rory Moore as its new president and CEO effective May 1, to replace Patrick Evans who had held the positions since the company’s spin-out in 2012 from project-developing parent Mountain Province Diamonds. Kennady chairperson Jonathan... 

Localisation nets local manufacturers R54bn in tenders

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th March 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday said that over 160 tenders to the value of R54-billion had been awarded to local manufacturers and suppliers over the past year. Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, addressing the Buy Local Summit, in Sandton, explained that government’s... 

Tshwane ‘aggressively pursuing’ its R6bn owed by residents

By: African News Agency      30th March 2016 The Tshwane municipality is currently pursuing residents who have perennially defaulted on municipal services payments, now standing at a staggering R6-billion, Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said on Wednesday. “There are those we are going to pursue aggressively. They require a hardened... 

Cortec’s MCI® HPRS® Produces Amazing Results And Sharply Lowers Corrosion Rates In Concrete!

     30th March 2016 Spalling or deterioration of reinforced concrete does not inevitably signal the end of concrete structures. With Cortec’s High Performance Repair System (HPRS®), it is possible to greatly reduce a structure’s corrosion rate and extend useful service life. Cortec’s highly durable, multifunctional,... 

Purge your Tube and Pipes the Elite Way

     29th March 2016 When welding stainless, duplex, chrome steel and titanium tubes or pipes, it is important to purge the welding zone with an inert gas to prevent oxidisation, discolouration and to ensure a good internal weld profile. After 40 years of innovation, design and manufacturing expertise in the field of... 

HID Global Introduces New On-Metal Tags That Meet RAIN® RFID and NFC Standards

     22nd March 2016 News Highlights: • HID Global’s new RFID tag options for mounting on metal surfaces expands the potential of Internet of Things and NFC applications. • Four new Brick Tag Ceramic UHF transponders include the smallest UHF/RAIN® tags available for discretely embedding or mounting on metal surfaces.... 

Goscor Access Rental helps Mr. Price build its new national Kwa-Zulu Natal DC

     18th March 2016 Goscor Access Rental is the preferred supplier of access rental equipment to assist with various materials handling requirements during the construction of Mr. Price’s new national Distribution Centre in Keystone Park, Hammersdale, Kwa-Zulu Natal. The rental company also solved the problem that... 

SA pumps facility to cater for Africa

By: Nadine James     18th March 2016 Chinese slurry pump manufacturer Atlas Pump Group opened an office and warehouse facility in Johannesburg, Gauteng, in January, which will cater for the mining and industrial sectors across the African market. Though Atlas supplied parts and pumps to companies on the African continent  prior to... 

Localisation can be game-changer for SA – DTI 

By: News24Wire      16th March 2016 South Africa missed a golden opportunity by not manufacturing its own boilers and transformers for the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired power stations, which are currently under construction. This is according to Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director general Lionel October, who briefed MPs... 

Use Backing Tape™ for Perfect Weld Underbeads

     14th March 2016 When welding sheets, pipes, tanks and other vessels made from metals such as stainless, carbon, duplex and chrome steels, it is important to support weld roots and provide even profiles. As an international leader and manufacturer of weld purging technology, Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have... 

New Gauteng Laboratory makes VSD bearing protection affordable in S.A.

     11th March 2016 World's First 1 Ring Solution 5 years and millions of rands later the new 'Earthrings 350 high current ring' will be launched later this month. Its unique benefit is that only one Earthring will be required to protect AC motors all the way up to 350 kilowatts, no insulated bearings or other... 

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