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New pipe and flow calculator app to allow for accelerated pipe design

By: Mia Breytenbach     23rd September 2016 In enabling future generation customers to be part of the smartphone and digital application (app) future, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics is developing its own internal pipeline design and flow calculator app to assist design, consulting and civil engineers in designing, implementing new and/or... 

Babcock invests in fully automatic CNC bending machine for their high pressure pipe fabrication facility

     22nd September 2016 Babcock is focused on rapidly responding to customers’ challenges by delivering trusted solutions and investing in best in class technology. With boiler experience dating back to 1891, Babcock is Africa’s most established and experienced boiler supplier, and offers a full range of specialised... 

IoT – exposure everywhere

     19th September 2016 The adoption of IoT technologies is set to broaden the risk exposure consumers and enterprises face, driving a need for new legislation, more layers of security and increased awareness, says Fortinet. The arrival of Internet of Things technologies might not significantly change the mode of attack... 

Hera telescope gets $9.5m funding injection

By: Anine Kilian     14th September 2016 The US National Finance Foundation has invested $9.5-million in expanding the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionisation Array (Hera) telescope’s capabilities, which will allow the array to expand to 220 radio dishes by 2018, SKA announced on Wednesday. Hera, which was recently granted the status of a Square... 

Merlin restart set for October

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     12th September 2016 ASX-listed Merlin Diamonds has revealed plans to restart its Merlin diamond mine, in the Northern Territory, in October. The junior said on Monday that the decision to restart operations followed approval from the Department of Mines and Energy for the mining plan. 

Early leak detection equipment installed at power plants

By: Kimberley Smuts     9th September 2016 Local engineering company RTS Africa Engineering is currently focused on the commissioning of manufacturing company Procon's boiler tube leak detection equipment, which tests and inspects the sound of leaking steam tubes within the boiler, at both the Medupi and Kusile power stations, owned by... 

New device could offer a solution to South Africa’s leaking pipes

By: Kim Cloete     7th September 2016 Researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have developed a novel device that could help to contain the massive amount of water lost through leaking pipes in South Africa. UCT Department of Civil Engineering researcher Professor Kobus van Zyl says the device is able to do a sophisticated... 

Incledon implements state-of-the-art ERP system

     6th September 2016 A significant investment in a Sage X3 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system has given Incledon, a member of the DAWN Group, greater control over its 15 000 preferred products. This forms part of a larger rollout across the entire group. The new ERP system went ‘live’ at the distributor’s... 

Weld Purge your Pipes at a low cost with Weld Purge Film®

     30th August 2016 When tubes and pipes of certain materials, such as stainless steel, titanium, nickel alloys and zirconium are welded together, it is desirable to purge the oxygen out of the inside of the weld zone to prevent it from reacting with the hot metal and causing oxidation, porosity and corrosion.... 

Multotec Improves Recoveries, Grades And Yields

     30th August 2016 Northam Chrome Producers is realising improved recoveries, better grades and higher yields following the retrofit of Multotec spirals at its recovery plant. The decision to replace the existing spirals with those designed and manufactured by Multotec was taken by this chrome producer following... 

Process Pipe

By: Zandile Mavuso     26th August 2016 With 47 years’ expertise in the pipes industry, wholesale carbon and mild steel pipes, fittings and flanges wholesaler Process Pipe has established a national footprint in South Africa, with branches in Gauteng (Alrode), KwaZulu-Natal (Jacobs) and two branches in the Western Cape (Belville and... 

Ivanhoe expands Kakula mineralisation as Kamoa construction gathers pace

By: Henry Lazenby     25th August 2016 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has reported further intercepts of greater than 10% copper, at a 3% cut-off, highlighting the high-grade nature of the thick, flat-lying, shallow, chalcocite-rich core of the Kakula Discovery zone, near the Kamoa copper project in the... 

Dramatically reduce Weld Purging times with QuickPurge®

     22nd August 2016 Time after time, welders, supervisors, quality control personnel and others are kept waiting, sometimes for many hours, for stainless steel or titanium pipes to be purged of oxygen ready for welding. In addition, all involved are watching the expensive inert argon gas flow away to waste after it... 

Developer emphasises accuracy in measurement instrumentation

By: Sebastian Whyle     19th August 2016 The South African food and beverage, and pharmaceutical sectors require measurement technology that offers precision and reliability while complying with local hygiene regulations. There is, hence, greater demand for accuracy in measurement instrumentation in these sectors, says Germany-based... 

Huta Łabędy issues FAC to SMS group for new HF welded tube line

     16th August 2016 SMS group www.sms-group.com has been granted the final acceptance certificate for the new 12 ¾-inch ERW (Electric Resistance Welding) welded tube line installed at Huta Łabędy´s works in Gliwice, Poland. The plant is designed to produce tubes with diameters from 4 ½ inches to 12 ¾ inches, wall... 

Designations, Highveld deal to shore up AMSA demand amid weak steel market

By: Terence Creamer     12th August 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

Goldman warns ‘supply storm’ to engulf global copper market

By: Bloomberg     5th August 2016 A storm’s about to hit the global copper market, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which forecasts that the price may slump to $4 000 a metric ton over 12 months as mine supply picks up, producers enjoy lower costs and demand growth softens. “Company guidance and our estimates suggest that... 

Davies to meet with Zim counterpart to quell trade restrictions

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd August 2016 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will on Thursday meet with Zimbabwe Minister of Industry and Commerce Mike Bimha to find an amicable resolution to the measures implemented by Zimbabwe on products of export interest to South Africa. The neighbouring country in June banned the importation... 

DEHN Africa safeguards golf estates from lightning and surges

     1st August 2016 Golf courses usually extend over large areas and include facilities such as clubhouses, caddy sheds, change rooms, halfway houses, shelters, golf cart parking lots and widespread irrigation and sprinkler systems that ensure the quality of the greens. They are also often located in areas where low... 

Steel designations, Highveld supply to shore up AMSA demand amid weak market

By: Terence Creamer     29th July 2016 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects a proposed deal to reopen the heavy-section mill at Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium (Highveld), together with recent moves by government to stipulate the use of local steel when calculating local content on certain infrastructure... 

Sava Trains 1 000 Hospital Staff In The Recycling Of Non-Hazardous PVC Waste

     21st July 2016 “The rising costs of healthcare waste management in South Africa and the rest of the world are forcing hospitals and clinics to rethink the way in which they deal with their healthcare waste”.  This is the opinion of Southern African Vinyls Association CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, who, in... 

Belmet And 3c Metal Formalise A Shareholding Relationship

     19th July 2016 Following a long history of successful collaboration and joint ventures between Belmet and 3C Metal, the French-based head office of 3C Metal has officially taken the decision to invest in a shareholding percentage of Belmet Namibia and Belmet South Africa. The shareholding agreement is effective... 

Exxon’s $2.5bn bid for PNG’s InterOil tops Oil Search

By: Bloomberg     18th July 2016 Exxon Mobil is doubling down on Papua New Guinea, topping a rival offer for InterOil, a gas explorer focused on the Southeast Asian nation. The energy giant’s offer values InterOil at $2.5-billion, including debt, beating an earlier bid from Oil Search and Total SA. Exxon already runs Papua New... 

Possible change in NDT training

By: Simon Sonnekus     15th July 2016 The harmonisation of second and third part assessment certification schemes found in the South African non-destructive testing (NDT) industry could result in continuous skills development and enhanced personnel competence, with companies and employees also retaining a stronger development... 

Lantek software will power Promotech pipe cutting machines

     12th July 2016 Lantek has reached an agreement with Polish company Promotech to supply its world leading sheet metal software with Promotech’s pipe profile cutting machines which can cut pipes up to diameter of 1500 mm and length of 12 metres with oxy-fuel or plasma. Promotech has been manufacturing and... 

Stainless steel in municipal applications has potential to save SA millions in water costs

     11th July 2016 Market developments in the international stainless steel industry have revealed the high value potential of using stainless steel piping in the service delivery of municipal water that can potentially save millions of Rands lost in leakage and filtration costs as well as see a reduction in the... 

Congo’s government drops VAT on imports for mining companies

By: Bloomberg     8th July 2016 Democratic Republic Congo will suspend value-added tax on imports for mining companies to ease operating conditions for struggling miners, Finance Minister Henri Yav Mulang said. In April, the government ordered the central bank to temporarily stop reimbursing VAT in order to reduce pressure on... 

New header designs to be showcased at Power-Gen Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     8th July 2016 Engineering, manufacturing, construction and maintenance services provider Steinmüller Africa will showcase two header models at this year’s Power-Gen Africa event, which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from July 19 to 21. 

Lucapa diamond sales reach $3m in Q2

By: David Oliveira     7th July 2016 ASX-listed diamond miner Lucapa Diamond Company, which owns and operates the Lulo diamond project in Angola, achieved two alluvial diamond parcel sales weighing a total of 2 670 ct, during the quarter ending June 2016, and achieved gross proceeds of $3-million at an average price of $1 132/ct,... 

Nylon Plugs for Maintenance Work

     30th June 2016 Blocking pipes in order to carry out routine maintenance, repair work, leak testing or even for weld purging is easy with Pipestoppers® Nylon Plugs. The Pipestoppers® Division of Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® manufacture these low cost, light weight Nylon Plugs for a variety of applications... 

Energy-efficient electric melt shop and continuous caster for high-quality slabs at PT. Gunung, Indonesia successfully commissioned by SMS group

     29th June 2016 SMS group (www.sms-group.com) has successfully commissioned an electric steel plant with efficient environmental technology and a single-strand continuous slab caster at PT. Gunung in Bekasi (West Java province), Indonesia. The melt shop with the ARCCESS® electric arc furnace and a ladle furnace... 

LionSteel puts the roar back into Capital Star Steel

     28th June 2016 Despite its war-torn past, Mozambique has long been viewed as a country that offers great commercial potential to companies which are prepared to invest and commit to its economic and social growth. LionSteelís recent acquisition of Capital Star Steelís (CSS) steel pipe mill in Matola, Maputo,... 

Company’s new design opens more doors for pipe manufacturers

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Amid government spend on big water projects and the ongoing, urgent need for water infrastructure development, pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics’ latest addition to its existing 630-mm-diameter range, the new 630 Class 16 modified polyvinyl chloride (mPVC) pipe, has enabled the company to make... 

Confusion regarding certification explained

     24th June 2016 Owing to the confusion within municipalities and the general public regarding the meaning of a certification body within the pipes industry,  Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association CEO Jan Venter highlights the misperceptions by explaining the differences between the South... 

Damage to tube and pipe weld purging systems eliminated

     24th June 2016 Welding metallurgy and gas physics specialists Huntingdon Fusion Techniques (HFT) have designed Argweld heat resistant covers to eliminate damaging or bursting inflatable dams on tube and pipe weld purging systems owing to exposure to high temperatures. HFT distributor support Luke Keane notes... 

Ensuring relevancy by remaining competitive

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Apart from being heavily committed to educating various industries on the benefits of using high-quality branded and approved products, engineering supplies specialist Incledon also strives to remain abreast of the latest trends and developments in the industry by remaining competitive. Incledon... 

Innovative technology boosts productivity and job site safety

By: Sascha Solomons     24th June 2016 Mechanical pipe manufacturer Victaulic has introduced the FireLock Installation-Ready Fittings system to the pipe and fire protection industry, which reduces installation time and job site inventory, boosting productivity and safety. Victaulic Africa regional manager Barry van Jaarsveld asserts... 

New technology tailored to clients’ needs

     24th June 2016 Tailored fluid solutions and line systems hose components supplier ContiTech has developed a high-temperature Conti Excelsus hose with external reinforcement which can be precisely tailored to relevant applications.  ContiTech explains that flexibility allows the new Conti Excelsus... 

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