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R&D capitalises on global growth

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2017 The National Laser Centre (NLC), part of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is undertaking a Photonics Prototyping Facility (PPF) programme and is exploring advance manufacturing technologies, leveraging on the strong global growth of the laser technology sector. NLC PPF... 

Printed titanium parts expected to save millions in Boeing Dreamliner costs

By: Reuters     11th April 2017 Boeing Co hired Norsk Titanium to print the first structural titanium parts for its 787 Dreamliner, a shift that the Norwegian three-dimensional (3-D) printing company said would eventually shave $2-million to $3-million off the cost of each plane. The contract announced on Monday is a major... 

Fast, accurate bottle coding

     4th April 2017 Designed for accuracy, quality, line efficiency and ease-of-use, the Markem-Imaje SmartLase series offers the ideal solution for coding on lightweight PET bottles with no risk of piercing, even when the walls of the bottle are very thin. Whether you’re coding mineral water, carbonated soft... 

High-temperature reactor phoenix emerging from PBMR ashes? 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd April 2017 Early-stage research into the possible revival of the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) has yielded a revamped reactor concept that incorporates an entirely new operational philosophy, as well as the use of construction materials and manufacturing techniques that were either not considered or... 

Treasury shoots down nuclear deal allegations

By: News24Wire      3rd April 2017 National Treasury on Sunday set the record straight on news that was circulating on social media of a nuclear deal allegedly signed by incoming Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba. African National Congress (ANC) member Sibusisiwe Mngadi had alleged on Facebook earlier on Sunday that “the nuclear deal... 

Global car manufacturer tests 3D printing for production

     24th March 2017 Automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company is testing three-dimensional (3D) printing of large-scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer at the Ford Research and Innovation Centre in Dearborn, in the US.  

DuPont Performance Materials Announces High-Performance Materials for 3D Printing

     22nd March 2017 DuPont Performance Materials announces participation in the 3D printing industry at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group Conference by showcasing high-performance materials in filament forms of DuPont™ Hytrel® thermoplastic elastomers, DuPont™ Zytel® nylons, and DuPont™ Surlyn® ionomers. Proven... 

New system expands product range

     17th March 2017 The condition monitoring equipment range from technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has been expanded by the newly launched portable SPM Leonova Diamond Aligner (SPM Leonova) system. 

Ford tests large-scale 3D printing

By: Anine Kilian     8th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is exploring how large one-piece automotive parts, like car spoilers, can be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles. Ford is the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build three-dimensional (3D) printer.   Capable of printing car parts of practically... 

Ford Tests Large Scale 3D Printing with Light-Weighting and Personalization in Mind

     7th March 2017 Ford Motor Company is testing 3D printing of large scale car parts using the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer Ford is the first automotive company to trial this technology with Stratasys, and is currently exploring potential applications for future production vehicles, like Ford Performance... 

Air force base sends 60 cadets for training

     24th February 2017 From next year, the South Africa Air Force (SAAF) will send 60 cadets to a military academy in Saldanha in the Western Cape each year to pursue their first degree in their chosen fields. This will include future pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians and other support mustering. 

Burner management systems market anticipates 5.5% growth by 2024

     27th January 2017 The global market for burner management systems (BMS) is projected to be worth $7.39-billion by 2024, expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.5% in that period, explains market research service provider Transparency Market Research (TMR). 

Engineering partnership helping to develop cheaper prosthetics

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2017 A partnership between engineering and technology firms is being leveraged to test the design, suitability and production of affordable prosthetics for Africa using three-dimensional (3D) printing, says 3D design technology firm Solid Edge Technology business development manager Jared de Waal. The... 

Bioplastics development project, Thailand

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The project proposes to build a world-class polylactic polymerisation plant, with a capacity of 75 000 t/y. 

Industry Supports Machine Tools Africa 2017 as sales exceed 70%

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th November 2016 With seven months still to go and the two allocated exhibition halls largely booked, industry has demonstrated its strong support for Machine Tools Africa 2017, taking place at the Expo Centre in Johannesburg from 9-12 May 2017. Exhibition space sales have exceeded 70% of overall square metres... 

FESPA Africa and Sign Africa Report Highest Visitor Attendance To Date

     23rd November 2016 The FESPA Africa and Sign Africa Expo held at Gallagher Convention Centre was a major success, with 5592 unique visitors from South Africa and international countries, 941 return visitors and 6533 total visits to the expo. Eighty-two percent of visitors were owners or senior management and 79%... 

SA mining sector generally not yet ready to willingly adopt modernised mining methods

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 The South African mining sector is, generally, not yet in a position to willingly adopt and implement an array of digitalised and modernised mining methods, contrary to advisory and general industry views on the need to modernise mines to prepare them for the future, according to University of... 

Litho And Wide Format Printing Assets!

     8th November 2016 Van’s Auctioneers also has an opportunity to place a tender on prime litho and wide format printing machinery and supporting equipment. This is a great opportunity to start a lucrative business in litho and digital printing or to take your current printing business to the next level! There are... 

SA’s science policy to be reviewed but global cooperation will remain

By: Keith Campbell     21st October 2016 South Africa is to review its policy and plans regarding science, technology and innovation. This was stated by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor at the Fourth Ministerial Meeting of Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Ministers Responsible for Science and... 

Durban port embraces more technology

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2016 Aerial and underwater drones, as well as track-and-trace technology to track port assets such as tugs and dredgers, have been piloted successfully at the Port of Durban. This pilot project formed part of the Transnet National Ports Authority’s plans to roll out smart ports. 

Autodesk working with varsities, communities to tackle service delivery issues

By: Dylan Slater     14th October 2016 Design software company Autodesk highlighted local education and skills development campaigns as catalysts to spur interest in and insight into the design industry during its Autodesk University Extension programme, which took place in Cape Town last month.  

Electra Mining Africa: the best of cutting edge technology

     4th October 2016 Technology, a key driver in engineering and mining innovation, is being driven by the commodity downturn. This year’s Electra Mining Africa saw a host of these innovative technologies being showcased, demonstrating the local engineering and mining industry’s world class status in terms of... 

Manufacturing income increased to R2.2tr in 2014 – statistics

By: Anine Kilian     26th September 2016 Although the embattled manufacturing industry’s income grew by 9.4% a year from 2011 to 2014, employment in the sector decreased significantly over the same period, Statistics South Africa’s (Stats SA’s) data shows. Its Manufacturing Industry 2014 report notes that the industry’s income increased... 

Ricoh’s giving people hassle-free document sharing for the digital age

     19th September 2016 Ricoh’s new A3 black and white multifunction printer range is ready for the digital age in which people expect hassle-free information sharing, easy interactive finger swipes and taps on responsive touch screens, with cloud-connected and mobile-ready functionality.   The new range of imaging... 

Keith Vroon

     16th September 2016 This week we feature Keith Anthony Vroon, CEO of Novus Holdings, a commercial printing and manufacturing company 

Human capital trends changing the business management landscape

By: Anine Kilian     8th September 2016 Amid the increasing use of technologies such as mobile devices, three-dimensional printing, sensors, cognitive computing, and the Internet of Things, which is changing the way companies design, manufacture and deliver almost every product and service, digital disruption and social networking... 

Eight essential technologies that businesses should consider, according to PwC

By: Anine Kilian     6th September 2016 Global advisory firm PwC has identified the Internet of Things (IoT), alongside virtual reality and three-dimensional (3D) printing, as one of the eight essential technologies that C-suite executives should be considering. In a report titled ‘Tech Breakthroughs Megatrend’, the firm evaluated more... 

Companies failing to see risk in disruption – Grant Thornton

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2016 South African companies are missing an opportunity to leverage disruption and innovation to their favour, while closing their eyes to the negative consequences of not taking the potential impact seriously. The latest survey by Grant Thornton, released on Monday, shows that 63.4% of companies in... 

Concept Laser will be showing innovation on all levels at formnext powered by TCT

     29th August 2016 Sales launch of the new machine architecture Innovations in the small and large machine segment Expansion of the range of materials announced The AM scene awaits the second edition of formnext powered by TCT in Frankfurt a. Main (November 15-18, 2016) with great excitement. It is already... 

Executives believe they can survive lower metals outlook – KPMG

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd August 2016 Fewer than half of senior metals executives responding to KPMG International’s 2016 Global Metals & Mining Outlook survey voiced any level of confidence in the prospects for the global economy over the next two years. This was particularly concerning given the tight relationship between the... 

Sasol, Imperial Logistics, CLX, and UJ student recognised for supply chain management education excellence

     22nd August 2016 Supply chain management is critical to business success in all industries and greater economic growth can be achieved by improving the skills in this profession. Recognition for excellence in supply chain skills development was given to Sasol, Imperial Logistics, the Centre for Logistics... 

France, South Africa to foster pulp, paper industry relationships

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th July 2016 With South Africa and France being “well recognised” as key players in the international paper industry, it is essential to engage in “fruitful exchanges”, including knowledge sharing and stakeholder solutions for the industry. This is according to Ambassador of France Elisabeth Barbier, who... 

Innovation critical for sustainable Australian mining sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     28th July 2016 To remain globally competitive, Australian miners have to go beyond the basics and incorporate a structured approach to innovation across their operations, as the local mining sector is running out of ways to cut costs and improve efficiency, a new study by Deloitte has warned. Titled ‘Innovation... 

High-speed marking with the JET3up RAPID

     25th July 2016 Paul LEIBINGER is presenting a true revolution at K trade show with its latest continuous inkjet printer, the JET3up RAPID. The high-speed printer allows cables to be marked immediately after extrusion at up to 1000 m/min (60 km/h). The inkjet coder achieves never-before-seen speeds when marking... 

Manufacturing output up 4% y/y in May

By: Anine Kilian     12th July 2016 Manufacturing production increased by 4% year-on-year in May. The increase was driven by increases in output in the petroleum, chemical products, rubber and plastic products; wood and wood products, paper, publishing and printing; food and beverage; motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other... 

The disrupted will become disruptors in fourth industrial revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th July 2016 The fourth industrial revolution – the “digital era” – is set to change the pace of adaptation, in line with Moore’s Law, or result in companies being left out in the cold. The exponential growth of the fourth industrial revolution and the rapid transitional momentum that was under way, would... 

The biggest laser of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere is set to help an Australian surface engineering company double production.

     28th June 2016 LaserBond has been using thermal coating techniques to produce hard-wearing components and products for the mining, power generation, manufacturing and agriculture industries since 1992. But a downturn in the mining industry is helping to fuel demand for its products as companies look to maximise... 

Global manufacturing survey points to ‘brutal’ market share tussle

By: Terence Creamer     20th June 2016 A newly released international survey of senior manufacturing executives highlights growth as being a key priority for most enterprises, which, in the context of weak underlying economic conditions, is suggestive of a “brutal competitive fight” for market share in the coming two years. In fact,... 

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