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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,... 

Fighting for market share - manufacturing CEOs report aggressive growth strategies: KPMG International

     20th June 2016 More than half categorise growth strategies as ‘aggressive’; more than one-in-six say growth strategy is ‘very aggressive’. New markets beckon; Switch on who wants it most. India and China making moves  The 2016 KPMG International Global Manufacturing Outlook stated that seventy-four percent of... 

The Fastener Factory

By: Zandile Mavuso     17th June 2016 South Africa-based fasteners supplier The Fastener Factory – which will be celebrating its 1st birthday in July – offers a specialist supply and support service to diverse industries throughout the country. These industries include the automotive, engineering, packaging, printing, agriculture,... 

Five themes affecting global factory automation

By: Nadine James     10th June 2016 Industrial systems consultants Architects Integrating Industry South Africa (AI2SA) MD Petrus Klopper notes that there are five key themes affecting factory automation globally. He notes that while it is difficult to identify singular trends it is possible to group the key developments that are... 

Airbus unveils 3D printed unmanned test aircraft

By: Keith Campbell     30th May 2016 European airliner maker Airbus has designed, built and flown an entirely 3D printed unmanned air vehicle (UAV) which it has designated Thor. This was reported by Airbus Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts Peter Sander at the Innovation Days 2016 media conference on Monday. Thor is an acronym... 

Connect, Diversify and Grow With The 2016 FESPA Africa and Sign Africa Expo

     26th April 2016 FESPA Africa and Sign Africa 2016, taking place from 7-9 September at Gallagher Convention Centre, will feature educational content and a variety of exhibitors showcasing the latest industry trends and new products geared at helping visitors expand their businesses and enter into new revenue... 

FESPA Africa Forum Reinforces Profit For Purpose in East and West Africa

     25th April 2016 FESPA, in association with its partners Practical Publishing hosted the FESPA Africa Forum in Nigeria and Kenya on the 12 and 14 April 2016 respectively, as part of its Profit for Purpose reinvestment programme and educational commitment to the global print community. Overall 176 delegates... 

Pyrotec PackVerifi launches at Propoak Africa Pyrotec PackMark

     22nd March 2016 Propak Africa, the largest packaging, processing, printing, labelling and plastics exhibition in Africa took place from March 15 to 18, 2016, with exhibitors from all over Africa represented at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Gauteng. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, Pyrotec, a leading... 

3d Printing Adds Greater Functionality

     11th March 2016 Known for use of best-in-class technology, Murray & Roberts Cementation has added 3D printing technology to its capability portfolio and believes that this will add greater functionality during project design stages. Allan Widlake, business development executive at Murray & Roberts Cementation,... 

Three-dimensional printing to take centre stage at Drupa 2016

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Three-dimensional (3D) printing, also known as additive manufacturing, will be a key highlight at this year’s Drupa, the world’s leading trade show for graphic and industrial printing, as well as media and multichannel sectors, states Drupa advisory board chairperson Claus Bolza-Schünemann.... 

Get ready for Africa’s largest ever packaging and related industries show

     3rd March 2016 Over 600 exhibitors are all set to showcase new products, technologies and solutions at the largest ever Propak Africa trade show. Taking place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 15-18 March, Propak Africa will offer visitors the opportunity to see the latest products, equipment,... 

Get ready for Africa’s largest ever packaging and related industries show

     3rd March 2016 Over 600 exhibitors are all set to showcase new products, technologies and solutions at the largest ever Propak Africa trade show. Taking place at the Expo Centre, Nasrec in Johannesburg, from 15-18 March, Propak Africa will offer visitors the opportunity to see the latest products, equipment,... 

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