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Mercedes-Benz Trucks 3D-prints an aluminium thermostat cover

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ first three dimensional (3D) printed spare part made of metal – a thermostat cover for truck and Unimog models from older model series – has passed all quality assurance processes at Mercedes-Benz, and is now celebrating its premiere. “We ensure the same functionality,... 

German group starts 3D printing of parts for bus brands

By: Irma Venter     11th August 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

Atlas Copco’s new rotary vane vacuum pump series – cooler, quieter and up to 15% more efficient

     10th August 2017 Atlas Copco’s new GVS A rotary vane vacuum pumps feature a very compact design, fewer components, excel in reliability and are up to 15% more efficient making them ideal for a wide range of both industrial production and research applications. The new generation GVS A which is completely... 

Celebrating Women In The Signage And Printing Industry

     8th August 2017 Women are increasingly making their mark on the traditionally male-dominated signage and printing industry. For those who want to enter this industry, or want to grow their businesses, the Sign Africa and FESPA Africa expo, co-located with Africa Print and Africa LED, offers many opportunities... 

Platinum industry redoubling marketing efforts in the midst of oversupply

By: Ilan Solomons     28th July 2017 Marketing is immensely important for the platinum sector, which is battling a pervasive weak price environment, with the metal trading at about $925/oz, compared with the all-time high of $2 270/oz in 2008, and an oversupplied market. Marketing of the metal’s various uses has only increased in... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

South Africa’s defence industry faces serious challenges but also sees future opportunities

By: Keith Campbell     14th July 2017 South Africa’s defence and aerospace industry forms a major part of the country’s high-technology manufacturing and services sector. Moreover, the high-level skills it has developed and is maintaining are benefitting other sectors of the economy as well. According to the South African Aerospace,... 

3D Printing A Breakthrough For Rapid Prototyping

     11th July 2017 The use of 3D printing by Multotec over the past two years has proved this technology’s ability to produce prototypes for customers quickly and cost effectively, according to Multotec Manufacturing technology manager, Chris Oldewage. “Our 3D printing facilities bring designs to life, and allow... 

Daimler Buses initiates 3D printing of specialised, replacement parts

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2017 German vehicle manufacturer Daimler Buses has started three-dimensional (3D) printing of small batches of parts, as well as replacement parts for the Mercedes-Benz and Setra bus brands. Daimler Buses says 3D component production is the ideal solution to enquiries, received on a daily basis, from... 

From Tesla cars to underwear, metal makers seek new markets

By: Bloomberg     15th June 2017 The world’s biggest mining companies would like you to put more zinc in your zucchini and copper in your socks and dental floss. While builders and manufacturers remain the biggest metals users, producers are confronting the end of a Chinese industrial boom that fueled surging global demand and... 

Cape Town to host supply chain jamboree

By: Dylan Slater     2nd June 2017 Supply chain operations management association Sapics will focus on ‘Business Unusual’ for its upcoming yearly Sapics conference and exhibition for supply chain professionals, whereby delegates will be equipped to meet challenges linked to factors such as poor infrastructure and political... 

RS Components introduces a pair of high-quality 3D printers enabling production of customised parts for robotics

     22nd May 2017 Use of professional 3D printers provides fast development solution for specialist parts in robotics applications   Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced two... 

Mining Maverick lured out of hiatus by billion-dollar gold dream

By: Bloomberg     18th May 2017 Frank Giustra likes to see big where others think small. The Canadian mining magnate’s latest target is a subterranean patch of red earth in southwestern Mexico. In January his new undertaking, Leagold Mining, bought the Los Filos mine from Goldcorp for $350-million. It wasn’t the openpits... 

How to survive and thrive from technology disruptions - SAPICS

     9th May 2017 Global industry already employs over a million working robots, and robotic devices perform about 80% of the work in car manufacture. Along with drones, 3-D printing, big data and machine-to-machine communication, these new technologies are transforming the business world – and supply chain... 

Avezzano mill – Line 2 rebuild and conversion project, Italy

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 The project will rebuild and convert the Burgo Group’s Line 2 into a modern brown-packaging-paper machine. 

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... 

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... 

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