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Tantalum miner threatens expansion at Australia's biggest lithium mine

By: Reuters     Updated 3 hours ago A partner in one of the world's largest lithium mines said on Monday trial dates have been set to determine whether expansion at the Western Australian mine, in which China's Tianqi Lithium holds a stake, would unfairly impact its minerals rights. Private-equity backed Global Advanced Metals... 

Motortronics Acquires Fairford Electronics Ltd

25th June 2018 Motortronics, a worldwide-leader specialising in the manufacturing of solid state AC motor controls and motor protection products, has today announced the acquisition of Fairford Electronics Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Providing a range of complementary low voltage IEC soft starters, the... 

Rocla And Ocon Brick Shine At 2018 PMR .Africa

22nd June 2018 Business Excellence Awards Rocla and Ocon Brick, part of the IS Group of companies, both excelled in the 2018 PMR.africa Business Excellence Awards, with Rocla walking away with the Diamond Arrow Award, whilst Ocon Brick picked up its 10th PMR Award by being awarded a Gold Arrow Award. The awards... 

New draft Mining Charter better than ‘disaster’ it is replacing – Mohale

By: Nadine James     22nd June 2018 The latest draft of the third Mining Charter is not perfect, but it is better than the “disaster” it is replacing, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Bonang Mohale told attendees at the African Mining Network event on Thursday evening. He explained that the previous draft, which was... 

Saldanha Bay aquaculture development zone gets green light

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd June 2018 The proposed sea-based Aquaculture Development Zone (ADZ), in Saldanha Bay, in the Western Cape, has been granted an environmental authorisation.  

China continues to encourage foreign mining investment

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 In early April the People’s Republic of China established a new Ministry, that of Natural Resources (MNR). The creation of the new Ministry was part of a programme to restructure the country’s State Council (Cabinet). The MNR took over all the responsibilities of the previous (and now... 

Order for 97 MW steam generation system received

22nd June 2018 Thermal power generation systems manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has received an order to provide a steam turbine power generation system for a pulp and paper mill in Sumatra, Indonesia. With an output of 97 MW, the system will be used as an in-house power source, while steam... 

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

German company looks to enter African markets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Technology developer Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft plans to enter the South African market with Sugarplex – a sugar grinding machine for sugar milling companies in the food industry. The company was part of the diversified delegation at the German technology Symposium held in Johannesburg,... 

Strapping and buckle system improves signage erection

22nd June 2018 The Band-It Grade 304 stainless steel strapping and buckle system from industrial equipment supplier Banding & Identification (ID) Solutions Africa has allowed signage and branding company Fox Signage to reduce the total cost of erecting signage substantially, while simultaneously speeding up... 

Improving industry presents opportunities for fastener portfolio

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 While the local fasteners industry has experienced a “downfall”, the proposed increase in government spend on power generation points to an upswing during the course of 2019, with this holding significant opportunities for technical solutions provider BMG’s portfolio of fastener products, says... 

Import duty causes fallout for stainless steel fastener suppliers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2018 Stainless steel nuts, bolts and fasteners supplier Fastenright has been forced to increase the selling prices of its stainless steel fasteners, a detrimental consequence of the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa’s (Itac’s) changing import duties, Fastenright MD Rainer... 

Manufacturer showcases food & beverage processing technologies

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Manufacturing company KHS South Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-based KHS GmbH, presented its technology and solutions to 90 local food and beverage companies at the German Technology Symposium, held in Johannesburg, last month. The symposium, which was the first symposium tailored for the food... 

Asian giant supports African industrialisation – ambassador

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd June 2018 Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. "Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference." These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the recent Africa Institute of South Africa-Human... 

FTS Boltworld

22nd June 2018 Industrial equipment supplier Rutherford is positioned to be a preferred supplier of fasteners through its parent company Hudaco Trading’s, acquisition of Boltworld, one of the largest stockists of industrial fasteners. Boltworld, which stocks a wide and comprehensive range of high-quality... 

The Combustion Group

22nd June 2018 Combustion and thermal solutions provider The Combustion Group (TCG) designs, manufactures, installs and commissions thermal solution equipment for any specific plant and application. Established in 1989, TCG’s vision is to be the innovative leader in the industry by remaining the top supplier of... 

Butene-1 production unit, Indonesia

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd June 2018 PT Chandra Asri Petrochemicals has awarded the construction contract for the unit. 

Emerson Introduces Powerful Diagnostics For Flow Meter Intelligence And Measurement Confidence

21st June 2018 Advanced Smart Meter Verification diagnostics to deliver real-time intelligence and calibration of Coriolis and magnetic flow meters for a complete process overview and greater operational certainty Emerson has launched the latest version of its Smart Meter Verification software for Coriolis and... 

Current account deficit widens in Q1 as exports slump

By: Reuters     21st June 2018 South Africa's current account deficit widened more than expected in the first quarter to register its largest shortfall in two years as the trade balance swung to a deficit after a steep decline in exports, the central bank said on Thursday. Investor sentiment in South Africa picked up after... 

Gabanintha to cost A$380m

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 A prefeasibility study (PFS) into the Gabanintha vanadium project, in Western Australia, has estimated that the project could deliver some 13 000 t/y of vanadium pentoxide. ASX-listed Technology Metals Australia on Thursday told shareholders that the project was expected to run for a period of 13... 

Pilgangoora produces first lithium fines concentrates

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     21st June 2018 ASX-listed Pilbara Minerals has produced its first concentrates at the Pilgangoora lithium/tantalum project, in Western Australia. MD Ken Brinsden said on Thursday that the production of initial fines concentrates was a significant and exciting milestone, coming just a week after the... 

Fast And Accurate Plotting

21st June 2018 Fast and accurate marking of openings, reservations and other cuts saves a bunch of money in the hollow core slab production process. But not only that - accuracy also saves people at the construction site from spending time struggling with unfitting duct installations. The new automatic Elematic... 

Binding constraints affecting South Africa’s growth – Matona

By: Simone Liedtke     20th June 2018 There are binding constraints, including policy uncertainty, a regulatory environment that is not conducive to investment, and no sustained long-term partnerships between government and the industry, that are limiting South Africa’s growth potential, says National Planning Commission (NPC)... 

Sugar refinery spotless thanks to Delfin vacuum system from GCE

20th June 2018 Goscor Cleaning Equipment (GCE), in partnership with authorised dealer Maverick Industrial Cleaning Solutions, recently supplied and installed a state-of-the-art Delfin vacuum system at the Tongaat Hulett sugar refinery in Rossburgh, Durban. The plant refines and packs over 610 000 tons of sugar... 

BPI Launch Marks a New Era in Battery Driven Mining Technology in SA

20th June 2018 Battery Power Industries (BPI), an innovative battery driven mining vehicle solution provider has officially launched. BPI targets zero emission underground mining equipment with their advanced battery energy systems technology offering. BPI is a proudly South African OEM specialising in the... 

New Aury Africa Centre of Excellence targets Mpumalanga coalfields

20th June 2018 Screening and vibrating equipment solutions and services provider Aury Africa has opened a new office near eMalahleni to extend its presence in the Mpumalanga coalfields. The new office will serve as a Centre of Excellence for the region. The company has already made inroads into several... 

Momentum in local procurement can bolster South African SMME growth

By: Schalk Burger     20th June 2018 While small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in South Africa do not contribute the equivalent proportion to employment or gross domestic product as those in developed countries, there are various initiatives that are helping to draw SMMEs into the formal sector and into larger supply... 

The South African pharmaceutical regulatory environment

20th June 2018 The South African pharmaceutical environment is highly regulated. The most important legislative provisions are found in the Medicines Act and the Pharmacy Act. Recent amendments to the Medicines Act brought about the replacement of the Medicines Control Council, being the regulatory body that... 

South Africa's GDP growth expected to hit 1.7% in 2018

By: Reuters     20th June 2018 South Africa's economy is expected to recover from a poor start this year, rescued by stronger growth in the rest of the world, a Reuters poll found on Wednesday. South African gross domestic product shrank 2.2% in the first quarter, led by a slowdown in agriculture and mining, after expanding... 

Afrimat Construction Index reflects downward trend in construction activity in Q1

By: Simone Liedtke     19th June 2018 It is concerning that the construction sector – South Africa’s most labour-intensive sector in terms of labour/capital ratios – is not growing, said economist Dr Roelof Botha on Tuesday at the release of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) for the first quarter. The ACI, compiled by Botha on... 

Huawei Launches the Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network Solution

19th June 2018 Accelerating Digital Transformation of Industries and Maximizing Business Value Huawei launched its Industry-Oriented Intent-Driven Network (IDN) Solution at CEBIT 2018, held in Hannover, Germany. By building intelligent, simplified, ultra-broadband, open, and secure intent-driven networks, this... 

Global interest in investing in African energy sector picking up – Minister

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2018 The willingness and interest to invest in the African energy sector is picking up globally, says Mauritius Deputy Prime Minister and Energy and Public Utilities Minister Ivan Collendavelloo. Speaking at the Africa Energy Forum, now in its twentieth year, in Mauritius, on Tuesday, he said the... 

OMRON to Introduce New i4 SCARA Product Family

19th June 2018 Top of the line SCARA in speed and precision is designed for easy integration into the production line with predictive maintenance functions Omron Industrial, Johannesburg. South Africa. 

What does IoT/Industry 4.0 mean for Manufacturers?

18th June 2018 Running alongside this year’s Manufacturing Indaba is the IoT (Internet of Things)/Industry 4.0 Conference, being presented as a side event of the Indaba. Influential industry and trade leaders, government officials, policy makers, academics and potential investors of the sector will explore the... 

#WaterCrisis: SewTreat Produces Unbelievable Water Savings for Cape Town’s One&Only Resort

18th June 2018 SewTreat has completed the installation of a waste water treatment plant at the One&Only Cape Town that will result in a 40kl saving in municipal water per day. This translates to a phenomenal R114 000 per month reduction in water costs for the well-known V&A Waterfront hotel. Along with numerous... 

Colour King expands digital printing portfolio with Xerox

18th June 2018 Lithographic commercial printing specialist, Colour King has launched a new range of high-quality digital printing services with the state of the art Xerox Versant 180 digital press from Bytes Document Solutions and XBC-IT. The Versant 180 marks Colour King’s further investment into digital... 

Protect scattered data in physical, virtual, and cloud workloads with the Active Backup suite

18th June 2018 Synology today announced the official release of two major backup applications in Active Backup suite of packages, the official version of Active Backup for Office 365 that supports SaaS cloud backup, and the beta version of Active Backup for Business that provides data availability for workloads... 

Agrément South Africa officially launched as a Public Works entity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday launched technical agency Agrément South Africa as a fully-fledged legal entity of the Department of Public Works (DPW).  

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