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Competition Commission publishes code of conduct for automotive sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago The Competition Commission on Tuesday called for input on a draft competition code of conduct for the automotive sector aimed at dealing with anticompetitive conduct concerns, as well as at enhancing transformation in the industry and fostering inclusive growth. Automotive industry participants,... 

York's FY results negatively affected by raw material supply challenges

By: Anine Kilian     Updated 4 hours ago Slow economic growth and a lack of confidence in the construction sector resulted in lower sales volumes in most of JSE-listed York Timbers’ product categories for the financial year ended June 30. The company’s financial performance was further impacted on by raw material supply challenges. 

Poor macro economics acting as ‘handbrake’ and ‘roadblock’, says Audi’s Hill

By: Irma Venter     Updated 5 hours ago The poor macro-economic environment must be acknowledged as the most fundamental roadblock to the development of the local new vehicle market, and as a handbrake to manufacturing investment, says Audi South Africa head Trevor Hill. While the South African automotive market can expect to see... 

Bell brings KAMAZ Trucks into Southern Africa

     Updated 7 hours ago Southern Africa's largest homegrown material handling equipment supplier, Bell Equipment, has announced it is entering the Southern African tipper truck market through a partnership with KAMAZ, a Russian-based industry leader in this market segment globally. Although new to the region, KAMAZ is... 

Sheffield signs second offtake deal

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th September 2017 Mineral sands developer Sheffield Resources has signed its second binding offtake agreement over its Thunderbird mineral sands project, in Western Australia. The agreement with India’s largest ceramic raw materials supplier Sukaso Ceracolors Ceramics provides for a minimum supply of 12 000 t of... 

Compensation sought for project approval delays

By: Ajoy K Das     26th September 2017 Responding to the Indian government’s invitation for comment on the draft National Mineral Policy (NMP), mining companies have indicated they want compensation for delays in the granting of mandatory government approvals. Seeking a time-bound grant of the approvals, industry has said that a... 

Ideas that work for industrial development. The 6th CSIR Conference

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th September 2017 The 6th Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Conference themed ‘Ideas that Work for Industrial Development’, will take place at the CSIR International Conference Centre, Pretoria East on October 5 and 6 this year. 

Tungsten-focused Thor moves diversified portfolio up value curve as commodity prices rally

By: Henry Lazenby     26th September 2017 Australian junior Thor Mining is pushing ahead with its diversified portfolio of tungsten/copper/lithium projects in Australia and the US, in the hope of capitalising on rising metals prices. The Sydney-based explorer and project developer, which has equity listings on the ASX and LSE’s Aim,... 

Workplace Demarcation Made Easier With Apex Strip Curtains

     22nd September 2017 Workplace demarcation in manufacturing facilities has become more important as companies streamline processes and implement best practice policies. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, says the company has seen a marked increase in the use of specialised PVC strip... 

BBF Safety Group Announces Acquisition of Quality Safety

     22nd September 2017 Latest acquisition supports company’s vision of becoming a leading workplace safety solutions provider DURBAN, 15th September 2017 – BBF Safety Group today announced its acquisition of Quality Safety, a local manufacturer of personal and general protective equipment (PPE). Through the... 

Goscor Access Rental appoints new KZN Branch Manager

     22nd September 2017 Goscor Access Rental (GAR) has appointed industry stalwart Alan Will as Kwazulu-Natal Branch Manager, based in Westmead, to oversee expansion in one of the company’s highest-growth areas in South Africa at present. Alan brings 28 years’ experience to bear on his high-profile new role, of which 22... 

Cooling vest reduces industrial heat stress

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 Staff exposed to hot environments, in combination with doing arduous work and wearing multi-layered protective clothing, such as firefighters, may suffer thermal physiological strain, says water jet cutting company Total Blasting, which is the South African distributing agent for Sweden-based... 

Digital switchgear launched in China

By: Victor Moolman     22nd September 2017 At an ABB customer event at the Hangzhou International Expo Center, in China, last month, ABB launched its MNS Digital switchgear, which enables electrification systems to become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). ABB product marketing director Avi Ramdhin explains that the MNS Digital is... 

Industries should prepare for increased use of HFO gases

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 As a result of the Kigali Agreement, countries will gradually start phasing out the use of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) gases, replacing them with hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) gases and natural refrigerants like ammonia, carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons, says industrial gases supplier A-Gas South Africa.... 

Korean group may introduce new heavy-duty truck to SA market

By: Irma Venter     22nd September 2017 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) is testing the Xcient heavy-duty truck for possible introduction into the South African new-vehicle market. HASA CEO Niall Lynch says the truck, with a gross vehicle mass of 36.6 t, is undergoing road tests within Imperial Logistics. 

Local unit of helicopter group introduces electronic aid for pilots, maintainers

By: Keith Campbell     22nd September 2017 Following authorisation by the South African Civil Aviation Authority, Airbus Helicopters Southern Africa (AHZA) has now released its Fleetkeeper product to the South African market. Fleetkeeper is an electronic flight folio and electronic technical logbook. South Africa is one of the the first... 

Manufacturer looks to strengthen position in HVAC sector

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Automation manufacturer SEW Eurodrive is looking to strengthen its foothold within the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) sector, having entered into the market last year. SEW national sales manager Norman Maleka comments that at present, the company is building up its experience... 

New partnership to raise awareness of industrial cybersecurity threats

By: Schalk Burger     22nd September 2017 Industrial control and automation multinational Siemens and the International Society of Automation (ISA) have partnered to raise awareness of global industrial cybersecurity needs, standards and the changing security landscape, as well as provide joint expertise for production information... 

New technology improves quality of bitumen for local roads

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Manufacturer and supplier of bitumen, modified binders and emulsions for road construction SprayPave has acquired new technology that will enable it to resolve the shortage of high-grade bitumen for asphalt production.  

Platform ensures more effective communication

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd September 2017 With ineffective communication often affecting the level of health and safety implementation and efficiency in industries that have stringent safety requirements, software company Wyzetalk provides more effective communication for such industries.  

Product presentation showcases VRF technology

By: Nadine James     22nd September 2017 Last month, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) product distributor AHI Carrier South Africa – the official distributor for Japanese air-conditioning manufacturer Toshiba – hosted a product presentation and training event for the Toshiba SHRM-e variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system.... 

Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Taking the green out of economy

By: Saliem Fakir     22nd September 2017 There is only one economy, not two. The challenge all societies face today is leaving behind the legacy of an old system. How do we embark on a systems change – a shift from System A to System B? Fundamentally, it is a shift in production and consumption systems. How do we interlink the two to... 

ARA recommits to 2020 clean fuels policy

By: Natasha Odendaal     21st September 2017 The African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARA) on Thursday confirmed its commitment to the 2020 clean fuel policy, which outlined a plan for vehicle emission controls and standards to achieve all the benefits of clean air quality. Following a clean fuels workshop in Togo last week, the... 

Afrimat Construction Index dips in Q2 2017, set to improve in Q3

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2017 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined marginally in the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is released by JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials miner and supplier Afrimat. It is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors,... 

Afrimat Construction Index takes a dip in the second quarter of 2017, but prospects seem poised to improve

     21st September 2017 Afrimat, a leading open pit mining company providing industrial minerals and construction materials, has released the findings of the third Afrimat Construction Index (“ACI”) for the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction... 

Liquid Fuels 2017: A review of South Africa's liquid fuels sector (PDF Report)

     20th September 2017 Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2017 report examines these issues in the context of South Africa’s business environment, including South Africa’s refining capacity; the proposed introduction of Clean Fuels 2 specifications; the development of the country’s biofuels industry; fuel pricing; the... 

Seifsa supports Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with Smart Procurement World to launch the Empowered Engineering and Manufacturing initiative, which is aimed at driving economic transformation and industrial progress in engineering and manufacturing. “The... 

A resolute commitment to SHEQ keeps fuels and chemical deliveries in the safe lane

     19th September 2017 Renewed and expanded contracts in the fuel and chemicals sector Despite an extremely challenging economic climate, many South African companies are taking a longer-term outlook to business by only partnering reputable providers of specialist supply chain and transport logistics services. 

MOVIGEAR® drive system is ideal for hygiene and energy-saving in the food and beverage industry

     19th September 2017 MOVIGEAR® drive systems are particularly suited for the food and beverage industry, with its dual demands of high hygiene levels and energy saving, combined with the need to limit any downtime. SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa recently supplied a total of 65 MOVIGEAR® units to a major abattoir,... 

Australian Bauxite completes shipments

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th September 2017 ASX-listed bauxite producer Australian Bauxite has delivered 30 000 t of bauxite ahead of schedule, from its Bald Hill mine, in Tasmania. The customer will pay 90% of the invoice value immediately, with the balance due on proof of weight. 

Renttech SA: ‘Business as usual’ – with a renewed focus: New MD to ensure higher than ever service, product and technical excellence

     18th September 2017 Renttech South Africa has a proud 20-year track record of providing a combination of high-quality local and international branded equipment for rental or purchase, allied to superb customer service and business integrity. After two decades, a new Managing Director, Duncan Whitehead, has taken up... 

Petra’s FY17 profit down 69% y/y; company restarts Tanzania mine

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2017 The delayed ramp-up of expansion programmes, rising on-mine cash costs and a stronger rand have negatively impacted on LSE-listed Petra Diamonds’ financial results for the 2017 financial year, with net profit down 69% year-on-year to $20.7-million. Cash generated from operations was down 10%... 

MZI approves new operating plan for WA mineral sands mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     18th September 2017 The board of mineral sands miner MZI Resources has approved a higher throughput operating plan for its Keysbrook mine, in Western Australia, aimed at increasing production and reducing unit cash costs. The plan will result in a throughput increase at Keysbrook from four-million tonnes a year... 

TFTA negotiations to conclude by end 2017

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2017 Facilitated by the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), market-access negotiations between the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu) and the East African Community (EAC) will conclude by the end of 2017, enabling the regions to benefit from intra-regional trade as soon as possible. The primary aim... 

AngloGold announces potential disposal of lossmaking Kopanang

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2017 A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with a selected party which could result in a sale agreement involving the disposal of the 36-year-old, lossmaking Kopanang gold mine. AngloGold Ashanti said in a media release to Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly Online on Friday that unsolicited... 

A new, more internally focused approach should be taken to revive investment status

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 With South Africa’s recent ratings downgrades sparking a short-term action plan to claw back its investment grade, it would be more prudent for the country to focus on establishing a stable, healthy, societal base able to leverage regained ratings levels, according to Makhaya Advisory South... 

Finnish firm Keliber pushes out DFS for lithium project to next year

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2017 Finland’s Keliber Oy has pushed back the completion of its definitive feasibility study (DFS) for its lithium project from the third quarter of this year to mid-2018, to allow for additional work programmes to be completed. The company announced on Friday that it would undertake additional... 

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