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Lucchini South Africa

Lucchini South Africa, subsidiary of Italian manufacturer of forged railways products, Lucchini RS, was established in 2016. Significantly, Lucchini RS was the first international manufacturer of forged wheels to localise part of the wheel manufacturing in South Africa. Forged wheels are sent from Italy to a well-equipped machining facility in Germiston, Gauteng, where the equipment and processes utilised are the same as those used across the Lucchini RS Group, maintaining high quality standards.


New tube-bending machine launched at MTA 2017 

By: Mia Breytenbach     Updated 7 hours ago In collaboration with international tube-bending technology specialist BLM Group, cutting consumable and capital equipment supplier First Cut launched the latest version of the E-TURN32 tube-bending machine at trade exhibition Machine Tools Africa 2017, held in Johannesburg, earlier this month.... 

Applications for new R1.5bn steel incentive open on June 1

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released details on Thursday of a new R1.5-billion incentive for downstream steel manufacturers, which would be implemented from June 1. The incentive, officially named the ‘Downstream Steel Industry Competitiveness Fund’ is to be administered by the... 

Adani's $16.5bn Aussie mine rattled by tax deal delay

By: Bloomberg     25th May 2017 India’s Adani Group could walk away from its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project in Australia unless a royalties deal can be reached with the state government, according to federal Resources Minister Matthew Canavan. The Queensland government’s failure to agree the terms of the royalty regime... 

Creamer Media announces special offer on real economy research portal

     25th May 2017 Creamer Media has announced a special offer on its well-respected research portal Research Channel Africa. Research Channel Africa offers unparalleled access to intelligence on industry and mining in South Africa and the wider African continent. 

Sibanye appoints Maziya as nonexecutive director

By: Henry Lazenby     24th May 2017 JSE- and NYSE-listed Sibanye Gold has appointed Savannah Maziya as a nonexecutive director following the resignation of Christopher Chadwick with effect from Tuesday. The South African multinational miner selected Maziya for her wealth of experience in the finance, mining, infrastructure and... 

Wescoal’s Khanyisa Complex produces first coal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 JSE-listed Wescoal has received regulatory approval from the Department of Mineral Resources to start producing at its expanded Khanyisa colliery, in Mpumalanga. The company on Wednesday said mining activities have started in the Khanyisa Catwalk, as well as the adjacent Khanyisa Triangle areas... 

Puma Energy sponsors South Africa’s Flying Lions aerobatic team 

     24th May 2017 International oil company Puma Energy recently announced, at Rand Airport in Germiston, east of Johannesburg, that it was sponsoring the Flying Lions aerobatic team. Keith Campbell reports. 

Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

Manufacturing Circle, Gauteng Premier to cooperate on reviving the Vaal Triangle

By: Anine Kilian     22nd May 2017 The Manufacturing Circle will work with Gauteng Premier David Makhura on an action plan to revive the Vaal Triangle and arrest the decline of manufacturing in the region.    “The Vaal Triangle rejuvenation project is being driven the CEO Initiative, which Manufacturing Circle chairperson André de... 

Adani defers Australian coal project investment decision

By: Reuters     22nd May 2017 India's Adani Enterprises on Monday deferred a final investment decision on its long-delayed Australian Carmichael coal project as the Queensland state government has yet to sign off on a royalty deal for the mine. The company had been planning to make a final investment decision (FID) on the... 

BBI finds foundation project for Balla Balla

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th May 2017 Infrastructure developer BBI Group has struck a deal with the subsidiary of Mineral Resources, for an option to acquire the Weelumurra iron-ore project, in Western Australia. The project is some 15 km from BBI’s proposed Central Pilbara rail head and stock yard, and had the potential to be the... 

Adani vows to pay ‘every cent’ owed to Qld as talks of royalty holiday emerge

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th May 2017 Indian major Adani is reportedly in talks with the Queensland government over a “royalty holiday” for its $16.5-billion Carmichael coal project. Local media reports state that the proposed agreement will see Adani pay just A$2-million a year in royalties once the project starts operating, with... 

KZN coal mine supplying communities’ water needs and more, mulls output expansion 

By: Ilan Solomons     19th May 2017 The Zululand region of KwaZulu-Natal was afflicted by what the Department of Water and Sanitation described as the “worst drought in a century” in 2016 and is still one of the water-scarce areas of the country. Helping neighbouring communities survive this disaster, investment company Menar... 

Dunnottar train manufacturing complex project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     19th May 2017 The construction of the Dunnottar manufacturing facility is well under way and due to be completed by the end of 2017. 

ABB opens traction transformer factory 

     18th May 2017 The Global CEO of technology group ABB, Ulrich Spiesshofer, was in South Africa this month to officially open the company’s latest manufacturing investment in the country – a state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. 

South Durban scholars learn about road and rail safety

     18th May 2017 Over the past month, 30 schools in the South Durban area have learnt all about road and rail safety as part of a campaign to educate primary and secondary school learners about the very real danger of not taking their safety seriously.   The roadshow visited 20 Primary schools and 10 High schools... 

Cliffs starts production of Mustang superflux pellets at United Taconite

By: Henry Lazenby     17th May 2017 US iron-ore producer Cliffs Natural Resources on Tuesday started production of the new Mustang superflux pellet at its United Taconite mine, in Minnesota. The start-up of new production equipment, including supporting infrastructure, occurred on schedule after nine months of construction, and... 

Fehmarnbelt fixed link project, Germany

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The project entails the construction of the world’s longest immersed tunnel of its type for road and rail transport. 

Mombasa-to-Nairobi rail line set for commissioning

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Kenya is gearing up for a new era in railway transport with the impending commissioning of a standard-gauge railway (SGR) system on June 1. The East African nation has depended on a dilapidated metre-gauge railway line for more than a century, but that is about to change, following the completion... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th May 2017 The first trains built by Gibela have entered commercial service. 

DTI determined to support manufacturing sector

By: Ilan Solomons     9th May 2017 To enhance industrial capabilities and ensure job creation in South Africa, government aims to adopt a strategy to leverage the scrap metals produced by and belonging to the State and State-owned companies to enhance the competitiveness of the local steel industry. This is according to Department... 

First trains built by Gibela enter commercial service

By: Anine Kilian     9th May 2017 President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail division. The X’Trapolis Mega trains were built by the Gibela Rail Transportation Consortium and form part of those to be delivered under a... 

Cable reeling solutions like no other from Powermite

     9th May 2017 The materials handling division of mechanical and electrical engineering specialist, Powermite, supplies superior quality, rugged, reliable, and economical cable reeling systems and accessories to a wide spectrum of Southern African industries. Cable reeling systems are used to lay down and... 

Raubex partners with two contractors as part of industry settlement

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 JSE-listed Raubex has named Enza Construction and Umso Construction as the two emerging contractors that the company will mentor as part of an industry settlement agreement with government aimed at promoting transformation in the sector. To meet commitments under the Voluntary Rebuilding... 

In it for the long haul

     8th May 2017 A railway company is Argentina has requested a quote from South Africa-based Vesconite Bearings for the supply of locomotive axle box pedestal liners, following the successful testing of the liners on a working locomotive over a period of six years. The pedestal liners were moulded from the... 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique - at the heart of customers’ sustainable productivity

     8th May 2017 While South African business, mining and industry have been under prolonged pressure caused not only by the protracted global economic downturn but also by economic, political and social difficulties on the local front, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique remains resolute in its commitment to... 

Transnet to shut Natcor line for maintenance

By: Anine Kilian     8th May 2017 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) will on Tuesday begin its yearly maintenance shutdown along the key Natal Corridor (Natcor) rail line linking Gauteng to the Durban harbour. The line will operate a reduced service from May 9, but a total shutdown is planned for May... 

Africa’s railways: A multibillion dollar industry

     8th May 2017 An efficient and effective transport system is essential to the success of any economy and Africa is no exception. From freight to passenger, Africa’s railway systems holds the key to the continents’ development. We are seeing this in some of the world’s fastest growing economies, who call Africa... 

Creamer Media announces special offer on real economy research portal

     8th May 2017 Get unparalleled access to intelligence on industry and mining through Creamer Media’s Research Channel Africa. A subscription to the Research Channel Africa offers access to: 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the Port of Durban, berths 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

Inevitable technological advance in engineering

     5th May 2017 By Paul Fitzsimons To compete on the world stage, South Africa will have to adopt global engineering and construction standards and technologies. While some industries, such as the fast-moving consumer goods, automotive and financial services sectors, have been innovating for years, other... 

Resgen progresses talks with DBSA over funding for rail link at Boikarabelo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th May 2017 JSE-and ASX-listed Resource Generation (Resgen) said talks with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) concerning the funding for a rail link at its Boikabarelo coal mine, in Limpopo, was now at an advanced stage, with the DBSA to submit its application for first stage credit approval... 

New Hope gains Qld approval for Colton coal mine

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 The Queensland government has granted mining lease approvals for the three tenements making up ASX-listed New Hope Corporation’s proposed A$300-million Colton coal mine. New Hope MD Shane Stephan on Thursday welcomed the development, saying the approval, which was provided after a thorough... 

Adani places A$74m order with Arrium for North Galilee Basin rail link

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     4th May 2017 Indian major Adani has awarded a A$74-million contract to embattled South Australian steel producer Arrium Mining and Materials for a railway line. Adani will source 54 000 t of hardened rail from Arrium for its 400 km North Galilee Basin rail link from the proposed Carmichael coal mine to the... 

Mexican miner Grupo Mexico's net profit slips in first quarter

By: Reuters     4th May 2017 Mexican mining, rail and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico on Wednesday reported a 10.75% year-on-year drop in its net profit in the first quarter, hurt by a slip in copper output higher costs. The company, one of the world's top copper producers, said in a report to Mexico's market bourse... 

ABB responds to South Africa’s rail localisation demand with traction transformer investment

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2017 Technology multinational ABB has responded to South Africa’s tightened local-content requirements in the railways sector by opening a new state-of-the-art traction transformer factory in eastern Johannesburg. Traction transformers direct power, at safe voltages, to support train functions such as... 

S Australia grants key approvals for A$4.5bn magnetite project

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     3rd May 2017 The South Australian government has awarded ASX-listed Iron Road a mining lease and development approval for its A$4.5-billion Central Eyre iron project (CEIP). CEIP is slated to be Australia’s largest magnetite mine with production capacity of 21.5-million tonnes a year over 25 years. The... 

Measuring, monitoring and optimizing electrical parameters

     2nd May 2017 Weidmüller maxGUARD electronic load monitoring terminals These terminals allow load (electronic fuse monitoring) and potential distribution for 24VDC control voltages in one, which leads to space saving by over 50% in control panels.  The concept is user friendly, saves wiring time and eliminates... 

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