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Volvo Trucks grows 6% in 2017, aims for another 5% in 2018

By: Irma Venter     20th February 2018 Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has increased Volvo truck sales by 6% in 2017, from 1 957 units in 2016, to 2 074 units in 2017. Volvo trucks secured a third sport in the South Africa heavy-duty commercial vehicle segment in 2017, the only segment in which it competes. 

AfDB expresses strong support for new Eskom leadership

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2018 The African Development Bank (AfDB), which has extended loan facilities worth a collective R20-billion to South Africa’s power utility Eskom, expressed confidence on Tuesday that the new leadership at the cash-strapped State-owned company would restore the group’s governance and creditworthiness.... 

Atterbury starts construction at R800m Midrand industrial park

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 South African property developer Atterbury has started construction on Old Mint Park, a prime industrial development neighbouring the landmark South African Mint and fronting the N1 highway, centrally located between Midrand and Centurion. The R800-million project entails the development of a new... 

Seifsa worried about potential impact of proposed US steel import tariff increases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has warned that the difficulties facing the local steel industry would continue to worsen in the year ahead if the US Department of Commerce's recommendation for a tariff of at least 53% on all steel imports from 12... 

Public-private partnerships key for gas infrastructure development in SADC region

By: Anine Kilian     19th February 2018 Public-private partnerships are key to developing gas supply projects in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), Nepad Business Foundation (NBF) Africa infrastructure programme manager Peter Varndell said on Monday. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, in Johannesburg, he said there was... 

Eskom board called on to prove utility not trading recklessly

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2018 The Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa has written to Eskom chairperson Jabu Mabuza requesting a detailed written explanation as to why the current board believes the State-owned utility can be rescued from its current financial distress, cautioning that Eskom may currently be... 

Legacy issues, poor Q1 affect Rolfes' H1 earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     19th February 2018 Black-empowered chemical group Rolfes' financial results for the six months ended December 31 were negatively affected by legacy issues and a poor first quarter, resulting in headline earnings halving to R23.62-million, from R48.23-million in the six months to December 31, 2016. Revenue from... 

Trio Crushers And Screens On A Roll

     19th February 2018 In the three short years since Weir Minerals Africa acquired the Trio® range of crushing and screening equipment, a strong network of skills and aftermarket services has been built across Africa to support this quality brand. According to Weir Minerals Africa Process Director JD Singleton, the... 

Sound policy, low risk key to attracting mining investment

By: Henry Lazenby     16th February 2018 Gobal equity markets have been extremely volatile in recent weeks, extending a frantic sell-off of US stocks, which culminated in the steepest plunge for the Dow Jones Industrial Average in six-and-a-half years. While commodities were not spared from the rout, American multinational investment... 

Alten Hulme

     16th February 2018 This week we feature Alten Hulme, chief sales and marketing officer of Konica Minolta South Africa, an office automation and business solutions company.   

Robust energy base key to industrialisation

By: Simone Liedtke     16th February 2018 Public-private partnership South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC) CEO Chiboni Evans states that Africa's industrialisation can occur only if countries have a robust energy base. 

Global megatrends reshaping quality and standards

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Global megatrends and social changes brought about by the use and integration of digital technologies in personal, commercial and industrial processes are changing testing, verification, certification and compliance processes, and are placing new demands and requirements on businesses to ensure... 

Newly expanded Joburg data centre to serve cloud demand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Africa Data Centres, part of pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom, has expanded its Midrand-based data centre to a 7 MW, 3 000 m2 carrier-neutral facility to better serve demand for cloud and co-location services in Southern Africa, says Liquid Telecom group CTO Ben Roberts. It has also... 

Franklin Electric launches IoT trial to monitor performance of water pumps

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2018 Pump and motor multinational Franklin Electric Southern Africa is conducting a large-scale live test trial of an equipment monitoring Internet of Things (IoT) system to monitor the conditions of pumps that are part of a water reticulation system. The company is exploring how it can use its... 

Young company grows fast on back of experienced team

     16th February 2018 Proving that experience truly does count, mainstream industrial plant and equipment rental company Afritech Equipment Solutions has secured notable contracts in the petrochemicals industry, having only been in operation for less than a year. Offering what it claims to be the youngest and most... 

Business organisations hope for greater policy certainty after Zuma’s resignation

By: Anine Kilian     15th February 2018 Industry bodies throughout South Africa have welcomed Jacob Zuma’s decision to step down as President. The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) on Thursday said it applauded Zuma’s remarks where he reaffirmed and pledged his commitment to the Constitution and the rule of law,... 

Refurbishment by Thermaspray helps extend life span of valves for SA Coal fired power plant

     13th February 2018 Thermaspray applied the proven technologies of thermal spray coating and PTA (plasma transferred arc) welding to successfully refurbish 2-way-3way valves at one of South Africa’s coal fired power generation plants. Thermaspray is an ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and Eskom Level 1... 

Convenient coding: the hand-held printer

     13th February 2018 Coding and marking have come a long way since the concept of a machine-readable barcode was first patented in America in 1949. Innovation in this field has been fuelled by a growing demand for solutions that enable traceability through the entire value chain. It’s also been driven by a demand for... 

Entries for Seifsa Awards for Excellence now open

By: Anine Kilian     12th February 2018 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has invited manufacturers operating in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2018 Seifsa Awards for Excellence. Entries are open to all companies in the sector, including those which are not... 

New tools to assist hearing impaired

     12th February 2018 Anyone who struggles with their hearing will tell you that telephone conversations and meetings can be the most challenging of business settings. Even with hearing aids, following conversations in these situations can present a significance hindrance in communication and understanding.   Luckily,... 

On-The-Air (09/02/2018) 

By: Martin Creamer     9th February 2018 Every Friday morning, SAfm's AMLive's radio anchor Sakina Kamwendo speaks to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.  Reported here is this Friday's At the Coalface transcript: Kamwendo: China's colossal Clean Air Revolution is poised to give massive support to... 

Ford lifts veil on new Ranger Raptor, set for production at Pretoria plant

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2018 The first-ever Ranger Raptor, Ford’s new off-road, performance pick-up bakkie, was unveiled in Thailand this week. The Raptor will be produced at Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa's (FMCSA’s) Silverton plant, in Pretoria, as part of a $220-million investment announced late last year, aimed at... 

New payment infrastructure designed to meet modern financial demands

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2018 A new payment architecture and infrastructure is being designed to provide the transactional capabilities necessary to allow for new and faster financial services, says South Africa-based automated payments clearing house BankservAfrica CEO Chris Hamilton. BankservAfrica has renewed its... 

Ivanhoe Mines appoints new executive vice chair

By: Henry Lazenby     8th February 2018 Africa-focused explorer and project developer Ivanhoe Mines has appointed veteran mining analyst Egizio Bianchini as its new vice chairperson, effective March 12. Bianchini was most recently employed as the vice chairperson and co-head of BMO Capital Markets' Global Metals & Mining Group for 29... 

Signs of manufacturing recovery, despite ongoing metals industry pressures

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th February 2018 The latest preliminary production data for the metals and engineering sector, released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Thursday, reflected a slowdown in production in December, despite a 2% increase in the broader manufacturing production during the same period, Steel and Engineering... 

Political shifts lift investor mood in Southern African mining

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 Mining is a long-term game, but in Southern Africa dramatic political changes have transformed the investment mood for the better in the space of a year. Angola's Jose Eduardo dos Santos and Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe stepped down in 2017 after a combined 75 years in office, while the election of... 

Launch of The Local Manufacturing Exhibition 2019

     7th February 2018 Local Manufacturing Exhibition 201921-23 May 2019Expo Centre, Nasrec   Organised by the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), in association with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, and endorsed by the Premier of Gauteng   The South African Capital Equipment Export Council... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     6th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

When the going gets tough, Robor continues to find a way!

     5th February 2018 Robor – New Mill / Mine Support Products / Tricom Structures / Aegion Joint Venture Remaining at the forefront of technology and product development is paramount for any company who considers themselves amongst market leaders. At Robor, we take this aspect of our business very seriously. Over the... 

Albeit modest, metals sector poised for second consecutive year of growth 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd February 2018 South Africa’s metals and engineering sector is poised for a second consecutive year of modest growth, with the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) forecasting a 1.1% expansion for 2018. The sector grew by 2.7% in 2017, breaking a streak of three consecutive years of... 

Digitalisation major topic at railways expo and conference

     2nd February 2018 In line with trends such as the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and analytics and machine learning, digitalisation will play a major role in this year’s Africa Rail agenda. The conference will look at the innovative technologies and systems that are transforming the African industry and... 

Equipment investment can ensure efficiency for cargo owners

By: Donald Makhafola     2nd February 2018 Customers and cargo owners have to invest in warehousing, transshipment points and intermodal terminals, as well as related materials handling equipment, to ensure that the movement of cargo by rail is operated at full efficiency, says rail supply chain solutions company Barberry Group strategy... 

DoL mandates committee to ensure practitioners are certified

     2nd February 2018 The Department of Labour (DoL) has mandated the South African Qualification and Certification Committee for Gas (SAQCC Gas) to ensure that all gas practitioners are trained and certified through the four different gas associations. These associations are the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Safety... 

Construction expo brings new opportunities to KwaZulu-Natal

     2nd February 2018 The second annual KZN Construction Expo will gather thousands of construction professionals, government officials and investors to support infrastructure development, service delivery, and the development partnerships and industry transformation currently underway in the province. KwaZulu-Natal... 

Manufacturing trials of first locally made train car under way

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 Gibela has initiated manufacturing trials of the first locally made train car at the Gibela train factory, in Dunnottar, on the East Rand. The first train’s car-body shell – essentially, its panel-clad metal frame – is expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2018, with the... 

Truck replacement cycle expected to resume in 2018, after 2017 sales slump

By: Irma Venter     2nd February 2018 The South African new-truck market continued its steady decline in 2017, dropping by 2.65% to 25 042 units, compared with the 27 011 units sold in 2016. The new-truck market reached 30 469 units in 2015 and 31 554 units in 2014. 

Tubular – Professionals of choice for SMEIPP services

     2nd February 2018 Structural steelwork, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation, platework and piping (SMEIPP) services specialists for the construction industry Tubular offers clients a seamless process from foundation level to commissioning and the final handover of the project. A well respected and privately... 

Musina Intermodal Terminal

     2nd February 2018 The official opening of the Musina Intermodal Terminal (MIT) by Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies, in June 2017, signalled a new era of promoting regional economic integration through the lowering of transport costs by providing efficient intermodal and transshipment logistics solutions.... 

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