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Volvo Trucks launches first all-electric truck, sales to start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 Volvo Trucks has introduced its first all-electric truck for commercial use. The FL Electric will be used for urban distribution and refuse operations, among other applications. Sales and series production of the new model will start in Europe next year. 

Sanctions fallout upends metals as aluminum, nickel burst higher

By: Bloomberg     19th April 2018 The turmoil unleashed by US sanctions against United Co. Rusal reverberated in metals markets, sending aluminium and nickel to multi-year highs. Global metals markets have been rocked for the past two weeks by the clampdown on Russia’s Rusal, which set off a rush for alternative supplies and... 

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

Another hydrogen boost for platinum fuel cells

By: Simone Liedtke     18th April 2018 The introduction of platinum-using fuel cells has received another boost with the latest success in hydrogen compression announced by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) on Wednesday.   Last week, Amplats revealed plans for a fuel cell dozer, which makes use of hydrogen in liquid, to make a 2019... 

R90m Bronkhorstspruit road project completed ahead of schedule

By: African News Agency      17th April 2018 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a  R90-million road rehabilitation project between Bronkhorstspruit and Ekangala, east of Tshwane. Vadi said the 19 kilometre road project, wholly funded by the department, was completed eight months ahead of schedule. Road D670... 

New wheel-end seal from SKF offers extreme performance

     16th April 2018 SKF's new Scotseal X-Treme wheel-end seal for trucks and trailers offers superior reliability and high temperature performance, as well as a market leading 5-year/500,000 mile warranty on trucks and 7 years on trailers. Truck and trailer operators can now dramatically reduce the risk of premature... 

The Capital Equipment Group (CEG) of Invicta Holdings Limited has acquired Shamrock Handling Concepts (Pty) Limited.

     13th April 2018 “Through this acquisition, effective 2 January 2018, Shamrock Handling Concepts - with the continuing leadership of managing director, Marius Schutte - will operate under the auspices of Criterion Equipment, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Invicta Holdings Limited,” explains Brenton Kemp, divisional... 

Growing Presence In Coal Grows B&E International’s Capabilities

     13th April 2018 Raubex Group company B&E International’s 15 years of experience in coal today places it in the top rung of crushing and screening specialists in this competitive segment of mining, according to director of operations Sandile Mazibuko. “Our expertise – developed mainly in hard rock mining and... 

Maxiflex overhead sectional doors product of choice for fire emergency services

     13th April 2018 It is crucial that fire station doors operate ultra-reliably and efficiently at all times to ensure that in an emergency, fire trucks are able to leave the station without delay. The rugged and attractive OH1042F overhead sectional doors from Maxiflex are defined by all-round efficiency,... 

Agreement for two hydrogen fuelling units struck

     13th April 2018 Global industrial gases company Air Products has signed an agreement with State-owned Chinese power generation company Shenhua New Energy, a subsidiary of China’s energy conglomerate China Energy Investment Group, to provide two hydrogen containerised dispenser units to China Energy’s first... 

Full range of wear solutions for materials-handling applications

     9th April 2018 From impact to sliding abrasion, Rio-Carb has a full range of wear solutions for a range of materials-handling applications. The wear-engineering specialist can become involved as early as the design stage in order to ensure that all operating conditions and parameters are catered for, explains... 

Engen launches Phola Park in KwaMhlanga

     9th April 2018 The people of Phola Park, Mpumalanga are reaping the benefits of 24-hour 1 Plus convenience offered by the all new Engen Phola Park Convenience Centre, which officially opened on 15 March 2018.   Engen Phola Park Convenience Centre is located at the entrance of the newly built Phola Mall on the... 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 For South Africa to ride the wave being created by the so-called Fourth Industrial Revolution, greater attention will have to be given to aligning the fragmented changes taking place across multiple technologies, as well as in various industry sectors and subsectors. And nowhere is this promise... 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Technological convergence seen as key to unlocking mobility revolution

By: Natasha Odendaal     6th April 2018 While South Africa is riding the wave of the worldwide fourth industrial revolution, at some point, there will be a need to align the fragmented changes seen in multiple technological developments – and the subsequent evolution of technology “pillars” – in different industries. As the next... 

AfriTin completes Uis tin mine design, earthworks to start in May

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th April 2018 Bushveld Minerals' tin-focused subsidiary AfriTin Mining has completed the detailed mine design at its flagship asset Uis tin mine, in Namibia.  

Cradle Arc secures $10m to support Mowana accelerated development plan

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2018 Africa-focused base and precious metals exploration and production company Cradle Arc has secured $10-million of debt funding to support an accelerated development plan for its Mowana openpit mine, in Botswana, and to refinance part of the group’s existing indebtedness. The Aim-listed company on... 

New-vehicle market sees first positive month as March sales increase by 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2018 The domestic new-vehicle market expanded for the first time this year as March new-vehicle sales inched up 1.1%, to 49 233 units, compared with the same month last year.   Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that March new-passenger car sales gained... 

Harbour materials handling company transforms corporate identity

     30th March 2018 Durban-based harbour materials handling specialists Big Lift Trucks (BLT) has transformed its corporate identity with the launch of a new company name – BLTWORLD. BLTWORLD MD Ken Mouritzen explains that the company – which has traded locally and internationally as BLT for over 20 years – needed... 

Massive housing project being developed on historical mining area near Joburg CBD

By: Dylan Slater     29th March 2018 A historical mining area now known as Fleurhof, on the northern edge of the Witwatersrand basin, in the Central Rand goldfield, immediately south-west of the Johannesburg central business district, is being transformed into a vast new housing development with the help of alternative mining... 

Customised ELGi compressor–drill-rig-combo delivers efficient drilling solutions

     29th March 2018 An ELGi diesel compressor, customised by Integrated Air Solutions to fit a state-of-the-art JCB-derived drill and blast drill rig, provides direct flow to all on-board air-dependent equipment and delivers substantial cost savings for the end user. Integrated Air Solution, a GiGi Investments... 

Babcock prepares to roll out new Volvo CE rigid haulers

     29th March 2018 Babcock is preparing to introduce a new line-up of rigid haulers into the mining and quarrying sector in southern Africa following Volvo Construction Equipment’s announcement that the Swedish equipment manufacturer will be launching its own range of Volvo CE-branded rigid haulers. R100E 

DAF Trucks on the up

     28th March 2018 Proving its performance and efficiency in pure numbers alone, the DAF XF 105.460 has firmly secured itself as the best current long-distance truck tractor in the South African transport market. The DAF XF 105.460’s outstanding fuel consumption was one of the leading factors that saw it take top... 

Rio Tinto sees iron-ore market staying balanced through 2019 – exec

By: Reuters     23rd March 2018 Rio Tinto expects the global iron ore market to stay balanced through 2019 despite a likely moderation in steel demand growth in China, the world's biggest steel consumer, a senior executive said on Friday. "I think the iron-ore market is pretty well balanced...We don't see remarkable change in... 

Hyundai launches Mighty EX8 truck in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Hyundai Automotive South Africa (HASA) has replaced its HD72 light-duty truck with the Mighty EX8. The EX8 may be the first introduction in a new commercial vehicle line-up for HASA, with the South Korean manufacturer increasingly keen on expanding its range and reach in right-hand-drive markets,... 

Cartrack aiming to expand affordable vehicle insurance cover

By: Irma Venter     23rd March 2018 Fleet management, vehicle recovery and telematics group Cartrack aims to expand its newly launched affordable vehicle insurance product range over the next six to 18 months. Cartrack unveiled a R9.99 product in February, strictly for vehicle theft and hijackings, through its new subsidiary,... 

Goa iron-ore mine closure triggers protests and violence

By: Ajoy K Das     22nd March 2018 The closure of iron-ore mines in Goa has triggered violence and widespread law and order problems at the start of the week as miners, families and workers from allied industries unleashed protests forcing the police to baton charge the crowd resulting in injuries and arrest of 11 protesters.... 

Aucor commemorates its 50 years in business

     19th March 2018 From humble beginnings in 1968, Aucor has grown into one of the most successful and experienced auction houses in southern Africa and the company is proudly celebrating its 50th birthday in 2018.   “This is an exciting time for Aucor to be celebrating its success and achievements over the past 50... 

CoreSlab capabilities at the core of another fast-track commercial property development

     16th March 2018 Golden Bay Property Developments is known for an ability to accelerate its property projects to swiftly supply a significant demand for office and industrial space in Pololwane, Limpopo’s capital city.This latest project will provide 40 additional offices to a growing number of small, medium and... 

Babcock hauls in DAF sales dealer of the year award

     15th March 2018 Babcock’s Transport Solutions business recently scooped up the award for Best Sales Dealer Sales Operations for 2017 at the annual DAF Sales and Marketing conference held in Eindhoven, Netherlands in February this year. This accolade represented the highlight of the gala dinner where Babcock... 

Oliphant talks up Mantashe's mining pedigree in Toronto

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2018 South Africa's Deputy Mineral Resources Minister Godfrey Oliphant talked up the mining pedigree of newly installed Minister Gwede Mantashe during the recent Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada's annual convention, held in Toronto. "His previous mining experience is an advantage for... 

Hydrogen transport proposed for opencast mines

By: Martin Creamer     13th March 2018 Hydrogen transportation technology would be useful in large opencast mines, where a number of haul trucks operate in a limited radius, says RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. Such an application could serve as a stepping stone to the realisation of the value of hydrogen technology in... 

New orders for RTS Africa principal Nel’s hydrogen filling stations internationally ‘fuelling’ hydrogen-powered vehicle trend

     13th March 2018 The era of fossil-fuelled transportation is drawing to a close. Climate change concerns and dwindling liquid hydrocarbon reserves will undoubtedly change the patterns of personal and commercial transportation in the future. While there are sound cases to be made for the adoption of transportation... 

Compact, Lightweight and Mobile – the efficiency trio of Atlas Copco 8 Series Utility air compressor range

     13th March 2018 “The 8 Series Utility air compressor range delivers our value proposition of lowest overall cost of ownership which differentiates us as a preferred supplier of portable energy products to diverse industries,” states David Stanford, Business Line Manager – Portable Products, Atlas Copco Power... 

InServe companies come to the aid of the wild horses of Namibia

     13th March 2018 The plight of wild horses in drought-stricken Namibia has resulted in three Industrial Services Holdings (InServe) companies stepping up to the plate to assist in delivering 112 teff bales for the Namibia Wild Horses Foundation. According to the Foundation, the wild horses have been in the region... 

Transnet lauds February achievements at DCT

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th March 2018 State-owned freight utility Transnet has reported a productive start to the year at the Durban Container Terminal (DCT), which boasted positive records and milestones, including the handling of 190 000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in February, a 57% improvement in shift change, an increase... 

We will ensure it does not happen again – Tiger Brands 

By: African News Agency      9th March 2018 Tiger Brands, the South African food manufacturer at the centre of one of the worst food-borne disease outbreaks the country has seen, said on Friday that it was doing everything it can to get to the root cause of the listeria bacteria found in its food production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo.... 

New contractor starts 2018 mining season at Eurasia’s West Kytlim

By: Mariaan Webb     9th March 2018 London-listed precious metals producer Eurasia has appointed alluvial mining contractor Techstroy to mine the West Kytlim project, which contains the world’s second-largest alluvial platinum reserve. The new contractor has hit the ground running, starting site work in the first week of March,... 

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