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Darren Parker

Darren Parker

Darren Parker is a Creamer Media Senior Writer for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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Business as usual despite genset demand spike

3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

More growth expected for diesel generators

3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

Data protection critical during power cuts

3rd December 2021 Although downtime and damage to electrical equipment are common concerns for businesses during load-shedding, many business owners do not sufficiently consider the protection of their data, information technology (IT) company Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg tells Engineering News. When... 

Increased presence for Italian business in S Africa next year

26th November 2021 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industry (Italcham) aims to continue improving its presence in South Africa next year. “We intend to establish an antenna in Cape Town and, possibly, even in Durban and Gqeberha. This means managing multiple hubs with a higher number of events... 

Business interaction fostered

26th November 2021 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industry (Italcham), in collaboration with the Italian Comites Johannesburg and the Italian Consulate General, launched the Small Medium Italian League of Enterprises (SMILE) initiative in Johannesburg last month. SMILE is a network of companies with... 

Components supplied to local platinum smelter

26th November 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in a local platinum smelter project. All components supplied by Thos Begbie must be approved through... 

Home brewing rises as industry uncertainty continues

12th November 2021 Home brewing has grown significantly since the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdowns in March 2020, and the Beer Association of South Africa (Basa) welcomes an increasing interest in beer and beer culture. “Sadly, there have been incidences where blanket bans on alcohol have incentivised citizens... 

Forklifts delivered to liquor logistics company

12th November 2021 Industrial equipment distributor Shumani Industrial Equipment has completed the delivery of 54 forklifts to logistics service provider Liquor Runners for use at a major beer producer in South Africa. This large-scale contract serves to consolidate the company’s position as an equipment supplier... 

Breweries seeking increased flow rates

12th November 2021 Numerous breweries globally are seeking to increase flow rates by upgrading their pumping systems as a way of increasing efficiency and, thereby, improve profit margins, says industrial pumps supplier Verder Pumps hygienic product manager Kenneth Demeulemeester. “Over the past 12 months,... 

Hope floats for Mozambique LNG projects

5th November 2021 Despite the complete suspension of the multibillion-dollar liquified natural gas (LNG) projects, in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado province, earlier this year, hopeful indications of a 2022 restart are beginning to surface, says research and consulting firm Africa House market access and development... 

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