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Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock

Tracy Hancock is Creamer Media Contributing Editor for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

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First National Battery last of local SMP battery manufacturers

26th February 2021 Benoni-headquartered lead acid battery manufacturer First National Battery is the only local manufacturer of surface motive power (SMP) batteries left in South Africa, says First National Battery SMP national sales manager Eugene Marais. The company produces more than 2.2-million batteries a year... 

DMS pioneers first local fibreglass dust fallout unit with locking brackets

19th February 2021 To mitigate the theft of dust fallout units deployed in the field, Johannesburg-based dust fallout unit manufacturer Dust Monitoring Services (DMS) has developed South Africa’s first fibreglass single-bucket dust fallout unit with locking brackets. “We received numerous requests for an... 

Castle Free demand climbs even after lifting of alcohol sales ban

7th February 2021 There has been increased demand for Johannesburg-headquartered brewery South African Breweries’ (SAB’s) non-alcoholic Castle Free beer and this trend has continued despite the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. “Consumers have had the chance to trial Castle Free during the ban on alcohol sales... 

KZN-made Razorback boots a hit in US

22nd January 2021 KwaZulu-Natal-based manufacturer Jim Green Footwear plans to increase its production capacity in line with the establishment of a distribution network in the US, where it has received much praise, says executive director Gareth Crouch. “So far, the feedback and demand has been great. There have... 

Eco-friendly firelighters spark international interest

8th January 2021 Western Cape organic firelighter manufacturer FireFly Biofuel delivered its first international shipment comprising 2 t of its FireSpark Jnr firelighters last year to Australia and is in discussions with European countries, but progress has slowed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. “Since we do not... 

Shock Wave Feed Silo Optimiser rental programme kicks off

26th November 2020 Monitoring and control technology company Shock Wave Engineering is negotiating rental agreements with local feed suppliers for its Feed Silo Optimiser to eliminate the “headaches” associated with farmers ordering feed too soon and discarding exceed feed unnecessarily, or running out of feed when... 

Eco-friendly multipurpose GP² degreaser captures global market’s attention

11th November 2020 With environment, social and governance considerations top of mind, owing to issues such as climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, global markets are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious. Consequently, there is growing demand for the GP² Eco-friendly Industrial Degreaser and... 

Demand for Geostott vehicle locks driven by crime stats

30th October 2020 The high level of vehicle and automotive component theft in South Africa is steering owners towards installing vehicle security products from steelwork manufacturerthe George Stott Group (Geostott), thereby, increasing demand from the aftermarket sector. According to the Governance, Public Safety... 

High demand for TES in blasting sector

16th October 2020 The use of temporary employment services (TES) is common among South African blasting companies, and demand for this service is high, says TES provider Workforce Staffing area manager Hendri Poolman. The scarcity of skills in the field presents a challenge for blasting companies. 

Sustaining security of supply, efficiency amid state of disaster

16th October 2020 Adapting to the ‘new normal’ bought on by the Covid-19 outbreak will require companies to listen to and meet the changing needs of customers by adopting new working methods and complying with evolving lockdown regulations, says explosives and blasting services provider BME technology and... 

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