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New materials handling facility launched

16th August 2013 Materials handling equipment provider Eurolift says that its forklift and material handling business, launched in Johannesburg in May, has had a positive response from the market. Eurolift supplies a wide range of diesel, electric and liquefied-petroleum-gas forklifts, reach trucks, power... 

New scaffolding innovation to assist mining companies

9th August 2013 Access platform provider Boom Access states that its newest innovation could assist mining companies in improving health and safety performance, while offering time and cost savings. The Monkey Tower, which was locally launched in June , is inherently safer than scaffolding and will improve any... 

Demand exceeding capacity at Port of Durban

19th July 2013 The Port of Durban is already under pressure to develop new capacity to meet container handling and storage demand, State-owned logistics group Transnet’s Durban dig-out port programme director Marc Descoins tells Engineering News. 

SAPS to up game against copper cable theft

12th July 2013 A training manual, which will assist the South African Police Service (SAPS) in combating nonferrous metal theft more effectively, will be utilized to train SAPS members across the country from August 2013 to improve the comprehensiveness of knowledge about these type of crimes.  The Southern... 

Technology adds value to health and safety protection

12th July 2013 Lighting and surge protection specialist Surgetek believes that its lifeline cable- cutter technology can improve a company’s health and safety record, as it offers increased protection to electrical cable repair teams. Surgetek states that these benefits are increasingly being realised in the... 

Lack of skills might promote future imports

21st June 2013 South Africa’s future as a fastener manufacturer could be problematic, says fastener solutions supplier Impala Bolt & Nut MD Derek Cohen, adding that, while the country has the skills to manufacture some of the fasteners it imports, a lack of people seeking technical careers and, subsequently,... 

Company feeding tooling skills base

21st June 2013 A growing demand for tooling manufacturer Hilti’s on-site and in-office training courses is evident across the fastener and surrounding industries, as the courses facilitate safety practices and improved equipment life cycles. The company trains some 1000 people a year and specifies installation... 

Imports continue to curb industry potential, despite antidumping duty

21st June 2013 Fastener imports continue to outweigh locally manufactured products, as South Arica produced 13 146 t of standard hexagon steel bolts, set screws and nuts in 2012 and imported 30 800 t of the same materials, states South African Fasteners Manufacturers Association (Safma) chairperson Rob... 

Association encourages local innovation

21st June 2013 Unlocking available funds to realise new local tooling initiatives remains challenging, despite adequate support from government to ensure a growing fastener and tooling industry being evident, notes Toolmaking  Association of South Africa (Tasa) Gauteng secretary,  Henk Snyman. Owing to the... 

China overtaking African infrastructure development

14th June 2013 Traditionally, African countries sought skills from South Africa for infrastructure development, but a gradual shift to employing Chinese services is evident, as the Asian country is establishing multinational trade agreements with African countries and, therefore, South Africa’s skills are in... 

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