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STRATEGIC POSITIONING
As Nico will be a vertically integrated project, Fortune Minerals will control the mining of the cobalt and the processing of concentrates into higher value products

Canadian cobalt project development advancing

6th May 2016

More than C$115-million has, so far, been spent on the development, including test mining and a pilot plant processing, at the Nico cobalt/gold/bismuth/copper project, in Canada’s Northwest... 


Distributor extends components offering

22nd April 2016

Industrial, electrical and electronics components distributor RS Components has extended its range of pneumatic components with products supplied by global pneumatics manufacturer SMC Pneumatics. 


Product diversity caters for varied market

22nd April 2016

Owing to its diversification in design, from concept stage to manufacturing finished products at its factory in Wadeville, Gauteng, motion, control technologies and systems manufacturer Germiston... 


Company invests in S African market, targets African expansion

22nd April 2016

Global pneumatics technologies manufacturer SMC Pneumatics is investing heavily in the local market as it targets further expansion in Africa, following the establishment of its new facility in... 


Regulations impede thermal spray switch

22nd April 2016

The implementation of the thermal spray process as a replacement for hard-chrome plating in hydraulic cylinders is impeded by inadequately stringent health and safety regulations in South Africa,... 


GIVING RENEWABLE ENERGY A LIFT ALE successfully transported and handled 56 wind turbine generators for the Amakhala project

Renewable energy project successfully completed

15th April 2016

Integrated heavy lifting, transportation and installation solutions provider ALE South Africa completed the handling and transportation of 56 wind turbine generators in February for the Amakhala... 


THE BIG LIFT 
Mammoet’s lifting tower system was custom-built to recover Bertha

Modular crane completes recovery of Bertha

15th April 2016

Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist - Mammoet completed the recovery of ‘Big Bertha’ ; the world’s largest boring machine, which was built in 2013 specifically for the... 


METICULOUS 
Condra is involved in projects with highly specialised machinery and equipment that requires time to ensure quality and durability

Acquisition in line with expansion plan

15th April 2016

Crane manufacturer Condra in February became the majority owner of Cape Town-based crane manufacturing company BB Cranes. The acquisition stems from a long-standing relationship spanning more than... 


INCREASED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO New rigging products allow for achieving a sustainable footprint in all markets

R&D ensures growth for heavy lifting company

15th April 2016

Owing to ongoing research and development (R&D), rigging and lifting equipment provider Kelmeg Lifting Services has expanded its product offering, which resulted in significant growth over the past... 


Company benefits from strategic positioning and branch network

15th April 2016

Crane solutions provider Johnson Crane Hire believes that its fleet of 250 cranes, a network of 13 branches throughout major cities in South Africa and a business branch in Gaborone, Botswana, have... 


NEIGHBOURHOOD FRIENDLY
Battery-driven power tools offer more efficiency and reduce maintenance cost

Battery-powered power tools more beneficial

1st April 2016

Outdoor power product manufacturer Husqvarna’s 36 V lithium-ion battery-powered equipment provides long lasting power and greater economical value than petrol powered alternatives, says Husqvarna... 


CUTTING EDGE  
Bosch’s new NanoBlade technology is ideal for do-it-yourself applications

Strong growth leads to blade technology introduction

1st April 2016

Engineering and electronics specialist company Bosch is set to introduce its NanoBlade technology in October this year to selected markets, with initial availability being targeted for Europe. This... 


A FIRST 
The STIHL TSA 230 is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine with a 230 mm cutting wheel

Manufacturer introduces cordless cutoff technology

1st April 2016

Power equipment manufacturer STIHL has developed what it says is the world’s first cordless cut-off machine that has a 230 mm cutting wheel for both indoor and outdoor cutting requirements. The... 


ENERGY SAVER Perfect-Places offers a building solution that is warmer in winter and cooler in summer, reducing the need for heating and cooling

Manufacturer promotes sustainable buildings for mining industry

25th March 2016

Modular building solutions provider Perfect-Places is assessing the building needs of the South African mining industry with an eye to introducing its range of thermal-insulated modular homes that... 


CONSTRUCTION EFFICIENCY 
The Afripanel modular building system is designed to reduce construction time on site

Energy efficiency provides the edge amid escalating costs

25th March 2016

Modular homes and prefabricated building supplier Afripanel highlights the significant advantage of using energy efficient prefabricated buildings for mine-site accommodation solutions amid rising... 


OUTLYING SUCCESS 
The success of Kwikspace is attributed to its being able to provide accommodation solutions in the most remote areas

Interim housing supplier targets growth despite industry turmoil

25th March 2016

Modular buildings manufacturer Kwikspace is involved in several prospective mining projects in Africa while the local industry struggles to recover from low commodity prices. “Our prefabricated... 


MORE TO OFFER Moladi’s green building technology is up to six to eight times stronger than traditional brick and cement structures

Push to supply longer-term lodgings

24th March 2016

Housing and building construction system company Moladi believes mining companies, which are currently dealing with the commodities downturn, should invest in longer-term building solutions for the... 


FAST, PRECISE AND EFFICIENT
The Amada range of fiber laser cutting technology is the most economical machine solution available in the midrange segment

Manufacturer offers fiber laser cutting machines

11th March 2016

Laser manufacturer and sheet-cutting solutions provider Amada is offering its fiber laser cutting machines, designed from a combination of the Co2 series and the company’s in-house fiber laser... 


WORTH IT
Laser technology provides added shortcuts for customers and can help increase their manufacturing process

New lasers increase ouput

11th March 2016

Precision laser-cutting solutions provider Cutting Edge Technologies is benefiting from increased outputs owing to a range of German manufactured lasers. The company, based in KwaZulu-Natal, is... 


INVALUABLE ACCURACY
Laser technology provides irrefutable accuracy to either dispute or approve what has been built by a contractor

Laser scanning technology vital in construction projects

11th March 2016

Using laser scanning technology, from the preliminary phase of a construction project to the detailed design construction as well as the back-end phase, is indispensable, says professional services... 


PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY 
SAPREF provides training opportunities to 70 pupils as part of its R18-million skills and development program

JV refinery boosts skills development

4th March 2016

The Durban-based crude oil refinery joint venture (JV) between Shell South Africa Refining and BP Southern Africa – Sapref – in January awarded 70 pupils with a training opportunity, which includes... 


MAINTAINANCE EXPERTS ROPED IN 
Skyriders provides cost-effective rope access for petrochemical tank maintenance solutions

Rope access maintenance more cost effective than traditional access

4th March 2016

Rope access solutions provider Skyriders is currently providing maintenance solutions on the deluge fire sprinkler system installed at one of South Africa’s largest petrochemicals companies’ fuel... 


 QUALITY DECISIONS 
Advance process control technology enables petrochemical companies to make decisions that lead to optimum functioning capacity of refineries and plants

Control technology improves refining and chemicals industry

4th March 2016

Advance process control (APC) technology has become an industry standard for petrochemicals and chemicals companies, owing to its ability to improve the overall management of a refinery, says... 


FIGHTING MALARIA 
Bayer’s two-way insecticide Fludora Fusion aims to be an effective solution for African disease control programmes to address the challenge of insecticide resistance

New malaria-combat insecticide to infiltrate market by 2017

4th March 2016

Leverkusen-based, multinational life sciences company Bayer expects its Fludora Fusion to be readily available to the African market towards the end of 2017 and early 2018 to combat diseases such... 


MAINTENANCE IS KEY 
Effective maintenance reduces capital expenditure of equipment

Maintenance strategies key to SA industry

4th March 2016

The stagnating economy, coupled with depressed oil prices, has led petrochemicals refineries to emphasise pump and equipment maintenance rather than investing in capital procurement, states pump... 


CHEMICAL NETWORK 
Sasol’s chemical business has a footprint in more than 23 countries

Portfolio refocused to lean on chemicals business

4th March 2016

Integrated energy and chemicals provider Sasol is refocusing its portfolio to lean more on its chemicals business, following the division’s turnover of R105-billion, which accounted for 57% of the... 


TRUST IS KEY
Project leadership must embrace the personal traits of integrity, fairness, faithfulness and honesty

Ethics, the foundation of project management

19th February 2016

An organisation’s ethics and, more importantly a project’s leadership is the very foundation on which its successful development is based, says Denver-based project management expert, course leader... 


EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT Project management companies must intensely interrogate a project’s ability to survive in tough financial times

High-value projects key to success in economic downturn

19th February 2016

By identifying and concentrating on high-value projects as a positive project management practice, mining companies and project managers can help ensure the success of projects amid the current... 


Consultancy attributes growth rate to specialist teams

19th February 2016

Gauteng-based mine planning and engineering consultancy Ukwazi grew by 29% in 2015, exceeding its average growth rate of between 22% and 23% recorded over the previous five and ten years.... 


BUYING INTO SAFETY 
Project managers are responsible for creating a culture of safety at project sites

Safety, risk ownership key to thriving projects

19th February 2016

Effective risk-mitigation measures and a sound safety-management system are integral to the development of a successful project, stipulates global mining and engineering planning and service... 


PROJECT SUCCESS 
Fox Projects completed the execution of Anglo American Platinum/ ARM’s Modikwa mine north decline and handed over the project in December 2015

Modikwa South 2 handover slated for July

19th February 2016

The completion of South African mining company African Rainbow Minerals’ (ARM’s) Modikwa platinum mine South 2 Phase 1 decline shaft is in its final stages and will be handed over to the mine in... 


UNLOCKING MINERAL WEALTH Improving infrastructure to aid mining will be a common theme at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Convention 2016

Infrastructure deficit limiting Canada’s mining operations

12th February 2016

Given the limited resources available to Canada’s territorial governments, federal funding will play a key role in developing infrastructure to facilitate the country’s minerals exploitation,... 


IMPARTING SKILLS 
Apprenticeships ensure that a steady stream of qualified fitters and turners enters the pumps industry

Expert aims to further BEE goals

29th January 2016

Pump supplier, testing and servicing expert AESPUMP intends to further expand its apprenticeship programme, which it says is at the heart of its recent upgrade to Level 4 black economic empowerment... 


EXPERIENCE COUNTS 
Mather + Platt has been operating in South Africa since 1954

Experience reason for competitive advantage, pumps’ longevity

29th January 2016

Pumps manufacturer Mather + Platt claims to have built up one of the largest number of pumps operating in the South African mining and water sectors. Mather + Platt marketing and business... 


PRODUCT BOOST
Atlas Copco is placing the same emphasis on its pumps range as that of its compressors and generators

Provider looks to complement its other solutions

29th January 2016

Global sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco is focused on the development and extension of its pumps in 2016 and 2017 to take advantage of the synergies within its compressors... 


SLURRY REMOVAL
The Slurry Blaster is a hydro mining solution for the removal of slurry build-up

Pumps supplier offers new hydro mining solutions

29th January 2016

Industrial pump solutions leasing company Integrated Pump Rental has introduced Slurry Blaster, a cost-effective cleaning tool for slurry removal. The Slurry Blaster forms part of the company’s... 


OVERCOMING RESTRICTIONS  
Cooperation between the South African Bureau of Standards and international standards authorities can pave the way for pumps of South African manufacturers to enter lucrative overseas markets

Call to adopt internationally recognised pumps standards certification processes

29th January 2016

South African exports to lucrative overseas markets will be simplified when the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) product certification processes and procedures are amended to be recognised... 


OVERSEAS FOOTPRINT
Hazleton Pumps’ Hippo model is destined for one of Canada’s highest-quality oil sands deposits

SA pumps manufacturer supplies significant Canadian mine

29th January 2016

Comprehensive pump manufacturer Hazleton Pumps expects to deliver two Hippo model 200MH slurry submersible absorbing 185 kW pumps to the Kearl oil sands project in Canada by the end of the next... 


OFFGRID PROSPECTS  
CSIR’s Pretoria campus aims to go 100% offgrid through its new solar photovoltaic plant

CSIR solar plant strives for 100% off-grid switch

22nd January 2016

The 558 kW ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) solar plant at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in Pretoria is fully operational with initial testing completed in 2015. The... 


ENERGY CERTAINTY 
Solar power helps to provide certainty over energy cost

Solar power grid-tied systems yield energy cost efficiency

22nd January 2016

Using solar power as a grid-tied system rather than a load shedding intervention secures efficient, reliable and long-term energy-pricing, says solar PV solutions supplier Sola Future Energy FD Dom... 


GOING DIRECT  
Solar Beam’s new direct solar water heating system functions in all weather conditions

Solar solutions provider develops direct solar heating solution for colder conditions

22nd January 2016

Local solar water heating solutions provider Solar Beam has provided the market with a patent low pressure direct and frost free solar water heating system capable of being installed anywhere in... 


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