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R3m ferrochrome contract expected in August

13th August 2004 Due to the increased chrome, stable steel and all ferrous and non-ferrous metal prices, a local furnace drilling-and-tapping-equipment supplier has received orders for new machines. 

Furnace power doubles through technology

13th August 2004 A market demand for higher power supply to direct current (dc) furnaces has resulted in the development of twin-electrode dc furnace technology.? 

Pollution control drives smelter upgrades

13th August 2004 A growing area of work for a local furnace-construction company results from environmental pressure to improve pollution collection in the minerals-smelting industry. 

Hazardous organic waste-treatment permit issued

13th August 2004 In June, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism issued the first-ever local permit to a Midrand-based permanent facility for the treatment of hazardous waste. 

Biotech start-up bullish about future

30th July 2004 Cape Town-based Synexa Life Sciences, one of the companies funded under the Western Cape’s regional biotechnology development initiative, Cape Biotech, has raised R10-million through venture capitalist Bioventures and the Industrial Development Corporation and has just celebrated one year... 

Benefits for automotive shipment through Port of Maputo hold promise

30th July 2004 After a two-day fact-finding mission to Maputo last month to explore the viability of the Mozambican port as an alternative import–export base for the automotive industry based in Rosslyn, Gauteng, the benefits to this significant strategic decision appear to outweigh current challenges. 

SA demo car to highlight local automotive expertise

30th July 2004 Preliminary talks are under way for the development of a South African demo car – 

Automotive solution can increase service rates by ten per cent

30th July 2004 Local software developer and solutions provider for the automotive industry, Kerridge Computer Company, was commissioned as the project manager and software developer for a large local aftermarket vehicle-service chain.? 

Local manufacturers losing out on supply contracts

30th July 2004 While the South African automotive industry is flourishing with new global contracts awarded to local manufacturers for completely-built-up units (CBUs), trouble lurks ahead, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) executive director Clive Williams suggests. 

Roadside automotive industry has diverse customers

30th July 2004 “It is a hard life doing roadside exhaust repairs; I don’t get enough business from passing traffic but I can’t afford to open a shop and can find no work at automotive repair workshops.”? 

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