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Aerospace

Techno integration begins on South Africa’s new fighters

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 WITH the first Gripen International fighter for the South African Air Force moving down the production line at Saab’s factory in Sweden, the process of integrating an advanced technology South African system with the Swedish aircraft type has already begun. 

SA earning its wings in unmanned air vehicles

By: Keith Campbell     23rd April 2004 In the high-tech – and high cost – world of the modern aviation industry, there is a sector where South Africa can compete globally with the design and manufacture of complete systems and not just subsystems and components. That sector is unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). 

National casting technology centre being assessed

By: elizabeth rebelo     16th April 2004 The need for a state-of-the-art advanced national casting centre has been highlighted as a leading initiative within the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Strategy (AMTS), which is an implementation strategy in support of the South African government’s integrated manufacturing strategy... 

The Wright brothers: when engineers were also pilots

By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy     16th April 2004 The Wright brothers were not actually part of aviation in the modern sense. They were engineers. They built the aircraft themselves and worked out how they hung together. 

New antiskid engineering polymer for equipment and flooring

16th April 2004 An anti-skid, wear-resistant floor polymer has been developed for high-wear industrial applications where traction and grip are important. 

Sole licensee appointed for handrail installer

16th April 2004 Pietermaritzburg-based Kwazulu Balustrades, was recently appointed sole approved licensee for South African designer, manufacturer, supplier and installer of stainless steel balustrading and handrail systems, Steel Studio. 

Moisture meter safeguards against damage to wooden and laminated floors

16th April 2004 One of the biggest problems in the wood- and laminate-flooring industry is that of excess moisture.? 

Local company secures sole agency for Malaysian firm

16th April 2004 Local company Barrow Flooring has formalised a sole-agency agreement with Universal?Flooring, of Malaysia.? 

Fibreglass gulley cover maintains its shape under heavy loads

16th April 2004 A new fibreglass gulley cover offering the equivalent load-bearing capacity of a steel cover is availabe from Multotec Wear Linings.? 

Greater UV protection afforded in PVC welding screens

16th April 2004 When a US-based roof-bolter manufacturer embarked on a local manufacturing programme, it opted for a South African company to supply all its welding and safety screens.? 

Corrosion-resistant grating installed at mine

16th April 2004 Rossing uranium mine, in Namibia, has had a new grating system installed in the processing plant’s acid-stock area, where large quantities of concentrated sulphuric acid are stored.? 

Flooring company's handling outsourced for five years

16th April 2004 A Pietermaritzburg-based floor-covering manufacturer has entered into a five-year lease for a complete handling solution. 

Manufacturer doubles capacity for economy-of-scale

16th April 2004 South Africa’s largest manufacturer of concrete floor panels has doubled capacity and streamlined production in a bid to limit manufacturing costs and price increases to customers. ? 

Lightweight aluminium walkway prevents roof damage

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 A novel aluminium-walkway system has been installed on the rooftops of a development in Umhlanga Ridge, Kwazulu-Natal.? 

Positively-serrated grating introduced

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 New products have been launched by local manufacturer Andrew Mentis to meet the latest customer demands in flooring, screening and handrailing applications.? 

Concrete flooring company began operation last month

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 The largest flooring company outside the US has set up a manufacturing facility in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, and began operation last month. 

New dowel-installation system prevents concrete-construction-joint failure

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 “There are only two types of concrete: that which has cracked, and that which is about to crack” - so the joke goes. 

Gulf project offers opportunities for SA companies

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 Construction of the second island of the Palm development project is to commence soon, and has the potential to boost the local flooring, screening and handrailing industries. 

Local mills should support steel industry through tough times

By: lauren rota     16th April 2004 “The onus to be proactive and not reactive now lies with local mills, which, after years of dual-pricing subsidies that allowed them to obtain exports at competitive prices, should now support local industry by subsidising the local secondary industry with the high world steel price.”? 

SA avionics expertise marketed globally

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SA aerospace & defence company ATE is actively marketing its success in integrating advanced avionics systems in aircraft to international customers & is attracting serious interest. 

Still hope for the Cheetah in Brazil?

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 BRAZILIAN defence minister Jos 

SANDF to receive first unmanned air vehicle later this year

By: Keith Campbell     26th March 2004 SOUTH African aeronautical and defence company Advanced Technology and Engineering, better known as ATE, will deliver its first production Vulture unmanned air vehicle system to the South African National Defence Force in the fourth quarter of this year.? 

Adaptronics – bringing materials to life

By: Karel Smrcka     19th March 2004 Hum-free refrigerators, noiseless car interiors, whispering helicopters, ambulances that ride smoothly over potholes – all these things are enabled by adaptronics, a relatively new science that brings materials to life. 

Lightweight construction in the aerospace industry and beyond

By: Karel Smrcka     12th March 2004 What has always been an essential factor in the aerospace industry is increasingly becoming a competitive advantage for other sectors. 

Concerns raised about the image of South Africa’s aviation body

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 SOUTH Africa’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) does not yet have the international reputation it should have. 

African skies remain perilous

By: Keith Campbell     12th March 2004 AFRICA remains a cause for concern in the sphere of civil aviation safety.The region remains the most unsafe continent for the sector. 

Flooring giant sets up manufacturing facility in SA

12th March 2004 Specialist flooring company Flowcrete has confirmed its long-term commitment to the South African flooring market, with the setting up of a local manufacturing facility and the incorporation of Flowcrete SA. 

New international suitor for Denel?

By: Keith Campbell     5th March 2004 UNCONFIRMED reports are circulating overseas that giant group EADS is interested in a future partnership with SA’s state-owned Denel defence industrial group. 

UK chooses Airbus for air-tanker requirements

27th February 2004 The UK government is in the process the of exclusive negotiations to make the Airbus A330-200 its future strategic tanker aircraft (FSTA). 

Will companies meet their Dip obligations?

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 A soon-to-be-released report by Armscor’s defence industrial participation (Dip) division indicates a mixed set of results as to whether companies involved in the arms deal will be able to comply with their Dip obligations. 

Defence is of growing importance to diversified technology firm

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 Defence exports contributed almost a third to Grintek’s yearly turnover last year. This translates into R469-million, says business coordination and counter trade manager Paul Gerber. 

Offsets assist defence company

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 As a result of South Africa’s defence offset industrial participation programme, local defence industry electronic company, Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS), has established itself as a global supplier. 

New partnerships between BAE and SA firms

By: elizabeth rebelo     27th February 2004 The global defence and aerospace systems company, BAE Systems, intends to expand its business in South Africa through new partnerships aimed at capturing a significant slice of the global high-value command, control, communications, computing intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR)... 

India, Brazil, SA set up multitrillion-dollar power bloc

By: Keith Campbell     23rd February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as a significant new force in global affairs. 

G3-Force: India, Brazil, SA Set Up Multi-Trillion-Dollar Power Bloc

By: Keith Campbell     20th February 2004 It would be no exaggeration to describe the India, Brazil, South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA for short, but more popularly the G3, for Group of Three) as asignificant new force in globalaffairs. 

First tests positive for tailless aircraft

By: candice haase     6th February 2004 Tailless flight has been in existence since the early days of aviation, but it has never become the dominant design since it has been hampered by several shortcomings. 

Motor-industry-type support on the cards for aerospace

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2004 The South African government is currently conceptualising an industrial-development plan for the aerospace sector along the lines of its successful motor industry development programme (MIDP), which was first implemented back in the 1990s. 

‘No hidden costs in the $2,2bn Gripen package’

By: Keith Campbell     30th January 2004 There are no hidden costs in SA’s $2,2-billion acquisition of 28 Gripens & 24 Hawks; & Saab has increased its share of SA defence group Grintek. 

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