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High-speed trains for the new millennium

By: System Author     16th July 1999 fleet of high-speed tilting trains will be supplied to the Virgin Rail group under a deal worth  

R6,8m train detection equipment supply contract

By: System Author     16th July 1999 LOCAL company Transport Railway Signalling has secured a contract worth R6,8-million from a UK signalling company for the supply of 300 sets of high-voltage impulse track circuit (HVITC) train detection equipment. The HVITC equipment will be installed along 600 km of track by the international... 

State set to commercialise coal-conversion technologies

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF) will shortly be appointing consultants to advise it on how best to commercialise proprietary technology which is able to convert coal into value-added products. CEF’s Dr Howard Roberts tells Engineering News the technology is currently housed in... 

Norwegians give SA R320m

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Details of the development co-operation programme – in which Norway will make R320-million available to South Africa over 2000 to 2004 – were announced in June. The new programme represents an extension of an existing co-operation on development between the two countries. One of the... 

New truck rolls on to local market

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Commercial vehicle manufacturer AMC Commercial Vehicles, of Randburg, launched a new 1,5 t truck, the AMC Super Loader, in June. “We expect this vehicle to capture about 50% of the market,” reports AMC marketing manager Rod Drake. The company expects the vehicle to be used by... 

Ringing in the changes of Y2k compliance

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Acontract worth sev- eral million rands to ensure Year 2000 compliance for telecommunications provider Telkom is progressing well. The contract, subcontracted by Siemens to engineering software developer TLC Software, of Johannesburg, involves an engineering management system, client server... 

Ship deal puts the wind in SA’s sales

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The unbundling and sale of Safmarine’s container line division to the Copenhagen-based AP Moller group, effective from last month, has already resulted in improved benefits for customers of Safmarine Container Lines (SCL). Although SCL will continue to independently market its Southern... 

Thabo to support spatial-development initiatives

By: System Author     9th July 1999 More emphasis is expected to be given to spatial-development initiatives (SDIs) and industrial development zones (IDZs) by government under the leadership of President Thabo Mbeki. In his speech to parliament late last month, Mbeki stated that major investment projects were underpinned by the... 

Transport plan in Pretoria hits a brick wall

By: System Author     9th July 1999 The Greater Pretoria Metropolitan Council (GPMC) cannot advance plans to improve the metro’s transport situation since funding and the new demarcation of Pretoria, as well as other unresolved provincial and national issues, are slowing progress. “We have many proposals on how to... 

R500m national motor workshop chain

By: System Author     9th July 1999 Petrochemical company Shell South Africa has announced a five-year plan to develop a national chain of 180 motor workshops which will help to stimulate the motor industry and create over 2 000 jobs The project will see an injection of R500-million into the industry. Earlier this year, the company... 

Second factory follows hot on heels of first

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 South Africa’s first commercial cassava starch plant has been operating successfully in the Northern Province for the past six months following its official opening in January. Reported to be one of the few commercial cassava-starch operations in Africa, the R28-million plant, which is... 

New local truck-production plant opened

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Another name has been added to the Automakers plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria, where a range of vehicle makes and models are being produced. The addition of Iveco to the production of Fiat Uno and Nissan vehicles to the plant is another step up the ladder for Automakers to become a large-scale... 

R106-million condensate-import project

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 Good progress is being made at Mossgas in Mossel Bay on the company’s new R106-million condensate-import project, which will boost its yearly output by up to 450-million litres, or 26%, and add about R40-million to its yearly net operating surplus. This business opportunity arose partly as... 

Five-year outsourced fleet transport contract signed

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 TRANSPORT company PPC Transport has concluded an agreement with Corobrick to take over its existing motor transport fleet. The division traditionally serviced its sister company PPC in the transportation of cement goods, but plans to diversify half of its business. PPC Transport will move... 

Business benefits realised

By: System Author     2nd July 1999 A drive initiated by Deloitte Consulting to realise further business benefits from Mossgas’s enterprise resource-planning (ERP) implementation has realised substantial gains for the world’s only producer of liquid transportation fuels from offshore gas. ERP – an integrated... 

SA aluminium prospects shine brightly

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What is the current state of the local aluminium industry? At the semi-fabrication level the aluminium industry is about R8-billion a year – to some extent this depends on the ruling London Metal Exchange price. This includes an allowance for the importation of alumina, so I am talking... 

Drive to increase aluminium use in vehicles

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Leaders of the auto- motive and alu- minum industries have unveiled plans to create an inter-industry alliance to promote collaborative research to accelerate the use of new and improved aluminum technologies for motor vehicles. This initiative, called the Auto Aluminum Alliance, includes members... 

‘Do-it-yourself’ aluminium welding promoted

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Aluminium welding can be catered for by a process called Techno-Weld, an innovative aluminium fusion-welding and repair process now available in South Africa. It is described as a breakthrough in welding with aluminium, and is a low-temperature (380?C) system which fusion-welds virtually all... 

South African oil firm on African safari

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Newly appointed Engen CE Almorie Maule has informed Engineering News in an exclusive interview that she planned keeping Engen on track with regard to its stated aim of transforming itself into a niche oil industry company with a network spread across the African continent and the broader Indian... 

Transport dept takes non-core back seat

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Department of Transport is commendably taking a back seat when it comes to non-core functions – it is one of four government departments that have outsourced their motor transport services to Imperial Holdings in a R2-billion contract. The contract is most likely to grow to R3-billion... 

Aircraft demand to soar over next 20 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 More than 15 500 new jetliners valued at US$1,3-trillion will be required by passenger and cargo airlines between 1999 and 2018. This figure has emerged from Airbus Industrie’s latest global market forecast which, for the first time, also contains a comprehensive review of the cargo market.... 

Alu-cans strike gold

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In just five years since the introduction of the aluminium beverage can to South Africa, the recycling of these cans has grown into a multimillion-rand industry. Aluminium Can Recycling Association (Acra) GM Henning Viljoen indicates that the yearly recovery rate of aluminium beverage cans in... 

Five-year transport operation contract won

By: System Author     25th June 1999 PROFESSIONAL haulier Unitrans Freight has been awarded a five-year transport operation contract by chicken producer Rainbow Chickens. In terms of the contract the company will take over responsibility for vehicles, depots and workshops as part of Rainbow’s outsourcing programme. “The... 

Fruit transport bin partnership formed

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Johannesburg company Batecor has formed an agreement with Clip-Lok International to own, operate and hire out a revolutionary patented bulk bin to the international fruit industry. These rights also extend to the manufacturing and marketing of the full range of Clip-Lok products within the... 

Composites sector is coming apart – warning

By: System Author     18th June 1999 What is the state of the composites industry? Generally poor, as it services industries in turmoil themselves, such as automotive, aerospace, leisure and construction. Most sectors are overtraded, with declining demand. What are the latest technological developments? Conversion processes have... 

Gearless transmission systems developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Fuel savings of more than 17% compared with conventional manual gearboxes have been achieved with the infinitely-variable transmission (IVT) system developed by UK specialist Torotrak. This, and a number of other key advantages claimed over conventional manual, automatic and... 

Development of Centurion industrial park on track

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE development of Truck City, forming part of Century Business Park, is on track with three out of eight sites left for development. The balance of the sites at the park have been earmarked for the development of retail, light industrial operations and warehousing and will be proclaimed in... 

New road to save billions

By: System Author     18th June 1999 THE private sector is set to save R1,2-billion each year on completion of Pretoria’s proposed western bypass (the PWV9 route), together with required support roads. This is significantly more than the R350-million that was previously estimated to be saved and means a massive saving of... 

Research project proves process

By: System Author     18th June 1999 BASED in Pinetown, Kwazulu-Natal, Bucco Canopies produces fibreglass canopies for the commercial vehicle market. The company is an established force in the long-distance vehicle canopy market, having been a leading manufacturer for more than 35 years. In the current economic climate, the need to... 

R4-million upgrade for Krugersdorp plant

By: System Author     11th June 1999 LOCAL company Bosal Automotive has invested R4-million in a comprehensive upgrading of its Krugersdorp plant. The plant manufactures towbars, grilleguards and rollbars and the Brospeed performance exhaust systems. According to Bosal Automotive MD Ron Sams the plant layout has been revamped to... 

Germiston–Daveyton corridor shapes up

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The first planning phase of the Germiston–Daveyton activity corridor, east of Johannesburg, is rapidly taking shape with a stakeholders’ workshop expected to take place this month, which will lead to a final progress report being submitted to the national Department of Transport. It... 

Big dredger contract

By: System Author     11th June 1999 The complete turnkey transport project for the delivery of two new dredgers, with a total building cost of R120-million, for the Richards Bay dune-mining operation has been awarded to Mammoet Southern Africa. Mammoet is undertaking the management and actual transport from the production site in... 

R11m in projects for Cape Town airport

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Projects to the value of R11,3-million have been announced by Cape Town International Airport (CIA) to improve parking facilities and enhance traffic flows. To be implemented by September, the upgrade includes the installation of a pay-on-foot system, 900 additional parking bays, shade netting... 

Transport contract renewed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 Transport company Cargo Carriers’ contract for transporting hazardous hydrofluoric acid from the Atomic Energy Corporation’s (AEC), Pelindaba plant in the North West Province to customers countrywide has been renewed. This follows ten years and a total of more than 20-million... 

New joint helicopter company formed

By: System Author     11th June 1999 THE helicopter activities of the UK’s Westland helicopter company and Agusta, of Italy, are to be brought together in a new joint company. The link-up will give Europe one of the world’s main constructors in helicopter manufacture with an aggregate order book of US$8,5-billion. The... 

Repair vehicles delivered

By: Archivist     4th June 1999 IN line with its policy of predictable service, transport operator Spoornet has taken delivery of three Nissan Diesel UD55s for their newly developed in-service maintenance repair vehicles. “The concept of predictable service urged us to concentrate more on maintaining rail wagons... 

Defence bidders will be brave to renege – Armscor

By: System Author     4th June 1999 South Africa’s defence procurement agency, Armscor, is convinced that there is no way for the preferred suppliers of R30-billion-worth of defence equipment to renege on their industrial participation promises. It is also firm in its view that the country is not being over-charged for the... 

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