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Bearings and Bushes

Drives for sewage treatment applications

1st April 2005 Bearing Man’s gear products division, Power Drives, has a range of drives designed specially for sewage-treatment applications. 

Danie Coetser

11th February 2005 Full name: Danie Coetser Position: Timken South Africa MD, since May 1, 2000 Main activity of the company: The manufacture of railroad bearings and the distribution of imported bearings Date and place of birth: September 16, 1957, Johannesburg Education: Matric completed in Estcourt,... 

Rail-bearing remanufacture spurred on by BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     21st January 2005 The newly-created company Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA), in which empowerment consortium Bokamoso has a 26% equity share, will mainly be used as vehicle to grow Timken South Africa’s rail-bearing remanufacturing business in the Southern African market. 

Ex-rail boss clinches rail bearings BEE deal

By: Zonika Botha     6th January 2005 A broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium, Bokamoso Investments, led by former Spoornet CEO Zandile Jakavulu, has acquired a 26% equity share of Timken Bearing Services South Africa (TBSSA). 

New powerdrives for wine industry

19th November 2004 A new product for the winery and brewery industries has entered the South African market, and is available from local supplier Bearing Man. 

Alloy poised to be new bearing-market standard

12th November 2004 After several years of intensive work by US company Brush Wellman engineers and success in the field, a copper-nickel-tin alloy which the company has trademarked ToughMet may be on the verge of becoming a new standard in the bearings and bushings market. 

Local firm, UK partner develop versatile bearing

12th November 2004 The new compact SRB split-plummer block bearing is the first split cylindrical roller-bearing assembly to be dimensionally interchangeable with standard SN and SD series plummer blocks, bringing the benefits of a split design to a wider user base. 

Firm supplies big chunk of police-lab equipment

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 A large portion of the linear-auto- mation equipment for the DNA- analysis project at the South African Police Service’s (SAPS’s) forensic laboratory in Pretoria is being supplied by East Rand-based Tectra Automation. 

Rand squeeze prompts innovative strategies

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 The South African bearings industry has been in the doldrums for much of this year, prompting suppliers and manufacturers to develop innovative approaches to remain competitive. 

Firm seeks to increase exports to Europe, US

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 South African bearing polymer manufacturer Vesco Plastics is looking to expand its exports, while promoting new technology for the design and manufacture of large bearings. 

Thrust of bearing research shifts to steel composition

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Future developments in bearings will not be significant changes in design, but improvements in material composition and improved manufacturers’ knowledge of product behaviour under operating conditions, says SKF application engineer and maintenance-products specialist Giscard Lailvaux. 

Empowerment deal consolidates bearings maker's market position

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Newly-black-empowered large-bearings supplier GB Bearings is looking to consolidate its presence in the South African market through further empowerment deals, while simultaneously investigating opportunities for exporting to the rest of Africa, Europe and Australasia. 

Firm in empowerment tie-up

By: Liezel Hill     12th November 2004 Local distributor of engineering consumables Bearing Man is securing an empowerment partner that will add value to the company’s broad-based operational structure. 

French bearings maker enters local market

12th November 2004 ??French bearing manufacturer SNR Roulements has announced that it has re-entered the South African market. 

Acquisition extends company's product range

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Local bearings manufacturer SKF South Africa turns 90 this year. On the eve of this important milestone, MD Rob MacKenzie and GM for reliability systems in sub-Saharan Africa Ray Mullen tell Engineering News of the ways in which the company has diversified its portfolio to supply its customers... 

New factory to provide a wider seal variety

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Up until 1990, bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa had limited access to seals. However, in 1990, it acquired Chicago Rawhide, which is one of the leading seal brands in the world. 

Project demonstrated broadened abilities

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 In March 2003, Sappi Tugela awarded SKF South Africa with a R5,5-million contract, which formed part of a R250-million project, to assist in the upgrade of the paper machine Four (PM4). 

Company extends bearing life

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 Bearings manufacturer SKF South Africa discovered, through extensive research into extended bearing life, that approximately 60% of premature bearing failures could be contributed to poor fitting, inadequate lubrication and contamination. 

Firm fine-tunes its processes

By: renay de     22nd October 2004 International bearings manufacturer SKF is implementing Six Sigma throughout all of its global operations; Six Sigma is a fact-based, data-driven methodology designed to remove variation from companies’ processes. 

New BEE ownership for bearing company

By: jenny furness     31st August 2004 Automotive component manufacturer Federal-Mogul has sold the last of the non-automotive companies Federal-Mogul Large Bearings, previously Glacier Bearings, to a black economic empowerment consortium. 

UK linear-motion leader eyes SA auto market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd July 2004 The UK subsidiary of Japan’s THK group, the world’s largest manufacturer of linear-motion systems, has appointed South African-based rotating-bearings manufacturer SKF as its distributor throughout sub-Saharan Africa. 

Bearing maker in distribution deal with UK firm

16th June 2004 Bearing manufacturer SKF South Africa and linear products specialist THK signed an agreement, in Johannesburg, recently, which gives SKF distribution rights of the THK product range, in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Bearings leader announces new helmsman

21st May 2004 The leadership at Bearing Man, a well-known specialist distributor of bearings, seals, power transmission components, electric and geared motors, belting and fasteners in South Africa, has undergone a change following the illness of founder Greg Till. 

30th birthday for KZN high-flier

16th April 2004 The ubiquitous Bearing Man, one of Kwazulu-Natal’s best –known listed companies, celebrates 30 years of business this year in impressive new premises close to the prestigious Gateway complex. 

Celebrating 50 years in South Africa

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The basic principle on which the bearing is based was discovered in the 19th century. 

Yet another industry feels the pinch of the rand’s strenghtening

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The largest domestic supplier of bearings, Bearing Man, reports that the strong rand, which is slowing down business in the local mining, agricultural and manufacturing sectors, is having a negative impact on the growth of the local bearing market. 

Importer celebrates its 10th birthday with a major expansion drive

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 One of the country’s largest importers and distributors of bearings from mainland China, Zhou’s Enterprise, is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year with a major expansion drive. 

Global acquisition broadens local choice

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 In February this year US-based bearing and alloy steel company Timken’s $840-million acquisition of Ingersoll Rand’s Torrington subsidiary elevated Timken to the position of the world’s third-largest bearing company. 

Change in linear bearings manufacture speeds up the automation process

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The use of new materials in the manufacture of linear bearings is assisting companies to speed up their automated processes. 

Local reclamation market has growth potential

By: Helene Le Roux     14th November 2003 The reclamation of bearings can offer significant cost-savings to users. 

New circlip pliers on the market

14th November 2003 Local distributor of hand-tools, Third Avenue Trading, of Johannesburg, has introduced a new generation of precision clip pliers manufactured by Knipex of Germany. 

German bearings company celebrates 50 years in SA

31st October 2003 Having long since established itself as one of the leaders in its field, bearings manufacturer FAG is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary in South Africa. 

Bearings giant to close two US plants

28th August 2003 SKF, the world's biggest roller bearings maker, said on Tuesday it would close two factories in the US as part of a rationalisation programme. 

Company working flat-out to eliminate tiny error rate

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Bearings International (BI), flagship of the R1,5-billion-year year Hudaco group, serves its vast market to a praiseworthy accuracy of 99,7%, as measured by strict International Standards Organisation yardsticks. 

Hudaco’s earnings rise despite strong rand

By: Martin Czernowalow     15th July 2003 South African industrial group Hudaco reported an increase of 22% in operating profit, to R55,7-million, for the interim period to May. 

Range of branded spares and accessories available

14th March 2003 The automotive division of bearing distributor Bearing Man markets an extensive range of branded spares and accessories for the automotive industry that are compatible with the requirements of most motor vehicles on South African roads. 

Bearings and conveyor belts on offer

7th March 2003 Specialists in bearings, seals, power transmission components, geared motors and belting, Bearing Man, has a range of corrosion resistant bearings designed for use in industries like food and beverage applications, where frequent washdowns are necessary, says Bearing Man bearings division... 

Bearing's giant reports earnings rise

29th January 2003 SKF, the world's biggest roller bearing maker, posted a 19 percent rise in fourth quarter pre-tax profit to 979-million crowns ($114,6-million) on Tuesday, slightly less than expected. 

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