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Capital Equipment News

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

Business as usual despite genset demand spike

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

A photo of an Atlas Copco QES genset being lowered by crane and guided by a worker in PPE
BACK-UP POWER These larger generators are supplied to larger enterprises because of the ongoing instability in the power grid

Saceec names best performing equipment exports for 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2021 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) on November 25 hosted the 2021 Exporter of the Year Awards, announcing pumps manufacturer RNE Pumps as the exporter member of the year. Other finalists in this category were joining solutions manufacturer Swagefast, minerals processing... 

Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman
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Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman

New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA 

17th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a CNH Industrial brand, launched its CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa last month. This is the latest in the company’s range of excavators with the latest addition geared towards harsh working conditions while prioritising comfort and efficiency. Nadine... 

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New heavy-duty excavator launched in SA

Bell family to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist group

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 In a joint announcement published late last month, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Chain and sprockets offer cost savings on power transmission

12th November 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s total plant management solutions encompass a technical advisory service for maintenance programmes that includes correct chain and sprocket selection, a critical factor in any power transmission system. “We believe that by investing in quality branded power... 

Image of a BMG worker conducting maintenance, specification
TECHNICAL SUPPORT BMG offers a site visit service prior to component specification to ensure an accurate total cost of ownership estimate

Mantashe announces well priced round five renewables projects ending long hiatus  

By: Terence Creamer     28th October 2021 Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe finally ended a destructive near seven-year disruption to the procurement of renewable energy in South Africa, when he announced the names of 25 wind and solar preferred bidders on Thursday night. The bidders are expected to build  2 583 MW of... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Bell founders look to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist the group

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 In a joint announcement published on Friday, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, have announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

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DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions 

29th September 2021 Particularly well-suited to adverse weather and remote ground conditions, the Sherp heavy-duty vehicle provides an efficient mode of transport when access to remote areas is required, either for exploration, humanitarian, or search and rescue needs. 

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DCD, Sherp to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote, search and rescue conditions

Jib crane to be used for underground ore recovery

By: Schalk Burger     24th September 2021 Crane and hoist manufacturer Condra Cranes designed, manufactured and delivered a large jib crane that will be trialled for the bulk recovery of ore spilled underground. The 5 t crane has a 9 m lifting height and a slewing radius of 5 m, with an orange-peel hydraulic grab and electromagnet – a... 

CRAB ASSEMBLY
The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet
CRAB ASSEMBLY The assembled crab at the top of the jib crane, with the 5-ton hoist itself, hydraulic power pack, two hydraulic hose reels for the five-tine orange-peel grab, and the cable-reeling drum serving the electromagnet

Initiative helps companies diversify, mitigate supply shortages

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in shortages of chips and electronic components in the local aerospace industry, which has also impacted on production and projects locally. Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) technical lead Livison Mashoko states that AISI is working closely with... 

Image of a Jonker sailplane
INDUSTRY IMPACT Several AISI projects as well as AISI beneficiaries have experienced disruption in the last 18 months owing to Covid-19 interruptions to their supply chains

A&D sectors decline needs to be halted

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The decline of industrial sectors, such as aerospace and defence (A&D), needs to be addressed urgently, states Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) chairperson Themba September. “The A&D sectors’ technology development benefits the manufacturing sector through... 

Image of a welder working in an aerospace manufacturing facility
COMPETING IN GLOBAL MARKETS Camasa is actively pursuing the effective integration of local major manufacturers into global supply chains, particularly in niche areas

AfCFTA support vital for growth

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), implemented at the beginning of this year, can potentially boost African aerospace manufacturing by improving export sophistication across Africa, states Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa chairperson Themba September.... 

Image of CAMASA chairman Themba September
THEMBA SEPTEMBER For aerospace manufacturing, the prospect of improvements in export sophistication across Africa can lead to an enhanced prominence of aerospace manufactured products

Safety checks key to fork lift operations

10th September 2021 Forklift distributor Criterion Equipment considers the safe operation of forklift trucks one of the most critical aspects in materials handling in manufacturing, warehousing and distribution centres, construction sites and transport facilities. According to specialists, it is a requirement of the... 

a man inspecting a forklift
A CLOSE EYE The consequences of failing to carry out regular load testing and safety checks are dire for company owners

Acquisition improves manufacturing capability, export ability

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd September 2021 Industrial equipment supplier Fabchem Mining entered into a written agreement to acquire original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) VULA Drilling last month. Fabchem will complete the acquisition once all conditions are fulfilled. Fabchem Mining manufactures, distributes and supplies underground... 

Local companies continue to export despite poor local market

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd September 2021 Despite the fiscally constrained state of the local economy, local equipment suppliers are successfully exporting their products, says South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) CEO Eric Bruggeman. “In 2017, we exported about R198-billion worth of equipment, and this has remained... 

Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills 

25th August 2021 A partnership between Nkwe Platinum, Zijin Mining Group and Sany Southern Africa has resulted in six women from rural Limpopo being provided basic excavator operating skills. The initiative is part of all three companies’ corporate social investment drive and their efforts to empower women during... 

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Partnership formed to teach rural women excavator skills

DMRE confirms 102 solar and wind bids as renewables procurement resumes  

By: Terence Creamer     20th August 2021 The Independent Power Producer Office (IPPO) has released the project names and technologies bid in response to Bid Window 5 (BW5) of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), the bid deadline for which was August 16. The list released shows that 63 solar... 

A photo of a utility scale solar farm

New agriculture machinery on offer from OEM

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Agriculture machinery manufacturer AGCO Corporation has introduced a number of high technology products into the market with its German-engineered Fendt brand. “With a demand for high technology solutions and confidence in the coming season, farmers are already showing interest in our Fendt... 

A photo of AGCO Africa sales head Felix Seitz
FELIX SEITZ Planning and supply lines give AGCO a competitive advantage in the market

Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel consumption is too low to fulfil the mill’s total production capacity, says Columbus Stainless market... 

3CR12 grade steel train wagon transporting coal
STRONG AND STURDY Ferritic stainless steel contains at least 10.5% chromium

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

EPC regulations roll out promoted

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd July 2021 The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is actively promoting the roll-out of the new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Regulations. This is being done through SANAS’ new accreditation programme for accreditation of inspection bodies that will issue EPCs for buildings in... 

Modernisation under way

2nd July 2021 Electric and power supply company GE Power Conversion was selected by diversified industrial group Thyssenkrupp Steel to modernise the drive and automation system of the Downcoiler 3 and side guides in the Bochum hot rolling mill – with a project volume of over €1.5-million. The plant is one of... 

Testing can ensure safe communication on mines

By: Cameron Mackay     2nd July 2021 The potential dangers of working underground make reliable communication vital for improving safety and enhancing operational efficiency, says communications device provider Ya Batho sales and operations manager Craig Franck who stresses the importance of using wireless communication equipment... 

SAFER, DEEPER MINING
From its inception, Ya Batho decided to make products appropriate in explosive environments and close to electronic equipment, without interference, to adhere to mining regulations
SAFER, DEEPER MINING From its inception, Ya Batho decided to make products appropriate in explosive environments and close to electronic equipment, without interference, to adhere to mining regulations

Association highlights third-party access benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 Local industry body the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says structural changes, as a result of allowing third-party access to State-owned freight utility Transnet’s rail network, will provide a significant boost for the local economy. “Third-party access will enable... 

NO TRAIN, NO GAIN
Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated
NO TRAIN, NO GAIN Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated

Presidency backs hydrogen strategy, as new report confirms viability of ramp-up to 3.8mt/y by 2050 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Green hydrogen has been identified by The Presidency as the first of five ‘Big Frontier’ strategic investment opportunities and will be directly involved in the finalisation of a much-anticipated ‘Hydrogen Strategy and Investor Roadmap’ Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso... 

The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa
The Presidency's Infrastructure & Investment Office head, Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Industry insight opportunity for students

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Owing to the fast-paced changes in the boilers and burners sector, technical vocational education and training (TVET) colleges have initiated an Occupational Qualification Dual System programme that entails sending students into the industry to ensure that they are prepared when they obtain an... 

BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION 
The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company
BOILERMAKING QUALIFICATION The programme . . . aims to provide students with an opportunity to gain theoretical knowledge from the college while attaining real-time experience at a company

Steam generator reduces heat loss by 20%

By: Anna Moross     4th June 2021 Steam boiler supplier Steam Generation Africa, exclusive distributor of the CERTUSS steam generators, is testing the generators at a brewery in Ghana. 

CERTUSS STEAM GENERATOR
The key objective of this project is to overcome the disadvantages of a firetube by installing a CERTUSS steam generator, which reduces heat loss by 20%
CERTUSS STEAM GENERATOR The key objective of this project is to overcome the disadvantages of a firetube by installing a CERTUSS steam generator, which reduces heat loss by 20%

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Davies calls for a New Deal-style recovery strategy that eschews austerity  

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

Dr Rob Davies
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Dr Rob Davies

Company to continue local investment

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities. “In the long term, we would like to invest in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to modernise the way we produce. In South Africa, we would rather invest in a... 

INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY 
Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities
INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities

Company launches new division

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET will launch a new manufacturing division, referred to as MAX LINERS, next month. The division will focus on providing a range of products to prevent wear in the materials handling industry. 

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING 
MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process
SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING MAXJET’s manufacturing processes, which use waterjet cutting to design, supply and process flat part components, is an environmentally green process

Facilities equipped for custom orders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to deliver custom-designed vibrating equipment within timeframes similar to those of other OEMs that deliver standard equipment. “Our processes are based on a job-based system, so the entire production... 

RIAAN STEINMANN, KIM SCHOEPFLIN
Operations GM at Kwatani, and CEO, respectively
RIAAN STEINMANN, KIM SCHOEPFLIN Operations GM at Kwatani, and CEO, respectively

Company improves manufacturing line

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Local civil and engineering steel products manufacturer and supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has upgraded certain parts of its high-speed, cut-to-length line, installed last year. Certain modifications have been made to the decoiler to assist in handling coils where the inside diameters of the coil are... 

SERVING A NICHE MARKET
The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils
SERVING A NICHE MARKET The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils

Following long period of disruption, potential renewables bidders show strong interest in South Africa again 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2021 South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, which finally resumed again on April 12 following a seven-year disruption, continues to attract strong interest with some 800 people, including representatives from over 300 registered bidders, participating in a virtual bidders conference on... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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