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Capital Equipment News

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... 

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... 

Nkwe Platinum Image
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     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

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects  

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2021 The stipulation that solar projects bid as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) include photovoltaic (PV) modules that meet the local-content thresholds and conditionalities outlined in government’s designation for PV components is causing some... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects

Company designs, manage transloading station

26th March 2021 Project engineering, construction and operations management group Bosch Holdings was appointed as the consulting engineer for the design and project management of a new cane transloading station in Mkuze, after the completion of a feasibility study. The new facility will assist small-scale... 

IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY 
The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region
IMPROVING TRANSPORT EFFICIENCY The new cane transloading station facility will assist small-scale sugarcane farmers in the Makhathini region

Vesconite Bearings expanding into forklift part replacements

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2021 Polymer supplier Vesconite Bearings, which produces a proprietary brand of Vesconite bushings, wear plates and custom parts, has expanded its product portfolio to include replacement parts for forklifts. Said to be one of the company’s most successful new applications, Vesconite engineering and... 

Vesconite Bearings expanding into forklift part replacements

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension 

9th March 2021 Polymer supplier VescoPlastics, which produces a proprietary brand of Vesconite of bushings and wear plates that operate in various conditions, is now expanding into providing replacement parts for forklifts and forklift companies. Journalist Simone Liedtke gives us more insight. 

VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension
VescoPlastics expansion focuses on cost-effectiveness, product life extension

Decentralised depot structure introduced

5th March 2021 Covid-19 regulations introduced new restrictions and challenges to the South African economy and companies operating in the current business environment and crane rental agency Sarens Siba continues to offer its clients in the heavy lifting and engineered transport sectors creative and... 

Company projects growth in die-casting sector

5th March 2021 The new aluminium die-casting machinery market research from global technology research and advisory company Technavio indicates neutral growth in the short term as the business impact of Covid-19 spreads. The company expects the aluminium die-casting machinery market size to grow by... 

Range presents various benefits, longer life span

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting applications. The NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of... 

HERE FOR A LONG TIME 
NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size
HERE FOR A LONG TIME NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of the same size

New partnership aims to provide AI operators to iron foundries

5th March 2021 Last month, Swedish computer software company Viking Analytics and automatic pouring systems manufacturer Pour-tech AB announced a partnership to offer artificial intelligence (AI) operators to iron foundries. Viking Analytics notes that its solution, named EASYpour, uses data analytics and... 

BETTER AND BETTER 
The production environment in a foundry is increasingly changing, demanding several adjustments to maintain the quality of the product
BETTER AND BETTER The production environment in a foundry is increasingly changing, demanding several adjustments to maintain the quality of the product

Acquisition ensures unique customer solutions delivery

5th March 2021 Following aluminium die-castings supplier Walker Die Casting’s acquisition by automatic transmissions manufacturer Allison Transmission, over sixty years of know-how and substantial infrastructure improvements have already resulted in considerable benefits for customers.  “Since being acquired by... 

ALL ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS
Allison has made a substantial investment in Walker Die Casting, which has been used for infrastructure improvements, added capabilities and expanded available solutions for customers
ALL ABOUT IMPROVEMENTS Allison has made a substantial investment in Walker Die Casting, which has been used for infrastructure improvements, added capabilities and expanded available solutions for customers
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