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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... 

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... 

Company designs, manage transloading station
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... 

Range presents various  benefits, longer life span
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... 

New partnership aims  to provide AI operators  to iron foundries
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... 

Acquisition ensures unique customer solutions delivery
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

Battery packs changing the market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs are “revolutionising” the market for electric industrial equipment, such as forklift trucks and cherry pickers in construction, says industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer. Although the LiFePO4 batteries may... 

Battery packs changing the market
ENERGIZED The energy density of LiFePO4 batteries is about 140 Wh/kg, or three times that of lead-acid batteries

Electric trucks delivered to contractor

5th March 2021 Leading French contractor Eiffage has taken delivery of an all-electric Volvo FE Electric truck and a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator – becoming the first recipient of the products in France. December 17 saw the delivery of the Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machine and the first... 

Electric trucks delivered to contractor
FIRST STEP This first delivery in France represents – for both Volvo CE and Volvo Trucks – an important and real step on the way to zero emissions

Company launches HX Series excavators for various applications

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa has launched its HX Series excavators, which will be available in April nationwide. HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most medium-to large sized construction, civil engineering and demolition projects carried out by municipalities. 

Company launches HX Series excavators for various applications
THE RIGHT FIT HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most small- to medium-size construction, repair and demolition projects carried out by municipalities

Sasol upscales renewables roll-out ambition to 900 MW, starts plotting big green-hydrogen role 

By: Terence Creamer     22nd February 2021 JSE-listed Sasol announced on Monday that it would pursue a 900 MW renewable-energy roll-out at its Secunda and Sasolburg complexes by 2030, raising its initial deployment target of 600 MW by 50%. President and CEO Fleetwood Grobler said that the upscaled plan would be pursued in partnership with... 

Sasol upscales renewables roll-out ambition to 900 MW, starts plotting big green-hydrogen role
The Secunda complex, in Mpumalanga

DMRE says emergency-power deviation notice will not trigger legal challenge 

18th February 2021 On February 12, Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel published a Gazette notice granting the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) permission to deviate from the relevant Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment code of good practice for the Risk Mitigation Independent... 

DMRE says emergency-power deviation notice will not trigger legal challenge

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity

5th February 2021 As companies try to streamline business activities owing to Covid-19, it has become more important to take extra care to maintain pristine hygiene standards throughout the supply chain, highlights materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts MD Brenton Kemp. This includes... 

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity
CREATIVE SOLUTIONS Through flexible Moffett truck-mounted forklifts, the Shamrock Handling Concepts team offers customers creative solutions to logistics challenges, by ensuring deliveries arrive safely on time, in perfect condition and at the most economic price

Plant energy produced from tomato waste

29th January 2021 Italian boiler producer and installation company Uniconfort designed, manufactured and installed two boilers at a food processing company in the Ivory Coast in Africa. Through its advanced technology, the food processing company is able to save about €1-millon each year as the two boilers are... 

Plant energy produced from tomato waste
MONEY SAVING The plant produces all the steam that is necessary for pasteurising the tomatoes at no cost

Project launched to define role of finance in South Africa and India’s ‘just transitions’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 A new multi-partner initiative has been launched with the aim of defining the role that finance can and should play in supporting both South Africa and India’s aspirations to implement “just transitions” to more climate-resilient economies. The ‘Just Transition Finance Roadmaps in South Africa... 

 Project launched to define role of finance in South Africa and India’s ‘just transitions’

South Africa’s renewables plan presents ‘remarkable’ industrialisation opportunity 

By: Terence Creamer     11th December 2020 The roll-out of renewable energy at the scale envisaged in South Africa’s official electricity plan to 2030 presents a “remarkable” industrialisation opportunity, the leader of the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) project team, Francis Jackson, argues. Jackson, who is also a... 

South Africa’s renewables plan presents ‘remarkable’ industrialisation opportunity
Completed tower sections manufactured by DCD Wind Towers, which subsequently closed down as a result of a protracted Eskom-induced procurement hiatus

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector

By: Irma Venter     11th December 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business, we are very clear that we don’t want to be a... 

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job-rich, zero-carbon industries

By: Terence Creamer     10th December 2020 The 2020s represent a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” for countries, companies and investors to scale zero-carbon industries that will stimulate growth, support more resilient economies and create millions of jobs, a newly released global report argues. Titled ‘The Paris Effect: How the... 

2020s a ‘once-in-generation opportunity’ to scale job-rich, zero-carbon industries

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward 

By: Irma Venter     30th November 2020 Barloworld will, in the medium to long term, focus on two verticals, namely industrial goods and related services, as well as food and food ingredients, says CEO Dominic Sewela. “As we manage the pivoting out of the automotive and logistics business . . . we are very clear that we don’t want to... 

Barloworld to focus on industrial goods, food sector going forward
Dominic Sewela

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development 

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2020 To increase local manufacturing and the attractiveness and attention thereof, the Mandela Mining Precinct (MMP) and the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) have launched the Technology Availability and Readiness Atlas (Tara). The launch on November 12 coincided with the... 

Online hub launched to boost home-grown mining equipment development

Container handlers add value to port operations

9th October 2020 Forklift and container handler manufacturer BLT WORLD’s extensive range of container handling equipment encompasses industrial lift trucks supplier Taylor Machine Works loaded and empty container handlers, as well as reach stackers. These are designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance... 

Container handlers add value to port operations
ROBUST CONTAINER HANDLING The Taylor XRS-9972 reachstacker, with a high-strength telescopic boom, is designed for versatile operation, enhanced performance and improved safety in busy container handling environments

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity

9th October 2020 Included in equipment supplier Becker Mining South Africa’s range of equipment manufacturer Kito lifting equipment, is the durable Kito high-speed CB manual chain hoist series, which is suitable for use in shipbuilding and restorations. These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds... 

Lifting equipment provides reliability, increased productivity
VERSATILE HOISTING These hoists, which offer swift lifting and lowering speeds for increased productivity, are designed to safely handle rated loads between 2.5 t and 50 t

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility

By: Cameron Mackay     9th October 2020 Special fire-risk protection equipment supplier DoseTech has supplied a comprehensive fire-protection system to a new bulk fuel offloading wharf that is being built at the Port of Ngqura harbour, north-east of Port Elizabeth. The system includes a foam dosing system and remote-controlled... 

Company supplies fire-protection systems to harbour facility
SAFE HARBOUR Flammable fuel is unloaded for bulk storage and handling at a bulk fuel offloading wharf, as DoseTech supplied a complete fire-protection system

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues 

By: Terence Creamer     7th October 2020 Bombardier Transportation, one of four companies to secure a contract to supply 1 064 electric and diesel  locomotives to Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) in 2015, reports that it is continuing to execute on the contract, despite the fact that a dispute resolution process is ongoing. In 2019, Transnet... 

Bombardier says Transnet contract ‘uninterrupted’ as 10-64 dispute resolution continues
The TRAXX AFRICA locomotives delivered to date have been deployed to support the export of manganese ore

Spanish solar tracking group establishes formal presence in South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 Spanish solar tracker and structures specialist STI Norland has, since the start of October, established an active presence in South Africa, which it views as an attractive market for utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. An office and warehouse facility is being established in Port... 

Spanish solar tracking group establishes formal presence in South Africa
The 94.3 MWp Sishen PV Plant in the Northern Cape

Innovative recycling initiative receives funding

2nd October 2020 Recycling company Packa-Ching has seen community residents across South Africa making an income by selling their recyclable packaging, shifting a change in behaviour towards packaging waste and cleaning up the environment. The success of the Packa-Ching recycling business model has resulted in a... 

Innovative recycling initiative receives funding
KEEP IT CLEAN Sasol has committed to fund 25 additional Packa-Ching mobile units across South Africa

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running slightly below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th September 2020 Work on  the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM) is officially under way, with the first industry working group meeting having taken place on August 26. SAREM is one of 14 industry specific masterplans being developed under the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC’s)... 

Renewable-energy masterplan process advancing

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

By: Donna Slater     10th September 2020 South African Capital Equipment Exporters Council (Saceec) director and CEO Eric Bruggeman has pointed out that South African capital equipment exporters had exported R178-billion worth of capital equipment during 2019. Saceec members accounted for about R50-billion, or just under 30%, of that... 

Significant potential exists for local capital equipment exporters

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere
Leon Goosen

Bell Equipment notes signing of MoU between IA Bell, John Deere

By: Donna Slater     7th September 2020 South African equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has been advised that shareholders, including IA Bell (38.7%) and John Deere (31.4%) have signed a nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding a possible purchase of John Deere’s shareholding in Bell Equipment, by IA Bell. The... 

Partnership backs African market

4th September 2020 Partnerships such as Austin ETT are structured to offer customers products and services across a broader spectrum. The joint venture between Australia-based engineering company Austin Engineering and South African specialised mobile equipment manufacturer Engineering Top Tech (ETT) brings... 

Partnership backs African market
STRONGER TOGETHER The Austin ETT joint venture provides a single platform from which the Austin Engineering and Engineering Top Tech can jointly market, sell and support their products throughout Africa

Rolling ahead with railway wheel repairs

By: Tracy Hancock     4th September 2020 Rail components manufacturer Bakara Engineering has completed repairs to railway wheels for a private rail operator and is working on a similar project for Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), Bakara technical manager Reg Taylor tells Engineering News. Appointed by the private rail... 

Rolling ahead with railway wheel repairs
WHEELSHOP REDRESS Bakara was appointed by PRASA in November last year to repair railway wheels, but a technical assessment of its wheelshop was required before the company could start production

Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2020 About 40% of capital equipment exported from South Africa has been affected by the lock downs and restrictions on movement because of Covid-19, while capital equipment manufacturers have reported 30% to 40% lower turnover during June and July, says industry body and public-private partnership... 

Pace of reform to determine shape of SA’s capital-equipment export recovery
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