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ELB to restructure Engineering Services business

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 Engineering services company ELB plans to restructure its Engineering Services business, downsize its head office function and possibly sell its Australian equipment business, ELB Australasia. This is in response to a depressed trading environment, as well as the losses incurred on the Gamsberg... 

Condra reveals new fully automated overhead crane capability

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Condra Cranes has announced a fully automated overhead crane capability, simultaneously revealing that the first such machine was delivered to platinum-group metals producer Lonmin in November last year. The overhead crane provides an alternative to the traditional... 

Volvo Group, Isuzu Motors ink MoU to explore opportunities

By: Simone Liedtke     18th December 2019 Multinational manufacturer Volvo Group and vehicle manufacturer Isuzu Motors on Wednesday signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the intent of forming a strategic alliance within commercial vehicles to capture opportunities within the industry’s ongoing transformation. Next... 

New initiatives to support customers begin

29th November 2019 Vertically integrated filtration company Donaldson Filtration Solutions is embarking on new initiatives to further streamline the company’s offerings to the market and effectively support customer expectations.  “We took a strategic decision to source our modular equipment directly from our... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control

29th November 2019 Filtration components supplier Bearing Man Group’s (BMG’s) fluid technology division is committed to improving operational efficiencies for customers in all industries by providing essential filtration, separation and purification technologies. “With broad technical capabilities and an extensive... 

Company offers filtration solutions for efficient contamination control
HANDLING THE PRESSURE BMG’s fluid technology range encompasses EcoPart filter elements for stationary and mobile hydraulic systems from the Filtration Group

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 International technical weavers GKD - Gebr. Kufferath AG received additional enquiries about the company’s Vacubelt range of filter belts and its applications beyond the mining industry during the filtration and separation technology trade show Filtech, held in Cologne, Germany, in October this... 

Company’s filter belt applications popular at trade show
VERSATILE FILTERING RANGE While the range has many mining applications, the Vacubelt 3354 is an alternative to products made of polypropylene in cooling lubricant filtration

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution

29th November 2019 Industrial filters manufacturer and supplier Mann+Hummel offers the world's first solution for precise monitoring of the filter status of various applications. Enabling monitoring of the filter status can reduce unplanned downtime as well as lower the total cost of ownership. Algorithms provide... 

Filter status in real time with comprehensive software solution
HEAD IN THE CLOUDS Measured data from monitors is transferred from the respective vehicle to the OEM cloud where it is anonymised and passed on to the Mann+Hummel cloud

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant

By: Cameron Mackay     29th November 2019 In its twenty-first year of servicing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry, local air-filtration and dust-collection products manufacturer Filtaire SA has completed a significant enhancement to its production plant, with the acquisition of an additional 16 sewing machines... 

Local air-filtration manufacturer enhances plant
PRODUCTION EXPANSION Filtaire SA has enhanced its production plant with the acquisition of 16 sewing machines and the addition of seven new production staff

New patent on filter system for metalworking announced

29th November 2019 Motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin Corporation’s industrial gas filtration and generation division launched an important new patent for the metalworking industry. Announced in August, the patent is designed to optimise drainage within the SmogHog SHM Machine Mount... 

Portable analysis kit provides reliable filtration solution

29th November 2019 The Fleetguar FK36000 portable fuel cleanliness analysis kit is a reliable solution for testing fuel cleanliness in the field, according to air filter media supplier Cummins Filtration mining sales manager Tinus Naude. Testing can identify dirty fuel, and more importantly the source of the... 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum 

By: Terence Creamer     18th November 2019 JSE-listed industrial group Barloworld is eyeing several further acquisitions as it closes in on the purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Mongolia, the due diligence on which has been completed. CEO Dominic Sewela tells Engineering News Online that the company, which has sold various noncore... 

Barloworld pursuing R500m-plus acquisition targets as it seeks to rebuild growth momentum
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts   

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it is initiating a legal review of the a R49-billion locomotive procurement contract, known as 10-64, having already declared the contracts irregular and unlawful. Speaking at the release of the group’s interim results, acting CEO... 

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the initiation of a legal review of the 10-64 contracts. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing Nicholas Boyd. 11.11.2019

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills 

31st October 2019 Tools maker Lasher Tools recently took media through its Wadeville factory to display its focus on producing quality tools and to highlight the jobs this sustains. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills
Lasher highlights quality and importance of local manufacturing skills

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer boosts factory optimisation

18th October 2019 Hydraulic cylinder specialist Hytec Engineering is the latest in the group to optimise its manufacturing and repairs operation. 

Chamber involved in sustainable, job-creating initiatives

By: Cameron Mackay     11th October 2019 The Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries is engaging in the planning of two significant initiatives to support Italian small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) to create jobs and make rehabilitated land previously used for mining available to establish commercial farming.... 

Chamber involved in sustainable, job-creating initiatives
PAMINA BOHRER The Smile initiative seeks to create a directory for Italian SMMEs and encourage economic activity and interaction among these business communities

Supplier aims to meet demands through tech

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th October 2019 Owing to lower commodity prices and higher input costs, construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa’s diverse business units have enabled it to adapt to the huge shift by the construction and mining industry to assist customers. This was achieved by reducing operating... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

By: Terence Creamer     4th October 2019 After stalling last year, global renewable energy capacity additions are expected to recover strongly in 2019, supported by a solid rebound in onshore wind deployments and ongoing solar photovoltaic (PV) growth. The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects almost 200 GW of renewables capacity to... 

Outlook for wind energy in SA improving, despite headwinds

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned logistics company Transnet reported on Monday that settlement talks were under way with all four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that had since been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Under... 

Transnet aims to secure settlements on ‘unlawful’ loco contracts by end of financial year
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the group's settlement talks with four original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying it with 1 064 new diesel and electric locomotives under contracts that have been deemed “irregular and unlawful” by the group. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn  

By: Terence Creamer     30th September 2019 State-owned freight logistics utility Transnet received yet another qualified audit for its 2018/19 financial year and also announced a dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion, after locomotive contracts valued at R41.5-billion where added to the figure, which stood at R8-billion at... 

Transnet reports dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49bn
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy outlines the reason for the group receiving yet another qualified audit during the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the dramatic rise in irregular expenditure to R49-billion. Camerawork and editing: Darlene Creamer 30.9.2019

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur

27th September 2019 With a desire to clean up Soweto, educate the community and combat the problem of overfull landfills, waste management company Pendowave founder and MD Gordon Nkuta has built a thriving recycling business and has now earned the support of one of the world’s largest polyethylene terephthalate... 

Equipment boost aids recycling entrepreneur
CLEANING UP A baling machine contributes to the company’s progress and profitability

Company introduces new boom lifts at local exhibition

27th September 2019 Trusted equipment solutions company Goscor Access Solutions launched two brand new articulating boom lifts from manufacturer of mobile elevated work platforms Genie. The company launched the new Genie Z45/25 XC and hybrid Z60/37 FE at the African Construction Exhibition held at Gallagher Estate... 

Institute establishes drive for CO2 as natural refrigerant

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Local heating, refrigeration and air conditioning (HVAC) industry body the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC) has established a drive to introduce the option of using carbon dioxide (CO2) as a natural refrigerant, referred to as R744, through technical talks... 

Versatile drives ideal for HVAC industry

By: Cameron Mackay     20th September 2019 Many features of the variable-speed drive (VSD) solutions provided by drive technology provider SEW-Eurodrive can be applied to projects in the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) industries, says SEW-Eurodrive mechatronic sales engineer Paul Strzalkowski. He states that here VSDs... 

Versatile drives ideal  for HVAC industry
MIXING CONVEYORS The conveyor system consists of a central conveyor that is fed by eight smaller conveyors, each of which contain various frozen-food products to be mixed

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use its photonics facility

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is calling for proposals from anyone who wishes to turn a demonstrated idea into a working prototype using the photonics prototyping facility at the CSIR, in Pretoria. 

CSIR calls for proposals from the public to use  its photonics facility
PHOTONIC TECHNOLOGY The photonic prototyping facility was designed for individuals or organisations who wish to design photonics products

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 Taking over plasma and large format laser equipment supplier Messer Cutting Systems’ South African operations has enabled local capital equipment and consumables supplier First Cut to access new products and expand its offering. 

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company
HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors 

By: Terence Creamer     21st August 2019 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) is working with 58 prospective tenants for the special economic zone (SEZ), which is the first SEZ to be located within a domestic port and the only sector-specific SEZ in South Africa catering specifically to the oil and gas, maritime... 

Saldanha Bay ‘Freeport’ lines up 58 prospective investors
SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes

Distributor sets new lift truck warranty standards

16th August 2019 In a ground-breaking development, materials handling supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has rolled out an industry first, standard five-year warranty on its construction equipment supplier Doosan 7 Series range of lift trucks. The new offering is the longest ever warranty to be offered in... 

Invicta to list on A2X

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th August 2019 JSE-listed Invicta Holdings has been approved for a secondary listing on A2X Markets, and will start trading shares on the exchange from August 13. Invicta Holdings will list ordinary shares, with a market capitalisation of R2.6-billion, and preference shares, with a market capitalisation of... 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment

2nd August 2019 Investment in the latest dry-bulk cargo and container handling equipment significantly improves efficiencies at ports and terminals and minimises the environmental impact of handling operations, says Durban harbour-based material handling specialists BLTWORLD. 

Harbours increase efficiency with handling equipment
SHIPLOADING A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations

New electric compressor range introduced

12th July 2019 Compressor solutions provider and distributor Integrated Air Solutions has introduced the EG Series electric air compressor range. The EG Series is a product of air compressor manufacturer ELGi and Integrated Air Solutions has been the sole regional distributor for ELGi compressors since 2016. 

New electric compressor range introduced
OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE The smart custom designed and engineered ELGi Neuron Controller allows for seamless remote monitoring and control of the compressor’s overall performance

Company enhances its low emission, low noise E-Air solutions

12th July 2019 Sustainable productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco enhances its low emission, low noise E-Air solutions with electric fixed-speed and variable speed drive (VSD) compressors. Throughout 2019, Atlas Copco will be introducing two additional fixed-speed – the E-Air T400 and the E-Air T500 to add... 

Company enhances its  low emission, low  noise E-Air solutions
RELIABLE FLOW The E-Air range provides a reliable flow of compressed air without any diesel emissions

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa

By: Cameron Mackay     12th July 2019 Mining, industrial and processing solutions provider RTS Africa Technologies is the exclusive supplier of laser-based online gas analysers and monitoring recording equipment, from Norwegian company NEO Monitors; as well as, more recently, a range of both multiple channel and portable instruments,... 

New combustion emission monitoring equipment offered to Africa
IAN FRASER South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location 

27th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch, or HUBB, in Kempton Park, in Gauteng. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more.  

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location
Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location

DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task

By: Mamaili Mamaila     14th June 2019 Following Mining Charter III’s call to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to develop a “Standardised Coding and Product Identification System in the Mining Supply Chain” whereby products can be identified using a unique name and code, the department has established a multistakeholder... 

DTI forges ahead with product standardisation task
INDUSTRY GROWTH The DTI looks forward to exchanging lessons and experiences to unpack challenges and identify solutions for growth across the manufacturing sector

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus 

By: Terence Creamer     13th June 2019 A South African wave-energy start-up is building a pioneering 1 MW pilot project, based on its patented homegrown design, which will supply clean electricity to a large-scale Hermanus abalone farm, in the Western Cape. Mean Sea Level (MSL) is developing the first-of-its-kind project with equity... 

Pioneering 1 MW wave-energy pilot project being built in Hermanus
Photo by Mean Sea Level
Construction of 1 MW wave-energy pilot project under way in Hermanus

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

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