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Capital Equipment News

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

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     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. 

Acquisition benefits cutting equipment supplier company

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     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. 

HIGH-QUALITY ELECTRODES 
First Cut ensures that South African fabricators can buy high-quality Messer electrodes at a very reasonable price
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... 

SBIDZ acting CEO Kaashifah Beukes
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. 

SHIPLOADING
A mobile shiploader, combined with the benefits of a receiving unit, offers a more viable alternative to fixed conveyor installations
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. 

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

RELIABLE FLOW
The E-Air range provides a reliable flow of compressed air without any diesel emissions
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,... 

IAN FRASER
South Africa needs to grasp the new wave of global automation more firmly
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. 

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
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... 

INDUSTRY GROWTH
The DTI looks forward to exchanging lessons and experiences to unpack challenges and identify solutions for growth across the manufacturing sector
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... 

Construction of 1 MW wave-energy pilot project under way 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... 

Chinese company opens competence centre

7th June 2019 Multinational silicon products developer and manufacturer the WACKER Group has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions, which are able to improve the performance of cement and... 

CEMENT INNOVATION

The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete
Photo by Bloomberg
CEMENT INNOVATION The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete

Supplier adds new crusher to range

7th June 2019 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has added the updated high-performance I54Rv3 impact crusher to the company’s range of screening and crushing equipment manufacturer McCloskey International crushing and screen plants. The I54Rv3 impact crusher, an advanced version... 

COMMENDABLE CRUSHING

The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition
COMMENDABLE CRUSHING The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives

7th June 2019 Concrete protection liners specialist manufacturer AKS Lining Systems has taken the "cast-in" liner concept and developed its design through the development of Anchor Knob Sheet technology (AKS), which surpasses concrete protection alternatives on both cost-saving and performance. Concrete has... 

DEMANDING CONDITIONS

AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage
DEMANDING CONDITIONS AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

By: Terence Creamer     5th June 2019 Industrial group Barloworld reports that the public-offer component of its Khula Sizwe Property Holdings empowerment transaction was oversubscribed, with over 50 000 applications received and the R164-million funding target met. The offer, which was open to black investors only, closed on May 31.... 

‘Black public’ offer for shares in Barloworld property spin-off oversubscribed

CEO looks back on Thyssenkrupp’s 60 years of success in South Africa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd June 2019 Engineering and steel production company Thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa this year celebrates 60 successful years of engineering excellence in Africa. The company on Monday said this milestone was testament to the diversified industrial group’s enduring commitment to delivering... 

Powder coating for corrosion launched

31st May 2019 Global industrial coating supplier PPG has introduced its PPG Envirocron Extreme Protection Edge powder coatings for corrosion protection. PPG is represented in South Africa by paint manufacturer Prominent Paints, based in Alrode, Gauteng. 

LAY IT ON THIN
The sprayable powder is a one coat application
LAY IT ON THIN The sprayable powder is a one coat application

Provider develops specialised stainless steel roll

By: Cameron Mackay     31st May 2019 Stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group has developed a specialised roll for its stainless steel plants. “Reliable and precise flatness measurement is of paramount importance. These rolls carry the brand name X-Shape and are part of the X-Pact product family, which... 

DIGITAL COMMITMENTS

The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants
DIGITAL COMMITMENTS The Manufacturing Execution System and Genius Condition Monitoring System illustrate the company’s commitment to digitalisation and smart plants

Vert supplies Leroy-Somer motors in Southern Africa

24th May 2019 Electric power generation solutions provider Vert Energy is the sole supplier of electric motors manufacturer Leroy-Somer in Southern Africa. Vert Energy supplies the entire Leroy-Somer (LS) range, including standard and adapted ac and dc motors, geared and brake motors, variable speed drives... 

SAFETY IN EXTREME CONDITIONS

The range is ideal for pump, ventilation, agitator and mixed applications in refineries, pipelines, petrochemicals and food industries
SAFETY IN EXTREME CONDITIONS The range is ideal for pump, ventilation, agitator and mixed applications in refineries, pipelines, petrochemicals and food industries

New motor released to electric drives and controls industry

24th May 2019 Automation technology solutions provider Tectra Automation’s new MS2N Synchronous Servo Motor is the company’s latest innovative product offering to the electric drives and controls industry. The MS2N servo motor range combines high dynamics with compact dimensions and energy efficiency, with... 

VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION

The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options
VERSATILITY IN APPLICATION The MS2N includes over 50 motor types in six motor sizes, five motor lengths and more than 20 fully configurable options

Saceec celebrates inaugural Exporter of the Year awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The South African Capital Equipment Export Council (Saceec) on Wednesday evening hosted its first-ever Exporter of the Year Awards, coinciding with the inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which was held from May 21 to 23. Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman told Engineering News... 

Saceec CEO Eric Bruggerman
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Saceec CEO Eric Bruggerman

Saceec warns capital equipment industry to comply with legislation in foreign countries

By: Nadine James     21st May 2019 South African machinery and capital equipment companies must understand the legislation of countries they are operating in, or exporting to, South African Capital Equipment Export Council chairperson and CEO Eric Bruggeman told delegates attending the Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo,... 

Local expo to showcase South Africa’s manufacturing capabilities 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2019 Determined to broaden the inclusion of local manufacturers in local and international supply chains, the South African Capital Equipment Export Council has partnered with Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery to launch the Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo, which has, so far, received over 3... 

South African Capital Equipment Export Council CEO Eric Bruggeman
South African Capital Equipment Export Council CEO Eric Bruggeman

Inaugural event to highlight local manufacturing capabilities

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2019 The first Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo (LME), which aims to highlight the capabilities of local manufacturers and, subsequently the ability to export, will be held from May 21 to 23, 2019 at the Expo Centre Nasrec, in Johannesburg. The expo will be hosted by the South African Capital... 

CENTRE OF ATTENTION
The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors
CENTRE OF ATTENTION The inaugural Local Southern African Manufacturing Expo is set to feature more than 130 exhibitors

New products launched at Nampo Harvest Day

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2019 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) will launch its Agri HUB bearings and the blue and white Agri Grease sachets at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day that will be held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. The Agri HUB bearings have been designed... 

NUTS TO MISS IT
Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands
NUTS TO MISS IT Exhibitors use alluring offers and prizes to attract traffic to their stands

Rising demand for versatile mini cranes

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2019 There is growing demand for the versatile and compact Unic Spider Mini Cranes in South Africa’s construction and mining sectors, says local distributor B & B Group CEO Bob Fogg. The cranes range from 1 t to 10 t cranes, and many are small enough to fit through doors and into confined construction... 

TANDEM LIFT
Two 2.9 t cranes and a 6 t crane in a tandem lift move an imported fish tank
TANDEM LIFT Two 2.9 t cranes and a 6 t crane in a tandem lift move an imported fish tank

Fieldbus solution for pneumatic valves first step to smart assembly

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 The incorporation of a fieldbus solution to control pneumatic valves could be an important step towards cloud-connected Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) innovations on the assembly line, says multinational motion and control technologies provider Parker Hannifin South Africa account manager... 

SELINA NAIDOO

Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged
SELINA NAIDOO Asset monitoring and management of an automated system remotely, from anywhere in the world, will create opportunities and solutions that were once only envisaged

Brokk introduces new hydraulic breaker series

3rd May 2019 Multinational remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk has launched its own line of hydraulic breakers. The new Brokk Hydraulic Breaker (BHB) series is matched with the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots. Each robot is essentially designed from the... 

BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES

The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots
BROKK HYDRAULIC BREAKER SERIES The breakers match the company’s full range of remote-controlled demolition robots

Hydraulic fluid reduces energy consumption

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd May 2019 Multinational oil and gas corporation ExxonMobil’s Mobil DTE 10 Excel 46 hydraulic lubricant oil has reduced paper and plastics packaging manufacturing company Mpact Plastics’ energy consumption by 7%. Mpact Plastics – based in Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal – intended to reach the group’s national... 

ESSENTIAL OILS

When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact
ESSENTIAL OILS When the oil reaches the end-of-life phase and must be disposed, high-performance oils can be formulated to have a reduced environmental impact

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th April 2019 The ninth edition of the yearly Windaba conference will expand its focus from the role that wind energy can play in improving electricity security and development in South Africa to the generation technology’s potential in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa. The 2019 gathering takes place in Cape... 

Upcoming Windaba to extend gaze beyond South Africa to rest of continent

Barloworld optimistic ‘black public’ will take up offer to invest in new property group 

By: Terence Creamer     25th April 2019 Industrial group Barloworld is optimistic that qualifying black South Africans will respond positively to its offer to buy a maximum of 30% of the shares available in a new black-owned property company, called Khula Sizwe Property Holdings, being created as part of a larger R3.5-billion... 

Barloworld to sell 68 mostly industrial properties to Khula Sizwe
Barloworld to sell 68 mostly industrial properties to Khula Sizwe

Assembly-line extension ensures efficient automotive production

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 An assembly-line extension at a major automotive producer in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape, which included replacing the existing MOVITRANS contactless energy transfer system with the latest version, has allowed for more efficient assembly of vehicles on the production line, says... 

NEW HEIGHTS 

A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes
NEW HEIGHTS A height table needs to be built into the system, providing flexibility in changing the height of the stations as the requirement changes

Japanese capital equipment group remains confident about South Africa’s prospects

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 The Japanese head office of the global capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu has recently approved the investment of R300-million by its South Africa-based subsidiary, Komatsu Africa Holdings (KAfH), in a re-manufacturing plant at KAfH’s new complex in Sunnyrock, Germiston (Ekurhuleni), just... 

Company positive in flat construction market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being no capital expenditure on projects in the construction sector, construction equipment supplier SANY GM Barry Owen says the company sees good opportunity to grow the SANY brand in a rather stagnant market. 

BARRY OWEN 
Over-capacitated construction sector under extreme pressure owing to oversupply
BARRY OWEN Over-capacitated construction sector under extreme pressure owing to oversupply
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