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Corporate Profiles

It’s a women’s world

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2004 In support of empowerment, Barloworld Equipment Handling has employed two female trainee forklift technicians. 

Billion-rand target

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The R600-million-a-year metals trading company Metallurg South Africa is on track to become a billion-rand-a-year company, its MD Danny O’ Connor forecasts in an exclusive interview to mark the company’s highly-successful management buyout (MBO). 

Robotics diversification

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 Metallurg is making a promising entry into specialised robotic automation in joint venture with FL Schmidt of Denmark, Metallurg commercial director Frederick Botha tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview to mark the successful management buyout (MBO) of Metallurg from its former US parent. 

Service obsession beats

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 “We’re going to run out of stock in an hour or two”, was the gist of an urgent telephone call Colin Botha received at five in the morning on a public holiday last month. 

Ingenious niche market pursuits

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 An ingenious pursuit of niche markets is fuelling growth for the speciality division of Metallurg South Africa, which supplies the welding, steel, optical and animal-feed industries. 

Refractory breakthrough

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 The refractory division of Metallurg South Africa is being buoyed by a breakthrough into the non ferrous industry. 

Evergreen company ballast

By: Martin Creamer     30th July 2004 One of Metallurg’s greatest assets is its evergreen chairperson Langham Carter, 66, in whom much business acumen resides. 

Expansion of Mozal is subject to market conditions

By: renay de     23rd July 2004 The possibility of the expansion project at Mozal is subject to market conditions, and it is too soon to say when the project would be approved, reports BHP Billiton investor and media relations VP Michael Campbell. 

SA is the top investor in Mozambique

By: renay de     23rd July 2004 The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) released a case study in June this year looking at South African investment in Mozambique since 1994. 

$400 000 project to be completed by year-end

By: renay de     23rd July 2004 A water-treatment station is currently being built by Siemens in the Manica province, of Mozambique, for the organisation that finances water supply into the country, Fipag. The project is worth about $400 000, and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Siemens Mozambique MD Rui Bragan 

A techno leap

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 At 50, Bell Equipment is still taking quantum leaps. 

From self-loading cane trailer to satellite monitoring – it’s all about lowest cost per ton

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 A self-loading sugar-cane trailer was Bell Equipment’s very first product 50 years ago. ?This would reverse up to piles of sugar cane and winch the cane on to the trailer in a ‘self-loading’ action. 

Winning stable’s dark horse Local front-end loaders up with the front runners in 2003 Southern African leadership stakes

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Local front end loaders up with the front runners in 2003 Southern African leadership stakes 

Why South Africans have a passion for the articulated dump-truck

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Articulated dump trucks (ADT) have a disproportionately high market share in South Africa, which last year was the second-highest ADT market outside of the US. 

Bin manufacture goes to Germany

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Articulated dump truck (ADT) bins currently manufactured in South Africa will soon be manufactured in Germany, where Bell Equipment’s Eisenach factory is in the process of ramping up production to 18 finally-assembled ADTs a week. 

Founding products are still going strong

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 Bell Equipment’s range of sugar and forestry products and the tri-wheeler models were the products on which the company was founded 50 years ago this year. 

Billion rand in the making

By: Martin Creamer     18th June 2004 “We make it, we deliver it, we service it and we’re there for more orders”, is how Argent Industrial Limited’s CEO Treve Hendry describes the R600-million-a-year Argent Industrial Limited, the share price of which has increased nearly fivefold under his five-year tenure. 

Angolan agriculture offers healthy returns

By: Steven Chiaberta     30th April 2004 While South Africa has for more than a decade exported agricultural expertise and agricultural inputs such as seed and fertiliser to Angola, the agricultural sector in the former Portuguese colony has only really taken off since 2002, and it is providing South Africa with a myriad of... 

Investment opportunities increase for SA companies in Angola

By: Steven Chiaberta     30th April 2004 With an abundance of natural resources, and an infrastructure in need of almost complete rebuilding, Angola has enormous potential for investment and trade-driven development – a fact that presents South African companies with numerous opportunities. 

Winning the war against conflict diamonds

By: Steven Chiaberta     30th April 2004 While Angola’s conflict diamonds were widely seen to have funded the Unita-led civil war against the government of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, strong measures are gradually beginning to turn the tide in the war against blood-diamond trading. 

Reasonable diamond concessions are available

By: Steven Chiaberta     30th April 2004 There are various potentially lucrative business opportunities accessible to South African companies and individuals willing to mine diamonds, or to offer products and services, to the diamond mining industry in Angola, the world’s fourth-largest diamond producer. 

South African success in Angola

30th April 2004 South African firm Barloworld Equipment extended its geographic footprint from South Africa into Angola 10 years ago and today has a sound reputation as an earthmoving-equipment supplier with good logistic and after sales support capability. 

Management software understood by English and Portuguese speakers

30th April 2004 South African-based Nu-com Systems, which recently set up a successful base in Angola specialising in design, installation and support of advanced business management systems and technologies, has identified key obstacles to establishing a lucrative business in the predominantly... 

Investment destinations

16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal’s provincial agency charged with trade and investment promotion is in the process of repackaging small towns as investment destinations and elevating local economic development (LED) programmes into viable investment proposals, Engineering News can today report. 

New industrial strategy on cards

16th April 2004 A new far-reaching industrial strategy for the Kwazulu-Natal (KZN) province is due to be completed this month, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

How rural growth is being bolstered

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 A three-pronged five-year European Union (EU)-funded developmental project is under way in Kwazulu-Natal (KZN), Engineering News can today report. 

uShaka’s doors about to open

16th April 2004 When the spectacular R735-million uShaka Marine World opens in Kwazulu-Natal in 14 days, take note of the 300 ‘guest-relations officers’. 

Compelling proposal

By: Martin Creamer     16th April 2004 Many holding thumbs that tradeport PPP is allowed to fly 

30th birthday for KZN high-flier

16th April 2004 The ubiquitous Bearing Man, one of Kwazulu-Natal’s best –known listed companies, celebrates 30 years of business this year in impressive new premises close to the prestigious Gateway complex. 

Beams for Madagascar gym

16th April 2004 All the fabrication for the completion of a half-finished gymnasium in Tulear, on Madagascar’s west coast, was carried out in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Local engineering practices play key uShaka roles

16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal consulting engineers Campbell Bernstein & Irving (CBI) and Siyabonga Engineering, in joint venture, played a key hydraulics role in the construction of the prestigious Marine World which opens this month. 

Cable firm targeting KZN

16th April 2004 Increasing demand has prompted Lapp Cable South Africa to expand its Kwazulu-Natal presence to provide wider coverage and more intense services to its clients within the province. 

KZN asphalt for uShaka project

16th April 2004 Phambili Surfacing, working in alliance with South Africa’s leading asphalt producer Much Asphalt supplied 1 000 t of continuously medium-graded asphalt for the surfacing of the roads for uShaka Marine World, which opens this month. 

Geotech engineers in slew of projects

16th April 2004 Drennan Maud and Partners of Kwazulu Natal has contributed to several top projects in the province including uShaka Marine World, Riverhorse Valley Business Estate, Sibaya Casino, Liberty Midlands Mall and Arrup road projects. 

Company’s Aids-awareness drive

16th April 2004 Kwazulu-Natal-based Rohm and Haas South Africa has embarked on an Aids-awareness campaign, helping to deal with the pandemic through active education programmes, Rohm and Haas MD Forbes Merrigan reports. 

R7m gear-cutting upgrade

16th April 2004 Long-established company Mesh Gear has spent R7-million in the past three years on new equipment. 

Engineering icon

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2004 When it comes to South African engineering, the name Dorbyl is close to being iconic. 

Increasing apprentice training

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 South Africa’s metal industry companies have had a long tradition of training apprentices. 

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