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Corporate Profiles

Railway tyres to 42 countries

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 South Africa’s leading forged railway-tyre manufacturer exports more than half of its products to 42 countries. 

Joint venture in mine support

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 The black economically empowered DCD-Dorbyl is a significant supplier of mine support products as a result of its joint venture (JV) with steel tube manufacturing company Robor, the Barloworld subsidiary. 

Defence vehicle is cherry

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 RSD the rolling stock division of DCD-Dorbyl has two distinct product profiles, the first as a supplier of railway rolling stock and the second as a proprietary defence product manufacturer. 

Bid submitted for shiplift project

By: ongezwa manyathi     26th March 2004 The construction of a new eight-to-ten thousand ton shiplift will soon be under way in Cape Town. 

Nuclear blueprint

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2004 A far-reaching plan to create South Africa’s first nuclear manufacturing hub is winning strong support across a broad front both nationally and internationally, Engineering News can today exclusively reveal. 

Global leader in mill manufacture

By: Martin Creamer     26th March 2004 DCD-Dorbyl’s heavy engineering division is today a product-focused enterprise that manufactures in semi-production-line mode. 

Textbook timing

By: Martin Creamer     12th December 2003 South Africa’s new acrylic acid and acrylates (AAA) complex in Sasolburg is making a textbook-style entry. 

Fine performance

By: Martin Creamer     28th November 2003 Every year for the past 22, Engineering News has used its last edition of November to feature those companies whose exceptional performance has caught the eye of the editor. 

Big deal required much midnight oil to be burnt

28th November 2003 A significant and positive aspect of the Prochem transaction was the seamless manner in which Omnia’s management worked together with Omnia’s lawyers, Goldman Judin Maisels Inc, in finalising the complicated legal agreements. 

Joint venture in New Zealand

28th November 2003 Omnia has entered into a joint venture agreement with Ravensdown Fertiliser Cooperative (Ravensdown) for the development, production and distribution of speciality products in New Zealand, demonstrating the company’s commitment to the growing New Zealand agricultural market and enhancing... 

Critical mass

By: Helene Le Roux     28th November 2003 September 1, this year marked the second anniversary of the merger that created Goba Moahloli Keeve Steyn (GMKS), one of the largest black empowerment consulting engineering firms in the country. 

Company part of the Lesotho water project since 1997

By: Helene Le Roux     28th November 2003 Celebrating its centenary year, the South African Institution of Civil Engineering has nominated the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) as one of the contestants to take part in the contest to be crowned as South Africa’s project of the century. 

Joint venture secures Tshwane wastewater contract

By: Helene Le Roux     28th November 2003 Last month, the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality awarded a multimillion-rand extension project at its Sunderland wastewater-treatment works at Swartkops, west of the city, to the Tshwane Wastewater Consultants (TWC) joint venture. 

KZN merger strengthens bridge expertise

By: Helene Le Roux     28th November 2003 In July this year, Goba Moahloli Keeve Steyn’s (GMKS’s) Durban branch merged with Gons Poonan and Associates (GPA) to create one of the largest consulting engineering firms in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Firm targets road, rail and bridge developments

By: Helene Le Roux     28th November 2003 South African consulting engineering firm, Goba Moahloli Keeve Steyn (GMKS), has firmly set its sights on becoming involved with some of the latest major road, rail and bridge construction projects in the country. 

How virtual rail supports collaboration

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 High-level logistical collaboration between a railways company and its customers is now possible with the emergence and integration of Internet-based tools that provide a transparent view of the entire supply chain – and Spoornet, which is developing and deploying these systems, is... 

‘Economic patriots, commercial champions’

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 For Transnet chairperson Bongani Khumalo there should be no dilemma within its rail division, or anywhere else within the group for that matter, about the need to pursue, what he terms, the group’s “bifocal role” of being “economic patriots” on the one hand and... 

State shows its commitment to rail

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 In August, government announced initial details of a proposed R2-billion to R3-billion capital injection plan for State-owned transport and logistics group Transnet, which it said was urgently required if its railways division was to keep pace with South Africa’s export-led growth. 

Training budget to be maintained at R100m/y

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 South Africa’s 35 000-employee-strong railways utility plans to maintain its education and training spend at around 2,5% of payroll, which translates into around R100-million-a-year. 

Creating a solid base for future funding

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 The Spoornet finance team views the creation of a sound platform for the funding of future growth as a key priority for the business ahead of any large-scale capital-investment drive, which is likely to unfold over the next decade and a half. 

Spoornet’s big corridor push

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 Spoornet’s newly-integrated operations division is finalising a corridor-based operational model, together with a fixed-train scheduling plan, that it believes will place its freight business on a far more efficient footing and position the utility to pursue its ambition of growing... 

Final touches being put to R27bn fleet recapitalisation plan

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 State rail utility Spoornet is hoping to have completed its long-awaited funding plan for the upgrading and recapitalisation of its rolling stock and infrastructure within the next few months. 

Building up a head of steam

By: Terence Creamer     28th November 2003 South Africa’s State-owned rail utility, Spoornet, is in the process of rolling out a new ‘back-to-basics’ integrated business plan designed at spreading best practice and stimulating a turnaround in those parts of its operations that are suffering big losses. 

October expo to showcase Gauteng business

By: Steven Chiaberta     3rd October 2003 The Gauteng Provincial Government’s multibillion-rand developmental initiative, Blue IQ, is set to host the Smart Industry Expo, an exhibition that will showcase domestic and foreign businesses operating in smart industry, high value-added manufacturing and tourism. 

Biggest infrastructural project uses the SA-made additive

26th September 2003 The world’s costliest infrastructural project – at which a South African-made concrete additive is being used – is the $14-billion high-speed 300 km/h railway between Taiwan’s two largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung, a 345 km journey, that will be travelled in 90 minutes... 

Broad mechanical seal range supplied

26th September 2003 A broad range of mechanical seals as well as couplings and sealing water-flow meters were supplied to the R330-million LignoTech expansion project in Kwazulu-Natal. 

Affluent effluent

26th September 2003 A South African company is the world’s largest producer of one of the most subliminal yet ubiquitous ingredients of modern-day living – dissolving pulp, a common ingredient in a diverse number of products ranging widely from suits, spectacles and sausages to cellphones, cigarettes and... 

Danes supply second spray-dryer for plant

26th September 2003 Following on from the successful operation of the first Anhydro spray dryer, LignoTech South Africa again chose to install a second dryer of the same kind for the R330-million expansion project. 


By: Martin Creamer     26th September 2003 A South African company has become the world’s largest producer of lignin chemicals in a waste-to-wealth joint venture with a Norwegian partner – and helped to clean up one of the top-ten marine divers’ sites at the same time, Engineering News can today report. 

13 000 m of insulation, 74 t of stainless cladding

26th September 2003 A total of 13 256 m of insulation and 74 t of stainless-steel cladding were used at the wealth-from-waste plant LignoTech South Africa, the world’s-largest lignin chemicals producer. 

Project boost for local engineering company

26th September 2003 A fully-black-owned Kwazulu-Natal company fabricated and erected the drying and evaporator plants at the LignoTech Expansion Project in Umkomaas, south of Durban. 

Empowerment mandate

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 The stock-exchange-listed industrial consumables distributor Hudaco has been given a board mandate to achieve a black-economic-empowerment (BEE) partnership, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

New corporate association brings attractive rewards

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Geared motors and gearbox supplier Bauer attributes the winning of its biggest contract to date to its 18-month-old association with the stock-exchange-listed Hudaco. 

Company working flat-out to eliminate tiny error rate

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Bearings International (BI), flagship of the R1,5-billion-year year Hudaco group, serves its vast market to a praiseworthy accuracy of 99,7%, as measured by strict International Standards Organisation yardsticks. 

Security market is latest pursuit

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco entered the security business 30 months ago to serve a market that is growing faster than the other segments in which it operates. 

Local fluid power firm offers automation solutions

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 One of South Africa’s longest-established pneumatics-and-hydraulics equipment suppliers is focusing strongly on what it describes as “quality automation solutions”. 

Forty years of belting supply is celebrated

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco’s subsidiary Belting Supply Services, of Wadeville, Germiston, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. 

107-year-old going for market niches

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Following a three-year restructuring process, Hudaco company BEP Bestobell is taking a fresh look at its markets, MD Andrew Vermaak tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview at the company’s operation in Jet Park, Boksburg. 

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