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Platinum boost for pulley manufacturing pioneer

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Mechanical engineering manufacturer Bosworth of Alberton is South Africa’s largest manufacturer of conveyor pulleys. 

Four-product septuagenarian experiencing its finest hour

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Two of the most distinguishing features of Hudaco group company Rutherford are the long service of its executives and the longevity of its associations with leading overseas principles. 

Often the best-quality assets are the ‘acquired’ people

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Hudaco has been a great acquirer of companies over the years and with those companies have come many top people who have found long-term career paths within the group. 

Sixty percent of seals market

By: elizabeth rebelo     25th July 2003 Abes Technoseal, a Hudaco company, is Southern Africa’s largest seal distributor, MD David Allman tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview at its sole operation in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg 

On-The-Air (11/07/2003)

11th July 2003 On Friday morning, AMLive’s radio anchor John Perlman spoke to Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly. Reported here is this Friday’s At the Coalface transcript: Perlman: This week we talk about three things. The first of them is lignin chemicals. What... 

New truck-stop centre in Sasolburg

By: Martin Creamer     23rd May 2003 A new truck-stop centre is being built in Sasolburg for opening in October this year, Engineering News can today exclusively report.? 

Plastics from maize? Isn’t it ama(i)zing!

By: Luxolo Tyali     21st March 2003 Engineering News was this week handed a small “plastic” container. Its appearance was so normal that it could well have passed for a conventional plastic bowl. But in actual fact it was not made from exhaustible crude oil at all but from renewable maize starch. 

Over-the-fence concept for kindred companies

21st March 2003 Maize wetmiller African Products is studying the possibility of conducting some of its business on an across-the-fence basis. 

Unprofitable wet mills destabilising market

By: Luxolo Tyali     14th March 2003 Several unprofitable small wet mills that have opened in the Far East are at times putting low-quality starch and glucose product on to the market at uneconomic prices, African Products marketing director Stewart Krook tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Poor effluent infrastructure may quash import-substitution plans

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 The plans of Africa’s premier wet maize miller to produce a new range of high-value modified starch may be dashed as a result of inadequate municipal infrastructure, Engineering News can today exclusively report. 

Still at Asian meltdown prices

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 Maize wet-miller African Products grew very fast during the 1980s on the back of its starch and glucose commodity production, supplying large tonnages to large companies, not the least of them being giants like the South African Breweries. 

How maize is wet milled

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 The first step in the African Products process is wet milling, as opposed to dry milling. 

R100m expansion envisaged

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 A study is under way into the viability of producing more glucose syrup at African Products’ five-year-old Kliprivier plant in southern Gauteng, African Products’ MD Nico Kruger tells Engineering News in an exclusive interview. 

Excellent 2002 growth level won’t be repeated in 2003 – marketing director

By: Luxolo Tyali     7th March 2003 Maize wetmiller African Products achieved excellent 10% growth in the calendar year to December 2002, when overall volumes grew from 578 000 t in 2001 to 616 000 t driven by a 10% surge in domestic demand. 

Four BEE contractors in Ngqura construction

By: marisa rodrigues     17th January 2003 Four black empowerment companies make up Ngqura Empowerment Contractors, which forms part of the Ngqura Harbour Contractors Joint Venture, awarded the R1,4-billion contract to construct the breakwaters, quay walls and related earthworks at the Port of Ngqura. 

A hundred contractors appointed, nine sites operational

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 Although many thought it would never materialise, the Coega project (near Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape) has begun in earnest this year, with close to 100 contractors appointed so far and nine sites already in operation. 

R480-million EMD plant a strong Coega possibility

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 The chances of Mintek building a R480-million electromagnetic manganese dioxide (EMD) processing plant in South Africa are good – should the assumptions drawn during the preliminary analysis be confirmed during the feasibility study. 

EIA reveals no fatal flaws, says Pechiney

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 If French company Aluminium Pechiney goes ahead with its proposal to build a R20-billion state-of-the-art aluminium smelter at the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ), then Coega will have secured its much hoped for anchor tenant. 

No announcement yet on steel plants

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 German industrial services firm Ferrostaal’s plans for the Coega Industrial Development Zone continue to be fuelled by speculation. 

Contracts awarded for SA's first new port in 26 years

By: marisa rodrigues     13th December 2002 It was more than 30 years ago that a harbour was mooted for the mouth of the Coega river, about 20 km north-east of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. 

Contract awarded to fence off community graves

13th December 2002 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) is in the process of fulfilling its promise to fence off the graves that belong to the 300 families that were relocated from the site of the Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) to Well’s Estate in 2000. 

Yearly cluster conferences now likely after successful first effort

By: Taryn Leicher     29th November 2002 The first-ever formal South African Automotive Cluster Conference has been such as resounding success that a call is being heeded to make it an annual event. 

Plan to boost lower tier competitiveness

29th November 2002 Working in partnership with business, government departments and other organisations, the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) invigorates economic development within the automotive industry. 

Exhibition grandstands top performance of the Automotive Industry Development Centre

By: Taryn Leicher     29th November 2002 Southern Hemisphere’s largest automotive exhibition last month provided an invaluable grandstand for the high-achieving Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). 

Exhaust component manufacturer to triple output by the end of next year

By: Helene Le Roux     29th November 2002 The local division of the global Bosal Group, a major manufacturer of exhaust systems in the world, will be trebling its manufacture of South African stainless steel exhaust components by the end of next year. 

Consolidation process promises to increase efficiency

By: Helene Le Roux     29th November 2002 Automotive component manufacturer Bosal Afrika has been restructuring over the past two years to make it more cost-competitive globally. 

R&D department drives new developments

By: Helene Le Roux     29th November 2002 Bosal Afrika manufactures exhausts, towbars and jacks for the local and export market. 

Increased exports possible

By: Helene Le Roux     29th November 2002 Kenny van Rooyen, commercial manager for the Bosal Group’s South African division, Bosal Afrika, says the good quality and current competitive price of South African stainless steel manufacturing presents a window of opportunity for increased exports. 

Component maker warns on SA raw material prices

By: Helene Le Roux     29th November 2002 After a presence of more than half a century the South African-bred automotive component manufacturer with global standing, Bosal, is reaffirming its commitment to the country by investing in its local operations – with one big caution: keep your raw material prices right. 

Turnover target: R1-billion

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 The last few years have seen a number of changes for the South African arm of the largest air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment supplier in the world. 

Factory operations streamlined

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 The past two years have a seen a number of changes to the manner in which ECR Manufacturing (the refrigeration equipment factory of Carrier South Africa (SA)) has been run and operating, and plans are in place to further streamline the factory’s operations next year. 

Parts wholesaler captures greater share of market

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 The refrigeration and air conditioning wholesale division of air conditioning specialist Carrier, known as Metraclark, has seen significant growth over the last four years, resulting in it capturing a major share of the wholesale spares market in South Africa. 

Firm aims to grow exports

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 Air conditioning specialist Carrier South Africa is driving to expand its current export market. 

Firm believes skills development is the key to good business

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 The air conditioning and refrigeration industry has always been quite challenging and, as with any business, Carrier South Africa (SA), has been through some challenging times over the past 18 to 24 months. 

Commercial division looking to expand

By: vanessa vasques     29th November 2002 After a number of years of not being able to participate actively in the mining industry in South Africa, Carrier South Africa’s commercial system’s division, known as CMS, is beginning to pursue this market again. 

Celebrating a hundred years of innovation

29th November 2002 Dr Willis H Carrier is probably one of America’s greatest inventors, but unlike others such as Edison, Ford, Bell or the Wright Brothers, his accomplishment has never been fully recognised. 

Solid performance recorded for latest financial year

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 GM finance Pat Ward has the task of handling the finances of South Africa’s biggest water provider. 

Company's new focus on growth, world-class customer service

By: Marius Roodt     25th October 2002 For the great majority of Rand Water’s nearly 100-year history, the company has concentrated on one function, namely the abstraction, treatment and distribution of bulk potable water. 

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