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Corporate Profiles

CE optimistic about SA’s future

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     25th November 2011 Although JSE-listed Bidvest Group has implemented a decentralised business to ensure sustained growth in times of economic uncertainty, CE Brian Joffe tells Engineering News that the group’s investment in the trading, distribution and services sectors, remains at its core. 

Group posts reasonable results amid economic challenges

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     25th November 2011 The ability to identify growth markets, a quick reaction to the economic downturn and having successful management teams in place across all its business divisions have all contributed to the financial success of JSE-listed Bidvest Group, says financial director David Cleasby.  

Services division invests in new technologies

25th November 2011 Bidvest Services, a division of JSE-listed Bidvest Group, reports it has invested significantly in new technologies that now enable its businesses to better monitor and measure productivity and suggest value-added solutions to its clients. 

Bidvest South Africa achieves satisfactory results amid challenging conditions

25th November 2011 Bidvest South Africa, which has restructured its businesses into ten focused divisions, reports that it is optimistic that the still fragile economic recovery will be maintained in 2012 and that the company will achieve both revenue and trading profit growth. 

Automotive sector faces challenges

25th November 2011 One of South Africa’s largest vehicle retailers, the McCarthy Motor Group, which forms part of Bidvest Group’s Automotive division, recorded satisfactory results for the 2011 financial year, despite facing numerous industry pressures. 

Group to pursue food service growth opportunities

25th November 2011 JSE-listed Bidvest Group sees potential for substantial growth in the long-term value of its foodservice assets, group CE Brian Joffe asserts. 

Automotive division showing steady growth

By: Celest Smith     25th November 2011 Technology supplier Bosch South Africa plant director Armin Volk says the global company’s Automotive Technology division has the largest growth potential of all group components and is the biggest contributor to turnover. 

250m engine control units produced

25th November 2011 In October this year, the automotive supplier division of technology supplier Bosch Group manufactured its 250-millionth electronic engine control unit at Salzgitter, in Germany. 

€50m committed to higher education programmes globally

25th November 2011 In 2011, its 125th anniversary year, technology supplier Bosch Group is expanding its higher education funding and launching a new global initiative. 

New high-resolution imaging camera series unveiled

25th November 2011 The security systems division of technology provider Bosch has introduced the next generation of its AutoDome pan-tilt-zoom camera family. 

Contract mining division has overcome challenges, expects to increase revenue

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 Eqstra’s contract mining and plant rental division, of which MCC is the major business unit, reports that business is going well, with a steady stream of projects. 

Technology company forging ahead in renewable-energy market

By: Celest Smith     25th November 2011 Technology supplier Bosch South Africa is considering the potential of locally manufacturing solar technology, MD Dr Steffen Hoffmann tells Engineering News. 

Leasing firm invests in technical schools to alleviate skills shortage

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings plans to spend R36-million in the next five years on a long-term project called Eqstralution, which will train, develop and educate young learners to take up positions in technical fields. 

SEW Eurodrive SA gears up for growth

By: Julian Kraft     23rd September 2011 SEW Eurodrive South Africa, a major supplier of geared motors and associated equipment, has launched new initiatives aimed at extending its reach and consolidating its well-established presence in the local market.  

Company doing well as ‘new kid on the block’ in industrial gears market

By: Julian Kraft     23rd September 2011 Since opening its Industrial Gears (IG) division five years ago, SEW Eurodrive South Africa has made excellent progress in winning acceptance of its high-quality products by the local mining and minerals processing industries, besides others.  

Newly launched Drive Academy enhances customers’ skills

By: Julian Kraft     23rd September 2011 The Drive Academy launched by SEW Eurodrive South Africa, in March this year, is a key project among the various initiatives the company has introduced during the past three years to improve backup for its customers.  

Setting the pace in mechatronic drive technology

By: Julian Kraft     23rd September 2011 Movigear, a mechatronic drive product from SEW Eurodrive launched recently onto the local market, has grabbed the attention of a diverse range of users. 

Second annual SA predictive maintenance conference still all about uptime

By: Janice Healing     16th September 2011 Disruptions to plant operations through unforeseen shutdowns, as well as extensive, and sometimes unpredictable maintenance operations, are a costly exercise, especially in terms of lost production. Yet, using advanced technologies available to implement successful predictive maintenance systems... 

From a humble start, a giant has grown – and keeps growing

By: Julian Kraft     20th May 2011 Thirty-one years ago, Alan Ronald Burke, the founder – and today chairperson – of ARB Electrical Wholesalers, saw an opportunity to start an electrical wholesaling operation in Richards Bay, when that port town was in its infancy, as the major industrial and metallurgical processing plants now... 

ARB launches specialist training

By: Julian Kraft     20th May 2011 At the beginning of this year, ARB Electrical Wholesalers embarked on a new chapter in developing skills within the company by launching a training course that it has specially tailored for its business.  

First ARB Connect retail-style outlet opened

By: Julian Kraft     20th May 2011 Having earlier identified the small contractors and do-it-yourself (DIY) subsector of the electrical products and equipment wholesale market as offering excellent opportunities for further growth of its business, ARB Electrical Wholesalers has opened the first of its new ARB Connect wholesale... 

Electrical wholesaler maintains healthy growth through the recession

By: Julian Kraft     20th May 2011 Durban-based ARB Electrical Wholesalers, one of the top three electrical wholesalers in South Africa, has largely shrugged off the current recession and continues to grow apace.  

A reinvented Nosa targets global growth

By: Janice Healing     29th April 2011 After more than 60 years of service to South African industry, the organisation now known as NOSA Pty Ltd has been reinventing itself as a global supplier of value-adding services. 

Putting risk management in the spotlight

By: Janice Healing     29th April 2011 Golf and workplace safety may at first glance appear to have very little in common. However, these two worlds began to meet in the halls of occupational health and safety services provider NOSA in 2006 when retired professional golfer Justin Hobday joined the organisation as business development... 

Specialist mining division sells peace of mind

By: Janice Healing     29th April 2011 The formation by NOSA of a specialist mining division is aimed at meeting the strong local and global demand for its products and services. NOSA Mining GM Bryan Keague tells Engineering News that while mining has been a focus area for the company ever since its creation in 1951, the recent... 

Focused on level 
measurement technology

26th November 2010 Process automation specialist Endress+Hauser’s new Levelflex FMP5x series is integrated with SensorFusion technology, offering a guided radar measurement in difficult applications such as interface measurement with emulsions and in applications where echo loss is a challenge.


Employee development at forefront of process automation

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Skills development is a key component of the development of South African economy, says process field instrumentation specialist company Endress+Hauser marketing manager Hennie Blignaut. 

Pyrotemp division relocated 
to Benoni

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 Process automation company Endress+Hauser’s production centre for temperature, based in Germany, has invested over R20-million in a new production facility, for its Pyrotemp division, in Apex, Benoni, east of Johannesburg. 

Integration solutions key to success

By: Natasha Odendaal     26th November 2010 The increasingly rapid change in the instrumentation market and in customer behaviour, owing to technology developments, globalisation and market transparency, are significant challenges, reports Endress+Hauser MD Rob MacKenzie. 

Freeway improvement project work on track

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, part of the Aveng Group successfully completed its deadlines for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) including those for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reports that it is on track for remaining work on the GFIP. 

Focused on 

26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, an operating group of JSE-listed Aveng, South Africa’s largest construction sector player, aims to continue with the implementation of the strategic re-alignment of the company and maintain its sustainability for 2011 and beyond.  

Focus on safety and quality pays off

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction firm Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering business unit has almost halved its lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) during the past year. 

Plant turnaround achieved in reduced time

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Fluor South Africa is providing construction and turnaround support services to most of the major petrochemicals facilities in South Africa. 

Master plan for South African solar park

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation has been selected by the Department of Energy (DoE) to perform a study for a potential solar park development in South Africa’s Northern Cape.

Following the completion of a prefeasibility study by the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), Fluor will now develop a more... 

Mining and metals division’s presence grows

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Global engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation reports that it expects its Mining & Metals (M&M) division to significantly increase its contribution to the company’s turnover in South Africa.  

Focus remains on EPCM after fifty years of service to SA industry

By: Henry Lazenby     26th November 2010 Engineering company Fluor South Africa reports that it expects to play a significant role in the upgrading of a number of South African fuel refineries, once government has promulgated new fuel quality standards. The company says that it wants to continue focusing on expanding its downstream... 

$2,1bn contract for nuclear decontamination

26th November 2010 Engineering giant Fluor Corporation reports that a Fluor-led team has been awarded a ten-year, $2,1-billion contract to decontaminate and decommission the Portsmouth gaseous diffusion plant (GDP) at Portsmouth, in Pike County, Ohio, US. 

Preferred supplier for Canada’s Parkway project

26th November 2010 NYSE-listed Fluor Corporation reports that an equity consortium of Fluor Canada has been named as the preferred proponent for the finance, design, construction, operations and maintenance of the Windsor Essex Parkway Project in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. 

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