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Corporate Profiles

Electrical machines operation bounces back

By: candice haase     29th March 2002 Three main manufacturing activities take place at the Alstom Electrical Machines factory in Aberdeen Road, Benoni. 

New steam selling era is dawning

By: Martin Creamer     29th March 2002 Energy division Alstom Power has the largest installed capacity of power generation plant in South Africa. 

New projects lift turnover

By: Marius Roodt     29th March 2002 The Industry division of energy and transport company Alstom South Africa has more than doubled the worth of its contract order book for the start of the new financial year to more than R120-million. 

Diesel engines for harbour tugs

By: candice haase     29th March 2002 The 75-employee R50-million-a-year mechanical equipment division of Alstom South Africa is supplying diesel engines to Portnet for new harbour tugs. 

Fast-growing black distribution firm

By: Marius Roodt     29th March 2002 The Distribution Network division of energy and transport company Alstom South Africa has spawned a fast-growing black economically-empowered company called Siyakha. 

From two-bit store to billion-rand business

By: Martin Creamer     1st March 2002 Picture this. A young wife minds the store while her husband holds down three jobs. He’s driven by a determination to be financially independent following a difficult childhood. 

Electric motor debut

1st March 2002 South Africa’s largest engineering components distributor today enters a new field – the R400-million-a-year electric motor business. The 28-year-old Bearing Man does so against the background of already being South Africa’s largest supplier of bearings, the country’s... 

Cycloidal speed reducer coup

1st March 2002 South Africa’s largest distributor of engineering components has been granted the exclusive right to distribute a range of cycloidal speed reducers. Bearing Man was last month granted the agency for the SM Cyclo range of drives by Sumitomo. 

and other key members of the team

1st March 2002 Mohammed Kardar, who has served the company for more than 20 years, heads the high-volume bearings division that is by far the largest single contributor to overall turnover at a percentage of more than 50%. 

Next stop DRC

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2002 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the next country in which Siemens Southern Africa intends establishing a presence, CEO Dr Klaus D 

Southern Africa is group's 10t h-best profit maker

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2002 Measured in euro, Siemens Southern Africa is the twelfth-largest generator of turnover and the tenth-best profit maker of the 50 Siemens companies worldwide. 

On the crest of a telecoms wave

By: Zonika Botha     15th February 2002 Siemens is riding the crest of the African continent’s telecommunications wave. 

Sectors where maintenance is the most lucrative business

By: Irma Venter     15th February 2002 The Energy and Industry Group contributes R1,2-billion a year to the total R5,6-billion turnover of Siemens Southern Africa. 

Company fares well in top 'best-to-work-for' survey

15th February 2002 Siemens Southern Africa has been voted one of South Africa’s best employers. In the “Best Companies To Work For 2001” survey undertaken by Deloitte & Touche’s Human Capital Corporation, Siemens’ group of eleven companies in Southern Africa achieved 17th position. 

New telecoms MD has zero tolerance for non-performance

15th February 2002 Thoko Mokgosi is the new MD for fixed-line networks for Siemens Telecommunications. Her brief is to take care of the sales initiative for the fixed network, as well as the enterprise section that includes PABX and call centres. 

Fountains and green grass replacing the factory floor

15th February 2002 Not long ago Siemens Telecommunications’ most visible asset was its factory in Waltloo, Pretoria, but soon it will be an office park with fountains and green grass in classier Centurion. 

Centre of security excellence

15th February 2002 The only time Mario Ferreira and his busy team were available to see Engineering News was during their lunch hour. That was the result of quickening activity within the Siemens’ Industrial Solutions and Services and Electronic Security Solutions business units, resulting in lunch breaks... 

The facilitator of 8,5-million African cellular subscribers

By: Zonika Botha     15th February 2002 Having facilitated 8,5-million cellular subscribers through its equipment and infrastructure since 1994, the mobile network unit of Siemens Southern Africa’s Telecommunications’ Group has established itself as a leading information and communication solutions provider for network... 

The automation and drives division enters new field

15th February 2002 A new field of activity is opening up for the Automation and Drives (A&D) division of Siemens Southern Africa. 

Strong growth is expected from IT solutions company

By: nkolola halwindi     15th February 2002 Deriving value from information technology (IT) solutions and getting value for money in the IT space is one of the main challenges many companies are facing. 

Power transmission prospects boosted

15th February 2002 The trend towards cross-border electrical power interconnections in Africa – in keeping with the spirit of the New Partnership for African Development (Nepad) – is expanding the growth horizon for the power transmission and distribution business of Siemens Southern Africa. 

Rail prospects promising

By: Zonika Botha     15th February 2002 The rail transportation market is the main pursuit of the transportation systems business unit of Siemens Southern Africa’s Energy and Industry Group. 

Century of medical service now reaching a high point

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2002 Siemens has served South Africa’s hospitals for more than 100 years, supplying the first x-ray system to the Western Cape in 1896. 

New projects buoy Namibia

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 Since Siemens received its first order for a telex machine from Swakopmund in 1899, Namibia has been a steady contributor to sales for the global company. 

Zambia eyes telecom growth

By: Laura Franz     15th February 2002 Siemens Southern Africa’s decision to create a full-time presence in Zambia in the late 1990s is paying off, if the former agency’s turnover skyrocketing from half-a-million rand in 1998 to R8-million from orders of R10-million in the 2000/2001 financial year is anything to go by. 

Big projects lift prospects for Tanzania company

By: Zonika Botha     15th February 2002 Several large projects on the point of go-ahead in Tanzania are expected provide significant growth opportunities for Siemens Tanzania. 

Locally-devised strategy system finds export market in Greece

By: Deborah Spicer     15th February 2002 A strategy-defining tool that was developed in Siemens’ Southern African branch could soon be exported to other branches within the company family. 

Consumer durable inroads

15th February 2002 The brand name of Siemens is making a significant impact in the premium sector of the South African consumer durables market. 

Prepayment meter success

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th February 2002 South Africa is the custodian of keypad-type prepayment electricity metering technology for the entire Siemens group worldwide. 

Cellular is continent's 'full telecommunication solution'

15th February 2002 The pooling of computer know-how by the Germans and the Japanese is proving a resounding success in Southern Africa with its mobility and business critical computing strategy. 

German, Japanese computer success

15th February 2002 Although the number of South African cellular phone subscriptions has already surpassed the 6,5-million fixed-line installations, the industry’s growth is only midstream. 

R850 000 hearing-aid donation

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2002 The story of Zeph Dlamini is an interesting one. The 43-year-old father of five had worked in Siemens’ electrical installation division for most of his 23 years with the company before branching out as an entrepreneur in 1998. 

Electronic components business

15th February 2002 The growing use of innovative lighting products in Southern Africa is particularly pleasing to specialist lighting company Osram, which is a wholly-owned Siemens subsidiary. 

One-time labourer now employs 194 personnel

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2002 One of the newest members of the Siemens group in Southern Africa, Siemens Hearing Solutions (Pty) Ltd, is to donate R750 000 worth of hearing aids to previously disadvantaged children with hearing losses. 

Winner of two lighting Oscars

By: Martin Creamer     15th February 2002 Often thinking that Siemens only supplies cell phones and telecommunications infrastructure, various other electronic component reliant industries are now seeing that Siemens Components has the range of products to suit many of their design and development needs. 

Commuter train upgrade on a roll

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Every year, South Africa’s commuter rail loses about R75-million as a result of vandalism on trains, reports Metrorail CEO Honey Mateya. 

Keeping commuters safe and sound

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Mobility is vital to the integration of society at every level and transport is the hub around which the nation thrives. In South Africa, like many of the countries of sub-Sahara Africa, the rail network lies at the heart of the economy. 

Innovation leads coach upgrade

By: nkolola halwindi     14th December 2001 Innovative design and manufacturing methods have been used for the upgrade of Metrorail’s 88 coaches for use in Gauteng, reports Union Carriage and Wagon designer Raymond Roodt. 

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