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Equipment News

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2015 The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban port corridor and link it to... 

Distributor sees satisfactory growth in tractor sales

By: Kimberley Smuts     14th August 2015 The growth in sales of Japan-manufactured Kubota tractors, distributed in South Africa by specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment, has been satisfactory, says Smith Power Equipment technical specialist Mike Heath, adding that customers have been “very happy with the... 

Distributor sees  satisfactory growth  in tractor sales
ELGIN ORCHARDS The growth and increasing demand for all Kubota products are largely driven by the manufacturer’s focus on innovation and new technologies

Industry body emphasises the benefits of effective water storage

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th August 2015 Local authorities need to realise that even small concrete water reservoirs, if strategically placed, can play a vital role in sustaining struggling rural communities, avers cement and concrete industry technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. He tells Engineering... 

Industry body emphasises the benefits of effective  water storage
EFFECTIVE WATER STORAGE Reservoirs provide many benefits, including sufficient water supply, floodwater control, power generation capacity, irrigation and recreational use

Solar dryer in final testing stages

By: Dylan Stewart     7th August 2015 Nelspruit-based agricultural processing equipment manufacturer Dryers for Africa is in the final stages of testing its SD300 solar dryer at an environment control solutions company, in the Western Cape, says GM Catherine de Villiers-Burgers. 

Improved connectivity for management solution benefits agribusiness

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th August 2015 Farmers can share crop information and continuously monitor and fine-tune their production process throughout the growing season using the information provided by connected devices, such as smartphones and tablets, says arable agriculture yield management systems provider Dacom. To support... 

Improved connectivity for management solution  benefits agribusiness
SPECIALISED HARDWARE SUPPLIED Dacom develops and supplies specialised hardware, software and online advisory services to arable farms and global agribusiness

New seal system cuts water use

7th August 2015 International packaging and paper group Mondi is replacing the quench-to-drain flushing and lubricating systems of the mechanical seals at its Richards Bay mill with a continuous loop water management design supplied by mechanical seals and support system company Aesseal. 

New seal system  cuts water use
NEW SYSTEM Pump and mechanical seals at Mondi Richards Bay, fitted with Aesseal continuous loop flushing and lubricating system

Relaunch of pesticide system aimed to support agriculture sector

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th August 2015 Asset management solutions provider QCIC relaunched its Qic-Sur telemetry pesticide system earlier this year, which enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries. The product relaunch forms part of QCIC’s aim to hone in on the needs of the... 

Relaunch of pesticide  system aimed to support agriculture sector
QIC-SUR TELEMETRY PESTICIDE SYSTEM This solution enables remote control monitoring of pesticides for the fruit, vegetable and wine industries

Welding specialist opens Bloemfontein branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     7th August 2015 In response to a growing demand in the Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho for quality, affordable industrial equipment to rent or buy, Southern Africa welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) opened its new branch in Bloemfontein in April. The new branch... 

Welding specialist opens Bloemfontein branch
RESPONSE TO GROWING DEMAND Renttech South Africa generators are manufactured by handpicked ISO-accredited suppliers in China

Atmospheric water provides bottled water alternative

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd July 2015 Sustainable drinking water solutions provider Cirrus Water Management (CWM) installs atmospheric water generators as a healthier alternative to bottled water, which is also more cost effective and features a much-reduced carbon footprint. A gas and mining exploration project, in Mozambique,... 

Atmospheric water  provides bottled  water alternative
BOTTLED WATER ALTERNATIVE An external view of the CWM 1000 Plant

Mahindra, headed by SA CEO, to expand further into Africa

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2015 India’s largest utility vehicle and tractor producer, Mahindra & Mahindra, has established a new business unit specifically focussed on emerging opportunities in Africa. The African business unit will be headed by current Mahindra South Africa (MSA) CEO Ashok Thakur, and will operate from four... 

Mahindra, headed by SA CEO, to expand further into Africa
Ashok Thakur

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd June 2015 South African explosives and specialty chemicals group AECI has entered into an agreement to acquire Malawi-based agrochemicals, seeds and spraying equipment distributor Farmers Organisation Limited (FOL) from Rendale Holdings for an undisclosed amount. This formed part of AECI’s strategy to... 

AECI grows its agrochemicals footprint in Africa

German packing specialist invests in local branch

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa, says Haver Southern Africa GM Demelza Mulligan. She tells Engineering News that with its extensive... 

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to improve its position in the company’s in-house rankings. The branch, currently listed among the company’s top fifteen branches in terms of contribution to revenue, is aiming to form partnerships with specialised... 

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings
UTE SCHOEMAN SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th June 2015 The development of small-scale farming, or so-called communal farming, is on the rise in South Africa, as it provides significant economic benefit and forms one of the key pillars of the National Development Plan (NDP). “The debate used to be that there [is] only commercial farming in South... 

Land reform necessary as small-scale farming is essence of economy
Photo by Duane Daws
Martin Mohale

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2015 The organisers of the first regional Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture (GFIA) Africa, to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, in December, have issued a call for innovators to submit entries on game-changing innovations. “This opportunity is aimed at any companies,... 

Global agriculture forum seeks innovative ideas in Africa competition

New mill drive system introduced

By: Kimberley Smuts     22nd May 2015 Vertical roller mills manufacturer Loesche last year received an order to install a Loesche Mill type LM 70.4+4 in Calabar, Nigeria, the largest Loesche mill to date. Loesche was awarded the contract in July 2014 by Sinoma for United Cement Company of Nigeria (UCCN) – a consortium comprising... 

New mill drive  system introduced
THE COPE GEARBOX The Cope gearbox, which was developed in cooperation with German gear manufacturer Renk, offers up to eight motors at the motor end

New mixer targets African market

22nd May 2015 Concrete brick, block and paving-making machinery and technology supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) in March launched the new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer, designed specifically for emerging markets in Africa that require high-quality concrete on demand at a more affordable price.... 

New mixer targets African market
DBX35 The new Fiori DBX35 self-loading concrete mixer is designed specifically for emerging markets

Two new machines introduced to local market

22nd May 2015 Brick and block making machine manufacturer Hydraform has introduced two new automated block-making machines to the South African building and construction market. The new machines are fully automated making them safer to operate, while also reducing labour requirements. 

Booming parts business offsets Russian slump for Barloworld

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2015 With new equipment orders stalling and the Russian market still in a slump, Barloworld found its cheer for the six months ended March 31 from a turnaround in its Iberian business and healthy equipment parts and service sales. The equipment, automotive and logistics group on Monday reported that... 

Booming parts business offsets Russian slump for Barloworld
Photo by Duane Daws
Barloworld CE Clive Thomson

New vessels ordered as first step of $15bn investment plan

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Global trade, shipping and energy conglomerate Maersk Line in March this year signed a new building order with shipping and logistics services supplier China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company (Cosco) Shipyard for seven 3 600 twenty-foot equivalent container vessels. The order, of which the price is... 

New vessels ordered  as first step of $15bn  investment plan
INCREASED CAPACITY Maersk Line's investment plan will enable it to add capacity in line with growth in global container shipping demand while also replacing less efficient chartered tonnage

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’  

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 SSAXSYS JV, a joint venture (JV) between construction group Stefanutti Stocks and enterprise development partner AXSYS Infrastructure has set the completion date for construction at Maydon Wharf, in Durban, in South Africa for December 2016. The contract to start construction was signed on April... 

New Maydon Wharf technology ‘a first for SA’
PROJECT APPROACH Sucessfully upgrading the berth will require using a phased approach with limited construction access minimising disruption to the available quay space at the Port of Durban, which is already under capacity

Solution offered for dust free bulk materials handling

By: Kimberley Smuts     15th May 2015 Environmental pollution caused by fugitive dust, is a major challenge in dry bulk handling, therefore, equipment manufacturer Samson’s Eco-hoppers are fitted with a dust control system that reduces the escape of dust during the grab-discharge cycle. Container-handling equipment and shipping... 

Solution offered for dust free bulk materials handling
HANDLING EQUIPMENT EXPANDS BLT SA is the exclusive distributors for Samson in sub-Saharan Africa – including its Eco-hoppers – offering a technical advisory, parts and maintenance service.

Agriculture-equipment suppliers shift focus north of South Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 In the past six to twelve months, there has been an increase in international and South African agriculture-equipment suppliers establishing branches in many sub-Saharan African countries, as opposed to catering for the continent from South Africa, says international credit insurer Coface. Coface... 

Agriculture-equipment suppliers shift focus north of South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
AGRO-ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL Africa boasts one-quarter of the world’s arable land

Industry expo includes waste and recycling tracks to 2015 programme

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 Exhibition Management Services (EMS), organiser of the 2015 South African Industry and Technology Fair (Indutec) that will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, from May 20 to 22, says the event promises to attract the largest number of visitors and delegates, as Waste and... 

Industry expo includes waste and recycling tracks to 2015 programme
JOHN THOMSON EMS has introduced a free business matchmaking app to enhance the benefits of attending Indutec

Manufacturer looking to open plant in South Africa

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 Chinese pipes and valves manufacturer Youfumi Valve and Pipe (Youfumi), which will showcase its products to the Southern African market at the 2015 South Africa Industrial and Technology Fair (Indutec), tells Engineering News that plans to investigate the viability of opening a manufacturing... 

Manufacturer looking to open plant in South Africa
LOCAL BASE Youfumi is focused on finding ways to grow its market share in Southern Africa

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

Glass half-full for agri sector, financier expects positive growth

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 From a production perspective, the future of the South African agriculture sector is brighter than expected, which is a good sign when it comes to food security, says South African financial services group Standard Bank. This outlook can be attributed to the country’s positive population growth,... 

Glass half-full for agri sector,  financier expects positive growth
Photo by Bloomberg
SUNNY PROSPECTS The local agriculture, forestry and fishing industry grew the fastest in 2014, expanding by 5.6%

VSD unit showcases energy efficiency

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Southern Africa bearings and power transmission products distributor Bearings International will highlight a variable-speed drive (VSD) and motor demonstration unit at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day to showcase the company’s energy efficiency drive components for agricultural irrigation systems.... 

VSD unit showcases energy efficiency
CORE FOCUS Bearings International’s display at Nampo will include bearings for agriculture equipment that enhance energy efficiency and savings

In-demand excavators showcased at Nampo

1st May 2015 Since specialist machinery importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment’s launch of the Kubota u-30 and u-50 mini excavators to the local market in August 2014, demand from South African farmers for these excavators has increased rapidly, the company notes. Therefore, Smith Power Equipment will... 

In-demand excavators showcased at Nampo
TIGHT OPERATION The Kubota’s zero boom-swing enables the mini excavator to operate without having to move

Tracked excavator highlighted at Nampo

1st May 2015 Based on the success of its participation in the Nampo Harvest Day event in 2014, engineering support services company Babcock, the exclusive distributor of Volvo and SDLG construction equipment in Southern Africa, will be exhibiting a range of machinery at this year’s show, with the Volvo... 

Tracked excavator  highlighted at Nampo
MEETING THE STANDARDS The SDLG range incorporates world-class manufacturing quality and internationally accepted safety standards

Interactive exhibition highlights agriculture science, healthcare sectors

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 This year’s Nampo Harvest Day, which will take place in Bothaville, in the Free State, from May 12 to 15, will be the first stop for global health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer materials company Bayer’s Science for a Better Life interactive science exhibition and world tour this year.... 

Interactive exhibition  highlights agriculture  science, healthcare sectors
INTERCONNECTED APPROACH In addition to the Science for a Better Life exhibition, Bayer’s CropSciences and Animal Health divisions will drive awareness of its capabilities at Nampo

Company embarks on drive for semiauto welding and repair

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Since many South African farmers still use some of the older welding and repair processes – which are dated, slow and costly – local gas and welding company Afrox aims to convert many of these processes into more advanced, semi-automated processes. The company will, therefore, showcase the many... 

Company embarks on  drive for semiauto  welding and repair
RELIABLE OFFERING Afrox’s theme – Quality You Can Trust – underlines its quality management system where products are supplied to international, national and company standards

Mechanisation drive to increase demand for application specific machinery

By: Mia Breytenbach     1st May 2015 Amid South Africa’s increased focus on mechanisation, global construction equipment and compact machinery manufacturer Wacker Neuson will emphasise its compact range of machinery at this year’s Nampo Harvest Day. The machinery that Wacker Neuson will showcase at Nampo – which will take place in... 

Mechanisation drive to increase demand for application specific machinery
FIT FOR PURPOSE Dedicated machines can complete multiple actions, increase productivity as well as result in significant time and fuel savings

Power tools specialist launches new impact drill

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd April 2015 Power tools manufacturer Bosch will launch the GSB 162-2 RE professional impact drill, featuring a 1500 W high-performance motor with a high overload capacity for hard applications, in the first quarter of this year, says Bosch industrial power tools senior brand manager Juergen Lauer. He tells... 

Power tools specialist  launches new impact drill

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills

By: Kimberley Smuts     27th March 2015 Rope access specialist Skyriders completed hard-to-reach inspection and repair work on time and within budget early last year for South African pulp and paper producer Sappi’s Ngodwana mill, in Mpumalanga, Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News. Zinn explains that, rather... 

Rope-access specialist continues with repair services for Sappi mills
Skyriders technicians use ropes to abseil down into confined spaces as a means of moving from point A to point B.

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks to bolster economic growth, job creation

By: Tracy Hancock     27th March 2015 In 2015, government continues to stress the agroprocessing agenda in an attempt to bolster economic growth and job creation, while also securing South Africa’s future food requirements, in an economy that fell short of its growth target in 2014, achieving 1.5%, after initially being forecast to... 

Agribusiness push continues as govt seeks  to bolster economic growth, job creation
Photo by Duane Daws
AGROPROCESSING DRIVE The Department of Trade and Industry has invested about R1.2-billion into the agroprocessing industry since 2009

Rugged devices offer high-tech functionality in tough conditions

By: Schalk Burger     20th March 2015 Rugged mobile devices and device and application management systems allow for high-technology functions to be deployed in tough environments and remote areas, subsequently improving the performance of people working in these conditions, says mobile device software company Mobile at Work MD Barry... 

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