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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa

Creamer Media’s Made in South Africa is an exciting new showcase of products that are being manufactured in factories across the length and breadth of the country. Published fortnightly, Made in South Africa provides an exclusive glimpse into the innovative spirit of South Africa's most creative and productive citizens and businesses. Homegrown products, from concept to production, receive particular prominence, but Made in South Africa also features products manufactured locally by enterprises that have chosen to set up shop in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Click here if you have a product that you believe deserves to be showcased on Creamer Media's Made in South Africa platform.

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

By: Tracy Hancock     26th June 2020 While South Africa faces significant job losses amid the Covid-19 outbreak, engineering company Dale Automation expects to create 50 to 60 additional jobs should it receive the necessary medical approvals to proceed with the manufacturing of its prototype emergency ventilator. The device is not... 

Dale Automation emergency ventilator could create jobs amid crisis

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

By: Tracy Hancock     12th June 2020 The “slide-in” copper filter inserts for cloth masks manufactured by South African startup Aeris Mask in accordance with government guidelines have had massive interest, with the company selling its first units days after it finalised commercial production runs in mid-May. “We are now launching a... 

Aeris Mask copper filtration face mask takes off

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2020 Covid-19 has brought with it doubts and concerns about supply chain security, availability of stock and lead times, says First Cut’s Consumables Division director, Gary Willis. The pandemic has caused companies accustomed to ordering international private-label products to re-evaluate their... 

Crisis highlights sense in sourcing locally made First Cut blades,welding consumables

EDS Systems developing first South African carbon tax tool

By: Tracy Hancock     15th May 2020 Software developer EDS Systems is developing the first cloud-based carbon tax tool tailored to the South African market, in response to the introduction of the country’s Carbon Tax Act last year, and has entered the final stages of quality assurance. “There are many carbon tax calculators online,... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

By: Tracy Hancock     30th April 2020 The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) is coordinating efforts to further develop open-source ventilators in response to initial reports that between 40% and 70% of South Africans could become infected with Covid-19, depending on the national... 

UJ creates open-source, low-cost ventilators

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2020 From collecting data in sub-zero Antarctica to rapid circuit prototyping on the International Space Station (ISS), South African modular “xChip” manufacturer XinaBox, pronounced "X-in-a-box", claims to be  reinventing the way in which the Internet of Things (IoT) is approached while inspiring... 

South Africa-born XinaBox chips in sub-zero Antartica, space

3D printers answer call to produce PPE for healthcare workers

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd April 2020 Three-dimensional (3D) printing solutions provider Additive Manufacturing Solutions’ (AMS’) initiative to mobilise the 3D printing community to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for Gauteng healthcare workers treating patients with the Covid-19 virus has been rolled out to all nine... 

3D printers answer call to produce PPE for healthcare workers
FACE OFF The three-dimensional printing community is called to help the fight against Covid-19 by helping manufacture face shields for healthcare professionals

Interest flares for SustainPower combined heat and power unit

By: Tracy Hancock     20th March 2020 There is growing interest in the locally designed combined heat and power (CHP) unit from containerised sustainable power generation solutions provider SustainPower, as more companies begin to develop greener outlooks, says SustainPower COO Ames Martin. He explains that environmental concerns and... 

Interest flares for SustainPower combined heat and power unit

K-Way designs down suits for first all-female S African Everest team

By: Tracy Hancock     28th February 2020 South African outdoor technical brand K-Way has designed and manufactured bespoke climbing suits that will enable a four-women team to withstand the arduous weather conditions and terrain of Everest, in the Himalayas. The South African women will attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain... 

K-Way designs down suits for first all-female S African Everest team

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

By: Tracy Hancock     20th February 2020 Interest in affordable energy-storage monitoring amid current power constraints and the green energy drive has been exponential in driving the uptake of the LoggerV2, says local lithium-ion battery storage solutions manufacturer Solar MD. “Demand is increasing for Solar MD’s energy-storage... 

Solar energy storage demand drives LoggerV2 sales

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

By: Tracy Hancock     7th February 2020 Component sales remain strong at South African crane manufacturer Condra’s Johannesburg works, which has been manufacturing complete cranes since 1971, says Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “Currently 12% to 15% of our business is made up of component sales, but we do see this as a major growth market.... 

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

By: Tracy Hancock     24th January 2020 Developed by automotive enthusiasts in response to Africa’s water crisis, demand for Premier Wash & Wax is growing monthly as more people become conscious of the need to conserve water and fall in love with the products’ results, says Premier Products owner Gerhard Veldsman. “Africa’s water... 

Premier Wash & Wax a 100% waterless car cleaning product

Strong demand for Marken label holder

By: Tracy Hancock     9th January 2020 Demand for the Marken label holder from custom packaging solutions designer and manufacturer Conceptainer in Kwazulu-Natal is described as “extremely good”, with capacity to produce 10 000 units a month. Marken label holders were developed in 2016 following the call for a resilient control... 

Strong demand for Marken label holder

Fibertex South Africa mitigating imports, enhancing export potential

By: Tracy Hancock     29th November 2019 Durban-based nonwoven geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex South Africa has responded to the construction industry's request for a protection geotextile that can provide even higher performance when protecting the most important, vulnerable component of a lining system. The latest upgrade at the... 

Fibertex South Africa mitigating imports, enhancing export potential

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

By: Tracy Hancock     15th November 2019 International trends in the use of natural stone and engineered stone are increasing demand for its Keraflex S1 Express ultra-white, high-performance cementitious adhesive, notes Gauteng chemicals and adhesives manufacturer Mapei. For decades, Mapei's primary development focus has been on... 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

By: Tracy Hancock     1st November 2019 Discussions are under way with developers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana and Botswana for the supply of the ‘green’, locally produced SanteQ lightweight walling system, as well as  for potential partnerships and projects in Sri Lanka, the UK and Australia. Introduced early this year,... 

Green SanteQ lightweight walling system in heavy demand

Schools driving demand for Enviro Loo industrial model

By: Tracy Hancock     16th October 2019 Developed in 1996, the industrial model from dry sanitation systems supplier Enviro Options was added to the Gauteng company’s offering in response to the need for a high-usage dry sanitation model. The Enviro Loo industrial model can accommodate up to 40 users a day and about 110 000 units have... 

Schools driving demand for Enviro Loo industrial model

Allmech’s Benoni-built electrode boilers exceed import quality

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2019 Benoni-based boiler manufacturer Allmech has produced its electrode boiler range since the late 1990s and, over the years, has developed different models to suite clients’ needs. “The Allmech Electrode Boiler range is our most successful locally manufactured product. It is a clean alternative... 

Allmech’s Benoni-built electrode boilers exceed import quality

Kaytech remains only African producer of bidim

By: Tracy Hancock     18th September 2019 From the Durban Harbour quay wall, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the Glen Shopping Centre, in Gauteng, Durban-headquartered geosynthetics manufacturer and supplier Kaytech’s all-purpose geotextile bidim, is the first geotextile used in South Africa. Introduced by Kaytech in 1971, bidim was the first... 

Kaytech remains only African producer of bidim

Castle Lite world-first secondary packaging keeps beer colder for longer

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd September 2019 Africa’s biggest premium beer brand, Castle Lite, has launched lab-tested secondary packaging that will keep consumers’ beer extra cold for three hours without the use of ice after refrigeration. Castle Lite, launched in 1994, is the only beer lagered at 2.5°C and the lager’s clean crisp taste is... 

Castle Lite world-first secondary packaging keeps beer colder for longer

Concrete Doors & Vaults’ ‘no-gap lid’ keeps vandals out of valve chambers

By: Tracy Hancock     20th August 2019 The patented ‘no-gap lid’ manufactured by high-tech reinforced concrete products developer Concrete Doors & Vaults, in Roodepoort, is the solution to the endemic vandalism of valve chambers in South Africa, says team leader Dr Nicholas Papenfus. Steel lids are easily vandalised, as the locking... 

Concrete Doors & Vaults’ ‘no-gap lid’ keeps vandals out of valve chambers

Micro Aviation SA developing wide-body and amphibious Bat Hawk versions

By: Tracy Hancock     8th August 2019 Nelspruit-based aircraft manufacturer Micro Aviation SA is developing a wide-body and amphibious version of its Bat Hawk surveillance and conservation aircraft. The company has been building the light sport aircraft since 2013, owing to the lack of a low-cost observation platform on the market.... 

Micro Aviation SA developing wide-body and amphibious Bat Hawk versions

Mentis grating and handrailing beat corrosion in wastewater industry

24th July 2019 Johannesburg-headquartered grating manufacturer Andrew Mentis produces a range of corrosion-resistant floor grating as well as handrailing systems in galvanised, 304 stainless steel and 3CR12 options that are suited to the extreme conditions found in wastewater treatment plants. Wastewater... 

Mentis grating and handrailing beat corrosion in wastewater industry

Thermal fragmentation tech readying for mining upswing

By: Tracy Hancock     11th July 2019 Northriding-based underground drill and blast solutions provider MaXem Investments continues to locally develop the thermal fragmentation equipment from junior mining company Nippon Dragon Resources in preparation for an upswing in the mining market. Established in 1997, MaXem, formerly a group... 

Thermal fragmentation tech readying for mining upswing

Locally-built Stampede pedestrian rollers dispatched to Kemach branches

By: Tracy Hancock     27th June 2019 Earthmoving solutions dealer Kemach Equipment has dispatched the first six rollers from South African vibratory compaction rollers manufacturer Stampede Compaction Equipment to each of its main branches across the country. The companies partnered to supply the South African market locally... 

Locally-built Stampede pedestrian rollers dispatched to Kemach branches

Demand for South African engineered drones grows in Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     28th May 2019 The benefit of accessing high-end unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) products and support on the same continent has seen increased demand from African countries of late for products from Cape Town UAV manufacturer Airborne Drones, says partner Gideon Gerber. Airborne Drones products are manufactured... 

Ramjack remote operational centre has potential to save mines millions

By: Tracy Hancock     14th May 2019 The South African-developed rROC remote operations centre (ROC) can potentially save mines millions of US dollars by addressing their skills issues while driving productivity figures and improving safety records. rROC was created by Randburg-based specialised systems integrator Ramjack Technology... 

Ramjack remote operational centre has potential to save mines millions

Mintek cracks spiral automation

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd May 2019 An actuation mechanism developed by South Africa’s national mineral research organisation Mintek has been demonstrated to increase metallurgical performance at spiral plants. Spiral separators are helical chutes that are designed to separate wet minerals based on density. They are often used for... 

Mintek cracks spiral automation
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