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Manufacturing News

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th April 2021 An increased concern for the safety of people in light passenger vehicles is driving local safety glass manufacturer South African Bullet Resistant Glass (SABRG) to extend its operations to the full armouring of vehicles across the range, from double and single cab bakkies, to passenger cars and... 

Public have until month-end to comment on new lighting lamp specifications

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 South Africans have until April 30 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps. The specifications are aimed at improving the safety, performance and energy efficiency of lightbulbs approved for use in South Africa by phasing out inefficient and environmentally... 

KAS Africa secures $10m investment for growth

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Personal care products manufacturer KAS Africa has secured a $10-million investment from Mauritian investment company TRT Investments for the acquisition of a new plant and equipment to build capacity and capability. TRT has acquired a 49% stake in KAS Africa, which also now has access to working... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

SEZ Programme successfully driving industrialisation – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 Despite the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy, Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme continues to “successfully drive industrialisation” of the country. She explains that the programme... 

Seifsa calls on metals, engineering firms to submit entries for customer service award

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Metals and engineering industry association the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on companies to submit their entries for the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence in the Customer Service Award category,. This year’s entrants will be assessed on their... 

Cylinder market expected to grow

9th April 2021 The global liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder manufacturing market is projected to reach a market size of about $4.7-billion by 2026, with an average growth rate of about 3.6% during the forecast period, according to a report issued by market intelligence provider Transparency Market Research... 

Cylinder market expected to grow
EXPANDING GAS The growth in the global LPG cylinder manufacturing market is driven by increased disposable income, urbanisation and demand for convenience

Increase in tanks demand presents challenges

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Despite a global increase in stainless steel tanks production over the past 12 months – particularly for the food and beverage sectors – some subsectors are facing challenges, says stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. “The food and beverage sector... 

Increase in tanks demand  presents challenges
AGES LIKE A FINE WINE Over the recommended life span of a structure, stainless steel becomes more economical because of reduced maintenance and refurbishment required

New range of air driers introduced

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment supplier Artic Driers International has launched a new range of locally manufactured air driers – the SA Series – for cleaning and drying compressed air in food and beverage applications. The SA Series range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple,... 

New range of air  driers introduced
THE SA SERIES The locally made range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple and robust design

New gensets developed

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

New gensets developed
NEW GENSET The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

Dryers used in fight against Covid-19

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment equipment importer Artic Driers has, in partnership with nongovernmental organisation Save-P, developed locally manufactured, low-dewpoint, heatless air dryers to combat Covid-19. These dryers were developed to be issued free of charge to hospitals and clinics where... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects  

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2021 The stipulation that solar projects bid as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) include photovoltaic (PV) modules that meet the local-content thresholds and conditionalities outlined in government’s designation for PV components is causing some... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects

Alfeco Group acquires Hulamin’s Gauteng aluminium extrusions business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2021 Integrated South African metals company Alfeco Group has recently acquired the Hulamin Extrusions plant, in Olifantsfontein, Midrand. The extrusion assets, which are now part of Alfeco’s new aluminium division, with a design capacity of 20 000 t/y, have been renamed Veer Aluminium. 

Seifsa calls on metals, engineering firms to submit entries for environmental award

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2021 Metals and engineering industry association the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on April 7 called on companies in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence in the Environment Stewardship Award... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Local company shines  in furnace rebuilds
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

Vestas optimistic about South Africa, Africa's onshore wind potential

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Denmark-based wind energy equipment multinational Vestas is optimistic about renewable energy, and specifically onshore wind energy, opportunities in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. "We are also evaluating the potential of South Africa to act as a possible industrial hub towards the... 

Patel calls for stronger partnership for manufacturing to benefit from Brics

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has called for deeper partnerships and the use of both demand- and supply-side measures to strengthen South African manufacturing capability and enable the country to benefit from opportunities in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

Big business to approach government with solutions for accelerating infrastructure spending  

By: Terence Creamer     26th March 2021 Big business in South Africa plans to approach government with a series of solutions aimed at narrowing the ever-widening gap between the country’s fixed-investment spending targets and the dismal reality of declining spending on both social and economic infrastructure. Through the National... 

Big business to approach government with solutions for accelerating infrastructure spending

SA Mint rounds out Big Five collectors coin range with release of Buffalo coin

By: Donna Slater     26th March 2021 The South African (SA) Mint, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the South African Reserve Bank, has released two new coin ranges for this year, including the highly-anticipated Big Five African Buffalo coin. Introduced in 2019, the Elephant, Lion, Rhinoceros and the Leopard have already been issued as... 

SA Mint rounds out Big Five collectors coin range with release of Buffalo coin
The newly minted Big Five African Buffalo coin

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

Company plays maintenance role

26th March 2021 Engineering solutions specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. BMG works closely with sugar farmers and engineers... 

Company plays maintenance role
INDUSTRY BACKING BMG works with sugar farmers and engineers at mills by providing components and support services to enhance production, minimise downtime and extend equipment service life

Sappi maps way forward in pandemic aftermath

26th March 2021 Paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi notes that there has been a pronounced recovery of pricing and demand in dissolving pulp (DP) markets. As of January 29, 2021, the Chinese market price had improved to $895/t, driven by a number of positive factors including low inventory levels,... 

Sappi maps way forward in pandemic aftermath
PULP RECOVERY The full benefit of the rising dissolving pulp prices will be phased through future quarters owing to the quarterly lag in contract pricing

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

Marine repair company building on expertise
KEEPING AFLOAT Namdock ship repair is a recognised leader in the ship repair and offshore oil and gas sector

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

Large dredging contract  awarded to Belgium company
THiS IS SPARTA-CUS Spartacus the new cutter suction dredger on offer by DEME is said o be the largest of its kind globally

Industry master plan supported

26th March 2021 Non-profit trade organisation FairPlay Movement enthusiastically supports the South African Sugar Master Plan as a mechanism to stabilise and rebuild the industry after devastating and predatory imports have gained market share and killed local jobs for years. “Like the poultry sector master plan... 

Brics Manufacturing Conference ready for trade facilitation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2021 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Manufacturing Conference, which kicks off in Johannesburg on Friday, will give local manufacturers the opportunity to reflect on how they can grow using new technologies. Organised by the Brics Manufacturing Working Group (MWG), the... 

Norway bans sale of Rolls-Royce subsidiary to Russian group

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2021 The Norwegian government has vetoed the sale, by UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce, of its Norwegian subsidiary company Bergen Engines to Russian locomotive and railway equipment manufacturing and services company TMH Group. Rolls-Royce Bergen produces medium speed... 

Absa report shows second quarter of raw material constraints in manufacturing supply chain 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 Financial services firm Absa's 2021 first-quarter Manufacturing Survey shows that, for a second quarter in a row, manufacturers are reporting issues in the supply chain that are resulting in raw material shortage constraints negatively affecting their production processes. “Currently, a major... 

Marginal gains critical in gaining competitive advantage

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 The compounding effect of not taking advantage of marginal gains has a significant impact on the way in which an organisation operates, says pump manufacturer Grundfos commercial building services sales manager Duncan Graham. Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process,... 

Marginal gains critical in gaining competitive advantage
DUNCAN GRAHAM Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process, subsequently resulting in a significant improvement overall

Pandemic increases demand for pumps

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 With much of the world being tested to its limits by the Covid-19 pandemic, it resulted in an increased demand for pumps and related accessories, says specialist pump company Integrated Pump Technology sales manager Jordan Marsh. He explains that, with mines being considered as “hot spots” for... 

Pandemic increases demand for pumps
GRINDEX RANGE The company is the sub-Saharan Africa supplier for the Grindex range

SEZs to play critical role in reconstruction and recovery plan – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     17th March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) programme will play a critical role in the implementation of South Africa’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan. He was addressing members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the Select... 

What countries will fight over when green energy dominates

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2021 The Rand Corporation’s been designing war games with the Pentagon since the 1950s, modelling such hard-nosed security scenarios as a two-front US war with China and Russia. Now the think tank is turning its realpolitik tool kit to a question more often associated with environmental dreamers: How... 

South Africa can build manufacturing capacity; pandemic is proof of potential, says Rodseth 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa can halt is premature deindustrialisation trend and grow the value of the manufacturing sector and its beneficial impact on jobs if all stakeholders commit to its development, manufacturing industry advocacy body the Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said this... 

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