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Manufacturing News

Macsteel set to break a world record for roofing solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th May 2022 Steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, in partnership with Tate & Nicholson, Fortress, Pick n Pay and Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), has applied pioneering sky forming technology to break the world record for the longest roof span covered by a single metal... 

Reunert expects improved full-year performance following solid interim results

By: Donna Slater     25th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial group Reunert’s revenue increased by 11% year-on-year to R5.1-billion for the six months ended March 31, while operating profit increased by 4% to R465-million. The group’s profit after tax increased by 7% to R331-million, while headline earnings a share climbed 1% to R1.95... 

New SEW-Eurodrive factory geared towards modular drive development

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Drive systems company SEW-Eurodrive is focusing on localising its modular drive concept for a variety of industrial drive applications for the power generation sector in an effort to meet urgent local needs and harsh conditions with improved lead times. National sales and marketing manager... 

Barloworld posts solid interim HEPS, but lower BEPS amid Eurasian headwinds

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2022 Diversified group Barloworld has delivered a noteworthy increase in group operating profit of 34.7% year-on-year to R2.8-billion for the first six months ended March 31, despite starting to feel the pinch from Eurasian volatilities. The industrial brand-owner plans on paying a 165c apiece... 

Steel master plan conference reveals action areas that need urgent attention

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th May 2022 There are a number of areas with clear to-do lists and action plans that the industry must collaboratively undertake to ensure the successful implementation of the steel industry master plan. Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) COO Tafadzwa Chibanguza told... 

Forum set up to improve cooperation between Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2022 A new forum comprising Eskom, Transnet and domestic industrialists is to be established to improve collaboration between the two large infrastructure-focused State-owned companies and domestic manufacturers and suppliers. The initiative was unveiled by Ministers Pravin Gordhan and Ebrahim Patel... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Is the steel master plan delivering?

Megger solidifies commitment to Africa with new Durban-based office

By: Simone Liedtke     20th May 2022 With South Africa being one of four regional economic “hotspots” in Africa, testing and measurement equipment manufacturer Megger has chosen the country to be the host of its first African office, which it believes signals “a strong commitment to the African continent”. This, says Megger Africa... 

Megger solidifies commitment to Africa with new Durban-based office

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Lithium-ion battery assembly plant opened in Cape Town

By: Irma Venter     20th May 2022 Swedish energy storage specialist Polarium has opened a lithium-ion battery assembly plant in Montague Park, Cape Town. The facility is the group’s third in the world, with the other two plants in Mexico and Vietnam. 

Company celebrates one year anniversary

20th May 2022 Slurry related valves design and manufacturing company Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) celebrated its first year of being in business in March. The company hosted a two-day launch function at its manufacturing plant in Benoni, Gauteng. 

An image depicting people at an AFS launch function in the company's hydraulic press room
BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Specialists in the design and manufacture of slurry related valves, AFS celebrates its first year of business

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Fanaroff dismisses infrastructure versus localisation dichotomy as ‘factually wrong’ 

By: Terence Creamer     19th May 2022 The “either-or” narrative pitting accelerated infrastructure delivery against localisation has been challenged by Dr Bernie Fanaroff, who played a central role in the development of the Steel Master Plan, which identifies localisation as one of several instruments to be used to revive the... 

Dr Bernie Fanaroff
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Dr Bernie Fanaroff

RMI puts its full support behind upcoming Automechanika trade fair

By: Darren Parker     13th May 2022 Industry body the Retail Motor Industry Organisation (RMI) has pledged its support to the international automotive service industry trade fair Automechanika Johannesburg, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from June 7 to 10. The event is sponsored by financial institution... 

Efficient trucks added to fleet

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros added four new trucks from global truck manufacturer Volvo to its heavy lifting and materials handling fleet. Lovemore Bros heavy rigging manager Shane Hawyes says the benefit of the acquisition is threefold. 

A condenser lift using a hydraulic gantry at a heavy lift job in South Africa
CONDENSED POWER A condenser lift supplied by Lovemore Bros using its hydraulic gantry

Tracker technology increases PV efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 The Genius Tracker from solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar can increase a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation’s harnessing efficacy by up to 25% as opposed to a static tracking system. The single axis tracker can be installed on slopes of about 7%, “but it could be designed to... 

A long row of solar panels of specially designed Genius trackers supplied by Gamechange solar at an installation in South Africa
TOP TRACKER The Genius Tracker offered by GamChange solar increases harnessing efficiency on a solar panel by about 25%

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

Battery installation bolsters solar plant efficacy

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Renewable-energy turnkey provider African Clean Energy Solutions (ACES) Renewables is installing two 540 kWh hybrid lithium-ion batteries at a business park near the Eastgate shopping centre, in Gauteng, to ensure energy efficiency amid load-shedding disruptions. The project, which includes the... 

A large array of solar panels on the top of an office building
TOP-UP The solar PV installation on top of a building finished by ACES Renewables last year will be complimented by a Battery storage system

Machine tools importers faced with challenges

13th May 2022 Members of trade organisation South African Machine Tool Merchant Association (MTMA) have adapted to Covid-related impacts, such as importing delays, as 2021 progressed. However, unforeseen events, such as mass unrest in July last year and flooding along the South African east coast, have added... 

An image of a welder welding.
Photo by Russ Ward
SPARKS FLY Apart from the pandemic, the machine tools industry has encountered many challenges

New products added to portfolio, renew interest in metrology solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     13th May 2022 Measuring instruments supplier B&R Metrology introduced new products to its portfolio to counteract the decline in enquiries for metrology products as manufacturing and engineering companies navigate Covid-related impacts, and to pursue new sales tactics and increase its online presence. As a... 

An image of Scantech's Simscan
SCANTECH SIMSCAN The Simscan has been popular in the local market since its introduction October last year

KZN Treasury approves flood relief fund for rural businesses, informal traders

By: Yvonne Silaule     12th May 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Treasury has approved the reprioritisation of R67.5-million in funding to the province’s Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs to provide relief for township and rural businesses, as well as informal traders affected by the recent floods. Premier... 

Manufacturing output down 0.8% year-on-year in March

By: Reuters     12th May 2022 South Africa's manufacturing output was down 0.8% year on year in March after rising by a revised 0.7% in February, the statistics agency said on Thursday. Factory production rose 0.6% month on month in March, Statistics South Africa said. 

SAB, AB InBev reiterate commitment to investing in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     12th May 2022 Despite the negative impact of the lockdown-related alcohol bans in South Africa – particularly in 2020 – beer maker South African Breweries (SAB) CEO Richard Rivett-Carnac and parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) CEO Michel Doukeris have reiterated the group’s commitment to investing... 

Beer bottles being manufactured

AVEVA commits to net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030; net-zero Scope 3 emissions by 2050

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 Industrial software provide AVEVA has committed to achieving net-zero Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 2030 and to have net-zero Scope 1,2 and 3 emissions by 2050, AVEVA Europe, Middle East and Africa global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari said this week. "A proper sustainability message... 

Cabinet approves LPG rollout strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th May 2022 Cabinet has approved a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) rollout strategy for implementation. The strategy, which was published for public consultation in March, seeks to expand the domestic industry and contribute to the diversification of sources of energy, Minister in the Presidency Mondli... 

LPG bottles

Industrial software professionals engage during technical streams at conference

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2022 The Industry Software Solutions and Support (IS3) X-Change User Conference, aimed at providing the attending industrial software professionals with technical overviews and insights into industrial automation solutions and processes, saw the professionals get detailed updates on various industrial... 

Digital technologies can support industries in achieving sustainability, net-zero goals

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2022 Digital technologies can support industries in achieving their sustainability and net-zero emissions goals. Efficiency is the largest driver of sustainability, but also of profitability, says industrial software multinational Aveva global head of digital acceleration Michele Cacciari. 

European Commission, European electrolyser industry agree to manufacturing framework conditions

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2022 The European Commission and the European electrolyser industry have signed a joint declaration containing a range of initiatives to improve framework conditions for electrolyser manufacturers in Europe. In March, the European Commission announced its increased ambitions to double the previous... 

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year
WATER RETRACT ACTUATOR The WRA250 was reintroduced to the South African automotive market in March this year

Market expected to be worth $22.2M by 2030

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The South African hydraulic gear pumps market is expected to be worth $22.2-million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% over the next eight years, says market research and consulting company Future Market Insights (FMI), which recently published a report on the global... 

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year
ADVANTAGEOUS TOOL Companies can determine the potential energy savings servo-hydraulics can realise for a specific machine by using an online energy calculator Baumüller introduced this year

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer embarks on African roadshow

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 Precision hydraulic cylinder specialist Kappa Engineering aims to navigate the African business environment through a series of roadshows this year to showcase its expertise to key mining companies. With the company already having visited Botswana in February and Mozambique in March, plans are in... 

Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads
BIGGER AND BETTER Kappa is working on custom projects which involve a 350 Series design for the handling of greater pressures and loads

Mbalula recommends a people-centred just transition

By: Schalk Burger     5th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said a just transition is about improving the lives and livelihoods of all South Africans, particularly those that are bearing the brunt of climate impacts, and protecting and empowering workers and communities, as the country navigates the shift away from... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Photo by Reuters
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Africa CDC urges Covid-19 vaccine buyers to order from S Africa's Aspen

By: Reuters     5th May 2022 Africa's top public health body urged all those purchasing Covid-19 vaccines for the continent to place orders with South Africa's Aspen Pharmacare, saying the market was key to developing vaccine manufacturing on the continent. The Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said it was... 

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