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Manufacturing News

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

Sugar master plan to help ailing industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 With the South African sugar industry having experienced various challenges in the past few years, the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to address some challenges and assist with the industry’s growth. Over the past 20 years, local yearly sugar production has declined by nearly 25%,... 

An image of SASA executive director Trix Trikam
TRIX TRIKAM Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 to set to address industry challenges

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

An image of IWC's sugar cooler
COOLING DOWN IWC has partnered with Solex to distribute heat transfer technology

July riots temporarily halt sugar production

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 KwaZulu-Natal is a primary location for South Africa’s sugar production and the riots in July resulted in sugar production coming to a halt. Although sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa was one of many businesses affected by the riots, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD Dave... 

An image of a Storage unit at Tongaat Hulett
TEAM WORK Tongaat Hulett employees came together to protect Tongaat Hulett operations during the riots

Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in the category of projects valued between R50-million and R250-million. “This annual awards programme,... 

An image of Strike Recievers installed in the project
EXPANDING CAPACITY The expansion project was necessary for UCL to meet its season requirements

Auto import substitution a growing reality

3rd December 2021 Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality, states local supplier KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur. He adds that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is... 

SAB launches initiative to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption

By: Simone Liedtke     1st December 2021 South African Breweries (SAB) has committed to use its scale, reach and expertise to accelerate responsible alcohol consumption through the launch of a new evidence-based platform. The new platform is called SAB Sharp, a play on words communicating SAB’s leadership in championing responsible... 

Aspen strikes deal with J&J to launch own vaccine, called 'Aspenovax'

By: News24Wire      30th November 2021 Aspen will manufacture and sell its own branded Covid-19 vaccine in Africa, following an agreement with Johnson & Johnson. Johnson & Johnson is granting Aspen an intellectual property licence to produce its vaccine under the new brand name "Aspenovax". According to the deal, Aspen will... 

Filled vaccine vials

Aspen SA closer to launching own-branded vaccine, called Aspenovax, for Africa 

30th November 2021 Pharmaceutical company Aspen’s wholly-owned South African subsidiary, Aspen SA Operations, has signed a nonbinding term sheet with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, two of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, that will form the basis for the negotiation... 

Pic of Covid-19 Vaccines with South African flag in background.

Zinc anti-corrosion coatings offer long-lasting protection

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Various methods of applying zinc films to steel items offer unique and long-lasting anti-corrosion benefits, according to various zinc experts who spoke during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on behalf of the International Zinc Association (IZA) on November 23. IZA... 

Rail operator eyes South African, African leasing expansion with renewed locomotive fleet

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Freight logistics company Grindrod, through its 43% shareholding in Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa, is looking to expand its locomotives leasing and rail operations business in South Africa and the rest of Africa. This comes after it achieved success in Sierra Leone, having brought... 

An image of a newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
A newly refurbished GL30 SCC locomotive at Pretoria-based freight company Railco Africa

CSIR's initial circular economy study shows potential to create economy-wide value

By: Schalk Burger     26th November 2021 The initial findings from the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Science, Technology and Innovation for a Circular Economy (STI4CE) study shows that transitioning to a more circular economy has the potential to create value across all sectors of the economy. There are also... 

Global glass company Ardagh to acquire Consol for R10.1bn 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2021 Global glass and metal packaging supplier Ardagh Group intends to acquire 100% of the ordinary shares of South African glass manufacturer Consol Holdings for R10.1-billion. The transaction will include Consol’s operations in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia.  

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New filtration product developed

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Dust and liquid filtration systems manufacturer Crosible Filtration, in collaboration with afabric developer, have developed a product called Pyro-flo. 

Picture of pyro-flo being sown into a filter bag
INPENATRABLE FILTER FABRIC Pyro-flo can achieve 1 mg/Nm3 emissions in acidic, high-temperature baghouses that operate from 260 °C to 280 °C.

Components supplied to local platinum smelter

By: Darren Parker     26th November 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a major contract to supply 190 t worth of copper pyrometallurgical components to the South African arm of an Italian company for use in a local platinum smelter project. All components supplied by Thos Begbie must be approved through... 

A wide angle photo of a delta section of a furnace
DELTA SECTION Thos Begbie hosted some of the major Italian role-players on its premises, in Middelburg, Mpumalanga, to witness work conducted on a previous project

Socioeconomic factors worsened by Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna Slater     24th November 2021 Several economy-influencing factors have been heightened by the Covid-19 pandemic, including asymmetry of socioeconomic factors, consumer and business disruption, population age discrepancies, socioeconomic polarisation and a lack of trust in leadership, PwC partner and chief economist Lullu... 

Regional value chains across Africa can link markets and drive industrialisation - Patel 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2021 The development of regional value chains across Africa presents an opportunity to create market linkages between regions, integrate critical supply chains and replace some products that currently being imported from outside of the continent, said Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
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Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

SMEs need to take up 4IR tech to align with larger players

By: Donna Slater     23rd November 2021 Smart manufacturing is important to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) because such businesses account for between 95% and 99% of every major country’s manufacturing sectors, Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association vice-chairperson Dr Ananth Seshan said during the organisation’s year-end... 

Additive manufacturing in South Africa boosted by local technology developments

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th November 2021 Although the Covid-19 pandemic has had a very real impact on the sector, both globally and locally, all signs are that additive manufacturing (AM) – popularly called 3D printing – is set to grow rapidly in the coming years, both in South Africa and around the world. That was a clear consensus at... 

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Second phase of plant expansion begins  

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Secondary steel manufacturer Veer Steel Mills has entered its second phase of expansion with the construction of a melt shop – the newest addition to its plant in Alrode, Alberton. 

Picture of Veers steel Mills alrode Plant
MELTING AWAY  A melt shop has commenced construction and will be the newest addition to Veer’s plant in Alrode, Alberton 

Manufacturers need to innovate to survive in post-Covid-19 environment

By: Donna Slater     17th November 2021 In an environment where manufacturers have and continue to overcome disruptions brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic, Manufacturing Operations Management Institute president and senior consultant Jan Snoeij has said industries need to innovate to survive and be successful through better systems... 

SKF supporting fossil-free bearing steel through collaboration with Swedish university

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 Bearings, seals and lubrication systems company SKF is supporting the development of so-called fossil-free bearing steel through a collaboration with Sweden-based Luleå University of Technology’s Centre for Hydrogen Energy Systems Sweden (CH2ESS) initiative. Hydrogen is the key to a fossil-free... 

British High Commission plans partnership to develop youth technical skills

By: Donna Slater     16th November 2021 The British government will invest up to £75-million of official development assistance, globally, for skills development across nine fast-growing economies; with the South African portion being dedicated to addressing the skills gaps, skills mismatch and quality training for unemployed youth and... 

Report warns that industrialisation-through-localisation could stunt South Africa’s development  

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2021 The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) has published a hard-hitting critique of South Africa’s localisation policy, warning that it could raise the cost of doing business, reduce export competitiveness and constrain future development. Titled ‘The Siren Song of Localisation: Why... 

Image of a welder in a manufacturing plant

Highveld Robusteel to acquire Evraz Highveld's remaining iron, steelmaking assets

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 Highveld Robusteel will be acquiring the remaining iron and steelmaking assets of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium, business rescue practitioner Piers Marsden confirmed on November 12. The transaction is the first of Robusteel’s strategic acquisitions in the steel, mining, minerals beneficiation... 

Ascendis Health continues to consider nonbinding proposals, EoIs for shares

By: Simone Liedtke     12th November 2021 South African pharmaceuticals company Ascendis Health’s board of directors continues to consider nonbinding proposals and expressions of interest (EoIs) for the acquisition of Ascendis Health shares. The company on November 12 said it continues to receive a number of these, though it advised... 

MoU signed to establish fully automated smart skills centre in Saldanha Bay

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 To address a widening digital skills gap in South Africa, the Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (Chieta) has signed an memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) Licencing Company. This was done to establish a new fully... 

An image of SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
SBIDZ CEO Kaashifah Beukes with CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay

Schneider Electric appoints new Africa leaders to bolster evolving continental needs

By: Donna Slater     12th November 2021 Schneider Electric has appointed Taru Madangombe as Africa power and grid segment regional leader and Vladimir Milovanovic as Anglophone Africa power systems VP. In a statement, the company says their appointments represent Schneider Electric’s continued commitment to the ever-evolving power and... 

An image of Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic
Schneider Electric Anglophone Africa power systems VP Vladimir Milovanovic

LED light improve vision on site

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 Multinational manufacturer Atlas Copco’s H6 plus light tower uses light-emitting-diode (LED) lights to improve on the previous H5 plus light tower used at construction sites. Atlas Copco power technique business line manager David Stanford says conditions at a construction or mine site can be... 

An image of Atlas Copco's H6+ Light Tower
H6+ LIGHT TOWER The latest extension of Atlas Copco's range offers wider range with compact design

Green shoots in manufacturing production, sales as expansion is urged

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Specialised consultancy firm the Don Consultancy Group (DCG) says the recent manufacturing production and sales data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) indicate positive news for South Africa’s growth. However, chief economic Chifi Mhango warns that “South Africa must expand its... 

Sappi recovers strongly after Covid-19 impact

By: Simone Liedtke     11th November 2021 Pulp and paper producer Sappi has returned to profitability for the financial year ended September 30, turning a loss of $135-million in 2020 into a profit of $13-million for 2021, with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation (Ebitda) having increased by 40% over the prior... 

Pic of paper at Sappi mill

Tribunal extends PepsiCo’s employee share scheme for second time

By: Simone Liedtke     10th November 2021 The Competition Tribunal has extended, for the second time, the compliance period for the implementation of a landmark broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) employee share ownership plan (Esop), to November 26. The Esop was imposed as a condition in the March 2020 merger whereby PepsiCo... 

Opinion: Embracing green energy industrialisation to tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth

10th November 2021 In this opinion article, Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet writes about the need for South Africa to coordinate its climate change adaptation and mitigation plans with its broader national reindustrialisation plans. 

BCG MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet

Electronics group announces ESG action plan; sets 2030 net-zero target

By: Halima Frost     8th November 2021 Industrial and electronic products distributor Electrocomponents has launched its comprehensive 2030 environmental, social and governance (ESG) action plan, titled ‘For a better world’. During a virtual media conference on November 4, subsidiary RS Components social responsibility and... 

RS Components social responsibility and sustainability VP Andrea Barrett
RS Components social responsibility and sustainability VP Andrea Barrett

New opportunities in strained industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 The partnership between industrial valves supplier Process and Allied Contracting Equipment (PACE Valves) and Australia-based specialist flow control solutions company Proeger, is helping to meet the African market’s growing need for high-pressure backfill valves amid a challenging local valve... 

An image of PACE Valves' dump valve
DUMP VALVES PACE Valves also provides on-site support services for clients apart from manufacturing and supplying valves

Coating solutions extend valves life span

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 High technology spray coating specialist Thermaspray offers the distinct technologies of thermal spray, laser cladding and Teflon for application of coatings on new or refurbished valves. These technologies provide a suite of benefits, tailored to every application for every customer, says... 

An image of Thermaspray's laser cladding process on the knife gate of a knife gate valve
LASER CLADDING Laser cladding is a unique process ensuring that valve components do not become distorted

Company celebrates one year

By: Nadine Ramdass     5th November 2021 Specialists in the design and slurry related valves manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) is celebrating its first year of business. “AFS was established by the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) of investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings Limited, as part of the group’s... 

An image of AFS' new rubber lining facility with autoclave
RUBBER LINING FACILITY With up to 10m in length capacity autoclave
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