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Manufacturing News

Naacam announces MBA scholarship in remembrance of Dr Johan van Zyl

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd September 2021 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (Naacam) has announced it will provide a full manufacturing- focused MBA scholarship at the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) for its intake in 2022. The one-off scholarship will be awarded in... 

Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans 

22nd September 2021 Platinum group metals miner Northam is expanding its ore handling systems to cater for increased volumes coming from its north, central and currently-under-construction south mines, at its Booysendal complex. 

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Northam’s Booysendal complex progresses with expansion plans

Industrial policy belongs at centre of development agenda – Godongwana 

By: Terence Creamer     21st September 2021 Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says industrial policy and the quest for industrialisation belong back at the centre of the development agenda and are critical for meeting South Africa’s aspirations for higher levels of economic growth, job creation, transformation and development. The South... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
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Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Engineering sector strike looms as wage talks deadlock

By: Donna Slater     21st September 2021 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Tuesday announced that it would embark on a national strike in the engineering sector from October 5, after wage talks deadlocked. Numsa has deadlocked with employer associations in engineering, namely the National Employers... 

Aftermarket guidelines beneficial to automotive industry

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Competition Commission South Africa’s Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines, which came into effect in July, after being published in January, can be “hugely beneficial to motorists”, says tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa CEO Lubin Ozoux. “However, consumers still have a... 

A photo of tyre stock inside Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s Ladysmith plant in KwaZulu-Natal
WORKING TIRELESSLY After being looted in July, Sumitomo Rubber South Africa has tried to minimise the impact on dealers

Reskilling programme for retrenched workers completes first run

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The final intake of learners for the maiden year of the Road to Reskilling training programme is set to take place later this month in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. The programme was conceived as a means of reskilling and recapacitating 300 previously retrenched workers in the automotive... 

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MITIGATING THE IMPACT The Road to Reskilling programme was borne out of the need to reduce the impact of anticipated retrenchments from Covid-19

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Metal pipes of a correctly installed pipe system for the HVACR system
HOW TO... The association has released a new installation manual which will be used by training providers form this month

Optimism prevails despite downturn

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Despite setbacks caused by Covid-19, and the riots and looting in July, tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa is optimistic about the sustainability of the local tyre market. Several new products have been launched over the past few months, particularly in the Dunlop... 

 A photo of the Dunlop Grandtrek AT3G two-ply white lettering tyre on a SUV
THEY SEE ME ROLLING Sumitomo Rubber South Africa launched the Dunlop Grandtrek AT3G two-ply white lettering tyre in June

Successful year for initiative

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The Automotive Supply Chain Competitiveness Initiative (ASCCI) World Class Manufacturing (WCM) programme has enjoyed a high level of participation over the past 12 months and is on track to complete 21 projects by the end of the year, National Association of Automotive Component and Allied... 

 A photo of a pair of safety gloves resting on a skip filled with steel automotive components
LOCAL IS LEKKER Localisation requires commercial competitiveness founded on skilled and knowledgeable personnel

Brain drain must not dissuade development

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 To foster a sustainable automotive component manufacturing sector in South Africa, the risk of locally developed skills being poached by other countries must be accepted without dissuading development, says education and training services provider Tetelestai Holdings CEO Natalie Nelson.... 

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BRIGHT SPARKS The National Tooling Initiative Programme has begun a targeted apprenticeship that funds 15 learners in the toolmaking trade

New Merseta chamber to positively impact on sector

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The creation of an automotive component manufacturers chamber at the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) has been a “game changer”, says National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) executive director... 

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PLAYING ITS PART The creation of an automotive component manufacturing specific chamber at the Merseta enables this subsector to deal with its own unique skills issues

Initiative advances TVET system

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Following its initial launch in March last year, skills development initiative High Gear and its partners are launching several technical vocational education and training (TVET) curricula upgrades over the next six months. The High Gear initiative is a collaboration between the National... 

A photo young black men and women being trained by an older white man in an automotive component manufacturing facility
PASSING THE TORCH The improved skills pipeline enabled by High Gear will contribute towards the automotive components manufacturing sector’s localisation and transformation objectives

Continental pursues sustainability goals

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2021 Tyre manufacturer Continental is pursuing ambitious sustainability goals in order to become the “most progressive manufacturer in the tyre industry by 2030”. Its efforts are centered on climate action, low-emission mobility, the circular economy and sustainable supply chains. 

Grundfos looks to save energy through green, sustainable pumping systems

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2021 Incorrect sizing and the inefficient use of pumps contributes to about 10% of global energy consumption, says Grundfos business development manager for Industry: India, Middle East & Africa Saahil Khan. By optimising the pump design for energy efficient use and adapting the system to demand... 

SEZs remain attractive, but embracing broader scope as energy, technology change economy 

By: Schalk Burger     15th September 2021 The 12 special economic zones (SEZs) in South Africa remain relatively attractive destinations owing to the financial and non-financial incentives and support services they offer to specific industrial segments. However, they are also developing additional services and offerings to meet demand... 

Unrest, lockdown restrictions lead to dip in manufacturers' confidence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2021 The Absa Manufacturing Survey for the third quarter recorded a slight dip in overall sector confidence, with business confidence falling by five points to 41. “With continued uncertainty regarding Covid-19 lockdown restrictions during the quarter, as well as the unrest experienced in... 

Appliance manufacturer establishes global brand in South Africa 

15th September 2021 Turkish appliance manufacturer Arçelik has made its entry into the South African market with its global brand Beko, which is the biggest home appliances brand in the UK. Marleny Arnoldi visited the store.  

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Appliance manufacturer establishes global brand in South Africa

July manufacturing output decreases 4.1% y/y, 8% m/m

By: Simone Liedtke     9th September 2021 Data released by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that South Africa’s manufacturing production decreased by 4.1% year-on-year and by 8% month-on-month in July. This, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says, largely reflects the negative impact of civil unrest... 

Tribunal finds Coca-Cola Beverages Africa ‘did not breach’ merger conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 The Competition Tribunal has set aside a finding by the Competition Commission in October 2019 against Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), effectively clearing the company of claims that it had breached merger conditions relating to retrenchments. The matter relates to two mergers involving CCBA... 

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Libstar weathers ongoing challenging market conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     8th September 2021 JSE-listed consumer packaged goods group Libstar’s interim period – the six months ended June 30 – was largely characterised by rising input costs, which CEO Andries van Rensburg said led to a “relentless focus” on cost containment during the period. South Africa’s food inflation averaged 6%... 

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DCD, Sherp hopes to welcome more Sherp vehicles to Africa for use in remote conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2021 Particularly well-suited to adverse weather and remote ground conditions, the Sherp heavy-duty vehicle provides an efficient mode of transport when access to remote areas are required, either for exploration or for humanitarian or search and rescue needs. Manufacturer DCD Protected Mobility,... 

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The Sherp vehicle

Eskom CEO says carbon capture being considered in South Africa

By: Bloomberg     3rd September 2021 Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is evaluating the use of carbon capture at power plants as part of decarbonisation plans to transform the coal-burning utility. The process that captures carbon-dioxide emissions would need to be financially viable, CEO Andre de... 

Metals, engineering industry wage negotiations deadline extended to Sept 14

By: Donna Slater     3rd September 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) reports that its affiliated employer associations – the National Employers Association of South Africa and the South African Engineers and Founders Association, have agreed to extend the deadline for concluding wage... 

An image of Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini
Seifsa CEO Lucio Trentini

Welding solutions supplied by service provider

3rd September 2021 Integrated gas and welding distributor Unique Welding, through its national branch network, comprehensive product range, global partnerships and over 40 years of expertise is uniquely able to assist fabricators reduce welding costs, improve productivity and reduce weld safety risks in the... 

Absa PMI rebounds after July disruption; beats June’s performance

By: Donna Slater     1st September 2021 Financial services provider Absa reports that its seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rebounded to 57.9 points in August. This followed the record single-month decline to 43.5 points in July, compared with 57.4 points in June. 

Company opens expanded Value-Added Centre for customers’ manufacturing requirements 

1st September 2021 The South African extension of Germany-based Phoenix Contact has expanded its Value-Added Centre (VAC), based in Randburg, South Africa, as part of its continued efforts to provide its customers with manufacturing of their product solutions. Creamer Media journalist Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

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Company opens expanded Value-Added Centre for customers’ manufacturing requirements

Sactwu secures second wage increase this year

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 About 70 000 clothing workers in South Africa, most of whom are members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions-affiliated Southern African Clothing & Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu), will receive a 4.2% average wage increase as from September 1. This is the second wage increase for South... 

Hulamin continues turnaround, despite pandemic 

By: Simone Liedtke     31st August 2021 Aluminium supplier and exporter Hulamin continued with its turnaround actions for both its rolled and extruded product segments, despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, for the period ended June 30. In the six-month period, Hulamin’s rolled and extruded product sales increased by 43% and 58%,... 

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Hulamin CFO Mark Gounder presents for the first time as he discusses the company's interim financial results. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Women-developed products launched with the help of the Technology Innovation Agency

By: Donna Slater     30th August 2021 Five women-led products and innovations, developed with the assistance of the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), were launched and showcased to the market on August 30. The products include skincare products, a personal tracking device for children, an alternative to drinking yoghurt and a... 

Tiger Brands disposes of share in UACF

By: Simone Liedtke     30th August 2021 South African packaged goods company Tiger Brands is disposing of its 49% shareholding in UAC Foods (UACF) to its partner UACF Nigeria (UACN), which already holds the remaining 51% of the company. Following a detailed review, Tiger Brands found that UACF would be “better positioned” under the... 

As Mpumalanga towns plot future beyond coal, workers express pain over mine closures 

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2021 The Steve Tshwete local municipality, in Mpumalanga, which is at the epicentre of South Africa’s coal industry, is revising its Local Economic Development (LED) strategy to take account of the anticipated closure of coal mines and power stations and create the framework for a more diversified... 

The Komati coal-fired power station, which will be fully decommissioned in 2022
The Komati coal-fired power station, which will be fully decommissioned in 2022

Appliance manufacturer offers South Africans new eco-friendly, efficient options 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2021 Turkish appliance company Arçelik has made its entry into the South African market with its global brand Beko, starting out with two brand experience standalone stores – one in Fourways, Gauteng, and the other in Umhlanga, in KwaZulu-Natal – to be launched early in September. The group plans to... 

Beko's store at The Crescent, in Umhlanga Ridge
Beko's store at The Crescent, in Umhlanga Ridge

Italtile reports ‘solid’ financial performance despite ongoing market challenges 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th August 2021 JSE-listed bathroomware manufacturer Italtile delivered a solid performance for the financial year ended June 30, despite sluggish economic growth and dampened consumer spend. The group posted a 70% increase in trading profit to R2.5-billion, compared with the trading profit of R1.5-billion... 

Italtile's Millennial-look CTM store format
Italtile's Millennial-look CTM store format

Adcock Ingram delivers ‘resilient performance’ despite difficult operating environment

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 South African pharmaceuticals giant Adcock Ingram delivered a “resilient performance” in the financial year ended June 30, which CEO Andy Hall said was despite the difficult operating environment, which was characterised by the continuing adverse impact of Covid-19, a tough economic environment... 

Policy implementation needed to reverse unemployment - Seifsa

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2021 Government needs to urgently focus on job creation efforts as it tries to revive the economy, and key to addressing this challenge, will be the speedy implementation of government's economic policies to address the bottlenecks in the economy, industry organisation the Steel and Engineering... 

Failure to heed warnings about a disease like Covid-19 a bigger risk than the disease itself – Whitfield

By: Donna Slater     24th August 2021 The major risk posed by Covid-19 is not the disease itself, but instead humankind’s inaction to heed calls that such an event could lead to the crippling of global economies and other systems, independent broadcaster, journalist and writer Bruce Whitfield said on August 24. He gave the keynote... 

DMRE outlines timetable for electricity procurement programmes  

By: Terence Creamer     24th August 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has provided an updated timetable for the implementation of its long-term electricity procurement programmes, which are being pursued in line with a Section 34 Ministerial determination, published in September 2020, and catering for the... 

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Workers installing solar panels at a project in South Africa
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