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Manufacturing News

System gaining traction in building conversion projects

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Alternative building technology solutions provider SanteQ Liteweight Building Technology’s bespoke Plaswall building technology provides for simple and rapid installation using unsophisticated skills. 

Hudaco unlikely to pay dividend as Covid-19 impacts businesses

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 Branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco reports, that despite business disruptions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, its business remains in a sound financial position, with payments still being made to its creditors on negotiated... 

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environments for their employees

By: Donna Slater     21st May 2020 As governments in Africa ease lockdown restrictions and reopen local economies, CFOs are focusing on plans to provide a safe working environment for their employees and ensure that this safety can be sustained throughout the Covid-19 crisis and recovery. This deduction comes from the latest 'the... 

CFOs in Africa take steps to provide safe working environments for their employees
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PwC Africa CEO Dion Shango

Masondo reiterates projections of economic downturn, increased demand on health services

By: Simone Liedtke     21st May 2020 While difficult to predict what the South African economy will look like post-Covid-19, Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo has warned that citizens can expect a 6% contraction in economic growth this year, alongside an increased demand on health services and infrastructure. Speaking during... 

Masondo reiterates projections of economic downturn, increased demand on health services
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Deputy Finance Minister Dr David Masondo

Nuclear corporation briefs Parliamentarians on its 12-month, 5- and 10-year objectives

By: Rebecca Campbell     20th May 2020 In a briefing to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy on May 20, the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) stated that it would achieve a turnover of more than R2-billion during the 2021 financial year (FY), but nevertheless expected a net loss of... 

Manufacturing output declines 2.1% in February 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2020 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that manufacturing production decreased by 2.1% in February. The largest negative contributors were basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and machinery, contracting by 4.8% and contributing -0.9 of a percentage point; and wood... 

Jubilee relocates chrome plant to maximise earnings 

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 Aim- and AltX-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals will relocate its fine chrome operation from the Dilokong chrome mine (DCM) to the group’s larger Inyoni or Windsor operations in South Africa. Jubilee on May 19 said the move would optimise group earnings. 

Small businesses have to rethink funding approach now

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th May 2020 Traditional models of business funding will require a re-think if South Africa’s small businesses and entrepreneurs are to emerge from the financially crippling “winter of coronavirus” into a spring of growth and rejuvenation, says University of Stellenbosch Business School senior extraordinary... 

Rhodes' interim performance buoyed by strong sales ahead of lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     19th May 2020 JSE-listed Rhodes Food Group’s headline earnings a share for the six months ended March 29, 2020, decreased by 2.8% year-on-year to 31.2c, while its earnings a share decreased by 2.3% to 30.2c. Diluted headline earnings a share were down 3.1% at 31.1c. 

SKF appoints new Southern Africa MD

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2020 Boksburg-based bearings, seals and lubrication systems company SKF Southern Africa has appointed Burak Özyurt as its new MD, with immediate effect. After working for Turkish household appliances company Arcelik (known locally as Defy), he joined SKF in 2012 as an application engineer in Turkey... 

Manufacturers encouraged to first pilot IIoT projects

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 The use of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions in manufacturing grows in complexity and scale over time by providing solutions to specific requirements of the plant or manufacturer. Manufacturers should deploy pilot IIoT projects to address specific challenges and then scale up their... 

Digitalisation of manufacturing offers potential to increase efficiency

By: Schalk Burger     19th May 2020 Digitalisation of the manufacturing sector provides a new opportunity to increase efficiency, but also brings with it new challenges, Rockwell Automation Europe, Middle East and Africa president Susana Gonzalez has highlighted. Rockwell recently hosted its first fully virtual conference to... 

Planned move to Level 3 lockdown positive, but longer-term foresight urgently needed

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) reports that its constituencies are working sectorally and collectively to migrate South Africa to Level 3 of the national lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on May 13, stating that lockdown regulations would be... 

Planned move to Level 3 lockdown positive, but longer-term foresight urgently needed
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BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Kibo Energy inks power purchase agreement with Baobab Resources

By: Donna Slater     18th May 2020 Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a binding term sheet with mining company and steelmaker Baobab Resources to supply 200 MW of energy to Baobab's Tete Steel and Vanadium (TSV) project, in Mozambique. 
 
Recognised as a key development project in Mozambique, the TSV project is about 36 km from... 

BBC raises small business concerns with department

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th May 2020 The Black Business Council (BBC) and the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) on May 8 held a virtual meeting to discuss the relief measures implemented by the department in response to Covid-19 and the Small Business Master Plan. The discussion was led by Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni... 

New isolation gasket offers improved leakage rates

15th May 2020 Early this year, engineering components provider BMG launched its Evolution fully-coated isolation gaskets which was designed to meet the demand for sealing and isolation products in the oil and gas sector. BMG’s Evolution isolation gaskets have been developed by fluid sealing products... 

New isolation gasket offers improved  leakage rates
EVER EVOLVING BMG has launchd its Evolution fully-coated isolation gaskets which offer improved leakage rates and safe and reliable performance in high-pressure applications

Steady increase in gasket sealant sales

By: Halima Frost     15th May 2020 Since the launch of adhesive manufacturer Loctite’s 518 gasket sealant pen in South Africa last year, local distributors have shown a steady increase in sales. The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen was developed to complement the previously launched Loctite 518 flange sealant. 

Steady increase in gasket sealant sales
PEN IS MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD The Loctite 518 gasket sealant pen combines the leak-fighting properties of 518 flange sealant with a roll-on applicator

Clothing industry reaches 14m fabric masks capacity a week

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2020 The National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry had, at the close of business on May 4, accredited 388 manufacturers with a total fabric face mask manufacturing capacity of 13.9-million masks a week, says the council’s national chairperson, Marthie Raphael. The bargaining... 

New gland packing reduces emissions

By: Halima Frost     15th May 2020 Companies looking to lower emissions can now buy sealing solutions manufacturer Teadit’s 2236 gland packing in South Africa from gasket manufacturer and distributor Absolut Gasket. Gland packing is a contact-type sealing element that comprises a braided rope-like material that is packed around... 

New gland packing  reduces emissions
TIGHT FIT The Teadit glad packing is packed tightly around the shaft of a pump or valve to seal the moving shaft from the housing component

Leading seal brand rebranding

15th May 2020 Bearing and rotation specialists SKF has introduced a new packaging design for its vehicle aftermarket products, more so its sealing solutions provider Chicago Rawhide seals. Inspired by Chicago Rawhide’s 140th anniversary in 2018, SKF decided to relaunch the Chicago Rawhide seals brand as a pure... 

Leading seal  brand rebranding
NOWHERE TO HIDE The new branding on Chicago Rawhide seals stays true to SKF's traditional blue colour for bearings and green colour for seals

As firms reopen and pandemic lingers, health and safety obligations rise

By: Nadine James     15th May 2020 By now, most people are aware of measures prescribed by the World Health Organisation to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. However, given the phased reopening of the South African economy, it is prudent to consider the health and safety protections afforded employees through existing... 

As firms reopen and pandemic lingers, health and safety obligations rise

Valve maintenance key to mining fire protection

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 While an optimal fire-protection system is key to any mining operation, the inspection and maintenance of its various parts is of equal importance, says industrial solutions provider Mechanical Rotating Solutions (MRS). 

Valve maintenance key to mining fire protection
REFURBISHED VALVES In addressing the high cost of valve replacements, Mechanical Rotating Solutions offers cost-effective solutions such as the efficient refurbishment and repairs

Local procurement lags in public, private sectors

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 A prevailing issue facing the valves sector is the “poor attitude” to local procurement in the public and private sectors, says valves manufacturer RGR Technologies commercial director Ross Hunter. 

Local procurement lags  in public, private sectors
MAPPING THE WAY FORWARD RGR Technologies looks forward to slowly introducing three-dimensional printing into its processes to assist with the manufacture of valve parts

Company supports essential service providers amid lockdown

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG encourages companies operating during South Africa’s Covid-19 lockdown and beyond not to neglect the condition monitoring of process valves. 

Company supports  essential service  providers amid lockdown
FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY The Desponia butterfly valves, manufactured in Spain, are available with different lining materials for reliability and extended service life in diverse sectors

Pandemic prompts supplier’s tech aspirations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Industrial valves supplier Process and Allied Contracting Equipment (Pace Valves) plans to embrace the technological developments that will be prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa to sustain its supply growth. 

Pandemic prompts supplier’s tech aspirations
IN TOUCH WITH THE TRENDS Pace Valves is no stranger to developments in valve automation

Valves maintenance still a challenge

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Although demand for valves has increased over the past five years, maintenance costs, efficiency and valve service life are some of the challenges that companies face yearly, says coating technology specialist Thermaspray’s laser cladding manager Jordaan Lourens. 

Valves maintenance  still a challenge
IRREPLACEABLE SOLUTIONS The initial coating of new valves as well as their efficient repair results in fewer valve replacements

Seals company introduces bearing seal combo

15th May 2020 Advanced materials and product supplier Freudenberg Sealing Technologies introduced a machine component that combines a plastic rotating bearing with a seal in a single, precisely matched unit which the company says is an innovation first. Introduced in February, the design offers significant... 

Seals company introduces bearing seal combo
DYNAMIC DUO The bearing and seal combination introduced by Freudenberg has been validated through extensive testing

Sappi announces €250m senior notes offering

By: Donna Slater     14th May 2020 Pulp and paper company Sappi is offering €250-million of senior notes, due 2025. The notes will be issued by Sappi Papier Holding, a subsidiary of Sappi.  

PwC finds most businesses are considering operational changes as they reopen

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th May 2020 A Covid-19 CFO Pulse survey conducted by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has revealed a sense of optimism among finance leaders about their companies’ ability to safely reopen, as Covid-19 restrictions slowly start to lift in some countries. PwC says most businesses in Africa, similar... 

Fitch Solutions expects most metal markets to move into a surplus this year

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 Most metals markets are expected to move into a surplus this year, says research firm Fitch Solutions, noting that consumption is likely to decrease more than the decreases in production capacity, as a result of the spread of Covid-19. Although some operational hurdles, owing to government... 

DTIC incentives to be calibrated to maintaining South Africa’s industrial base post-Covid

By: Terence Creamer     11th May 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) indicated on Monday that a significant portion of its industrial-financing resources were likely to be redirected to firms and industries that were now in distress as a result of the country’s efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.... 

DTIC incentives to be calibrated to maintaining South Africa’s industrial base post-Covid
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DTIC director-general Lionel October

ViroGOLD launches back-to-school label design competition

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2020 ViroGOLDSchool, a range of hypochlorous acid  products developed specifically for schools, has launched a back-to-school label design competition and is calling on learners from across the country to participate and stand a chance to win cash for themselves and product for their schools.... 

Samed urges vigilance in acquiring quality PPE

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2020 The outbreak of Covid-19 in South Africa and the consequent rapid requirement for bulk personal protective equipment (PPE) supply, has led to an influx of PPE products from many suppliers and distributors, thereby raising quality and functionality concerns by the healthcare industry and, in... 

Business adaptation key to post-Covid-19 success − Kearney

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2020 As Covid-19 restrictions and fear put a strain on businesses and the economy, management consulting firm Kearney Africa MD Theo Sibiya believes the survival of many companies is going to depend on their capacity to build resilience in order to remain sustainable. In its sixth week of lockdown,... 

Paramount Group donates face masks to SANDF

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2020 Aerospace and defence company Paramount Group has donated 1 000 facial masks to the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) as part of its continued effort to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to those working on the front lines of the international fight against the Covid-19... 

Fasken unpacks the legalities for companies switching to ventilator production

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2020 The shortage of ventilators during the Covid-19 pandemic has seen many manufacturing companies move from their traditional industries to the life sciences industry and, specifically, the manufacture of ventilators. International business law firm Fasken says that, for traditional industries... 

Fasken unpacks the legalities for companies switching to ventilator production

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2020 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) urges the government to allow paint contractors to not only carry out emergency projects, but also other contracts for external surface renovations and coatings. In terms of Level 4 stipulations, paint producers and coatings raw material... 

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business
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