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Manufacturing News

New Scaw owners home in on African mining, infrastructure prospects

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2012 Resources group Anglo American reported on Monday that it had completed the R3.4-billion sale of South African steel group Scaw to a consortium led by the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). The consortium also includes black economic-empowerment (BEE) groups Izingwe Holdings,... 

SA should actively seek to attract skilled immigrants, manufacturing leader argues

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2012 South Africa should embrace skilled immigrants and should be actively campaigning to attract talent from those economies that are currently struggling, Manufacturing Circle chairperson Stewart Jennings argues. 

Sound design key to improving human-machine interface

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2012 An ergonomic design and intuitive user interface helps users to learn and operate systems, enabling improved efficiency and productivity in industrial and manufacturing companies, says industrial control systems company Anytech sales representative Ben Liebenberg. The German Fraunhofer Institute... 

DTI reports strong appetite for new manufacturing incentive 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th November 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) reported on Monday that 187 projects, involving cumulative grant requests of R2.3-billion, had been received since applications opened in May for the newly created Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP). A total of 60 projects had... 

Mondi to close Czech containerboard mill

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th November 2012 JSE- and LSE-listed packaging and paper group Mondi has entered into consultations with employees and their representatives about the proposed closure of the 100 000 t recycled containerboard mill in Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic. In a statement, the company said that the decision came as a... 

Ports authority moves to sustain lower cargo dues beyond R1bn discount scheme

By: Terence Creamer     16th November 2012 South Africa’s ports authority reported on Friday that it had extended discounts of more than R500-million to South African exporters by the end of October and that the full R1-billion promised by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address would be delivered by the end of March... 

Brewer expands its African beer production

By: Chantelle Kotze     16th November 2012 The world's second-largest brewer SABMiller has invested $16-million over the last 18 months in the expansion of its 50-year-old African beer brand, Chibuku, into six other countries on the African continent. This investment has enabled the brand to be sold in more than double the number of... 

Mining strikes fallout likely to haunt SA manufacturers into 2013 

By: Terence Creamer     15th November 2012 The wave of unprotected mining strikes, which finally appear to be ending, were likely to remain a drag on South Africa’s already embattled manufacturing sector for at least the coming quarter and possibly beyond, the Manufacturing Circle warned on Thursday. In releasing its third-quarter... 

SA follows global trend in move to all-aluminium cans

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th November 2012 South Africa is to follow the global trend of replacing tin-plated steel beverage cans with aluminium-bodied cans, with the first locally produced all-aluminium cans set to hit the market mid-2013. South Africa’s beverage cans, both soft drinks and beer cans, are currently produced with a steel... 

Siemens to place emphasis on customer, partner support

By: Schalk Burger     9th November 2012 Multinational technology conglomerate Siemens will focus on training and support for customers and partners, as well as excellence in customer service worldwide and in Africa, says Siemens Industry Middle East and Africa VP Raymond Padayachee. 

Big changes in store for SA’s transmission network as generation mix evolves

By: Terence Creamer     9th November 2012 The South African electricity transmission system will need to change materially over the next 30 years if the country is to have any realistic hope of moving ahead with its current plan to diversify its generation mix away from coal to the integration of more renewable energy, imported... 

DCD invests R380m to expand forged-products capacity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2012 Heavy engineering group DCD on Thursday opened a new R380-million manufacturing facility in Vereeniging to serve its forged-product operation, DCD Ringrollers. The 14 000 m² plant, which was opened by Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba, would increase production capacity for all forged steel,... 

Sappi sees strong growth in chemical cellulose business

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2012 JSE-listed Sappi is increasingly turning its focus to investing in higher margin and higher growth businesses such as chemical cellulose, moving away from its traditional pulp and paper focus, CEO Ralph Boëttger said on Thursday. Reporting September quarterly net profit of $107-million, from a... 

Strong support for SA’s renewables model as first deals are concluded

By: Terence Creamer     5th November 2012 There was an overwhelmingly positive reaction from developers, investors, financiers and suppliers on Monday, November 5, to the eventual signing of the agreements needed to facilitate the entry of the first large-scale renewable-energy projects into South Africa, some of which should begin... 

Bombardier’s Prasa bid promises 'full localisation' from day one 

By: Terence Creamer     2nd November 2012 International rail equipment manufacturer Bombardier Transportation reports that its tender to supply metro coaches to the State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) embraces full localisation from day one – a commitment premised on an immediate ramp-up of local manufacturing,... 

Nampak completes Elopak SA acquisition

2nd November 2012   South African packaging company Nampak has finalised the R115-million acquisition of the remaining 50% shareholding in Elopak South Africa. 

Nersa queries municipalities' electricity tariffs 

By: Sapa     2nd November 2012 Municipalities make too much money from electricity sales, which could have dire consequences for industry, national electricity regulator Nersa warned on Friday. Nersa regulatory specialist Charles Geldard said National Treasury had been informed that the practice of cross subsidisation from... 

Manufacturing growth loses momentum, PMI falls further

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     1st November 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) deteriorated further into contractionary territory in October, falling to 47.1 points from an upwardly revised 48.3 points during September, suggesting a notable loss in the local manufacturing sector’s growth momentum. The index... 

Mittal now expects SIOC arbitration only in second half of 2013

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     31st October 2012 JSE-listed Arcelor Mittal South Africa (Mittal) was anticipating the long-awaited arbitration hearing between itself and the Sishen Iron Ore Company (SIOC), regarding the status of an iron-ore supply agreement, to take place during the second half of 2013. However, CEO Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita... 

Transnet delays big locomotive bid process to settle localisation details

By: Terence Creamer     31st October 2012 The award of two tenders issued by Transnet for the procurement of 1 064 locomotives to be introduced into its general-freight-business fleet between 2014 and 2019 have been delayed to enable the freight logistics group and the National Treasury to work out the finer localisation details.... 

Mondi’s operating profit down q-on-q, sales volumes stable

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     31st October 2012 Packaging and paper group Mondi on Wednesday reported underlying operating profit of €135-million for the third quarter ended September, in line with the 2011 third quarter profit of €136-million, but below the prior quarter’s €150-million. “This reflects a stable trading environment considering... 

Mittal shuts Vanderbijl electric arc furnace

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     31st October 2012 Instead of completing the R230-million dust-extraction system at its Vanderbijlpark plant to abate fugitive emissions that escaped from electric arc furnaces, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) had taken the decision to close its furnaces indefinitely, CEO Nonkululeko... 

Billions flow towards manufacturing incentives

By: Terence Creamer     25th October 2012 A total of 144 applications, collectively valued at R1.8-billion, had been received for the South African government’s Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced on Thursday. The scheme, which was unveiled in 2011, formed part of a R25-billion... 

Astrapak appoints new CEO

19th October 2012 Plastic packaging company Astrapak has appointed Robin Moore as its new group CEO, effective November 5. Prior to the appointment, Moore was the MD of packaging manufacturer Nampak’s flexible cluster, where he was involved in restructuring a number of its operations. 

Compromising on quality for cost short-sighted, says equipment supplier

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 The South African machine tools industry is slowing down in certain areas, particularly in terms of supplying products and services to the steel industry, which has been significantly affected by the economic recession; therefore, many companies shift their focus from quality to pricing, says... 

SA tooling sector positioning for growth

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 Despite some weakness in South Africa’s tooling sector, the industry is preparing for growth, says Toolmakers Association of South Africa (Tasa) Gauteng chairperson Ron MacLarty. 

New steam turbine for Richards Bay paper mill

19th October 2012 Zest Energy, part of the Zest WEG Group, has been awarded a contract to supply a new steam turbine to international paper and packaging group Mondi’s Richards Bay mill. This project will entail the supply of Brazilian company TGM Turbinas’ largest turbine, model CTE63.  

SA marine repair firm wins semisubmersible rig contract

By: Joanne Taylor     19th October 2012 Shipyard company DCD Marine has been awarded a contract by Saipem to upgrade and repair the Saipem-owned semi-submersible rig, Scarabeo 3. 

Climate control apparel introduced in SA

By: Anine Kilian     19th October 2012 The sole South African agent for US-based climate-control apparel designer and manufacturer TechNiche International, TechniSun Solutions, supplied 20 HyperKewl cooling vests to State-owned utility Eskom last month for use at one of its major maintenance projects. The HyperKewl vests were... 

Tooling sector to benefit from DTI’s MCEP

By: Sashnee Moodley     19th October 2012 Tool, die and mould-making (TDM) companies in South Africa will benefit directly from the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme’s (MCEP’s) cost-sharing grants for activities undertaken within their operations, DTI chief director of the... 

Collective action needed to restore labour peace – Seifsa president

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2012 It is not in the interest of South Africa’s embattled manufacturing industry to allow the trade unions in the sector to lose their “control and authority”, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) Henk Duys said on Friday. Delivering the federation’s yearly... 

Coega unveils plans for tooling cluster

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th October 2012 State-owned entity Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has unveiled plans to build a tooling cluster in zone 2 of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ). The proposed cluster would provide a “pull factor” for tooling investors, aimed at providing jobs for trainees from the National Tooling... 

Sound engineering principles used to develop home-grown toy concept

By: Schalk Burger     12th October 2012 The plastic construction toys launched by start-up toy manufacturer Tugo Build Toys will help to develop delicate skills in children at play, says Vaal University of Technology (VUT) vice-chancellor and principal Professor Irene Moutlana 

AIDC calls for local manufacture of LPG automotive conversion kits 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th October 2012 The Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) has called for expressions of interest to manufacture liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) automotive conversion kits and/or components locally.Junior project manager Renny Malungane told Engineering News Online the locally made parts or kits would be... 

Airbus pleased with SA company's A350XWB contribution

By: Keith Campbell     5th October 2012 Major European airliner group Airbus is happy with how South African private-sector aeronautics company Aerosud has responded to the challenges posed by the A350XWB airliner programme. The local company manufactures small, but key, parts of the aircraft, known as frame clips and track cans.  

Mintek commissions R44m water atomisation plant

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd October 2012 Minerals research and development organisation Mintek has successfully commissioned its R44-million demonstration water atomisation plant at its Randburg campus, in Johannesburg. Mintek MD Alan McKenzie said the facility, cofunded by Mintek and platinum major Anglo American Platinum (Amplats),... 

Amended BBBEE codes open for public comment  

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd October 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday opened a 60-day period for comment on the revised broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) codes of good practice. Speaking at the launch of the revised BBBEE codes, Minister Rob Davies said BEE remained an imperative in South Africa.  

 

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