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Manufacturing News

Hulamin headline earnings up 7%, sales volumes rise

By: Henry Lazenby     20th February 2012 JSE-listed aluminium products producer Hulamin on Monday reported a 7% increase in headline earnings to R80-million, while its turnover for the 2011 financial year, ended December 31, was up by 20%, at R6.96-billion. Operating profit, before the metal price lag effect, increased by 19% to... 

SA company exports to China

By: Natalie Greve     17th February 2012 South African electric heating element manufacturer Hi-Tech Elements has, in a reversal of normal trade, been awarded its largest-ever contract to export 30 electric column paste heaters to a smelter group in Golmud, in the central Chinese province of Qinghai. 

Lining specialist expands African footprint

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     17th February 2012 Pump and rubber lining specialist Weir Minerals Africa is expanding its footprint across Africa and into new industries, such as the piping industry, which has grown significantly over the past few years.  

Engineering group invests R380m in ring production line as it rebrands

By: Schalk Burger     17th February 2012 The rebranding and restructuring of heavy engineering company DCD, previously DCD-Dorbyl, is aimed at improving its international competitiveness while manufacturing products and components for the international and local markets, says DCD MD Rob King. 

Denel’s aerostructures business is regrouping under one roof 

By: Keith Campbell     15th February 2012 South African State-owned aerostructures company Denel Saab Aerostructures (DSA) announced on Wednesday that it is consolidating all its operations into a single building. This move, to be completed by the end of this year, will save the company R20-million a year and this will pay for the costs... 

Posco teams up with IFC to pursue African investments

By: Henry Lazenby     15th February 2012 The International Finance Corporation (IFC) and South Korea's Posco, the world's No 3 steelmaker, on Wednesday announced a yearlong memorandum of understanding (MoU) to cooperate on business development in sub-Saharan Africa. Under the accord, the two organisations will pursue investment... 

Mondi expects headline earnings to soar

By: Henry Lazenby     14th February 2012 LSE- and JSE-listed Mondi on Tuesday said it expected its headline earnings for the 2011 financial year to be considerably higher that that of 2010. Headline earnings a share were expected to be between €0.67 and €0.72 for the period ended on December 31, which is an increase of between 40% and... 

SA-Swiss venture to build R1.6bn pharmaceuticals plant 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th February 2012 South Africa will set up a R1.6-billion plant to manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for antiretroviral medicines (ARVs) in a joint venture with Swiss group Lonza, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor announced on Friday. The project, dubbed Ketlaphela, would be jointly... 

Name change for DCD-Dorbyl group

By: Henry Lazenby     10th February 2012 Sixty-five-year-old component manufacturer DCD-Dorbyl on Friday said it had “condensed” its name to DCD. “The name change marks a complete group restructure aimed at expanding current supply to emerging markets and niche offerings in developed economies, including the US and China,” the company... 

Fine tolerance 3D plastics printer for rapid prototyping 

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 A three-dimensional (3D), multimaterial plastics and rubber printer, made by 3D printing equipment company Objet, prints hard and soft materials in 0.6 micron layers and can be used to produce a functional prototype of a product, for example a pharmaceuticals dispensing bottle, an electronic... 

Manufacturers looking to control supply chain to curtail price rises

By: Schalk Burger     10th February 2012 Concrete-products equipment company PMSA is building a factory for steel component manufacturer TWR Steel Services, who will give preferential supply to PMSA’s equipment manufacturing division, in an effort to control its supply of critical parts, says PMSA sales and marketing manager Quintin... 

Dulux prioritises African expansion, reports East African progress

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th February 2012 International paint and associated products manufacturer Dulux South Africa reports that it is making significant inroads to Africa, particularly in growing its business in the eastern part of the continent.  

Technology breakthrough puts SA in lead in commercial laser-based additive manufacturing

By: Keith Campbell     10th February 2012 A breakthrough by researchers at the National Laser Centre (NLC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and technologists at the Aerosud Innovation and Training Centre (ITC) promises to make local aeronautics company Aerosud a world leader in niche aerostructural components... 

Transnet unit raises price, supply concerns at Actom-Savcio hearings

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th February 2012 The Competition Commission told a Competition Tribunal hearing on Tuesday that it stood by its initial conditions on the proposed merger of electrical equipment manufacturer Actom and electrical service, repair and import company Savcio. The hearings were postponed last month to allow Transnet... 

Eskom set to roll out power buy-back pilot this month 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2012 South African power utility Eskom will start implementing an innovative demand response aggregation pilot programme (DRAPP) this month with the intention of securing 500 MW of buy-back contracts from as many as 1 000 industrial and commercial customers by the start of winter 2012. The initiative... 

SA pins reindustrialisation hopes on new procurement rules, but constraints persist 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd February 2012 The South African Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act is a step in the right direction; however, it will need to be tied to a number of other strategies, as it will not work on its own, says Manufacturing Circle of South Africa chairperson Stewart Jennings.  

Nestlé opens Potchefstroom coffee creamer factory 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd February 2012 A ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday morning proclaimed the opening of food manufacturer Nestlé South Africa’s new coffee creamer factory in Potchefstroom, in the North West province. The launch follows Nestlé’s recent R106-million acquisition of Potchefstroom based Specialised Protein... 

Laser centre breakthrough may give SA aerostructural firm a global edge

By: Keith Campbell     27th January 2012 A breakthrough by researchers at the National Laser Centre (NLC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) promises to make local aeronautics company Aerosud a world leader in niche aerostructural components manufacture within the next three years. The CSIR and Aerosud are... 

Real-time monitoring software can save costs, boost efficiencies

By: Schalk Burger     27th January 2012 Real-time production and power monitoring software linked new or old equipment using direct protocol interrogation, or programable logic controllers and sensors, improves the efficient use of available time of equipment and ensures that work is performed at the expected or costing rate, says... 

TIA bioresearch facility up for lease

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th January 2012 The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, has put up its rapid diagnostics manufacturing facility, in Umbogintwini, KwaZulu-Natal, for lease. The facility housed the East Coast Rapid Diagnostics project, which manufactured and distributed... 

Proudly South African – Buy Local, Create Jobs  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th January 2012 Proudly South African is the “buy local” campaign launched in 2001 by government, organised business, organised labour and community organisations (the constituencies represented in the National Economic Development and Labour Council – Nedlac) to boost job creation and pride in “local” by... 

SA steel production falls 12.7%, world output up 6.8%

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd January 2012 South Africa’s steel output fell by 12.7% year-on-year to 6.7-million tons last year, while global production surged 6.8% to 1.53-billion tons, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reported on Monday. South African Iron and Steel Institute (Saisi) information specialist Abrie Audie noted... 

Heavyweight industry group issues carbon tax warning 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd January 2012 An industry lobby group comprising large mining groups and mineral processing companies is cautioning against the proposed introduction of a carbon tax in South Africa until South Africa has fully charted its abatement potential and the costs implications of implementing its renewable-energy... 

New thermoplastics made available to rest of market

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Composite specialist Lomold’s subsidiary, Lomotek Polymers, says although the initial local application for its new range of Lomotex long-fibre-reinforced thermoplastics (LFTs) will be in the manufacturing of its Lomold pallet, the material will also be made available to other plastic... 

Motor controls firm invests R5m in companywide expansion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th January 2012 Motor Control Systems manufacturer Shaw Controls, part of the Zest Weg Group, has invested R5-million in a full-scale, company-wide expansion project that will see processes and systems streamlined across the board. 

Packaging company designs locally manufactured plastic core tray

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     20th January 2012 Returnable transit packaging specialist Mpact Plastic Containers, part of paper and plastic packaging group Mpact, claims it has launched South Africa’s first locally manu- factured plastic core tray – the Rock-Box. 

Transnet invests in Durban container-handling capacity

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th January 2012 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is buying six mobile harbour cranes to add to its fleet as part of a R438.3-million investment in container-handling capacity at its Durban RoRo and Maydon Wharf terminal. Liebherr Werk Nenzing has agreed to handle the design, fabrication, delivery, erection,... 

Tyre recycling plan unsustainable, jobs potential overestimated 

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2012 Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has overestimated the number of jobs that can be created through the new tyre recycling programme, Democratic Alliance (DA) water and environment spokesperson Gareth Morgan said on Wednesday, adding that the initiative was unsustainable. He... 

PMI falls below key mark

By: Henry Lazenby     18th January 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) lost some ground in December, falling by 2.2 index points to below the key 50 mark, and currently stands at 49.4. The seasonally adjusted new sales orders index experienced a decline of 2.9 index points to 48.3. 

SA moves to create framework for industrial decentralisation  

By: Terence Creamer     16th January 2012 The South African government is hoping its new Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Bill and policy will create the framework for the development of new industrial nodes outside of the traditional industrial heartlands of Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, while improving the performance of the... 

Manufacturing output up 2.6% in November 

By: Henry Lazenby     12th January 2012 South Africa’s manufacturing output grew by 2.6% year-on-year in November, after a 1.2% year-on-year expansion in October, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. The improvement was mainly attributable to the basic iron and steel, nonferrous metal products, metal products and... 

Engineers should look at alternative financing for businesses in 2012

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th January 2012 Increased economic and regulatory pressure on the banking sector had forced banks to pursue new income streams such as unsecured lending with higher margins, resulting in the likelihood that securing finance to back new projects and upgrade resources will be an even greater challenge for South... 

Steel merchant increasing African, SA presence

By: Schalk Burger     16th December 2011 AltX-listed steel merchant BSi Steel is introducing new products and services to the retail market in South Africa and is also expanding its African and South African presence to boost its growth, says BSi Steel CEO Grant Mackenzie. 

Mining, manufacturing to remain a drag on SA’s growth in 2012  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2011 The contribution of South Africa’s mining and manufacturing sectors is likely to remain weak in 2012, Absa Capital argued in its latest quarterly economic outlook, in which the bank also cut its growth outlook for next year from 3.6% to just 2.8%. It also cut its growth expectation for 2011 from... 

SA unveils the names of first 28 preferred renewables bidders 

By: Terence Creamer     7th December 2011 South Africa’s Energy Minister Dipuo Peters has officially disclosed the names of the first 28 renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) preferred bidders, which now have until June 2012 to take their projects to financial closure. The projects were among an initial batch of 53 bids... 

Saldanha steel mill supports wind-energy project 

By: Terence Creamer     6th December 2011 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) has confirmed that it is supporting an initiative to erect up to six wind turbines to supply renewable energy to its Saldanha Steel plant, in the Western Cape. The project is being pursued in partnership with Isivunguvungu Wind Energy Converter... 

Local PMI picks up, bucks global trend

By: Henry Lazenby     1st December 2011 South Africa’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) picked up some momentum in November, rising by 1.1 index points to 51.6, Kagiso Asset Management said on Thursday. “November was the fourth consecutive month of gains for the PMI, but the index remains below the level of 54.2, reached before the... 


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