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Manufacturing News

Institute works to keep power pylon manufacturing local

8th July 2011 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is in the process of convening a working committee to discuss and implement strategies to keep the manufacture of power pylons local. 

New institute aims to train 500 artisans a year

By: Eleanor Seggie     8th July 2011 A new engineering artisan training facility, which aims to deliver 500 artisans into the South African economy every year, has been launched by private higher education institution Production Management Institute (PMI), in Johannesburg.  

Theft prevention system results in significant cost savings

8th July 2011 The locally designed and manufactured CableGuard power cable theft protection system is generating significant cost savings for municipalities and businesses, says power cable manufacturer Aberdare Cables, which distributes the system. 

PMI continues to lose ground, falls to lowest level this year

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     1st July 2011 South Africa’s manufacturing growth momentum continues to slow, with the Kagiso purchasing manufacturing index (PMI) declining for a third consecutive month to its lowest for 2011. The PMI, which serves as a gauge of the health of the manufacturing sector, fell to 53.9 points and was in line... 

Label manufacturer sees greater potential in commercial sector

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 While the majority of its products in South Africa are sold to the government sector, asset tracking label manufacturer Hue-Tone Manufacturing manager Bruce Pringle believes there is also greater potential for these products to be used in the private sector. 

Lasers enable high-speed marking for high-volume manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     1st July 2011 Two new US-based traceability company Telesis lasers, a CO2 laser to mark organic material and a vanadate solid-state laser to mark metals and plastics, have been introduced to the local market by tracking and tracing equipment company Traceability Solutions for the high-speed on-the-fly laser... 

Manufacturer unveils range of concrete products

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     1st July 2011 Precast concrete infrastructural products and solutions manufacturer Rocla has introduced a new range of concrete products. 

Power generation equipment maker sees Africa as ‘the next big market’ 

By: Eleanor Seggie     1st July 2011 US-based designer and manufacturer of engine, power-generation equipment and related technologies Cummins has a vision of achieving US$2-billion in sales and leading market share positions in Africa, by 2020.  

IDC approves record R8.4bn funding for SA investments 

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     30th June 2011 The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) would be investing R102-billion over the next five years in sectors prioritised in government’s New Growth Path (NGP), the development finance institution (DFI) said on Thursday. The IDC approved R8.4-billion in funding for South Africa-based... 

Nampak opens $160m can manufacturing factory in Angola

By: Loni Prinsloo     30th June 2011 JSE-listed Nampak this week opened a $160-million can manufacturing plant in Angola − its first greenfield investment outside South Africa. Nampak Bevcan’s plant, dubbed Angolata, has a production line capacity of 750-million cans a year, and Nampak said that this could be doubled by a second... 

Manufacturer to produce German products locally

By: Dimakatso Motau     17th June 2011 Abrasive tool manufacturer Lukas South Africa (LSA), which will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary in July, is creating capacity to locally manufacture custom-made belts at its Germiston plant. 

Industry bodies team up to train deaf boat builders

17th June 2011 Industry representative the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) has collaborated with Cape Town-based nonprofit organisation Whisper Boat Building Academy (WBBA) for the Deaf on a one-year pilot project to train 30 deaf students in the skill of working with composites. 

Multimaterial 3D printer could help accelerate prototyping  

By: Eleanor Seggie     17th June 2011 Injection-moulding solutions company DemaPlasTech has been appointed as sole Objet distributors for Israeli-based three-dimensional (3D) printing innovations company Objet Geometries’ range of 3D printing products, for Africa, including the Connex multi-material‐based 3D printer – a first for the... 

Manufacturing confidence stable but business conditions deteriorate

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     13th June 2011 Despite second-quarter manufacturing business confidence remaining unchanged at 51 index points, the growth rate of manufacturing activity has slowed and profit margins took a dip owing to rising costs, the Bureau of Economic Research (BER) said on Monday. A strong driver for the sector was... 

Plastics body maps industry career prospects, skills gaps

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     10th June 2011 Industry representative and training services provider the Plastics Federation of South Africa (PFSA) is currently working on promoting skills and careers within the plastics industry. 

Forensic ‘fingerprinting’ will tie cable thieves to their crimes

3rd June 2011 A major challenge when it comes to cable theft is the lack of traceability. 

SA economy grows 4,8% as manufacturing rebounds

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     31st May 2011 South Africa’s economy grew by 4,8% in the first quarter of the year, up from the 4,4% in the final quarter of 2010, boosted by strong manufacturing growth , Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. Manufacturing contributed 2,2 percentage points to gross domestic product (GDP)... 

Black-owned firm buys Merck SA’s pharmaceuticals operations

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 International pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck South Africa has sold its Merck Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (MPM) operations. 

Safomar subsidiary to start supplying stock management system to industrial businesses in June

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     27th May 2011 Aerospace and industrial products supplier Safomar Industrial Brands (SIB), a division of Safomar Holdings, is hoping to extend its new total stock management system (TSMS) to medium-sized and large industrial businesses, in June this year. 

Reunert reports higher H1 earnings, bullish on outlook

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2011 Engineering and electronics group Reunert reported an 18% rise in headline earnings a share to 262,7c a share for the interim period to March 31, 2011, buoyed, in part, by a recent R1,1-billion repurchase of 19,2-million shares, or 9,7% of the company’s stock. On a normalised basis headline... 

Barloworld says recovery accelerating, warns on mining product lead times

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2011 Industrial brand manager Barloworld expects the recovery in orders, sales and profitability recorded during the six months to December 31, 2010, to accelerate further in the second half, with order books continuing to increase across most of its businesses. The JSE-listed group, which is best... 

Truck body manufacturer makes Cape Town factory weather resilient

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     13th May 2011 Extensive expansions, which started in February, have been completed at refrigerated fibreglass truck body manufacturers Serco’s Cape Town premises, in Bellville. 

Moderate manufacturing recovery continued in March

By: Brindaveni Naidoo     11th May 2011 Analysts described South Africa’s better-than-expected manufacturing production figures for March as “encouraging and positive”, despite also describing the pace of the recovery as “moderate”. Statistics South Africa reported on Wednesday that manufacturing production rose by 1,6 %... 

South Africa among countries into which Kraft Foods will inject ‘disproportionate investment’

By: Eleanor Seggie     6th May 2011 South Africa is now a priority market for global food giant Kraft Foods, says Kraft Foods developing markets president Sanjay Khosla. 

Joburg to host plastics packaging conference in November

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     6th May 2011 The Plastics Packaging Africa 2011 conference, which will be held from November 14 to 17, in Johannesburg, aims to provide insight into plastic-related import and export challenges, material and equipment innovation, recycling, price risk management and end user expectations.  

Tough decisions could revive SA’s manufacturing sector in months  

By: Loni Prinsloo     5th May 2011 Alignment between government and local manufacturing businesses, paired with a competitive exchange rate and the import of skilled industry people, could see this powerful, albeit it somewhat beleaguered sector, rise to its former glory and change economic prospects within months, an industry... 

German electrical testing products maker further expands in South Africa

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     29th April 2011 Germany-based electrical meter and instrument transformer testing product manufacturer Zera Technologies has expanded further into the South African electrical and metrological industry through a second local distributor. 

New quality standard important step to establishing a local biofuels industry – SABS

22nd April 2011 The publication of new South African National Standard SANS 833, entitled ‘Biodiesel production – Quality management – Producer requirements’, is an important step towards creating a local biodiesel industry. 

DTI-led initiative to leverage global finance for renewable energy 

By: Christy van der Merwe     11th April 2011 With the aim of supplementing the money available for the renewable energy feed-in tariff (Refit), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been leading work on the South African Renewables Initiative (Sari). Sari would leverage international climate finance, to supplement domestic funding... 

Gauteng academy to train John Deere artisans

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Black-owned artisan training academy Ikhaya Fundisa Techniskills Academy (IFTA), based in Gauteng, will be assisting farm equipment manufacturer John Deere to train its artisans as it rolls out dealership and distribution outlets in Central Africa. 

New polyurethane mixing machine installed to boost factory’s capacity

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     8th April 2011 Pipe linings manufacturer Urethane Moulded Products has commissioned a second Baulé polyurethane mixing and dispensing machine, which will increase the factory’s capacity and increase the company’s specialised capability in large and complex casts. 

Feb manufacturing output up 6%

By: Reuters     7th April 2011 Growth in South Africa's manufacturing output quickened to 6% year-on-year in volume terms in February compared with a revised 1,6% expansion in January, Statistics South Africa said on Thursday. A Reuters poll last week showed a consensus of a 3,6% year-on-year increase in factory output for... 

Nampak announces R500m glass bottle manufacturing upgrade

By: Petronel Smit     7th April 2011 An investment of almost R500-million was earmarked to rebuild and expand a furnace at Nampak Wiegand Glass’ bottle manufacturing facility at Roodekop, Alberton. Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall on Thursday said furnace 2, which was nearing the end of its useful life, would be rebuilt at a larger... 

PMI reaches 13-month high, but employment index drops

By: Loni Prinsloo     1st April 2011 The Kagiso purchasing managers index (PMI) has risen to a 13-month high to 57,2 index points in March, indicating a ramp up in manufacturing production on the back of stronger demand. The PMI, which serves as a gauge of the health of the manufacturing sector, also rose in the first two months of... 

Manufacturing confidence at 3-year high – survey

By: Petronel Smit     15th March 2011 Manufacturing business confidence strengthened in the first quarter of 2011, with domestic sales and order volumes reaching their highest levels since the fourth quarter of 2007, according to the Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) latest manufacturing survey. The survey, released on Tuesday,... 

Brick manufacturer installing energy efficient kiln at E Cape facility 

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     11th March 2011 South Africa’s first vertical shaft brick kiln (VSBK), reaching highest energy efficiency levels, is being constructed at clay brick manufacturer Langkloof Bricks, in the Eastern Cape. 

Massmart staff, suppliers not at risk as Walmart enters, CEO avers

By: Eleanor Seggie     11th March 2011 Massmart CEO Grant Pattison does not believe that competitors and suppliers of Massmart will suffer as a consequence of the Walmart deal. 


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