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Public-Private Growth Initiative identifies 18 ‘priority projects’ to unlock growth  

By: Terence Creamer     18th March 2019 The Public-Private Growth Initiative (PPGI), an evolving sector-based collaboration between government and business, has earmarked 18 projects across various sectors of the South African economy for priority implementation in the coming months. Minister in the Presidency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma... 

Manufacturing output up 0.3% y/y in January 

By: Reuters     14th March 2019 South Africa's manufacturing output barely grew in January, rising by 0.3% year-on-year after a flat reading of 0% in December, the statistics agency said on Thursday. Economist polled by Reuters had forecast a rise of 1.2% year-on-year in January. 

BMG procures foundry to enhance its services

8th March 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG is now a major player in the foundry industry after its acquisition of the iron foundry Rustenburg Engineering and Joerg Foundry last year. “This strategic investment enhances BMG’s service offering and broadens the company’s product range to include the supply of... 

BMG procures foundry to enhance its services
SERVICE OFFERING The acquisition will enhance the company’s service offering and broadens BMG’s product range

Thos Begbie branches out into Zambia, builds local skills

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th March 2019 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has completed the registration of the company for its new branch in Zambia, which it plans to officially open later this year. “We have secured a workshop facility and all the necessary tools to set it up, while Thos Begbie sales director Piet du Preez... 

Thos Begbie branches out into Zambia, builds local skills
INTERNATIONAL STAGE Thos Begbie exhibiting at an international trade means exposure for South Africa and strengthens international trade relations

Upgrades to start at Heavy Bay foundry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     8th March 2019 In line with its oil sands business growth, engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals Africa has received capital expenditure approval worth R30-million for upgrades at its Heavy Bay foundry in Port Elizabeth, in the Eastern Cape. Significantly, the foundry supplies castings across the globe... 

Upgrades to start at Heavy Bay foundry
MORE PRODUCTION Weir Minerals has invested R30-million upgrade at the Heavy Bay foundry in Port Elizabeth

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut 

By: Rebecca Campbell     6th March 2019 State-owned South African defence industrial group Denel is preparing an application for funding from the R13-billion contingency reserve announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his 2019/20 Budget speech. “We know that [the] government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

Denel aiming to access contingency fund, confident about future despite ratings cut
Photo by Duane Daws/Creamer Media
One of Denel’s signature products, the 6x6 G6 155 mm self-propelled gun, on display at the group’s head office

Company to offer new digital printing technology

1st March 2019 By 2020, multinational food packaging and processing company Tetra Pak working in collaboration with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, will become the first company in the food and beverage carton industry to offer full-colour digital printing on its carton packages. The digital... 

Company to offer new  digital printing technology
CHARLES BRAND Commitment to our clients has fueled the collaboration which we hope will benefit all

Free-to-attend seminars headlining at packaging event

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The triennial packaging, food processing, plastics, printing and labelling exhibition Propak Africa will host free-to-attend seminars, presented by more than 20 reputed speakers in industry, for the first time since the inception of the event. The seminars, which will span the four-day show – to... 

Free-to-attend seminars headlining at packaging event
SHOW AND TELL Exhibitors will have the opportunity to display new products and technologies at this year’s expo

Packaging company drives waste-free economy

By: Halima Frost     1st March 2019 The idea of a circular economy is now starting to pique interest in the packaging industry, although the mechanism of biodegradability has been operational for hundreds of millions of years, says GREEN HOME Food Packaging MD and owner Catherine Morris. The concept highlights the way in which the... 

Packaging company drives  waste-free economy
CATHERINE MORRIS A waste-free world is a possibility for the future

Plastics body calls for support in plastics challenges

1st March 2019 Industry body Plastics|SA invites all role players in the plastics value chain interested in cooperatively finding workable solutions to end plastic pollution in the oceans and environment to join the South African Alliance to End Plastic Pollution. Plastics|SA says that it is essential for the... 

Plastics body calls  for support in  plastics challenges
CLEAN-UP GREEN-UP The collection and recycling of plastic waste is imperative to the country’s future says Plastics SA

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2019 Virtual Reality (VR) has hitherto been associated largely with the gaming industry. But as rates of digital penetration rise and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) increases the demand new skills sets, the technology is also becoming a mainstream business and skills-development tool.... 

Virtual reality emerging as a mainstream skills-development tool

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th February 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. The robot is being showcased in conjunction with the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems ManuVation 4.0 workshop, which is being held on... 

CSIR showcases medicine dispensing robot's capabilities
The pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial supply chain solutions

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Information technology multinational IBM is working with a wide range of industrial and commercial companies and organisations to develop blockchain-based industrial supply chain systems that improve on a range of value chain functions, including visibility, accuracy and supply-chain... 

IBM moves to support blockchain-based industrial  supply chain solutions
GERHARD DINHOF The solutions provide easy access for all parties in the supply chain and instant sharing of verified information

JoJo offering trade-in discount on end-of-life tanks

By: Schalk Burger     22nd February 2019 Polymer tank manufacturer JoJo is providing a credit of R2/kg for roto-moulded polymer products returned to partner stores as a trade-in on a replacement JoJo product, says JoJo national sales and marketing manager Sebasti Badenhorst. Clients can also bring any end-of -life JoJo tanks to a... 

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE

By: Nadine James     19th February 2019 South African defence and aerospace company Paramount Group has secured a contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its next generation armoured personnel carrier – Mbombe 4, which was unveiled at defence and security expo IDEX 2019, being held in the Middle East this week.  Manufactured... 

Paramount secures armoured vehicle contract with UAE
Ivor and Eric Ichikowitz

Saldanha Bay IDZ concludes R3bn in investment deals

By: African News Agency      19th February 2019 The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has concluded investment agreements, which bring the total of signed investors to eight and the investment value to just over R3-billion. This investment includes five international investors from the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East and... 

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint 

By: Terence Creamer     19th February 2019 Packaging group Nampak, which celebrated 50 years on the JSE on February 19, is a markedly different business from the one that has its roots in a cardboard box-making factory established by John Herzberg in Waterkant Street, Cape Town, in 1918. Rising levels of automation across a portfolio of... 

Nampak marks 50 years on JSE amid moves to streamline and reduce environmental footprint

Africa has opportunity to supply more gas to China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 Gas demand is expected to overtake coal demand globally by 2030, says Standard Bank Southern Africa oil and gas head Paul Eardley-Taylor. Speaking at Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he stated that global energy demand was increasing by 1.3% a year, while gas demand was increasing at between 1.7% and... 

Africa must have clear plan for using its gas reserves

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th February 2019 It is vital that Africa has a clear and cohesive vision in place for how it plans to use its gas reserves, says New Partnership for Africa's Development Business Foundation senior project manager John Rocha. Speaking at the Africa Gas Forum, on Monday, he pointed out that African countries have... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector
Photo by Bloomberg
VITAL INDUSTRY The rubber industry is linked to the state of the economy, as it services various sectors of the economy

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Continental optimises tyre test with driverless test vehicle

15th February 2019 Automotive tyre manufacturing company Continental commissioned the first driverless tyre test vehicle for an assortment of road surface types at its test site in Uvalde, Texas, in the US. The aim of the endeavour was to make test results for the company’s passenger and light trucks more... 

Continental optimises tyre test with  driverless test vehicle
DRIVERLESS NAVIGATION The driverless vehicle pilots the testing route with a GPS-supported satellite navigation system

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

Green solution used  for retaining walls
RETAINING THE GREENERY A green-wall solution was found to make retaining walls more aesthetically pleasing

Actom sells Wilec division

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom has sold its Wilec division to Makarenge Electrical Industries, effective February 1. The disposal forms part of Actom’s corporate strategy to focus on its core businesses within the electrical infrastructure industrial sector.  

Italtile lifts interim trading profit by 35% amid trying conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th February 2019 JSE-listed Italtile increased its trading profit for the six months ended December 31, 2018, by 35% to R968-million, compared with the R716-million trading profit reported for the six months ended December 2017. This was despite a challenging trading environment during which import prices... 

Italtile lifts interim trading profit by 35% amid trying conditions

Global acclaim for South Africa’s heart transplant commemorative coin

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 The South African Mint’s R2 commemorative coin depicting the world’s first successful human-to-human heart transplant received an accolade at this year’s Coin of the Year (COTY), held earlier this month in Berlin, Germany. The sterling silver Crown coin was the second in a series of coins... 

Global acclaim for South Africa’s heart transplant commemorative coin

KAP grows interim revenue

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2019 JSE-listed KAP Industrial Holdings grew its revenue by 16% to R13.29-billion in the interim period to the end of December, up from R11.48-billion during the first half of 2018, the company reported on Tuesday. The diversified industrial firm, however, posted lower headline earnings of... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering 

By: Terence Creamer     12th February 2019 Electrical products manufacturer Zest WEG Group has added an integrated-solutions offering to its products-oriented sales strategy in a bid to penetrate market segments in which there is a growing appetite for all-encompassing solutions. The South African company is the fifth largest branch... 

Electrical equipment group aims to penetrate new markets with integrated offering
Zest WEG Group CEO Siegfried Kreutzfeld in conversation with Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer on the group's growth strategy. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer.

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it will submit site-specific applications to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to secure tariff relief from Eskom for its operations in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. The submissions will be made in line with... 

Steel group to approach Nersa for power-tariff relief
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster on the threat posed by power hikes and on the group's plan to approach the regulator for relief. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 7.2.2019

Brimstone second-guesses Clover deal following BDS outcry

By: Nadine James     7th February 2019 JSE-listed Brimstone Investment Corporation is reviewing its participation in the proposed buyout of Clover Industries, following an outcry by human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa. Clover and Brimstone separately reported on Monday that Milco SA – a new company... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy 

By: Kim Cloete     7th February 2019 Solar Mining Services, a manufacturer and supplier of explosives, accessories and blasting services for the mining industry, has made strides in growing its business in South Africa. It has created more than 100 jobs and invested R500-million in South Africa since setting up in the country in... 

Solar Mining Services helps to boost the Mpumalanga economy
Solar Mining's Charles Hurly discusses the company's product offerings and its growth plans, while CEO Desmond Pillay talks about the company's impact on the Mpumalanga economy. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings

By: Schalk Burger     7th February 2019 A new graphite facility, Graphite Freezeline Solutions, was opened last month on industrial engineering firm Thos Begbie’s manufacturing campus, in Middelburg. It will reduce the time to manufacture products that include graphite components, especially for the mining and foundry industry, says... 

New graphite factory bolsters mining, foundry product offerings
GFS FACILITY OPENING Hercules van der Merwe at the Graphite Freezeline Solutions facility opening

Tribunal confirms Alcon Marepha’s settlement and R1.37m fine

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th February 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Wednesday confirmed, as an order, a settlement agreement between power cable supplier Alcon Marepha and the Competition Commission, with Alcon to pay an administrative penalty of R1.37-million. Alcon admitted to collusive tendering through the submission of cover... 

AMSA reports first profit since 2010 on back of higher steel prices  

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2019 Following years of sustained losses, steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) reported a full-year profit in 2018, on the back of a 12% rise in average realised prices and a 5% increase in sales volumes, supported by a 21% rise in export sales. The company last reported a full-year profit... 

AMSA reports first profit since 2010 on back of higher steel prices
New AMSA CFO Desmond Maharaj on the contribution made by the sale of Macsteel International Holdings to AMSA's net borrowings. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 7.2.2019

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2019 Despite a difficult operating environment, diversified woodfibre company Sappi’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) increased by 15% year-on-year and its profit by 29% year-on-year in the quarter ended December 31. Profitability for the first quarter of the... 

Sappi delivers strong Q1 performance despite difficult operating environment
Sappi CEO Steve Binnie

Absa PMI falls in January as business activity slips

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 South Africa's seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell in January as four out of five measures of factory performance declined, led by slumps in new orders and business activity, the survey showed on Friday. The index, which gauges manufacturing activity in Africa's most... 

Absa PMI falls in January as business activity slips
 

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