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Manufacturing News

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 South Africa’s Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, who has been elected to chair the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT), says he will prioritise the finalisation of the outstanding work and negotiations required to enable the start of trading under the African Continent Free... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is an extremely significant focus for material testing and inspection services specialist Dekra Industrial because the collection and interpretation of data plays a vital role in forecasting, strategic growth and decision-making in organisations. While... 

4IR key to advanced NDT service
GRUDGE PURCHASE Some of South African metal fabricators only undertaking non-destructive testing to ensure that they are fabrication- and design-code compliant

Safety up but costs hamper industry uptake

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd October 2020 Safety is improving in the local metal fabrication sector as more companies realise the importance of having stricter safety protocols in place, says local blades and electrodes manufacturer, and cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut machine division GM Anthony Lezar. “Some... 

Safety up but costs hamper industry uptake
TICKING THE BOX Some companies are putting only the bare minimum in place to ensure safety within their manufacturing processes

Absa PMI ticks upwards to 58.3 index points

By: Simone Liedtke     1st October 2020 Following a robust increase in August, the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) ticked up further to 58.3 index points in September, with the shift to a lower lockdown level mid-month likely having driven the further improvement in business conditions in the local manufacturing sector. However,... 

August PPI increases, pointing to better selling market for manufacturers

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2020 The rate of producer price index (PPI) inflation increased to 2.4% year-on-year in August and was also higher than the 1.9% year-on-year recorded in July, mainly on account of the changes in the food and petroleum subcomponents, financial services company Investec notes. The Steel and... 

SEZ webinar to spotlight economic growth potential, industrialisation

By: Donna Slater     28th September 2020 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), in partnership with the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE), will on September 29 host a webinar on the role of special economic zones (SEZs) as drivers of economic growth and industrialisation.   Trade, Industry and Competition... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running slightly below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Kingsgate Clothing adds localised isolation gown to PPE line-up

By: Irma Venter     25th September 2020 The Kingsgate Clothing Group has expanded its personal protective equipment (PPE) production line-up to include isolation gowns, used by hospital personnel. The group already produces cloth masks for the commercial and corporate market. 

IS programme gaining momentum

By: Tracy Hancock     25th September 2020 The Industrial Symbiosis (IS) programme of the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), a division of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, will play a significant role in helping the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) meet South Africa’s... 

IS programme  gaining momentum
RECYCLING REWARDS Esilthuli Plastic Recycling is growing its production of recycled plastic products, creating jobs through its involvement in the Industrial Symbiosis programme

Manufacturing tipping point could be pushed back by innovation and tech – De Ruyter

By: Donna Slater     23rd September 2020 Addressing the Manufacturing Circle annual general meeting (AGM) on September 22, Eskom CEO and former Manufacturing Circle former chairperson Andre de Ruyter said that investing in research, embracing innovation and technology and lowering manufacturing costs are equally critical in boosting... 

Unilever, govt partner to increase SMME investment

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd September 2020 Unilever South Africa and the Department of Small Business Development have partnered to increase investment in small-, medium-sized and microenterprise development. The partnership follows the publication of a racially offensive advert on the Clicks website by Unilever hair brand, TRESemmé. This... 

Unilever, govt partner to increase SMME investment

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI) plans to continue building technology strategies with industry for long-term implementation amid the industry’s decline of late. 

Initiative to accelerate technology strategies amid aerospace industry decline
EVEN ODDS Although there are “pockets of excellence”, the local aerospace industry is very small and focuses almost exclusively on exports

Company’s products ensure longevity

18th September 2020 Engineering components provider BMG’s portfolio of Fenner power transmission components includes a range of high-strength friction transmission belts that offer dependable performance in demanding heating, cooling and ventilation applications. 

Company’s products ensure longevity
ALWWAYS ON CALL BMG offers a technical advisory and 24-hour support service throughout Africa

Parallel compressor systems brought on by tech development

18th September 2020 In the past, individual or single compressor systems were used for most medium and low temperature applications. However, with continuous refrigeration technology development, multiple or parallel refrigeration systems were introduced into the industry. 

Parallel compressor systems brought on  by tech development
INSIDE OUT The multiple parallel compressor rack system may be designed for either indoor or outdoor use

Environmental concerns driving industry change

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 A disruptive change is currently underway in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) refrigerant market, global safety science company UL states. 

Environmental concerns driving industry change
GOING GREEN Driven by environmental concerns, global promoters are advocating the phase-out of traditional refrigerants in favour of new alternatives with a lower global warming potential

Heating solutions ensure energy efficiency

18th September 2020 Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand South Africa’s smart Netatmo solutions, which are designed for convenience, safety and comfort at home, ensure energy efficiency and enhanced aesthetics. 

Heating solutions ensure energy efficiency
UNMATCHED CONSISTENCY Smart Netatmo thermostats ensure the home environment stays at the correct pre-set temperature – no matter what the outside weather conditions are

HVACR industry at a turning point

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th September 2020 The heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry is at a turning point and it is up to all the innovators in the industry to take the lead and set a new standard for South Africa, multinational air-conditioning manufacturing company Daikin South Africa MD Koen Van... 

HVACR industry at a turning point
KOEN VAN WYNENDAELE Before the Covid-19 outbreak, the industry in general was under pressure owing to a sluggish economy with limited to no growth, a difficult political climate and a tough investment climate

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2020 With President Cyril Ramaphosa having announced the move to a Level 1 lockdown for South Africa, effective September 20, positive reactions have been streaming in from all spheres of the economy, but grievances around weekend alcohol sales, the curfew and only partially reopened borders remain.... 

Economy breathes welcome sigh for Level 1, while alcohol, travel industries remain aggrieved

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities 

16th September 2020 Nonprofit organisation, the South African Emergency Ventilator Project, or SAVE-P, was launched in March in an effort to cost-effectively locally produce much-needed ventilators to meet an expected shortage. Natasha Odendaal tells us more. 

SAVE-P manufacturing underway, showcases local capabilities

Mpact declares force majeure at Springs mill amid municipal power outage

By: Simone Liedtke     16th September 2020 Paper and packaging producer Mpact has declared force majeure at its Springs paper mill in relation to a near-month-long power interruption, and as a consequence, not being able to produce. The mill has been without electricity supply from 18:00 on August 19, when an explosion and fire at the... 

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end 

By: Terence Creamer     16th September 2020 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has formally initiated a recruitment process to secure a replacement for its long-serving CEO, Pepi Silinga, who has been appointed CEO of Transnet National Ports Authority, effective October 1. The position has been advertised internally and externally and... 

CDC aiming to secure CEO replacement for long-serving Silinga by year-end
Pepi Silinga

In-house-developed idler increases mine throughput, product longevity

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 The development of a South African-made conveyor belt idler has resulted in diversified miner Exxaro Resources increasing throughput at its Grootegeluk mine through one of its conveyor load points from 800 t/d to 3 000 t/d, says conveyor products manufacturer Brelko US and Africa manager Brent... 

Locally produced hot water innovation reduces household energy costs

By: Donna Slater     11th September 2020 Using heat pump systems manufacturer EMS Holdings’ domestic 200 ℓ integrated heat pump system can save households between 60% and 70% of their monthly electricity costs as it uses home-grown efficient technology. EMS Holdings CEO Franco Diedericks, speaking during this year's Electra Mining... 

Real-time data essential in FMCG market

By: Cameron Mackay     11th September 2020 With the Covid-19 pandemic having led to a change in buying patterns, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) value chain solutions provider MACmobile MD Andrew Dawson suggests that the FMCG industry will have to use intelligent digital technology data to curb the negative impact this could have on the... 

Real-time data essential in FMCG market
ANDREW DAWSON We still need clarity on disposeable incomes across different consumer brands, it’s unclear if we’re going to see see a shift to more basic staples

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 South Africa’s economy is hanging by a thread and this has presented massive challenges for the local aerospace industry, says aircraft design organisation Aerodesigns Africa director Murray Spoelstra. 

Industry’s wings seemingly clipped
GLOBAL SIGHTS SET Similar to the local automotive industry that is manufacturing for European countries, so must there be opportunities to manufacture aircraft under licence for foreign companies

Level playing field key to moving industry forward

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 Transformation should be a top priority among the issues that need to be addressed in manufacturing for the aviation industry, says maintenance solutions provider Dynamic Aerotech technical operation and research director Mulalo Neluheni. 

Level playing field key to moving industry forward
OPEN UP THE INDUSTRY While there is scope for black people with potential to thrive in this space, this needs to take into account the whole value chain in the aerospace industry

Association laments sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     11th September 2020 The aerospace manufacturing sector is in a “freefall” and there does not appear to be any parachute in sight, says industry body Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) co-chairperson Themba September. 

Association laments sector decline
AIRING IT OUT In its efforts to ensure that the sector returns to its former glory, Camasa has participated in the process of drafting a sector masterplan

Manufacturing continues on downward slump

By: Simone Liedtke     10th September 2020 Manufacturing production decreased by 10.6% year-on-year in July, with the largest decline in furniture and other manufacturing, which declined by 39.1% and contributed -1.4 percentage points to the overall decline. The second highest decline was in motor vehicles, parts, accessories and other... 

Sasol, Air Liquide enter into sales agreement for ASU business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th September 2020 Petrochemicals giant Sasol South Africa has announced that it and Air Liquide have concluded negotiations for the proposed R8.5-billion sale of Sasol’s air separation units (ASUs) at the company’s operations in Secunda and the parties have now entered into a sale of business agreement. Sasol... 

Transnet says railway line refurbishment in PE bodes well for business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th September 2020 State-owned freight utility Transnet says a R10-million refurbishment on a second railway line into the Port of Port Elizabeth’s (PE’s) container terminal is unlocking substantial business potential for the Eastern Cape. “One of the celebrated successes of the port in the past financial year... 

RMB/BER business confidence index rebounds in line with eased Covid-19 restrictions

By: Donna Slater     9th September 2020 After falling from 18 to an all-time low of five in the second quarter, the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) business confidence index (BCI) rebounded to 24 in the third quarter. However, the BER states that, from such a low base, when the strictest of the Alert Level... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere 

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2020 Bell Equipment’s plants are currently operating at roughly 70% of pre-Covid-19 levels, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The South African operation at Richards Bay is running a little bit below this average, however, as it had stocked up on inventory prior to the pandemic in anticipation of a... 

Bell sees recovery following Covid-19, parts ways with John Deere
Leon Goosen

Defy lauded for innovative locally-made ventilator

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 Appliance manufacturer Defy has been internationally recognised for its role in a project to provide innovative life-saving ventilators. The ventilators are designed and manufactured by South African engineers.  

Defy lauded for innovative locally-made ventilator
Defy's Impilo ventilator

Sapema talks respiratory legalities for manufacturers, procuring companies

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th September 2020 Selecting the correct respirator is crucial for the correct protection level depending on what hazards one is exposed to. Ensuring that you choose the correct supplier or distributor for your respiratory products is now also more important now ever because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Southern... 

Mninawe Silinga leaves CDC for TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th September 2020 Mninawe Silinga has resigned as CEO of the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) to join Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) as CE. The CDC noted that this has been long coming, after numerous attempts by other State-owned entities (SoEs) to enlist Silinga's services in recent years. 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2020 Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro reports that the country aims to overhaul its underperforming agricultural sector with the objective of improving both food security and attracting export-oriented investment into the production of high-value crops, such as fruit, vegetables and... 

Lesotho aims to ‘go big’ on agriculture amid Agoa textiles uncertainty
Lesotho Prime Minister Dr Moeketsi Majoro

Partnership backs African market

4th September 2020 Partnerships such as Austin ETT are structured to offer customers products and services across a broader spectrum. The joint venture between Australia-based engineering company Austin Engineering and South African specialised mobile equipment manufacturer Engineering Top Tech (ETT) brings... 

Partnership backs African market
STRONGER TOGETHER The Austin ETT joint venture provides a single platform from which the Austin Engineering and Engineering Top Tech can jointly market, sell and support their products throughout Africa
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