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Transformation of SEZs into truly special zones key to their success – CDE  

By: Donna Slater     11th May 2021 In a new report, the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is calling on government to change or adapt special economic zones (SEZs) into areas that are “actually and truly special”, offering a modified labour market regime to attract companies and investment. CDE executive director Ann... 

Nyanza Light Metals secures R28m facility from Afreximbank

By: Yvonne Silaule     7th May 2021 Pan-African multilateral trade finance institution the Africa Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved a R28-million project preparation facility for titanium dioxide pigment manufacturer Nyanza Light Metals, which is based in the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ). Afreximbank... 

New Memsa CEO to focus on advocacy, partnerships to grow local mining equipment manufacturing

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 Industry organisation the Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) has appointed Lehlohonolo Amos Molloyi CEO and programmes manager. He plans to maximise the industry body's impact through advocacy and partnership to support localisation, transformation, technology development and... 

Local dry scrubber reduces acrylic factory emissions

By: Schalk Burger     7th May 2021 A dry scrubber system designed, manufactured and installed by local environmental management engineering company Ecor Cleaning at acrylic sheet producer Röhm Africa's plant in Elandsfontein, south-east of Johannesburg, has reduced the plant's emissions to well below its air emission licence... 

Local dry scrubber reduces acrylic factory emissions

Energy efficiency digital platform launched

By: Anna Moross     7th May 2021 Leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, Schneider Electric, launched its energy efficient EcoStruxure Automation Expert, its software-centric universal automation system, at the Hannover Messe 2021, which was held online last month. 

Energy efficiency digital platform launched
ECOSTUXTURE AUTOMATION EXPERT The Ecostuxture Automation Expert is the engine that drives the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and enables the all-digital, all-electric world powered by sustainable, clean and plentiful electricity

Prevailing low capacity use in manufacturing industry a worry for Seifsa

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2021 Persistent low levels of capacity use in the manufacturing sector and low demand for locally manufactured goods are “worrying” trends compounding the prevailing Covid-19 restrictions that are limiting operations at industrial plants, says the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of... 

Mondi’s strong performance driven by sustainable packaging, e-commerce

By: Simone Liedtke     6th May 2021 Strong demand, supported by paper manufacturer Mondi’s range of innovative and sustainable packaging solutions alongside higher average containerboard selling prices, as well as strong cost control measures continued to support the company’s performance in the first quarter of this year. This was... 

Successful localisation programme requires consistent renewables procurement pipeline

By: Schalk Burger     6th May 2021 To achieve a successful localisation programme with incremental local content thresholds as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP), a consistent procurement pipeline needs be established, says industry association South Africa Wind Energy... 

South African factory activity expands at faster pace in April – PMI

By: Reuters     5th May 2021 South African private sector activity expanded at its strongest rate in nine years in April, as buoyant customer demand pushed new orders higher and business confidence and employment rose, a survey showed on Wednesday. IHS Markit's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) rose to 53.7 in April from 50.3... 

Even if Covid-19 vaccine IP is waived, Africa does not have the capacity to produce at scale – expert 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2021 A University of Cape Town professor says if the intellectual property rights of vaccines are lifted, the African continent will still not be able to scale up the production of Covid-19 vaccines. Countries and activists in the Global South have been asking pharmaceutical companies to waive IP... 

Even if Covid-19 vaccine IP is waived, Africa does not have the capacity to produce at scale – expert

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

Absa PMI declines slightly, but all five subcomponents in positive territory

By: Schalk Burger     3rd May 2021 The Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for April decreased slightly to 56.2 index points, from 57.4 in March. The PMI was, however, 2.5 points higher than the average recorded in the first quarter of this year and 26 points higher than the PMI for April 2020. 

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa 

By: Irma Venter     30th April 2021 The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the rest of the continent has received a boost from four South African manufacturers. JSE-listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and The Foschini Group (TFG), as well as local vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM), have pledged... 

TWIMS receives R18m for the advancement of manufacturing in SA, rest of Africa
The TWIMS campus

Tech integrated in maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     30th April 2021 Filtration services provider Perfect Filtration is incorporating intelligent software technology and services into its filtration and preventive maintenance measures for hydraulic equipment. Perfect Filtration technical director Melvin Schmidt explains that, initially, Perfect Filtration used a... 

Tech integrated in maintenance services
INTELLIGENT MONITORING Incorporating intelligent and services will assist a technician by providing in-depth information on a machine, in real-time, when a technician arrives on site

Decimated furniture sector to get Proudly SA local portal

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 Local sourcing organisation Proudly South African, in collaboration with the the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, will launch a dedicated furniture portal to make the sourcing of locally made furniture easier. The furniture sector in South Africa was an employer of 50 000 people in... 

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2021 Domestic natural gas and helium producer Renergen and local express courier partner DPD Laser have inked an agreement for Renergen to manufacture the first 110 Cryo-Vacc units for supply to DPD. The Cryo-Vacc is suitable for both air and ground transportation. Liquid nitrogen is used to keep the... 

DPD Laser to buy 110 Cryo-Vacc Covid-19 vaccine containers from Renergen
The Cryo-Vacc

Seifsa reiterates plans to seek solutions to industry challenges at upcoming indaba

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2021 The sixth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba, organised by industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), will be held on May 24 and 25 and will seek to find solutions to the challenges facing South Africa's manufacturing sector. The... 

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

By: Shannon de Ryhove     16th April 2021 An increased concern for the safety of people in light passenger vehicles is driving local safety glass manufacturer South African Bullet Resistant Glass (SABRG) to extend its operations to the full armouring of vehicles across the range, from double and single cab bakkies, to passenger cars and... 

Local manufacturer produces discreet armouring for passenger cars

Public have until month-end to comment on new lighting lamp specifications

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 South Africans have until April 30 to comment on the recently gazetted specifications for general service lamps. The specifications are aimed at improving the safety, performance and energy efficiency of lightbulbs approved for use in South Africa by phasing out inefficient and environmentally... 

KAS Africa secures $10m investment for growth

By: Schalk Burger     14th April 2021 Personal care products manufacturer KAS Africa has secured a $10-million investment from Mauritian investment company TRT Investments for the acquisition of a new plant and equipment to build capacity and capability. TRT has acquired a 49% stake in KAS Africa, which also now has access to working... 

Labelling of 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions includes eight local products

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 The Solar Impulse Foundation has officially reached the goal of assigning the Efficient Solutions Label to 1 000 profitable cleantech solutions from around the world and the list includes eight South African solutions, reports economically viable green economy solutions nonprofit organisation... 

SEZ Programme successfully driving industrialisation – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     13th April 2021 Despite the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on South Africa’s economy, Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Programme continues to “successfully drive industrialisation” of the country. She explains that the programme... 

Seifsa calls on metals, engineering firms to submit entries for customer service award

By: Schalk Burger     12th April 2021 Metals and engineering industry association the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on companies to submit their entries for the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence in the Customer Service Award category,. This year’s entrants will be assessed on their... 

Cylinder market expected to grow

9th April 2021 The global liquified petroleum gas (LPG) cylinder manufacturing market is projected to reach a market size of about $4.7-billion by 2026, with an average growth rate of about 3.6% during the forecast period, according to a report issued by market intelligence provider Transparency Market Research... 

Cylinder market expected to grow
EXPANDING GAS The growth in the global LPG cylinder manufacturing market is driven by increased disposable income, urbanisation and demand for convenience

Increase in tanks demand presents challenges

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Despite a global increase in stainless steel tanks production over the past 12 months – particularly for the food and beverage sectors – some subsectors are facing challenges, says stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless market development manager Lerato Mashigo. “The food and beverage sector... 

Increase in tanks demand  presents challenges
AGES LIKE A FINE WINE Over the recommended life span of a structure, stainless steel becomes more economical because of reduced maintenance and refurbishment required

New range of air driers introduced

By: Darren Parker     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment supplier Artic Driers International has launched a new range of locally manufactured air driers – the SA Series – for cleaning and drying compressed air in food and beverage applications. The SA Series range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple,... 

New range of air  driers introduced
THE SA SERIES The locally made range of heatless desiccant pressure swing driers embodies a simple and robust design

New gensets developed

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     9th April 2021 Vertical manufacturer HIMOINSA developed a gas-powered generator set with maintenance periods that stretch for up to 10 000 hours, or 14 months of continuous work, highlights HIMOINSA Southern Africa senior sales engineer Warrick Taylor. The generator's estimated service life of 30 000 hours... 

New gensets developed
NEW GENSET The new HGY-25, available in 50 Hz and 60 Hz, is powered by natural gas, delivering 28 kVA of continuous operation power

Dryers used in fight against Covid-19

By: Theresa Bhowan     9th April 2021 Compressed-air treatment equipment importer Artic Driers has, in partnership with nongovernmental organisation Save-P, developed locally manufactured, low-dewpoint, heatless air dryers to combat Covid-19. These dryers were developed to be issued free of charge to hospitals and clinics where... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects  

By: Terence Creamer     8th April 2021 The stipulation that solar projects bid as part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) include photovoltaic (PV) modules that meet the local-content thresholds and conditionalities outlined in government’s designation for PV components is causing some... 

Local content rules for PV modules posing a challenge for ‘emergency’ solar projects

Alfeco Group acquires Hulamin’s Gauteng aluminium extrusions business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2021 Integrated South African metals company Alfeco Group has recently acquired the Hulamin Extrusions plant, in Olifantsfontein, Midrand. The extrusion assets, which are now part of Alfeco’s new aluminium division, with a design capacity of 20 000 t/y, have been renamed Veer Aluminium. 

Seifsa calls on metals, engineering firms to submit entries for environmental award

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2021 Metals and engineering industry association the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on April 7 called on companies in the metals and engineering sector to submit their entries for the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence in the Environment Stewardship Award... 

Local company shines in furnace rebuilds

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is conducting several major furnace rebuilds locally and globally. Locally, the company is manufacturing and supplying the copper furnace components of platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Anglo Converter Plant (ACP) in Rustenburg, in... 

Local company shines  in furnace rebuilds
ALL-ROUND SOLUTION Thos Begbie uses advanced casting simulation and machining simulation programs to reproduce what has been designed on computer-aided design programs by design houses

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

Vestas optimistic about South Africa, Africa's onshore wind potential

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Denmark-based wind energy equipment multinational Vestas is optimistic about renewable energy, and specifically onshore wind energy, opportunities in South Africa and more broadly in Africa. "We are also evaluating the potential of South Africa to act as a possible industrial hub towards the... 

Patel calls for stronger partnership for manufacturing to benefit from Brics

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has called for deeper partnerships and the use of both demand- and supply-side measures to strengthen South African manufacturing capability and enable the country to benefit from opportunities in the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South... 

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