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Manufacturing News

Phoenix Contact opens expanded value-added centre for customers

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd August 2021 The South African business of Germany-based Phoenix Contact has expanded its value-added centre (VAC), in Randburg, as part of its continued efforts to provide its customers with manufacturing product solutions. Phoenix Contact – which is an industrial automation, interconnection and interface... 

Demand for vaccines requires boost to enable full reopening of economy

By: Donna Slater     23rd August 2021 Despite an anti-vaccination contingent in South Africa’s society, Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso says common sense and rationality prevail for the most part in terms of acceptance and a willingness to get vaccinated – a factor that could soon mean the complete reopening of the... 

Supplier provides hygienic pumps solution to food and beverage industry

20th August 2021 The food and beverage industries remain important contributors to the manufacturing and fastmoving consumer goods (FMCG) sectors, as well as the local economy. However, food and beverage manufacturers are some of the most highly regulated (and penalised) businesses – and rightly so, given the... 

Industry faces multiple challenges amid unrest

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     20th August 2021 The recent spate of riots in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng has resulted in a difference in demand in the food and beverage industry, says industrial solutions provider and distributor Bearings International (BI). “There have been challenges – not only in terms of losses but also in terms of... 

A food safe bearing on a white background
FOOD SAFE BI has carried and stocked an array of food and beverage products that have the correct certification and meet the required applications

Partnership aids in reducing beverage industry footprint

20th August 2021 The beverage industry in South Africa still presents significant opportunities for addressing water, energy and waste efficiencies across the entire value chain, according to industry support programme National Cleaner Production Centre (NCPC-SA) resources, strategy and innovation manager... 

CDC establishes sustainability business unit to accelerate SEZ’s sustainable growth

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has announced plans to enhance its focus by establishing a new sustainability business unit to drive sustainable growth of the Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and external services on the infrastructure delivery programmes, which include operations in the... 

De Ruyter outlines green reindustrialisation vision for South Africa 

By: Terence Creamer     18th August 2021 Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter has outlined the case for leveraging South Africa’s transition to green energy to reverse the country’s “vicious cycle of deindustrialisation and unemployment” and to trigger a “virtuous cycle of local demand for local goods to create investment and jobs”. Delivering the... 

Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter

JP Morgan launches R340m DTIC-approved equity equivalent investment programme 

By: Simone Liedtke     17th August 2021 Financial services multinational JP Morgan has launched the very first Department of Trade, Industry and Commerce- (DTIC-) approved equity equivalent investment programme (EEIP), which forms part of government’s broad-based black economic empowerment framework. The EEIP, funded by a R340-million... 

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Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Data is the key to the power of IoT, says industry council

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2021 The Internet of Things (IoT) has been described as a disruptive technology, which has led to high expectations, but these expectations are realistic, owing to the technology's ability to unlock significant insights from seemingly insignificant data and to use these insights to save money and... 

Eskom, W Cape govt welcome amendments giving effect to 100 MW reform

By: Donna Slater     13th August 2021 The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE’s) August 12 Gazetting of its amendment to Section 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act has been welcomed by State-owned power utility Eskom and the Western Cape provincial government. The amendment permits private electricity generators to... 

Steel construction learning reinvisioned

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 Nonprofit organisation the South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is evolving its technical learning sessions for steel construction to a digital platform. The SAISC has been offering technical sessions for engineers since early March and, according to SAISC marketing director... 

An image of Amanuel Gebremeskel the technical director of SAISC.
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL The weekly technical sessions are the first step towards the future of structural steel training courses available to SAISC members

Change drives steel supplier forward

By: Anna Moross     13th August 2021 The significant steel shortages have been a huge challenge for steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds since the start of the pandemic; however, through active in-house changes, the company has created opportunities to benefit from inceased volumes of product. Stewarts & Lloyds branch manager of steel... 

Steel supply at a Stewarts & Lloyds branch
STEEL SUPPLY The market has changed, and we have managed to grow our tonnages and do better than previous years overall

DTIC opens R3.75bn relief package for businesses affected by civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     11th August 2021 Eligible businesses can now apply for loans under the R3.75-billion economic recovery support package, announced by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel a fortnight ago to assist businesses that were impacted by the mid-July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The DTIC... 

Manufacturing output up 12.5% y/y in June – Stats SA

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2021 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reports that, in June, overall South African manufacturing production increased by 12.5% year-on-year as a primary result of positive contributions from the sectors of motor vehicles, metal products, wood products, food and beverage, as well as furniture and... 

City of Johannesburg appoints new mayor in wake of Makhubo’s death

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2021 Following the death of City of Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo on July 9, an extraordinary council meeting on August 10 resulted in Councillor Jolidee Matongo being elected as the new executive Mayor. Matongo, who is the former Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Finance in the current... 

eThekwini municipality approves relief, recovery measures for businesses

By: Donna Slater     6th August 2021 The eThekwini municipality has approved various measures to support business customers that have been affected by the mid-July civil unrest that saw widespread looting and destruction of property and assets in the province. 
The rapid implementation of eThekwini mayor councillor Mxolisi Kaunda’s... 

Coolers manufacturing for smelting furnace successfully completed

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     6th August 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie recently completed the manufacture and supply of specialised coolers for a platinum producer’s smelting furnace site in Rustenburg, in the North West. The company’s scope of work included the manufacture and supply of cast copper coolers, drill-and-plug... 

Thos Begbie sales manager Jurgsen Dercksen seated
JURGEN DERCKSEN The end walls of the furnace take most of the hammering during the smelting process and will be replaced more frequently than the rest of the furnace

Trading remains positive for Mondi as macroeconomic uncertainties remain

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2021 While macroeconomic uncertainties remain, trading is positive for paper and packaging manufacturer Mondi, which expects to see the full impact of the price increases implemented to date and the continued contribution from its capital investment projects during the second half of this year. 

Mpact remains ‘firmly anchored’ in making a difference on the back of robust interim results 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th August 2021 South African paper and packaging business and recycler Mpact remains “firmly anchored” in its purpose of making a difference by providing customers with sustainable packaging and giving effect to the circular economy through its integrated business model. CEO Bruce Strong said on August 5 that... 

Pic of Mpact Polymers recycling in Wadevil.=le.
Mpact's Bruce Strong and Brett Clark give Engineering News some more insight on the company's results, and some external factors that had an impact. Video: Recorded on Zoom. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Business seeks to nudge localisation debate beyond import substitution 

By: Terence Creamer     4th August 2021 Business is aiming to progress ongoing negotiations on the use of local-content regulations to revive manufacturing in South Africa beyond calls for blanket import substitution by identifying specific products or sectors where the country has the competitive advantages in place to increase... 

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From a coal-to-gas conversion to a microgrid factory, Eskom builds Komati’s just energy transaction case 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd August 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom is hoping to transform the workshops at the Komati power station – identified as the flagship site for the piloting of a broader ‘just energy transition’ programme that couples decarbonisation with social upliftment – into a factory capable of manufacturing... 

Photograph of the Komati power station
A file photo of the Komati power station, which has generated electricity since 1961

Soaring aluminum drives up cost of everything from beer to foil

By: Bloomberg     3rd August 2021 For consumers and economists hoping commodities inflation will soon subside, the aluminum market delivered some discouraging news on Monday. The world’s second-largest brewer, Heineken, said the rising costs of freight and the metal used in beer cans will have a “material effect” on profit next... 

Gearboxes ensure increased safety

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG supplies the local railway sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes. Design customisations are adjusted according to the demand and physical requirements of the application. 

BMG’s Dinamic Oil gearbox in a warehouse
CARRYING THE WORLD BMG supplies the local railways sector with custom-designed planetary gearboxes for use in railway maintenance programmes

Production surplus meets growing rail industry demand

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Although stainless steel supplier Columbus Stainless can meet South Africa’s stainless steel material demands in all sectors, including the railroad industry, the apparent stainless steel consumption is too low to fulfil the mill’s total production capacity, says Columbus Stainless market... 

3CR12 grade steel train wagon transporting coal
STRONG AND STURDY Ferritic stainless steel contains at least 10.5% chromium

Revitalisation vital to economic recovery

30th July 2021 South Africa’s transport sector is central to trade, and modernising and revitalising it is critical to the country’s recovery from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, says railroad equipment supplier Gibela CEO Hector Danisa. The country's economy went into its deepest recession in a century... 

A front view of an operational train set in a warehouse
VITAL FOR SURVIVAL The transport sector’s importance to South Africa’s economy was underlined by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s 2021/22 transport budget vote

Company steers through Covid-19 challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     30th July 2021 Railroad equipment supplier and manufacturer Gibela has not been immune to the challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly those presented by the third wave. “We have experienced a rise in cases within our company, which is impacting on operations. Most of our suppliers were also affected by... 

Gibela procurement executive Colette Yende stands outside in front of a train set at Gibela's premises
COLETTE YENDE What Covid-19 has taught us is to have and implement an alternative plan

Sumitomo Rubber loses 70 000 tyres to looters

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA), manufacturer of the Dunlop tyre brand, has warned consumers that goods stolen at its KwaZulu-Natal warehouse are currently being advertised for sale on social media and online classifieds sites. SRSA says that its Durban Westville warehouse was invaded and... 

SAPVIA calls for clarity on local content requirements

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th July 2021 The South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) is calling for immediate clarity from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) about its approach to localisation, specifically in the South African solar photovoltaic (PV) sector. The DTIC and the National Treasury have... 

An image of solar PV panels being installed

South African company to manufacture hemp product machinery in the Eastern Cape

By: Schalk Burger     27th July 2021 Local hemp products development company Quattro-Canna Holdings has signed a licence agreement with hemp processing equipment developer Canadian Greenfield Technologies to manufacture the HempTrain decorticator plant, which is designed for mass-processing of hemp straw-bales into bast fiber, hurd... 

Busa welcomes easing of restrictions, others caution of damage already done

By: Donna Slater     26th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa’s July 25 address to the nation and the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from adjusted Alert Level 4, to adjusted Alert Level 3, has been welcomed by Business Unity South Africa (Busa), while the South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has expressed concern... 

Insurers advise on claims related to civil unrest

By: Donna Slater     23rd July 2021 Following the looting that took place during the civil unrest of mid-July in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, insurance experts advise that claimants ensure they have proof of damage or loss or destruction of stock, to ensure they are able to submit claims within the 30-day threshold. During a webinar... 

Biovac/Pfizer vaccine partnership will boost mRNA hub – Nzimande 

By: Sane Dhlamini     23rd July 2021 The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande has congratulated the Biovac Institute for its partnership with Pfizer and its German vaccine partner BioNTech which will see the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine being manufactured in South Africa for distribution within... 

Picture of Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

World-class Africa factory nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The construction of drive components manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s R200-million South Africa head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg, is proceeding to plan and on schedule, says SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer. “Despite the slowdown in the local economy, we believe that it is critical... 

 	Large building, construction site with steel fabrication SEW Eurodrive HO
MAKING GROUND The construction of SEW EURODRIVE's new South African head office is progressing well

Navara built in Africa for Africa

By: Claire O'Reilly     23rd July 2021 The first Nissan Navara vehicles produced in Africa have rolled off the production line at the new Nissan plant in Rosslyn, Pretoria this month. 

First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa
HOME GROUND ADVANTAGE First Nissan Navara vehicle manufactured in South Africa

Alcohol industry asks govt to allow legal liquor trade to resume from July 26

By: Schalk Burger     22nd July 2021 Five industry associations in the alcohol industry is calling on government to release the scientific data it uses to justify the repeated bans on the sale of alcohol. They also request that legal liquor trade be allowed to resume from July 26. 

LG commits itself to moving entirely to renewable energy by 2050

By: Donna Slater     21st July 2021 Electronics manufacturer LG Electronics has announced its commitment to transition completely to renewable energy by 2050. The announcement, made in LG’s sustainability report, follows an earlier promise to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 through its Zero Carbon 2030 initiative, in which the... 

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