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AMSA expects to swing to FY18 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report headline earnings a share of 84c to 94c for the year ended December 31. This compares with a headline loss a share of 203c in 2017. 

Industrial firms moving to integrate artificial intelligence with ERP systems

By: Schalk Burger     1st February 2019 Agility has become a key requirement for industrial companies that need to make decisions more quickly and accurately, and is a key trend in 2019, says industrial enterprise resource planning (ERP) multinational Syspro Africa product manager Deidre Fryer. “Industrial companies will look to... 

Industrial firms moving to integrate  artificial intelligence with ERP systems
DEIRDRE FRYER ERP systems fed with unstructured data from connected devices provide a more accurate overview of businesses

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Energy efficiency is critical to sustaining smart cities, especially amid increasing urbanisation. Subsequently, the lighting industry’s focus seems to have shifted from replaceable lighting to special niche lighting, which includes aspects of smart lighting and the use of light-emitting diodes... 

Next generation of ‘smart lighting’ to be showcased at Taiwan expo
Photo by Simone Liedtke
ON DISPLAY Industrial lighting company ShinyU Lighting Company puts its products on show

Tribunal prohibits merger of steel drum makers Rheem and Greif

By: Schalk Burger     31st January 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Thursday announced that it had prohibited the proposed merger between industrial packaging companies Rheem and Greif, in which Greif would have acquired a majority interest in Rheem. International Greif and local Rheem are suppliers of industrial packaging products,... 

ARB expects lower H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2019 JSE-listed ARB Holdings on Wednesday said it expects to report lower earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) for the six months ended December 31. In a trading update to shareholders, the company noted an expected 35% to 40% decline in EPS and HEPs to between 22.62c and... 

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     29th January 2019 Vehicle manufacturer Toyota South Africa (Toyota SA) on Tuesday pointed to localisation and specialised component manufacturing as the top priorities in the five-year Automotive Sector Business Plan. Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby presented the plan on behalf of the automotive sector at... 

Automotive sector to prioritise local, specialised component manufacturing
Toyota SA president and CEO Andrew Kirby addresses the Business Economic Indaba. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Acquisition of German company confirmed

25th January 2019 The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made Bonfiglioli the sole owner of O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH. The process,... 

Acquisition of German company confirmed
BONFIGLIOLI AS GLOBAL LEADER The company's goal is to continue expanding into heavy construction, mining machinery, marine, port and airport equipment markets

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign a long-term agreement in 2018 with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) solid woven conveyor belting products... 

Expanded products portfolio leads to  new opportunities
FENNER PRODUCT GROUP 2018 The extended scope has put BMG in a position to deal with conveyors clients

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Flowtite launches impact-resistant pipe solution as it marks fiftieth anniversary

By: Schalk Burger     25th January 2019 Multinational glass fibre-reinforced polyester (GRP) pipes manufacturer Flowtite celebrated its 50-year anniversary with the local launch of its impact-resistant Grey-brand pipes last month. The pipes facilitate rapid, easy installation for heavy-duty water uses and the use of native backfill and... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa

18th January 2019 Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December last year, the UG32 launch was preceded with the... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa
UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

Group Five to sell Everite, Sky Sands subsidiaries for R480m

By: Creamer Media Reporter      17th January 2019 Construction firm Group Five will sell its Everite and Sky Sands subsidiaries to a consortium comprising Trinitas Private Equity and Agile Capital for R480-million. The subsidiaries form part of the firm's manufacturing cluster. 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts 

By: Terence Creamer     17th January 2019 Having determined the procurement of 1 064 diesel and electric locomotives to be “irregular and unlawful”, Transnet has communicated its intention to review contracts awarded to four original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in 2015. The State-owned freight logistics group has also indicated that... 

Transnet to pursue ‘just and equitable’ settlements with rail OEMs awarded ‘unlawful’ contracts
Photo by Dylan Slater
Transnet chairperson Dr Popo Molefe

There’s a tiny plastic enemy threatening the planet’s oceans

By: Bloomberg     11th January 2019 Environmentalists have identified another threat to the planet. It’s called a nurdle. Nurdles are tiny pellets of plastic resin no bigger than a pencil eraser that manufacturers transform into packaging, plastic straws, water bottles and other typical targets of environmental action. 

Manufacturing production up 1.6% y/y in November  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th January 2019 Manufacturing production increased by 1.6% year-on-year in November, Statistics South Africa reported on Thursday. The largest positive contributions were made by the food and beverages; and motor vehicles, parts and accessories and other transport equipment sectors. 

Aspen says on track to dispose of baby milk business

By: Reuters     14th December 2018 Aspen Pharmacare said on Thursday it expected the conditions for the sale of its infant formula business to be in place by the first quarter of 2019. The drugmaker's shares tumbled 35% within a week after it announced the sale of its infant formula business in September to French company Lactalis... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba reflects back on 2018 and offer insight into prospects for the metals and engineering sector n 2019. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Taking a profitcentric approach to navigation of energy transition

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2018 With the expected implementation of the Carbon Tax Bill in 2019 amid rising energy prices, companies must develop new energy strategies to curb their energy consumption, says financial advisory firm PSG Group subsidiary Energy Partners engineering head Barry Drotsche. The ideal strategy to... 

Attracting investors to green technology in the Atlantis SEZ

By: Kim Cloete     7th December 2018 The Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ), which has been launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa, has already attracted R680-million in investment and created 312 jobs.  A large slice of the investment was contributed by wind tower manufacturer Gestamp Renewable Industries. 

Local manufacturer supplies backup power to new Sandton development

By: Shannon de Ryhove     7th December 2018 Local manufacturer Zest WEG Group’s Cape Town-based generator set (genset) division is in the process of commissioning two 11 kV, 2 000 kVA gensets for a mixed-use property development in Sandton, Gauteng. The full scope of work includes the design, manufacture, complete installation and testing... 

Artisan training moving to high technology

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2018 Artisans are receiving training on cyberphysical systems, which are hallmarks of modern industrial systems and are becoming commonplace in industry to prepare for employment in Industry 4.0 companies, says industry training college Colliery Training College (CTC) MD Johan Venter. For example,... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC

By: Thabi Madiba     7th December 2018 Continued development support offered by Western Cape organisations will aid manufacturing growth in the Western Cape, says event organiser Siyenza MD Liz Hart. These organisations comprise the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro;... 

Stakeholder development support aids growth in WC
ON DISPLAY Manufacturers exhibited their products during the Manufacturing Indaba

Ramaphosa launches Atlantis SEZ 

By: Kim Cloete     6th December 2018 President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially launched the Atlantis Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in the Western Cape, with the goal of making it "a launching pad for economic growth" in the region. “A combined R1.8-billion is expected to be invested in the SEZ by 2022. In the short to medium-term, the... 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa 

6th December 2018 Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is one of the technologies that is integral to the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa
Additive Manufacturing in South Africa

Springs-based fuel cell SEZ approved  

By: Nadine James     5th December 2018 The special economic zone (SEZ) for fuel cell development, proposed for development by the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone initiative and Impala Platinum (Implats), has been approved, Implats fuel cell coordinator Fahmida Smith told attendees at the International Partnership for Hydrogen and... 

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

By: Simone Liedtke     4th December 2018 Pelebox Smart Lockers and the Hybrid Five-Axis Machine Tool are two South African innovations that have been shortlisted for the Royal Academy for Engineering’s (RAE’s) Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation, accelerated by the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi).   

Two South African entrepreneurs shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation
Pelebox Smart Locker system developer Neo Hutiri

DST hosts hydrogen fuel cell technology conference

By: Nadine James     3rd December 2018 Global stakeholders in the multibillion-dollar fuel cell industry will meet in Pretoria this week for the thirtieth Steering Committee Meeting of the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE). The Department of Science and Technology (DST) will host the meeting... 

Investors inject R502m into East London development zone

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2018 Meek Mines South Africa and Nulatex Condoms South Africa have announced a R502-million investment into the East London Industrial Development Zone (ELIDZ) expected to create 450 jobs for locals. Meek, which cuts and polishes diamonds mined for supply to both the domestic and foreign market, will... 

Absa PMI rises for first time in three months 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 49.5 index points in November from 42.4 in October – the first increase after three consecutive decreases. The improvement was mainly owing to four of the five main subcomponents rising.  

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company 

28th November 2018 The new 140-ton computer-numerical control lathe installed in Marthinusen and Coutts’ 14 000 m2 Benoni workshop enables the company to repair large rotating components such as generator rotors, turbines and large fans. Schalk Burger has the story. 

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company
New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company

Nampak produces ‘pleasing’ FY18 results despite challenging environment

By: Nadine James     27th November 2018 Packaging company Nampak has achieved positive results for its continuing operations for the financial year ended September 30, with profit up 29% year-on-year to R1.2-billion and headline earnings a share up 15% year-on-year to 168.7c a share. Nampak CEO André de Ruyter told Engineering News... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa 

By: Simone Liedtke     26th November 2018 South Africa’s newest manufacturing institute and academic research hub – the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS) – was officially launched on Monday. TWIMS is incorporated as a nonprofit organisation and was established with funding from the Toyota South Africa Educational... 

Nonprofit manufacturing institute opens in KwaZulu-Natal to support industrialisation of Africa
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Toyota South Africa Motors chairperson and Toyota Europe president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl, Toyota South Africa Educational Trust member Elisabeth Bradley, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies and GIBS dean Professor Nicola Kleyn

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035 

By: Terence Creamer     23rd November 2018 South Africa’s revamped automotive industry framework places local content at the centre of any future support for the industry, with government having set a target of raising local content from less than 40% currently to 60% by 2035. The local-content target is outlined in the newly released... 

South Africa realigns auto incentives as it seeks to raise local content to 60% by 2035

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier

By: Halima Frost     23rd November 2018 Aftermarket specialists Transportation Components is aiming to double its capacity after being awarded a contract to supply truck-body manufacturer Henred Fruehauf with Duroline frictional material brake liners. The agreement, signed last month, was approved after Henred Fruehauf axles, fitted... 

Contract provides positive outlook for supplier
AGAINST THE GRAIN Frictional material brake liners affixed to the axle
 

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