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TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility 

2nd May 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa earlier this month unveiled its 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, in Gauteng. The facility will manufacture and assemble rolling stock, refurbish old locomotives and provide maintenance services. Marleny Arnoldi was at the launch. 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth is producing equipment for mines and processing plants globally at the newly upgraded Delmas Supercenter, including large vibrating screens and flotation components, as well as repairing and upgrading customer equipment. The upgrade improves... 

Process equipment group sets up ‘supercenter’ in Mpumalanga
DELMAS SUPERCENTRE Department of Mineral Resources deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant and Ambassador of Denmark to South Africa Tobias Elling Rehfield were given a tour of the upgraded facility

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2019 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of political inclusion, it was the age of income inequality, it was the epoch of human dignity, it was the epoch of neglect and corruption, it was the season of electricity access, it was the season of load-shedding, it was the... 

Long period of backsliding masks genuine promise South Africa still holds

Defy showcases latest tech at new regional experience centre

By: Simone Liedtke     24th April 2019 Home appliance manufacturer Defy on Wednesday unveiled its regional experience centre, at its Midrand facility, to showcase its latest innovations. The centre also includes a museum documenting the progress the company has made since 1933. According to Defy regional marketing director Rajan... 

Defy showcases latest tech at new regional experience centre
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Home appliance manufacturer Defy's Midrand facility

Defy South Africa celebrates R1.2bn investment milestone 

By: Shirley le Guern     23rd April 2019 A R121-million brownfield development at the Defy plant, in Jacobs, Durban, has seen the addition of an automated plant to manufacture top loader washing machines for both the local and export markets. Defy South Africa CEO Evren Albas, Turkish holding company Arçelik Global chief technology... 

Defy South Africa celebrates R1.2bn investment milestone
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA, research shows

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture says. Research indicated that the value that can be... 

Digital initiatives could unlock trillions in value for SA,  research shows
VUKANI MNGXATI Unlocking the value from digital transformation within the economy will require efforts by the public and private sectors

Steel demand growth rates to moderate in line with slowing global economic growth

By: Nadine James     16th April 2019 Global steel demand is expected to increase by 1.3% year-on-year to 1.74-billion tonnes this year, the World Steel Association’s (worldsteel’s) ‘April 2019 Short Range Outlook’ shows. Demand is projected to grow by a further 1% in 2020 to 1.75-billion tonnes, the association added. 

Israeli researchers print 3D heart using patient's own cells

By: Bloomberg     15th April 2019 Israeli researchers have printed a three-dimensional (3D) heart using a patient’s own cells, something they say could be used to patch diseased hearts – and possibly, for full transplants. The heart the Tel Aviv University team printed in about three hours is too small for humans – about 2.5... 

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing

By: Cameron Mackay     12th April 2019 The key to manufacturing more new vehicles in South Africa and on the continent lies in restructuring the African market around a cooperation agreement in key assembly economies such as Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia, says advisory and investment holding company UBU Investment Holdings... 

Africa cooperation pacts key to new-vehicle manufacturing
NEW-VEHICLE AMBITIONS Despite the presence of small assembly operations, the sub-Saharan African market is dominated by second-hand vehicle imports, with few new vehicles being sold

Denel to stop manufacturing parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced at the end of last month that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject... 

Long-running trade dispute between aerospace giants ends with victory for Airbus

By: Rebecca Campbell     12th April 2019 Late last month the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO’s) Appellate Body found that the US had failed to end some of the subsidies awarded by Federal, State and local authorities to aerospace giant Boeing, and to stop the damage these subsidies were causing to Boeing’s Europe-based arch rival... 

Seifsa ‘disappointed’ by slower Feb manufacturing output growth 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th April 2019 The latest preliminary data published by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) indicates that production in the broader manufacturing sector grew at a slower pace in February than in January. On a continuous three-monthly basis, output in the manufacturing sector has been volatile, increasing from... 

Seifsa ‘disappointed’ by slower Feb manufacturing output growth
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Seifsa economist Michael Ade

Manufacturing Indaba to focus on negative effects of power outages

By: African News Agency      11th April 2019 Organisers of the Manufacturing Indaba 2019 said on Thursday that this year's conference is set to unpack promising solutions that manufacturers can implement in an attempt to recover their losses resulting from the nation's rolling blackouts. Major concerns have surfaced among South African... 

Davies to launch Ekandustria industrial park Phase 1 revitalisation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies will on Thursday launch the first phase of the revitalisation of the Ekandustria industrial park, near Bronkhorstspruit. The R49-million first phase forms part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Revitalisation of Industrial Parks Programme.  

Davies to launch Ekandustria industrial park Phase 1 revitalisation
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Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2019 Energy Engineered Products, Multi Alloys and E-Metals Cape have joined forces under the EMVAfrica umbrella to create a “dynamic, single-source solutions provider and service suit” for customers on the African continent. Officially launched on Friday, EMVAfrica director Graham Witty tells... 

The humble Veldskoen makes its global debut 

By: Irma Venter     5th April 2019 The local ‘Veldskoen’ is expanding its reach beyond South Africa. The famous South African vellies have entered the US market through an investment made by American basketball team Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, and his partners. Veldskoen is the first product released by DORP (Digital... 

The humble Veldskoen makes its global debut
The Veldskoen comes in a range of colours

Aerospace Development Corporation affirms its ownership of Ahrlac aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 In a statement issued on March 26, South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High... 

Airbus signs agreement to sell hundreds of airliners to China

By: Rebecca Campbell     5th April 2019 Europe-based global aerospace giant Airbus and the China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) signed, late last month, a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase, by Chinese airlines, of 300 Airbus airliners. These will be composed of 290 A320-family single aisle air craft and ten... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments become more connected

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Industrial enterprise resource specialist company Syspro says data will become more consistent and accurate as more machines and business systems are connected, which will also lead to greater volumes of data. This will necessitate that companies analyse this stream of data intelligently, as well... 

More accurate data being used as industrial environments  become more connected
DEIRDRÉ FRYER AI provides insight into probability so that users are equipped to deal with business challenges and manage expectations

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 While manufactured chemicals have helped to improve human health, food security, productivity and quality of life worldwide, sound management and innovations in chemistry are essential for sustainable development. This was the central message of UN Environment acting executive director and... 

Call made for fundamental changes to way societies manage chemicals

Digital initiatives can unlock value for South Africa – Accenture

By: Schalk Burger     4th April 2019 South Africa can unlock financial value and create meaningful outcomes for citizens in their daily lives by implementing key digital initiatives across government services and key industry sectors, professional services multinational Accenture said in a statement on Thursday. Research indicated... 

DTI to host intellectual property, technology commercialisation colloquium

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd April 2019 The Department of Trade and Industry will, in collaboration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, host an Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology Commercialisation Colloquium at the Saint George Hotel Conference Centre, in Pretoria, from April 8 to 9. The colloquium will... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft

By: Rebecca Campbell     1st April 2019 South African State-owned defence industrial group Denel announced over the weekend that it had reached a mutual understanding with Europe-based major aerospace and defence group Airbus to cease Denel’s manufacture of components for the Airbus A400M military airlifter aircraft, “subject to... 

Denel to end manufacture of parts for Airbus A400M aircraft
Photo by Airbus
An A400M takes off from an unpaved airstrip

Company provides solutions to enhance production in sugar sector

29th March 2019 Technical solutions provider BMG works closely with chief engineers in the sugar industry, providing engineering solutions and technical services, to enhance production efficiencies at every mill and refinery. “The company’s extensive range of quality branded components, engineering solutions and... 

Company provides  solutions to enhance  production in sugar sector
HEAVY DUTY COUPLINGS The Timken Quick-Flex and Vulkan GBN heavy industrial couplings are designed for efficient performance, low maintenance and extended service life

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing

29th March 2019 Owing to its large footprint in KwaZulu-Natal, vibration-equipment manufacturer Vipro Vibrating Products caters to the front-end, back-end and packing processes in the sugar processing plant. The front-end comprises the receiving and processing of raw material, the back-end the extraction of... 

Vibrating equipment ensures effective sugar processing
PIETER UYS The vibrating equipment is made out of stainless steel, which decreases the chances of the sugar being contaminated

Egypt seeking to increase trade and investment ties with South Africa

By: Rebecca Campbell     29th March 2019 Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa Sherif Eissa has called for more bilateral trade and investment between his country, as well as closer political cooperation. He was addressing the recent South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) and Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) Trade... 

Big business aims to ‘scale up’ ten black firms to R500m-plus enterprises in five years  

By: Terence Creamer     28th March 2019 Big business in South Africa unveiled a new initiative on Thursday aimed at deliberately accelerating, over the coming five years, the expansion of ten established black-owned companies into “substantial” enterprises with yearly revenues of more than R500-million. Discovery CEO Adrian Gore... 

Big business aims to ‘scale up’ ten black firms to R500m-plus enterprises in five years
Discovery CEO Adrian Gore and President Cyril Ramaphosa speak about the CEO Circle's plan to accelerate the growth of ten established black-owned companies into enterprises with yearly revenues of more than R500-million. Camera Work & Editing: Darlene Creamer. Recorded: 28.3.2019

Thesele enters water infrastructure industry through Talbot & Talbot acquisition

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2019 Black-owned investment holding company Thesele Group has, through a substantial equity transaction, acquired a 35% stake in South African water and wastewater solutions provider Talbot & Talbot. Concluded this month, the transaction is in support of Talbot & Talbot’s growth objectives and... 

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2019 Global power company Cummins on Wednesday officially launched the “Power Hub”, its new multimillion-rand premises in the business area of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, in Waterfall City, in Midrand. The new premises has enabled the company to consolidate its various services and sales... 

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises
Cummins Southern Africa MD Racheal Njoroge gives an overview of Cummins' new premises in the Waterfall Logistics Precinct. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rhodes’ regional growth continues despite consumer slowdown

By: Nadine James     27th March 2019 Despite the continued challenging trading environment, Rhodes Food Group managed to increase turnover in its regional segment (Africa) by 8.2% for the five months ended February 28, the company announced in a trading statement on Wednesday. Long life revenue grew by 12.7%, with volume growth of... 

Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa  

By: Simone Liedtke     26th March 2019 Private locomotive and rail operator Traxtion on Tuesday showcased its new maintenance and refurbishment facility, in Rosslyn, as part of its plans to increase its capacity to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services for Africa. The facility is on the third phase of a planned eight-phase... 

Traxtion unveils new facility to provide locomotive rebuild, overhaul services for Africa
Taxtion CEO James Holley speaks to Engineering News Online about the launch of Traxtion's refurbishment facility, which will be used to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services to customers across the African continent. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th March 2019 South African private-sector company Aerospace Development Corporation (ADC) on Tuesday clarified that it, and not the Paramount Group, is the original equipment manufacturer, design authority and manufacturer of the Ahrlac aircraft. (Ahrlac is an acronym for Advanced High Performance... 

Local company ADC stresses it, not Paramount, owns the Ahrlac military aircraft design
Photo by Aerospace DEvelopment Corporation
An Ahrlac aircraft under assembly

Numsa members embark on strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant

By: Simone Liedtke     25th March 2019 The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) on Monday claimed that BMW South Africa had unilaterally changed the terms of service for contract workers. As a result, Numsa members have embarked on a strike at BMW’s Rosslyn plant, in Pretoria. 

SAB to expand water-saving collaborations to more municipalities

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 South African Breweries (SAB) hopes to expand its water-saving collaboration efforts with municipalities to more water-stressed communities across South Africa, after achieving significant successes in Cape Town and Tshwane. Working with local municipalities in Cape Town and Tshwane, SAB has... 

Dube TradePort set for R18bn expansion

By: Nadine James     22nd March 2019 The R18-billion expansion of one of two of KwaZulu-Natal’s special economic zones (SEZs), the Dube TradePort, is set to create hundreds of jobs as the province gears for yet another round of development for its Durban Aerotropolis precinct, KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Growth strategy prompts innovation
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Denel seeking contingency funding as it outlines turnaround strategy

By: Rebecca Campbell     22nd 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 2019/2020 Budget speech. “We know that [the] Government is cognisant of the fact that Denel is in need of... 

 

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