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Manufacturing News

South Africa's industrial activity slows as electricity woes hurt recovery

By: Reuters     10th June 2021 South Africa's monthly manufacturing output contracted in April and mining production slowed, as electricity outages hit the strong recovery in economic activity seen earlier in the year. Factory production was down 1.2% month on month in April, with a majority of sectors contracting. Mining... 

BMG launches business-to-consumer e-commerce service

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2021 Industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG has launched e-commerce services on its online shopping platform. The service has been designed to boost customers' buying experience of engineering consumables. 

BMG launches business-to-consumer e-commerce service

CSIR launches programme to develop graphene capabiltiies, technologies

By: Schalk Burger     8th June 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has established a graphene programme to help South Africa develop capabilities, technologies and products based on graphene, the research organisation says. The platform is set to open the door to a range of industries to collaboratively... 

Tradecore Steel acquires KZN assets of Gibbsteel Pinetown

By: Simone Liedtke     8th June 2021 An acquisition has increased steel supplier Tradecore Steel’s processing capability in KwaZulu-Natal and further consolidates the company’s sub-Saharan footprint. Tradecore has acquired the KwaZulu-Natal assets of Gibbsteel, a producer of value-added steel products. 

EU’s Green Deal will have wide-ranging impact on SA exports, cautions Van Zyl  

By: Irma Venter     8th June 2021 Europe’s Green Deal is not just a vision or an idea, but a well-funded policy that is being implemented, and that is set to have a wide-ranging impact on South African exports, says Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) executive chairperson Dr Johan van Zyl. Van Zyl stepped down earlier this year as... 

Johan Van Zyl
Johan Van Zyl

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer 

By: Terence Creamer     8th June 2021 Department of Mineral Resources and Energy director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in... 

Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

First-quarter GDP up 4.6% 

By: Donna Slater     8th June 2021 South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) increased at a yearly rate of 4.6% during the first quarter of 2021, reports Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The mining and quarrying sectors combined grew by 18.1%, contributing 1.2 percentage points to the overall GDP figure, while the... 

First-quarter GDP up 4.6%

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

By: Sane Dhlamini     7th June 2021 The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) announced on Monday the registration of the Janssen Covid-19 vaccine on March 31, with conditions. SAHPRA CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela explained that one of the conditions is that the vaccine be manufactured under conditions... 

SAHPRA registers Janssen Covid-19 vaccine with conditions

Seifsa calls for national disaster recovery plan for metals, engineering sector

By: Schalk Burger     7th June 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called for the creation of a national state of disaster support and recovery plan for the metals and engineering sector. Such a plan should provide an opportunity for the industries to reset, reposition... 

AfDB grants Mozambican enterprise developer $1m grant

By: Donna Slater     7th June 2021 The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a $1-million grant to Mozambique-based small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) promotional agency the Instituto para a Promoção das Pequenas e Médias Empresas (Ipeme), to boost local content and development of SME initiatives in Mozambique.... 

Industry struggling with materials shortages, price increases

By: Cameron Mackay     4th June 2021 A shortage of raw materials, coupled with substantial raw-material price increases, has placed the local coatings industry under pressure, states South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Tara Benn. “A complex mix of demand and global chemical plant production... 

PAINTING A PICTURE
The long-term outlook for the industry currently is that current demand for decorative paint will last for another few years, before it eventually levels out
PAINTING A PICTURE The long-term outlook for the industry currently is that current demand for decorative paint will last for another few years, before it eventually levels out

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Pamsa opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd June 2021 The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) Masters of Engineering (MEng) bursary programme is now open for applications for the 2022/23 intake. Applications can be submitted via Pamsa’s website by June 30. 

Solar energy to supply 70% of Chryso factory's electricity requirement

By: Schalk Burger     1st June 2021 Cement additives manufacturing company Chryso Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park premises, in Gauteng. The system will generate almost 240 MWh/y, says Chryso Southern Africa CEO Norman Seymore. 

Solar energy to supply 70% of Chryso factory's electricity requirement

Macsteel launches third Macsteel Express franchise partnership

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Steel merchant Macsteel has launched the third of its independently owned Macsteel Express franchise partnerships, in Nelspruit, on June 1. Macsteel launched the first of its two franchise partner concept outlets in February this year in Klerksdorp and Welkom, respectively.   

Bidvest expects its full-year earnings to exceed that of the prior year

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 International services, trading and distribution company Bidvest’s growth for the 2021 financial year is set to accelerate, compared with its performance in the prior financial year. The company on June 1 reported that the first ten months of the 2021 financial year has made it clear that... 

Absa PMI rises in May, suggesting another quarterly expansion

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to 57.8 points in May  from 56.2 the month before, with four of the five subcomponents remaining well above the neutral 50-point mark.  Only the employment index dipped back into negative terrain for May. 

Famous Brands posts headlines loss on adverse impacts of Covid-19

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 African food services franchisor Famous Brands reported a headline loss a share of 86c, and a basic loss a share of R12.37 for the financial year ended February 28 – largely owing to the adverse impact of Covid-19, which saw the food industry being among the worst hit sectors. CEO Darren Hele... 

Mondi completes acquisition of Turkish corrugated packaging company

By: Simone Liedtke     1st June 2021 Paper and packaging company Mondi on June 1 confirmed that it had completed the acquisition of 90.38% of the outstanding shares in Olmuksan International Paper for €66-million. The implied enterprise value on a 100% basis would amount to about €88-million. 

Free State MEC launches Industrialisation Support Incentives Programme

By: Yvonne Silaule     31st May 2021 Free State Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC Makalo Mohale has launched the Industrialisation Support Incentives Programme. The objectives of the programme are to stimulate local domestic manufacturing and production; to ensure job retention and job... 

Commission recommends approval of Air Liquide’s proposed acquisition of Sasol ASUs

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve, with conditions, industrial gases company Air Liquide’s proposed acquisition of the business owning and operating 16 of petrochemicals group Sasol’s air separation units (ASUs). The target assets are 16 ASUs based... 

Air separation units at Sasol Secunda
Air separation units at Sasol Secunda

Steel backlog won’t be solved by eliminating safeguard duties, AMSA avers 

By: Terence Creamer     31st May 2021 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has rebuffed increasingly vociferous calls for the elimination of safeguard duties to ease ongoing supply constraints and price increases in the domestic market. CEO Kobus Verster acknowledges that some backlogs, which began to emerge in late 2019... 

AMSA CEO Kobus Verster
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AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

Invicta to dispose of majority share of Kian Ann

By: Schalk Burger     31st May 2021 Investment management group Invicta Holdings will sell 51.19% of its Singapore-based machinery parts distribution company Kian Ann Group to entities controlled by Zou Jian Liang and associates and Loy Soo Chew. The transaction will simultaneously allow for share subscriptions in Kian Ann by... 

Aspen pledges support to ensure equitable Covid-19 vaccine access in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 Multinational specialty pharmaceutical company Aspen has committed to making sterile manufacturing capacity available for equitable Covid-19 vaccine access to Africa, as part of the continent’s efforts to determine how it can expand its manufacturing capacity to establish supply across the... 

Aspen pledges support to ensure equitable Covid-19 vaccine access in Africa

Atlas Copco to acquire German vacuum solutions provider

By: Simone Liedtke     31st May 2021 Swedish multinational manufacturing company Atlas Copco will be acquiring specialised vacuum systems and solutions provider Arpuma. The acquisition will enable Atlas to grow its systems and solutions business within the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. 

Report documents dangerous increase in illicit alcohol trade 

By: Simone Liedtke     28th May 2021 A report by market research company Euromonitor International has indicated that illicit alcohol trade in South Africa has grown at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17% since 2017 and now stands at 12% of the R177.2-billion total industry market value. In volume terms, illicit trade made... 

Davies calls for a New Deal-style recovery strategy that eschews austerity  

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Former Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies is urging the South African government, in which he served as a Cabinet Minister from 2009 to 2019, to implement a New Deal-style recovery programme to address the economic damage arising from both Covid-19 and more than a decade of economic drift.... 

Dr Rob Davies
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Dr Rob Davies

Solution boosts industrial performance

28th May 2021 The MAXOLUTIONÒ solutions from drive and control specialists SEW-Eurodrive are fully integrated and customised technologies that automate, integrate, upgrade and streamline your existing production processes while still allowing for future technology to be incorporated.    

MAXOLUTIONÒ 
SEW-Eurodrive successfully implemented the MAXOLUTIONÒ solution for a customer in the automotive manufacturing sector
MAXOLUTIONÒ SEW-Eurodrive successfully implemented the MAXOLUTIONÒ solution for a customer in the automotive manufacturing sector

Flexible couplings ensure effective transfer of torque

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s new reinforced Fenner Triflex couplings, with forged steel flanges, provide an integrated solution for the safe and efficient transfer of torque, even in extreme conditions. “These durable couplings are designed to compensate for axial, radial and angular... 

Fenner Triflex Coupling
An intergrated solution for safe and efficient torque transfer
Fenner Triflex Coupling An intergrated solution for safe and efficient torque transfer

Advanced drive solutions reduce system costs

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th May 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s range of Danfoss electronic, mechanical and intelligent ‘mechatronic’ devices are designed to optimise automation processes and reduce energy consumption in many sectors. With the modular Danfoss VLT drive system, which encompasses specific power sizes,... 

DRIVES FOR SECTOR
Mechatronic solutions that ensure energy savings, increased flexibility, high efficiency processes and low maintenance requirements
DRIVES FOR SECTOR Mechatronic solutions that ensure energy savings, increased flexibility, high efficiency processes and low maintenance requirements

System ensures efficiency

By: Nadine Ramdass     28th May 2021 Drive and control specialists SEW-EURODRIVE have supplied 53 Movigear units to a Gauteng-based bottling plant. The bottling plant required an energy efficient mechatronic drive system that could meet its required production output, says SEW-EURODRIVE sales manager Willem Strydom. 

MOVIGEAR UNIT
SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied 53 units to a bottling plant
MOVIGEAR UNIT SEW-EURODRIVE has supplied 53 units to a bottling plant

Manufacturer mitigates supply challenges

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the global pandemic posing challenges across all industries, the greatest challenge that industrial and electronic supplier Actum faces is the timeous supply of raw materials. “Actum Group is the only authorised manufacturer under licence for BAND-IT stainless steel strapping and buckles... 

FIRM GRIP 
The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining
FIRM GRIP The BAND-IT stainless steel band clamps spread their clamping force out across the full perimeter of the items they are joining

Quality stainless steel components supplied during pandemic

28th May 2021 Engineering solutions specialists BMG provided engineering components and support services to all sectors during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The BMG team is committed to making sure industry continues to operate as safely and efficiently as possible during this challenging time. It is absolutely... 

COMPLETE SAFETY 
BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production
COMPLETE SAFETY BMG works closely with its customers in all sectors to ensure that each plant is well-prepared to maintain full production

Machine comes to SA shores

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     28th May 2021 With the stainless steel industry need for a smaller and more compact rotary brush machine, deburring machine manufacturers Timesavers International has developed the 22 RB series rotary brush machine, which Timesavers’ local distributor and cutting, welding and grinding solutions provider First... 

NEW TECH 
The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range
NEW TECH The 22 RB series is the most compact and affordable model in the company’s RB Series product range

Cabinets for use in multiple industries

28th May 2021 Electrical equipment and wire accessories company Legrand’s Atlantic stainless steel cabinets have been designed for safe use in corrosive conditions and in areas requiring a high level of hygiene. These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection... 

TIGHT FIT 
These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components
TIGHT FIT These enclosures are designed for maximum safety and the ordered arrangement and optimum protection of electrical components

Company to continue local investment

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Minerals processing equipment manufacturer Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities. “In the long term, we would like to invest in Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies to modernise the way we produce. In South Africa, we would rather invest in a... 

INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY 
Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities
INCREASING EFFICIENCY, MAINTAINING QUALITY Multotec aims to continue investing in modernising its local manufacturing capabilities

Group outlines positive ‘cascading effect’ of local manufacturing evolution

By: Terence Creamer     28th May 2021 Electrical products supplier Zest WEG aims to continue expanding its South African manufacturing footprint in an effort to improve its market competitiveness and respond to government’s growing demand for higher levels of local content in public procurement. 

JULIANO VARGAS Manufacturing has already grown to represent about one-quarter of yearly revenues
JULIANO VARGAS Manufacturing has already grown to represent about one-quarter of yearly revenues
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