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Manufacturing News

Facilities equipped for custom orders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to deliver custom-designed vibrating equipment within timeframes similar to those of other OEMs that deliver standard equipment. “Our processes are based on a job-based system, so the entire production... 

Company improves manufacturing line

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Local civil and engineering steel products manufacturer and supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has upgraded certain parts of its high-speed, cut-to-length line, installed last year. Certain modifications have been made to the decoiler to assist in handling coils where the inside diameters of the coil are... 

SERVING A NICHE MARKET
The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils
SERVING A NICHE MARKET The line can process coil in thickness from 0.58 mm to 6 mm and is one of the few local lines able to cut 2-m-wide coils

Global supply chain delays affecting South Africa's manufacturing sector

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2021 Advisory multinational PwC estimates that about a quarter of under-utilisation in large manufacturing facilities in South Africa during the first quarter of the year was associated with material shortages. Data by Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) shows that, in the first quarter, large... 

Long-term Africa business risks compounded by Covid-19, but new opportunities exist

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2021 Africa faces a host of problems that carry risks for businesses during this year and into the medium-term. These include debt, healthcare, dependence on commodities and digital access challenges, and have been compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

South Africa’s about-turn on solar panels raises industry ire

By: Bloomberg     27th May 2021 South Africa’s plans to buy emergency power, already the subject of a court challenge, face fresh controversy after a local-content requirement for solar-panel frames was scrapped subsequent to the award of the tenders. The 65% local-content requirement on aluminium frames for photovoltaic panels... 

Anglo explores 3D printing to boost supply chain efficiencies, support local businesses

By: Donna Slater     27th May 2021 Diversified miner Anglo American has partnered with the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and US-based technology company Ivaldi Group, to explore opportunities to digitally distribute spare parts for mining and processing equipment to be manufactured locally... 

Following long period of disruption, potential renewables bidders show strong interest in South Africa again 

By: Terence Creamer     26th May 2021 South Africa’s renewable-energy procurement programme, which finally resumed again on April 12 following a seven-year disruption, continues to attract strong interest with some 800 people, including representatives from over 300 registered bidders, participating in a virtual bidders conference on... 

IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference
IPP Office head Bernard Magoro speaks during the bidders conference

Li-ion batteries provide development opportunity for South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     25th May 2021 As electric mobility and energy storage increases its share of the transport and energy sectors, the demand for batteries is rising, with lithium-ion batteries (LIB) dominating the market. While research by Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) indicates that South Africa’s vibrant venture... 

Firms pledge R18m to help boost manufacturing in South Africa, rest of the continent

By: Irma Venter     21st May 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... 

Direct cement sales to industry drop

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

CONCRETE ASSURANCE
Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain
CONCRETE ASSURANCE Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement

Company brings evolution to PPE

21st May 2021 As South Africa’s premier supplier of personal protective equipment (PPE), G.Fox continuously strives to break new ground and offer the very best “fit for purpose” products to their customers. This ethos is embodied in their new brand of EVOLUTION and CUTGUARD gloves and EVOLUTION masks amongst... 

TOUGH AND RUGGED
Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions
TOUGH AND RUGGED Designed and tested for safety, comfort and endurance, these gloves provide maximum hand protection and durability in the most rugged and physically challenging work conditions

New app tracks, assesses driver behaviour

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     21st May 2021 Telematics tracking solutions provider MiX Telematics has developed the MyMiX Tracking app to track and assess driver behaviour without the need for embedded hardware. MyMiX Tracking leverages mobile phone technology to enable real-time tracking of drivers while also recording, measuring and... 

HENRY SMITH 
The MyMiX app increases driver accountability through the monitoring of drivers
HENRY SMITH The MyMiX app increases driver accountability through the monitoring of drivers

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Zikalala launches a R170m Defy warehouse in Ladysmith

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th May 2021 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala joined household appliance manufacturer Defy in launching its R170-million warehouse, in Ladysmith, on May 19. The facility, based in Danskraal near Ladysmith, has capacity to load and unload more than 200 trucks a day and a storage capacity of 100 000 m3 of... 

Elidz hopeful new SIU probe will end corruption, maladministration allegations

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2021 The East London Industrial Development Zone (Elidz) says it “welcomes” a probe into allegations of corruption and maladministration by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) if the authorities “deem it worthwhile to put resources into these allegations once more”. The new SIU investigation comes a... 

Patel says vision for R200bn in additional localisation has top-level corporate backing 

By: Terence Creamer     18th May 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel announced that an “accord” had been reached at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to drive progressive localisation of up to R200-billion of additional production over a five-year period. Delivering his virtual... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Business wants jobs and competitiveness prioritised amid 20% import-substitution request 

By: Terence Creamer     17th May 2021 Organised business is preparing to intensify engagements with government and labour over growing calls for higher levels of localisation and industrialisation, including in the country’s infrastructure roll-out, as well as in response to a “request” by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister... 

Business wants jobs and competitiveness prioritised amid 20% import-substitution request

New valves add to supplier portfolio

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Specialist valve distributor Astore Keymak has added two new valves to its portfolio to offer ease of installation. Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles product manager Aldrin Velan tells Engineering News that the check valve and stop cock valve were introduced to the company’s range in... 

CHECK IT OUT The Unidelta check valve is now available in South Africa
CHECK IT OUT The Unidelta check valve is now available in South Africa

CNC machine bolsters company offering

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MaxJet Global has invested in a new computer numerical control (CNC) waterjet machine to bolster its specialised flange and seal offerings for the valves sector. The CNC waterjet machine, one of the first installations of its kind in Africa is equipped with newly... 

PERFECTLY NESTED
The flanges and seals made on the new CNC waterjet machine are suited in design and material for perfect nesting
PERFECTLY NESTED The flanges and seals made on the new CNC waterjet machine are suited in design and material for perfect nesting

New valves add to supplier portfolio

14th May 2021 Valve manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) design and locally manufacture a comprehensive range of FPV and KLEP slurry related valves that complies with stringent quality and safety standards. AFS was launched in October by the Engineering Solutions Group, part of investment holding and... 

SLURRY SLURPER
The AFS range of valves are suited to harsh condistions such as that found in the moving of slurry
SLURRY SLURPER The AFS range of valves are suited to harsh condistions such as that found in the moving of slurry

New valve breaking records on size

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 A mono-flanged large-bore Insamcor 1200 valve has been manufactured and delivered to Erongo desalination plant in Swakopmund, Namibia, by South African fluid technology manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) to allow greater volumes of sea water intake.... 

TUMI TSEHLO
The larger than normal valve manufactured for the desalinisation plant would generally be used in the mining sector
TUMI TSEHLO The larger than normal valve manufactured for the desalinisation plant would generally be used in the mining sector

Distributor supplies new valve range

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Valve and actuator supplier uNyazi Sales and Services, a technical partner of engineering, procurement and construction company Lesedi Nuclear Services, is an official distributor of the Clarkson slurry knife gate valve. uNyazi is the authorised Emerson Local Business Partner for final control... 

FLOOD GATE 
The Clarkson slurry knife gate valve range is being offered to the South African market by uNyasi Sales and Services
FLOOD GATE The Clarkson slurry knife gate valve range is being offered to the South African market by uNyasi Sales and Services

Long4Life posts lower full-year profit despite second-half recovery

By: Schalk Burger     13th May 2021 JSE-listed lifestyle products group Long4Life recorded a 12% year-on-year decrease in revenue to R3.58-billion for the financial year ended February 28, as the pandemic and lockdown restrictions in South Africa had a significant impact on the operating and financial performance of the group. Its... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders
Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders

Seifsa postpones metals, engineering indaba and awards

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) on May 12 announced that the 2021 Seifsa Awards for Excellence and the sixth Southern African Metals and Engineering Indaba have been postponed indefinitely owing to concerns about the rising Covid-19 cases... 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

By: Donna Slater     12th May 2021 Although the concept of a circular economy is not new, recent impetus has been added with the introduction of economic incentives, says circular economy strategy and design consultancy Circular-Vision director Sally-Anne Kasner. Speaking on the topic of understanding the circular economy in the... 

Economic benefits to drive adoption of circularity, says consultancy

Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs 

By: Terence Creamer     12th May 2021 State-owned electricity producer Eskom confirms that it has been approached by customers in various industrial sectors with regard to possible applications for discounted Negotiated Pricing Agreements (NPAs), but says its weak financial position prevents widespread implementation. The first NPA... 

 Eskom highlights financial limitations as it mulls industrial applications for discounted tariffs

Seifsa encouraged by manufacturing output growth in March

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th May 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has described the year-on-year improvement in manufacturing production in March as encouraging, despite coming off a low base, with March 2020's output having been negatively impacted on by lockdown restrictions.... 

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... 

CDE executive director Ann Bernstein
CDE executive director Ann Bernstein outlines the organisation's vision to transform special economic zones into those that are truly “special”

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. 

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
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... 

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