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Manufacturing News

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has aligned the global launch of its Bourdon tube pressure gauge, the company’s most advanced gauge to date, with its new business strategy. Although the new gauge uses the old gauge’s design, it includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)... 

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) has announced that its trust fund will be introduced to the instrumentation and control sector this year, which is among other initiatives being developed by the society for the coming years. “The trust fund is being... 

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector
HELPING HAND The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector

Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021 Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift. JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate... 

Flow control meter added to product range

5th February 2021 Last month, Instrotech introduced its Kobold’s calorimetric (KAL-D) flow meters with an integrated microcontroller that allows users to adapt the device to individual process conditions. The KAL-D continuously monitors water-based liquids. It finds service in all applications where flow currents... 

Flow control meter added to product range
FLOW WATCH the KAL-D flow meter has the capacity to continuously monitor water based liquids

Time switch series available locally

5th February 2021 Electric solutions provider Legrand’s AlphaRex and MicroRex series of time switches are now available in South Africa. Both switches, which ensure high-clock precision and energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and domestic environments, have been designed for easy programming. 

Time switch series available locally
EASY TECH Legrands new series of time switches have been designed for easy programming

Seifsa gauges impact of oxygen shortage on members' operations 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th February 2021 To assess the scale of the reported oxygen shortage in South Africa, the Steel and Engineering Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) took it upon itself to survey its member companies to establish their experiences around oxygen shortage within the metals and engineering sector. Seifsa set out... 

Researchers conclude that fatigue issues regarding 3D printed parts can now be handled

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd February 2021 Researchers from South Africa, Italy, Norway and the US have jointly written a review article for the prestigious journal Materials Science and Engineering R, in which they argue that concerns about the structural integrity of metal cellular structures created by additive manufacturing (AM),... 

Researchers conclude that fatigue issues regarding 3D printed parts can now be handled
Photo by Central University of Technology
Titanium metal lattice cubes produced by additive manufacturing

Entries now open for Seifsa Awards of Excellence

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2021 Entries are now open for the seventh edition of the yearly Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) Awards for Excellence. The awards, aimed at celebrating excellence in the metals and engineering (M&E) industry, honour small and large manufacturers that promote... 

4IR TVET gets shot in arm as Siemens, CSIR sign MoU

By: Schalk Burger     3rd February 2021 Industrial technology multinational Siemens South Africa and research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on February 3 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to foster technical vocational education and training (TVET) in Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)... 

PPC MD shares thoughts on sustainability

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2021 PPC Southern Africa MD Njombo Lekula says it is largely owing to strong relationships with its people that the company has managed to not only pull through Covid-19, but also been able to continue with its restructuring and refinancing project. Lekula says the company’s social impact has always... 

PPC MD shares thoughts on sustainability
PPC Cement

Ramaphosa lauds progress at Tshwane Automotive SEZ

By: Donna Slater     2nd February 2021 Despite the “massive challenges” posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa, in visiting the newly established Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (SEZ) on February 2, said it was “great to see the progress” that had been made since construction started in August... 

Ramaphosa lauds progress at Tshwane Automotive SEZ
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
President Cyril Ramaphosa attends a sod-turning ceremony at the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone in November 2019

PMI edges higher to 50.9 in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     1st February 2021 The seasonally-adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) has edged up slightly to 50.9 points in January, from 50.3 in December. While higher month-on-month, the January reading is still much lower than the average recorded in the last quarter of 2020.  

Hudaco says business remains ‘solid’, despite trauma, hardship of 2020 

By: Simone Liedtke     29th January 2021 Describing 2020 as “a year of great trauma and hardship for people the world over”, branded automotive, industrial and electronic consumable product importer and distributor Hudaco’s headline earnings a share for the 2020 financial year, ended November 30, were down by 22.5% to R10.50, while... 

Hudaco says business remains ‘solid’, despite trauma, hardship of 2020
Hudaco CEO Graham Dunford gives more insight into the company's financial results. Video: Creamer Media's Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Boiler ash removal made easy through chain

29th January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s power transmission division supplies a range of Tsubaki conveyor chains that ensures efficient and trouble-free transport of slag granulates, ash or smelting residues from beneath boilers, burners and furnaces. According to BMG specialists, conveying dry or... 

Boiler ash removal made easy through chain
EXTRA STRONG Conveying dry or wet ash is one of the most challenging applications a chain can be subjected to

Plant energy produced from tomato waste

29th January 2021 Italian boiler producer and installation company Uniconfort designed, manufactured and installed two boilers at a food processing company in the Ivory Coast in Africa. Through its advanced technology, the food processing company is able to save about €1-millon each year as the two boilers are... 

Plant energy produced from tomato waste
MONEY SAVING The plant produces all the steam that is necessary for pasteurising the tomatoes at no cost

Business relationship mutually beneficial

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th January 2021 The international partnership between sawmill technology supplier Newsaw and Italy-based biomass boilers and heating solutions provider Uniconfort has resulted in power solutions, power independence and cost-effective maintenance for boiler plants in Africa. “Since 2004, Newsaw has been watching... 

Business relationship  mutually beneficial
TEAM WORK Uniconfort has a turnkey solution that combines steam with biomass boilers and turbines

Sappi secures sustainable forest certification in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     28th January 2021 Wood-fibre products company Sappi has achieved the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification- (PEFC-) endorsed Sustainable African Forest Assurance Scheme (Safas) certification in South Africa. The Safas project was a successful collaboration between Sappi and a number of South... 

Covid-19 pandemic brings health inequalities, inequities into sharper focus, says NPC

By: Simone Liedtke     28th January 2021 The Covid-19 crisis has brought into sharper focus the realities and experiences of the poorest people of South Africa, which also brings into sharper focus the existing and more recent health inequalities and inequities, National Planning Commission (NPC) commissioner Professor Viviene Taylor... 

Covid-19 pandemic brings health inequalities, inequities into sharper focus, says NPC

MTN donates $25m to the AU vaccine programme for health workers

By: Yvonne Silaule     28th January 2021 Telecoms group MTN has donated $25-million to the African Union's vaccine programme to immunise health workers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also chairperson of the AU, made the announcement on Wednesday during the African Covid-19 Vaccine Financing and Deployment Strategy... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors 

By: Terence Creamer     27th January 2021 A new global partnership has been formally launched in an effort to accelerate the decarbonisation of seven heavy industrial and transport sectors that together represent 30% of global greenhouse-gas emissions and where carbon-abatement pathways have yet to be defined. Known as the ‘Mission... 

Global coalition formed to drive net-zero shift in hard-to-decarbonise transport and industrial sectors

Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 A mobile application (app) – Craft Craze – has been developed to further the market reach and ease of access to South African-made craft beverages, including the growing craft beer market. Prototype app development started in March 2019, after which Craft Craze presented the concept to breweries... 

Craft Craze app to boost craft beverage manufacturers’ reach
A selection of craft beers typically found on the Craft Craze app

Positive and passionate Kim Pratley passes away

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2021 South African industrial chemicals and supplies manufacturer Pratley has announced the passing of  CEO and MD Kim Pratley on January 19. “As a company, we mourn the passing of our beloved father, dedicated MD, mentor, friend and colleague. His passing leaves a deep hole in the lives of everyone... 

Positive and passionate Kim Pratley passes away
Kim Pratley

Components create high efficiency in cooling towers

22nd January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in ensuring the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers, through the supply and support of many power generation components. “Hansen gearboxes, which have been designed by diversified corporation... 

Components create  high efficiency in  cooling towers
GEARED UP BMG’s Sumitomo gearbox brands also include Paramax large industrial gearboxes and Fenner Shaft Mounted Reducers

Chains extend equipment operating life

22nd January 2021 Included in engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, is the robust workhorse elevator series, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, a cleaner environment and extended operating life. “Workhorse elevator chains – manufactured for high... 

Chains extend equipment operating life
POWER CHAIN Carefully-selected high-strength steels, advanced manufacturing processes and refined heat treatments, ensures the chain has maximum fatigue strength and protection against failure

Mixer successfully increases plant efficiency

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd January 2021 German drive technology manufacturer SEW Eurodrive provided its services and gearboxes for a mixer replacement which was fabricated by family-owned feed milling original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Dalein Agriplan. Dalein Agriplan fabricates feed milling installations for the animal feed... 

Mixer successfully  increases plant efficiency
STIR THE MIXING POT The XT gearbox is a unique gearing system that has a twin-shaft mixer instead of a single-shaft mixer

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The detrimental effects of the Covid-19 pandemic compelled many local companies in the automotive component manufacturing industry to re-evaluate the manner in which they operated this year. Local automotive component manufacturer association, the National Association of Automotive Components and... 

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year
NAACAM 41st AGM 1 December 2020

High-quality equipment supply through partnership

22nd January 2021 Power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy has been appointed by Japanese diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar as its official distributor in Southern Africa for Yanmar industrial engines from the beginning of 2021. “What’s exciting for the African market is the... 

Oxygen supply hampered by logistical issues, but there are adequate reserves, say suppliers 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2021 Industrial gases company Afrox has confirmed that it has adequate reserves of liquid oxygen in storage across South Africa and that it has supplied oxygen as required by public and private hospitals in all provinces at substantially higher than normal demand levels. In response to questions from... 

Oxygen supply hampered by logistical issues, but there are adequate reserves, say suppliers

Distell branches out into cannabis products

By: Reuters     20th January 2021 South African wine, cider and spirits company Distell will soon be able to offer cannabidiol-infused drinks after taking a 20% stake in cannabis wellness business RETHINK, it said on Wednesday. Distell's investment gives it access to RETHINK's brand and product range, which includes oils,... 

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery 

By: Terence Creamer     19th January 2021 After fulfilling, in November 2019, all the conditions precedent to finally consummate the R165-million acquisition of valve manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) from Aveng the new black owners faced a true baptism of fire. CEO and co-shareholder Tumi Tsehlo, who previously headed the South... 

After baptism of fire, empowered valves manufacturer on road to recovery
Tumi Tsehlo

Mavuso bemoans govt exacerbating uncertainty

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th January 2021 Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso has expressed her view on government spending an increasing amount of time in court defending its regulations to control the spread of Covid-19. She refers to the South African Breweries (SAB) having gone to court to challenge the alcohol ban,... 

Mavuso bemoans govt exacerbating uncertainty
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso

Backlog indicates high demand for solar

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Energy storage manufacturer Solar MD has a backlog of 14 MWh in terms of battery orders, and a backlog of 1 200 orders for the Logger V2, the company’s monitoring and control system. “This demand speaks volumes to the critical renewable-energy gap in South Africa, particularly with regard to... 

Backlog indicates high demand for solar
HIGH TECH Solar MD’s research and development teams are working constantly to improve the performance of the company’s products

Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Containerised off-grid solar systems manufacturer SustainSolar was contracted by minigrid developer OnePower Lesotho to deliver the first batch of seven modular, turnkey and rapid-deployment Sustain Compact solar power solutions to Lesotho early this year. “The Sustain Compact solar power... 

Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery
EMPOWERING THE COMMUNITY The delivery of seven containerised solar solutions to Lesotho will provide electricity for healthcare facilities in underserved communities

Hesper Engineering acquires majority stake in Swift Engineering 

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2021 Novatech, trading as Hesper Engineering, a ship repair and general engineering company based in Cape Town, has purchased a 51% shareholding in Swift Engineering.  Swift Engineering, now trading as SwiftNova Engineering, is a specialised fabrication company servicing the marine, energy and oil and... 

Hesper Engineering acquires majority stake in Swift Engineering

Seifsa laments manufacturing production decline 

By: Simone Liedtke     12th January 2021 November 2020’s decline in the manufacturing production growth rate showed that the South African economy was in for a rough ride to recovery, especially under the current adjusted level 3 Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa)... 

Solidarity publishes return-to-work Covid-19 safety plan

By: Donna Slater     12th January 2021 Trade union Solidarity has compiled and distributed a ten-point plan outlining its strategy for the return-to-work of hundreds of employees following the festive season. Solidarity says the premise of the plan is that employers should be “fearless against the [Covid-19] virus”, as well as... 

Oxygen shortage owing to Covid set to impact industrial users

By: Simone Liedtke     11th January 2021 Industrial and specialty gases supplier Air Liquide has confirmed that medical oxygen consumption from hospital customers is “increasing very significantly” and that the necessary reallocation of oxygen supply to serve hospitals had resulted in a force majeure notice being issued to industrial... 

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