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Invicta interim earnings, cash generation increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 Investment holding and equipment distribution company Invicta on Monday reported a 1 046% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 149c for the six months ended September 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 2 029% to 149c apiece. 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s new, fully cloud-based steel anchor design software Profis has been well received in the South African construction sector. Launched in July, Profis Engineering is customised software used in the design of steel anchor... 

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design
HARD JOB The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier

Decision on next-gen Isuzu bakkie to be made soon

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Truck and bakkie manufacturer Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAF), a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors, in Japan, is hoping that the next-generation (gen) Isuzu bakkie will receive manufacturing endorsement in South Africa later this year. The new bakkie was launched in Thailand last month before being... 

Decision on next-gen Isuzu bakkie to be made soon
NEXT IN LINE The next generation Isuzu bakkie will replace the existing D-Max generation

Energy efficiency gains in decline, IEA warns

By: Schalk Burger     22nd November 2019 The global rate of progress of improving energy efficiency is slowing and has declined for three consecutive years, leaving it well below the 3% minimum that intergovernmental organisation International Energy Agency (IEA) analysis shows is central to achieving global climate and energy goals,... 

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) chief economist and commercial executive Dr Michael Ade says the local metals and engineering (M&E) industry has thus far had a third ‘good year’ in a row. This is in spite of the current challenge of increasing intermediate... 

Industry boasts third positive year despite global downturn
BRIGHT FUTURE Improved trade to to the Southern African Development Community brings with it a positive outlook for the steel construction industry

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 South African steel supplier Stalcor has successfully negotiated to supply its Alubond mineral core (A2) noncombustible façade cladding panels for State-owned Airports Company South Africa’s Western Precinct development, which is currently under way. “This is the fourth notable project where the... 

Large contracts taking up fire rated cladding
PRETTY LADY The A2 cladding on the Katherine towers is not only aesthetically pleasing but also noncombustible

Fuel for rockets, Zeppelins points toward green heat solution 

By: , Bloomberg     18th November 2019 It’s the most nettlesome problem in the quest to ditch fossil fuels: how can you get thousand-degree heat used in factory furnaces without pumping billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere? Heat-intensive processes like steelmaking and oil refineries are the starting point for... 

Fuel for rockets, Zeppelins points toward green heat solution
The Enel Fusina hydrogen plant near Venice, Italy.

Tribunal to review alleged cartel conduct by wood-based panel manufacturers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2019 The Competition Tribunal has been tasked to review a cartel conduct matter between wood-based panel companies KAP Diversified Industrial and Sonae Arauco South Africa, together with Steinhoff International Holdings. KAP Diversified, previously PG Bison, and Sonae allegedly agreed to increase... 

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs

By: Darren Parker     15th November 2019 Grating, stair treads, expanded metal and handrail manufacturer Vital Engineering has supplied its Vitex expanded metal range of raised expanded metal walkway gratings and the Vitex flattened range, for safety guarding applications, to various mining and process plants in the last six months. The... 

Quality gratings can reduce maintenance and costs
GRATE JOB All products supplied by Vital Engineering are produced in compliance with local and international safety standards

Failing cities stymie South African bid to revive growth

By: , Bloomberg     14th November 2019 South African municipalities’ inability to provide consistent power is exacerbating supply disruptions by the debt-stricken state electricity utility, hobbling efforts to revive the nation’s economy. While State-owned Eskom Holdings has subjected the country to controlled, timed blackouts... 

Patel suggests AMSA sell Saldanha plant to avoid loss of industrial capacity

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th November 2019 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has expressed its disappointment at the decision by steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to retrench nearly 1 000 workers across the company and to put its Saldanha Works plant on care and maintenance. This followed after AMSA... 

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts   

By: Terence Creamer     11th November 2019 State-owned logistics group Transnet confirmed on Monday that it is initiating a legal review of the a R49-billion locomotive procurement contract, known as 10-64, having already declared the contracts irregular and unlawful. Speaking at the release of the group’s interim results, acting CEO... 

Transnet confirms legal review of 10-64 locomotive contracts
Transnet acting CEO Mohammed Mahomedy on the initiation of a legal review of the 10-64 contracts. Camera Work: Kutlwano Matlala. Editing Nicholas Boyd. 11.11.2019

SepHold expects lower HEPS for H1

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) expects to report lower headline earnings per share (HEPS) of between 3.36c and 4.37c for the six months ended September 30, compared with the HEPS of 12.59c reported for the six months ended September 30, 2018. The company attributed the lower earnings to... 

SepHold expects lower HEPS for H1

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 There is significant demand for the InterApp butterfly valves range from engineering consumables and components supplier BMG, with more than 100 units sold a month. Valves from the range have recently been supplied for chemical applications at mining operations and processing plants in Namibia... 

Company’s butterfly valves in high demand
SIGNIFICANT SELLER InterApp Bianca and Desponia butterfly valves are recommended by BMG for high efficiency and safe use in demanding industrial flow control applications

DTIC helping expand valves and actuators market, support ‘tremendous’

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Valve manufacturers body Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (Vamcosa) is lobbying the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) to expand the instruction note that regulates the environment within which government departments and public entities procure valves and... 

DTIC helping expand valves and actuators market, support ‘tremendous’
Photo by Creamer Media
CHAMPIONING TRANSFORMATION A transformation study for the valve and actuator manufacturing industry will address the participation of previously disadvantaged groups, including women and youth in the industry

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines

By: Tracy Hancock     8th November 2019 Gauteng-based valve supplier Ultra Control Valves (UCV) has expanded its offering for slurry and abrasive applications with the introduction of the Titan metal-seated ball valve from Durban-based valve manufacturer Natal Pipe & Valve (NPV). “We now have a complete range of slurry valves, which... 

Valve new option for abrasive slurry applications at mines
PROVING POPULAR More consulting engineers are specifying the use of ratio reducing pressure reducing valves

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits

By: Cameron Mackay     8th November 2019 Owing to the struggling South African economy, as well as the general need for companies to reduce energy costs in operational processes, the demand for compressed-air auditing has increased over the past two years, says compressed-air products suppliers Artic Driers CEO Allen Cockfield. A... 

Demand increasing for compressed-air audits
SAVINGS IN THE AIR Artic Driers can rebuild many old air dryers sold by certain manufacturers. This will make them more energy efficient and generally cost-effective

‘Sky’s not the limit’ for Africa’s smartphone, space-bound Thakkar avers 

By: Terence Creamer     7th November 2019 Not even the sky’s the limit for Africa’s first homegrown smartphone, with Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar planning to take a ‘Made in Africa’ Mara phone with him when he journeys into space as part of Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage next year. Thakkar revealed this ambition during an interview... 

‘Sky’s not the limit’ for Africa’s smartphone, space-bound Thakkar avers
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Mara Group CEO Ashish Thakkar

Manufacturing, business confidence falls take shine off investment drive 

By: Reuters     7th November 2019 South Africa's manufacturing contracted by more than expected and business confidence tumbled in data released on Thursday, casting further doubt over the economy a day after President Cyril Ramaphosa secured $24-billion of investment pledges. Industrial output fell 2.4% year-on-year in September... 

Poultry master plan broadly accepted by industry

By: Simone Liedtke     7th November 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa this week announced a new master plan for the poultry industry, which aims to put the industry back on a growth path. The plan, which has been broadly accepted by the poultry industry, was compiled by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) and brokered... 

Poultry master plan broadly accepted by industry

PPC’s shares fall as ‘hyperinflationary’ Zim environment drags down earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th November 2019 The JSE-listed shares of cement producer PPC fell by nearly 17% on Thursday morning as the company warned of lower earnings for the six months ended September 30, mainly as a result of the hyperinflationary environment in Zimbabwe. PPC expects its basic earnings per share (BEPS) to decrease by... 

PPC’s shares fall as ‘hyperinflationary’ Zim environment drags down earnings

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’ 

By: Terence Creamer     4th November 2019 South Africa is being urged to accelerate its response to a looming natural gas “supply cliff”, which could arise in the coming four to five years unless alternative sources of supply are found to offset “tapering” imports from southern Mozambique. South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s... 

Call for greater urgency as South Africa approaches gas ‘supply cliff’
South Africa remains highly dependent on Sasol’s Pande and Temane production areas

P&G invests R300m in manufacturing facility in South Africa

By: African News Agency      4th November 2019 United States consumer goods company Procter & Gamble (P&G) said on Monday it had delivered on a commitment announced last year by investing R300-million in a manufacturing facility in South Africa. It said the investment in the Kempton Park site had increased employment at the facility by 30%... 

MSI launches welders' recruitment programme to boost job creation

By: Yvonne Silaule     30th October 2019 The Mpumalanga Stainless Initiative (MSI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda) have launched the Mpumalanga Informal Welders Recruitment Programme. MSI CEO Victor Mashego says the programme will assist welders in rural areas and townships gain access to the market and grow their... 

Correct use of consumables makes a good weld

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Branded welding supplier Unique Welding has significantly upgraded its range of stainless steel consumables to improve weld performance to combat a market flooded with low-quality imported stainless steel welding consumables, Unique Welding CEO Nazmi Adams tells Engineering News. In addition,... 

Correct use of consumables makes  a good weld
IMPORTANT ROLE The welding of stainless steel can be successfully achieved if the welder adheres to the industry rules and standards

Medium-term investment buoying stainless steel industry

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Despite a marked downturn in the global stainless steel industry, there are a few medium-term developments on the horizon for Southern Africa, notes research institute Afriforesight Commodities chief commodity economist Nathan Musson. “There are glimmers of hope in terms of investment in Southern... 

Medium-term investment buoying stainless steel industry
SPARKING INTEREST The stainless steel albeit somewhat stagnant offers a few sparks of investment interest

New membership structure set for stainless steel sector

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is at a turning point in its history as it gears up for the future with the introduction of a new tiered membership model that will launch in March 2020, says Sassda acting executive director Michel Basson. As opposed to a... 

New membership structure  set for stainless steel sector
HOT TOPIC The restructuring of Sassda’s membership model aligns each member based on individual needs

Trio makes for steely supply

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Three of South Africa’s most prominent companies in the stainless steel supply chain are completing a substantial supply to a gold mine in the Southern African Development Community. The project entails the supply of 250 t of grade 2304 stainless steel for the manufacture of ten tanks – the... 

Trio makes for  steely supply
RECOIL The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved

SA exporting jobs and importing goods, Lasher Tools warns

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 Human capital is the cornerstone of any successful commercial venture and is the foundation of economies, but South Africa must insist on fairness and parity of imports to ensure that local businesses are not lost to cheaper and lower quality imports, says local tools maker Lasher Tools marketing... 

Barcodes add value to Industry 4.0

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 There is an opportunity, through Industry 4.0, to make the data derived from barcodes more useful across industrial value chains, says industrial automation provider Omron South Africa product manager Khotso Majoe. 

Barcodes add value  to Industry 4.0
KHOTSO MAJOE Omron partners with clients to offer holistic solutions where production processes are integrated in one house

Packaging solution proves successful

18th October 2019 Since polymer supplier Vesconite Bearings introduced a minimum of two layers of corrugated cardboard packaging around each of its dispatched polymer bushings and rods, the company has had no returns from breakages owing to transportation. 

Packaging solution proves successful
HIGHER STANDARDS Vesconite Bearings instituted a new packaging standard after a complaint by a customer led the company to investigate its packaging policies

Manufacturing decline prompts company’s cross-border aspirations

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 As the local manufacturing sector has been declining steadily over the past 15 years, industrial packaging solutions company PackSolve is exploring opportunities in the international market to grow its business. 

Manufacturing decline prompts company’s cross-border aspirations
SIGHTS ON MOZAMBIQUE With several large industrial projects expected to start in Mozambique, PackSolve has earmarked the country as its first potential market

Hydraulic bolt tightening methods enhance accuracy

18th October 2019 Engineering components supplier BMG’s Nord-Lock bolting solutions now include Boltight hydraulic bolt tensioners, which are used to tighten bolts simultaneously, ensuring even preload in industrial applications and extreme environments, where bolt load accuracy is critical. 

Hydraulic bolt tightening methods enhance accuracy
TIGHTLY PACKED Boltight tensioners are ideal in instances where bolt load accuracy is critical

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness

By: Mamaili Mamaila     18th October 2019 As the food and drug / medicine sectors are highly regulated from a labelling perspective, companies need to be aware of the claims they can make about their products on the packaging, says intellectual property (IP) services law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Megan Reimers. 

Legislature calls for more labelling, packaging awareness
MEGAN REIMERS The ethical requirements of food packaging and labelling also extend to aspects such as Itellectual Property

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight 

By: Schalk Burger     18th October 2019 Component and equipment multinational BMG hosted clients at its inaugural industry-specific engagement days with a showcase of its food and beverage industry solutions and components at its factory in Jeppestown, Johannesburg in September. The showcase provided advice from industry experts about... 

Role of equipment suppliers in food safety under spotlight
BMG Group product and sales manager Mark Barbour details the company’s approach to quality and safety in the food and beverage industry in Africa. Camera work: Kultwano Matlala. Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Growth in demand will be key to sustaining revitalisation of industrial parks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th October 2019 The 12 industrial parks that have been renovated and form part of the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI's) Industrial Parks Revitalisation Programme currently employ 65 000 people, says DTI regional industrial development chief director Stieneke Jensma. In addition to the main objective... 

Growth in demand will be key to sustaining revitalisation of industrial parks

Ampco expands plug and socket offering

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th October 2019 Specialist industrial plugs and sockets manufacturer Ampco on Thursday launched its new plastic plug and connector range for use in commercial, mining and industrial applications. This advanced Gen 2 plastic range further expands the company’s current locally manufactured metal and plastic range... 

Ampco expands plug and socket offering
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