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Manufacturing News

Industry master plan supported

26th March 2021 Non-profit trade organisation FairPlay Movement enthusiastically supports the South African Sugar Master Plan as a mechanism to stabilise and rebuild the industry after devastating and predatory imports have gained market share and killed local jobs for years. “Like the poultry sector master plan... 

Brics Manufacturing Conference ready for trade facilitation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th March 2021 The Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Manufacturing Conference, which kicks off in Johannesburg on Friday, will give local manufacturers the opportunity to reflect on how they can grow using new technologies. Organised by the Brics Manufacturing Working Group (MWG), the... 

Norway bans sale of Rolls-Royce subsidiary to Russian group

By: Rebecca Campbell     23rd March 2021 The Norwegian government has vetoed the sale, by UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce, of its Norwegian subsidiary company Bergen Engines to Russian locomotive and railway equipment manufacturing and services company TMH Group. Rolls-Royce Bergen produces medium speed... 

Absa report shows second quarter of raw material constraints in manufacturing supply chain 

By: Schalk Burger     23rd March 2021 Financial services firm Absa's 2021 first-quarter Manufacturing Survey shows that, for a second quarter in a row, manufacturers are reporting issues in the supply chain that are resulting in raw material shortage constraints negatively affecting their production processes. “Currently, a major... 

Marginal gains critical in gaining competitive advantage

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 The compounding effect of not taking advantage of marginal gains has a significant impact on the way in which an organisation operates, says pump manufacturer Grundfos commercial building services sales manager Duncan Graham. Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process,... 

DUNCAN GRAHAM
Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process, subsequently resulting in a significant improvement overall
DUNCAN GRAHAM Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process, subsequently resulting in a significant improvement overall

Pandemic increases demand for pumps

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 With much of the world being tested to its limits by the Covid-19 pandemic, it resulted in an increased demand for pumps and related accessories, says specialist pump company Integrated Pump Technology sales manager Jordan Marsh. He explains that, with mines being considered as “hot spots” for... 

GRINDEX RANGE
The company is the sub-Saharan Africa supplier for the Grindex range
GRINDEX RANGE The company is the sub-Saharan Africa supplier for the Grindex range

SEZs to play critical role in reconstruction and recovery plan – DTIC

By: Donna Slater     17th March 2021 Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola says the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) programme will play a critical role in the implementation of South Africa’s economic reconstruction and recovery plan. He was addressing members of Parliament (MPs) belonging to the Select... 

What countries will fight over when green energy dominates

By: Bloomberg     16th March 2021 The Rand Corporation’s been designing war games with the Pentagon since the 1950s, modelling such hard-nosed security scenarios as a two-front US war with China and Russia. Now the think tank is turning its realpolitik tool kit to a question more often associated with environmental dreamers: How... 

South Africa can build manufacturing capacity; pandemic is proof of potential, says Rodseth 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 South Africa can halt is premature deindustrialisation trend and grow the value of the manufacturing sector and its beneficial impact on jobs if all stakeholders commit to its development, manufacturing industry advocacy body the Manufacturing Circle executive director Philippa Rodseth said this... 

Vesconite Bearings expanding into forklift part replacements

By: Simone Liedtke     12th March 2021 Polymer supplier Vesconite Bearings, which produces a proprietary brand of Vesconite bushings, wear plates and custom parts, has expanded its product portfolio to include replacement parts for forklifts. Said to be one of the company’s most successful new applications, Vesconite engineering and... 

Vesconite Bearings expanding into forklift part replacements

Five predictions driving transformation in industry

12th March 2021 The unforeseen disruption experienced in 2020 has prompted food and beverage producers to futureproof their businesses as far as is possible, says business cloud software solutions provider Infor Europe, Middle East and Africa solution consulting VP Phil Lewis. 

PHIL LEWIS
New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output
PHIL LEWIS New technologies such as the Internet of Things will become crucial in facilitating the granularity required to minimise waste while maximising output

Chain designed for production environments

12th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division offers maintenance-free solutions for increased productivity, minimal machine downtime and reduced maintenance costs in the food and beverage sector. 

ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY
Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush
ENVIRONMENT-FRIENDLY Tsubaki’s Lambda lubrication-free roller chain series is environment-friendly and has been designed with a sintered oil-impregnated bush

Compounder adds new plant capacity

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Speciality compound producer Continental Engineering Compounds has invested R25-million in building a new specialised production line at its Westmead factory, in KwaZulu-Natal. The added capacity will help the company to increase supply of locally manufactured compounds used for packaging,... 

EXTRA, EXTRA
The capacity expansion will assist in terms of local supply to the industrial and automotive sectors
EXTRA, EXTRA The capacity expansion will assist in terms of local supply to the industrial and automotive sectors

Local PVC industry taking strain despite high demand

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 There is very strong demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in South Africa and the rest of Africa, owing to major water, gas and telecommunication infrastructure projects planned across the continent, but low supply and high prices are hindering industry sustainability, says South African Vinyls... 

PRECARIOUS PVC POSITION
Sava calls for reduced import tariffs, more local procurement and more reliable service delivery from utilities
PRECARIOUS PVC POSITION Sava calls for reduced import tariffs, more local procurement and more reliable service delivery from utilities

Stable exports despite bans, owing to great market support

12th March 2021 The 2020 export volumes of wine, at 319.2-million litres, echo those of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT
The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020
INTERNATIONAL FOOTPRINT The overall value of the country’s wine exports increased by 7.7% to R9.1-billion in. 2020

Moisture control key in food processing

12th March 2021 Moisture is important in many manufacturing processes, but when it comes to food processing, excess moisture can ruin products and create unnecessary waste, economic losses and decreased productivity, says process control and instrumentation company SECO Process Instrumentation. 

MOIST CONDITIONS
While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others
MOIST CONDITIONS While moisture is the major focus, SECO also supplies analysers for the continuous online measurement of caffeine besides others

Manufacturing output 3.4% lower year-on-year in January

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th March 2021 Manufacturing production decreased by 3.4% year-on-year in January. Nedbank says the contraction was worse than the Reuters forecast of a 1.2% decline.  

Covid-19 hits Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace hard, but diversification helps the group

By: Rebecca Campbell     11th March 2021 UK-based global major industrial technology group Rolls-Royce has reported its full year results for last year. The group was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, suffering a loss (including tax) of nearly £3.17-billion. In 2019, it had experienced a loss (including tax) of just over £1.31-billion.... 

Ramaphosa renews calls for increased local procurement

By: Donna Slater     9th March 2021 Well established companies have been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, a situation only worsened by effects of several years of difficult economic conditions, preferences for cheaper, imported goods and, in some cases, with changing consumer patterns, says President Cyril Ramaphosa.... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Data suggests economy to recover this year but work needed to move to sustainable growth path

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 High-frequency data suggestS that a strong recovery is under way this year, in tandem with South Africa’s lockdown having been scaled down to Level 1. South Africa must capitalise on the economic rebound to move its economy onto a more sustainable, job-rich growth path, says North-West University... 

Coca-Cola to contribute R240m to Buy Local campaign, govt looks to slash import bill

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th March 2021 To support the local economy, beverage manufacturer Coca-Cola has committed to make R240-million available over the next three years to drive the Buy Local campaign. This forms part of an agreement concluded with the competition authorities last year. 

Neasa, Solidarity to encourage employers to offer work-place training for technical students

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 Employer body the National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) has partnered with labour union Solidarity to encourage employers to provide technical skills training for students studying at the Sol-Tech facilities. Solidarity’s Guild for the Trades will provide training in technical... 

DTIC furniture design competition aims to stimulate design capabilities

By: Schalk Burger     9th March 2021 The five finalists in the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition's (DTIC's) national Furniture Design Competition designed affordable, modular, multipurpose and functional furniture, Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina says. She points out that the competition is aimed at nurturing design... 

Taxpayer loses as multimillion-rand investment collapses amid allegations of fraud, mismanagement

By: News24Wire      8th March 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal Growth Fund (KGF), Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and private investors have burnt their fingers and lost more than R330-million in an ill-fated cookware-manufacturing plant which has now been liquidated. INSA, in which the KGF, IDC and private funders had invested... 

Mpact delivers strong performance in 2020, despite challenges  

By: Simone Liedtke     5th March 2021 By delivering its proven strategy of securing leading market positions and focusing on customers and performance, paper, packaging and recycling company Mpact delivered a strong financial performance with record cash flows from operations of R1.9-billion and a reduction in net debt to... 

Mpact delivers strong performance in 2020, despite challenges
Mpact CEO Bruce Strong speaks to Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke about the company's latest set of results. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

ON TRACK
In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed
ON TRACK In order for South Africa to compete globally its rail and port infrastructure needs to be addressed

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

PIN AND COLLAR
The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG
PIN AND COLLAR The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well for rail sector

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 There has been a significant increase in commissioned feasibility studies over the past 18 months in terms of reviewing possible rail infrastructure interventions along the North–South Corridor, says financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance executive director Robert Futter. The corridor... 

CORRIDOR CARRIER
Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress
CORRIDOR CARRIER Rail infrastructure throughout the North-South Corridor is making steady progress

Metals and engineering sector must partner to address artisanal, engineering skills shortages - Seifsa

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called on businesses in the metals and engineering (M&E) sector and the wider manufacturing industry to ramp up training efforts. It suggests that this can be done by deepening partnerships with... 

Opinion: South Africa’s path to the 4IR – the role of digital skills

4th March 2021 In this opinion piece, the Industrial Development Think Tank discusses the need to develop digital skills in the manufacturing knowledge base for South Africa. The world economy is undergoing a period of structural and technological transformation with the arrival of the Fourth Industrial... 

Opinion: South Africa’s path to the 4IR – the role of digital skills

Seifsa partners with Venncap to help metals, engineering companies secure funding

By: Schalk Burger     4th March 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has partnered with funding consulting firm VennCap Business Solutions to assist metals and engineering sector companies to secure funding for their businesses and enable them to chart a course to... 

Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 A newly released study of the potential for developing a lithium-ion battery value chain in South Africa concludes that the country should prioritise minerals beneficiation and mining, as well as battery manufacturing as it seeks to carve out a niche for itself in what is a fast-growing, highly... 

South Africa urged to play to strengths as its plots role in lithium-ion battery value chain

Mantashe sees new industries emerging from South Africa’s renewables-led drive to boost electricity supply 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2021 South Africa’s move to increase electricity generation capacity provided a “unique opportunity” for the development of new industries, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe said this week. Addressing delegates virtually during Canada’s annual Prospectors and Developers Association... 

Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe

Seifsa puts SEZs at forefront of Brics Manufacturing Conference agenda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2021 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has explained why it has placed special economic zones (SEZs) at the heart of the inaugural Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Manufacturing Conference to be hosted on March 26. CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba... 

RCL Foods ‘future proofs’ company with diverse portfolio

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2021 JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods continued to leverage its diverse portfolio to remain resilient during the six months ended December 31, 2020, especially as the Covid-19 pandemic continued to present hardships and challenges globally. The company recorded a 10.5% year-on-year increase... 

De Ruyter urges greater industrial policy integration with renewables roll-out 

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2021 South Africa would be foregoing an “extraordinary opportunity” should it fail to develop local manufacturing capacity around its large-scale and multidecade deployment of renewable energy, Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter argued on Monday. Speaking during the opening session of the virtual Africa Energy... 

De Ruyter urges greater industrial policy integration with renewables roll-out

Leasing, investment at Saldanha Bay IDZ are going well

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) says the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (SBIDZ) has attracted more than R21-billion of private investment to date. These investments are at different stages of development; two of them, with private investment valued at... 

Artist impression of Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone
Artist impression of Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone
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