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Manufacturing News

Bell half-year profits climb, confident of future

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th August 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment recorded improved profitability in the six months to June, as a 35% increase in sales pushed the company’s earnings to R151-million, up from R115-million in the first half of 2011. Chairperson Michael Mun-Gavin said that Bell’s basic earnings... 

Accredited joint, flange sealing academy opens in SA

By: Chantelle Kotze     10th August 2012 Sealing and jointing materials manufacturer and trader Novus Sealing South Africa, an authorised distributor of international industrial sealing product, gasket and packing firm FDS Group, launched the South African arm of the UK-based Academy of Joint Integrity in May. 

Contracts in excess of R2.4m awarded to cable sealing mechanisms manufacturer

By: Chantelle Kotze     10th August 2012 Local manufacturer and supplier of cable and pipe sealing systems Roxtec Africa has been awarded three contracts worth more than R2.4-million for its transit frame sealing systems by companies in the power generation, petrochemicals and mining industries. 

Lead-paint infringements to be prosecuted, association warns

By: Schalk Burger     10th August 2012 Prosecution of paint manufacturers whose products contain levels of lead that are above the legal limit will start with immediate effect, says South African Paint Manufacturing Association executive director Deryck Spence. 

Mondi making progress with energy investments, H1 profit falls

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th August 2012 JSE- and London-listed paper and packaging group Mondi’s energy and debottlenecking projects were under way and progressing well, CEO David Hathorn reported on Tuesday. Mondi, which is aiming to achieve 97.5% energy self-sufficiency across its operations as electricity prices increase, has set... 

Manufacturing index recovers, but demand remains weak

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st August 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) gained 2.8 index points in July to reach a level of 51 after contracting to below the key 50-point level last month, sponsor Kagiso Tiso Holdings said on Wednesday. However, asset management head of research Abdul Davids said South... 

Self-healing skydiving fabric to be showcased at defence expo

By: Joanne Taylor     27th July 2012 Aerodyne Research Manufacturing has launched its new fabric for the canopies of skydiving parachutes. The self-healing technology fabric comes after nearly two years of research and development. 

SA’s new investment policy to forge minerals, industrialisation link 

By: Terence Creamer     26th July 2012 South Africa is crafting a “new generation” investment policy framework, which will be underscored by the developmental needs of the country, especially the expansion of the country’s embattled productive sectors, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies has revealed. A conscious effort would... 

Range speeds up mounting, dismounting of shrink fit mechanical components

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Bearings and seals supplier SKF’s updated range of THAP air-driven hydraulic pumps and oil injectors speed up the mounting and dismounting of mechanical components, says SKF manager for reliability systems Steve Gething. 

Drives range with increased motor capabilities made available to market

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 Industrial automation company Rockwell Automation launched its new range of alternating current drives last month, which is suitable for a variety of applications and offers ease of use and flexibility, says global product manager John Cherney. 

Drive engineering company offers energy saving solution

By: Yolandi Booyens     20th July 2012 In response to increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption in South Africa, drive engineering company SEW-Eurodrive will introduce its DRC energy efficient motor towards the end of this year, says electronics product manager Paul Strzalkowski. 

Bearings company goes big in the Western Cape

20th July 2012 Bearing company Bearings International’s Maitland branch in the Western Cape last month relocated to larger premises, as part of a strategic move to further streamline operations and increase customer service levels, says Western Cape regional manager David Coro. 

Transnet issues tenders for the acquisition of 1 064 locomotives

By: Terence Creamer     16th July 2012 State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has issued two large tenders for the procurement of 1 064 locomotives for its general freight business (GFB) – the acquisition programmes, which will be implemented between 2013 and 2019, could involve an investment of R35-billion. In what is arguably... 

SABS revising standard to define water tree retardance

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) is revising the SANS 1339 standard for medium-voltage cross-linked polyethylene (XLPE) cables to further mitigate the phenomenon of water trees in this type of cable, manufacturer Aberdare Cables chief engineer Antony Falconer tells Engineering News. 

Strategic acquisition expands market, product offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 Electrical power cable manufacturer CBi electric: african cables, part of JSE-listed Reunert Group, acquired cable accessories supplier Tank Industries for an undisclosed amount in April. 

Cable manufacturer expands product offering

By: Chantelle Kotze     13th July 2012 International Organisation for Standardisation- and South African Bureau of Standards- (SABS-) certified cable manufacturer Walro Flex has expanded its product range to include double insulated welding and blasting cable, says sales and marketing manager Peter Willers. 

Siemens’ industry unit eyes spin-offs from African infrastructure push

By: Terence Creamer     13th July 2012 The industry sector within global technology group Siemens is expanding its African footprint and expects to benefit directly and indirectly from the resources- and infrastructure-related investments planned for the continent in the coming years. Industry sector VP for Africa and the Middle East... 

SA-linked innovation earns dairy packaging acclaim

By: Yolandi Booyens     13th July 2012 The improved convenience and lower weight of packaging manufacturer Nampak Plastics’ United Kingdom Infini milk-bottle range resulted in the company winning the Best Dairy Packaging Innovation award at the 2012 Dairy Innovation Awards. 

Lighting manufacturer unveils R60m PE investment

13th July 2012 Lighting Innovations announced its R60-million investment in a manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, which will allow for easier shipment of its expanding export business, says Lighting Innovations chief executive Bruce Waddell. 

Software enables integration of plant and people

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2012 The different experts required to operate a plant efficiently can be integrated into a single auditable system that collates all information generated and generates reports in real-time, says automation software giant Invensys Operations Management Southern Africa divisional director Deon van Aardt. 

Counterfeit electric equipment in SA threatens lives

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2012 Counterfeit electric goods that do not pass South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) tests not only burn when loaded below rated current and fail breaking capacity tests but also endanger South African lives, says South African electric equipment manufacturer CBI-Electric senior electrical... 

Heavy-duty engineering company benefits from German bandsaw

By: Samantha Herbst     13th July 2012 Local industrial equipment, electronic and mechanical components supplier Elquip Solutions has supplied and successfully commissioned two Behringer high-performance bandsaws, valued at more than R5-million, for a heavy-duty engineering company in the steel industry. 

PET water bottles do not pose health risk – industry body 

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 Consumers are not in any danger of suffering from chemical exposure from using or reusing plastic polyethylene terephthalate (PET) water bottles, plastic representative body Plastics SA executive director Anton Hanekom stresses. 

Packaging industry holds many opportunities

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 While the South African packaging industry is facing challenges like many other sectors, it is capable of successfully competing in global markets and packaging companies should aim to turn challenges into opportunities, advises paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact CEO Bruce Strong. 

Shock absorber maker aims for greater visibility as it installs test facilities, launches mobile testing

By: Schalk Burger     6th July 2012 South African shock absorber manufacturer Control Instruments Automotive (CIA) will establish suspension test facilities at distribution centres selling its flagship brand Gabriel and deploy mobile suspension testing facilities to increase awareness of and demand for shock absorbers, says CIA... 

Extended adhesive range made available

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th July 2012 A range of adhesives that is suitable for high and low performance temperatures and offers reduced energy consumption in application and a more efficient manufacturing process, is available to the packaging industry who are avid consumers of hot-melt adhesives, says Nortec GM David Widegger. 

Hudaco earnings up, demand from mining sector remains weak

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th June 2012 South African industrial distributor Hudaco on Friday reported that the demand for its products from platinum mines remained under pressure, but that its engineering consumables sector was looking promising. A significant percentage of Hudaco’s sales are derived from the South and southern... 

Gauteng sees partnerships as key to industrial revival vision

By: Schalk Burger     29th June 2012 Gauteng has partnered with the private sector, academia and with industries from industrialised countries to boost manufacturing as part of the province’s economy, said Gauteng Economic Development member of the executive committee Qedani Mahlangu in her speech to the provincial legislature in June. 

Transnet aims to be an original-equipment supplier – Molefe

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     28th June 2012 South African state logistics group Transnet’s aim was to become an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of locomotives within the next three to four years, CEO Brian Molefe said Thursday. “We want to build our own locomotives and trains,” he told a business briefing in Johannesburg, adding... 

New venture to make diesel locomotives in SA for local, African markets 

By: Keith Campbell     25th June 2012 The production of Electro-Motive Diesel (EMD) railway locomotives in South Africa is set to recommence following the announcement on Monday of a joint venture (JV) between US railway products and services company Progress Rail Services and EMD (part of the Caterpillar group) and Barloworld. The... 

Manufacturer plans to double production by end 2013

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Industrial fasteners producer Tel-Screw Products MD Ronald Teleng tells Engineering News that the company plans to double its production by the end of next year, despite the challenges facing the industry.  

Company plans to expand in South Africa, Africa

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 More installers are becoming aware of fastener manufacturer Easyhold Fastener Systems’ products, enabling the company to increase production by 100% over the past two years, owner Clynton de Fin tells Engineering News. 

Distributor has dim view of fastener industry future

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Loyalty and quality have been replaced with price and delivery as the criteria for choosing a product in the “cut throat” local fasteners industry, asserts specialised fastener distributor UPL Group MD Richard Simes. 

Manufacturer confident about the future

By: Gia Costella     22nd June 2012 Manufacturer CBC Fasteners is in a position to take advantage of opportunities that will arise, should the recent provisional antidumping duties placed on the import of fully threaded set screws with hexagonal heads, excluding steel screws, from China, be fully implemented come year end, says... 

Second automotive component manufacturing incubation centre to be established 

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Construction will start in 2013 on a Nissan automotive components manufacturer incubation centre based at the company’s facility in Rosslyn, says Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC) supply chain development department manager Neeraj Kessery. 

Manufacturer expects to increase parts division’s market share

By: Leandi Kolver     22nd June 2012 Vehicle manufacturer Hyundai expects its parts division’s market share to grow by at least 75% during the next three years, parts director Gary Braude tells Engineering News.  

Safer way to move tyres

22nd June 2012 A smarter, safer way to move green tyres from one machine to another is making a positive difference to tyre builders in tyre manufacturer Goodyear’s Uitenhage manufacturing plant.  


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