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Manufacturing News

SA studies Brazil’s model for leveraging industry through procurement

By: Terence Creamer     7th May 2010 The decision by the Brazilian government to set a 65% to 75% local-content condition on companies seeking to secure concessional funding from the country’s influential development bank, BNDES, has been key to boosting manufacturing investment and industrial production in the South American... 

Ipap2 firmly in implementation mode – Davies

By: Jade Davenport     4th May 2010 The much-vaunted 2010/11 to 2012/13 Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap2) has moved beyond the realm of public debate and is now firmly in implementation mode, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Davies told journalists in Cape Town that the Portfolio Committee on Trade and... 

Altron pins recovery hopes on underperforming units

By: Terence Creamer     4th May 2010 Engineering and technology group Altron anticipates that its underperforming business units, Powertech and Bytes, will provide the core recovery impetus for its 2011 financial year, rather than Altech, which demonstrated remarkable recession resilience during its 2010 reporting period. The... 

Anger as ArcelorMittal SA confirms ‘base' steel price increases from June 1 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd May 2010 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) confirmed to Engineering News Online on Monday that the price of flat and long steel for delivery from June 1, 2010, would increase by between 2% and 17%, depending on product type – news of the increase was met with anger by steel... 

April PMI drops, but still above neutral point – Kagiso

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell by 0,4 points month-on-month to 55,2 points in April, staying in line with the long-term average of the PMI of 52,3 points. While this figure was slightly lower than the 55,6 points recorded in March and a high of 60,4 points recorded in February,... 

Manufacturing on recovery path, but sector still faces risks

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th April 2010 Confidence among local manufacturers, domestic manufacturing volumes and selling prices were all continuing to improve, but First National Bank Commercial economist Sizwe Nxedlana on Friday warned of the risks that the local manufacturing sector could still face going forward. “Taken together,... 

Maintenance and spares markets contract

By: Eleanor Seggie     30th April 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of electrical heating elements and temperature control systems Swift Heat & Control MD Brian Booth says that a contraction in capital expenditure spending as well as manufacturing demand shrinking, has caused maintenance and spares market to contract.  

Manufacturer, supplier keeps on top of its game

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, one of South Africa's manufacturers and repairers of hydraulic cylinders, has greatly expanded and diversified its operations over the past three years.  

Recent changes result in productivity improvements

By: Julian Kraft     23rd April 2010 Recent advances and improvements that promise to further streamline and speed up output at Gauteng-based Kappa Engineering, include the installation of a second honing machine and the in-house development of a stress beam, the launch of a comprehensive computerised production control and... 

Perforation process creates pictures

By: Eleanor Seggie     9th April 2010 Vibratory process equipment and perforator manufacturer Lockers Engineers’ perforating division has a new addition to its product range in Pic-Perf. 

Manufacturing production grows less than expected

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th April 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output rose by 2,7% year-on-year in February, and while below market expectations, this was still considered a positive move. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell commented on Thursday that the figures were below the market expectations of 4,7%, but said this... 

New industrial plan seen as ‘realistic’ growth strategy – analyst 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     6th April 2010 The second version of government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap2) was a “realistic” growth strategy, but South Africa would have to draw on its existing strengths and eliminate some identified weaknesses to ensure its success, growth consultancy firm Frost & Sullivan research analyst Laura... 

Major systems, processes and machines upgrade 

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 The company relies on both a subcontracting and linear operations model and Fawcett says he wants to retain a good relationship with the subcontractors, although Weir Minerals’ manufacturing capacity has increased. 

Manufacturing sector shows promising signs of growth

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 Gauteng’s economy has turned around after the recession last year with the manufacturing sector making a strong comeback. Economists.co.za economist Mike Schüssler was recently quoted on Fin24.com, saying the province’s private sector economy fell by only 5.5% on an annualised basis in January.... 

Local and global competitiveness critical

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2010 Maintaining world-class quality in local manufacturing is one the greatest challenges experienced by large manufacturers in Gauteng, while maintaining their local and global competitiveness is critical. 

SA PMI slides back in March, but Q1 figures positive

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st April 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) fell by 4,8 points in March, but the figures for the first quarter of 2010 remained positive, Kagiso Securities head of fixed income Andre Coetzee said on Thursday. The PMI fell to 55,6 points in March, down from February’s 60,4 points, mainly as a... 

Stainless steel body aligns programmes 
with South Africa’s new industrial strategy

By: Jacqueline Holman     26th March 2010 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) is adding value to the stainless steel industry by implementing a number of projects that will align with government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). 

Manufacturing business confidence jumps

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th March 2010 While the recovery in the manufacturing sector remained “rather patchy”, the upturn in activity was spreading to more subsectors, Bureau for Economic Research (BER) economist Christelle Grobler said on Thursday. The BER’s latest manufacturing survey has indicated that business confidence in the... 

SA metals industry showed signs of resilience during recession  

By: Terence Creamer     15th March 2010 South African metals and engineering companies shed some 70 000 jobs, the equivalent of 20% of all scheduled jobs in the sector, during the 2009 recession. However, the sector still showed signs of relative resilience, when compared with previous recent downturns, Metal and Engineering Industries... 

Manufacturing output rises 3,7%

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th March 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output rose 3,7% year-on-year in January, improving further on the 3,2% increase achieved in December, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Thursday. Absa Capital senior economist Ian Marsberg noted that while the overall headline number had been somewhat... 

South Ocean’s earnings fall sharply, margins decline

By: Chanel de Bruyn     8th March 2010 JSE-listed electronic equipment supplier South Ocean Holdings expected to see competitive pricing and cautious demand from customers in the year ahead, despite the economy remaining challenging. The supplier, which on Monday reported a 48,2% decline in earnings to R31,7-million in the year ended... 

Manufacturing output to increase

By: Petronel Smit     5th March 2010 The Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism reports that manufacturing output in the Western Cape is expected to grow between 2% and 3% in 2010 as the global economy recovers. 

DST selects 28 foundries for technology support programme

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2010 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor on Monday launched the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST’s) Technology Localisation Programme (TLP), through which 28 local foundries would be provided with technology assistance packages to enhance their capabilities in terms of accessing... 

Local PMI hits 3-year high – Kagiso

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) reached a three-year high in February, while the employment index remained above the neutral 50-point level for a second consecutive month for the first time since the end of 2007 and early 2008. The local PMI, which increased by 6,8 points to 60,4... 

Steel fabricator opens upgraded Vanderbijlpark facility  

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Structural steel fabricator DSE has launched its upgraded structural steel workshop in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. 

Institute reports 
industry growth 
over next ten years

26th February 2010 There will be substantial development in the local steel construction industry over the next ten years, says Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) executive director Dr Hennie de Clercq. 

Steel factory 
refurbishment complete

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 The upgrading project on structural engineers and contractors DSE’s Vanderbijlpark facility has been completed and launched at the end of January. The original 28 000-m2 facility, has been extended by 6 000 m,2 with total production output of the factory at 4000 t/m of steel. The facility offers... 

Restructured operations enhance service

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has restructured its Elandsfontein operations to expand its service offering and deliver a more comprehensive, simplified approach to projects. This initiative groups all value-added services under one division with one management structure for improved... 

New machine increases production

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th February 2010 Steel construction company B&T Steel is confident that the steel demand in the county will increase and, in preparation for this, has bought an in-line computer numerical-controlled drilling and cutting machine from Germany. 

Lightweight steel solution for shopping centre

26th February 2010 A unique lightweight steel walling solution has been provided by steel solutions company Vela Steel Building Systems to construction and engineering group Grinaker-LTA for the new foodcourt and restaurant area, at the Eastgate shopping centre, in Bedfordview. Grinaker-LTA’s Building Inland... 

Recession-hit metals sector urged to keep foot on artisan accelerator

By: Terence Creamer     15th February 2010 South African steel and engineering companies shed a material 75 000 jobs between March and December last year, after employment reached a ten-year peak of 399 088 in February, 2009, Steel and Engineering Federation of South Africa (Seifsa) CEO David Carson revealed on Monday. Following a period... 

Refurbishment of plant aims to increase rubber production

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Minerals completed the on-going refurbishment of its rubber manufacturing plant at the end of 2009 as part of a strategy to increase rubber production. 

Manufacturing output expands 3,2% in December

By: Chanel de Bruyn     11th February 2010 South Africa’s manufacturing output expanded for the first time in 15 months in December, growing by 3,2% year-on-year, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Thursday. Efficient Group economist Freddie Mitchell said this was “a really good figure”, adding that it was much higher than... 

Fears that GDP could decline further, says development corporation

By: Carla Thomaz     5th February 2010 With the automotive industry supplying 30% of manufacturing employment and contributing 32% of gross value-added manufacturing in the Eastern Cape, the province’s economy has been negatively influenced by the global economic recession, says the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC). 

Power-price shock would hamper already frail factory recovery 

By: Chanel de Bruyn     2nd February 2010 South Africa’s already struggling manufacturing sector did not need any other economic shocks, such as the large electricity tariff increases proposed by Eskom, Nedcor chief economist Dennis Dykes asserted on Tuesday. The country’s economy remained under pressure and conditions in many sectors... 

Infrasors transfers listing to JSE main board

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st February 2010 By moving its listing from the AltX to the JSE, infrastructure materials group Infrasors has taken the next step in its growth path to becoming a mature mining company, CEO Trevor Robinson said on Monday. The company, which listed on the AltX in July 2007, on Monday transferred its listing to... 

SA's PMI up for sixth consecutive month

By: Chanel de Bruyn     1st February 2010 The Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has continued its rebound, increasing for a sixth consecutive month to 53,6 points in January, while also pointing towards an improved outlook for manufacturing job creation, Kagiso Securities head of fixed income Andre Coetzee said on Monday. The... 

 

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