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Manufacturing News

Steel and aluminium building products supplier rebrands

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     28th September 2012 Steel and aluminium building products supplier and manufacturer Duro has embarked on a rebranding mission, resulting in the company’s ten facilities being grouped under one name –Duro. 

Local company to represent Canadian equipment manufacturer

By: Gia Costella     28th September 2012 Local lifting equipment manufacturer, SA Vertical Lifting, was appointed last month as a South African representative for Canada-based global loading dock and materials handling equipment manufacturer Blue Giant. The Germiston-based company, which manufactures and distributes goods access hoists,... 

Solar-thermal sector’s industrialisation potential to be probed 

By: Terence Creamer     27th September 2012 A study aimed at assessing the potential industrial development spinoffs for South Africa of a large-scale deployment of concentrated solar power (CSP) generation technologies is in the process of being initiated. The project, which will be funded by the German Agency for International... 

SA armoured vehicle firm offers first glimpse of new model at AAD

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2012 South African Defence company BAE Systems Land Systems South Africa, a local subsidiary of the global BAE Systems group, has used the 2012 Africa Aerospace and Defence exposition to publicly display, for the first time, the refined 6x6 version of its RG35 armoured and mine protected vehicle.... 

Airbus pleased with SA firm’s A350XWB parts contribution

By: Keith Campbell     21st September 2012 European aircraft manufacturer Airbus is happy with how South African aeronautics company Aerosud has responded to the challenges posed by the A350XWB airliner programme. The local company manufactures small, but key, parts of the aircraft, known as frame clips and track cans. "We're pretty... 

Manufacturer launches new coal-fired boiler

By: Anine Kilian     21st September 2012 Boiler reconditioner and manufacturer Dryden Combustion launched its new Mk7 coal-fired boiler in South Africa this month. Two of these boilers will be installed in the Cape later this year. 

Distributor supplying market-specific generators to telecoms industry

By: Samantha Herbst     21st September 2012 Equipment importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment is expanding its product and service offering to the telecoms industry, with a particular focus on the provision of generators for that sector in Southern Africa. Smith Power will supply China-based generator manufacturer Kipor’s range of... 

SA’s localisation push drives new Schneider, Actom medium-voltage deal

By: Terence Creamer     19th September 2012 South African electrical equipment manufacturer Actom has concluded a partnership agreement with global energy-management solutions group Schneider Electric, enabling the Boksburg-based entity to continue to produce, market and service Schneider’s medium-voltage distribution, automation and... 

Paramount Group seeks further expansion in developing countries 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th September 2012 Africa’s largest privately owned aerospace and defence company Paramount Group said it would continue to expand its business in the developing world, which had a “huge requirement” for defence and security products. Paramount Group CEO John Craig told Engineering News Online that the company... 

Low-quality imports affect manufacturers

By: Yolandi Booyens     14th September 2012 Like many other industries in South Africa, the local wire industry is faced with imports of lower-priced finished product, which undermines the local manufacture of those products, says South African Wire Association (Sawa) director Keith Campbell. “These imports are not the same standard as the... 

Manufacturing output increases 5.8% in July

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th September 2012 Manufacturing production increased by 5.8% year-on-year in July, compared with a revised 0.9% expansion in June, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) reported on Tuesday. The higher factory output, which Nedbank said was in line with expectations, came on the back of increased production in the... 

Mpact reports solid performance in challenging six months

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th September 2012 Southern African paper and plastics packaging manufacturer Mpact on Thursday reported 11.7% increase in its half-year revenue to R3.2-billion, despite a “challenging” six-month period. The JSE-listed company boosted its underlying operating profit for the period ended June 8.4% to R222-million.... 

R75m research project aims to improve visibility of labour-market trends 

By: Terence Creamer     4th September 2012 South Africa has formally initiated a R75-million, three-year collaborative research project aimed at materially improving labour-market intelligence, as well as visibility of the country’s current and future skills needs. The initiative has been commissioned by the Department of Higher... 

Patel outlines SA’s public-public partnership vision  

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2012 A new form of ‘PPP’, or ‘public–public partnership’, is in the process of being forged around South Africa’s multibillion-rand infrastructure programme, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel reports. Speaking at the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC’s) results presentation on... 

IDC looks to raise R65bn as dividend payments take strain 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd September 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), which is aiming to approve project and business funding of R102-billion between 2012 and 2016, indicated on Monday that it would probably need to borrow some R65-billion over the period to fund that aspiration. These borrowings... 

Kagiso PMI shows marginal decline in August

3rd September 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) remained relatively stable in August, losing a marginal 0.8 index points to a level of 50.2. This placed the average PMI reading for the first two months of the third quarter at 50.6, which is lower than the average levels achieved... 

McKinsey’s new Africa report sees big jobs-acceleration potential

By: Terence Creamer     31st August 2012 The research arm of international consulting group McKinsey & Company believes that Africa has the potential to create 72-million wage-paying jobs by 2020, primarily in agriculture, manufacturing, and retail and hospitality. To achieve such an acceleration, though, countries would need to... 

SA exports 'crowded out' by Chinese products 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     31st August 2012 South Africa has lost out on $900-million in trade with sub-Saharan Africa because of increased Chinese imports, costing the country more than 77 000 jobs over a decade, a new report by the University of East Anglia (UEA) from the UK has revealed. South Africa’s industrial production, which grew... 

Improved technology soon to be available on SA market

By: Yolandi Booyens     31st August 2012 Diversified power management company Eaton Electric will soon introduce its new range of Easy Relay systems, with a built-in SmartWire DT master, which allows for bigger program memory, 30% more marker capacity and a faster cycle time, says Eaton product manager Danie Scholtz. The Easy Relay is... 

Key focus on technical competence as competition rises

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 The number of medium- and heavy-steel projects in South Africa and globally should ensure medium growth for industrial holding company VBV Holdings, but the company must remain globally competitive to grow, says VBV Holdings chairperson Gary van den Berg. 

Steel fabricator accelerates welder training programme

By: Schalk Burger     31st August 2012 Local steel fabricator Carbon Steel Fabricators (CSF) has trained 45 welders in its newly opened welding training facility, in Vanderbijlpark, and aims to train welders from all its sister companies under industrial holding company VBV Holdings, says CSF GM Duncan Viljoen. 

Carbon measurement tool for SA’s bituminous products industry

31st August 2012 A guideline document and software system for the measurement of carbon (CO2) emissions from operations related to the manufacture and application of bituminous products in South Africa’s roads industry is now available for implementation. 

Nampak turns focus to Zambia for Africa growth

By: Creamer Media Reporter      30th August 2012 JSE-listed Nampak was turning its focus to its Zambian operations to drive its growth strategy of generating at least 25% of its revenue from the rest of Africa by 2017. CEO Andrew Marshall said while Angola, Kenya and Nigeria were among the main priority areas, Zambia was key to a number of... 

Key manufacturing incentive deadline draws near

By: Terence Creamer     27th August 2012 Friday August 31 is a key deadline for potential beneficiaries of government’s R5.8-billion Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP) to submit their applications. The incentive scheme, which was unveiled in the February Budget, was officially launched in May and the Department... 

Small plant staged-approach automation to boost productivity

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2012 A staged approach for the automation of smaller plants and across the sites of smaller companies can help in developing productivity and cost-control capabilities, while leaving room for the future expansion of automation, says industrial automation giant Invensys Wonderware software portfolio... 

Consultancy unveils latest cleanroom offering

By: Joanne Taylor     24th August 2012 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI launched its newest engineering service for the pharmaceutical industry at a recent conference focusing on cleanrooms, where it provided insight into efficient cleanroom design and operation. 

Cross-company database integration for production analysis

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2012 Real-time production reporting program zenon Analyser enables users to integrate other databases – even from vendors – within a single database, says South African zenon service provider Anytech. 

SA should revisit monetary policy to address economic imbalances 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th August 2012 Policymakers in South Africa should use a set of policy tools such as macro-prudential regulation, capital controls and exchange rate bands to create macro-financial stability, the Manufacturing Circle stated its second-quarter bulletin, published on Thursday. Iraj Abedian, the CEO of Pan African... 

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. 

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