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Sasol to expand ultrahigh purity aluminas production

10th May 2012 Sasol Olefins & Surfactants said on Thursday that construction has started at its German-based manufacturing site to increase its ultra-high purity aluminas (UHPA) production to 3 000 t/y. Sasol’s new UHPA product platform would include an expanded portfolio of calcined ultrahigh purity aluminas... 

Future of Mittal’s coke unit may hinge on chrome export tax

By: Terence Creamer     10th May 2012 The decision by a number of South Africa’s ferrochrome producers to curtail production and sell power back to Eskom knocked the earnings of ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (Mittal’s) coke and chemicals unit, whose future could now also hinge on the outcome of deliberations on the institution of... 

Highveld Steel may retrench workers 

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th May 2012 JSE-listed Evraz Highveld Steel on Wednesday said it was moving forward with its comprehensive cost reduction plan, which included labour restructuring. The steel producer was expected to start formal consultations with employee representatives on May 9, following the announcement of the... 

Mondi operating profit falls, says demand picking up

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     3rd May 2012 JSE- and LSE-listed pulp and paper group Mondi on Thursday reported lower underlying operating profit as the weaker trading environment seen towards the end of 2011 continued into the early part of 2012. But the company said demand was improving, with its sales volumes in the three months to... 

PMI declines for second month, demand still robust

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     2nd May 2012 South Africa’s seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) declined for a second month in April to 54.7 points, but still reflected robust demand for factory goods, sponsor Kagiso Asset Management said on Wednesday. The Kagiso PMI declined by 1.4 index points from 59.7 in March.  

Concrete poles chosen for Roodepoort integrated housing project

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th April 2012 South African construction company Aveng Manufacturing’s subsidiary Aveng Manufacturing Infraset has been contracted to supply over 3 000 prestressed I-shaped concrete poles for the electrification of a fully-integrated housing development in Fleurhoff, in Roodepoort, Gauteng. 

Coatings group secures health and safety accreditation

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th April 2012 South African paint company Dulux, which is part of decorative coatings group, AkzoNobel, reports it has received an OHSAS 18000 accreditation, signifying its compliance with internationally recognised health and safety management system specifications and confirming its strong commitment to... 

Fire protection firm targets more non-SA growth as it celebrates milestone

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2012 South African fire detection and protection company Fire Control Systems celebrated 25 years in industry in March. 

Software suite enables digital prototyping for manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2012 An intelligent engineering software suite takes lines from a designer’s sketches, converts them to vectors that can be manipulated by a product developer, with the data then fed to a mechanical design package that can be used for mechanical analysis and research of materials or manufacturing... 

SA backs ‘developmental integration’, but still keen on African gateway role

By: Terence Creamer     20th April 2012 One of the few novel themes explored in the latest version of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (Ipap) is the concept of “developmental integration” – a emerging idea that seeks to align South Africa’s industrial policy aspirations with the even more challenging goal of regional... 

Sassda appoints new executive director

16th April 2012 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) appointed Bill Scurr as its new executive director, effective April 2012. Scurr, a metallurgist by training, has a technical and commercial background in the industry and has been involved in general management for the past... 

Pharmaceutical products designated for local procurement

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2012 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Friday selected certain pharmaceutical products for domestic production in the 'second wave' of designations in line with the amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). A potential list of more than 70 pharmaceutical... 

Bids to be sought this year for 1 000 new locomotives 

By: Terence Creamer     10th April 2012 State-owned transport utility Transnet will issue an open tender later this financial year, which ends on March 31, 2013, for the purchase of 1 000 new diesel and electric locomotives, valued at around R30-billion. Speaking at the launch of the group’s R300-billion, seven-year Market Demand... 

Market demands continual innovation

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th April 2012 The hand-held and power tools market is not easy to enter, as new players first have to prove themselves in one or more facets, says diversified technology company 3M South Africa. 

Company introduces new lithium-ion range

6th April 2012 Outdoor power tool manufacturer Stihl has harnessed lithium-ion technology to produce a new line of environmentally responsible products, eliminating fuel costs and exhaust emissions.  

New jigsaw available

6th April 2012 Power tools manufacturer Makita made a new jig saw, which has been developed to cover the midrange capacity segment, and which provides contractors and woodworkers with a compact, powerful model that provides less vibration, available to the market. 

W Cape identifies design as an economic development driver

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2012 The Western Cape government and its Investment and Trade Promotion Agency Wesgro have identified the province as the only one in South Africa to prioritise design as a key economic tool to drive future growth and job creation.  

Air motors better suited for tools

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th April 2012 Industrial equipment supplier Dowson & Dobson Industrial (D&D) will, on June 1, introduce a new range of hand-held tools that make use of turbo air motors, which are better suited as a drive for standard air tools than electric motors.  

Local company experiences continued growth

By: Yolandi Booyens     6th April 2012 Outdoor power equipment supplier Briggs & Stratton reports that it has experienced healthy year-on-year turnover growth on product sales 

DTI defends steel exclusion from preferential procurement plans

By: Henry Lazenby     4th April 2012 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Wednesday defended its decision to exclude certain steel products from the government’s preferential procurement regulations, which came into effect in December. Government designated sectors such as rolling stock and power pylons for local... 

Company strives to provide high-quality tools at affordable prices

By: Yolandi Booyens     4th April 2012 Specialist in the manufacture, assembly and sales of diamond tools Diamond Products has introduced its lightweight Shibuya core drill into the market. 

Dorbyl to implement turnaround strategy at Guestro

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2012 JSE-listed industrial group Dorbyl will enter into a management agreement with Reef Switchboard Manufacturers to assist in implementing a turnaround strategy for its Guestro Castings and Machining operation in Benoni. This followed the recent change in shareholder ownership in Dorbyl, whereby a... 

Mittal lowers some prices as govt seeks ‘breakthrough’ in dispute

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2012 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) confirmed on Monday that it had lowered the prices of some long-steel products from April 1, while leaving flat-product prices unchanged from the previous month. Spokesperson Themba Hlengani said wire products decreased by an average... 

Davies sets May launch date for new R5.8bn manufacturing incentive  

By: Terence Creamer     2nd April 2012 South Africa’s newest R5.8-billion incentive scheme, which has been established to support the embattled domestic manufacturing sector, should become operational during the course of May, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Monday. The rules governing access to the so-called... 

PMI pulls back but still pointing to ‘robust’ manufacturing sector

By: Henry Lazenby     2nd April 2012 South Africa’s seasonally adjusted South Africa’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) lost some of its gains in March, but at 55.1, sponsor Kagiso Asset Management said it remained at a level consistent with “robust” manufacturing sector production growth. Just as the seasonally adjusted business... 

SA’s industrial energy intensity falls, but still lags world average  

By: Terence Creamer     23rd March 2012 The energy intensity of South African industry – measured by the tons of oil equivalent (toe) used to produce $1 000, or a unit, of manufacturing value added (MVA) – declined by a material 33% between 1990 and 2008, a recently published United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido)... 

Architectural student’s adaptive reuse design wins kudos

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd March 2012 Clay brick manufacturing company Corobrik has announced the winner of its 2012 Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, a project entitled Magazine Hill: A weathered continuum. 

New technology batteries for BMW 3 Series manufactured in SA

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 First National Battery (FNB), a subsidiary of JSE-listed Metair, on Thursday said it successfully completed a preseries production run order for valve regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries for the new BMW 3 Series. This resulted in BMW Germany authorising the release for the H8 90Ah VRLA... 

Cabinet approves set-top box manufacturing strategy

By: Henry Lazenby     22nd March 2012 Cabinet has approved a manufacturing strategy for set-top boxes (STBs) and agreed on ownership support for poor households, as the country moves from analogue television broadcasting signals to digital broadcasting. Cabinet said in a statement on Thursday it approved the STB Manufacturing Sector... 

Global steel production up marginally, China output rises 3.3%

By: Henry Lazenby     20th March 2012 World crude steel production for the 59 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) totalled 119-million tons in February, up 1.9% when compared with February last year, the association reported on Tuesday. China’s crude steel production for February was 55.9-million tons, an... 

Small wind market has big potential, report shows 

By: Henry Lazenby     16th March 2012 The small wind power market holds “enormous potential”, especially for nonelectrified areas in developing countries, yet only a handful of governments are offering specific support policies for small wind generating capacity, the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) said in a report this week.... 

Transnet delivers last 98 wagons to Rio’s Mozambique operations 

By: Henry Lazenby     15th March 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Transport Rail Engineering (TRE) on Thursday shipped the last 98 of 200 wagons, including spare parts, to diversified mining group Rio Tinto’s Moatize coal operation, in the Tete province of Mozambique. The wagons will carry coking coal to the port of Beira. 

Bell Equipment profit surges, rehires workers

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th March 2012 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment on Thursday reported a profit of R297-million for the year ended December 2011, up from R37-million in 2010, owing to increased production and demand. The JSE-listed company experienced a turnaround as sales revenue increased 49% to R5.07-billion,... 

First-quarter manufacturing confidence jumps

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th March 2012 Business confidence in the manufacturing sector jumped 12 index points, reaching 47 during the first quarter of 2012 on the back of improved business conditions. The Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) quarterly manufacturing survey found that domestic sales performed better-than-expected,... 

Paper products manufacturer acquires laser technology

By: Yolandi Booyens     9th March 2012 Durban-based innovative paper products manufacturer Pandu Paper will add a new laser cutting machine to its production line.  

Joburg design team receives an international recognition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th March 2012 Johannesburg-based design team Snapp Design received an international Good Design Award at the end of last year, for its signature cutting board, called Slice, which will feature in the 2011/2012 Good Design Yearbook. 

Mpact delivers ‘solid’ maiden full-year results

By: Henry Lazenby     8th March 2012 Paper and plastic packaging solutions firm Mpact on Thursday reported headline earnings of 102.9c a share, enabling the JSE-listed company to declare a maiden dividend of 40c a share for the year ended December 31. The company’s underlying operating profit was up by 6.4%, to R517-million, on the... 

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