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Manufacturing News

Nampak to spend R1.6bn on glass, beverage can expansion projects

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     8th February 2013 The board of South African packaging company Nampak approved capital expenditure of about R1-billion for the installation of a third glass furnace for its Nampak Glass division, at its Roodekop plant, outside Johannesburg. Nampak Glass signed long-term supply contracts with key customers to... 

New industry group bullish on SA’s biogas growth prospects 

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2013 The rebates currently on offer from Eskom, together with incentives being extended by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) are creating the conditions for a possible biogas “golden age” in South Africa, the head of the nascent Southern African Biogas Industry Association (SABIA) asserts.... 

Lubrication systems of R2.5m supplied to India-based steel mills

By: Chantelle Kotze     8th February 2013 India-based Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) contracted engineering products manufacturer and supplier Operational Marketing South Africa (Omsa) to supply bearing oil lubrication systems and girth gear centralised spray systems to the value of R2.5-million in the last quarter of 2012 to three... 

PG’s Jennings to retire, step down as Manufacturing Circle chair

By: Terence Creamer     7th February 2013 PG Group CEO Stewart Jennings, who is also known as a prominent South African manufacturing industry campaigner, will retire from the company on April 30. It has also been confirmed that Jennings will step down as chairperson of the Manufacturing Circle, which he was instrumental in founding and... 

Mittal cuts capacity as power surges, takes buy-back knock 

By: Terence Creamer     6th February 2013 JSE-listed steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (Mittal) has again warned that further sharp increases in South Africa’s electricity prices could be “catastrophic” for both its operations, as well as the downstream industries that it supplies. Speaking following the release of 2012 results,... 

Astrapak to boost senior management capacity

By: Natalie Greve     4th February 2013 Astrapak on Monday announced that it would undertake an organisational redesign to ensure the future growth of the company.The company said it was looking to fill 22 internal and external senior management positions as part of the organisational redesign, which was being driven by Astrapak’s... 

Manufacturing Circle calls for fiscal review as PMI remains below 50

By: Natalie Greve     1st February 2013 The Manufacturing Circle on Friday called on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to urgently consider the institution of a fiscal review to ensure that processes related to the finance of infrastructure maintenance and expansion was in line with the best practices of South Africa’s trading partners... 

Manufacturing Circle urges govt, private sector to align on local procurement designations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      31st January 2013 The Manufacturing Circle welcomed the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) announcement on Tuesday that valves, manual and pneumatic actuators, electrical and telecommunications cables, as well as solar water heater components had been designated for local production and as requiring... 

Unilever kicks off R1bn expansion project

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th January 2013 Unilever South Africa on Wednesday said it would invest more than R1-billion in a new plant and on the upgrade and expansion of existing operations. The project formed part of the fast-moving consumer goods producer’s multiyear, multibillion-rand sustainable living strategy, Unilever SA... 

DTI names more products affected by local-content regulations

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th January 2013 The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Tuesday announced that valves, manual and pneumatic actuators, electrical and telecommunications cables, as well as solar water heater components had been designated for local production and as requiring specified local content levels in the public... 

New empowered rail group emerges as M&R sells UCW

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2013 A consortium led by South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and black-economic empowered Commuter Transport Engineering (CTE) has acquired Union Carriage & Wagon (UCW) from Murray & Roberts (M&R) for an undisclosed amount. CTE founder and CEO Patricia Norris tells... 

SA should shift focus from imports to local manufacturing – First Tech 

By: Natalie Greve     25th January 2013 Local companies should shift their focus away from the short-term profits realised through imports and embrace performance-oriented local manufacturing to drive the South African economy and enhance job creation, First Tech Group CEO Andy Bertulis said on Friday. Speaking at the official launch... 

Brimstone to continue pursuing investment opportunities

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th January 2013 Black-empowered investment group Brimstone would continue to examine potential complementary investment opportunities and would pursue those that provided the “right returns” at the “right price”, CEO Mustaq Brey said on Wednesday. He pointed out, however, that the group, which expected its... 

Ramaphosa begins his journey out of business into politics 

By: Martin Creamer     23rd January 2013 Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has begun to withdraw from his business commitments in order to remove all potential conflicts of interest as he enters deeper into the South African political arena. Ramaphosa committed himself to clearing his... 

Ellies expands Africa aerial exports amid SA digital migration delay 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd January 2013 JSE-listed Ellies Holdings would increase exports of its digital terrestrial television (DTT) aerials into the rest of Africa, following continued local delays in the migration from analogue to DTT, Ellies CEO Wayne Samson said at the company’s interim results presentation on Wednesday. 

Collaborative project aims to boost local manufacturing

By: Natalie Greve     22nd January 2013 Powertech Transformers (PTT) would be among the first companies to benefit from a collaborative research and development (R&D) project aimed at increasing the competitiveness and capability of local companies. 

SABMiller Q3 lager, soft drink volumes show moderate rise

By: Natalie Greve     22nd January 2013 Global brewer SABMiller Group’s lager volumes for the third quarter were 2% ahead of the previous year and soft drinks volumes 3% higher, both on an organic basis, the company reported today. 

Ellies interim earnings, revenue rise

By: Natalie Greve     22nd January 2013 JSE-listed Ellies Holdings on Tuesday reported a 102.4% increase in headline earnings a share to 42.46c a share for the six months ended October 31, compared with headline earnings a share of 20.98c a share for the six months ended October 2011. 

ABB SA appoints new CEO, Poñe moves to UAE

By: Natalie Greve     18th January 2013 Power and automation technology group ABB on Friday announced that its South African CEO Carlos Poñe had been appointed CEO of the company’s United Arab Emirates (UAE) division and manager of Southern Gulf (UAE, Qatar, Oman) and Pakistan, with effect from February 1. 

3D printing may shape a new manufacturing revolution 

By: Joanne Taylor     18th January 2013 Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is consumer and industry ready. It is gaining momentum as a viable tool for home use and the manufacturing of parts, from scissors handles to titanium aircraft spares. Early examples of 3D printing emerged in the... 

Ceramic coating for fuel cells could reduce manufacturing costs

18th January 2013 Swedish-based product developer Impact Coatings has developed a new material for the coating of fuel cell bipolar plates. Ceramic MaxPhase is set to change the economics of fuel cells by significantly reducing manufacturing costs. 

3D printing may shape a new manufacturing revolution 

By: Joanne Taylor     18th January 2013 Additive manufacturing, more commonly known as three-dimensional (3D) printing, is consumer and industry ready. It is gaining momentum as a viable tool for home use and the manufacturing of parts, from scissor handles to titanium aircraft spares. 

PMI falls for fourth consecutive month, pressured by employment issues

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     16th January 2013 For the fourth consecutive month, the seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) has contracted; losing 2.1 points in December to 47.4, as challenging employment conditions in South Africa persisted. The PMI approached the key 50-point mark in November, when it stood at 49.5. 

State-backed diamond beneficiation firm to be liquidated

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2013 Mineral beneficiation will only succeed in South Africa if it is supported by a pipeline of guaranteed raw materials and long-term funding that allows for marketing and retail development alongside production and beneficiation, said failed local diamond beneficiator Mohseen Valli Moosa, who has... 

Recovery in SA manufacturing continues in November

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     10th January 2013 The recovery in South Africa’s manufacturing production continued in November, with output up 3.4%, compared with the corresponding month in 2011, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) revealed on Thursday. The Stats SA data suggested that the year-on-year increase, which was up from the 2.7%... 

IDC-funded diamond beneficiator shuts up shop 

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2013 A local diamond beneficiation business, which obtained R97-million in funding from the State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) as well as support from the provincially run Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, has ceased operations, Mining Weekly Online can today report. Mohseen Valli... 

Astrapak tallies damages to factory after fire

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th January 2013 Packaging producer Astrapak on Wednesday initiated emergency supply strategy planning, in collaboration with affected clients and suppliers, after a fire at its East Rand plastics operation impacted output on some production units. The Brakpan-based facility produces plastic film and bags for a... 

Engineering group sets up training infrastructure to draw on local talent

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2012 Heavy engineering manufacturer DCD sponsors several local schools in the Vereeniging area and is also drawing apprentices for its newly opened training centre from local communities. This enables the company to use its training to bring learners from local communities into the formal sector of... 

Eskom mulls big biomass co-firing plan in bid to lower coal emissions

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2012 South Africa’s State-owned electricity utility Eskom is considering an ambitious plan to begin burning biomass alongside coal at some of its power stations, as part of a strategy aimed at lowering the group’s sizeable carbon footprint.  

October says industrialisation requires back-to-basics approach

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th December 2012 Africa’s regional economic integration could be achieved through industrialisation, but a “back-to-basics” approach was required, particularly for South Africa, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) director-general Lionel October said. He said that Africa’s underdevelopment was partly owing to... 

SA manufacturing remains under pressure as input costs rise

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd December 2012 The seasonally adjusted Kagiso Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) increased by 2.4 points in November to reach a level of 49.5, but it remained in contraction for the third consecutive month – once again highlighting the domestic and global pressures on the sector. Input costs continued to... 

Canned tomato imports put local producers at price disadvantage 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th November 2012 The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC), a government agency that administers import duties and trade measures, is aware of the price disadvantage that domestic producers face against imported canned tomatoes, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies confirmed on... 

New vehicle fire detection system introduced 

By: Chantelle Kotze     30th November 2012 Manufacturer and supplier of fire-detection and extinguishing equipment Alien Systems & Technologies (AST) has launched a range of foam-based vehicle fire-detection and extinguishing systems for use on light- to heavy-duty vehicles and nonroad equipment. 

Manufacturing confidence ticks up, but remains at low level

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2012 While domestic demand for manufacturing came in much stronger than anticipated, with the indicators for sales and order volumes improving significantly, fourth-quarter manufacturing confidence remains low. The Bureau for Economic Research’s (BER’s) latest survey showed on Thursday that... 

De Beers seeks bidders for brick factory near Kimberley Mines

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     29th November 2012 Diamond major De Beers is seeking expression of interest for the construction of a brick-manufacturing plant near its Kimberley Mines operation, in the Northern Cape. Senior supply chain officer Claire Calvert told Mining Weekly Online that the slime, or residue material produced during the... 

Omnia to reap benefits of electricity expansions, sees mining growth 

By: Idéle Esterhuizen     27th November 2012 JSE-listed specialist chemical services group Omnia, more specifically its mining division, is set to benefit from South Africa’s power generation capacity expansion plans over the next few years,  MD Rod Humphris said on Tuesday. The combined output of the Medupi and Kusile coal-fired plants,... 

Attention turns to Scaw’s capital constraints following R3.4bn IDC takeover

By: Terence Creamer     26th November 2012 South Africa’s State-owned Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) says it is aware of the capital constraints that continue to hinder Scaw Metals from realising its growth ambitions and that are constraining it from playing a more meaningful reindustrialisation role. However, mining and... 


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