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Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Two installations prove company’s mettle

By: Halima Frost     13th May 2022 Industrial boiler manufacturer Steam Generation has successfully completed two projects in Africa that highlight its ability to improve energy efficiency and management for clients. “We commissioned a steam generation plant for a notable brewery in Accra, Ghana, in January, which entailed... 

A large 3 000 kg/h burner installed at local food, home and personal care product producer, in Isando,
BIG BURNER Steam Generation has installed two burners for a client based in Isando

SABS published a record 414 national standards in a year

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st April 2022 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) published a record 414 national standards in the financial year ended March 31, 2021, broadening the scope of technical specifications of products, services and management systems in the South African market. This includes new, adopted, amended and... 

SABS pipe standard

IAEA’s review shows Koeberg made improvements, closed gaps from prior missions

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2022 Global civil nuclear body the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA)’s peer review mission of the Safety Aspects of the Long-Term Operation (SALTO) at the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station indicated that Koeberg has made significant improvements and have closed gaps identified during the... 

Municipality invests in jetting and vacuum truck

25th March 2022 To improve sewerage and stormwater infrastructure maintenance, Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga has invested in a new local pump manufacturer Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck.   

A large truck with a combination jetting and vacuuming capability in front of a group of staff and dignitaries at the hand over of the truck
HAND OVER The Govan Mbeki Municipality and its staff attend the official hand over of a Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck

Pump system showcased at expo

25th March 2022 International pumps and compressors designer and manufacturer Sundyne showcased its SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications at the International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, from January 25 to 27.  SundWASH... 

A SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications
NO WASH-OUT The high pressure wash-down system designed by Sundyne was on show at this years International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta US

Pumps range being tested on grey water system

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home, industrial and agricultural applications. The supplier’s Salfo range of submersible pumps would... 

Various green water tanks lined up inside a parking lot with flags waving behind at the Syewarts & Lloyds assembly plant
GREEN TO GREY The Stewarts & Lloyds grey water system allows homes and companies contribute to the environment by harvesting grey water

Pumps supplier offers solution to municipal woes

25th March 2022 Local pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps is poised to assist with service delivery solutions for wastewater and sewerage system maintenance and repairs, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. He attributes this “call to action” to an increased focus on service delivery which has been brought to the... 

Municipality workers using a high pressure pumping unit to clean out sewers and drains to maintain municipal infrastructure
DOWN THE DRAIN The need to maintain or improve on service delivery can be met with Werner Pups offerings

Industry body hones in on five key focus areas

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has identified five key areas to focus on this year to mitigate challenges faced by industry and the country, following its Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey 2021, or BECS 2021, released in June 2021. The first key priority is to increase... 

Newly elected Civil Engineering South Africa (CESA) industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell stood together in press image
OLU SOLUADE AND CHRIS CAMPBELL OF CESA Newly elected industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell discuss the year ahead for the sector

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

A group of SMME entrepreneurs at the Afrisam ‘Correct use of cement in concrete, plaster and mortar applications’ day held in September
FIRM FOUNDATIONS Afrisam offers SMME Training to ensure its clients know when, how and why to use the various construction materials it has on offer

New year holds promise for wood pellet manufacturer

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Biomass fuel manufacturer and distributor Calore Sustainability Energy (CSE) Biomass, a division of clean energy provider Earth & Wire, started the new year with installations at two agriculture companies in Worcester, in the Western Cape. The first installation includes two 350 kW hot-air... 

A Biomass fueled Hot-air Generator and boiler system being loaded onto a truck at the Calore Head office in the Cap
LOADING MASS Biomass-fueled systems being loaded to a transport for delivery to an agriculture company in Worcester, Western Cape

Policies drive gas interest

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 The regulatory environment for environmental policies and decreasing emissions is a key driver when a boiler owner decides to convert to using natural gas as a fuel source, says natural gas supplier Egoli Gas MD Vishal Pooran. “Natural gas-fuelled boiler studies have shown an overwhelmingly... 

A large gas fueled boiler inside a building used in industrial applications
GOING GAS The amount of companies moving to gas fueled burners owing to an increased interest in going green has grown substantially

Uptick after project completion expected

By: Halima Frost     4th February 2022 Energy solutions provider Energy Partners anticipates an increase in interest in its offerings in the Eastern Cape, subsequent to the development and commissioning of a boiler house at a chicken processing plant in Uitenhage, in the Eastern Cape. The project, which entailed the installation of a... 

A large boiler with a circuit board attached with Energy Partners logo on, cables and pipes leading to and from the boiler at a chicken processing plant
IN THE PROCESS The refurbishment of a boiler at a processing plant in the Eastern Cape has boosted Energy Partner's visibility in the area

Use of registered professionals essential to a successful infrastructure project

By: Donna Slater     28th January 2022 The South African Council for the Project and Construction Management Professions (SACPCMP) is concerned about the collapse of road infrastructure in the Eastern Cape, after a section of the R61 at Tsomo Junction between Ngcobo and Cofimvaba collapsed owing to heavy rainfall towards the end of... 

Domestic vehicle sales increase draws attention to road safety standards

28th January 2022 The 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa in October last year, compared with the same period in 2020, has resulted in more vehicles being transported across the country. As a result, attention is being drawn to safety concerns related to the transportation sector, particularly... 

An image of cars being transported by truck
GOING THE DISTANCE October 2021 saw a 27% increase in domestic vehicle sales in South Africa

South Africa’s solar PV value chain must develop quality culture – juwi

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st January 2022 By 2030, total installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in South Africa is expected to reach 8 400 MW; however, to ensure sustainable growth, the country has to develop and implement quality infrastructure for these systems, says juwi Renewable Energies MD Richard Doyle. “Embedding a culture of... 

New division to provide tailored maintenance services

By: Cameron Mackay     12th November 2021 Facilities management services provider FM Solutions launched their specialist technical unit, FM Solutions Technical, in June 2021 – thereby expanding their facilities management services to include technical maintenance. “We are now able to provide a tailored package to our clients, ensuring... 

Image of FM Solutions director Zaahir Forbes
ZAAHIR FORBES Businesses have seen the need to reinstate facilities management services to ensure that facilities and workplaces are compliant and ready to accommodate returning staff members

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

SABS launches local content verification scheme

By: Donna Slater     15th October 2021 The South African Bureau of Standard (SABS) has launched its new Local Content Verification Scheme, which offers domestic manufacturers the chance to certify the local content portion of their products or services. SABS lead administrator Jodi Scholtz says the new certification scheme, which has... 

Company offers various techniques for working-at-height

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th September 2021 Rope access specialist Skyriders’ working-at-height training includes rope access, fall arrest or fall prevention and the fall protection plan. The company specialises in rope access & RPAS (drones) – a system used to position a person on a structure. 

Working at Height
SAFETY FIRST The regulations state that a company is required to have a fall protection plan in place when any work is done that might create the risk of a fall

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

A large solar installation on a clients roof installed by EP Refrigeration, which is grid-tied and decreases the clients reliance on grid power
LIGHT WORK Adding a solar installation to a company's refrigeration unit deceases the cost of running the unit off grid power alone

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

A roof top refrigeration system installed by EP Refrigeration at a produce packing house
FRUITFUL SERVICES An increased need for refrigerated storage and transport capacity in the citrus sector is being addressed by EP Refrigeration

A&D sectors decline needs to be halted

By: Cameron Mackay     10th September 2021 The decline of industrial sectors, such as aerospace and defence (A&D), needs to be addressed urgently, states Commercial Aerospace Manufacturing Association of South Africa (Camasa) chairperson Themba September. “The A&D sectors’ technology development benefits the manufacturing sector through... 

Image of a welder working in an aerospace manufacturing facility
COMPETING IN GLOBAL MARKETS Camasa is actively pursuing the effective integration of local major manufacturers into global supply chains, particularly in niche areas

Need for alertness in refineries

3rd September 2021 The easiest way to avoid disasters at an industrial facility is if personnel quickly identify and act upon, imminent danger.  

An image of a man checking the alarm system
OMNIFLEX’S ALARM ANNUNCIATORS The product offers peace of mind for facility managers worried about on-site safety as they can access all live and historical alarm data whenever necessary

Investment required in local oil refineries

By: Anna Moross     3rd September 2021 Oil refineries lack the ability to provide sufficient base lubricants and are unable to keep up with the local demand from local lubricant blenders. 

An image of David Coughlan, the Oilflow director
DAVID COUGHLAN Oil refineries refine base oil to make petrol and diesel, and several by-products such as lubricant base oils

Association highlights the importance of transport

27th August 2021 African Rail Industry Association CEO Mesela Nhlapo has over 20 years of experience in manufacturing and technical business development and has been the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association since 2017. 

CEO An image of, the CEO of the African Rail Industry Association
MESELA NHLAPO It is important for women to support each other and “particularly for women that want to enter the rail space

Dust ramifications awareness needed

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th August 2021 "People should be aware of the ramifications of being exposed to dangerous fumes, chemicals and dust and the damage caused to mining and construction equipment by dust and other contaminants," says Trysome Auto Electrical Engineering key account manager Johan Momberg. The focus should be on... 

Picture of an excavator loading rubble into a dumb truck
COMBINED EFFORT Equipment or site owners should work together with solution providers to ensure that workers and equipment are protected

Company to release wearable personal dust-monitoring device

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     20th August 2021 Safety equipment supplier Trolex released its new XD One wearable, self-contained personal dust-monitoring device to the market in the second quarter of 2021. The technology used in the XD One ensures that the monitor delivers continuous, real-time detection of harmful particulates often present... 

 Picture of a dust monitoring device
FLASHING LIGHTS The monitor will start to flash and beep when particulates reach a dangerous level and an area needs to be evacuated.

Partnership notes first new chemicals success

6th August 2021 The partnership between carbon recycling technology company LanzaTech and multinational chemicals company BASF, who together aim to transform the carbon contained in industrial off-gases into valuable chemicals, has achieved a key first success. The companies announced in May that, with the help... 

An image of a LanzaTech installation capturing off gasses
ON-GASSES A key first success has been achieved by LanzaTech and BASF in using off gasses or emissions for a positive product

Petrochem giant uses tech for greener fuel

By: Halima Frost     6th August 2021 In April JSE-listed synthetic fuels and chemicals company Sasol announced it will work alongside a consortium comprising multinational chemical company Linde, renewable energy company Enertrag and investment company Navitas Holdings to bid in concept for the production of sustainable aviation... 

An image of a Sasol Chemicals plant
COOL COLAB The collaboration between Sasol and the LEN Consortium will see greener jet fuel and chemicals being produced using Sasol's Fischer-Tropsch technology

Unique thermowell design on offer

6th August 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments offers its ScrutonWell as an alternative to a standard thermowell. The ScrutonWell, manufactured by Wika, is typically used in applications commonly found in the chemicals and petrochemicals industry, where high flow velocity and aggressive process... 

A large silver screw like instrument used in a thermowell application
WELL WELL WELL The ScrutonWell offered by Wika can handle high flow velocity and aggressive process media

Digital water-quality monitoring and reporting tool coming to market

By: Darren Parker     6th August 2021 Financial advisory firm Bosch Capital has been appointed by environmental and water governance, risk and compliance specialist Carin Bosman Sustainable Solutions (CBSS) to support the commercial development of the new Leguaan software-as-a-service (SaaS) water-quality monitoring, data... 

Photo of woman testing water quality
TESTING, TESTING Without the correct interpretation of testing results, it is impossible to make informed decisions about the management adjustments that are necessary

Equipment supplier distributes compaction range to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     30th July 2021 Compaction technology manufacturer Bomag has entrusted local equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment to distribute its light compaction equipment range in South Africa and selected cross-border markets, after the dealer agreement was signed at the end of 2019. Smith Power Equipment sales... 

Smith Power Equipment BOMAG equipment on construction site
ROBUST SUPPORT SERVICES The three-to-one warranty is unique locally, as three- to six-month warranties are normally offered for this kind of equipment
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