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Steel shortage delays building projects

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     18th June 2021 The shortage of steel and an increase in the steel price have led to delays in projects for the light-steel-frame building and roofing sector, says construction materials supplier Izinga Roofing director and owner Jerred Micholson.   

Institute launches flexible student-centric approach

18th June 2021 Looking at the practicalities of training amid the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant financial fallout, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) management team has visited a substantial number of its members and clients in the first three months of this year.  

Skills key to economic upturn

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th June 2021 Welding and cutting are essential skills within manufacturing, which is a sector that may hold significant opportunities for uplifting South Africa’s economy and decreasing the unemployment rate, says PFERD South Africa training manager Marius Steyn.  

Skills key to economic upturn
CUTTING EDGE TRAINING EQUIPMENT Workshops teach operators about abrasive tools and how to safety handle cutting and grinding equipment

Robots in the workforce

18th June 2021 Robots are not here to replace humans, but to create a human-machine collaborative model for a more efficient and productive way of operating, says industrial robot manufacturer Yaskawa Southern Africa MD Andrew Crackett.  

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector
PLANT POWER PPC has invested substantially in improving its various plants technologies and infrastructure to maximise efficacy

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Producers under pressure

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern... 

Producers under pressure
IN THE MIX Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally

Association highlights third-party access benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     11th June 2021 Local industry body the African Rail Industry Association (ARIA) CEO Mesela Nhlapo says structural changes, as a result of allowing third-party access to State-owned freight utility Transnet’s rail network, will provide a significant boost for the local economy. “Third-party access will enable... 

Association highlights third-party access benefits
NO TRAIN, NO GAIN Third-party access will unlock a range of positive effects upstream and downstream through extra train capacity that is generated

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

Port upgrade strengthens  Horn of Africa trade
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Facilities equipped for custom orders

By: Cameron Mackay     28th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to deliver custom-designed vibrating equipment within timeframes similar to those of other OEMs that deliver standard equipment. “Our processes are based on a job-based system, so the entire production... 

Facilities equipped  for custom orders
RIAAN STEINMANN, KIM SCHOEPFLIN Operations GM at Kwatani, and CEO, respectively

Direct cement sales to industry drop

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

Direct cement sales  to industry drop
CONCRETE ASSURANCE Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain

New valves add to supplier portfolio

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Specialist valve distributor Astore Keymak has added two new valves to its portfolio to offer ease of installation. Astore Keymak compression fittings and saddles product manager Aldrin Velan tells Engineering News that the check valve and stop cock valve were introduced to the company’s range in... 

New valves add to supplier portfolio
CHECK IT OUT The Unidelta check valve is now available in South Africa

CNC machine bolsters company offering

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 Waterjet cutting service provider MaxJet Global has invested in a new computer numerical control (CNC) waterjet machine to bolster its specialised flange and seal offerings for the valves sector. The CNC waterjet machine, one of the first installations of its kind in Africa is equipped with newly... 

CNC machine bolsters company offering
PERFECTLY NESTED The flanges and seals made on the new CNC waterjet machine are suited in design and material for perfect nesting

New valves add to supplier portfolio

14th May 2021 Valve manufacturer Abrasive Flow Solutions (AFS) design and locally manufacture a comprehensive range of FPV and KLEP slurry related valves that complies with stringent quality and safety standards. AFS was launched in October by the Engineering Solutions Group, part of investment holding and... 

New valves add to supplier portfolio
SLURRY SLURPER The AFS range of valves are suited to harsh condistions such as that found in the moving of slurry

New valve breaking records on size

By: Halima Frost     14th May 2021 A mono-flanged large-bore Insamcor 1200 valve has been manufactured and delivered to Erongo desalination plant in Swakopmund, Namibia, by South African fluid technology manufacturer Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) to allow greater volumes of sea water intake.... 

New valve breaking records on size
TUMI TSEHLO The larger than normal valve manufactured for the desalinisation plant would generally be used in the mining sector

Afroteq Advisory warns against Covid-19 complacency in the workplace   

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th April 2021 It is vital for South Africans to continue to implement health and safety protocols in the workplace until the majority of people have been vaccinated, says advisory and training services company Afroteq Advisory Occupational Health Department head Robert Palmer. He points out that many people... 

Afroteq Advisory warns against Covid-19 complacency in the workplace
Afroteq Advisory Occupational Health Department head Robert Palmer outlines the importance of continuing to implement health and safety protocols in the workplace during the Covid-19 pandemic

Toolkit caters for agriculture sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     2nd April 2021 Tools manufacturer Jonnesway’s customised Agri toolkit is a solution comprising tools that have been selected by farmers, for farmers. “The Jonnesway Agri toolkit has become a key offering under bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International’s agri-smart banner,” says Jonnesway... 

Toolkit caters for agriculture sector
NEAT AND TIDY The tools are safely stored in a compact and sturdy case that can fit comfortably behind the seat of a vehicle

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Leading fire suppression company, I-CAT, has successfully completed and passed all required tests to obtain a verified certification from the UK national standards body, British Standards Institution (BSI) on its conveyor belt system. “I-CAT, the original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of the... 

Conveyor Belt fire system to be awarded international certification
HOT NEWS The Conveyor belt suppression system developed by I-CAT will be the first of its kind to obtain BSI Verification

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

New sealant enhances passive fire protection
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand  

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has had a productive first quarter, with numerous projects being completed or nearing completion last month. These projects include implementing or upgrading fire-detection and -protection systems for a hotel in Honeydew, Gauteng; a citrus pack house in... 

Fire prevention company’s offering in demand
ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk discusses the concept of using rational design when implementing a fire prevention or suppressions system

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive

By: Halima Frost     19th March 2021 The research of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) into accelerated decarbonisation scenarios for the South African power system confirms considerable opportunity to accelerate decarbonisation at low or zero net cost, says CSIR electrochemical energy technologies research... 

Research shows promise in decarbonisation drive
SAVING FOR THE FUTURE Battery storage can become a substantial contributor to maximizing the efficacy of renewable energy

SABS develops poultry standard to improve welfare of chickens

By: Donna Slater     18th March 2021 As part of its efforts to support the South African poultry industry, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), through its technical committee, has developed a draft South African Standard (DSS) 1758 that focuses on the welfare of chickens. The new standard is in line with President Cyril... 

SABS tasked to eliminate technical barriers to trade

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th March 2021 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has taken part in a virtual seminar with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to discuss the national regulatory organisation’s responsibilities around the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement’s Transparency Framework. The seminar discusses the... 

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

Company secures distributor deal
PIN AND COLLAR The Swagefast heavy industrial pin and collar range will now be supplied by BMG

Battery packs changing the market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs are “revolutionising” the market for electric industrial equipment, such as forklift trucks and cherry pickers in construction, says industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer. Although the LiFePO4 batteries may... 

Battery packs changing the market
ENERGIZED The energy density of LiFePO4 batteries is about 140 Wh/kg, or three times that of lead-acid batteries

Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial

26th February 2021 High temperatures, molten metals and heavy loads are some of the challenges faced during steel production, says industrial instrumentation and automation multinational Endress+Hauser. 

Safe and reliable steel production even more crucial
ZOOMING INTO SAFETY Over the years, the importance of safety has grown substantially, whereby laws and regulations governing the smelter and metals sector have become stricter

Business gears up to support mass-vaccination campaign despite variant setback

By: Donna Slater     19th February 2021 While government’s belated, yet accelerating, efforts to secure enough doses of an effective Covid-19 vaccine to begin a phased mass vaccination roll-out gathers momentum, several business organisations are finalising their plans to support the endeavour – one that is seen as crucial for creating... 

Business gears up to support mass-vaccination campaign despite variant setback

Project aims to transform HVAC-R sector

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     12th February 2021 The Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection, together with the Bavarian Environment Agency, has entered into bilateral cooperation with the Western Cape government in what is known as the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) partnership project. The project being... 

Pumps design to handle flow, pressure of liquids

5th February 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s SEIM spindle screw pumps efficiently handle a range of liquids – such as oils – at different flows and various pressures. BMG is the exclusive distributor of manufacturer SEIM screw pumps throughout Africa. 

Pumps design to handle flow, pressure of liquids
ALL CLEAR The design of these low-maintenance units prevents the possibility of pollutants being released into the medium

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has aligned the global launch of its Bourdon tube pressure gauge, the company’s most advanced gauge to date, with its new business strategy. Although the new gauge uses the old gauge’s design, it includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)... 

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech
PRESSURE GAUGE The pressure to move to a more technology orientated company has seen the introduction of the Internet of Things to its devices

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) has announced that its trust fund will be introduced to the instrumentation and control sector this year, which is among other initiatives being developed by the society for the coming years. “The trust fund is being... 

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector
HELPING HAND The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control hopes its trust fund will drive change in education in the sector

Partnership aids expansion into Southern Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Global refining, manufacturing and marketing company Q8Oils – subsidiary of petroleum giant Kuwait Petroleum Corporation – is now a key competitor in the South African lubricants market, owing to an innovative manufacturing and distribution agreement with local oil company Blue Chip Lubricants.... 

Partnership aids expansion  into Southern Africa
TOP NOTCH QUALITY Blue Chip Lubricants produces high-quality lubricants under strict production and quality-control measures set and monitored by Q8Oils

International standards lacking locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants distributor OILY SA’s offering is comparable to that of other major oil companies, such as oil industry company Shell, petroleum refining company Total and independent lubricants manufacturer Fuchs, while the quality standards of locally manufactured lubricants have been found to be... 

Time switch series available locally

5th February 2021 Electric solutions provider Legrand’s AlphaRex and MicroRex series of time switches are now available in South Africa. Both switches, which ensure high-clock precision and energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and domestic environments, have been designed for easy programming. 

Time switch series available locally
EASY TECH Legrands new series of time switches have been designed for easy programming

Awareness grows for atmospheric bottled water

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 Consumers being more cautious about the purification of drinking water has resulted in growing awareness of atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa’s atmospheric bottled water, says Aqua Air CEO Keamogetswe Matsho. The company’s atmospheric water generating technology... 

Solidarity Fund, Return2Work publish health, safety guidelines for workplaces

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2020 The Solidarity Fund and Return2Work have published a range of free downloadable resources to assist employees and employers in staying safe over the festive period, and ensuring a safe return to work next year. The resources have been loaded onto www.return2work.co.za and include health and... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic
PART AND PARCEL The automotive components sector has contracted more than initially forecast owing to the Covid-19 pandemic
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