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Atlas Copco optimises in tough market conditions 

18th July 2019 Atlas Copco South Africa last month hosted a tour at their head office in Boksburg to covey the company’s new corporate brand message – “The Home of Industrial Ideas” – which is one of the many ways Atlas Copco has tweaked its company to move into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Marleny Arnoldi... 

Atlas Copco optimises in tough market conditions

Edcon supports revitalisation of clothing and textile industry 

11th July 2019 Clothing retailer Edcon increased its order for cotton lint to 2 200 t for the next year as part of its commitment to the clothing and textile industry, supporting the industry target of producing 60 000 t of cotton lint by 2020.  

Edcon supports revitalisation of clothing and textile industry

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions 

4th July 2019 JSE-listed diversified materials company AfriSam has implemented various initiatives to reduce its carbon intensity and developed responses to limit the impact of a carbon tax.  

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location 

27th June 2019 Engineering firm Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies held its first customer day last month at its new location, named Hytec United By Bosch, or HUBB, in Kempton Park, in Gauteng. Mamaili Mamaila tells us more.  

Bosch Rexroth hosts first customer day at new location

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa 

20th June 2019 The South African National Energy Development Institute last month launched the first solar district heating system in South Africa at the Wits University’s Junction Campus, saving the buildings millions in energy costs a year. 

Wits launches first solar district heating system in South Africa

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg 

13th June 2019 Builders Warehouse opened its latest store in Boksburg, in April. The new 15 170 m2 box format store design entailed a new layout and look-and-feel to align with Builders’ digitalisation and counter-driven strategy. Marleny Arnoldi attended the opening. 

Builders Warehouse opens flagship store in Boksburg

Dickon Hall Foods underpins Libstar’s strategy to mitigate tough customer landscape 

6th June 2019 Food and Beverage company Libstar Group’s Dickon Hall Foods facility will allow the company to not just increase its customer relationship advantage but also allow it to develop additional channels. Simone Liedtke tells us more. 

Dickon Hall Foods underpins Libstar’s strategy to mitigate tough customer landscape

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works 

30th May 2019 JSE-listed Redefine Properties continues to thrive amid a subdued environment, as a result of its strategy of investing where it believes the best market opportunities lie, while also catering to the demands of tenants. Simone Liedtke, who attended one of the company’s investor site visits, gives... 

Redefine demonstrates why its investment strategy works

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand 

23rd May 2019 Energy Engineered Products, Multi-Alloys and E-Metals Cape have joined forces under the EMVAfrica umbrella to create what they call “a dynamic, single-source solutions provider and service suit”. Simone Liedtke gives us the details. 

Three companies join forces to launch EMVAfrica brand

User experience lab could assist in product development, government programmes  

16th May 2019 Global consulting firm Nihilent officially launched its first user experience laboratory on the African continent last month. The facility, located in Bryanston, is the second of its kind globally and was inaugurated by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. Nadine James has the story. 

User experience lab could assist in product development, government programmes

FLSmidth boosts local engineering facility 

9th May 2019 Mining and cement equipment multinational FLSmidth has completed a second upgrade of its Delmas facility, which engineers and manufacturers components and equipment for local, regional and export clients. Schalk Burger has the story. 

FLSmidth boosts local engineering facility

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility 

2nd May 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa earlier this month unveiled its 45 000 m2 rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, in Gauteng. The facility will manufacture and assemble rolling stock, refurbish old locomotives and provide maintenance services. Marleny Arnoldi was at the launch. 

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock manufacturing facility

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises  

25th April 2019 Global power company Cummins in March officially launched the “Power Hub”, its new multimillion-rand premises in the business area of the Waterfall Logistics Precinct, in Waterfall City, in Midrand. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Cummins consolidates business units at new multimillion-rand premises

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

18th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry, as part of the organisation’s transformation drive. Tasneem... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects

Traxtion showcases new Rosslyn-based locomotive maintenance, refurbishment facility 

10th April 2019 Private locomotive and rail operation Traxtion last month showcased its new maintenance and refurbishment facility, in Rosslyn, as part of the company’s plans to increase its capacity to provide locomotive rebuild and overhaul services for Africa. Simone Liedtke, who attended the event, tells us... 

Traxtion showcases new Rosslyn-based locomotive maintenance, refurbishment facility

Series of citizen scientist tools released to help combat water monitoring restraints 

4th April 2019 The Water Research Commission has published a new report showcasing a toolbox that can help individual citizens better respond to the challenges around water resources.  

Series of citizen scientist tools released to help combat water monitoring restraints

Anglo Platinum releases additional 270 ha in support of land reform 

28th March 2019 Anglo American Platinum handed over 270 ha of land, worth about R26-million, to the Rustenburg local municipality and the Rustenburg Alchemy Development Trust to support government’s commitment to sustainable land reform and transformation. Nadine James tells us more. 

Anglo Platinum releases additional 270 ha in support of land reform

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility 

20th March 2019 Energy solutions company Novo Energy earlier this month launched a R130-million large-scale natural gas compression facility, in Mpumalanga. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more. 

Novo Energy launches R130m gas compression facility

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy 

14th March 2019 The French Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain’s Germiston, Ekurhuleni, construction training academy. Schalk Burger has the story. 

French foreign minister visits local construction training academy

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot 

7th March 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has, in partnership with Right ePharmacy, developed a pharmacy automation robot for medicine dispensing. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

CSIR develops medicine dispensing robot

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome 

28th February 2019 Linhleko Projects officially launched its cooperation agreement with FLSmidth this month, in which the 50/50 profit sharing agreement allows Linhleko to use FLSmidth’s REFLUX Classifier technology to enhance chrome recovery from Sibanye-Stillwater’s Waterval operation. Nadine James tells us more. 

FLSmidth partners with Black Industrialist to boost Waterval’s chrome

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo 

21st February 2019 Airports Company South Africa has announced that construction of Phase 1 of its Western Precinct development will start later this month, with a target completion planned for March 2020. Marleny Arnoldi has the story. 

ACSA starts Western Precinct development at OR Tambo

Pan African’s Elikhulu project ups production 

14th February 2019 African-focused metals producer Pan African Resources’ Elikhulu operation, which is located in Evander, Mpumalanga is achieving a better-than-expected production performance, investors and media were told during a site visit last month. Nadine James tells us more. 

Pan African’s Elikhulu project ups production

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables 

7th February 2019 Professionals in the construction industry interrogated and tested the latest building tools and consumables at local construction equipment distributor Upat’s open day, in January. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy 

31st January 2019 Agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere has evolved from supplying ploughs more than two centuries ago, to farmers being able to control their whole fleet through an app. Marleny Arnoldi tells us more about precision farming. 

Precision farming enables cost savings in a tight economy

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester  

24th January 2019 To promote renewable energy as a cost-effective technology amid climate change and global warming, the University of South Africa, Exxaro Resources and the South African National Energy Development Institution launched in November its first institutional anaerobic digester. Simone Liedtke reports. 

Unisa, Exxaro, Sanedi launch first institutional anaerobic digester

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth  

17th January 2019 Team Authentic8 was crowned the winner of the Airports Company South Africa and University of the Witwatersrand's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct’s security access management hackathon in November. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

ACSA, Wits Access Management System challenge crowns winner; unlocks opportunities for youth

Nelson Mandela replica statue unveiled for the visually impaired 

10th January 2019 Exarro Resources and the Rotary District 9400 in November unveiled a 1m-tall replica of the famous Nelson Mandela Statue, located in Nelson Mandela Square, in Sandton, in Johannesburg, to allow the visually impaired to touch and “see” the statue in their own way. Tasneem Bulbulia reports. 

Nelson Mandela replica statue unveiled for the visually impaired

Komatsu opens new central multimillion-rand campus  

13th December 2018 Komatsu Africa Holdings in November opened a new industrial hub, built to the tune of R985-million, in Germiston, in Johannesburg. Tasneem Bulbulia reports. 

Komatsu opens new central multimillion-rand campus

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa 

6th December 2018 Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, is one of the technologies that is integral to the concept of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Rebecca Campbell reports. 

Additive Manufacturing in South Africa

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company 

28th November 2018 The new 140-ton computer-numerical control lathe installed in Marthinusen and Coutts’ 14 000 m2 Benoni workshop enables the company to repair large rotating components such as generator rotors, turbines and large fans. Schalk Burger has the story. 

New mega-lathe broadens capabilities of equipment services company

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment  

22nd November 2018 Last month, President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opened the R1-billion, 78ha Gibela train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar Park, in Johannesburg. The facility will manufacture, assemble, test, commission and deliver 580 new X’Trapolis Mega commuter trains for Prasa. Nadine James tells us more. 

R1bn Dunnottar facility boosts Nigel economy, youth employment

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment 

15th November 2018 Allied Steelrode earlier this month launched its second stretcher leveller, a machine which helps to eliminate the stresses in steel, amid a somewhat lacklustre local business environment. Simone Liedtke, who attended the launch, tells us a bit more. 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller amid lacklustre environment

Rexroth HUBB launches to fully consolidate companies  

8th November 2018 The Rexroth HUBB, in Kempton Park, was officially inaugurated in October, with this 16 000 m2 central hub housing the Bosch Rexroth South Africa group of companies, formerly the Hytec Group. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Rexroth HUBB launches to fully consolidate companies

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet  

1st November 2018 Luxury aviation company ExecuJet last month officially launched and welcomed the Pilatus PC-24 to its fleet at the company’s private terminal at Cape Town International Airport. Simone Liedtke reports. 

ExecuJet welcomes first Pilatus PC-24 aircraft to its fleet

Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility 

25th October 2018 Air Products has invested more than R90-million into a centrally located dissolved acetylene plant in Midvaal, and is decommissioning its two existing plants, located on Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Air Products launches centralised dissolved acetylene facility

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation 

18th October 2018 Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2-billion in two redevelopment projects – the Absa Towers Main building and Jewel City – in Johannesburg, as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner city precincts. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Divercity invests R2bn in Absa Towers, Jewel City redevelopments as part of inner city rejuvenation

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine 

11th October 2018 A South African inventor has developed a new flexible wing, which he believes could have application in everything from wind energy and sailing to aviation and motoring. 

Cape vulture provides inspiration for homegrown vertical-axis wind turbine
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