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Rubber

Refurbishment of plant aims to increase rubber production

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Specialist provider of slurry processing equipment Weir Minerals completed the on-going refurbishment of its rubber manufacturing plant at the end of 2009 as part of a strategy to increase rubber production. 

New tyre technology to improve truck efficiency

12th February 2010 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear Tyre and Rubber Holdings South Africa reports that about 70% of goods in South Africa are transported by freight transport companies and are carried on rolling tyres, causing the current road networks to deteriorate. 

Cheap imports still a challenge for local industry

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Supplier of equipment, finance and project management Poly-Test Instruments reports that, although the standard of the rubber tested in South Africa is relatively good, companies often buy cheap imported rubber without the correct specifications and quality assurance. 

Local company introduces compressed nonasbestos fibre

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 A gap in the market encouraged manufacturer and distributor of rubber products Truco to introduce its own branded compressed nonasbestos fibre (CNAF) mainly for use in the manufacture of gaskets, during January 2010. 

World rubber supply tight, but price outlook bullish

By: Bloomberg     12th February 2010 The Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries reports that global natural rubber supplies are tight and the outlook is bullish on favourable fundamentals. 

Printflex Rollers geared for growth in 2010

By: Petronel Smit     12th February 2010 Manufacturer and supplier of rubber and polyurethane rollers Printflex Rollers moved to new, bigger premises, during November 2009, as part of its goal to increase profit and market share in 2010. The company's new premises are directly next to the building that it had occupied for 28 years and... 

Rubber company turns over a new leaf

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Tyre manufacturer Goodyear South Africa has developed a mandate which encompasses its environmental and social responsibilitiesRubb 

Industrial rubber goods sector skills shortage continues

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 A severe skills shortage plagues the industrial rubber goods sector, says Rubber Association of South Africa (RASA) cofounder Dave Ransom. 

Technology upgrades for rubber plant

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Slurry equipment solutions provider Weir Warman Africa reports that process efficiencies are being implemented to increase output by 20%, directly affecting its rubber production. 

Rubber manufacturer gains foothold in printing industry

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 Rubber manufacturing company World Class Industrial (WCI) has gained a significant foothold in the printing industry. 

Proposed tyre labelling system to benefit environment

By: Beth Shirley     13th February 2009 The European Union's (EU's) proposed tyre labelling system will have direct benefits for tyre manufacturers and the environment, says manufacturer and supplier Continental Tyre South Africa (CTSA). 

Conveyor belt demand spurs factory construction

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 South African rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company) plans to build a new 1 200-m2 factory on its existing site in Chamdor, Johannesburg, to support the growing demand for the production of conveyor belts. 

Tyre exhibition rolls into town

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 The tyre exhibition that will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre from March 4 to March 6 this year, will comprise 10% more floorspace than the 2006 inagural show and will have 8% more exhibitors. 

Rubber company expands lining product range

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 Rubber products manufacturer Multotec Rubber is expanding its range of lining products for the mining industry, and has concluded a distribution agreement with US-based company ME Elecmetal to introduce new concave liners for primary gyratory crushers to the local market. 

Tyre manufacturer prioritises research and development for 2008

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 One of South Africa’s biggest tyre manufacturing companies Goodyear plans to concentrate on research and development in 2008. 

Tyre and rubber company expands self-repairing range

15th February 2008 Tyre and rubber manufacturer Goodyear is expanding its range of Duraseal tyres, which are proving popular with truck operators whose vehicles operate in conditions where there is a high risk of tread-area punctures. 

SA manufacturer’s automotive products receive quality award

15th February 2008 Manufacturer of technical and rubber goods, Dunlop South Africa recently reached a milestone when its Howick Automotive Plant received the Ford Q1 Preferred Supplier Award, making the fifty year old company one of only 72 South African automotive suppliers to achieve this award. 

Rubber recycling company set for 2010 

By: Loni Prinsloo     15th February 2008 Recycled rubber will play a vital role in the creation of new soccer fields ahead of the 2010 soccer World Cup. 

Tyre manufacturer wins supply contract for FIA tyre

15th February 2008 Manufacturer and supplier of tyres Bridgestone will commence a three-year contract with the Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) in January this year.  

Rubber specialist wins deal in DRC

15th February 2008 Local rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (TRUCO) has bee awarded a one-million rand contract to supply pulp and slurry rubber hoses to the Frontier Mine project in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  

Rubber the way to go

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 Responding to more stringent mining-safety requirements Goodyear South Africa is offering a full range of rubber belts in addition to PVC for underground mining applications. 

Equipment for any rubber testing requirement

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 Supplying the testing requirements of the rubber industry for the last 30 years, RWK Agencies offers a range of equipment applicable to any rubber testing purpose. 

Skills dearth a threat to nontyre rubber industry

By: Laura Tyrer     31st March 2006 With South Africa’s nontyre rubber industry in the midst of a slow decline, inadequate skills development and training is still the sector’s main concern. South Africa’s Institute of Materials (IOM) northern branch chairperson, Dave Clague, tells Engineering News that dwindling... 

New rubber plant to boost African exports

31st March 2006 Leading South African rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company) has opened a new manufacturing plant as part of its accelerated export drive into Africa. 

Tyre manufacturer is back on track

31st March 2006 Over the years Continental Tyre has proved itself to be a leader and innovator in product development and performance with its passenger and light-commercial tyres. 

Vacuum solution for PE tyre plant

31st March 2006 Pneumatics specialist Festo has supplied a vacuum transfer application to tyre manufacturer Continental Tyres South Africa for use in its Port Elizabeth plant. 

Rubber specialist bounces new product into play

31st March 2006 Rubber specialist Transvaal Rubber Company (Truco) has developed a new skirting rubber to be used along the sides of a conveyor belt, which keeps materials from spilling during loading and to protect the conveyor system at the same time. 

New mining invention relies on rubber specialist

20th January 2006 Rubber specialist Truco (Transvaal Rubber Company), through its associate company Table Bay Rubber Company in Cape Town, has supplied various custom solutions during the prototype and final development stages of a new diamond-mining platform. 

New markets and machines for roll-covering firm

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 A dearth of fixed direct investment and other growth in its local markets has prompted roll-covering firm Rubber Rollers to seek out alternate ways to facilitate its own growth, says MD Harold Chouler. 

Pigmented masterbatches for liquid-silicone rubbers launched

1st April 2005 US silicone firm NuSil Technology, a leading formulator and manufacturer of silicone compounds for healthcare, aerospace, electronics and photonics, recently announced the launch of its pigmented masterbatches for liquid silicone rubbers. 

Tyre-recycling project enters the home stretch 

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 After six and a half years of preparation and hard work, the South African Tyre Recycling Process Company (SATRP Co) is looking forward to finally seeing its efforts come to fruition. 

Rubber specialist saves the day for African mines

1st April 2005 Several mines throughout Africa have recently relied on rubber specialist Truco to resolve costly emergencies through the development and installation of custom hose. 

Skills headache for rubber industry

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 The crisis in training and skills development in the local rubber industry is fast approaching crisis proportions, says Rubber Association of South Africa (Rasa) co-founder and rubber consultant Dave Ransom. 

Efforts under way to improve conveyor-belting standards

By: Liezel Hill     1st April 2005 Rubber-goods manufacturer Goodyear Engineered Products is working with South African National Standards (SANS) (ex-SABS) as part of a team to improve the parameters of standards related to conveyor belting. 

SA rubber firm in global push

By: elizabeth rebelo     18th February 2005 The Engineered Products Division (EPD) of tyre and rubber company Goodyear last year delivered a R12-million conveyor belt to Nigeria, which will be commissioned in April this year, for a cement plant owned by Objana Cement. 

Import-substituting rubber-compound works established

By: elizabeth rebelo     10th December 2004 At the unveiling of H&M Rollers’ new rubber-mixing facility, MD Alex Van Niekerk reported that it is set to be a catalyst for the company’s expansion programme, which aims to increase its turnover of R18-million a year to R35-million within the next three years. 

Manufacturer ships millionth run-flat tyre

17th May 2004 The world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products Bridgestone shipped its one millionth run-flat tyre. 

BEE firm aims to strengthen position in rubber-moulding market

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd April 2004 A new black economic empowerment (BEE) company, Tensile Rubber Mouldings, is positioning itself to become one of the leading manufacturers of rubber products in the country. The company, which was established in April last year by the merger of Tensile Rubber of Rosslyn, north of Tshwane, and... 

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