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German corporation invests in fibre provider

23rd July 2021 German investment corporation Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) has supported the successful placement of a bond issued by the African fibre optic network operator Liquid Telecommunications on the international capital market. DEG announced in March that it is investing... 

Hybrid solar installation completed in Zimbabwe

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The active partnership between South Africa-based solar solutions provider Blockpower SA and German-managed microgrid integrator Dhybrid has resulted in the completion of a 1.4 MWp, 1 MVA, 480 kWh hybrid solar system at an agriculture estate, in Zimbabwe. The Tanganda Tea Company, which operates... 

Large solar plant at an agriculture estate Zimbabwe
OFF GRID The hybrid solar installation installed by Blockpower SA and Dhybrid was tailor made for the client in Zimbabwe

Investment event targets S Africa and Germany

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The annual Africa Financial Services Investment Conference – Investing in Africa event, known as AFSIC, organised by hosting company Africa Events Limited, will be held in London, UK, on October 11 and 12. The event provides a forum for investors, business leaders and dealmakers to build... 

Panel discussion at AFSIC Investing in Africa event
SEATED DEBATE The forums and mini country-summits will focus on highlighting investment and business opportunities in Africa

Supplier reports record sales year

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister South Africa – a subsidiary of Germany-based Putzmeister Concrete Pumps – registered a record sales year in 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Putzmeister sub-Saharan Africa head Rudy Myburgh attributes this partly to the Putzmeister range of machines... 

Large concrete mixer and truck mounted concrete pump Putzmeister
PUMPING SALES The South African division for Putzmeister Concrete Pumps reported record sales last year

World-class Africa factory nearing completion

By: Halima Frost     23rd July 2021 The construction of drive components manufacturer SEW-EURODRIVE’s R200-million South Africa head office and factory in Aeroton, Johannesburg, is proceeding to plan and on schedule, says SEW-EURODRIVE MD Raymond Obermeyer. “Despite the slowdown in the local economy, we believe that it is critical... 

 	Large building, construction site with steel fabrication SEW Eurodrive HO
MAKING GROUND The construction of SEW EURODRIVE's new South African head office is progressing well

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

10th July 2020 Diversified industrial group thyssenkrupp has extensive experience in materials handling and minerals processing circuits, and the service support of its own manufactured equipment.  A fully owned subsidiary of thyssenkrupp, headquartered in Essen, Germany, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South... 

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions South Africa

German foam proportioner brought to local market

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The latest Generation III foam agent proportioners of German fire-protection systems provider FireDos GmbH is in the final stages of certification and release to the global market. As exclusive suppliers of the product in Southern Africa, special risk fire-protection equipment supplier DoseTech... 

GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA
255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date
GERMAN SOLUTIONS IN SA 255 proportioner units with all model flow options have been delivered to South Africa to date

Partnership brings new drive systems

10th July 2020 Component and technical services provider BMG and German precision engineers Getriebebau Nord entered a partnership to assemble, distribute and support Nord Drive Systems throughout Southern Africa. BMG has made a substantial investment over the years to ensure assembly, stockholdings and... 

OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS 
Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems
OPTIMUM DRIVE CONFIGURATIONS Nord IE5+ synchronous motors can be combined with all Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system to enhance LogiDrive systems

Pandemic encourages larger project scope

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have encouraged inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources (CCMR) to increase the scope of its Health & Safety on South African Mines project. “It’s important to remember that if you are running a project over three years, you... 

RENÉ ZARSKE
It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors
RENÉ ZARSKE It is a win-win situation. We have many German companies that want to invest into South Africa, while local mining operations are looking for investors

S Africa crucial for centre’s growth into SADC

By: Cameron Mackay     10th July 2020 South Africa is vital for inter-country trade organisation the Competence Centre for Mineral Resources’ (CCMR’s) goal of expanding its network into the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, according to CCMR head René Zarske. “South Africa is an important gateway for this, and the... 

VITAL ECONOMIC PARTNERS
Last November the CCMR invited eight South African companies to Germany to liaise with equipment suppliers, with follow-up delegations planned once travel restrictions are lifted
VITAL ECONOMIC PARTNERS Last November the CCMR invited eight South African companies to Germany to liaise with equipment suppliers, with follow-up delegations planned once travel restrictions are lifted

Upat offers a complete solution for construction industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 As a local supplier of premium brands – including those of measuring tool supplier Stabila, power tool manufacturer Milwaukee and construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer – leading distributor Upat South Africa offers a complete solution to clients in construction and associated trades.... 

New drive technology meets industry demands

21st June 2019 The current trend of rolling high-strength materials requires higher torque capabilities at the drive train in metallurgical plants and stainless steel technical services and products provider SMS group’s drive technology meets this demand. “SMS group drive technology features rolling mill drive... 

Trade figures at record high

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 In recent years, trade figures between South Africa and Germany have been at a record high with a trade volume of more than €17-billion last year, says Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) CEO Matthias Boddenberg. He adds that there is a positive development of exports... 

TRAIN THE TRAINER 
SAGCCI currently offers the AdA “Train the Trainer” apprenticeship that is accredited by the German Foreign Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry
TRAIN THE TRAINER SAGCCI currently offers the AdA “Train the Trainer” apprenticeship that is accredited by the German Foreign Chambers of Commerce and the Southern Africa German Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Company supplies tech for local brick factory

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 German supplier and independent plant engineering and construction company Keller will supply technology for clay brick manufacturer and distributor Corobrik’s R800-million brick factory currently being constructed in Driefontein, Gauteng. Construction of the new facility began in July 2018 and... 

SAGCC, partners aim to digitalise industries

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 The Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC) and its partners are looking into automating and digitalising South African supply chain industries. According to the SAGCC, there is a substantial shift towards automation and digitalisation in organisations in Germany and in... 

NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains
Photo by Bloomberg
NEW STANDARD There is a shift towards automation and digitalisation of supply chains

Two approaches for energy transformation in South Africa

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Solar photovoltaics (PVs) and energy storage system provider IBC SOLAR South Africa says it wants to be part of the transformation of the energy system in South Africa using two approaches. One approach entails informing South Africans and local companies about the advantages and possibilities of... 

ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector
ENERGY TRANSITION Solar power could transform the South African energy sector

Delegation seeks partnerships with food and beverage industry

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Last month, the German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association held a symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a delegation of 13 high-profile and diversified member companies to present their products and services to the South African food processing and packaging industry.... 

MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association  says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
MARKET POTENTIAL The German VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association says there is a demand for food technology in South Africa

Manufacturer showcases food & beverage processing technologies

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Manufacturing company KHS South Africa, a subsidiary of Germany-based KHS GmbH, presented its technology and solutions to 90 local food and beverage companies at the German Technology Symposium, held in Johannesburg, last month. The symposium, which was the first symposium tailored for the food... 

FILLING THE GAP KHS expects its innovative product range to further strengthen local market share
FILLING THE GAP KHS expects its innovative product range to further strengthen local market share

German company looks to enter African markets

By: Melissa Zisengwe     22nd June 2018 Technology developer Hosokawa Alpine Aktiengesellschaft plans to enter the South African market with Sugarplex – a sugar grinding machine for sugar milling companies in the food industry. The company was part of the diversified delegation at the German technology Symposium held in Johannesburg,... 

SUGAR MILLING Hosokawa introduced the Sugarplex sugar grinding machine to the local African market at the German technology Symposium
SUGAR MILLING Hosokawa introduced the Sugarplex sugar grinding machine to the local African market at the German technology Symposium

Drive supplier remains committed to continent

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive remains committed to Africa despite political and economic instability in parts of the continent, says local subsidiary SEW Eurodrive South Africa (SA). SEW Eurodrive SA MD Raymond Obermeyer says while the political upheaval and economic uncertainty... 

Joint venture to boost localisation and skills development

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 STEAG EOH Energy Services, a strategic joint venture (JV) – formed in February by JSE-listed technology solutions provider EOH and German energy group STEAG Energy Services – has been actively pursuing opportunities in the local energy market, while identifying areas for localisation and skills... 

S Africa’s attractiveness to investors dependent on economic recovery

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 South Africa’s attractiveness to foreign investors in the future will depend a great deal on how it recovers from its latest economic knocks and political and policy developments, warns the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI). SAGCCI CEO Matthias Boddenberg explains... 

RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon
RESOLUTE RELATIONSHIP German businesses have deep roots in South Africa and are unlikely to pull out any time soon

Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

GYS NELL  ITH intends to supply precision bolting tools and products to the power generation, mining and industrial industries.
ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell discusses the background, aims and offering of the ITH group. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

South African problems pose difficulties for German companies

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 German companies aiming to enter the South African market in the near future will face several adversities, including visa regulations, a weakening currency and stringent regulations, says the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC). Germany, South Africa’s biggest... 

Local company awarded German welding agency

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The acquisition of the South African agency for German tooling manufacturer Orbitalum Tools will allow Dowson & Dobson (D&D) Industrial to provide welding solutions for industries that require tube and pipe-welding preparation. D&D Industrial is a division of Actum Industrial. Both Actum... 

WERNER SMIT 
The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry
WERNER SMIT The acquisition of Orbitalum tools has enabled Actum to expand to higher-growth sectors such as the pharmaceuticals industry

Drives company envisions new developments

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The depressed economy and tightened budgets have not diminished the need for quality products, but rather increased demand for German-made products, notes German industrial drives and motors multinational SEW-Eurodrive. SEW-Eurodrive MD Raymond Obermeyer indicates that although mining and mineral... 

RAYMOND OBERMEYER German products are synonymous with quality and innovation, as they continuously produce high-quality products
RAYMOND OBERMEYER German products are synonymous with quality and innovation, as they continuously produce high-quality products

Equipment supplier strengthens bonds with German companies 

By: Simon Sonnekus     17th June 2016 The continued quality of German products has allowed Boksburg-based capital equipment and consumables provider Elquip Solutions to thrive in a challenging local market. According to Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin, the resounding quality of the German-made electrical, automation and mechanical... 

MIKE CRONIN The large South African customer appetite for German products remains prominent, as by default, Germany is synonymous with engineering and industrial quality
Elquip Solutions MD Mike Cronin discuss the influence of German products on the South African market, scan the barcode with your phone’s QR reader, or go to ‘Video Reports’ on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva. Recorded 18.05.2016

South African companies gain German insight into energy efficiency

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 With South Africa seeking ways of mitigating the country’s ongoing power challenges, the Southern African–Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCC), in cooperation with the Germany Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, hosted a South African delegation on an industrial energy... 

IMPROVING EFFICIENCY
The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency
IMPROVING EFFICIENCY The SAGCC's building, in Forest Town, Johannesburg, has been fitted with solar panels to improve energy efficiency

S Africa key to German tool manufacturer’s Africa growth

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 South Africa remains an important market and source of revenue for Germany-headquartered machine tools manufacturer Robert Bosch Power Tools, says Southern Africa regional sales director Yugan Moodley. “South Africa contributed about 60% of Bosch’s Africa-based turnover in 2014 and we are... 

YUGAN MOODLEY
We want to operate in-country and become part of every African country’s culture
YUGAN MOODLEY We want to operate in-country and become part of every African country’s culture

German packing specialist invests in local branch

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The Southern Africa subsidiary of global manufacturing specialist Haver & Boecker is being assigned to increase after-sales service support, thus expanding the German group’s presence in Africa, says Haver Southern Africa GM Demelza Mulligan. She tells Engineering News that with its extensive... 

South Africa is a base for German continuous miners and gearboxes

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 As one of the world’s largest coal producers, and with South Africa having the second largest fleet of continuous miners in the world, after the US, the country is a strategic base for Germany-headquartered coal mining machinery manufacturer Eickhoff. Eickhoff South Africa MD Francois van Tonder... 

German chamber membership helps hotel grow market share

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 Local hotel and business conference facility provider Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre has grown its market reach since it became a member of the Southern African–German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI), as part of its strategy to attract more Germany-based business people.... 

SILVERBIRCH HOTEL Birchwood’s new business-focused hotel caters for business travelers
SILVERBIRCH HOTEL Birchwood’s new business-focused hotel caters for business travelers

South Africa branch aims to climb in-house rankings

By: Pimani Baloyi     19th June 2015 The South Africa branch of German engineering company SEW-Eurodrive plans to improve its position in the company’s in-house rankings. The branch, currently listed among the company’s top fifteen branches in terms of contribution to revenue, is aiming to form partnerships with specialised... 

UTE SCHOEMAN
SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share
UTE SCHOEMAN SEW-Eurodrive South Africa is committed to growing its global market share

South African wins research competition

By: David Oliveira     20th June 2014 The winners of the Green Talents 2014, in which young researchers from across the globe submit their research in the field of sustainable development to be judged by a panel of German experts, will be announced this October. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) achieved a... 

LOCAL IS LEKKER
The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Wilfried Kraus (left) congratulates Green Talents 2013 winner Heinrich Badenhorst
Photo by Glasshouse Communication Management
LOCAL IS LEKKER The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research’s Wilfried Kraus (left) congratulates Green Talents 2013 winner Heinrich Badenhorst

German manufacturer expands electronic sensor range

20th June 2014 South African sensor solutions company Countapulse Controls, which distributes Germany-based electronic sensor manufacturer Leuze’s products, reported in April that the company had expanded its already extensive line of sensors with the introduction of the Leuze 18B sensor series. These high... 

Emission control unit bolstered by new appointment

20th June 2014 Johannesburg-based process solutions design and development company GEA Process Engineering has strengthened its emission control unit with the appointment of new sales manager Kayimbi Mpanya. The company is the representative of Germany-based emission control technology developer GEA Bischoff in... 

Currency impacts on intercountry trade

20th June 2014 Since January this year, trade between Germany and South Africa has seen a slight decline, owing to a weaker rand and delays in starting local infrastructure development projects, says Southern African-Germany Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SAGCCI) CEO Matthias Boddenberg. However, Boddenberg... 

German pigment used in shopping centre roads

20th June 2014 Concrete roads – coloured black with a Bayferrox inorganic pigment imported from Germany-based iron oxide pigments manufacturer Lanxess – were selected above asphalt or other alternative road surfaces for the extensive road network in the new R220-million major Sunward Lifestyle Centre shopping... 

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