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Customer demand for innovative solutions

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A worldwide specialist in electrical distri- bution, industrial control and automation, Schneider Electric is active through a highly-skilled network of local and international partners, reports marketing manager Dudley Miller. These include distributors, systems integrators (SIs), panel builders... 

Alu-cans strike gold

By: System Author     25th June 1999 In just five years since the introduction of the aluminium beverage can to South Africa, the recycling of these cans has grown into a multimillion-rand industry. Aluminium Can Recycling Association (Acra) GM Henning Viljoen indicates that the yearly recovery rate of aluminium beverage cans in... 

Extrusion technology for new millennium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 What’s next in aluminium extrusion technology for the new millennium will be unveiled at the seventh yearly Aluminium Extrusion Technology Seminar & Exposition, ET 2000, to be held in Chicago in the US from May 16 to 19, 2000. The event – which is the longest-running event dealing... 

Turn on for computer literacy

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A restructured campus-licensing agreement (CLA) scheme has been established by software giant Microsoft, aimed mainly at augmenting computer literacy among tertiary students – an area which has long been a cause for concern among those in the information technology (IT) sector in South... 

Presentation skills are the key to maintaining good business relations

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Looking into the twenty-first century, the challenge to marketers will be to find innovative and strategic ways of marketing their products. This rapid change is making companies relook at their marketing strategies. Focused marketing support and innovative tactics will become increasingly... 

Imported profiles now made in South Africa

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Automation specialist RM Automation, of Randburg, Gauteng, has opted for local manufacture of aluminium profiles previously imported at high cost. These profiles are required to build various frameworks used, in turn, to build special-purpose machinery for clients, turnkey projects, or system... 

$1bn Nigeria project set to get nod by Nov

By: System Author     25th June 1999 It is likely that the final go-ahead for a $1-billion gas-to-liquids plant in Nigeria will be obtained following Sasol and Chevron’s respective board meetings in November this year. The two petrochemical companies have been studying the construction of a 30 000- barrel-a-day plant since... 

Forestry to boost rural development

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOUTH Africa’s forestry industry has a major role to play in the rural development drive that President Mbeki is expected to initiate as part of government’s attack on poverty. Foresty has the potential to create jobs and promote industrial development, but must continue to improve... 

R100-million global business for Gauteng gas specialist

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN a bold export plan that is set to develop into a R100-million-a-year global business by 2001, Gauteng gas company Afrox is taking its new locally-designed and -produced gas equipment product range into new international markets. This major new dimension to the globalisation of Afrox is the... 

Novel plasma dross-treatment project hots up

By: System Author     25th June 1999 A dross-treatment project using plasma as the heat source is being researched by Eskom’s research and development section, Technology Research Investigations (TRI), together with an industrial partner. This type of system is already being operated by an international company in Canada using... 

Millennium challenge for aluminium

By: System Author     25th June 1999 There is no doubt that the start of the new millennium holds many things for South Africa as a whole, and the aluminium industry in particular, says John Askeland, newly-elected chairperson of the Aluminium Federation of Southern Africa (Afsa). “Some are clearly opportunities; some are... 

One of South Africa’s first private universities

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The marketplace desperately needs people who are well qualified and who have the necessary practical skills. Skills-orientated education in South Africa received a big boost when Midrand Campus started operating as a university from January. Current and prospective students have the opportunity... 

Aircraft demand to soar over next 20 years

By: System Author     25th June 1999 More than 15 500 new jetliners valued at US$1,3-trillion will be required by passenger and cargo airlines between 1999 and 2018. This figure has emerged from Airbus Industrie’s latest global market forecast which, for the first time, also contains a comprehensive review of the cargo market.... 

Tenders out for farmer training project

By: System Author     25th June 1999 An extension and training support model for emerging farmers in the Nkomazi region in Mpumalanga is being developed by the Mpumalanga Department of Agriculture. “The overall purpose of this pilot project is to reorganise and improve extension and training services on the Nkomazi irrigation... 

South African–German navy equipment deal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Midrand-based high-tech company Analysis, Management & Systems (AMS) has signed a co-operation agreement with one of Europe’s key navy equipment suppliers, Signaal Germany. The agreement will enable AMS to supply submarine and ship equipment to the SA Navy, as well as provide maintenance,... 

Transformation at satellite group

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Earlier this month Intelsat director-general and CEO Conny Kullman joined other industry executives and policymakers to discuss the future of satellite communications in Africa, at Afcom ’99, the eighth all-Africa tele-communications, information technology and broadcasting conference. The... 

South African oil firm on African safari

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Newly appointed Engen CE Almorie Maule has informed Engineering News in an exclusive interview that she planned keeping Engen on track with regard to its stated aim of transforming itself into a niche oil industry company with a network spread across the African continent and the broader Indian... 

‘Transparent’ factory leads way in virtual technology

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The main focus of Schneider Automation is to build long-term strategic partnerships with its customers, both authorised system integrators (SI) and end-users. Within the realm of a complete turnkey solution in terms of electrical distribution, industrial control and automation, the company... 

IT system rollout in KZN

By: System Author     25th June 1999 SOFTWARE company AST Kwazulu-Natal has completed the redevelopment of all the core production application systems for Iscor’s integrated profile products steelworks in Newcastle, Kwazulu-Natal. The project once more confirms the effectiveness of the successful ‘big-bang’... 

R80-million training acquisition deal

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Networking technology and services group Datatec has announced its intention to acquire the international training arm of the Connection Group, which comprises Training Connection in South Africa and Comtec in the UK. The acquired businesses will become consolidated under Datatec’s IT-IQ... 

Internet is new teacher

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The department of mechanical engineering at the University of Stellenbosch has been offering Master’s degree programmes and individual postgraduate modules through the Internet and interactive television since the beginning of this year. This is the first time Master’s degree... 

Managing solutions for the aluminium sector

By: System Author     25th June 1999 Industrial-information systems specialist Keops Isis, of Centurion, Gauteng, is the leading provider of operations-management solutions (OMS) in the primary aluminium production sector of Southern Africa. OMS – including manufacturing execution systems (MES) – bridges the gap between... 

Plasics industry wraps up training

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The Plastics Industry Training Board (PITB) has embarked on a drive to recommend local multimedia company Media Works’ Adult Basic Education and Training programme (Abet) to the plastics industry. The programme, aimed at increasing employees’ literacy levels, is already yielding an... 

Lowest-cost aluminium corrosion control

By: System Author     25th June 1999 The new Sulzer Metco SmartArc arc spray system has been designed to produce the lowest-cost aluminium corrosion-control coatings available in industry today. This has been achieved by the redesign of the arc head to ensure a low-turbulence air flow, resulting in higher deposit efficiencies, lower... 

Dynamic changes for company on the move

By: System Author     25th June 1999 IN addition to the launch of a new name and logo to face a new era, Schneider Electric South Africa is moving to new premises in Midrand, Gauteng. The main reason for the move is to have one company with a single vision as, for the first time since the formation of Groupe Schneider in South... 

SA’s material scientists to weave new magic

By: System Author     18th June 1999 From high-tech ceramics to indigenous clay pots, and from sensors and lasers to cricket bats with larger ‘sweet spots’, materials science is emerging as the key to offering a competitive edge. However, in South Africa, as in the rest of the world, this area of research has... 

Composites for ADTs

By: System Author     18th June 1999 AT the forefront of solving South African customers’ problems with innovative, well-designed glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) composite products is Profibre Products, of Durban. An example where composites are proving themselves as the material of the future is in the heavy-duty articulated... 

SA not tapping potential of nanotechnology

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africa has six atomic force microscopes: two at the University of Transkei, and one each at the University of Zululand, Free State University, Rand Afrikaans University and at Iscor. Atomic force microscopes are instruments which use a small tip to manipulate the configuration of atoms and... 

R161m gas extension gets go-ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A division of Sasol Oil, Sasol Gas, has announced that it will proceed with its R161-million extension into Durban South, in Kwazulu-Natal. The project includes the construction of gas distribution lines from Bayhead to Umbogintwini. Sasol Gas divisional manager Wikus Kritzinger says that Sasol... 

Local metal-finishing industry welcomes cleaner production

By: System Author     18th June 1999 A process to develop a cleaner production (CP) project in the metal- finishing industry by September was started in March this year by the Danish Co-operation for Environment and Development (Danced). As a response to a pamphlet circulated within various industrial sectors to introduce CP methods... 

October start for satellite broadcasting?

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The results of exhaustive tests to confirm the operation of WorldSpace’s Afristar satellite broadcasting system, launched over Africa in October last year, have exceeded the performance expectations of the company’s engineers. Settled in its geostationary orbit of 21? east longitude... 

Gearless transmission systems developed

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Fuel savings of more than 17% compared with conventional manual gearboxes have been achieved with the infinitely-variable transmission (IVT) system developed by UK specialist Torotrak. This, and a number of other key advantages claimed over conventional manual, automatic and... 

New diesel engine era powers ahead

By: System Author     18th June 1999 The transformation of the South African diesel engine environment has been taken a step further with the creation of a new company in South Africa dedicated to supplying internationally-renowned products. Known as Perkins Power, the company, which is headquartered in Boksburg on the East Rand,... 

Contactless smart-cards with new features

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Not only do computers become smarter day by day, but so do cards. With the Philips Mifare contactless smart-card and reader, a myriad of applications is now possible, where the card can be used, not only as a ‘money purse’, but for other applications such as access control.... 

The bug stops here with local solution

By: System Author     18th June 1999 Listed information-security company Securedata has announced the availability of a locally-developed hardware solution to the millennium crisis, namely a personal computer (PC) add-in card which automatically corrects year 2000 (Y2K) problems associated with the real-time clocks (RTCs) and basic... 

Small firms are ignoring big bug problem

By: System Author     18th June 1999 lthough South Africa is considered one of the top year 2000 (Y2K)-ready countries in the world, many smaller firms are not yet aware of the implications of the problem, and live under the false impression that they will not be affected once the clock strikes midnight on December 31, 1999, reveals... 

Do not hide your money under the mattress . . .

By: System Author     18th June 1999 South Africans need not hide their money under the mattress as the new millennium approaches, with most large banking corporations having taken precautions against the year 2000 (Y2K) bug well in advance. This is largely due to the fact that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has taken an... 

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