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Volkswagen creates used-battery megapower bank for EV charging
26th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has commissioned a pilot fast-charging park at its Zwickau vehicle plant, in Germany, supplied with energy largely from a so-called power storage container (PSC).  The PSC is an enormous... 


Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment
Supplier leveraging industry experience to carve out market segment
19th August 2022 By: Simone Liedtke

Industrial equipment supplier Caslad is leveraging its industry experience and contacts to solidify themselves as a large player within the light industrial and materials handling market segment.... 


New world record set by steel company
19th August 2022

In pursuit of reinvention with its pioneering technology, steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, a member of the South African Institute of Steel Construction... 


A large shipping vessel with gantry cranes and materials handling equipment is the first vessel to dock at the new Lekki port in Nigeria
Major milestone achieved
19th August 2022

In what has been described as a major milestone and a significant boost ahead of the start of port operations, Lekki deep sea port, on July 1, 2022, took delivery of three Super Post Panamax ship... 


Grindrod to post 188% earnings growth for H1
18th August 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Further to a trading statement published on June 28, JSE-listed freight and logistics group Grindrod in an on August 18 release says it now expects, with greater certainty, to report earnings of... 


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Growthpoint invests R50m in solar-charged battery system for the Paarl Mall
16th August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

JSE-listed real estate investment trust Growthpoint Properties is piloting a 4.5 MW battery system at Paarl Mall, in the Western Cape, for continuous, cost-efficient power supply, which will be... 


The Ngqura Container Terminal
Transnet shortlists bidders for Durban and Ngqura container terminals
15th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

South Africa’s State-owned freight logistics group Transnet has shortlisted ten respondents for private sector participation in the Durban Container Terminal Pier 2 (DCT2), in KwaZulu-Natal, and a... 


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Wear plates meet challenges of acid environments
13th August 2022

The use of steel in recycling industries faces a particular set of challenges because of the highly acidic environment in which it is used.  Municipal solid waste, or garbage, creates a low pH... 


Once upon a time
12th August 2022 By: Terry Mackenzie-hoy

Many years ago when I was a young engineer, I had finished my national service, got married and started work. The work that I found was to be employed by GEC Engineering Services. It was an... 


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Lesotho Highlands Water Project – Phase II – update
12th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

The three-year construction of the Senqu bridge is set to start soon. 


Mpact CEO Bruce Strong
Home deliveries driving higher demand for paper bags
10th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

An increase in consumers ordering products for delivery to their homes instead of shopping at retail stores in the first half of this year has led to a “rapid” increase in demand for bag paper –... 


Aria proposes interventions to arrest Transnet’s rail network decline
10th August 2022 By: Donna Slater

Rail industry body the African Rail Industry Association (Aria) suggests several interventions to help State-owned Transnet address its prevailing inefficiencies, including re-introducing systems... 


Mpact’s interim earnings, revenue increase despite many headwinds
8th August 2022 By: Darren Parker

JSE-listed paper and plastic packaging manufacturer Mpact has reported an improved trading performance for the six months ended June 30, with group revenue for the period having increased by 5.2%... 


Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Bidding to be launched this month for private participation at Durban and Ngqura container terminals – Godongwana
5th August 2022 By: Terence Creamer

Request for proposal (RFP) documentation for private sector participation in the container terminals at the ports of Durban and Ngqura will be issued this month with the goal of having partnerships... 


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Freight costs to blame for spike in global inflation, not oil – Botha
5th August 2022 By: Irma Venter

Ever since global inflation started heading north at an alarming rate, much of the conventional wisdom on the causes of this trend has pointed to energy prices, especially gas, oil and petroleum,... 


SUPPLY STRATEGY
AFS offers better lead times compared with those associated with imported products, by carrying more stock of components that generally have a lengthy lead time
Commodities surge boosts demand
5th August 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

The global increase in commodity prices is motivating local mines to spend capital on new and existing projects, while the long delivery times of imported products have shifted their focus to South... 


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Ford Motor Company investment project, South Africa – update
5th August 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Mass production of the Ford Ranger pickup for the local and export markets is scheduled to start in October 2022. 


TNPA appoints Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager
3rd August 2022 By: Schalk Burger

State-owned Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has appointed Sphiwe Mthembu as East London port manager, with effect from August 1. He will be responsible for leading the port, which is South... 


Transnet CEO Portia Derby
Transnet to issue big locomotive tender in August as it clears legal hurdles
27th July 2022 By: Terence Creamer

State-owned freight logistics group Transnet intends launching its much-anticipated tender for new locomotives in August having recorded a 5.6% drop in rail volumes last year as a result of a... 


Top safety tips for operating your Generator
27th July 2022

Keep the lights on and your family warm with these safety tips for operating your generator  The latest round of daily load-shedding this winter, ranging from Stage 2 to Stage 6, has left many... 


Beware of fire safety when going off-grid with a container home
25th July 2022

Container homes are built from shipping containers used for freight in ships, trains, and trucks. They are quick to install, easy to transport, and cost-effective. This not only offers a novel... 


A green hydrogen economy depends on this little-known machine
22nd July 2022 By: Bloomberg

Solar power depends on the solar cell. Wind power, the wind turbine. The key to the green hydrogen economy is a little-known machine with a name out of 1950s sci-fi — the electrolyser. And after a... 


OMRON explains how to achieve sustainable manufacturing
22nd July 2022

Sustainability in the packaging industry is one of the key aspects of fighting the plastic waste issue and ultimately climate change. The challenges that this presents, require flexible and... 


Transnet to invest R16.1bn in Cape Town, Mossel Bay and Saldanha ports 
22nd July 2022 By: Irma Venter

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will invest R16.1-billion at the Mossel Bay, Saldanha and Cape Town ports in a seven-year capital investment programme. The capital investment programme... 


Syrah posts solid quarter in Moz
21st July 2022 By: Esmarie Iannucci

Graphite miner Syrah Resources has reported a solid quarter of production at its Balama operation, in Mozambique, during the three months to June. Balama produced 44 000 t of graphite during the... 


Airplane
Jet fuel supply is stable despite refinery closure, says ACSA
20th July 2022 By: News24Wire

Despite the temporary shutdown at the key Natref refinery, Airports Company SA says jet fuel supplies at all its airports remain stable and it is continuing to meet airline demands. Fin24 reported... 


EnergyDRIVE increases school learners Climate literacy
18th July 2022

As South Africa ramps up its transition to renewable energy and joins countries across the globe to push the Climate Agenda, the relevance and importance of educating school learners about this... 


Image of the pilot fast-charging park at the Zwickau vehicle plant
Volkswagen creates used-battery megapowerbank for EV charging
15th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen has commissioned a pilot fast-charging park at its Zwickau vehicle plant, in Germany, supplied with energy largely from a so-called power storage container (PSC).  The PSC is an enormous... 


QUALITY CONTROL
Low quality imports are one the most pertinent challenges that BEKA Schréder faces when working in Africa
Mines opting for solar security lighting
15th July 2022 By: Tracy Hancock

Many African mines are opting for solar-powered perimeter lighting so that their security is not compromised during power failures, says luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder export manager Paulo... 


Two large  air dryers from the Sahara range of compressed stood along side one another air dryers is being used for clean instrument air at a cement plant
Compressor range well received by market
15th July 2022 By: Halima Frost

Compressed-air equipment manufacturer Artic Driers’ newly released Sahara range, comprising low dewpoint compressed-air dryers, has been well received by clients in various sectors, Artic Driers... 


An image of ground engaging tools form ITR Africa.
Proactive maintenance ensures max efficiency
15th July 2022 By: Nadine Ramdass

With about 45% to 60% of the repair and maintenance costs associated with a tracked machine involving the undercarriage, an effective preventative maintenance programme is essential to ensure... 


Image of Ford Motor Company's stamping plant
Ford Motor Company investment project, South Africa – update
15th July 2022 By: Sheila Barradas

Ford Motor Company has started production at its new stamping plant at the Ranger assembly complex in Silverton. 


Image of Flexicon's mobile sanitary Intermediate Bulk Container
Mobile bulk container for contamination-sensitive materials
9th July 2022

A new Flexicon mobile sanitary Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) unloading and conveying system is designed to transfer contamination-sensitive bulk solid materials from IBCs to downstream... 


Image of the port of Cape Town
Transnet to invest R16.1bn in Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Saldanha ports 
8th July 2022 By: Irma Venter

Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) will invest R16.1-billion at the Mossel Bay, Saldanha and Cape Town ports in a seven-year capital investment programme. The capital investment programme... 


An image of Macsteel Novatexi sky forming for Pick n Pay
Distributor awarded Guinness World Records status
8th July 2022

In a display of pursuing reinvention with their pioneering technology, steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel broke a world record to become the new Guinness... 


White-hot metal market cools in warning for global economy
7th July 2022 By: Bloomberg

A white-hot corner of the aluminum market that for months defied a broader slide in metal prices is finally slumping, flashing a warning that major industrial economies are stumbling toward a... 


Cable theft disrupts coal deliveries by rail to Majuba power station
6th July 2022 By: Schalk Burger

Cable theft has critically constrained the delivery of coal by rail to the Majuba power station, as the portion of the rail network owned by State-owned power utility Eskom that feeds directly into... 


Hudaco lifts interim profit despite global market challenges
1st July 2022 By: Donna Slater

Branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products group of companies Hudaco grew its turnover for the six months ended May 31 by 12% year-on-year to R3.8-billion. Turnover was also... 


Company to triple battery, solar energy storage electronics capacity
1st July 2022

Energy technology company General Electric (GE) is tripling manufacturing capacity for its solar and battery energy storage power electronics systems by the end of this year to 9 GW/y, linked to... 


Commvault and Oracle Partner to Deliver Metallic® Data Management as a Service on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to Accelerate Enterprise Hybrid Cloud Adoption
30th June 2022

OCI coupled with Metallic data management as a service (DMaaS) enables enterprise customers to protect and secure their data against threats, adhere to local data residency laws, and ease data... 


Solar PV panels
Operation Vulindlela making progress in driving priority structural reforms
21st June 2022 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The Presidency’s Operation Vulindlela (OV) has made markable process on accelerating implementation of priority structural reforms since its establishment in October 2020. Presidency project... 


Transnet to issue locomotive tender in July to address crippling port and rail backlog
21st June 2022 By: News24Wire

In a bid to improve on its operational performance, clear logistic backlogs, and claw itself out of its financial predicament, Transnet has confirmed that it will issue a tender for the procurement... 


Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation
21st June 2022 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the... 


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