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Infrastructure and import substitution at heart of new master plan’s vision for steel revival  

By: Terence Creamer     11th June 2021 A new master plan aimed at stabilising South Africa’s steel industry and creating a platform for the revival of the country’s embattled downstream steel fabricators was signed by representatives from business, labour and government on Friday. The ceremony, which took place amid the constant hum... 

Platinum jewellery sales continue to record strong rebound

By: Simone Liedtke     11th June 2021 Despite ongoing challenges escalated by the Covid-19 pandemic, platinum jewellery retailers and manufacturers report a sustained recovery across three of four key markets in the latest ‘Platinum Jewellery Business Review (PJBR)’ report for the first quarter of this year. The strong momentum is... 

Jewellery industry's pivot to platinum aids recovery, PGI reports

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th May 2021 Platinum is one of the first jewellery categories to reverse the downward trend caused by Covid-19, despite being a highly discretionary purchase with a relatively small market share, marketing organisation Platinum Guild International (PGI) reports. Its 'Platinum Jewellery Business Review... 

Kwatani’s facilities equipped for swift, custom orders 

13th May 2021 Original-equipment manufacturer Kwatani’s fabrication jobbing processes are designed to accommodate custom-designed equipment in similar time frames that other OEMs deliver standard equipment, while also being flexible enough to handle emergency orders with short lead times. Cameron Mackay tells... 

Global gold ETF holdings drop in the first quarter  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     7th May 2021 Gold exchange-traded fund (ETF) investors liquidated 175 t in the first quarter of this year, representing the largest level of net quarterly outflows since the fourth quarter of 2013, says financial markets, data and infrastructure provider Refinitiv Metals Research. It was also the second... 

Air Products Welding – Focus on the Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) process

By: Creamer Media Reporter      16th April 2021 Air Products prides on outstanding customer service, innovation and a secure supply of industrial gases, but more importantly, is the technical expertise provided to customers in terms of the application of the range of gases supplied. The welding fabrication process takes place when two or more... 

De Ruyter accuser allegedly extended irregular contracts worth R8bn to oil firm   

By: News24Wire      9th April 2021 Suspended Eskom procurement chief Solly Tshitangano supported the awarding of contracts worth more than R8-billion to Econ Oil in 2019 - despite being aware of evidence of impropriety and possible corruption involving Econ and Eskom officials.    He also took no steps to further investigate Econ... 

SAIW, CSIR sign tech, data sharing MoU

By: Schalk Burger     30th March 2021 Nonprofit technical organisation the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW) and research organisation the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the organisations collaborate on new technology and data... 

Builders and Makers: Towards Economic Prosperity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd March 2021 By McLean Sibanda Recently, I read an article written by my good friend Prof Tshilidzi Marwala together with Bhaso Ndzendze, entitled “(Un)made in South Africa: A nation’s elusive quest for industrialisation.” This article made me think more deeply about a few things that have been bothering me. 

Researchers conclude that fatigue issues regarding 3D printed parts can now be handled

By: Rebecca Campbell     3rd February 2021 Researchers from South Africa, Italy, Norway and the US have jointly written a review article for the prestigious journal Materials Science and Engineering R, in which they argue that concerns about the structural integrity of metal cellular structures created by additive manufacturing (AM),... 

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