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Decarbonised iron production possible using sodium, company says
19th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

A new process being pioneered by energy companies such as Israel-based Helios and Netherlands-based Alkalium proposes the use of sodium metal rather than coal or hydrogen to refine iron-ore into... 


Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
Efforts to boost local manufacture of renewable energy components
19th April 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses South Africa's plans to stimulate local manufacturing around solar, wind and batteries. 


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Robotics, AI beneficial for business
19th April 2024

The manufacturing industry is currently at the doorstep of a transformational era, one marked by the seamless integration of robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality or virtual... 


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Track busways more efficient than traditional systems
19th April 2024

Electrical and digital specialist Legrand avers that its track busway system is an efficient and flexible alternative to traditional power distribution systems that lack flexibility in adapting to... 


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Driller foresees revenue boost with strong order book
19th April 2024 By: Halima Frost

Boring and drilling services provider Master Drilling is optimistic its revenue for this year will improve on the back of a strong order book, the company reported during its 2023 full-year results... 


E-waste now the fastest growing waste stream globally
19th April 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Electronic waste (e-waste) has now become the fastest-growing form of waste worldwide, as consumers shed more than 50-million metric tonnes of e-waste each year – equating to about 7 kg of e-waste... 


Manufacturing support
19th April 2024 By: Riaan de Lange

The Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition (dtic) on April 4 released an information notice extending an invitation to submit a substantiated application for its Manufacturing Support... 


The transformative impact of automation on LV and MV switchgear
The transformative impact of automation on LV and MV switchgear
19th April 2024

The advent of automation in the electrical industry has revolutionised the functionality and efficiency of low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) switchgear in secondary reticulation.  Automation... 


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Carolina lithium project, US – update
19th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Piedmont Lithium has received a mining permit to build and operate its fully integrated Carolina project. 


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High-purity alumina First project, Australia – update
19th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The federal government has announced its support for two critical minerals projects in Queensland and South Australia. 


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Cryogenics technology, expertise crucial in future gas economy
18th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Cryogenics technology and expertise are becoming increasingly important as South Africa plans on leaning into using liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a major source of energy, Howden senior... 


Together with large-scale procurement, rising rooftop solar installations are offering greater market stability that could stimulate local manufacturing
Private renewables procurement may mitigate boom-bust cycles curbing South Africa’s green industrialisation
18th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The combination of public and private procurement of large-scale renewables in South Africa signals increased stability for manufacturers of key components, a new GreenCape report argues. Published... 


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Minerals Council South Africa setting out to boost local demand for green hydrogen
17th April 2024 By: Martin Creamer

Minerals Council South Africa is focused on increasing the domestic demand for green hydrogen, which it sees as contributing to the kickstarting of the hydrogen economy in South Africa. “The... 


Australian PM Anthony Albanese
Alpha HPA and Renascor score A$585m in loans for critical minerals projects
17th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Wednesday announced the federal government’s support for two critical minerals projects in Queensland and South Australia, a move aimed at fostering... 


US to reject access road to northern Alaska mining district, Politico reports
17th April 2024 By: Reuters

The Biden administration is set to reject the construction of an access road to the Ambler mining district in northern Alaska, Politico reported on Tuesday, citing two people with knowledge on the... 


Cape Town technology enterprise incubator celebrates birthday with launch of new products
16th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

Cape Town-based ‘techpreneur’ incubation hub The Creative Lab has announced that it would mark its first anniversary with the launch of a diverse array of cutting-edge products, developed by a... 


Sappi Southern Africa achieves feed safety assurance certification for Pelletin
16th April 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Renewable woodfibre-based products company Sappi Southern Africa has achieved a GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (FSA) 2020 certification for Pelletin, a lignin-based animal feed additive, making Sappi... 


VWA chairperson and MD Martina Biene
Volkswagen to invest R4bn to produce third model at Kariega plant
16th April 2024 By: Irma Venter

Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) will invest R4-billion in its manufacturing plant in Kariega, in the Eastern Cape. The investment will be used to prepare the plant for the addition of a third model... 


Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
Businesses can conquer power quality challenges with expert consultative services
16th April 2024

By Wesley Govender, Power Quality Product Application Expert at Schneider Electric Due to the instability of South Africa’s energy market, characterised by frequent fluctuations and disruptions,... 


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Association unpacks likely copper demand trends driving growth up to 2040
15th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research commissioned by the International Copper Association (ICA) has found that copper’s future market share will be defined by regional trends and the green energy transition. The research,... 


Speakers outline opportunities for PGMs in the hydrogen market
15th April 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Hydrogen could play a key role in addressing South Africa’s pressing energy challenges and platinum group metals (PGM) will have a pivotal role to play in the hydrogen economy, as the metals are a... 


3 tips to improve your employees’ productivity – from a behavioural change specialist
15th April 2024

Ask any company head or business leader how important employee productivity is to them, and they will tell you that it is right up there with a strong bottom line and a good coffee machine. But... 


Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister Barbara Creecy
South Africa seeks to secure global plastics pollution treaty by balancing competing interests – Creecy
12th April 2024 By: Schalk Burger

South Africa will seek to secure a legally binding global plastics pollution and marine litter treaty in negotiations at upcoming global meetings by balancing competing demands, Forestry, Fisheries... 


Jars of Black Cat peanut butter
Tiger Brands unveils brand new Black Cat peanut butter factory in Krugersdorp
12th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Food processing company Tiger Brands has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Chamdor, Krugersdorp. Having moved from another facility in Randfontein, the... 


EY Africa strategy and transactions leader Quintin Hobbs
Opinion: Moving from hype to reality – how green hydrogen’s role in the energy transition is evolving
12th April 2024

In this article, EY Africa strategy and transactions leader Quintin Hobbs writes about the growth in green hydrogen demand and the related growth in electrolyser demand. It is now clear that green... 


Solar PV sector provides many opportunities for South Africa, but there are challenges
12th April 2024 By: Rebecca Campbell

The growth of the photovoltaic (PV or solar) sector worldwide has resulted in a current manufacturing overcapacity, which has driven down the prices of PV modules by almost 50%, solar PV... 


1914 – 2024: SKF South Africa celebrates 110 years of optimising customers’ rotational assets through its premium value solutions offering
1914 – 2024: SKF South Africa celebrates 110 years of optimising customers’ rotational assets through its premium value solutions offering
12th April 2024

Established in 1914 by Swedish Holding Company, SKF AB, SKF South Africa is proudly celebrating its rich 110 year heritage of delivering premium value solutions to customers across South and... 


Copper’s run continues with surge to highest since June 2022
Copper’s run continues with surge to highest since June 2022
12th April 2024 By: Bloomberg

Copper continued its upwards charge, hitting the highest level in 22 months, as investors bet that curtailed mine supply will struggle to keep up with resurgent global demand. Copper has found... 


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WEG
12th April 2024

Founded in 1961, WEG has grown into a global solutions provider of industrial electrical technologies. WEG is one of the largest electric motor manufacturers in the world producing more than... 


Standalone 60 kVA 400 V WEG generator
Standby gensets not viable option while loadshedding persists
12th April 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

Selecting a generator set with a standby power rating might have been sufficient ten to 15 years ago but is no longer a viable option to cope with the current severity of local power disruptions... 


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Hybrid systems incorporating diesel gensets can enhance power generation
12th April 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

With the ongoing energy crisis in South Africa, and the lack of generation capacity from State-owned power utility Eskom, diesel generator manufacturer Mahindra Powerol SA provides a range of... 


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Sandvik commits to partnering with its customers continually, enabling them to optimise their operations for increased throughput and efficiencies
Multipurpose facility boosts screening services in Tanzania
12th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

The East African mining sector is experiencing a transformative shift, particularly in Tanzania, reports screening solutions provider Sandvik Rock Processing, which notes that this has driven its... 


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Industry well placed to respond to global demand
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

African law firm Bowmans asserts that the local and broader Southern African manganese industries are well placed to respond to global demand for the commodity. With increased activity in steel... 


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Manganese remains a key critical mineral
12th April 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Manganese will continue to play an important role in the commodities value chain because of its use in steel and batteries, says French multinational mining and metallurgy company Eramet. The... 


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Green Energy Manufacturing Centre, Australia – update
12th April 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

The project has officially opened. 


DSI technology innovation deputy director general Mmboneni Muofhe
South Africa's science, innovation dept launches circular minerals, metals initiative
11th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa's Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), through the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has launched the first of three new government-led collaborative... 


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Entry-level circuit breakers for non-critical applications
11th April 2024

Two new electrical products are now available to meet the needs of basic non-critical applications for customers that require cost-effective and simple options. Schneider Electric recently launched... 


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Australia steps up with ‘Future Made in Australia Act’
11th April 2024 By: Mariaan Webb

The US has the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The European Union introduced its European Economic Security Strategy. Japan has the Economic Security Promotion Act, Korea is reframing its economic... 


Implats refining and marketing group executive Sifiso Sibiya
Panel urges PGMs industry to make collaborative, strategic market development investments
11th April 2024 By: Darren Parker

Industry experts have agreed that the future of the platinum group metals (PGMs) market appears to hinge on collaborative efforts to make strategic investments in market development to ensure... 


Platinum ore in hand
Automotive experts unpack NEV growth projections, impact on platinum demand
11th April 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

As new energy vehicle (NEV) sales grow more moderately in reality than what was expected two years ago, demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) in the automotive sector is not trailing off as... 


key challenges hindering manufacturing growth in Africa in 2024
key challenges hindering manufacturing growth in Africa in 2024
11th April 2024

As Africa strives for economic advancement, the manufacturing sector remains a critical driver of growth and development. However, several challenges continue to impede the sector's expansion... 


IPR’S pump rebuild facility plays a pivotal role in the lifecycle management of pumping equipment, offering a cost effective alternative to the outright purchase of new equipment
IPR enhances operational efficiency with pump rebuild solutions
11th April 2024

In the current economic climate, where reducing operating costs is paramount, IPR's advanced pump servicing, repair, rebuild and refurbishment capabilities emerge as a critical solution for... 


Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese
Australia joins global subsidy race with 'Future Made in Australia' plan
11th April 2024 By: Reuters

Australia will launch subsidies and incentives modelled on similar efforts in the United States and Europe to help the giant commodity exporter bolster domestic manufacturing and promote industries... 


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