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Aubert & Duval invests in SMS group closed-die forging press for manufacturing innovative forgings to support the decarbonization trend of its main customers
11th March 2024

75 million euros to be invested in new forging technology for the total project Long-standing partnership confirmed Special applications for the aerospace industry New materials and processes for... 


Salzgitter relies on X-Pact® process automation from SMS group to get hot strip mill fit for the future
11th March 2024

Guaranteed high process stability and safety in the hot strip mill thanks to state-of-the-art process technology from SMS group New control concepts enable capacity and productivity increases in... 


Lotte Aluminium Materials USA and SMS group agree on a strategic partnership for a logistics and digitalization package for the new greenfield aluminum cathode foil plant in Kentucky
11th March 2024

SMS group's digital package to be seamlessly integrated onto third-party systems Fully automatized order execution, tracking, handling and quality evaluation on pass level Fully configurable... 


Iron-ore woes deepen as inventories in China keep piling up
Iron-ore woes deepen as inventories in China keep piling up
11th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Iron-ore slumped almost 5% — heading toward the $110 a ton mark — as disappointing demand in China left the market lumbered with bulging inventories. The steelmaking material has tumbled by almost... 


China’s big policy meet offers little to excite commodity bulls
China’s big policy meet offers little to excite commodity bulls
11th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s highest profile political event of the year provided little cheer for commodities bulls hoping for a jolt to demand in the world’s biggest market for raw materials. The National People’s... 


BME MD Ralf Hennecke
BME to start local manufacturing of blasting technology in Western Australia
8th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Having actively built its foundation in the Australian mining market over the past decade, global blasting and explosives specialist BME is ramping up its footprint and capability with facilities... 


Concorde Cells
Metso launches Concorde Cell flotation technology in Africa
8th March 2024 By: Darren Parker

Process and optimisation technology company Metso has launched the first of its Concorde Cell high-intensity pneumatic flotation units in Africa through local manufacturing partner Betterect, which... 


Yves Vanderhaeghen
Yves Vanderhaeghen
8th March 2024

The sacred Osun River in Nigeria has recorded the highest measured level of microplastics in a river in the world, and researchers are calling for a ban on single-use plastics. Microplastics are... 


Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and Chinese Minister of Commerce Wang Wentao
Patel meets with EV manufacturers, investors during visit to China
8th March 2024 By: Sabrina Jardim

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel and a high-level delegation recently completed a four-day working visit to Shanghai, Nanjing and Beijing, in China, during which they met with... 


Image of Huawei information technology product line president Dr Peter Zhou
Huawei launches three AI-focused data storage solutions
8th March 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Information and communications technology giant Huawei has launched three new data storage solutions aimed at tackling the challenges experienced, amid the rapid development of large artificial... 


Precision investment castings
New owners of precision casting company drive technology, skills investment
8th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following a takeover of Rely Precision Castings by a new group of shareholders, the company is undergoing a renewed market expansion drive with investment into technology, and development of a... 


LEONARD DE VILLIERS
Challenges have resulted in significant disruptions and inefficiencies in the country’s transportation network
Local expertise needed to address challenges
8th March 2024

Despite having the most advanced railway system on the continent, with about 30 000 km of track, the South African rail and transportation sector is currently facing numerous significant... 


EXTENDING CAPABILITIES
Invincible Valve's in-house manufacturing capability has been increased with addition of a new factory in close proximity to its existing facility in Knights, Germiston
New factory brings component outsourcing in-house
8th March 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Having bought a new factory in close proximity to its existing factory in Knights, Germiston, valve products and ancillary equipment manufacturer Invincible Valves has developed a new machine shop... 


A large metal trunnion hanging from supports before being loaded on to a truck for transport
Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill... 


The new IBL 3000 dry ice blasting machine sold by Dry Ice Blasting Solutions
Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications
8th March 2024 By: Halima Frost

With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services... 


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AC Valves
8th March 2024

Valves manufacturer and supplier AC Valves is a well recognised specialist in the provision of high-quality knife gate valves, serving major mining industries globally. Its extensive range of... 


Tydan valves
Tydan Control Valve
8th March 2024

Innovative control valve solutions provider Tydan Control Valve specialises in the design, manufacturing and distribution of high-quality control valves, water demand management equipment and... 


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SWASAP railway axle manufacturer
8th March 2024

Manufacturer and supplier of railway axles Swasap is a proudly South African-owned broad-based Black Economic Empowered company that is committed to expanding education and skills to develop... 


Steel rolls
BMI expects good year for steel pricing before prices decrease again
7th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Research agency BMI expects steel prices to improve from current levels in coming months and maintains its 2024 global average steel price forecast of $740/t. The average steel price is, however,... 


South Africa's current account deficit widens sharply in fourth quarter
7th March 2024 By: Reuters

South Africa's current account deficit widened sharply in the fourth quarter of 2023 to 2.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) from a revised 0.5% of GDP in the third quarter, central bank data... 


SAPICS members visit BMG World distribution facility
SAPICS members visit BMG World distribution facility
7th March 2024

BMG hosted 30 SAPICS members at the end of last year, for a walkthrough of the BMG World distribution facility in Johannesburg. “BMG World - our 16 000 m² distribution facility - serves as a... 


China’s commodities imports surge but demand may yet disappoint
China’s commodities imports surge but demand may yet disappoint
7th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

China’s raw materials purchases surged in the first two months of the year, as importers took advantage of weaker prices for some commodities and prepared for more stimulus from Beijing to lift... 


 Together (from left) VI plant manager Danie Hanekom, his predecessor John Schultz and automation specialist Wes Allan devised and developed the ingenious automated VI testing system, in which a special trolley (shown here) for carrying VIs for testing is plugged into one of the test stations.
Automated testing system for vacuum interrupters now operating in ACTOM MV Switchgear’s VI plant
7th March 2024

Electromechanical equipment manufacturer Actom’s MV Switchgear division recently completed the establishment of an automated vacuum interrupter (VI) testing facility in the VI manufacturing plant... 


RBIDZ COO Muzi Shange
Balanced energy supply and security cornerstones for economic growth
7th March 2024

Sufficient supply of energy drives industrial development and socio-economic growth hence the Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ) is at the centre of driving investment attraction and... 


Business Confidence Index indicates conditions deteriorated further in the first quarter
6th March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Rand Merchant Bank/Bureau for Economic Research (RMB/BER) Business Confidence Index (BCI) ticked down by one point to reach 30 in the first quarter, indicating that business conditions... 


Gen AI, sustainability, monetisation key themes of 2024 TMT predictions
6th March 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Generative artificial intelligence (AI), sustainability and monetisation have emerged as three key themes in the 2024 edition of advisory firm Deloitte’s 'Technology, Media and Telecommunications... 


World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Edward Sterck.
Automotive demand for platinum expected to hit seven-year high this year
6th March 2024 By: Martin Creamer

This year could potentially turn out to be quite an interesting year for platinum as a commodity and also as an investment, with the 2023 platinum market deficit of 878  000 oz forecast to be... 


Gold steady after surging to record on rate-cut bets, haven bids
Gold steady after surging to record on rate-cut bets, haven bids
6th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Gold steadied after surging to a record high in the previous session, boosted by expectations for US rate cuts, geopolitical tensions and the risk of a pullback for equity markets. Bullion rose to... 


Metals offer lukewarm reaction to China's economic targets
6th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

Base metals drifted lower as traders assessed China’s 2024 economic goals for clues on the prospects for a significant rebound in the construction sector. Industrial commodities have struggled... 


An image of Sapra vice chairperson Lebo Ramolahloane
Petrol price increase poses risks to other industries
5th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

South Africa’s food security is in the spotlight, with current weather conditions posing enough of a threat to farmers to cause a potential yield loss of their crops, following the heatwaves and... 


A truck operating at a mine
South African economy averts recession as mining sector rebounds
5th March 2024 By: Bloomberg

South Africa’s economy escaped a technical recession in the fourth quarter as fewer rotational power cuts helped energy-intensive industries including mining and manufacturing rebound. Gross... 


Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies senior economist Gaylor Montmasson-Clair
Solar, battery, inverter imports surged to R70bn in 2023 as wind turbines recovered from two-year lull
4th March 2024 By: Terence Creamer

South African imports of solar panels, lithium-ion batteries and inverters climbed to a record $3.8-billion last year, or about R70-billion, while imports of wind turbines began to recover... 


An image showing a factory worker with a tyre at the Mathe Group factory
Mathe Group expands capacity to produce more rubber crumb for roads
4th March 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The use of large amounts of recycled rubber crumb for the manufacture of road surfaces and related products is propelling South Africa towards a circular economy where waste products are used to... 


Hermogene Nsengimana and Lungelo Ntobongwana
African experts meet to discuss auto industry standardisation
4th March 2024 By: Irma Venter

South Africa is hosting the African Organisation for Standardisation Technical Committee 59 (ARSO/TC 59) this month to discuss technical standardisation within the African automotive industry. The... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
Mavuso urges public-private collaboration to mitigate looming natural gas cliff
4th March 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Once again policy inaction and government’s inability to commit to large-scale investment will lead to a new blow to energy availability in the economy, with the looming natural gas cliff from... 


DFC unpacks key to client satisfaction
DFC unpacks key to client satisfaction
4th March 2024

Valves supplier Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) channel sales executive Belinda Rossouw shares insights into her role in understanding client needs, building and nurturing relationships, educating... 


DFC discusses what drives its innovation
DFC discusses what drives its innovation
4th March 2024

Valves supplier Dynamic Fluid Control (DFC) COO Mlungisi Cele sheds light on key aspects of the company's approach to innovation, competition, operational excellence, industry trends and... 


Exports drive Multotec’s local manufacturing expansion
Exports drive Multotec’s local manufacturing expansion
3rd March 2024 By: Tracy Hancock

To support the growth of its export business, South African mineral processing specialist Multotec has invested in the expansion of its facilities and now has about 80 000 m² of manufacturing and... 


Image of a screening solution at Sandvik Rock Processing’s local manufacturing facility
Growing demand for vibrating screens and feeders
1st March 2024

The demand for vibrating screens and feeders in the commodities sector is on the rise, with a noticeable surge in brownfield projects aimed at replacing existing equipment in various operations,... 


AfCFTA investment protocol has international best practices, dispute settlement annex still outstanding
1st March 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Continental trade bloc the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to integrate regional trade blocs to unlock synergies to drive more intra-African trade and enable countries to derive... 


Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors
Ringrollers brings its expertise to new sectors
1st March 2024 By: Nadine Ramdass

Leading steel products manufacturer Naledi Ringrollers has, for more than 50 years, been committed to high-quality standards and is making significant strides in the railway, general engineering,... 


An image of SA Bullion co-CEOs Imran and Clint O'Brien
Gold demand and price increase promising for industry
1st March 2024 By: Trent Roebeck

Gold has proven to be an enduring and reliable asset, especially during challenging times, with demand for gold by central banks remaining stable in 2023, which is likely to continue this year, say... 


MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT
Multotec has invested in manufacturing facilities and storage space to support the growth of its export business.
Firm wins Exporter of the Year award
1st March 2024

International minerals processing specialist Multotec has won the South African Capital Equipment Export Council’s (SACEEC’s) Exporter of the Year Award in the category for companies with a... 


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