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Trent Roebeck

Trent Roebeck

Trent Roebeck is a Creamer Media Features Reporter for Engineering News and Mining Weekly.

Companies to improve railway operationality

14th June 2024 Construction Group Enza Construction and electrical engineering and infrastructure development company Tractionel Enterprise are assisting in the process of reviving South Africa’s rail and freight sector operations, thereby contributing to the country’s rail infrastructure development and... 

Digital twins as test beds for planning

31st May 2024 Digital twins can, and should, be used by mine operators as a “testing ground for analysis and scenario planning”, as well as to provide real-time feedback through Internet of Things (IoT) sensors as a means to optimise production, reports Geospatial solutions company 5DGEO principal and... 

Digital twins as test beds for planning
G23067 DIGITAL TWIN An illustration of a digital representation in the digital twin software can be used for identifying problems or providing meaningful information

Collaborative exploration plan adopted

17th May 2024 A cooperative exploration plan has been established between Zambia-Congo Copperbelt-focused copper explorer and developer Midnight Sun Mining and copper producer First Quantum Minerals (FQM) to jointly define potential feed sources for FQM’s solvent extraction and electrowinning (SX/EW) oxide... 

Collaborative exploration plan adopted
FQM KANSASHI PROJECT Potential feed sources will be defined by FQM and Midnight Sun at the Kansashi mine

Lighting essential to mining health, safety

17th May 2024 South African luminaire and lighting products manufacturer BEKA Schréder, through its continual supplying of solutions to African mining operations, industrial clients, infrastructure providers and business organisations, has commissioned solar-powered lighting for a gold and copper mine in... 

Lighting essential to mining health, safety
MINE CONVEYOR LIGHTING BEKA Schréder offers mines efficient lighting solutions for conveyors with its OPTIWAY technology

Consultancy concludes water project

10th May 2024 Multidisciplinary consulting firm SRK Consulting recently completed a project involving mine water, in West Africa, which started with characterising the key aquifers at the mine. Thereafter, SRK developed a dewatering system based on site testing and numerical modelling, followed by a water... 

Consultancy concludes water project
MINE WATER MANAGEMENT Most of a mine’s water will generally be used in the process plant and these applications can usually be managed with much lower water qualities

Analytics software improves water management

10th May 2024 TalbotAnalytics, software as a service (SaaS), developed by water solutions provider Talbot, uses data and artificial intelligence (AI) to enable mining operations in South Africa to efficiently use data from smart water meters to manage and improve mine water utilisation and treatment processes.... 

Analytics software improves water management
MINE WATER MANAGEMENT The TabotAnalytics software enables mining operation managers to efficiently streamline mining processes

Compressed natural gas to benefit S African business

26th April 2024 Despite ongoing concerns about gas shortages, regulatory uncertainty, geopolitical constraints and infrastructure limitations, using compressed natural gas (CNG) for various business and industrial purposes will become more important in South Africa, says energy company CNG Holdings CEO Josua le... 

Compressed natural gas to benefit  S African business
NATURAL GAS POWER CNG Holdings site in Langlaagte Johannesburg

Local supplier establishes LPG division

26th April 2024 Eligible small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in South Africa will benefit from cylinder manufacturer Cylinders4Africa’s (C4A’s) establishing a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bulk tank supply division, which is set to start operations in May 2024. The company will also be involved in the... 

Local supplier establishes LPG division
GRAND GAS PROJECT C4A's gas cylinder vessels will be supplied to Gas Brand for use at the Build It gas depot locations opening in Honeydew, Ventersdorp and Magaliesburg

Automated project manager scorecards enhance operations

19th April 2024 Gold mining and exploration company Harmony Gold’s project management office (PMO) recently showcased its digital project manager scorecard – developed by project solutions company Project Portfolio Office (PPO) – which provides “clear direction” for project managers and administrators by... 

Automated project manager scorecards enhance operations
DRIVING EFFICIENCY Harmony will automate mundane tasks that will prove to be efficient for business processes

Hybrid solution offered to big energy consumers

12th April 2024 Project finance and transaction advisory firm Cresco has recently supported South African mobile telecommunications corporation MTN in acquiring a hybrid energy system solution that incorporates diverse energy generation and storage sources, including gas, solar photovoltaic power, diesel... 

Hybrid solution offered to big energy consumers
ROBERT FUTTER Cresco director Robert Futter believes that a hybrid energy system is the future of energy in South Africa

Hybrid systems incorporating diesel gensets can enhance power generation

12th April 2024 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 generator solutions with the ability to be connected to solar power and inverter systems for the purpose... 

Hybrid systems incorporating diesel gensets can enhance power generation
COMPOUNDED POWER Mahindra Powerol gensets efficient for a wide range of business and industry players

Hybrid systems posited for power redundancy

12th April 2024 For businesses and industry to flourish and remain sustainable, generator manufacturer Maverick Generators says it is important to consider deploying a hybrid, or mixed, energy system to ensure that operations are not brought to a halt, as a result of power interruptions and loadshedding. To... 

Hybrid systems posited for power redundancy
PERKINS-POWERED PERFORMANCE The 1 100 kVA Perkins-powered synchronised unit

Coal mining remains important

29th March 2024 A prosperous future for the coal mining industry in South Africa depends on public and private sector parties tapping into its vast coal reserves, and power generation processes by State-owned power utility Eskom that comply with gas emission regulations, says nonprofit coal advocacy organisation... 

Coal mining remains important
PROFESSOR NICOLA WAGNER South Africa still has vast coal mine reserves that should be explored and exploited

Spiral beneficiation boost for coal industry

29th March 2024 Original equipment manufacturer for the mineral processing industry Multotec is making excellent headway in putting its SX10 spiral separator – which has been subjected to development processes over the past five years – to efficient use in local and international coal mining industries to prove... 

Spiral beneficiation boost for coal industry
CHRISTINA RAMOTSABI A recent order will see Multotec delivering six SX10 spirals to Indonesia for a facility that specialises in coking coal applications

Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance

22nd March 2024 Ongoing geopolitical tensions and conflicts – such as the war between Ukraine and Russia, and trade tensions between China and the US – are increasing the trend of European countries investing in countries on the African continent for new and/or replacement energy sources, but also manufacturing... 

Europe’s energy demand boosts Africa’s importance
AMADOU DIALLO The DHL Global Forwarding MEA CEO is confident that Africa will continue to remain of high importance in the future energy transition

Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition

22nd March 2024 One of the foreseeable local and global energy transition trends in 2024, and beyond, is that of increased production of transport fuels made of vegetable oils and animal fats in the short term, augmented with production of electro-fuels (e-fuels) in the longer term, says engineering firm Fluor... 

Alternative fuel production to increase during energy transition
MICHIEL BAERENDS Fluor's process director believes that the realisation of a global energy transition relies heavily on alternative fuels and e-fuels

Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition

22nd March 2024 The energy transition – in South Africa, Africa, and globally – entails an appropriate mix of energy generation sources, including gas, hydrogen power and renewables, in order to achieve the goals of energy security, decarbonisation and emission reduction, says energy technology company GE... 

Mixed generation necessary for ‘seamless’ energy transition
KENNETH OYAKHIRE During this energy transition, efforts ought to include hydrogen as an energy source, incorporate carbon capture and sequestration solutions, enable the digitising and orchestrating the grid and the adoption of more fuel-efficient fleets

Cap output will benefit breweries, bottling companies

15th March 2024 Leading metal crown manufacturer Coleus Packaging will produce between seven- and eight-billion metal crown closures for bottling companies, breweries and other beverage industry players in South Africa and the rest of Africa in 2024, and going forward. Coleus Packaging has invested R40-million... 

Cap output will benefit breweries, bottling companies
PMC500 MACHINE The PMC500 machine will produce 5 000 metal crown caps an hour

Solutions provider helps improve production efficiency, enhance sustainability

15th March 2024 Process solutions provider, Bühler Johannesburg, offers Southern African and global food industry players equipment solutions and services to improve food production efficiency, meet consumers’ nutritional needs, and integrate sustainable and environment-friendly food production solutions.... 

Solutions provider helps improve production efficiency, enhance sustainability
BÜHLER DEGERMINATOR MXHM The Degerminator from Bühler assists in preparing flaking grits based on wet hulling or to produce brewing and snack grits

Demand trends show increasing need for gold production

1st March 2024 With the price of gold at an all-time high, gold-producing African States – such as South Africa, West African countries and sub-Saharan Africa countries – can benefit from the increased demand for gold from various local and international markets. These markets include central banks,... 

Demand trends show increasing need for gold production
JOHN READE The increase in the gold price and global demand will benefit Africa

Gold price set to increase despite challenges

1st March 2024 Despite challenges that may cause the price of gold to fluctuate, it is set to remain high this year, owing to “uncertainties linked to the stacked electoral calendar globally”, says leading trade credit insurance, debt collection and information services company Coface Africa economist Aroni... 

Gold price set to increase despite challenges
ARONI CHAUDHURI The price of gold is set to remain high in 2024 owing to geopolitical and economic factors

Gold demand and price increase promising for industry

1st March 2024 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 gold bullion trading and vaulting company SA Bullion co-CEOs Imran and Clint O’Brien. “The demand... 

Gold demand and price increase promising for industry
IMRAN AND CLINT O'BRIEN Brothers, founders and co-CEOs of SA Bullion, Imran O’Brien and Clint O’Brien

Developer progresses copper project

23rd February 2024 After having been stalled for seven years, the Omitiomire copper project of Namibian copper explorer and developer Omico Mining has now completed phases 1, 2 and 3 of metallurgical testwork, with Phase 4 of the metallurgical testwork to be completed in the second quarter of this year. With mining... 

Developer progresses copper project
DIGGING DEEP IN NAMIBIA Omico mining aims to boost the copper mining sector in Namibia with its Omitiomire project

Coleus Packaging notes production volume, cost benefits of new machine

21st February 2024 Metal crown closures manufacturer Coleus Packaging has acquired a new machine, the PMC500, for its factory in Alrode, Alberton, in order to increase its production of closures for the beer and beverage industry. The company invested about R40-million on acquiring and installing the new machine,... 

Coleus Packaging notes production volume, cost benefits of new machine
Photo by Creamer Media's Trent Roebeck
Coleus Packaging MD Ian Victor; Nokusa Packaging MD Phillip Sathekge and Astir Vitogiannis MD Stelios Vitogiannis in front of Coleus' new PMC500 machine

Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions

16th February 2024 Lubricant supplier FUCHS Lubricants South Africa introduced TITAN AdBlue – an ancillary product that helps reduce diesel exhaust emissions – for use in buses, trucks and agricultural vehicles. Products similar to TITAN AdBlue will soon become a requirement for businesses, as the global energy... 

Ancillary product reduces harmful emissions
MINIMISING HARMFUL EMISSIONS The TITAN AdBlue by FUCHS is an ancillary product that reduces harmful emissions emitted by modern diesel engines

Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil

16th February 2024 As a successor to its TITAN CARGO MAXX 10W40 performance engine oil, lubricant manufacturer FUCHS Lubricants South Africa now offers the TITAN CARGO MAXX II performance engine oil, which also has a viscosity grade of 10W40, as certified by the Society of Automotive Engineers. TITAN CARGO MAXX II... 

Manufacturer introduces ‘evolved’ engine oil
ANDY WEDDELL FUCHS Local Segment Lead Andy Weddell asserts that the TITAN CARGO MAXX II will reduce harmful emissions, increase fuel economy and extend drain intervals

Supplier secures five-year contract

16th February 2024 Marking a successful 2023, lubrication solutions supplier ISO-Reliability Partners has secured a five-year contract with State-owned rolling stock company Transnet Engineering. The company will service Transnet’s 20E and 21E locomotives by supplying a specific lubricant for its high-speed... 

Supplier secures  five-year contract
POWERFUL PERFORMANCE ISO-Reliability’s acquisition of oil company Power Performance Lubricants, has provided access to the Royal Purple consumer range of automotive lubricants and specialty products, thus becoming the official supplier of all Royal Purple lubricants in Southern Africa

Customer portal set to boost hydraulic hose customer satisfaction

2nd February 2024 Hose product and service provider Pirtek introduced an online key performance indicator (KPI) customer portal in late 2023, early 2024, as a complementary service for its broad client base in Africa and South Africa, to assist with optimising business processes, including hydraulic hose product... 

Customer portal set to boost hydraulic hose customer satisfaction
KPI DASHBOARD Pirtek KPI dashboard for customer expenditure insights

Precision engineering firm tallies up project portfolio

2nd February 2024 Bay Engineering is an outsourced engineering and jobbing shop, based in Benoni, that specialises in steel pipe fabrication and welding, computer numerical control (CNC) turning and milling and which engages in projects considered to be “complicated steel pipework” while maintaining high-quality... 

Precision engineering firm tallies up project portfolio
STEEL SUCTION PIPE Steel suction pipe manufactured by Bay Engineering for the Hopper Dredger

Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges

26th January 2024 Automotive vehicle manufacturer Audi South Africa (Audi SA) maintains a positive outlook on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by customers and businesses in the country, despite the challenges associated with EV growth and adoption. As part of its effort to continue developing the EV market... 

Local electric vehicle roll-out successful, despite challenges
EV MASTERPIECE The Audi e-tron SQ8 is a highly fuel efficient SUV

Modified fleets can benefit African sectors

26th January 2024 Special vehicle modifications company RMA Automotive South Africa (RMAA SA) has deepened its promise to use “excellent” design expertise and capabilities, as well as “cutting-edge technology” to enable multi-sectoral industry players to employ modified fleets and business transport vehicles to... 

Modified fleets can benefit African sectors
AUTOMOTIVE REVOLUTION Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant stand in front of an ambulance vehicle and a mobile service vehicle modified by RMAA SA

Exhibition celebrates 30 years of promoting trade opportunities

19th January 2024 The country’s oldest multi-sectorial trade exhibition, the South African International Trade Exhibition (SAITEX) will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in 2024, commemorating its role in contributing to economic growth and development on the African continent. For the first time, SAITEX will be... 

Exhibition celebrates  30 years of promoting trade opportunities
DUBAI INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER LAUNCHED THEIR NEW HORIZONS INITIATIVE AT SAITEX 2023 An initiative to grow its members' connectivity with global markets

Africa’s Big 7 provides marketplace for food industry players

19th January 2024 Africa’s Big 7 will be celebrating its twenty-first year of providing a platform in Africa for food and beverage product manufacturers, suppliers, retailers and other food industry service providers. Africa’s Big 7 will co-locate with the Hotel & Hospitality Expo Africa and the South African... 

Africa’s Big 7 provides marketplace for food industry players
OPEN FOR TRADE Evan Schiff and other members and exhibitors of Africa's Big 7 2023 open the exhibition for trade

Diversification said to be key to industry’s survival

8th December 2023 Despite Phase 1 of the “all-important” Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 (Sugarcane Master Plan) having expired on March 31, 2023, government has allowed for two additional years so that South African sugar industry players can restructure and diversify. Sugar industry professional body... 

Diversification said to be key to industry’s survival
FIELD OF DREAMS Flowing from Phase 1, at least ten product diversification opportunities have been identified and are being investigated in terms of viability

Financial support aids industry

8th December 2023 To address the ongoing negative impacts and challenges posed by the Health Promotion Levy (HPL), or sugar tax, industry association SA Canegrowers, in partnership with millers from the South African Sugar Association (SASA), is providing R1-billion to support sugar industry players while the... 

Financial support aids industry
LAND OF SUGARCANE Sugarcane field under the supervision of the South African Canegrowers Association

New tanks acquired for fuel storage, transportation across Africa

1st December 2023 Celebrating 40 years in business this year, South African tank and container supplier Container World last month bought 20 container tanks, which were delivered to the company’s Durban depot, in KwaZulu-Natal. “The 25 000-ℓ tank containers will help in us securing more projects in East Africa,... 

New tanks acquired for fuel storage, transportation across Africa
MULTIPURPOSE CONTAINER TANKS A Container World tank used to store an array of liquid products

App streamlines filling, exchanging processes

1st December 2023 South Africa’s only approved 9 kg pressure vessel manufacturer Cylinders4Africa has developed a tech-forward application (app) for various contemporary industries and sectors that rely on portable gas pressure vessels, or cylinders, for business operations. The significance of this application... 

App streamlines filling, exchanging processes
CYLINDERS4AFRICA One of the app compatible pressure vessel cylinders manufactured by C4A

New machine aids component manufacture

1st December 2023 Having accumulated more than 20 years of experience in the local manufacturing industry, specialised manufacturer and materials processing company MAXJET has commissioned the EnduroMAX – a water-jet cutting machine – at its facility in Wadeville, Germiston.  The machine – which is equipped with... 

New machine aids component manufacture
ENDUROMAX MAXJET'S EnduroMAX water-jet cutting machine with tilt function in action

New wine industry professional body launched to formalise sector

17th November 2023 Having officially launched the South African Wine Industry Professional Body (SAWIPB) last month, nonprofit advocacy organisation South Africa Wine maintains its pledge to address challenges facing the wine industry through transformation and people development; information transfer; research,... 

New wine industry professional body launched to formalise sector
NEW ERA A celebration commemorating the launch of the South African Wine Industry Professional Body

Lubricant benefits breweries, wineries

17th November 2023 Lubrication products supplier FUCHS LUBRICANTS SOUTH AFRICA provides CASSIDA food-grade lubricants, which ensure equipment reliability and food safety, for companies active in the local brewery and winery industry. The lubricant offers several benefits, including corrosion protection, enhanced... 

Lubricant benefits breweries, wineries
ASHLEIGH POLLEN Pollen asserts that the CASSIDA food-grade lubricant will reduce the risk of contaminated products for breweries and wineries

Closing redundant shafts mitigates illegal mining

10th November 2023 Amid the ongoing threat and prevalence of illegal miners, sealing legacy mine shafts and access points is becoming increasingly necessary to prevent illegal access and to ensure the safety of legitimate mineworkers in neighbouring underground mines, says multi-disciplinary and demolition company... 

Closing redundant shafts mitigates illegal mining
CLOSING FOR GOOD Jet Demolition workers sealing and capping a redundant mineshaft
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