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Capital Equipment News

Latest safety tech, services to be showcased at Firexpo 2024

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 Events management company Specialised Exhibitions – a division of Montgomery Group – says that this year’s Firexpo will provide the fire protection, and health and safety industries, with demonstrations and information on the latest technology, services and knowledge around fire safety.  Firexpo... 

Better policing required in fire industry – manufacturer

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      10th May 2024 Fire suppression systems manufacturer and distributor Fire and Security Techniques (FST) advocates that national compliance and industry specific regulations be strictly monitored and adhered to. FST is a high-tech automatic fire suppression systems manufacturer under the Eckoshield trademark, an... 

An image of an automated welding machine
HIGHLY SPECIALISED INDUSTRY FST places importance on education and training, thereby equipping fire equipment suppliers and end-users with a sufficient knowledge on how to use fire suppresion products adequately

Climate commission model points to the growth potential of green industrialisation 

By: Terence Creamer     6th May 2024 The initial direct cost of placing South Africa on an energy transition pathway over the coming five years in line with its decarbonisation targets is calculated at a hefty R1.5-trillion in the Just Energy Transition Investment Plan (JET-IP). Less visible, however, are the socioeconomic costs... 

Wind and solar

Ongoing investment underscores commitment 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Anchored fundamentally in the principle of efficiently managing its manufacturing processes, conveyor belt solutions manufacturer and supplier Tru-Trac Rollers’ ongoing investments in “state-of-the-art technology” and its adherence to strict international quality standards underscore its... 

Ongoing investment underscores commitment
Tru-Trac Rollers' Shaun Blumberg and Franco Cloete give insight into the company's development thus far, and what has made it so successful

Creativity, innovation keep South Africa’s mining tech manufacturing industry competitive 

By: Darren Parker     25th April 2024 An admirable degree of creativity exists within the South African mining technology and equipment manufacturing sector, giving manufacturers the necessary flexibility to weather the significant challenges over the past few years, Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Lehlohonolo... 

Panellists who participated in the webinar are (from left) Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa CEO Lehlohonolo Molloyi, Multotec CEO Thomas Holtz, Simera Trace technical director Kevin O'Neill, Epiroc digital solutions buisness line manager Vikesh Chiba and South African Capital Equipment Export Council CEO Eric Bruggeman.
Showcasing innovation in mining and mining services

Firm offers durable flooring solution, corrosion protection

By: Simone Liedtke     5th April 2024 The deterioration and corrosion of concrete infrastructure have presented significant challenges in harsh operational environments such as sugar mills. Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring and waterproofing company Verni Speciality Construction Products has, therefore, developed its Supaflor... 

SUPAFLOR PU HD
Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills
SUPAFLOR PU HD Supaflor polyurethane heavy-duty offers superior resistance to the specific conditions in sugar mills

Bell Equipment advances contract manufacturing initiative 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2024 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has been growing its business organically by investing in the development and enhancement of products, increasing market share in key regions, such as the Middle East, and growing the Bell Heavy Industries (BHI) contract manufacturing business. Bell... 

Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader
Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa  

3rd April 2024 Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, in March launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern African market. 

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa
Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa

Bell posts 66% rise in full-year profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     28th March 2024 JSE-listed heavy machinery manufacturer Bell Equipment has posted a 66% increase in profit for the year ended December 31, 2023, to R793-million. Following unprecedented global demand for equipment in most markets, the company generated basic earnings per share (EPS) of 799c, which is a 67%... 

Prefab buildings provider celebrates five decades

1st March 2024 Prefabricated buildings provider Kwikspace is celebrating more than five decades of delivering tailor-made solutions across diverse industries. With expertise spanning schools, clinics, mining, construction and humanitarian efforts, Kwikspace consistently prioritises exceptional customer service... 

3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2024 The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced efficiency, sustainability and design versatility, says concrete equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers... 

TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION
3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector
TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION 3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector

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 turnover of between R2-billion and R5-billion a year. Multotec processing equipment MD Bheka Majola says... 

MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT
Multotec has invested in manufacturing facilities and storage space to support the growth of its export business.
MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT Multotec has invested in manufacturing facilities and storage space to support the growth of its export business.

Tyre manufacturer to invest $90-million in hydraulic hose production plant

23rd February 2024 German technology company Continental in January announced an investment of $90-million towards the construction of its new plant for hydraulic hose for industrial purposes in the west-central Mexican state of Aguascalientes. Continental’s operation in Mexico produces and develops automotive... 

Modified fleets can benefit African sectors

By: Trent Roebeck     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... 

An image of Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant standing in front of vehicles modified by RMAA SA
AUTOMOTIVE REVOLUTION Brendan Londt and Alan Caugant stand in front of an ambulance vehicle and a mobile service vehicle modified by RMAA SA

Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg 

17th January 2024 Drill, earth-moving and construction equipment supplier Sunward South Africa has unveiled a new dedicated office, warehouse and workshop facility in Jet Park, in Boksburg, to better serve the Southern African mining and construction markets. Marleny Arnoldi attended the launch. 

Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg
Sunward South Africa unveils new facility in Boksburg

SACEEC recognises top exporters at annual awards ceremony

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd November 2023 Industry organisation South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) hosted its Exporter of the Year Awards on November 21, acknowledging the significant contributions of industry players. The event, attended by key figures including the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition... 

Celebration as local companies recognised at SACEEC Exporter of the Year Awards

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st November 2023 The local manufacturing industry joined together this morning at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre in Johannesburg where the names of the award winners for the 2023 South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) Exporter of the Year Awards were revealed. The much-anticipated... 

Extending reliability through proactive solutions

13th October 2023 Leader in pump and fluid engineering Sulzer attended the Asia-Pacific International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2023 at the Sydney Showground last month, displaying its comprehensive pump and service solutions for the mining industry. At AIMEX, Sulzer demonstrated its extensive knowledge of mining... 

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DEWATERING AND DRAINING Sulzer’s extensive range of pumps includes many drainage and dewatering solutions

Bell to diversify production at Richards Bay plant through launch of new business

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2023 Bell Equipment is set to launch a new business, called Bell Heavy Industries (BHI), at the Mining Indaba in February next year. BHI will be an arm of Bell Equipment Company South Africa, which is 51% black-owned, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. 

Talk of the town at Indaba

29th September 2023 The Manufacturing Indaba, being held in October, endeavours to promote positive changes in sub-Saharan Africa’s manufacturing landscape – a source of livelihood for millions of people and leading contributor to the region’s gross domestic product. The tenth instalment of the Manufacturing Indaba,... 

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TRENDING TOPICS The topics for the Manufacturing Indaba this year will cover new trends, challenges, and prospects going forward

Service agreements reduce cost of ownership

22nd September 2023 The productive uptime of capital equipment is often compromised by heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) failure, with a primary casualty being the machine’s total cost of ownership (TCO), says local developer and manufacturer of custom designed HVAC systems Booyco Engineering.... 

The above image depicts one of the Booyco Engineering technicians
REDUCING HVAC DOWNTIME For mining and earthmoving trucks to deliver the lowest total cost of ownership, they need to stay operational – which means no stoppages owing to air conditioning system failure

Bell looks to diversify production at Richard Bay plant through BHI launch 

By: Irma Venter     12th September 2023 Bell Equipment is set to launch a new business, called Bell Heavy Industries (BHI), at the Mining Indaba in February next year. BHI will be an arm of Bell Equipment Company South Africa, which is 51% black-owned, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. 

Image of outgoing Bell CEO Leon Goosen
Bell CEO Leon Goosen

Unresolved problems dog manufacturing

By: Bridget Lepere     8th September 2023 The machinery and capital equipment industry is “very quiet” and many businesses are reluctant to spend on marketing or new procurement, owing to challenges such as power failures, water cuts, crime, protests and logistics disruptions, says industry organisation South African Capital Equipment... 

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MAKING MOVES The country needs a steady 4% to 5% GDP growth rate for a couple of years to grow the economy

Pumps manufacturer excited about expansion into the US

By: Bridget Lepere     8th September 2023 Design, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and repairs specialist Ryalsan North Engineering’s (RNE’s) Pumps Canadian branch is excited about  its expansion into the US market, increasing the total number of its global branches to five, with a tally of nine distributorships in Africa. The... 

Three-year contract for rail turnout sets awarded to voestalpine VAE SA

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2023 Railway infrastructure solutions provider voestalpine VAE SA (VAESA) has been awarded a three-year contract by Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) to supply turnout sets and turnout components, which are mechanical devices used to guide trains from one rail track to another. No contract value has been... 

VAESA CEO Pulane Tshabalala Kingston
VAESA CEO Pulane Tshabalala Kingston

Global giant acquires materials handling supplier

18th August 2023 Mining and construction equipment manufacturer Metso signed an agreement to acquire privately-owned Australian company Brouwer Engineering in July. Brouwer Engineering specialises in automation, control systems, and electrical solutions for bulk materials handling solutions in industrial and... 

A mesh of conveyor belts carrying ore with the sun behind
KEEP 'EM COMING Metso continues to grow its materials handling offerings through acquiring new companies and technologies

South Africa taking an average of 25 months to complete tariff investigations, report shows 

By: Terence Creamer     16th August 2023 It is currently taking an average of 25 months for government to complete import duty investigations and to provide the necessary Ministerial approvals for the South African Revenue Service to implement duty increases or reductions, a new report shows. Compiled by XA Global Trade Advisors, the... 

Shipping containers

Epiroc highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day 

2nd August 2023 Conventional mining operations have relied on pneumatic machines for years, but mining equipment supplier Epiroc is confident that its hand-held rock drill (HRD) 100 is poised to replace current pneumatic models in the market, especially once its multi-stage pusher leg becomes available.... 

Epiroc highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day
Epiroc highlights hand-held rock drill at customer day

Better communication, planning key to addressing challenges

By: Bridget Lepere     28th July 2023 Steel and Technology group voestalpine High Performance Metals (HPM) plans to introduce Powder Metallurgical grades, upselling from conventional to higher grade materials where customers will benefit from longer tool life, within the automotive industry, working closely with its clientele to meet... 

Image of voestslpine High Performance Metals head office in Isando
BETTER AND BETTER South African operations have experienced improved productivity, as a result of the phased roll-out of technology

Supplier releases new dryers

28th July 2023 Compressed air equipment supplier Artic Driers International’s Sahara Series heatless twin-tower absorption air dryers are well suited to industrial processes including automotive manufacturing. Compressed air dryers are designed to separate water vapour or dehumidify air from the industrial... 

Goosen to step down as Bell CEO in December

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th July 2023 Leon Goosen will step down as CEO of JSE-listed Bell Equipment, with effect from December 31, to pursue another opportunity. He joined the Bell Equipment board in January 2009 and was the COO from December 2014 until he was appointed CEO in 2018. 

Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen
Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen

Firm open to investing in the ‘right’ sectors in KZN

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023 Black-owned private equity investment firm Agile Capital focuses on investments that drive sustainable development and have a demonstrable track record of growth and investment returns, with Agile Capital principal Elizabeth Kolobe noting that, unlike its rivals, it does not have exit timing... 

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ELIZABETH KOLOBE Agile Capital is looking to invest in businesses with solid management teams, strong historical track records and good growth prospects

KITE 2023 promises to be ‘bigger and better’

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023 The KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Technology Exhibition, also known as KITE, will be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from July 18 to 20 for the fortieth consecutive year.  Attendance numbers are expected to exceed those of last year, at 2 716, even though the 2022 event was the first in-person... 

Head shot of Specialised Exhibitions portfolio director Charlene Hefer
CHARLENE HEFER This year’s exhibition promises to deliver insight into Industry 4.0 and the potential benefits for KwaZulu-Natal

JA Engineering showcases new underground mining machine 

5th July 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer JA Engineering has showcased the latest in its range of underground mining equipment, the JAE38 Wildcub, which is a low-to mid-seam continuous mining machine used in the coal industry. Marleny Arnoldi attended the showcase. 

JA Engineering showcases new underground mining machine
JA Engineering showcases new underground mining machine

Invicta's offshore operations boost its full-year revenue, earnings

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2023 JSE-listed industrial products and services company Invicta's revenue increased by 8% to R7.8-billion, its sustainable headline earnings a share by 33% to 464c and its net asset value per ordinary share by 23% to R46.34 for the financial year ended March 31. “We were able to grow basic earnings a... 

All-electric mixer launched, tested

9th June 2023 Global innovative and sustainable building solutions developer Holcim tested an all-electric concrete mixer truck last month. The eMixer was officially presented to the industry at international trade fair bauma 2022, which was held at Neue Messe München in Germany. 

A Large white electric concrete mixer with the SANY Logo and green detailing with the Paris landscape in the backdrop
IN THE MIX The new eMixer being distributed by Putzmeister is 100% electric and thus carbon-emission free

Outsourced cooling can help market navigate challenges

By: Cameron Mackay     19th May 2023 Refrigeration services provider Energy Partners (EP) Refrigeration GM Dawie Kriel stresses that constraints in the local market offer the company opportunities to provide innovative refrigeration and cooling solutions to help local companies mitigate loadshedding and meet economic challenges. One... 

Image of cooling/refrigeration facility
MITIGATING CAPITAL COSTS Cooling as a Service benefits companies that lack the capital, technical skills and required capacity to manage these application
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