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Equipment News

SEW-EURODRIVE at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Gear motors, frequency inverters and drive automation specialist SEW-EURODRIVE electronics business development manager Willem Strydom highlights the company’s role in the agriculture industry’s digitalisation journey and the importance of attending Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17... 

Uniclox at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Biometric time and attendance and access control systems provider Uniclox senior sales executive Christo Wandrag talks to Engineering News about the role the company is playing in the digitalisation of the agriculture industry at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17 near Bothaville, in... 

Uniclox at Nampo 2024
Uniclox at Nampo 2024

Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News discusses how family-owned logistics provider Dachser South Africa is innovating to address the challenges that agricultural logistics face in South Africa with MD Detlev Duve at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17 near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024
Dachser South Africa at Nampo 2024

AUTO-X at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 South African automotive lead-acid battery manufacturer AUTO-X solar 0 & M manager Jaco Weideman discusses the importance of digitalisation in ensuring sustainable farming operations, while AUTO-X graphic designer Johann Coetser elaborates on battery brand Willards’ 70-year history. The... 

AUTO-X at Nampo 2024
AUTO-X at Nampo 2024

Astron Energy at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Astron Energy technical support specialist Fiaz Regal explains how digital tools aid the role lubricants play in preventing equipment failure and extending the life of agricultural equipment at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Astron Energy at Nampo 2024
Astron Energy at Nampo 2024

Omnia at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News talks to Omnia agriculture division MD Mandla Mpofu about the opportunities technology is unlocking in the local agricultural landscape and how the company is contributing to the digitalisation of the of the industry at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near... 

Omnia at Nampo 2024
Omnia at Nampo 2024

SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 SOLARAFRICA commercial head Brandon Horn shares the energy struggles of farmers visiting the company’s stand at Nampo 2024, which was held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, and how the company’s solutions help to solve these problems. 

SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024
SOLARAFRICA at Nampo 2024

MTN at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Mobile telecommunications provider MTN IoT products head Lawrence Juku explains why digitalisation of agriculture is important to overcome traditional challenges and ensure sustainable farming operations while exhibiting at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

MTN at Nampo 2024
MTN at Nampo 2024

Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Suzuki Auto South Africa PR & events manager Eileen Gengan discusses how the vehicle manufacturer is poised to support the needs of the country’s farmers at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State. 

Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024
Suzuki Auto South Africa at Nampo 2024

SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024 

21st May 2024 Engineering News talks to fire safety solutions and products supplier SAFEQUIP MD Pierre Malherbe at Nampo 2024, held from May 14 to 17, near Bothaville, in the Free State, about how the company is addressing the challenges posed by lithium-ion batteries. 

SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024
SAFEQUIP at Nampo 2024

John Deere showcases continued technology, innovation focus  

15th May 2024 Equipment manufacturer John Deere South Africa will continue to focus on pursuing innovation on its machines and technology as it looks to strengthen its footprint in Africa. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

John Deere showcases continued technology, innovation focus
John Deere showcases continued technology, innovation focus

Data, drones can improve local agriculture

3rd May 2024 Smart technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and unmanned vehicles, can counter various challenges in the agricultural sector, boosting productivity, reducing costs and assisting in preserving precious resources, says drone technology company DJI product manager Ruan Botha.... 

An image of DJI product manager Ruan Botha
RUAN BOTHA Innovative solutions are required for long-term sustainability and growth

Access to farming equipment boosts mechanisation

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd May 2024 Agricultural technology company Hello Tractor, celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, aims to improve small-scale farming practices through its app Hello Tractor, which facilitates increased access to farming equipment. With a core focus on improving African agriculture through... 

An image of farm equipment working on a farm
FARM MECHANISATION Farm equipment can supplement the need for physical labour, minimising the impact of labour shortages on small-scale farms

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

Drones deliver predator bugs for sustainable pest control

29th March 2024 Wine producer Vergelegen wine estate, in Somerset West, has partnered with collaborative venture SkyBugs to test the use of drone-delivered beneficial insects to control pests in its vineyards. SkyBugs, a partnership between integrated pest management provider FieldBUGS and agritech company... 

An image of SkyBUG's drone system for dispersing beneficial insects
REACHING NEW HEIGHTS Drone dispersal ensures more effective distribution and coverage of beneficial insects

Invicta delivers strong interim performance

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th November 2023 Investment holding and management company Invicta Holdings achieved a robust performance for the six months ended September 30, with revenue having increased by 12% to R4.3-billion. The increase of R461-million was made up of R178-million from the South African operations, while the rest of... 

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175 years 

22nd November 2023 Construction, agriculture and forestry machinery and equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson gave media and guests a tour of its Gauteng product centre, as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations. 

Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175th years
Wacker Neuson expanding in Southern Africa as it celebrates 175th years

TWK posts lower earnings amid global market pressures

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th November 2023 Diversified agriculture and forestry company TWK Agri has posted lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R620-million from continuing operations, marking a 7.1% year-on-year decrease for the financial year ended August 31. The group generated Ebitda of... 

A farm and grain

Solar pumps can increase crop yield

13th October 2023 A new study, led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) under the research project Renewables for African Agriculture (RE4AFAGRI), published in Environmental Research Letters, finds that standalone solar photovoltaic (PV) irrigation systems have the potential to meet... 

Nithio invests in farming and irrigation technology

By: Darren Parker     26th September 2023 African energy finance platform Nithio has invested in solar irrigation and farming technology solutions company SunCulture. The investment was made through Nithio investment vehicle Nithio FI, which is part of the Productive Use Appliance Financing Facility (PUAFF), which catalyses the uptake of... 

solar powered irrigation

Kenyan aviation specialist enhances precision agri offering with 14 new high-capacity drones

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th September 2023 Aviation technology subsidiary of Kenya Airways, Fahari Aviation, has expanded its agricultural services offering with 14 new high-capacity drones to meet to growing demand for precision agriculture solutions. The company estimates that the additional drones will increase capacity to cover... 

Fahari Aviation uses drones to assist the agriculture sector
Fahari Aviation uses drones to assist the agriculture sector

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

Second shift at Rainbow’s Hammarsdale facility to boost capacity, jobs

By: Cameron Mackay     4th September 2023 Local poultry company Rainbow on August 28 “revived” a second operational shift at its Hammarsdale P2 processing plant in KwaZulu-Natal, while also commemorating the facility’s 60th year anniversary. Rainbow MD Marthinus Stander tells Engineering News this “revival” forms part of a signficant... 

Rainbow’s R220-million investment was used to increase capacity at Hammarsdale
Rainbow’s R220-million investment was used to increase capacity at Hammarsdale

AI-engineered solutions boost fruit and nut industry resilience

1st September 2023 The 2023 season has not been without its frustrations for fruit and nut farmers, says Aerobotics GM Ken Treloar. “A host of challenging conditions domestically and across markets have pressured producers and all industry stakeholders. These include rising input costs, ongoing loadshedding, strain... 

GAME-CHANGER
Aerobotics supports farmers globally with “ground-breaking
GAME-CHANGER Aerobotics supports farmers globally with “ground-breaking" innovation-forward solutions

Firm launches smart tools range

By: Bridget Lepere     1st September 2023 Food safety hygiene, equipment efficiency, plant modernisation, sustainability and upgrades to reduce downtime are the key focus areas for the food and beverage industry, following increased local demand, says steel supplier Voestalpine High-Performance Metals (HPM) Africa marketing officer... 

Image of hole plate tool for sausages
MAKING THE CUT The technology developed by the food and beverage segment offers significantly reduced total cost of ownership, higher machine availability and efficiency, extended part life, prolonged regrinding cycles, less product contamination and reduced energy consumption, depending on the product.

Rainbow celebrates 60 years of processing excellence, embarks on new growth chapter

By: Cameron Mackay     29th August 2023 Poultry company Rainbow on August 28 marked the commemoration of its sixtieth anniversary with an event held in Hammarsdale, in KwaZulu-Natal. This occasion served as a tribute to Rainbow's six decades of “unwavering dedication to shaping the poultry processing landscape”, the company says. 

With the Rainbow Hammarsdale expansion, Rainbow has re-instated roughly 750 jobs, with an additional 100 jobs to be initiated by June next year
With the Rainbow Hammarsdale expansion, Rainbow has re-instated roughly 750 jobs, with an additional 100 jobs to be initiated by June next year

Stellenbosch, German universities to develop electric tractor

By: Irma Venter     25th August 2023 Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) Department of Industrial Engineering is partnering with the Technical University of Munich, in Germany, to develop an electric tractor (e-tractor). The SU team, consisting largely of postgraduate students, is headed by Professor Thinus Booysen, who holds the... 

Stellenbosch, German universities to develop electric tractor

Principles help supplier maintain foothold

18th August 2023 Owing to its 100/0 principle, fastener specialist Bolt and Engineering Distributors (BED) Group’s Welkom branch, in the Free State, maintains a firm position as supplier of choice to the mining, agricultural, contracting, engineering and DIY sectors in the region. BED sells its range of lifting... 

A group of men and women in the Bolt and Engineering factory in Welkom staring up at the camera
DREAM TEAM The team at Bolt and Engineering's Welkom branch aim to make the company even more competitive in its area

Logistics giant training tomorrow’s truck drivers

18th August 2023 With the company’s core service being safely delivering customers’ goods, specialist transport company Unitrans’ drivers are one of the most critical links in the chain, CEO Terry Bantock highlights. The UniDrive training programme was first established with this fact foremost in the company’s... 

A man in a Unitrans Visivest in front of a fleet of Unitrans Trucks
UPSKILLING US The UniDrive programme is central to the positive personal development of Unitrans' indispensable employees

Company driving innovation in agricultural sector

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2023 South Africa’s agricultural sector plays a vital role in the country’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, food security and export revenue. The industry, therefore, stands to benefit immensely from industrial solutions supplier Bearings International’s (BI’s) expertise in... 

VITAL ROLE
South Africa’s agricultural sector plays a vital role in the country’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, food security and export revenue
VITAL ROLE South Africa’s agricultural sector plays a vital role in the country’s economy, contributing significantly to employment, food security and export revenue

Company expands agri presence through Nampo Cape Show

By: Simone Liedtke     11th August 2023 Following a successful Nampo 2023 show in Bothaville, in the Free State, in May, industrial machinery manufacturer Bearing Man Group (BMG) will exhibit at the Nampo Cape Show, in Cape Town, in September, for the first time. “It is an ideal opportunity to connect with our current customers, as... 

EVENT SHOWCASE
BMG will also showcase new products, including Liqui Moly oil kits and additives
EVENT SHOWCASE BMG will also showcase new products, including Liqui Moly oil kits and additives

Light manufacturer expands range

21st July 2023 Global lighting solutions manufacturer ams OSRAM bolstered its horticultural lighting offerings in June, announcing the addition of two new products. The company continues to provide important innovation based on customer input by creating light-emitting diode (LED) solutions that produce high... 

Firm completes KZN sugar mill project

7th July 2023 Industrial equipment supplier BMG is a pivotal player in the sugar sector, and its regional workshop in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), recently completed a refurbishment, fabrication and replacement project to replace worn components at a mill, in preparation for high productivity in the... 

image of a shredder lube system on BMG
SHREDDER LUBE SYSTEM The team works on shredder lube systems, juice heater door hydraulics, mill roll hydraulics, mill bearing lubrication, shredder hook bar removal systems, as well as many customised product designs

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... 

Image of an African woman in a navy suit
ELIZABETH KOLOBE Agile Capital is looking to invest in businesses with solid management teams, strong historical track records and good growth prospects

Supplier on the pulse of market’s needs

By: Bridget Lepere     7th July 2023   Industrial solutions supplier Bearings International (BI) has been supplying industrial power transmission products to the sugar industry for 65 years, with its chains selection for the sugar mill segment setting it apart, says BI GM Christian Chipamaunga. 

Head shot of Bearings International GM Christian Chipamaunga.
KEY DETERMINING FACTOR The demand for energy-efficient products, especially in bearings and motors, is heavily influencing the buying patterns

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

Volkswagen signs MoU with Rwandan government to start GenFarm project

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2023 Volkswagen has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Rwanda to establish “a modern farm with electric tractors”.  The MoU was signed by Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Ildephonse Musafiri, Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Serge Kamuhinda and... 

Rwanda Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Ildephonse Musafiri, Volkswagen Image of Group South Africa MD Martina Biene, and  Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Serge Kamuhinda
Rwanda Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Ildephonse Musafiri, Volkswagen Group South Africa MD Martina Biene, and Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO Serge Kamuhinda
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