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Made in South Africa

Made in South Africa

Creamer Media’s Made in South Africa is an exciting new showcase of products that are being manufactured in factories across the length and breadth of the country. Published fortnightly, Made in South Africa provides an exclusive glimpse into the innovative spirit of South Africa's most creative and productive citizens and businesses. Homegrown products, from concept to production, receive particular prominence, but Made in South Africa also features products manufactured locally by enterprises that have chosen to set up shop in Africa’s most industrialised economy. Click here if you have a product that you believe deserves to be showcased on Creamer Media's Made in South Africa platform.

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2024 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has started to prepare the site at the Coega Special Economic Zone for the construction of the new Stellantis vehicle-assembly plant, says the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic). The CDC is supplying the land on which the factory will be... 

Stellantis assembly-plant site being readied for construction – dtic

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

By: Rebecca Campbell     13th May 2024 Clean and renewable energy solutions company Ener-G-Africa (EGA) on Thursday officially opened its new biomass stove and cookware manufacturing facility, in the Western Cape province town of Paarl. The factory will produce two different types of stoves, and two different ranges of cooking pots.... 

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

Horizen supports wildlife conservation with new Apple AirTag cases

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2024 With the increasing number of people using AirTags to track their belongings, sustainable technology protection developer Horizen has launched South Africa’s first three-dimensional (3D) printed, rugged and sustainable solution for Apple AirTag owners, says Horizen founder Calvin Terblanche. The... 

Horizen supports wildlife conservation with new Apple AirTag cases

SVI offers semi-discreet armouring package for latest-gen Ranger

15th April 2024 Currently exclusive to the new Ford Ranger built in Silverton, Pretoria, the B6 Stopgun V3.0 armouring package recently launched by local armoured products manufacturer SVI Engineering is set to be expanded to the closely related Volkswagen Amarok in the future. Like the Stopgun V2.0 package for... 

SVI offers semi-discreet armouring package for latest-gen Ranger

Kama more than doubles capacity in response to growing demand

By: Tracy Hancock     1st April 2024 Turnkey solutions provider Kama Industries more than doubled its manufacturing capacity when it moved to a new facility in August last year to meet escalating demand for the company’s products, which includes its Banshee explosion-proof range. “This strategic transition not only facilitates... 

Kama more than doubles capacity in response to growing demand

Afri-Tech’s Power Nozzle readying for intra-Africa export

By: Tracy Hancock     17th March 2024 Krugersdorp-based Afri-Tech Mining Supplies’ award-winning Power Nozzle is destined for export to Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, Botswana and Namibia before mid-year, with at least ten other sub-Saharan African countries expected to be export destinations by the end of the year. The company already... 

Afri-Tech’s Power Nozzle readying for intra-Africa export

Exports drive Multotec’s local manufacturing expansion

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd March 2024 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 storage space in Spartan and Pretoria, in Gauteng, and Secunda, in Mpumalanga. “This has been an... 

Exports drive Multotec’s local manufacturing expansion

AVK Southern Africa Series 869 Control Valve addresses nonrevenue water losses

By: Tracy Hancock     18th February 2024 Demand for water in Africa is on the rise but so are treated water losses, owing to the major deterioration of infrastructure over many years of use. The continent cannot afford to lose the current volume of nonrevenue water it does daily, says Gauteng valve manufacturer AVK Southern Africa. The... 

AVK Southern Africa Series 869 Control Valve addresses nonrevenue water losses

AZMET finalising installation of AZ-CRP plant in DRC

By: Tracy Hancock     4th February 2024 Engineering design and project management company AZMET expects to finalise performance testing of an AZMET Cyanide Reduction Process (AZ-CRP) plant installation at a gold mining operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by March. The plant was ordered in the fourth quarter of 2021 for... 

AZMET finalising installation of AZ-CRP plant in DRC

Continued need for Vesconite overseas as US pumps industry demand grows

By: Tracy Hancock     21st January 2024 The US pumps industry is showing great demand for wear components supplied by bearings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings, which was recently acknowledged at the 2023 South African Capital Equipment Export Council Exporter of the Year Awards. The company was named exporter of the year in its... 

Continued need for Vesconite overseas as US pumps industry demand grows

ADTs major driver of award-winning Bell Equipment’s export growth

By: Tracy Hancock     17th December 2023 With more than 70% of the articulated dump trucks (ADTs) built by original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Bell Equipment in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, being exported, ADTs were a major contributor to the company’s exports increasing by 20% in 2022, says Bell OEM product manager Jeremiah Mokhomo.... 

ADTs major driver of award-winning Bell Equipment’s export growth

Joburg-based SMS group subsidiary involved in world’s largest industrial decarbonisation project

By: Tracy Hancock     3rd December 2023 Metals industry partner SMS group will supply the core technology of two 100 MW rectangular six electrode open bath furnaces through its Johannesburg-based subsidiary METIX for a €1.8-billion first-of-its-kind green steel project being developed by steel producer thyssenkrupp in Germany. The... 

The greenfield project for green high-quality manganese producer Sakura Ferroalloys in Malaysia
The greenfield project for green high-quality manganese producer Sakura Ferroalloys in Malaysia

After three years in production, the Milcat roars on

By: Tracy Hancock     19th November 2023 Gauteng-based light armoured vehicle manufacturer Armoured Vehicle Solutions (AVS) has been manufacturing the Milcat for the past three years at its manufacturing facility in Pretoria East. AVS director Michael Booysen says, over this period, the vehicle has proven itself across South Africa. The... 

Armoured vehicles outside

Colossal Concrete Products reopens plant to manufacture railway sleepers

5th November 2023 Southern Africa’s largest manufacturer of railway sleepers Colossal Concrete Products has reopened its mothballed De Aar factory in the Northern Cape, following the conclusion of a one-year contract with State-owned rail transport company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR). The Level 1 broad-based black... 

Colossal Concrete Products reopens plant to manufacture railway sleepers

MAN to start local assembly of electric bus in 2024

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2023 MAN Truck & Bus has supplied Cape Town’s Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) with its first Lion’s Explorer E electric bus. While the bus boasts a locally made body, its chassis was fully imported. 

MAN Lion's Explorer E electric bus

Take your business to the next level

26th September 2023 The Business Accelerator helps small businesses fast-track their potential with the support of South Africa’s top business leaders 

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Biodigester pilot project at Limpopo military bases a success 

25th September 2023 At South Africa’s most northern air force base, on the outskirts of Louis Trichardt in Limpopo, a biodigester has been successfully producing biogas for the past two years, as part of a pilot project with the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). Precast biodigesters were... 

Biodigester pilot project at Limpopo military bases a success

Highest demand for IMS Engineering’s Cable Vulcanizer in mining sector

By: Tracy Hancock     10th September 2023 The mining industry presents the greatest demand for the significant cost- and time-saving Cable Vulcanizer from Gauteng stainless steel and steel products manufacturer IMS Engineering. When using electrical cabling, damage is unavoidable, says the broad-based black economic-empowerment Level 2... 

Highest demand for IMS Engineering’s Cable Vulcanizer in mining sector

Stellenbosch University converts Toyota taxi to EV, testing to start shortly 

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2023 The Department of Industrial Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU) has joined forces with Rham Equipment to convert a Toyota Hiace Ses’fikele minibus taxi into a battery electric vehicle (EV). The university’s team, consisting largely of postgraduate students, is headed by professor Thinus... 

Stellenbosch University converts Toyota taxi to EV, testing to start shortly

New remote-controlled continuous miner supplied to India

By: Tracy Hancock     13th August 2023 Original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) JA Engineering has delivered its low-mid-seam, remote-controlled JAE38 Wildcub continuous miner machine to a mining project in India. The Wildcub JAE 38, recently upgraded to include an integrated scrubber system, was showcased at an open day at JAE’s... 

Allmech demineralisation plant improves water quality at food factory

30th July 2023 South African boiler manufacturer and water treatment component supplier Allmech has installed a demineralisation plant to treat borehole water used to supply a Gauteng-based vegetable oil extraction plant, reducing its municipal water costs. Demineralisation plants are installed to remove... 

Allmech demineralisation plant improves water quality at food factory

Ford’s Silverton plant achieves record daily production volume

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2023 Ford South Africa’s Silverton assembly plant, in Pretoria, has achieved its highest daily production number yet, at 704 vehicles. Based on three-shift 24-hour production, the plant is capable of producing up to 720 vehicles a day, or 200 000 vehicles a year. 

Ford’s Silverton plant achieves record daily production volume

Cloudline airships offer greener, low-cost last-mile logistics, monitoring solution

By: Tracy Hancock     2nd July 2023 Local deep tech company Cloudline has secured venture funding from the Raba Partnership, 4Di, Enza Capital, and Schmidt Futures (a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt) to develop and launch the first three deployments of its autonomous airship. The team has already secured... 

Cloudline airships offer greener, low-cost last-mile logistics, monitoring solution

SAB, partners open entries for 100+ Accelerator programme

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2023 Beverage manufacturer South African Breweries (SAB) has invited applicants for the 100+ Accelerator programme, which supports solutions that will contribute to addressing sustainability challenges in South Africa. The programme has been running for five years, with a record number of 46 startup... 

SAB, partners open entries for 100+ Accelerator programme

Amtec expands range with Schneider Electric solar benches as renewables sector explodes

By: Tracy Hancock     4th June 2023 Gauteng educational engineering equipment manufacturer Amtec Techniquip is expanding its range of didactic training benches, in response to the increased need for training in the renewable energy sector, with the development of Schneider Electric solar benches. “Dedicated centres of... 

Amtec expands range with Schneider Electric solar benches as renewables sector explodes

Small manufacturer support crucial to navigating South Africa’s difficulties

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd May 2023 The inability to effectively reduce the crime rate, coupled with government interference in the manufacturing sector, slow economic growth, infrastructure deficiencies, and rising steel prices, inflation and interest rates, create a daunting landscape for South Africa’s local manufacturing... 

 Small manufacturer support crucial to navigating South Africa’s difficulties

Small manufacturer support crucial to navigating South Africa’s difficulties 

By: Simone Liedtke     11th May 2023 The inability to effectively reduce the crime rate, coupled with government interference in the manufacturing sector, slow economic growth, infrastructure deficiencies, and rising steel prices, inflation and interest rates, create a daunting landscape for South Africa’s local manufacturing... 

Small manufacturer support crucial to navigating South Africa’s difficulties

ACM introduces new tech to grow business offering

By: Tracy Hancock     8th May 2023 Tier 1 automotive components supplier Algoa Components Manufacturers (ACM) from Gqeberha has developed a fully automated induction brazing process, in conjunction with an automation specialist, to produce components ordered by major vehicle manufacturers. “The original process used to manufacture... 

ACM introduces new tech to grow business offering

South African-made Revowrap rehabilitates 56” pipeline in Kazakhstan

By: Tracy Hancock     24th April 2023 Randburg engineering composite repair company Carbontech Composite Systems successfully rehabilitated a 50-m-long section of a 56” tail gas pipeline in Kazakhstan last month using its high-temperature, carbon fibre-based Revowrap185 rehabilitation system. Nondestructive testing inspections... 

South African-made Revowrap rehabilitates 56” pipeline in Kazakhstan

MSP’s latest roof supports used by major gold producer

By: Tracy Hancock     7th April 2023 Mining support systems manufacturer Mine Support Products (MSP) has supplied its new Camprop and Hydroprop underground roof supports to a major gold mining company. The first order was delivered in November last year, with orders being continuously placed as the supports are used in the mine... 

MSP’s latest roof supports used by major gold producer

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

By: Tracy Hancock     26th March 2023 Another two local deep-level mines will completely remove compressed air from their operations over the next 18 months, equipping 120 mining crews with drilling equipment supplier HydroPower Systems’ (HPS’) HV212 EOD Hydrovessel drilling system. This includes operations in both gold and... 

Local mines adopting Hydrovessel drilling system

Orders roll in for Dragonfly V commercial drone under development

By: Tracy Hancock     12th March 2023 Western Cape drone developer FlyH2 Aerospace has secured letters of commitment for 56 Dragonfly V – a long endurance, remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) hydrogen-electric aircraft – since the company started development in a surfboard shop in 2017. Designed with low operational cost,... 

Drone on dirt runway readying to take off for test flight.

Italtile attributes underwhelming results to manufacturing challenges

By: Darren Parker     26th February 2023 Tile company Italtile has delivered underwhelming results for the six months to December 31, 2022, with the group’s trading profit 8% lower year-on-year to R1.4-billion, while operating costs increased by 9% year-on-year. “I think most disappointing for us really was the performance by our... 

Italtile attributes underwhelming results to manufacturing challenges

Loadshedding sees demand for petrol-driven lawnmowers rocket

By: Tracy Hancock     12th February 2023 South Africa’s energy crisis has had a significant impact on demand for the electric cord-based cylinder mowers in the Professional range manufactured by Randburg-based lawnmower manufacturer Rolux South Africa. “The demand for petrol-driven models has skyrocketed, making our Professional 17-inch... 

Loadshedding sees demand for petrol-driven lawnmowers rocket

South Africa Shines in Dakar 2023

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2023 Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver, Mathieu Baumel, successfully defended the Dakar title they won for Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) in 2022, when they raced their South African built GR DKR Hilux T1+ over the finish line this weekend.  They sealed the overall victory with a winning... 

Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver, Mathieu Baumel. They may not be South African, but their car was built here. (Note the GP numberplate above the 'Hilux'.)
Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and his French co-driver, Mathieu Baumel. They may not be South African, but their car was built here. (Note the GP numberplate above the 'Hilux'.)

Kanna automated wool press only locally made option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th January 2023 The automated hydraulic wool press from Western Cape farm equipment manufacturer Kanna Industries is the only one of its kind in South Africa, says Kanna Industries founder and owner Willa Nolte.  Kanna has sold almost 60 machines this year. 

Kanna automated wool press only locally made option

Sawubona Mycelium launches beta-glucan-based skincare products

4th December 2022 Local biotechnology company Sawubona Mycelium has introduced two beta-glucan-based skincare products, a hydrating serum and an anti-aging serum, under the brand Blu Beryl. The company manufactures bio-based ingredients and extracts derived from mushroom mycelium for application in the cosmetics,... 

Sawubona Mycelium launches beta-glucan-based skincare products

Dust-A-Side launches hybrid monitoring solution

21st November 2022 Dust control management specialist Dust-A-Side, headquartered in Pretoria, has introduced a comprehensive dust monitoring solution that offers particulate matter (PM) 2.5 and PM 10 real-time monitoring, as well as a manual ASTM-compliant dust fallout unit, which includes a digital dashboard... 

Dust-A-Side launches hybrid monitoring solution
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