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Manufacturing News

Distributor to launch new products at Machine Tools expo

17th May 2024 Power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG will be participating at the Machine Tools Africa exhibition, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at Nasrec, from May 21 to 24. BMG’s stand – Hall 6, F10 – will showcase the company’s comprehensive range of quality... 

Industry organisation eagerly anticipates Machine Tools Africa event

17th May 2024 With a few days to go until the 2024 iteration of the Machine Tools Africa event, to be held from May 21 to 24 at the Nasrec showgrounds, in Johannesburg, industry organisation Machine Tools Merchants’ Association (MTMA) chairperson Mike Lee says all exhibitors are “getting ready to put the... 

Rubber companies urged to go green

17th May 2024 There is a strong drive in and among rubber companies to exchange fossil fuels for renewable-energy sources, says steam and boiler service provider Associated Energy Services (AES). AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber... 

AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith standing in front of a company sign for AES
JORDAN SMITH AES Gauteng regional manager Jordan Smith and AES operations associate director Ray Lund work closely with rubber belting and tyre manufacturers in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape

Machine Tools Africa to play crucial role in education, skills development

By: Simone Liedtke     17th May 2024 The upcoming Machine Tools Africa 2024 exhibition will serve as a comprehensive platform for showcasing the latest innovations in machine tools and related technologies. It also plays a crucial role in education and skills development, which is vital for sustaining industrial growth in South Africa. 

INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY
The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries
INDISPENSABLE OPPORTUNITY The Machine Tools Africa expo aims to be an indispensable gathering for all stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing industries

Company focuses on core competence in complete machining

17th May 2024 Austrian mechanical engineer WFL Millturn Technologies’ latest development has enabled the company to manufacture the complete machining of chuck parts with a diameter of 2 000 mm. The complete machining of chuck parts for the aerospace industry is one of the core competencies of WFL Millturn... 

UNIT FEATURES
The new M20 MILLTURN has a turning machining unit with B-axis and automatic tool change on the lower system.
Photo by Design Tech
UNIT FEATURES The new M20 MILLTURN has a turning machining unit with B-axis and automatic tool change on the lower system.

Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station

17th May 2024 Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is operated by energy infrastructure operator E.ON. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the... 

The Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK
POWERFUL REVAMP The boiler build being undertaken by Valmet for the Steven’s Croft biomass power station will increase efficiencies and output

Solutions provider helps manage emissions reduction

By: Halima Frost     17th May 2024 As a company that delivers modern, efficient solutions for oil and gas burner and boiler installations, Combustion Technology prides itself on its continuous carbon reduction cognisance, both for its own operations and for those of its clients, says Combustion Technology MD Grant Renecle. He... 

A man in a R&D workshop working on Boiler monitoring technologies
WORKING HARD The new Mini MK9 developed by Autoflame and distributed locally by Combustion Technology it can trim the air/fuel ratio of a client's operation by monitoring the actual flame itself

Seifsa, unions commit to addressing access to housing for sector employees

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC) negotiations have concluded with a 7% wage increase over the next year for entry-level workers in the metals and engineering industry and a 6% wage increase over the next year for skilled workers. Entry-level workers will receive a... 

Seifsa president Elias Monage
Seifsa president Elias Monage

Tshwane Automotive SEZ celebrates training of first cohort of youth

By: Schalk Burger     15th May 2024 The Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ) on May 14 celebrated the first cohort of 526 local youths trained in safety, health, environment and quality to participate in different parts of the automotive value chain. These skills were critical in all aspects of the automotive value... 

An automotive component factory in the TASEZ

dtic seeks to create a competitive medical technology industry with new master plan

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th May 2024 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has launched the Medical Technology (MedTech) Master Plan, which is aimed at creating a proficient and competitive medical technology industry over the next three years that will supply domestic and international markets. “The medical... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

New electric pneumatic control valve introduced to market

10th May 2024 Custom solutions provider Bellofram Precision Controls’ new Type 2200 electric-pneumatic control valve is a tailored solution that is customisable to fit unique operational needs of specific applications. The Type 2200 is field-tested for reliability and proven performance, while simultaneously... 

TESTED AND APPROVED
The Type 2200 is field-tested for reliability and proven performance, while simultaneously providing energy savings
TESTED AND APPROVED The Type 2200 is field-tested for reliability and proven performance, while simultaneously providing energy savings

Organisers expect record attendance at event

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 With ballooning foot traffic, demonstrated by an increase in attendance of 81% from 2022 to 2023, the organisers of this year’s Enlit Africa anticipate a “bumper event that will be attended by global dignitaries and industry leaders”. The Enlit Africa 2024 will be held at the Cape Town... 

A man standing on a podium at last years Enlit Africa Event
TAKING TO THE FUTURE This years Enlit Africa theme – Less Talk, More Action – aims to encourage attendees and speakers to move away from talk in favour of action and implementatio

Hydraulic engineering firm revolutionising industry standards

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2024 In response to growing industry demands, hydraulic repair service provider Dosco Precision Hydraulics has carved itself a niche as a leader in the supply and repair of hydraulic pumps and motors, effectively serving the mining and industrial sectors of sub-Saharan Africa for over 30 years. The... 

PURPOSE-BUILT
The purpose-built facility in Sebenza, Edenvale, spans more than 3 000 m2 of workshop and warehouse space
PURPOSE-BUILT The purpose-built facility in Sebenza, Edenvale, spans more than 3 000 m2 of workshop and warehouse space

New tool released

By: Simone Liedtke     10th May 2024 In a strategic move that signifies a pivotal enhancement in the confluence of digital and analogue technologies within the hydraulics and pneumatics sectors in South Africa, flow measurement technology provider Senseca is aiming to revolutionise application versatility, from small-scale machines... 

ENHANCED INTERFACE
The Omniplus IO-link transmitters are specifically tailored for precision in oil flow measurements
ENHANCED INTERFACE The Omniplus IO-link transmitters are specifically tailored for precision in oil flow measurements

Cooling company to highlight new concepts

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 After two successful webinars that unpacked the use of air-cooled condensers (ACC) for recoverable energy in power generation, thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) aims to address future clients and investors at this year’s Enlit Africa 2024, which will be held at the Cape... 

An air-cooled condensers designed and manufactured by IWC
COOL AS A CUCUMBER According to thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Coolin air-cooled condensers are the most efficient, green option for cooling

Cumulative effort to transform grids a hot topic

By: Halima Frost     10th May 2024 Of the 103 countries that in 2020 pledged to reduce global carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane emissions by at least 30%, 54 are African, says global technology giant Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo. These countries have agreed to implement Nationally Determined... 

Siemens South Africa CEO sub-Saharan Africa Sabine Dall’Omo standing on a stage talking
SABINE DALL"OMO A panel – The Factors Determining Success in Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Future – will be sponsored by Siemens, and be led by Dall’Omo on May 22

New clean cooking equipment factory opened in Paarl

By: Rebecca Campbell     9th 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.... 

A Multi-Application Fuel Efficient Cookstove
A Multi-Application Fuel Efficient Cookstove

Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory 

9th May 2024 Africa’s largest food processing company, Tiger Brands, has unveiled a new peanut butter manufacturing facility for its Black Cat brand in Krugersdorp, which marks the single-largest capital investment that Tiger Brands has undertaken in South Africa.  

Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory
Tiger Brands invests R300m in new Black Cat factory

Patel believes industrial policy needs continued investment to yield full potential

By: Darren Parker     7th May 2024 Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has called for rapid scaling up of infrastructure spending, among other urgent initiatives, to ensure current industrial policy can succeed. He was speaking at the launch of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (dtic’s) newly... 

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Decarbonising industrial operations requires concerted effort

By: Bridget Lepere     7th May 2024 Decarbonisation requires comprehensive and multifaceted approaches and standardised processes across various industries. It should involve mobilising an organisation, managing information flow, digitising operations to manage the complexity of the circular economy and decarbonising supply chains... 

From left to right are Schwarz Unternehmenskommunikation corporate responsibility VP Florian Schütze, Siemens managing board member and Siemens Smart Infrastructure CEO Matthias Rebellius, Mercedes-Benz planning VP Arno van der Merwe and moderator Chris Brow in discussion at the Hannover Messe 2024 expo.
From left to right are Schwarz Unternehmenskommunikation corporate responsibility VP Florian Schütze, Siemens managing board member and Siemens Smart Infrastructure CEO Matthias Rebellius, Mercedes-Benz planning VP Arno van der Merwe and moderator Chris Brow in discussion at the Hannover Messe 2024 expo.

DTPC launches Dube TradeZone 2, attracts R1.8bn in private investment

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th May 2024 KwaZulu-Natal provincial entity Dube TradePort Corporation (DTPC) has launched its Dube TradeZone 2 – the second phase of the industrial precinct and special economic zone (SEZ) adjacent to the King Shaka International Airport. Dube TradeZone 2 has, to date, attracted R1.8-billion in... 

Poulos Ngcobo - Dube TradePort deputy board chairperson;  Pearl Bhengu - iThala Development Finance Corporation; Siboniso Duma - KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Mpumelelo Zikalala - Dube TradePort board chairperson; Hamish Erskine - Dube TradePort CEO; and Khanyisani Shandu - Trade and Investment KZN board chairperson
Poulos Ngcobo - Dube TradePort deputy board chairperson; Pearl Bhengu - iThala Development Finance Corporation; Siboniso Duma - KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; Mpumelelo Zikalala - Dube TradePort board chairperson; Hamish Erskine - Dube TradePort CEO; and Khanyisani Shandu - Trade and Investment KZN board chairperson

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

Reigniting growth in South Africa's real economy  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd May 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer talks about the highs and lows of South Africa's real economy in the 30 years of democracy, as well as what could be done to reignite the manufacturing sector in particular. 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Reigniting growth in South Africa's real economy

Noncompliant electrical cables in South Africa risk safety

3rd May 2024 The proliferation of substandard and noncompliant electric cable products in the South African market poses significant risks to consumers and businesses, especially amid the country’s constrained and stagnating economy, says electronics manufacturer Apex Cordset Technologies (Apex). Apex is a... 

NONCOMPLIANCE RISKS
Noncompliant electrical cables may compromise the safety of consumers by potentially leading to hazards such as overheating, short circuits, fires and electrical shockS
Photo by Adobe Stock - AI Generated
NONCOMPLIANCE RISKS Noncompliant electrical cables may compromise the safety of consumers by potentially leading to hazards such as overheating, short circuits, fires and electrical shockS

Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked on an initiative known as the Biofibre Hub Project. Positioned within the expansive 9 003 ha Coega... 

MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond
MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond

Local product ensures efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Addressing global challenges such as climate change and the growing focus on sustainable development was front of mind in the development of Pratliperl by local manufacturer Pratley, says Pratley marketing director Eldon Kruger. “The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced and processed in... 

LOCALLY SOURCED
The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine
LOCALLY SOURCED The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine

Company proactively enhancing offering

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 While diversified manufacturing company Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings, broader structural changes are necessary to safeguard and advance the manufacturing sector in South Africa, the company says. It therefore advocates for several key changes... 

PRODUCT & SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS
Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings
PRODUCT & SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS Frankwen Forge is taking proactive steps to adapt and enhance its service offerings

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

SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from Woodstock to Paarden Island to Montagu Gardens, with the latter also housing a substantial warehouse.... 

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AMSA to convert one Vanderbijlpark blast furnace to an electric arc furnace by 2028 

By: Darren Parker     2nd May 2024 Steelmaker ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Kobus Verster has confirmed that the company will be converting one of its three blast furnaces into an electric arc furnace (EAF) within the next four years. The company currently has two blast furnaces in operation at its Vanderbijlpark facility.... 

blast furnace at AMSA
In this video, AMSA CEO Kobus Verster tells Engineering News about the company's plans to decarbonise.

Absa PMI rises to 54 in April on the back of improved business activity

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd May 2024 The seasonally adjusted Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) improved to 54 in April, following a dip to 49.2 – below the neutral 50-point mark – in March, on the back of improved business activity, while better domestic demand filtered through to higher new sales orders. A full month of no... 

A beverage can factory

Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?

By: Terence Creamer     26th April 2024 In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end the economy’s persistent underperformance 

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Jetting units used proactively in maintenance

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 Severe flooding events along South Africa’s coastal regions have underscored the crucial role of resilient infrastructure in managing excessive rainfall, says pumps supplier Werner Pumps, which has committed to delivering 50 custom-built vehicles, at five vehicles a month, to a municipality in... 

ENHANCED MAINTENANCE
The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems
ENHANCED MAINTENANCE The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems

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

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range 

24th April 2024 Amid the compounding effects of loadshedding in South Africa and increasing concerns about climate change, appliance manufacturer Defy has launched its Solar Off-Grid fridge and freezer range to address local energy challenges. Sabrina Jardim tells us more. 

Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range
Defy launches solar-powered off-grid range

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

By: Terence Creamer     23rd April 2024 The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects electric vehicle (EV) sales to rise to a record 17-million in 2024, representing more than one in every five passenger cars sold, but with sales likely to remain highly concentrated in the Chinese, European and US markets. Sales rose by 35% last year... 

IEA expects another record year for EVs in 2024, but sales remain concentrated

Project envisions rollout of smart LPG, solar systems, hydrogen stoves to 3.51m indigent households

By: Darren Parker     22nd April 2024 Energy solutions company Kili Energy is spearheading a large-scale initiative, the Kili Energy Clean Energy Democratisation Project, to provide smart liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) canisters and stoves, smart solar systems and novel hydrogen-powered stoves to 3.51-million indigent households in... 

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