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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... 

Institute warns of looming change in standards

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height (IWH) continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector. As a result of... 

Two men on a scaffold wearing PPE and safety harnesses
STANDING FOR STANDARDS The Institute for Work at Height continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector

Industry body condemns fuel adulteration

15th March 2024 Industry body the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) has affirmed in a statement released in January that it condemns the adulteration of diesel with illuminating paraffin. It added that Sapia members have zero-tolerance policies towards fuel adulteration to ensure that quality... 

Fuel pumps being held by a mans hand
FILL 'ER UP The illegal adulteration of diesel fuel by adding paraffin seams to be on the incline

Methanol surge expected to continue

15th March 2024 In recent years, the demand for methanol has witnessed a significant surge, particularly within the marine and construction industries, states analytical reportage company Persistence Market Research. The observation of this upward trend prompted Persistence Market Research to conduct a... 

a glass bottle with clear methanol inside and a sticker on with the chemical compound breakdown on the front
MAKING METHNOL Methanol is used as a feedstock for the synthesis of numerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, acetic acid and methyl tertiary-butyl ether

Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems 

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

A unitrans tanker at a depot in the setting sun
Unitrans chemicals and explosives transport head Bryce Varner and Unitrans business development: petroleum head Ray Singh discuss compliance and its fleet. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.02.2024

Biobased plastics launched to transform auto sector

15th March 2024 A consortium led by sustainable technology innovator Sonichem has been granted nearly R14.6-million in funding from UK government agency Innovate UK’s 'Resource efficiency for materials and manufacturing' (REforMM) programme. The funding will accelerate the development of the proprietary Sonichem... 

An info graphic Car with Green parts manufactured from petrochemicals
GOOD CARMA The production of renewable, cost-effective alternatives to petrochemicals commonly used in the production of plastics, resins and composites within the automotive industry

Built Environment Indaba to address substandard project delivery, other challenges

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2024 Poor-quality projects, site invasions and inadequate transformation are some of the key issues that will be addressed at the inaugural Built Environment Indaba, which will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, on April 4 and 5. “We have a lot of incomplete projects. We also have... 

worker's hands, laying cement

Sizable trunnion cast for SAG mill breakdown

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 Mill roll and ring manufacturer South Africa Roll Company (Sarco) has delivered what it believes to be the largest locally cast semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill trunnion casting to grinding mill manufacturer New Concept Projects (NCP). NCP needed the cast for a client that experienced an... 

A large metal trunnion hanging from supports before being loaded on to a truck for transport
MILLING MILESTONE The trunnion cast by Sarco for a SAG Mill is believed to be one of the largest ever cast in South Africa

AI tech reduces foundry’s energy consumption

8th March 2024 Danish iron foundry Birn announced in December it had completed an artificial intelligence (AI) project in cooperation with automatic pouring technology developer and manufacturer Pour-tech AB to optimise dosing of molten iron from casting machines into moulds. The project aimed to reduce energy... 

New analysers launched at Indaba

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 International elemental analysis company Innov-X Africa has taken delivery of the newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers, which were showcased at this year’s Investing in African Mining Indaba, held in Cape Town last month.   The company also plans to promote... 

The newly launched Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysers one blue and one yellow
NEXT-GEN PRODUCTS The new Vanta Max and Vanta Core X-ray fluorescence analysers being distributed by Innov-X Africa were launched at this year's Investing in African Mining Indaba

Dry ice blaster popular in cleaning applications

By: Halima Frost     8th March 2024 With more than 30 units of the Intelblast (IBL) 3000 having been sold to foundries, forges and die-casting companies across South Africa, blasting machine manufacturer Dry Ice Blasting Services continues to maintain its foothold in the sector. More than 200 of the industrial-sized dry ice... 

The new IBL 3000 dry ice blasting machine sold by Dry Ice Blasting Solutions
AS DRY AS ICE The use of solid carbon dioxide, or dry ice, reduces wet waste during the cleaning for foundries, forges and die-cast companies

Energy company driving global move to renewables

15th December 2023 In South Africa, global renewable-power producer Scatec has initiated numerous projects under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme contributing towards a more sustainable energy grid. The company says that as a major player in the renewables space, its role... 

A man in PPE under a Solar PV Panel installation conducting quality assurance checks
THE WHOLE SOLUTION Scatec has successfully contributed to many of South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programmes

New waste management system has multiple environmental benefits

By: Halima Frost     1st December 2023 Sustainable waste management solutions provider Asher Africa’s latest waste management system effectively decreases a client's waste output and offers an “almost emissions-free process”, contributing to a client's decarbonisation efforts. The Asher, introduced to the South African market in... 

The Asher machine installed at a client which incinerates waste in a more environment friendly manner
BREAKING IT DOWN The Asher uses lower operating temperatures to reduce waste to an ash more efficiently

Manufacturing Indaba fosters industry ties

By: Nadine Ramdass     17th November 2023 The recent Manufacturing Indaba conference provided State-owned research body National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) with a platform to highlight the importance of accurate measurements in manufacturing, as well as to showcase its solutions and engage with customers. As an exhibitor... 

An image of NMISA's measurement equipment
REACHING THE RIGHT AUDIENCE The Manufacturing Indaba gives NMISA the opportunity to showcase its offerings to the manufacturing sector

Carrier appoints cargo handler in US

3rd November 2023 The cargo and logistics arm of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) airline Etihad Airways, Etihad Cargo, has appointed global carrier provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS), a member of the SATS Group, as the carrier's US cargo handling partner to enhance its capabilities in the region. Etihad Cargo... 

An Etihad cargo plane flying over Central Park in New York city
FLYING HIGH Etihad Cargo will now make use of three American facilities owned and operated by Worldwide Flight Services

Converter plants beneficial

27th October 2023 With a focus on future-oriented stainless steelmaking, metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group offers converter steel plants for carbon and stainless steel worldwide. This includes complex Basic Oxygen Furnace and Argon Oxygen Decarburisation converter steel plants with a higher degree of... 

an image depicting a cold pilger mill
COLD PILGERING The SMS group offers its cold pilger technology for the forming of high-quality seamless tubes

Manufacturer supplies ‘perfect’ solution for ball mill

29th September 2023 Earlier this year bearing and rotating technology specialist SKF South Africa was approached by a key client to assist with a bearing and housing selection for a ball mill that is being produced for a site in north-west Africa and managed to deliver a complete cost-effective solution within the... 

A Blue spherical roller housing used in a ball mill manufactured by SKF
ON THE BALL The custom housing for the ball mill was locally designed and manufactured by SKF

Organisers preparing for biggest event yet

By: Halima Frost     29th September 2023 Events marketing and public relations house Siyenza Management will celebrate the hosting of the tenth Manufacturing Indaba, with this year’s edition being the largest edition to date. The event will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from October 24 to 26. 

South African Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel at a podium during a discussion at last years Manufacturing Indaba
BIG PERSONALITIES Notable attendees will give their opinions, ideas and prospects for the sector at this years Manufacturing Indaba

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,... 

A gentleman giving a talk standing on a stage in front of a large screen with the word PHYGITAL
TRENDING TOPICS The topics for the Manufacturing Indaba this year will cover new trends, challenges, and prospects going forward

Supplemental solutions beneficial

29th September 2023 Temporary power generation supplier Aggreko, an official sponsor at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba being held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in October, states that climate change is a hot topic in today’s world – and for good reason. With the last decade reported as the warmest on record,... 

a mobile cooling solution offered by Aggreko to a client
PROBLEM SOLVING SOLUTIONS The mobile rental energy solutions offered by Aggreko have numerous advantages

Abrasives used in robotic applications

29th September 2023 The use of robotics in manufacturing continues to grow at a rapid rate as businesses invest in automation to remain competitive. PFERD-South Africa national sales manager Dennis Phillips reveals that when implementing robotic applications in manufacturing, it is crucial to pair this... 

Empowering women

29th September 2023 In an endeavour to advance economic growth in developing nations, governments are employing strategies focused on the economic empowerment of women, says events marketing and public relations house Siyenza Management. It adds that studies reveal that, when women are economically enabled,... 

Event continues to impress

By: Halima Frost     15th September 2023 Southern Africa's premier event for the general aviation industry, AERO South Africa took place this year at the Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane, Gauteng, from July 6 to 9. The event was presented by Messe Frankfurt South Africa in partnership with Fairnamic – organisers of Europe’s... 

a light aircraft on the runway at the Wonderboom National Airport in Tshwane
FLY-IN HIGH the Fly in option was well received by visitors who could literally fly in to the event

Two aerospace research projects under spotlight

15th September 2023 Aerospace Industry Support Initiative (AISI), an initiative of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in conjunction with prominent aerospace design company Ontrack Technologies, reports its ongoing support of two projects currently under way. The projects listed are the... 

a newly developed Jonker Sailplane in the air
PLANE SAILING The newly developed Jonker Sailplane aims to push the boundaries of aerodynamics, materials, and manufacturing techniques

Emissions requirement postponed for Kusile

25th August 2023 The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) announced in June that the National Air Quality Officer (NAQO) has granted State-owned power utility Eskom a postponement to meet Minimum Emission Standards (MES) at its Kusile power station. The postponement will be in effect from... 

A view of a Kusile stack through a maze of metal scaffolding
KEEPING KUSILE The emissions standards requirement which needs to be met by Kusile has been postponed untill March 2025 by The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

Microgrid roll-out gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     25th August 2023 After the successful commissioning of State-owned power utility Eskom’s third microgrid, at the Swartkop dam, in the Northern Cape, the company aims to launch its next two microgrids at Nomalengena Village, in the Eastern Cape, and Nounieput, also in the Northern Cape, by December 31, 2023. The... 

A solar and battery powered microgrid developed and built by Eskom at the Swartkop dam in the Northern Cape
SEEING THE LIGHT Eskom has rolled out its third solar microgrid as part of a greater plan to provide universal access to electricity using clean and reliable technologies to remote areas

Refurbishment under way at Kriel

By: Halima Frost     25th August 2023 Thermal solutions specialist Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) is working with State-owned power utility Eskom on the refurbishment of two natural draught cooling towers at its Kriel power station, in Mpumalanga. The refurbishment includes the installation of fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP)... 

the cooling towers and stacks with smoke pluming out the top
TOWERING ABOVE THE REST The cooling tower refurbishment at a power station in Mpumalanga is being undertaken by industry specialists Industrial Water Cooling

SABS cautions suppliers, consumers to be wary of associations that appoint themselves as regulators, watchdogs or governing bodies

23rd August 2023 The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has noticed an increasing trend of some associations and industry bodies trying to derail the credibility of the SABS and creating confusion by publishing misleading information about their authority to regulate or govern certain industries. The SABS... 

Company spotlights new trend in rope access

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2023 Emerging rope access company Vertical Logic Rope Access MD Craig Muller highlights an “interesting new trend” in the rise of robotics and third-party access initiatives, such as drones, and other unmanned non-destructive testing (NDT) devices in work-at-height applications and projects. He says... 

SAFETY VANGUARD
Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles
SAFETY VANGUARD Vertical Logic consistently promotes awareness of total quality and safety principles

SA distributor announced

18th August 2023 Materials handling solutions provider Barloworld BayWa (BHBW) has introduced Yale lift trucks to the South African market following its appointment by lift trucks and aftermarket parts manufacturer Hyster-Yale Group as a dual Hyster and Yale dealer. BHBW, which has more than 90 years’ experience... 

The yellow Yale lift truck range lined up on a white background
THE LINE UP The Yale lift truck range will complement BHBW's already notable offerings

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

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

Yearly materials handling conference well represented

By: Halima Frost     18th August 2023 This year’s International Materials Handling Conference (IMHC), Beltcon21, was held on August 2 and 3 at the Emperor's Palace Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Gauteng. Beltcon – the leading conveyor event in Africa – again played host to an impressive speaker line-up of reputable international... 

A large conveyor system carrying coal
GAINING MOMENTUM The materials handling and conveyor sectors benefited form the topics discussed at this years Beltcon 21

Steel suppliers expected to meet new standards

18th August 2023 With greater emphasis being placed on safety in the South African steel industry, local suppliers of conveyance piping can no longer merely be accredited by the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), owing to the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) having suspended the SABS’... 

Valuer numbers need boosting to avoid possible crisis

By: Bridget Lepere     4th August 2023 South Africa has fewer than 1 500 registered professionals in residential and commercial property valuation, and fewer than 650 valuer candidates; this demonstrates that property valuation is an untapped career path, says real estate property custodian South African Institute of Valuers (SAIV)... 

Image of South African Institute of Valuer president Dianne de Wet.
DIANNE DE WET Commercial property owners with properties above 2 000 m2 have been given a two-and-a-half year reprieve to measure their properties’ energy compliance or risk paying fines of up to R5-million and/or face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years

Market hindered by interest rates, economic stagnation

By: Bridget Lepere     4th August 2023 The commercial property market experienced a 5.6% decline in sales activity in the first quarter of 2023, compared with the same quarter in 2022, owing to numerous factors, including rising interest rates and the oversupply of office space, says property valuations custodian South African... 

Image of building being refurbished
REDEFINING VALUE The industry is battling major challenges with the construction which is costing the economy billions of rands
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