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The upgraded sixth-generation Isuzu KB

Numerous upgrades to recently launched bakkie

18th November 2016

Owing to ongoing local dealer and customer feedback, General Motors South Africa (GMSA) launched the Isuzu KB 2016 range, consisting of 17 models, in September. GMSA VP sales, service and marketing... 

Automotive sales figures reflect decline, but there is hope

18th November 2016

National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) president and Nissan Group of Africa MD Mike Whitfield tells Engineering News that the recent slight decline in light... 

BRADFORD BREAKER Tenova Client Support Services has upgraded several Bradford Breakers

Company offers aftermarket maintenance services for various industries

11th November 2016

Opencast mining and mineral processing equipment specialist Tenova Takraf Africa offers maintenance and refurbishment services through its Tenova Client Support Services business unit, currently... 

BOAT MAINTENANCE Internally lubricated polymer bearings for fishing boats increase maintenance intervals

Improved dispatch times reduce maintenance delays

11th November 2016

Self-lubricating bearing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings is ensuring that its internally lubricated polymers and polymer bearings for fishing boats are exported faster to Mauritius to ensure prompt... 

The effective mechanisation of a mine comprises three important factors – process excellence, operational excellence and energy efficiency

Mechanisation of mines inevitable

4th November 2016

The African mining sector is under pressure to become three times more efficient in minerals processing to ensure its sustainability amid low commodity prices, producing more product at a lower... 

The axle offers up to 35% more brake power to ensure reliability under full load conditions on all operating grades

Enhanced drivetrain solutions a response to mining industry needs

28th October 2016

Drivetrain, sealing and thermal-management technologies supplier Dana expects to start preproduction tests in the first quarter of 2017 for its Spicer 20D rigid nonsteering axle designed for... 

The transition of mines to include greater mechanisation and automation is way too slow

Greater urgency needed in adopting mechanisation in South Africa

28th October 2016

For the local mining industry to ensure its sustainability, the industry needs to accelerate the rate at which it is adopting new technology, mechanical engineering consultant CMTI Consulting MD Dr... 

The development of the electric traction system on the Fermel battery-driven electric hauler has led to improved battery management, but, more importantly, zero-emissions mining technology

Electric hauler prototype on cards for January

28th October 2016

The prototype of the 25 t electric hauler vehicle, with applications in soft- and hard-rock mining, from Johannesburg-headquartered underground trackless mining machinery manufacturer Fermel, is... 

The MT1000 is equipped with a drill rig and mechanical breaker for nonexplosive mining or a multi-drill rig for conventional stoping

Patented mining technology to be released month-end

28th October 2016

Local ultra-low-profile mining machinery and equipment supplier CMTI Consulting expects to release its patented MT100, MT1000 and automated brake tester technologies for mines by the end of this... 

The Opera House upgrades included the use of stainless steel, which created a distinctly contemporary and elegant architectural expression to the foyer extension

Stainless steel worth more than R500 000 installed at heritage site

21st October 2016

Since the completion of upgrades to the Opera House in Port Elizabeth – a 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association Awards finalist in the architecture building and construction... 

Kite Boy was made using reflective stainless steel

Stainless steel art becomes part of community upliftment centre

21st October 2016

The 2016 Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association art category award finalist for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s Helenvale Resource Centre project is unusual as it is not... 

The pump will be used to pump 2 700 m3/h of phosphoric acid containing solids at a head of 40 m.

Duplex stainless steel pumps manufacturer expands internationally

21st October 2016

South Africa-based slurry pumps manufacturer Hazleton Pumps last month received an order valued at R5-million to manufacture the largest vertical spindle pump ever produced or built in the country.... 

2016 steel awards uptake proves to be the most successful

21st October 2016

For this year’s Columbus Stainless Steel Awards, the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) has doubled the number of judging panellists, increased the number of awards... 

The design and engineering of the AndPure Magnetic Mixer catered to the need for a solution of ultra-hygienic mixing in the pharmaceutical sector

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award

21st October 2016

Designer and manufacturer of processing equipment Anderson Engineering’s AndPure Magnetic Mixer, fabricated entirely from stainless steel and used to mix liquid products, is particularly popular in... 

The scope of the mini excavator product range will be up to 6 t and include 14 models globally

Agreement reached for production of construction equipment

7th October 2016

Construction equipment manufacturers CNH Industrial and industrial equipment manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed an exclusive ten-year agreement, with the option of renewal, for... 

Blockwork is laid about 20% to 30% faster than conventional, traditional systems

Construction additive product provides cheaper and faster building alternative

7th October 2016

South Africa's housing shortage may be solved faster, cheaper and in a more ecofriendly way owing to the Selcrete additive building product, which only requires mixing cement and polystyrene, says... 

The balcony for each apartment will be fabricated from old sun visors repurposed as balustrades

Conversion project uses new building technologies

7th October 2016

The Braamfontein Gate construction project, which entails converting a 30-storey office block into more than 400 residential apartments using the latest building technologies and designs, is... 

Belt tightening is a trend likely to continue

Components supply remains stable despite unstable industry

30th September 2016

The availability and supply of imported automotive equipment components during the first quarter of 2016 remained stable despite continually being affected by exchange rate movements, says... 

The product is designed for attaching control documentation to bins, crates and racking in diverse industries.

Components packages in marketing stage

30th September 2016

The Marken range label holder, used to hold documentation onto component boxes and stillage in the automotive sector, is actively being marketed, says custom designer and manufacturer of packaging... 

Healthy components industry needed to drive local content

30th September 2016

The drive toward local content in respect of South Africa’s automotive industry production could support the components industry, says National Association of Automotive Manufacturers of South... 

New components can grow automotive sector

30th September 2016

The depth in component production capacity in South Africa’s automotive sector must be ratcheted up, and ways of attracting wider automotive value chain activities, as seen in competitor economies,... 

BERNARD SWANEPOEL Early engagement is the solution to ensuring participation of the mining industry’s key stakeholders at the event

Facilitating stakeholder engagement to drive industry growth

23rd September 2016

Trying to address all the problems the African mining industry faces in two days is a challenge, says Joburg Indaba chairperson Bernard Swanepoel, but he believes that the annual Joburg Indaba... 

Mining companies are focused on cost cutting, improving productivity, capital discipline and adjustment to ensure their survival

Investor confidence ‘concerning’, key to industry growth

23rd September 2016

The South African mining sector needs policies that recognise the type of investment that mining demands and which reduce the risks related to investing in long-term projects to encourage... 

BOLD MOVES Platinum demand is expected to rise in the short to medium term through an uptake of fuel cells in the stationary, mining and materials handling sectors

Price deflation of fuel cells depends on uptake

16th September 2016

In spite of the current costs involved in the production of fuel cells, platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is positive that the deployment and uptake of the technology will will improve... 

When using hydrogen gas as a fuel, the carbon footprint is completely eliminated and particulate matter is not produced

Completion of fuel cell projects earmarked for 2017

16th September 2016

Platinum producer Impala Platinum (Implats) is finalising the development of a fuel cell-driven load haul dumper (LHD) prototype, which it expects to be ready for trials in underground mines by the... 

The fuel cell industry is poised for growth, but uptake remains 'bedevilled' by high capital costs of products and a lack of refuelling infrastructure

South Africa must embrace new fuel cell manufacturing industry

16th September 2016

South Africa needs to become a manufacturer of fuel cell components and associated technologies using platinum-group metals (PGMs). This will create additional revenue streams, as well as skilled... 

MAKHAPA MAKHAFOLA The biggest potential new market will be the automotive sector

National project more than halfway to meeting goal

16th September 2016

The National Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Technologies Flagship Project, or Hydrogen South Africa (HySA), is more than halfway through its 15-year timeline and 40% of the milestones on the road to... 

The cost of power in Zambia forms a large part of a mine’s production costs

Zambia facing challenges, but there is hope

9th September 2016

Copper-rich Zambia’s mining industry challenges, such as a lack of transparency regarding its tax regime, have had significant negative macroeconomic impacts on the country's economy. However, with... 

The mining sector has undergone a lot of changes in recent years

Re-election could create stability for Zambian mining sector

9th September 2016

Zambia’s recent electoral results, where more than 50% of votes were in favour of the Patriotic Front (PF), indicate citizens’ need for continuity in the country, with the outcome conveying a... 

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More electricity generation capacity is required in Zambia

Energy security key for prosperous copper mines

9th September 2016

The recent prolonged drought in Zambia, home to an energy-intensive copper mining industry, brings the need for additional and diversified electricity production to the fore, as the country has... 


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