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WARREN SCHEWITZ & ARIELLA KUPER Clear Asset strongly encourages the move to an online auctioneering space, arguing that it enhances returns, as acquiring equipment becomes more efficient and easy to manage

Online auctions free up working capital fast

26th January 2018

Online mining equipment auctions have the potential to help stimulate growth in the African mining sector, says independent online auction solutions company Clear Asset MD and cofounder Ariella... 


EXPERT ACCESS
It is important for Deloitte and its clients to engage on topical issues during the 2018 Investing in African Mining Indaba, with clients also enjoying having access to global experts

African mining off course to achieve bullish growth forecasts

26th January 2018

The short-term mining cycle looks positive for Africa, but the continent is “way off achieving bullish growth forecasts”, largely owing to regulatory and infrastructural constraints, advisory firm... 


DARREN SINGH
New markets are seen as an exciting opportunity for Container World

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

1st December 2017

The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank... 


EFFICIENT HEATING
Eltherm’s EHT system makes controlled, efficient and constant heating solutions for tanktainers and road tankers

Local company popularises electrical heat tracing

1st December 2017

Amid escalating costs of heating containers using traditional methods, such as steam or gas, a more cost-effective, efficient and controlled method of ensuring the constant heating of containers is... 


LT20 TUBULAR LASER
Chadha (left) and Rippon’s investment in the LT20 was prompted by winning two significant power generation projects

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

24th November 2017

Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel... 


FITNESS CENTRAL The Lani Service Centre has responded to the growing demand to promote healthy lifestyle choices

Outdoor gym sites increase

24th November 2017

With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings... 


PHILLIPP BURGEBER AND ANDREW POOLE Bystronic eomphasises the importance of automation ancilaries for competitive manufacturing

Company embraces industry trends and challenges

24th November 2017

The major  trend in steel construction globally is very much towards high-end automation driven by integrated software solutions, which has led to local industrial manufacturer and distributor... 


DODDS PRINGLE
Clients must be aware of advertised quality standards in the steel construction industry

Declining industry could compromise steel industry quality standards

24th November 2017

Cost-cutting measures have been forced upon companies that wish to remain in business in the steel construction and cladding sector, however, this could have a major impact on product safety and... 


MINDSET SHIFT
ExxonMobil is committed to making people understand the importance of reducing their energy consumption

Energy-saving guide promotes sustainable mindset industry

10th November 2017

International oil and gas company ExxonMobil has recently launched an energy- saving guide for the plastics industry to demonstrate to major companies in plastics how they can better manage their... 


ECOBOXX ACDC Dynamics offers portable, cost effective solar power solutions

Affordability makes energy efficient solutions accessible

10th November 2017

Increasing emphasis on the importance of energy efficiency and sustainable energy solutions has resulted in energy efficient lighting solutions using solar power becoming more cost effective.... 


MONITORED CONSUMPTION
NCPC-SA is trying to find ways to optimise South Africa’s energy consumption

Organisation assists business in becoming energy efficient

10th November 2017

Lack of energy supply security, economic costs associated with energy, and environmental costs, such as depleting resources, contributing to climate change are just some of the factors that can be... 


SMART SOLUTIONS
ElectroMechanica’s smart home solutions enable users to control and monitor their energy consumption from their smartphone

Monitoring energy consumption fosters efficiency

10th November 2017

Being aware of how much energy one consumes is key in energy efficiency and management, and has the potential to significantly reduce energy consumption in businesses and residential households,... 


LIGHTING THE WAY EUREM trainees are taught basic knowledge of energy efficiency, with an emphasis on energy efficient lighting systems

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

10th November 2017

The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering... 


ROTI BALOGUN
The competition is a proactive way of  bridging the needs of industry

Competition equips students with practical energy efficiency knowledge

10th November 2017

International digital industrial company General Electric (GE) Africa held the University Business Challenge Competition last month, putting into practice its commitment to helping boost learning... 


ECO-MARATHON
Fostering an energy efficient-conscious mind-set among students is the first step towards embracing energy efficiency

Student competition fosters innovative energy solutions

10th November 2017

In a bid to allow South African engineering students to explore and understand energy efficiency and solutions, Gauteng-based tertiary institution the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has partnered... 


CUSTOMER INFLUENCE
Increased need for high levels of automation from industry has led to the implemention of the mobile racking storage solution

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

3rd November 2017

With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has... 


WAREHOUSING SERVICES SMS group’s warehouse service offers clients cost-effective warehousing solutions

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

3rd November 2017

Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing... 


THINK SMALL
Big industries and big underground mines are too capital intensive

Small-scale opencast mining to boost industry

27th October 2017

For diamond mining company De Beers’ Venetia mine GM, Benford Mokoatle, opencast mining is the future, owing to changing priorities and mindsets within industry, which must occur to sustain the... 


SOCIAL CAPITAL 
Investing in communities and involving them in important discussions is crucial to sustainable mining operations

Diamond company invests in mining communities

27th October 2017

There is a new language to be learnt and a new mindset to be adopted in South Africa’s opencast mining industry, says diamond mining company De Beers’ Limpopo-based Venetia mine GM Benford... 


PERFORMANCE UPGRADE
Cummins Filtration has improved fleet availability and reliability, reducing overall maintenance costs for the operation of rigid dump trucks at Tharisa

Openpit mine enhancing rigid dump truck performance

27th October 2017

The Tharisa openpit platinum, gold and chrome mine, in the North West, has embarked on a value-add improvement project to extend the length of oil-drain intervals on a specific fleet of rigid dump... 


DEVELOPED ON DEMAND  The DX900i is Sandvik's latest answer to the evolving technological needs of the surface mining industry

Drill series evolved to increase cost effectiveness and productivity

27th October 2017

Intelligence platforms have been added to Sweden-headquartered engineering company Sandvik Mining and Technology’s Ranger series of drills to allow for automation, data connectivity and improved... 


BEDFORD DAM
The Bedford Dam, constructed in 2011, is one of the few notable water infrastructure projects in the past 20 years

Population increase outstrips water infrastructure

13th October 2017

With South Africa’s population rapidly increasing in the past 60 years, water scarcity and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to be of concern, says water components supplier African Pipes,... 


CONFORMING TO STANDARDS
SATAS or SABS accreditation is essential to ensuring reliable water infrastructure that adheres to strict standards

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions

13th October 2017

Fundamental conformities not being upheld during the manufacturing stages of pipe production has exacerbated South Africa’s current water scarcity, says plastics and polymer testing laboratory... 


Technology suitable for South African context

13th October 2017

In the quest to mitigate water supply difficulties that have been prevalent in South Africa in the past few years, international engineering consultancy and technology provider Royal HaskoningDHV... 


EFFICIENCY GOALS Rand Transmission South BALANCE The intricate balance of polyester chords, neoprene and outer fabric has contributed to the efficiency of TAGEX V-Belts

Manufacturer strives to meet industry demands

6th October 2017

With demand for pump efficiency prevalent in the past five to ten years, industrial equipment supplier Rand Transmission South Africa (SA) has changed and aligned its product range to meet market... 


INNOVATION
Wilo Pump products aim for efficiency, versatility and innovation

Customer awareness key to investment confidence

6th October 2017

Consumers and end-users in the pumps industry must become more educated and aware of product ranges and technological advances before investing in their next purchase, emphasises pumps products and... 


NONDESTRUCTIVE EFFICIENCY High-pressure water jetting allows for concrete removal without rebar damage

High-pressure water jetting pumps witness growth in market

6th October 2017

In the last three to four years, hydrodemolition by means of automated technological advances has become an increasingly popular method for significant concrete repairs, says water blasting and... 


BIG PLANS HydraTherm has upcoming ranges of energy efficient water heating solutions in the gas and solar water sectors for 2018

Integrated heat pumps provide cost-effective energy efficiency

6th October 2017

With the South African heat pumps market experiencing a high-growth phase, driven by the cost of energy, energy efficiency requirements for buildings, and overall cost and performance efficiency of... 


FLOOD MITIGATION
The 1 200 nominal bore (NB) Brehnor Ornel Floodlifter pump on the right, with a smaller 600 NB pump on the left

Pumps investment solidifies Mozambique sugar industry

6th October 2017

South African pumps manufacturer and supplier Brehnor Pumps has commissioned two Ornel Floodlifter 1 200-mm-diameter pumps on the Xinavane sugar estate, in Mozambique, owned by agricultural and... 


ROSEMARY FALCON
The Fossil Fuel Foundation’s co-founder and executive committee member believes circulating fluidised-bed combustion is the preferred technology

CFBC the preferred coal combustion technology

22nd September 2017

Among the coal combustion technologies developed to achieve lower emissions, circulating fluidised-bed combustion (CFBC) technology is the preferred clean coal technology option, says Fossil Fuel... 


ALL ENCOMPASSING Fraser Alexander is able to service clients across the coal washing and processing value chain

Minerals processing business bullish about future, despite industry challenges

22nd September 2017

Based on substantial growth over the past 12 years, mining and industrial services provider Fraser Alexander’s minerals processing business intends to double its revenue within the next three to... 


SECOND CHANCE
The trend of returning to underground mines and turning them into opencast mines is a cost-effective alternative to exploration

Companies find use for abandoned underground coal mines

22nd September 2017

Forsaken underground coal mines are increasingly being reopened using opencast mining methods, according to independent mining advisory group Ukwazi senior mining engineer Adriaan Strydom, who... 


LEGISLATION DERAILING
Rail infrastructure is crucial in Africa and South Africa, but can only be finalised once legislation surrounding independent power producers is finalised

Electricity exports create investment opportunity for S Africa

22nd September 2017

Power generation stakeholders and key industry players are investigating ways of deriving the most benefit from lower coal qualities, says independent mining advisory company Ukwazi senior mining... 


CUSTOMISED PROJECTS 
Every Exxaro project is customised, owing to possible environmental constraints

Technological advances aim to improve sustainability

22nd September 2017

Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems... 


METHANE MITIGATION
Monitech’s Hazardous Area Control Systems promotes safety and the importance of monitoring mining activities

Hazardous area control system for coal mining

22nd September 2017

Owing to the possible presence of hazardous methane gas during coal mining, it is common practice to monitor methane levels at operational mining sections. As such, mining monitoring systems... 


AGRICULTURAL WELDING 
The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

Localisation key to welding industry growth

15th September 2017

Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering... 


PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

15th September 2017

Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development... 


IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

Artisan training to benefit welders

15th September 2017

By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging... 


Laser cuts time and costs for welders

15th September 2017

The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting... 


ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

15th September 2017

The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to... 


QCTO IN ACTION
A trainee practising his gas-tungsten arc skills in the Southern African Institute of Welding welding school

Welding key in driving economic growth

15th September 2017

Welding has been dubbed the “miracle career” by Johannesburg-based training institute, the Southern African Institute of Welding (SAIW), owing to the number of opportunities associated with it.... 


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