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Engineering News Features

The Aluminium Federation of South Africa

24th September 2021 The Aluminium Federation of South Africa (AFSA) is the voice of and gateway to the South African Aluminium industry - involved in increasing the awareness and use of aluminium in Southern Africa since 1981. The Purpose of AFSA is: 

Rare earth elements discovered

24th September 2021 Last month, mining company Australian Bauxite Limited (ABX) confirmed its discovery of rare earth element (REE) accumulations within its bauxite tenement in northern Tasmania that are enriched in the strategically important REE metals neodymium and praseodymium, along with terbium and dysprosium. 

HybroHeat furnace technology developed

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 With the development of the HybroHeat furnace technology, plant supplier SMS group underlines once again its position as world market leader for aluminium extrusion plants. 

Industry developed through strategy

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 While the Aluminium Federation of South Africa’s (AFSA’s) role in the South African Aluminium Industry Roadmap (SAAIR) has been to promote the roadmap and ensure that policymakers are aware of the envisaged, ambitious deliverables, there have been major challenges and milestones, including... 

Company highlights advantages of aluminium for industry

By: Anna Moross     24th September 2021 Water-jet cutting company MAXJET GLOBAL highlights why aluminium is becoming one of the main materials used in the aerospace, automotive and signage industry and the steps taken to process aluminium through water-jet cutting.  

Adili Metal Trading

24th September 2021 Whilst our business may be new, our leaders and management have been in the industry for over 45 years. We’ve seen, been leaders of and experienced the ins and outs of the local and global metallurgical industry. Translated from Swahili, Adili means ethical and just. Morality and order. These... 

Local furnace builder playing its part in global urban mining

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 Foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie is supporting recycling and the circular economy by supplying specialist critical components for pyrometallurgical smelting in furnaces designed for reclaiming rare metals. Reclaiming rare metals from waste – called urban mining – involves extracting... 

Significant untapped potential in local waste economy

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The current contribution of the waste economy to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) could significantly increase if the importance of implementing the waste management hierarchy is fully recognised, says waste management company Interwaste human resources and transformation director... 

Programme expands into other provinces

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa’s (NCPC-SA’s) Industrial Symbiosis Programme (ISP) is on track to be launched in the Eastern Cape and the Free State before the end of the year, says NCPC-SA national programme manager Victor Manavhela. “We are to conclude feasibility studies in... 

Pressure on municipalities key to recycle culture

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The quality of waste management in South Africa is improving, but citizens need to continue putting pressure on municipalities and their respective communities – especially in rural areas – to treat waste as a valuable resource that creates employment if collected and recycled. “That’s the only... 

Rubble recycling not seen as economically viable

By: Darren Parker     24th September 2021 The recycling of construction and demolition materials in South Africa is behind the global curve, partly because it is generally not viewed as economically viable by the vast majority of local companies operating in the sector, claims crushing and screening equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec... 

Training important for working at height personnel

24th September 2021 Falls from height are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths and one of the main causes of major injury within the workplace. Working at height, confined space and respiratory solutions provider Arco Professional Safety Services expert Steve Dawson explains the importance of training for... 

Company offers various techniques for working-at-height

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     24th September 2021 Rope access specialist Skyriders’ working-at-height training includes rope access, fall arrest or fall prevention and the fall protection plan. The company specialises in rope access & RPAS (drones) – a system used to position a person on a structure. 

Sufficient training needed to perform rescue on suspension trauma

24th September 2021 Suspension trauma is the main reason why it is imperative to perform a rescue as soon as possible after a fall has been arrested, explains safety solutions provider BBF Safety Group. The company highlights that when a person is suspended after a fall, the heart continues to pump blood to the body. 

Company opens new height safety centre in London

24th September 2021 Safety equipment supplier Heightec announced the opening of its new London Height Safety Centre.  The new regional centre based near Wembley in London opened on July 26 with courses available to book online now. 

Mining: Mine Mechanisation, Modernisation & Automation

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd September 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the implementation of mine mechanisation and automation, updating readers on the latest projects and newest technologies available. It will assess how modernising South Africa’s mines can boost the economy and extend mine life. It will also unpack the... 

Mining: Project Management

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd September 2021 This feature will focus on the latest projects secured by project houses and will provide an overview on the state of the sector. It will also highlight the challenges currently facing project management companies, the advantages of employing project houses and any new practices or initiatives. 

Business in Africa

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd September 2021 Africa’s growing population calls for increased investment, including foreign direct investment, in African businesses. This feature will canvass the opinions of experts on the matter and highlight new business ventures and investment opportunities, as well as the challenges faced by businesses... 

Roads

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd September 2021 This feature will provide an overview of municipal, provincial and national roads in South Africa, focusing on projects or contracts recently completed or currently under way, road maintenance projects, new technologies and product innovations, skills development programmes, job creation... 

Warehousing & Storage

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd September 2021 The feature will showcase companies operating in the warehousing and storage space in South Africa and Africa, focusing on how companies are improving and expanding this component of their business in line with the current state of the global market. It will focus on new products and... 

Mining: Opencast Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     17th September 2021 This feature will provide an update on the latest opencast mining projects under way in Africa, highlighting the opportunities available on the continent, as well as the challenges faced by mining companies operating in the sector. New products, technologies and mining methods related to opencast... 

COP 26

By: Liezille Vermeulen     17th September 2021 The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on October 31 to November 12, 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This feature... 

Stainless Steel

By: Liezille Vermeulen     17th September 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the local stainless steel industry, providing a market outlook and information about the current supply and demand for stainless steel. It will also provide insight on the price of stainless steel, as well as information about contracts and projects... 

Personal Protective Equipment

By: Liezille Vermeulen     17th September 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the personal protective equipment industry in South Africa and Africa, focusing on new products and technologies, projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, the health and safety aspect of this industry, as well as challenges facing... 

Embedded Electricity Solutions

By: Liezille Vermeulen     17th September 2021 In a major reform, government has announced that the license-exempt threshold for embedded generation in South Africa will be increased from 1 MW to 100 MW. This is expected to stimulate significant investment in electricity generation capacity by factories, farms, mines and commercial operations... 

Company can cater to high retrofitting demand

By: Cameron Mackay     17th September 2021 Software solutions provider ABB Electrification has experienced high demand from the local market for energy-efficient systems related to integrating automation into electrical and mechanical systems, particularly in terms of retrofitting these products into older buildings. “These... 

New safety learning programme launched

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Safety training solutions provider KBC Health & Safety introduced its microlearning training programme for employees in July this year. “We developed the microlearning training to focus on high-risk work areas . . . hazards and controls to avoid incidents from occurring,” explains KBC Health &... 

PPE designed for women now more accessible

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Owing to the rise of female employees in sectors such as construction, mining and engineering, which were previously male dominated, personal protective equipment (PPE) brands are looking at offering safety wear specifically for women. Catering for women in these sectors will require companies to... 

Drug testing dipped during pandemic

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Breathalyser and drug testing equipment supplier ALCO-Safe has noticed a trend over the past 12 months, during which a number of companies discontinued drug testing and testing that requires breathalysers. This is because people are working from home (WFH) and, consequently, fewer people are... 

Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Owing to the latest guidelines provided by the Department of Employment and Labour, which stipulates that Covid-19 vaccinations can be made mandatory by employers, companies would need to update their policies and procedures to ensure that they comply with the guidelines, which correspond with... 

Digital Cloud base solution manage remote breath alcohol testing

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     17th September 2021 Breathalyser specialist Alcohol Breathalysers is in the early stages of rolling out its iSober Breathalyser App & Cloud Service which is a breath alcohol test management tool and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store or Huawei App Gallery. This application (app) is a new... 

Association releases new training manual

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 Last month, South African Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (Saracca) released its updated training manual, which will be implemented, from this month onwards, by heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training providers throughout South Africa.... 

Refrigeration system to cut energy costs available

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 With South African retailers looking for ways of recovering from the latest lockdown, as well as the looting and vandalism, an opportunity to decrease costs on the system that comprises the bulk of their energy spend, which is refrigeration, has arisen. “All food retailers rely on refrigeration... 

New units installed at zinc mine 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th September 2021 Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) expert Booyco Engineering is installing the first of its “new generation” units at a South African zinc mine, later this month.  

Global citrus demand increases refrigeration demand

By: Halima Frost     17th September 2021 A global increase in demand for South African-grown citrus, as well as more export regulations, has resulted in a substantial increase in demand for refrigeration capacity, says local refrigeration manufacturer EP Refrigeration business development head Dawie Kriel. “We not only need to add... 

Aftermarket guidelines beneficial to automotive industry

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Competition Commission South Africa’s Automotive Aftermarket Guidelines, which came into effect in July, after being published in January, can be “hugely beneficial to motorists”, says tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa CEO Lubin Ozoux. “However, consumers still have a... 

Reskilling programme for retrenched workers completes first run

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 The final intake of learners for the maiden year of the Road to Reskilling training programme is set to take place later this month in Gqeberha, in the Eastern Cape. The programme was conceived as a means of reskilling and recapacitating 300 previously retrenched workers in the automotive... 

Optimism prevails despite downturn

By: Darren Parker     17th September 2021 Despite setbacks caused by Covid-19, and the riots and looting in July, tyre manufacturer and distributor Sumitomo Rubber South Africa is optimistic about the sustainability of the local tyre market. Several new products have been launched over the past few months, particularly in the Dunlop... 

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