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Engineering News Features

Increased bolt security in all conditions

Updated 7 hours ago The X-series washers, which are a part of industrial products producer BMG’s Nord-Lock bolt securing systems range, are designed for optimum bolt security, even in the most demanding operating conditions. These bolt securing washers have been developed to safely secure bolted joints exposed to... 

Increased safety for heavy-duty vehicles

Updated 7 hours ago Industrial products provider BMG’s comprehensive portfolio of Nord-Lock bolt securing products, includes robust wheel nuts, designed to safely secure wheel joints on both on-road and heavy-duty vehicles – even under severe conditions. “Safe wheel assemblies rely on a high clamp load. Loss of... 

Flagship brand well known in Africa

Updated 7 hours ago Industrial and electronics distributor Actum Group represents its flagship brand, BAND-IT, throughout Africa. With the engineered stainless steel band clamping of BAND-IT and fastening products that are long-lasting and durable, these products have been designed with safety in mind. BAND-IT... 

Global demand met by industry leader

Updated 7 hours ago The Covid-19 pandemic outbreak created a surge in global demand for medical equipment, with a subsequent knock-on effect being a huge demand for sheet metal fasteners, specifically for those companies producing essential equipment, including ventilators. International fastening specialists TR... 

Company engages govt for greater awareness of local industry

Updated 7 hours ago Stainless steel producer Wire Products Stainless Steel Productions (WPSSP) is engaging government to create greater awareness about the local supply of stainless steel long products and wire. The Germiston-based company has met with the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Public... 

Key issues in welding stainless steels

Updated 7 hours ago Most stainless steels have good weldability if some key issues are understood and addressed, correct procedures are followed and expert advice is obtained if the organisation is inexperienced, says gases and welding products supplier Afrox manufacturing industries team applications development... 

Steel supplier relaunches flagship store

Updated 7 hours ago Steel supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has designed a new retail experience, offering a wider range of products and stock at its flagship store in Booysens, which is expected to facilitate the growth of the company’s client base in the area. The Booysens retail store will also provide a blueprint for... 

Hybrid future in sight

Updated 7 hours ago Global engineering company Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group (WMFTG) predicts a hybrid bioprocessing future, where tried and trusted stainless-steel systems are seamlessly integrated with single-use technology. This flexible approach will enable contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs) and... 

Hard hat face shield launched

Updated 7 hours ago Paper and plastics packaging and recycling company Mpact Group launched its new face shield, specially designed to attach to a hard hat, in support of the construction and related industries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Launched in June, the hard hat face shield is produced from polyethylene... 

Gloves on offer locally

By: Halima Frost     Updated 7 hours ago Wholesale personal protective equipment (PPE) and industrial consumables supplier G.Fox has added the patented nitrile Grippaz gloves to its PPE portfolio in the second quarter of this year. The specially formulated gloves combine household gloves and disposable exam glove technology, which makes... 

PPE supply to healthcare sector hard hit by Covid

Updated 7 hours ago An infographic on the supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the healthcare sector, in which the effects imputable to the Covid-19 pandemic were highlighted, has been published by market research company Frost & Sullivan. The infographic named ‘Impact of Covid-19 on demand for PPE in... 

PPE standards drop during pandemic

By: Halima Frost     Updated 7 hours ago The pandemic has brought about a conflict in standards whereby local and imported respirators align with requirements listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), however, these requirements do not align with the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), says industry body South African... 

New safety shoe and boot brands faring well

Updated 7 hours ago Although the Covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent restrictions on trade and events have set back personal protective equipment (PPE) specialist Sisi Safety Wear’s Basi boot – which features a metaguard – the company says its other newer ranges have fared well so far this year. The Basi boot will... 

Mining: Ventilation & Cooling

By: Liezille Vermeulen     19th October 2020 This feature will update readers on the latest contracts awarded to companies installing ventilation and cooling solutions in underground mines. It will highlight the newest technologies, products and services on offer, while discussing challenges facing the sector.  

Tailings & Waste Management

By: Liezille Vermeulen     19th October 2020 The feature will unpack the mining companies’ approach to waste management on mines, including the construction, operation, and ongoing monitoring of tailings storage and waste facilities. 

African Utility Week

By: Liezille Vermeulen     19th October 2020 The feature will provide an overview of the sixteenth annual African Utility Week and Power Gen Africa conference, which is taking place virtually from November 24 to 26. The virtual event falls under the 'Digital Energy Festival' which unites African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, Africa... 

Steel Construction & Cladding

By: Liezille Vermeulen     19th October 2020 This feature will provide an overview of steel construction and cladding in South Africa, focusing on new products and technological innovation, contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way, the need for skills development and awareness about energy efficiency.  

Truck, Trailer, Bus & Bakkie

By: Liezille Vermeulen     19th October 2020 This feature will provide an overview of the local commercial vehicle industry and its contribution to economic growth in South Africa. It will focus on the sale of new and used commercial vehicles, the market outlook, cleaner fuels, new technologies as well as challenges facing this sector.  

Company encourages safer packaging for traditional beer

16th October 2020 Homebrewed and commercial sorghum beer is often sold in unhygienic and unsafe packaging that is not tamper-proof, therefore, any substance can be added to the brew, warns packaging manufacturing company Nampak liquid cartons MD Raymond Dube.  Unscrupulous traders often open the beer and water it... 

Supplier extends packaging and materials handling solutions

16th October 2020 New to container supplier Conceptainer’s range of specialist packaging services is its contract bottling of almost any liquid product, says Conceptainer MD Ken Mouritzen. “The company’s investment in new mobile bottling equipment has extended our specialist packaging and materials handling... 

Bleak outlook for packaging, reports research company

16th October 2020 According to the 2019/20 Packaging Overview report released by full-service research company BMi Research in August, South Africa’s packaging industry could decline by more than 9% in 2020 as a result of severely impaired disposable income following the national lockdown enforced as a response to... 

Acquisition expands provider’s range of wrapping solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 Acquiring Finnish stretch-wrapping machine manufacturer Octomeca in 2018 has allowed Switzerland-based packaging supplier FROMM Packaging Systems to expand its product offering to the packaging industry.  Octomeca offers horizontal and vertical film-wrapping solutions, which enable the company to... 

On-the-go packed juice sets new trends

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 Aseptic packaging provider SIG Combibloc Obeikan – headquartered in Dubai – has set a new trend to conveniently consume on-the-go packed juice, says SIG Combibloc Obeikan marketing and business development manager Hugo Klaasen. This follows the partnership between SIG Combibloc Obeikan, and... 

E-commerce spurs single-use packaging

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     16th October 2020 The growth of the e-commerce industry has led to demand for protective and branded packaging, says sustainable packaging solutions provider Mielie Mailer cofounder and MD Trent Pike. Unlike warehouse-to-store fulfilment – usually by road, with consignments usually packaged in bulk format of about... 

Reliable and sustainable water solution found in Karoo

16th October 2020 Groundwater specialists from engineering consultants SRK Consulting have assisted in ensuring Prince Albert local municipality in the Karoo is able to provide a reliable and sustainable supply of groundwater to local communities at Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape. Prince Albert local municipality... 

Expansion set for completion

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Multidisciplinary consulting firm Zimile Consulting Engineers has announced that the expansion of the R14-million bulk water supply project in Underberg, for the Harry Gwala district municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, will be completed and handed over by the end of this month. “The project addresses... 

Tech helps address nonrevenue water loss

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 According to a rough consensus derived from its end customers and partners, about 38% of South Africa’s produced water is non-revenue water, but water technology company Xylem Water Solutions South Africa says its key technologies assist in addressing this challenge. Non-revenue water is water... 

Pump energy efficiency, maintenance critical to address water scarcity 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th October 2020 Although not many realise it, South Africa is an arid country and there is a pressing need to address water scarcity, which is why pump manufacturer Grundfos places such emphasis on energy efficiency and addressing water leakages in pumping systems, says team leader Andrew Brunette. He laments... 

Proactive national water programme on the cards 

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), in partnership with various government departments, is addressing the country’s water woes with the development of a proactive national water programme that aims to offer tangible solutions to municipalities, the relevant government departments and... 

Data-driven approach for water approached

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 The time to apply a data-driven approach to optimise water distribution in South Africa is now, says consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV advisory group director Bongani Dladla. “This could be the country’s catalyst for digital transformation – the point when municipalities start using technology... 

Easy-to-assemble water storage tanks launched

By: Halima Frost     16th October 2020 Steel products and related services company Structa Group recently launched the marketing drive for its new Circotank brand, which offers a range of rolled sectional steel tanks. Circotank is manufactured from galvanised steel sheet, cold rolled, with a stiffening profile.  

Recognition of LPG benefits in energy mix growing

16th October 2020 For many years, the benefits of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for South Africa “have been largely, frustratingly, moot”, according to a statement from industry association LPG South Africa (LPGSA). The doubt surrounding LPG’s benefits stems from an historically inconsistent and unreliable supply... 

Natural gas to play important role in the energy future

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 Energy solutions company GE expects gas power to play an increasingly important role in the medium- to long-term future of the country’s energy mix as government continues to pursue decarbonisation through balancing the demands between a coal-fired past and a renewables future. GE Gas Power... 

Gap analysis needed to guide gas-to-power industry growth

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 With the potential of gas as an alternative energy source in South Africa an encouraging prospect, South African Oil and Gas Alliance (Saoga) CEO Adrian Strydom says the gas-to-power industry needs to conduct an accurate gap analysis, and engage in upskilling and capacity building to ensure that... 

Gas-powered solutions offer lower upfront cost

By: Darren Parker     16th October 2020 In a capital-constrained Covid-19-affected market, gas-fired generators offer the advantage of a relatively low upfront capital cost, compared with coal- or diesel-fired alternatives, says energy solutions company GE Gas Power Sub-Saharan Africa  executive Nosizwe Dlengezele. She adds that it is... 

Brewery & Winery Industry

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th October 2020 This feature will provide an overview of the brewery and winery industries in South Africa highlighting new industry developments, business ventures and partnerships as well as challenges facing local breweries and wineries.  

Maintenance & Refurbishment

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th October 2020 This feature will highlight new products and services, as well as new technologies for maintenance and refurbishment purposes. The feature will also take a closer look at efficiency measures introduced as part of maintenance to reduce downtime and increase optimisation. 

Civil Engineering & Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     12th October 2020 This feature will provide an overview of South Africa’s civil engineering and construction sector, focusing on industry trends and new developments, as well as projects recently completed or currently under way. It will also highlight challenges facing the sector, which might include, but are not... 

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