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Engineering News Features

Manufacturing in Africa

By: Liezille Vermeulen     9th May 2022 The feature will provide an overview of Africa’s manufacturing sector, focusing on new products and technological innovations, as well as challenges facing those operating in the sector. It will also canvass the opinions of analysts and commentators to highlight growth opportunities, providing... 

Renewable-energy projects considered for Komati repowering

By: Cameron Mackay     6th May 2022 State-owned power utility Eskom is investigating the implementation of solar photovoltaic (PV), wind, battery storage and, possibly, gas power generation projects at Komati power station, in Mpumalanga, as the station is scheduled to shut down this year. “We’ve divided this into two phases. In... 

Microgrid, agriculture repurposing projects initiated for Komati

By: Cameron Mackay     6th May 2022 Following socioeconomic impact studies and community engagement, State-owned power utility Eskom has initiated the first three of its repurposing projects for the coal-powered Komati power station, in Mpumalanga. Eskom just energy transition GM Mandy Rambharos states that the first of these... 

Actuator can contribute to growth of auto sector

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The Parker Water Retract Actuator (WRA250) can help the welding cell become an important contributor to the plant-wide adoption of lean best practices that support the goals of the South African Automotive Masterplan, says motion and control technologies specialist Parker Hannifin Motion Systems... 

Manufacturer expands product portfolio

6th May 2022 Industrial engineered products and components manufacturer BMG’s range of hydraulic and pneumatic equipment has expanded its product portfolio to comprise a new portable self-locking cube jack system, that ensures safe and efficient lifting and lowering of heavy loads in many applications,... 

Market expected to be worth $22.2M by 2030

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 The South African hydraulic gear pumps market is expected to be worth $22.2-million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 3.9% over the next eight years, says market research and consulting company Future Market Insights (FMI), which recently published a report on the global... 

Weartech

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th May 2022 Founded in 1984, Weartech has established a highly-respected reputation as a trusted specialist supplier of welding, thermal spray and other speciality products.  Weartech offers a comprehensive range of products for use in wear, corrosion and hard-facing applications as well as maintenance and... 

Servo-hydraulic tech reduces energy needs

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 As most machinery is manufactured overseas, there is not much local demand for servo-hydraulic technology, but “massive” energy savings can be achieved, says local industrial automation solutions provider Motion Tronic director Bradley Douglas. Motion Tronic is the South African representative of... 

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer embarks on African roadshow

By: Tracy Hancock     6th May 2022 Precision hydraulic cylinder specialist Kappa Engineering aims to navigate the African business environment through a series of roadshows this year to showcase its expertise to key mining companies. With the company already having visited Botswana in February and Mozambique in March, plans are in... 

Nuclear medicine industry affected by Covid-19

By: Sabrina Jardim     6th May 2022 The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a drop of over 50% in services rendered in the nuclear medicine industry which has also led to unemployment and facilities closing down, says South African Society of Nuclear Medicine (SASNM) immediate past president Dr Moshe Modiselle. Current SASNM president Dr... 

Gas industry gearing up for growth

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Decisions and announcements made last year by a number of state owned entities have inched South Africa closer to the implementation of a successful gas-to-power programme, says engineering consultancy WSP regional director Martin Mkhabela. 

Egoli Gas

29th April 2022 South Africa has been experiencing power outages for several years and will, in all likelihood, continue to do so into the future, which opens the opportunity for alternative energy supply. Piped natural gas supplier Egoli Gas supplies piped natural gas to various industries to meet the growing... 

Project aims to boost gas industry in SA

By: Anna Moross     29th April 2022 Natural gas and helium producer Renergen is securing financing for Phase 2 of its Virginia gas project the completion of which it hopes to achieve by 2025. The project comprises exploration and production rights for 187 000 ha of gasfields across Welkom, Virginia and Theunissen, all in the Free... 

Delivering compressed natural gas to industry

29th April 2022 Supplier of premium quality gas SLCNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of SLG that has been delivering large-scale compressed natural gas (CNG) to industry since 2015. The operation is based in Umbogintwini, in KwaZulu-Natal, and accesses gas from the existing pipeline network. 

The Pivotal Role of Gas in South Africa's Energy Evolution

29th April 2022 SLG, the second-largest natural gas trader in South Africa, and its subsidiary SLCNG, is the largest operations of compressed natural gas in Southern Africa continues to address South Africa's limited gas supply to meet economic energy demands.  

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

Lifting project comes to a close

By: Halima Frost     29th April 2022 Heavy lifting and rigging specialist Lovemore Bros has successfully concluded a longstanding contract with a global pulp and paper company based in South Africa. The contract, initially signed in February 2019, commenced in May 2019 and concluded in February 2022. 

ERP solutions can mitigate industry challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Software development company SYSPRO assists fabrication businesses by providing enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions that assist in delivering consistency throughout the value chain, from the initial quote to final product delivery. “The metal fabrication industry is largely in survival... 

Fasteners, bearings and welding equipment all within supplier’s ambit

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Fasteners, bearings and welding products and equipment are relevant for the metal fabrication sector, which is built on cutting metal and welding it. If metal cannot be bolted together with fasteners, then it can be welded together, 

Merger results in beneficial services

By: Sabrina Jardim     29th April 2022 Abrasives supplier First Cut and gas safety training and equipment company Gas Safety International’s (GSI’s) aim - through their merger of interests – is to mitigate the challenges in the metal fabrication industry through increased value proposition, welding training and safety expertise. These... 

Local sanitation industry development funding, incentives needed

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Industry development funding and incentives by government for local manufacturers at the forefront of next-generation sanitation products, such as NEWgenerator sanitation system manufacturer WEC Projects, will help achieve the scale needed to alleviate pressure on South Africa’s failing sewage... 

Privately run Cape Town wastewater plants in good nick

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 To improve the operating efficiency of its wastewater treatment works (WWTWs), South Africa needs to increase the number of plants operated by private companies, such as the Zandvliet WWTW in Cape Town, global water technology company Grundfos Cape Town branch manager Hennie Hanekom tells... 

Rethink of local waterborne sewage system unavoidable

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 As a water-scarce country, a rethink of South Africa’s waterborne sewage system is inevitable, owing to the threat of climate change, with the country’s overall water security partially hinging on its sanitation security. This is according to South Africa’s premier water knowledge hub, the Water... 

Act compliance lacking in municipalities

By: Tracy Hancock     29th April 2022 Although the purpose and provisions of South Africa’s National Water Act, No 36 of 1998 and Water Services Act, No 108 of 1997 are prescribed, it is the observance and compliance with the obligations under these Acts that is wanting, says law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr environmental, mining and... 

Mining in Botswana

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th April 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the Botswana mining industry, providing updates on planned and existing projects, while exploring which commodities are gaining and/or retaining interest from foreign investors. It will discuss the logistical and financial challenges facing mining... 

Consulting Engineers in Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th April 2022 Consulting engineers are required to provide leadership and direction in maintaining and expanding South Africa’s ailing infrastructure. This feature will provide an overview of the consulting engineering fraternity in South Africa, with a focus on new projects, technological innovation, skills... 

Health & Safety (Securex and A-OSHExpo)

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th April 2022 This feature will provide an overview of health and safety in South African and African industries, focusing on research and development, technology and product innovation, skills development, challenges, regulation and legislation, in-house company policies and implementation measures. This... 

Power, Energy & Water (Enlit Africa)

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th April 2022 Power, energy and water are some of the key utilities that affect both industrial and commercial activity. This feature will focus on projects under way in the power, energy and water sectors, challenges experienced as well as initiatives that are currently underway. This feature will incorporate... 

Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th April 2022 This feature will provide an overview of South Africa’s 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 including the lack of government tenders being awarded;... 

Cast resin transformers show significant benefits

22nd April 2022 Electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand’s range of cast resin transformers (CRT) has been designed for high-efficiency, enhanced safety and low environmental impact during energy distribution in diverse applications. Typical installations include data centres, shopping... 

Delaying projects puts pressure on limited skills

By: Anna Moross     22nd April 2022 The delay of emergency-generation capacity projects – all part of the Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP) – because of the powership court case, will not only affect independent power producers but also have a knock-on effect on demand for local skills and... 

Energy mix required to assist with power generation challenges

By: Anna Moross     22nd April 2022 All possible creative and innovative energy solutions must be explored to mitigate the challenges faced by State-owned power utility Eskom while it tries to diversify the energy mix and reduce the reliance on coal-powered generation, says strategic research and advisory company Birguid senior... 

Maintenance needed for ageing infrastructure

By: Anna Moross     22nd April 2022 The ageing electrical infrastructure in South Africa highlights the need for constant monitoring and maintenance to ensure daily functioning, says electricity utility company South Power Maintenance business development executive Thamie Nyembe. 

ISO Tanks a solution for bulk liquids storage and transportation

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Local container supplier Almar Container Group’s ISO Tanks are internationally approved, meet global safety standards, and are inspected by registered surveyors. The tanks go through a series of washes and leak detection tests after every use. Thereafter certificates are issued stating they are... 

Local tank installer commissions projects throughout Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Local storage tank supplier and installer Tanks Connected has commissioned tanks for projects in Tanzania, Ghana, Eritrea and South Africa. The company has supplied and supervised six tanks for a wastewater treatment facility in Ghana. 

Waterjet cutting services relevant for vessels, heat exchangers

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 Waterjet cutting service provider MAXJET processes baffle and tube plates up to a thickness of 50 mm, which are commonly used in vessels and heat exchangers. “Our process makes for simpler downstream works, while our cold cutting processes allow for materials to be processed without affecting... 

Local heat exchanger industry waning

By: Sabrina Jardim     22nd April 2022 The local heat exchanger industry is facing challenging times owing to factors such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the country’s economic state, says heat exchange solutions provider Kelvion operational manager Pieter Herbst and MD Alex Dreyer. “Not only is the heat exchanger industry facing a... 

Using sensor data to improve return on investment

22nd April 2022 Since automation is becoming increasingly prevalent across industries, mechanical devices are being replaced by electronic components in manufacturing, industrial and factory environments, says industry software solutions provider Industrial Software Solutions & Support (IS³). This evolution... 

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