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Engineering News Features

Africa is a ‘data desert’

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 Data scarcity and the lack of data scientists are the main challenges hindering the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in Africa. “Africa is a data desert compared with the US and other developed countries,” professional services firm EY Africa artificial intelligence and advanced analytics... 

New SAIMC fund to empower local revolution

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) is establishing a skills trust fund to sponsor individuals in their studies and work experience so that they can step into the industry as professionals and participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and take... 

Mining leader in S Africa’s 4IR transformation

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While the South African mining industry in many aspects is leading the country’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the manufacturing sector is not as quick to adopt to new ways of working and the use of technology, says professional services firm PwC South Africa industrial manufacturing and... 

I-DAIR hub to boost digital health innovation locally

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd April 2022 While South Africa is leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in Southern Africa, the level of technological advancement in the local medical sector is low, with only some innovation and recognition of its positive use cases. It is hoped that the establishment of an International Digital... 


19th April 2022 Copper and heat-exchange materials are critical in the modern technological age, forming part of the many essential areas such as energy, heating and cooling, medical, decorative, electronics, farming and mining. You can rely on MetaleN for quality that adheres to strict international standards... 

Alcohol Breathalysers

19th April 2022 Alcohol Breathalysers was established in 2004 with the aim to make reliable, affordable and accurate digital breathalysers available to ensure that all businesses and individuals can gain access to alcohol testing equipment. The company offers the widest range of alcohol testers available in... 

Connection delays increasing demand for standby power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 As South Africa’s energy needs rebound on the back of improved economic activity, it is evident that standby power will be needed for the foreseeable future, as the connection of enough embedded generation and renewable-energy projects to the national grid is taking place too slowly. The grid can... 

Italian Club chooses Bedfordview specialist to keep lights on

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 The Italian Club Johannesburg, in Bedfordview, has invested about R1-million in the installation of a fully automated 275 kVA generator from privately-owned generator specialist Elegen to power its facilities during electricity outages and load-shedding.   The club researched several companies... 

QES mobile generators ordered locally

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Air, power and flow solutions provider Atlas Copco Power Technique has received orders this year for its QES mobile, plug-and-play generators from local companies, mostly for standby power purposes or for use at manufacturing plants, says Power Technique business development manager Philip du... 

Many manufacturers still without backup power

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Many local manufacturers still do not have backup power installed, while others lack adequate power solutions to effectively limit the production losses incurred during power outages or load-shedding, says power rental expert Rand-Air, part of the Atlas Copco group. “A lot of companies do not... 

Generators still reliable, affordable option

By: Tracy Hancock     15th April 2022 Generators will always be an option as long as standby power is needed in South Africa, says generator importer and distributor Smith Power Equipment national product and sales specialist Michele Cicognani. While companies are becoming more aware of alternative standby power options, owing to the... 

Association commits to developing automotive sector across Africa

By: Anna Moross     15th April 2022 The automotive assembly industry in Africa has “great economic potential” and the African Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) is focusing on ensuring this potential is realised, says AAAM CEO David Coffey.  

IT system can help industry to stay competitive

By: Anna Moross     15th April 2022 Edge computing can provide the automotive assembly industry in Africa with a competitive edge, through industry’s effectively implementing the latest technologies, says energy management and automation company Schneider Electric secure power solutions architect George Senzere. 

Company endorsed as first certified training academy

By: Zandile Mavuso     8th April 2022 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Ulwazi – a subsidiary of the Bosch Holdings group – has been endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) as its first certified training academy. 

Expansion in site for company

By: Claire O'Reilly     8th April 2022 With the pyrometallurgical industry continuously evolving, smelter campaign life spans have extended from a two- to three-year furnace campaign cycle to a ten-year campaign cycle, consequently driving foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie to exceed its current limitations in terms of... 

Structa Konsult

8th April 2022 Structa Konsult is a consulting engineering company specialising in the evaluation, design and certification of a range of industrial and civil structures.   Established in 2014, Structa Konsult is a 100% subsidiary of the Structa Group and provides support to the group’s growing range of products.  

Firm shifts focus to gain success in 2022

8th April 2022 South Africa’s construction industry is of strategic importance for the country’s economic growth and in the recovery from a pandemic-affected business environment. 

Improved safety, precision for bolted connections

8th April 2022 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fasteners, Tools & Equipment division has extended its range of wrenches to include a new generation of cordless torque wrenches from Gedore Torque Solutions, with optional process-reliable documentation software and advanced features for higher torque,... 

Two prestigious awards received

8th April 2022 Power tool company Kreg Tool Company has received two separate awards recognising excellence and innovation. The Annual Award for Communications Excellence, which was presented by The ESOP Association, recognises shining stars in the employee share ownership plan (ESOP) community that... 

Three sanders launched

8th April 2022 German power tools company FLEX-Elektrowerkzeuge has developed three new, innovative palm sanders - the ORE 2-125 EC, the ODE 2-100 EC and the OSE 2-80 EC. This new generation of "Multi-Sanders" will replace the current random-orbit and palm sanders. 

AM tech ideal for stainless steel parts manufacturing

8th April 2022 Emerging additive manufacturing (AM) technologies have attracted significant attention owing to an attractive set of properties and attributes. A common feature of AM technologies is the build-up of objects by deposition of material layer upon layer driven by a three-dimensional, or 3D, computer... 

Stainless steel industry perseveres in challenging conditions

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Despite significant challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and its ripple effects, the stainless steel sector has shown adaptivity, innovation and resilience. It is also showing prepandemic consumption levels, with Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) acting... 

Tool distribution for local market simplified

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Through its partnership with South Korea-based original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) YG-1, engineering equipment importer and supplier JTB Industrial Solutions (JTB) can supply the local market with YG-1’s range of cutting tools and indexable inserts. YG-1 is a major global company that exports... 

Manufacturer prioritises customer needs

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Stainless steel long products manufacturer Wire Products Stainless Steel’s (WPSS’s) experience of more than 30 years in supplying material to produce cold-formed fasteners and complex parts to the market has resulted in a strong knowledge and understanding of customer requirements, says WPSS... 

Stainless steel solutions added to local market

By: Nadine Ramdass     8th April 2022 Industrial equipment supplier Actum Group supplies manufacturing and solutions company Band-It’s range of quality-engineered band and fastening products to the local market. “The importance of using high-quality products is critical for any industry or application,” says Actum Band-It team leader... 

Mine Planning & Software

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th April 2022 Mine planning involves comprehensive data acquisition, detailed mine design, mine scheduling and financial analysis for operating mines and potential mining projects. The feature will provide an overview of this space, highlighting new products, services and trends.  

Opencast Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th April 2022 This feature will provide an update on the latest opencast mining projects in Africa, exploring new developments at planned or existing opencast operations. The challenges facing companies currently operating in or servicing the sector, new products, technologies and mining methods, will also be... 

Komati Power Station Repurposing Project

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th April 2022 Eskom has prepared a pioneering request for proposals for the repowering and repurposing of the Komati power station in Mpumalanga, which is among the first four coal plants scheduled for decommissioning in the coming few years. This feature looks into work that already underway, companies... 

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th April 2022 The feature will showcase hydraulics and pneumatics products and services in South Africa. It will focus on new products and technological innovation, research and development in the field, projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, and challenges facing those who operate... 

Nuclear Industry

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th April 2022 This feature will focus on South Africa’s nuclear sector, including the production of nuclear medicines, skills development, research and development initiatives, health and safety issues related to the nuclear sector.  

Companies need to support pulp and paper industry

1st April 2022 The role of local pumps distributor AQS Liquid Transfer/Axflow’s support in the South African pulp and paper industry is not limited to the pumping or transfer of pulp, but to the full product range sold and supported by AQS Liquid Transfer/Axflow across its geographical footprint. The company... 

Local paper recycling has room to grow – association

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Despite the local recycling rate of 70% being above the global paper recycling rate of 59.1%, South Africa can still improve in its treatment of paper waste, states industry body the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony. Through Pamsa’s paper... 

Sequestration crucial for local forestry, paper industries

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 Industry body Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (Pamsa) executive director Jane Molony highlights that in the National Treasury’s Budget Review in February, sequestration was recognised to include carbon sequestered in the forest, and carbon stored in harvested wood products, such... 

Expansion secures company’s position in growing market

By: Cameron Mackay     1st April 2022 With the global increase in the demand for dissolving pulp, paper and pulp company Sappi’s current business strategy for local growth is focused on the R7.7-billion expansion project at its Saiccor mill in KwaZulu-Natal called Project Vulindela, which is now responsible for more than 60% of its... 

Lubricants ensure food safety

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Lubricants company FUCHS Lubricants South Africa offers food-grade Renolin SJL Heavy and Renolin SJL Winter lubricants for the sugar processing industry, with a range of benefits to ensure equipment longevity and food safety. KwaZulu-Natal technical sales representative Allan Fabian explains that... 

Levy threatens sugar industry recovery

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 Industry is concerned that the increase in the Health Promotion Levy will negatively impact the progress already made in the implementation of the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 as well as the ongoing recovery of the local sugar industry, says South African Sugar Association (Sasa)... 

OLI South Africa

1st April 2022 OLI is the world’s top-selling supplier of industrial vibration technology products. The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary in Gauteng, South Africa. 

Sugar producer prioritises long-term growth

1st April 2022 The challenges facing the South African sugar industry have received significant coverage over the past few years, with over one-million South Africans reliant on the sugar industry and its value chain. Sugar manufacturer Tongaat Hulett is committed to helping secure the local sugar industry’s... 

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