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Engineering News Features

Mining: Opencast Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th March 2021 This feature will provide an update on the latest opencast mining projects in Africa, highlighting the opportunities available, as well as exploring new developments or changes at existing opencast operations. The challenges facing companies currently operating in or servicing the sector, new... 

Hydraulics & Pneumatics

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th March 2021 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     29th March 2021 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.  

Paper, wood products vital to lower carbon footprint

26th March 2021 Developed centuries ago, paper has a fascinating history as it has been through the mill – literally and figuratively – in terms of what it is made from, says paper and pulp industry association the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA). It also has many interesting side... 

Sappi maps way forward in pandemic aftermath

26th March 2021 Paper and packaging manufacturer Sappi notes that there has been a pronounced recovery of pricing and demand in dissolving pulp (DP) markets. As of January 29, 2021, the Chinese market price had improved to $895/t, driven by a number of positive factors including low inventory levels,... 

Mass timber has competitive building-material qualities

By: Mamaili Mamaila     26th March 2021 As the construction industry is moving towards modular construction, University of Pretoria (UP) Graduate School of Technology Management senior lecturer Schalk Grobbelaar says mass timber is one of the few building materials that ticks the boxes in terms of being cost effective, reliable,... 

Industry can grow with diverse solutions – institute

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 The best growth scenario for the local sugar industry is to diversify its products to create multiple revenue streams, says research organisation the Sugar Milling Research Institute NPC (SMRI) strategic research group leader Dr Kitty Foxon. Biochemicals and bio-materials from sugar cane-derived... 

Company plays maintenance role

26th March 2021 Engineering solutions specialist BMG plays a critical role in the sugar sector, not only during the operational period of sugar production, but also in off-crop seasons, when maintenance and refurbishment on sugar farms and at mills is essential. BMG works closely with sugar farmers and engineers... 

Master plan to help industry diversify

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 The implementation of South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan can help the sugar industry diversify its revenue streams and build support for local sugar production, according to local sugar producer Tongaat Hulett’s Sugar MD Simon Harvey. The sugar master plan seeks to create diversified... 

Master plan boosting limping industry

By: Cameron Mackay     26th March 2021 With the sugar industry starting to show signs of recovery after years of decline, South African Sugar Association (Sasa) executive director Trix Trikam says the implementation of the South African Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan to 2030 will further help the industry stabilise. The master plan... 

Company designs, manage transloading station

26th March 2021 Project engineering, construction and operations management group Bosch Holdings was appointed as the consulting engineer for the design and project management of a new cane transloading station in Mkuze, after the completion of a feasibility study. The new facility will assist small-scale... 

Industry master plan supported

26th March 2021 Non-profit trade organisation FairPlay Movement enthusiastically supports the South African Sugar Master Plan as a mechanism to stabilise and rebuild the industry after devastating and predatory imports have gained market share and killed local jobs for years. “Like the poultry sector master plan... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

Marine repair company building on expertise

26th March 2021 Ship repair company Namdock has announced that it aims to build on its regional and international expertise and experience, illustrating its diverse capabilities, along with its solid track record of customer service excellence. Namdock, a wholly Namibian-owned entity with its shareholding held... 

Large dredging contract awarded to Belgium company

26th March 2021 Specialist dredging and offshore service provider DEME announced that at the end of last year it secured a large dredging contract for the Abu Qir port project in Egypt. The project has been described as the largest ever dredging and land reclamation contract in history. 

Hevy Lifting & Abnormal LOads

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd March 2021 This feature will showcase the latest developments in the heavy lifting and abnormal loads sector, focusing on new products and technologies, projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way.  

Sewage & Effluent

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd March 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the sewage and effluent sector in South Africa and Africa, focusing on the provision of water and sanitation for all, service delivery, maintenance projects, wastewater treatment works, new infrastructure and projects and contracts recently completed or... 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd March 2021 This feature will focus on the gas industry, which includes the value of gas exports and imports, challenges facing the domestic gas industry and the supply of liquefied natural gas in the local market, the price of gas, and any other innovations within the industry.  

Metal Fabrication

By: Liezille Vermeulen     23rd March 2021 Metal fabrication is the creation of metal structures by cutting, bending and assembling processes. It is a value-added process involving the creation of machines, parts, and structures from various raw materials. This feature will focus on projects and industry challenges facing the sector. It... 

Dewatering solutions more than just the product

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th March 2021 Many challenges in dewatering require more than just standalone products, and the integrated solutions offered by original-equipment manufacturer Weir Minerals Africa have proven to be vastly successful in meeting the needs of customers, says Weir Minerals Africa pumps product manager Marnus... 

Marginal gains critical in gaining competitive advantage

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 The compounding effect of not taking advantage of marginal gains has a significant impact on the way in which an organisation operates, says pump manufacturer Grundfos commercial building services sales manager Duncan Graham. Marginal gains refer to small incremental improvements in any process,... 

Solutions ensure cleanliness standards are met

19th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s fluid technology filtration solutions comprise a range of fluid power components and systems, which are supported by the team’s broad technical capabilities to ensure fluids operate within the required cleanliness standards. Proficient filtration disciplines... 

Company introduces flexible in-line pumps

19th March 2021 Pumps manufacturer KSB has introduced the pump that industrial engineers and building managers have been asking for to reduce space requirements and ease of maintenance over traditional pump types used in residential, office and industrial building environments. 

Pumps an essential asset

19th March 2021 Used throughout the water, petrochemicals and power generation sectors to move large volumes of water, vertical suspended pumps are essential assets, says fluid engineering specialist Sulzer regional sales manager Jason Simcoe and technical adviser Seth Tate. 

Pandemic increases demand for pumps

By: Simone Liedtke     19th March 2021 With much of the world being tested to its limits by the Covid-19 pandemic, it resulted in an increased demand for pumps and related accessories, says specialist pump company Integrated Pump Technology sales manager Jordan Marsh. He explains that, with mines being considered as “hot spots” for... 

Drones courses enrolments open

By: Darren Parker     19th March 2021 Training organisation Drone Safety Legal (DSL) – a subsidiary of drone services group Delta Drone International – has opened enrolments for its new South African Civil Aviation Authority- (SACAA-) accredited remote pilot licence (RPL) courses, which are being offered in partnership with the... 

Drone merger expands group offering

19th March 2021 The merger between Israeli drone safety company ParaZero and international drone services provider Delta Drone South Africa has resulted in the relisting of drones-as-a-service company Delta Drone International, based in Australia, on the Australian Securities Exchange to begin trading again from... 

Drone company ventures into niche solar market

By: Darren Parker     19th March 2021 Multinational drone services group Delta Drone International is venturing into drone inspections on concentrated solar power (CSP) thermal systems – which is “highly niche”, says Delta Drone South Africa group sales and marketing head Camron Pfafferott. 

Road map development for drone adoption under way

By: Darren Parker     19th March 2021 A roadmap package is being developed by mining technology platform Dwyka Mining Services to assist mining companies in developing a sustainable strategy for integrating drone technology into their operations over the medium to long term. 

Shaft Sinking, Maintenance & Closure

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th March 2021 Shafts are an integral part of underground mining. The feature will focus on significant projects under way, as well as new products, technologies, methods, and services for activities related to shaft sinking, maintenance and closure. The feature will also focus on research and development that... 

Base Metals

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th March 2021 This feature will provide an overview of Africa’s base metals industry, focusing on the outlook for copper, cobalt, nickel and zinc. An overview of tin, aluminium and lead will also be incorporated. It will highlight significant projects under way, the current and projected markets, as well new... 

Electric Power Generation & Transmission

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th March 2021 This feature will showcase new developments in the electric power generation sector. It will highlight new products, technologies and innovations; maintenance projects, skills development initiatives; and any challenges currently facing the industry.  

Industry 4.0 & Automation

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th March 2021 Industry 4.0, also known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), is the name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Automation is proving to be an ineluctable global trend, which some have characterised as a 4IR. It includes cyber-physical... 

Automotive Assembly in Africa

By: Liezille Vermeulen     15th March 2021 In recent years, Africa has seen growing interest from global automotive original-equipment manufacturers setting their operations in various countries such as South Africa, Rwanda and Morocco. This has seen plants being constructed, local people being employed. This feature will focus on skills... 

Petrochemicals plant demolition under way

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Demolition contractor Jet Demolition is wrapping up a petrochemical demolition project valued at about R20-million. Jet Demolition project manager André Botes tells Engineering News that the project, which started in September last year, was a welcome relief from an extremely challenging 2020. 

Compounder adds new plant capacity

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Speciality compound producer Continental Engineering Compounds has invested R25-million in building a new specialised production line at its Westmead factory, in KwaZulu-Natal. The added capacity will help the company to increase supply of locally manufactured compounds used for packaging,... 

Production plant upgrade heralds next-gen coolant

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Local petroleum and petrochemical products manufacturer African Oil Blending Corporation (AOBC) has secured about R130-million to repurpose and upgrade its Harrismith lubricant blending production facilities, in the Free State, pivoting to manufacture water-based and monoethylene glycol- (MEG-)... 

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