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Engineering News Features

Local PVC industry taking strain despite high demand

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 There is very strong demand for polyvinyl chloride (PVC) in South Africa and the rest of Africa, owing to major water, gas and telecommunication infrastructure projects planned across the continent, but low supply and high prices are hindering industry sustainability, says South African Vinyls... 

Five predictions driving transformation in industry

12th March 2021 The unforeseen disruption experienced in 2020 has prompted food and beverage producers to futureproof their businesses as far as is possible, says business cloud software solutions provider Infor Europe, Middle East and Africa solution consulting VP Phil Lewis. 

Chain designed for production environments

12th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s power transmission division offers maintenance-free solutions for increased productivity, minimal machine downtime and reduced maintenance costs in the food and beverage sector. 

Stable exports despite bans, owing to great market support

12th March 2021 The 2020 export volumes of wine, at 319.2-million litres, echo those of a challenging 2019, despite a five-week-long ban on exports and huge challenges at the Cape Town Port terminal owing to the global Covid-19 pandemic. 

Proactive maintenance solutions prevent inefficiencies

12th March 2021 Engineering components manufacturer Danfoss has strengthened its Alsense Internet of Things (IoT) services with a holistic store-level software suite – moving store maintenance from reactive to proactive. 

Moisture control key in food processing

12th March 2021 Moisture is important in many manufacturing processes, but when it comes to food processing, excess moisture can ruin products and create unnecessary waste, economic losses and decreased productivity, says process control and instrumentation company SECO Process Instrumentation. 

Calls for professionalisation of water management

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 There is an urgent need to ensure that appropriately qualified and experienced water professionals are appointed to plan, develop and manage South Africa’s water resources and services, says Water Institute of Southern Africa (WISA) technical director Mike Muller. “Water management is complex.... 

Water stewardship can halt security decline

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With water security declining in South Africa, consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting principal consultant Fiona Sutton believes that securing commitment from companies regarding the value of water stewardship is the first step towards water security. “Adhering to water stewardship... 

Pandemic stresses need for conservation

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With Covid-19 further emphasising the importance of water and water conservation in South Africa, water tank storage solutions provider Abeco Tanks has supplied water tanks to several hospitals and facilities in the country to ease the impact of the pandemic. “The best defence against the... 

Sizabantu Piping Systems

12th March 2021 Established in 2002, Sizabantu Piping Systems has been changing the lives of people across Southern Africa for nearly 20 years, by ensuring the provision of clean, potable water. With its first branch opened in South Africa’s coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal, Sizabantu now has 11 divisions... 

Mining in Tanzania

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th March 2021 This feature will provide an overview of Tanzania’s mining industry, highlighting the latest news on key projects, and providing insight into how recent political and legislative changes have influenced the industry, and the resultant impacts on investment and project development. It will also... 

Outsourced Mining Services

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th March 2021 This feature will focus on the work of contractors across all spheres of the mining industry, as well as demand for outsourced mining services from various African markets. It will provide insight into recently awarded contracts, the challenges faced in the sector, as well as the advantages and... 

Medical & Pharmaceutical Engineering

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th March 2021 The feature will provide an overview of medical and pharmaceutical engineering in South Africa, focusing on new products and technological innovation, research and development, new projects and contracts, skills development initiatives and challenges facing the industry.  

Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks & Containers

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th March 2021 This feature will provide an overview of vessels, heat exchangers, tanks and containers in the South African industry, showcasing new products and technologies, contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way, health and safety regulations, energy efficiency, and any other new... 

Generators & Standby Power

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th March 2021 Given the ongoing risks and uncertainties of South Africa’s power supply, this feature will highlight the current demand for generators and standby power. It will provide an overview of developments in the standby power sector, highlight new products, innovations and challenges within this sector.  

Decentralised depot structure introduced

5th March 2021 Covid-19 regulations introduced new restrictions and challenges to the South African economy and companies operating in the current business environment and crane rental agency Sarens Siba continues to offer its clients in the heavy lifting and engineered transport sectors creative and... 

Battery packs changing the market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs are “revolutionising” the market for electric industrial equipment, such as forklift trucks and cherry pickers in construction, says industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer. Although the LiFePO4 batteries may... 

Electric trucks delivered to contractor

5th March 2021 Leading French contractor Eiffage has taken delivery of an all-electric Volvo FE Electric truck and a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator – becoming the first recipient of the products in France. December 17 saw the delivery of the Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machine and the first... 

Company launches HX Series excavators for various applications

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa has launched its HX Series excavators, which will be available in April nationwide. HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most medium-to large sized construction, civil engineering and demolition projects carried out by municipalities. 

Company projects growth in die-casting sector

5th March 2021 The new aluminium die-casting machinery market research from global technology research and advisory company Technavio indicates neutral growth in the short term as the business impact of Covid-19 spreads. The company expects the aluminium die-casting machinery market size to grow by... 

Range presents various benefits, longer life span

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     5th March 2021 Engineering components provider BMG’s range of high-performance NSK spherical roller bearings is perfectly suited to operate in demanding environments, including foundries, forges and die-casting applications. The NSK HPS range, which has a life span nearly double that of conventional bearings of... 

New partnership aims to provide AI operators to iron foundries

5th March 2021 Last month, Swedish computer software company Viking Analytics and automatic pouring systems manufacturer Pour-tech AB announced a partnership to offer artificial intelligence (AI) operators to iron foundries. Viking Analytics notes that its solution, named EASYpour, uses data analytics and... 

Acquisition ensures unique customer solutions delivery

5th March 2021 Following aluminium die-castings supplier Walker Die Casting’s acquisition by automatic transmissions manufacturer Allison Transmission, over sixty years of know-how and substantial infrastructure improvements have already resulted in considerable benefits for customers.  “Since being acquired by... 

President addresses need for efficient rail and ports network

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 South Africa’s ability to compete in global markets depends on the efficiency of its ports and rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation address held in Cape Town last month. He suggested that key infrastructure projects currently underway, including establishing... 

Company secures distributor deal

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of Swagefast fastening systems in Africa, including South Africa. “This means that BMG will have the capacity to supply heavy industrial pin and collar fastening solutions directly to the rail industry,” says BMG... 

Increase in feasibility studies bodes well for rail sector

By: Halima Frost     5th March 2021 There has been a significant increase in commissioned feasibility studies over the past 18 months in terms of reviewing possible rail infrastructure interventions along the North–South Corridor, says financial advisory firm Cresco Project Finance executive director Robert Futter. The corridor... 

OLI South Africa

2nd March 2021 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of vibration equipment.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary... 

Frankwen Forge

2nd March 2021 Founded in 1981, Frankwen Forge has grown into a key manufacturing and engineering business. Its quality products and services are used in a number of industries, including the mining, petrochemicals, power generation, marine and general engineering sectors. Frankwen Forge has a unique and... 

Deep-Level Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st March 2021 The feature will update readers on deep-level mining operations – which are at least 1 000 m deep – currently under way in South Africa, and the rest of the world. It will also highlight the latest technologies available, provide an update on any new safety procedures and discuss the challenges... 

West African Mining & Industry

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st March 2021 The feature will provide the latest products, technologies and projects related to West African-based industries, specifically extractive industries. The feature will provide insight into the latest legislative and economic developments affecting West African industries, as well as discuss... 

Fire Prevention & Protection

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st March 2021 This feature will focus on efforts being made by local industry to develop and improve fire and occupational risk management in operations across various sectors. It will also look at skills development; research and development; new projects, contracts, products and technologies; quality... 

Hand-Held & Power Tools

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st March 2021 Hand-Held & Power Tools This feature will focus on new developments in the hand-held and power tools market, including new products, innovations, skills development and challenges facing the industry.  

Consulting Engineers

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st March 2021 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... 

Correct concrete vital for industrial flooring

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th February 2021 With the construction of industrial floors requiring concrete with characteristics entirely different from that of concrete for vertical structures, it is important to use the correct material in the correct proportions, says technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan... 

Flooring contributes to Covid-19 safety measures

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th February 2021 The increasingly important role of flooring and floor coverings in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in factories and commercial companies’ rethinking their floor covering designs, says floor covering distributor and installer KBAC Flooring. “Many factories have started to add... 

Improved formulation, developments maintain low VOC emissions

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th February 2021 Vinyl flooring specialist and South African Vinyl Association (SAVA) member Polyflor SA continually develops and improves formulations for all flooring ranges to ensure that volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels are kept to the lowest possible levels, with no significant negative... 

Regulation mandates companies to be waste cautious

26th February 2021 With extended producer responsibility (EPR) now mandatory in South Africa, managing the end-of-life of a product has become a social, environmental and economic requirement.  Owing to this, companies will need to take responsibility for their waste so that less goes to landfill, warns paper and... 

Support for sustainable alternatives received

26th February 2021 The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), which promotes a circular economy and resource efficiency in industry, supports African countries in meeting the challenges of dealing with plastic waste leaking to the environment, said research organisation the Council for... 

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