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High-performance additives protect gears

1st April 2022 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s team works closely with key players in the sugar sector to enhance production efficiencies, minimise downtime and extend the service life of critical systems in the field and during harvesting, transport, milling and refining. “To ensure the local market has... 

African sugar industry needs investment boost

By: Nadine Ramdass     1st April 2022 While the sugar industry has the potential for major growth, the continued lack of investment limits the socioeconomic impact the industry can make, says independent engineering consultancy Sugartech principal consultant Wayne Jayes. “Access to capital funding for sugar projects to establish new... 

Expansion considered at Maputo Port

1st April 2022 The global coal demand, which peaked in mid-2021, is still reaching price record highs due to the major surge in coal prices worldwide. In response to the increasing demand for export capacity, the Maputo and Matola Drybulk Terminals (GML and TCM), the sub-concessions of the Maputo Port... 

CSIR involved in port projects

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     1st April 2022 The Coastal Engineering and Port Infrastructure (CEPI) research group, within the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), is involved in several projects for State-owned port utility Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA).  

Cargo handling capacity expanded

1st April 2022 Bulk and breakbulk handling facility Manila Harbor Center (MHC), the largest in the Port of Manila in the Philippines, is expanding its cargo handling capacity with the completion of eco-friendly bulk cargo bays (BCB) and dredging of the berths to accommodate larger vessels. 

Municipality invests in jetting and vacuum truck

25th March 2022 To improve sewerage and stormwater infrastructure maintenance, Govan Mbeki municipality in Mpumalanga has invested in a new local pump manufacturer Werner Pumps combination jetting and vacuuming truck.   

Pump manufacturer increases footprint with acquisition

25th March 2022 Heavy-duty slurry pump manufacturer Schurco Slurry announced in the last quarter of 2021 that it had acquired local pump and part manufacturer Keto Pumps South Africa to broaden its footprint in serving the global mining industry as well as other slurry pump users around the world.  The purchase... 

Pump system showcased at expo

25th March 2022 International pumps and compressors designer and manufacturer Sundyne showcased its SundWASH high pressure wash-down systems for food and beverage applications at the International Production & Processing Expo held at the Georgia World Congress Center, in Atlanta, from January 25 to 27.  SundWASH... 

Pumps range being tested on grey water system

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 Pumps and irrigation supplier Stewarts & Lloyds has been exploring the use of their Salflo submersible dewatering pumps, namely the S and V series submersible pumps, in grey water systems for home, industrial and agricultural applications. The supplier’s Salfo range of submersible pumps would... 

Pumps supplier offers solution to municipal woes

25th March 2022 Local pumps manufacturer Werner Pumps is poised to assist with service delivery solutions for wastewater and sewerage system maintenance and repairs, says Werner Pumps MD Sebastian Werner. He attributes this “call to action” to an increased focus on service delivery which has been brought to the... 

Internationally available pump comes to S Africa

By: Halima Frost     25th March 2022 The South African division of global manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves this year announced the introduction of its KSB Delta Macro series to the local market. The series is designed for large flow rates, with a maximum rate per unit of about 960 m3/h and a maximum pump head of 160 m standard. 

Vesconite pump parts decrease lead leaching

25th March 2022 As part of its drive to be part of a global programme to reduce lead exposure from drinking water, polymer bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings produces products resistant to corrosion-combatting chemicals, which are necessary to reduce lead leaching into the water system. Notably the company... 

Advanced tech effective solution for inspection projects

By: Anna Moross     25th March 2022 Advanced drone technology has many benefits and can be used in various inspection projects. 

Drones used in measurement systems

By: Anna Moross     25th March 2022 Licensed remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) operator LS of South, under associate company RPAS operator LS Multi Copter Projects and Services, develops measurement systems which are integrated into drone technology. 

Tech company optimistic of drones future

By: Anna Moross     25th March 2022 Despite the drones and defence sectors being adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in terms of the global slowdown it triggered, global aerospace and technology company Paramount Advanced Technologies is optimistic about the future. 

Company offers remote pilot licence training

By: Anna Moross     25th March 2022 Operating a drone legally in South Africa for commercial purposes requires complying with legal requirements, and obtaining a remote pilot licence (RPL), says leading training organisation Drone Safety and Legal (DSL) GM Bridgette Tucker. 

Project management skills vital for local energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Project management skills are imperative to ensure that South Africa’s clean energy transition is successful, says organisation National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) president Mdu Mlaba and nonprofit organisation Project Management Institute (PMI) business development lead George Asamani.... 

Infrastructure investment needed for transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Local energy generating sites should be established throughout the country when providing sufficient capacity, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner, pointing out that this will require substantial infrastructure investment, redesign and... 

SA faces challenges in energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa is struggling to address the energy security and economic imperatives of the national energy requirements, owing to the delay in implementation of new capacity additions and  the reduced energy availability factor and poor performance of its coal fleet, says Council for Scientific... 

Gas to play critical role in South Africa’s energy transition

25th March 2022 Given growing decarbonisation expectations and the decline in renewable power generation costs, multinational industrial company General Electric (GE) sees gas playing a critical role in South Africa’s energy transition. Renewable energy is also considered an important aspect of the transition,... 

Enel Green Power

25th March 2022 Enel Green Power, also known as EGP, seeks out energy around the globe: in the power of wind and water, in the heat of the sun, in the depths of the earth and, above all, in people. Founded in December 2008 as part of Enel Group, EGP has a presence in 28 countries on five continents, developing... 

Lithium-ion batteries assisting energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 Cape Town-based energy equipment and solutions provider Solar MD is expanding its production capabilities for South Africa to meet the expected demand for renewable-energy solutions, owing to the country’s anticipated energy transition. “Our current manufacturing capacity is 180 MWh/y and we... 

Solar energy relevant for SA’s energy transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The pricing of solar modules is continually improving and the technology is expected to be beneficial for South Africa’s energy transition, says solar energy equipment supplier GameChange Solar chief commercial officer Derick Botha. “Solar energy has often been overlooked, primarily because of... 

Skills needed to foster transition

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 South Africa’s renewable-energy transition requires skills development and the educating of the country’s renewable-energy sector stakeholders, says Economic Development Solutions (EDS) head of business development Eckart Zollner. “In South Africa, there are concerns around an energy industry... 

Council actively involved in energy master plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th March 2022 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the City of Cape Town, and Stellenbosch, to create energy master plans to inform optimal procurement and market design for their municipalities’ specific renewable-energy needs. Energy master plans have been completed... 

Leveraging better water waste treatment to save the environment and ourselves

18th March 2022 With International Water Day commemorated on March 22, the spotlight is rightfully on one of the most precious lifegiving elements upon which we all depend – water. For water to truly be used without harm it needs to be clean, and the fact is that fresh water is not an infinite resource. As... 

First world-scale methanol facility in sight

18th March 2022 Oil company the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) earlier this month signed an agreement with methanol producer Proman to develop the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE’s) first world-scale methanol production facility at the TA’ZIZ Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais, Abu Dhabi. Under the terms of... 

Clarity needed on supply, energy plan

By: Cameron Mackay     18th March 2022 Local industry stakeholders need clarity on how the decision by multinational companies Shell and BP’s South African Petroleum Refineries (Sapref) to freeze spending and pause refinery operations at the end of this month will impact on security of supply of petroleum-based products, and the local... 

Agreement signed for petrochem product offtake

18th March 2022 Sustainable chemicals manufacturer Bolder Industries announced in January a landmark 20-year strategic marketing agreement with independent petroleum marketer Tauber Oil for exclusive offtake of BolderOil, Bolder’s sustainably derived petrochemical product. United in both companies' ongoing... 

Sector expected to grow from ICT trade

18th March 2022 Market research organisation Kenneth Research last month released a report which showed that the petrochemicals and polymers market is anticipated to grow, primarily on the growth in trade of information and communication technology (ICT) goods and services globally. The report emphasises the... 

Partnership plans circular plastics manufacturing Australia announced

18th March 2022 Global advanced plastic recycling technology company Plastic Energy and French fuels and chemicals technology supplier Axens are partnering with polyethylene manufacturer Qenos in the planning of a major circular plastics manufacturing capability in Australia. Plastic Energy, which specialises in... 

Prevailing food-borne disease needs to be addressed

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th March 2022 Since its initial outbreak in 2017, Listeria monocytogenes has been an ongoing challenge in South Africa, and food testing laboratory and food safety consultancy Food Consulting Services Laboratories director Grant Lawrence argues that it is important that the food sector puts stringent control... 

OLI South Africa

18th March 2022 OLI is the worldwide leader in industrial vibration technology. Making business simpler for customers while going global with a first-class product has proved successful in making OLI the world’s top selling company of electric external motovibrators. As a global player in industrial vibration... 

Packaged-goods plant receives full makeover

By: Claire O'Reilly     18th March 2022 Automation company Iritron is executing a project for a major South African packaged-goods company, which requires refurbishing and upgrading a plant with the latest optimised control systems.  

Digitalisation evolves food product safety

18th March 2022 Product safety remains vital for achieving food security across the globe. To date, many manufacturers still question whether digitalisation can help reduce the effort involved in process optimisation, production monitoring and system installation, says instrumentation and automation company... 

Innovative product quality inspection

18th March 2022 Embracing innovation in product-quality inspection, packaging inspection, assembly verification, allergen management, traceability, and food safety to minimize downtime are important for running a successful food and beverage operation. Delivering consistently high quality, safe products with... 

Microtunnelling used to build pipeline

By: Nadine Ramdass     18th March 2022 The Farm 694 bulk civil engineering services project will, once completed, be the longest and largest diameter pipeline project constructed using microtunnelling in South Africa, says WSP in Africa civil and municipal infrastructure civil engineer Darren Osborne. Microtunnelling allowed for... 

Water reuse can protect resources

18th March 2022 Ahead of World Water Day on March 22, water treatment specialist Veolia Services Southern Africa prompts government and local municipalities to consider the implementation of water reuse solutions, to protect both freshwater and groundwater resources. There is a growing necessity for these... 

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