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Engineering News Features

Transnet pilots reefer trains to ease road congestion in Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2021 To bring about much-needed relief on roads and move goods more efficiently to the ports, Transnet’s Cape Town Container Terminal has piloted an inland operation that will see the haulage of reefer containers from Belcon Inland Terminal, in Bellville, to the port. The collaboration between... 

Underground Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th February 2021 This feature will focus on the latest developments in the underground mining sector and highlight new projects, products and research. The challenges facing underground miners, specifically those relating to communication and logistics, will also be discussed. 

Food & Beverage

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of food production and supply, the volatility of food prices, and the impact of this on South Africa and the rest of Africa. It will also look at developments within the local food and beverage market, including new contracts and projects, challenges, new... 

Chemicals & Petrochemicals

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of South Africa’s chemicals and petrochemicals sectors. It will focus on challenges currently facing the sector, research and development, new products and technologies, as well as any projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way.  

Water Week

By: Liezille Vermeulen     8th February 2021 This feature will highlight initiatives and projects being undertaken by South Africa’s public and private sectors during Water Week. These initiatives will include any projects and initiatives currently under way that are in line with raising awareness about protecting and conserving the... 

Group continues to embrace instrumentation technology

5th February 2021 Utility management company Bosch Munitech continues to make a substantial investment in the latest instrumentation technology, offering geospatial services in line with stringent global standards. Munitech, a division of multidisciplinary consulting engineering group Bosch Holdings, continuously... 

New pressure gauge incorporates IoT tech

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 Measuring instruments supplier Wika Instruments has aligned the global launch of its Bourdon tube pressure gauge, the company’s most advanced gauge to date, with its new business strategy. Although the new gauge uses the old gauge’s design, it includes Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)... 

Society drives initiatives to improve instrumentation sector

By: Halima Frost     5th February 2021 The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Mechatronics and Control (SAIMC) has announced that its trust fund will be introduced to the instrumentation and control sector this year, which is among other initiatives being developed by the society for the coming years. “The trust fund is being... 

Flow control meter added to product range

5th February 2021 Last month, Instrotech introduced its Kobold’s calorimetric (KAL-D) flow meters with an integrated microcontroller that allows users to adapt the device to individual process conditions. The KAL-D continuously monitors water-based liquids. It finds service in all applications where flow currents... 

Time switch series available locally

5th February 2021 Electric solutions provider Legrand’s AlphaRex and MicroRex series of time switches are now available in South Africa. Both switches, which ensure high-clock precision and energy efficiency in industrial, commercial and domestic environments, have been designed for easy programming. 

Forklifts offer increased safety, productivity

5th February 2021 As companies try to streamline business activities owing to Covid-19, it has become more important to take extra care to maintain pristine hygiene standards throughout the supply chain, highlights materials handling equipment distributor Shamrock Handling Concepts MD Brenton Kemp. This includes... 

New load-turning function for cranes

5th February 2021 In order to enhance safety during complex task such as horizontally moving heavy components for indoor cranes, industrial equipment supplier Demag has introduced a new standard function for its Universal Crane product range. Crane installations can now be equipped with a load-turning function... 

Lift built for stringent environmental regulations

5th February 2021 Mobile elevating work platforms manufacturer JLG Industries has made available to the access industry its environment-friendly all-electric DaVinci AE1932 scissor lift. JLG mobile elevating work platforms engineering senior director Shashank Bhatia says featuring zero hydraulics to help eliminate... 

New addition to mobile robot offering introduced

5th February 2021 Last month, electronics company Omron announced the launch of the HD-1500, the strongest and latest addition to the company’s series of mobile robots. The new HD-1500 boasts a heavy payload capacity of up to 1 500 kg. In a press release, the company noted that it is ideal for modern factories,... 

Company ensures dependable systems for its customers

5th February 2021 Forklift dealer Criterion Equipment, exclusive distributors of TCM forklift trucks in Southern Africa, works closely with companies in almost every sector, including specialists in the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector. FMCG companies – which operate in a highly-competitive environment, in... 

Company makes a significant investment locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants manufacturer and distributor FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has invested more than R250-million in South Africa for the completion of the construction of a warehouse and office complex, which will be completed by February 2022. Land that is adjacent to its current location in Isando, of... 

Pumps design to handle flow, pressure of liquids

5th February 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s SEIM spindle screw pumps efficiently handle a range of liquids – such as oils – at different flows and various pressures. BMG is the exclusive distributor of manufacturer SEIM screw pumps throughout Africa. 

Lubricants offered for high temperatures

5th February 2021 Lubrication products used in certain applications are subjected to much harsher conditions or higher temperatures than others. This is why lubrication specialist Lubrication Engineers (LE) believes in continuously improving its products and creating solutions for particular applications. 

Solutions provided for hazardous oil spills

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Spill response company Spill Tech offers customers an efficient way to manage hazardous spills and discharges. This includes an oil spill kit to deal with oil spills at fixed facilities, enabling a fast response to deal with small to medium spills. The kits are designed for quick use to clean up... 

Partnership aids expansion into Southern Africa

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Global refining, manufacturing and marketing company Q8Oils – subsidiary of petroleum giant Kuwait Petroleum Corporation – is now a key competitor in the South African lubricants market, owing to an innovative manufacturing and distribution agreement with local oil company Blue Chip Lubricants.... 

International standards lacking locally

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th February 2021 Lubricants distributor OILY SA’s offering is comparable to that of other major oil companies, such as oil industry company Shell, petroleum refining company Total and independent lubricants manufacturer Fuchs, while the quality standards of locally manufactured lubricants have been found to be... 

Mining: Valves

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st February 2021 This feature will showcase the latest valves and valves-related products available to the mining industry in Africa. It will also highlight projects implementing valves solutions, new products and technologies, and will discuss key issues such as local manufacture and industry challenges. 

Heavy Minerals Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st February 2021 Heavy minerals are an important source of zirconium, titanium, tungsten and rare-earth elements. This feature will provide an overview of the African sector, highlighting new and existing projects, while providing an outlook for the sector. The market for these minerals, and key challenges in... 

Capital Equipment in Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st February 2021 The Capital Equipment in Construction will provide an overview of the capital equipment industry in South Africa, focusing on skills development, research and development, new projects, contracts, products and technologies. 

Rail Infrastructure

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of freight and passenger rail transport and infrastructure in South Africa, focusing on new infrastructure, South Africa’s rail strategy, safety measures and challenges that the industry is faced with.  

Foundries, Forges & Die-Casting

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st February 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the foundries, forges and die-casting sector in South Africa and Africa, focusing on skills development, research and development, new projects, contracts, products, technologies, maintenance issues, and the challenges currently facing the industry. This... 

Boiler ash removal made easy through chain

29th January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s power transmission division supplies a range of Tsubaki conveyor chains that ensures efficient and trouble-free transport of slag granulates, ash or smelting residues from beneath boilers, burners and furnaces. According to BMG specialists, conveying dry or... 

Plant energy produced from tomato waste

29th January 2021 Italian boiler producer and installation company Uniconfort designed, manufactured and installed two boilers at a food processing company in the Ivory Coast in Africa. Through its advanced technology, the food processing company is able to save about €1-millon each year as the two boilers are... 


29th January 2021 Uniconfort manufactures and installs Biomass Plants up to 30 MWth and Cogeneration Systems up to 5 MWe.  Our Mission is to give Value to Biomass and Waste from wood, industrial and agricultural processes, converting all into Clean Energy. The Biomass Boilers produce steam, hot water, superheated... 

Business relationship mutually beneficial

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th January 2021 The international partnership between sawmill technology supplier Newsaw and Italy-based biomass boilers and heating solutions provider Uniconfort has resulted in power solutions, power independence and cost-effective maintenance for boiler plants in Africa. “Since 2004, Newsaw has been watching... 

Boiler maintenance cuts company costs

29th January 2021 A comprehensive boiler maintenance programme not only keeps boilers up and running reliably, but also ensures equipment longevity and improves safety for employees. However, many companies try to save costs on water treatment to reduce operating costs and meet production demands. While this can... 

Drone tech allows for expansion

By: Theresa Bhowan     29th January 2021 With technology advancement in the drone industry and drone access expanding from military to commercial use, rope access specialists Skyriders found that drones could be successfully used in the inspection of boilers and other confined spaces. “Industries are constantly developing, and the... 

Hybrid events to carry industry, physical format still needed

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Innovation in the exhibitions, events and conferencing industry will result in a roll-out of hybrid events this year, says local exhibition company Specialised Exhibitions – a division of Montgomery Group - portfolio director Charlene Hefer. This involves a “blend of the on-site experience with... 

Regulations force exhibition supplier to diversify

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has led to exhibition stand design and construction company RedAnt Design diversifying its offering to provide more design capabilities and solutions for virtual and hybrid shows. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted on the business exhibition events and... 

Company leverages global partnership for virtual events

By: Cameron Mackay     29th January 2021 Eastern Cape-based events organising company Inkanyezi Event Organisers has created the Global Partner Network, a group of leading event managers and trade facilitation leaders who will jointly organise several international business exhibitions and trade shows this year. Inkanyezi CEO Andrew... 

New dashboard assists in efficient cargo handling

29th January 2021 Cargo truck manufacturer Capacity Group introduced a newly designed dashboard with elevated instrumentation, which will reduce driver fatigue and optimise productivity, to its terminal tractors in the fourth quarter of last year. Additionally, the terminal tractors now offer synchronised seat and... 

Progress at Durban terminals commended

29th January 2021 State-owned freight logistics company Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) and network organisation Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) recently took stock of progress made to date at TPT’s terminals. An announcement to that effect – made in October – followed an industry outcry eight months... 

Two contracts keep marine transformation afloat

29th January 2021 Specialist marine solutions provider African Marine Solutions (Amsol) has been awarded two contracts which will act not only as a catalyst for continued transformation but will also ensure continuity in supply chain. The first contract awarded to Amsol is a multiyear contract with multinational... 

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