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Engineering News Features

New efficient method for PET bottles production

4th March 2022 Preferential heating, filling and packaging equipment supplier KHS Group provides an energy-efficient method for producing oval polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles with an optimised weight. Companies in the food industry and consumer goods manufacturers such as chemicals company Henkel, are... 

Bulk bagging system aids in meeting demands

4th March 2022 Leading robotics and automation company RMGroup has supplied one of its industry leading bulk bagging systems, a BB-400, to building materials supplier Tippers. As an existing customer, the new equipment supplements Tippers’ existing BB-400 bulk bagging and form fill and seal vertical packaging... 

Emphasis placed on recycling

4th March 2022 In response to both consumer and legislative pressures, some of South Africa’s largest retailers and brands are now putting a greater emphasis on the recyclability of their packaging. Law firm Webber Wentzel states that significant volumes of waste are still being diverted to landfill sites,... 

Company proposes solution for steel plants

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 Steelmakers globally are being pressured to reduce their carbon emissions, and the enhanced blast furnace is an “interesting solution” to ensure a reduced carbon footprint for steel plants, says plant supplier SMS group South Africa MD Pieter Bezuidenhout. 

Changes in steel industry create challenges

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 The steel sector has evolved over the past few years and steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds branch manager Richard Horsley says this is evident from the supply chain to the end-user.  

Labelling a necessity to identify steel products

4th March 2022 Labelling or identifying steel products is an absolute necessity in today's global steel market owing to the fact that the tracking of steel has posed problems in the past as a result of the many processes and stages that steel goes through before reaching its destination. 

Acquisition to boost company’s steel aspirations

By: Anna Moross     4th March 2022 With the acquisition of steel producer COMIR Industrial SA in November 2021, specialised importer and distributor of industrial and electronic products in Southern Africa, Actum Group, aims to expand its steel products range and become a valuable player in the steel processing industry. 

Shaft Sinking, Maintenance & Closure

By: Liezille Vermeulen     28th February 2022 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, shaft maintenance and closure. The feature will also focus on research and development... 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     28th February 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the African coal sector, focusing on the latest developments as well as highlighting new and existing operations. It will also discuss the local beneficiation of coal, South African exports and any infrastructural challenges affecting production and/or... 

Harbour Infrastructure & Dredging

By: Liezille Vermeulen     28th February 2022 Transnet National Ports Authority’s dredging services have initiated dredging projects on the Durban Harbour and more initiatives of this nature are expected. This feature will focus on the latest technology, projects, contracts, equipment, maintenance as well as challenges related to harbour... 

Paper, Pulp & Board

By: Liezille Vermeulen     28th February 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the paper, pulp and board industry in South Africa, focusing on contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way, new products and technologies, energy efficiency, streamlining operations and challenges currently facing the sector. It will... 

Sugar Growers, Millers & Refiners

By: Liezille Vermeulen     28th February 2022 Following the signing of the sugar master plan 2030, the sugar industry is optimistic that this will lead to the recovery of the industry. The feature will highlight new products, technological innovation, research and development as well as challenges facing the sector. It will also look into... 

Indaba ties in with city’s energy plans

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 With the City of Cape Town being an emerging leader in the new energy space in South Africa, Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says hosting the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) bodes well for the city’s energy plans. “While we want to focus the... 

Council to coordinate content at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 The South African Electrotechnical Export Council (SAEEC), supported by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC), is collaborating with the Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) to profile South African companies in the energy sector at the event. SAEEC is coordinating the engagement between... 

Power Quality the focus at AEI

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) aims to raise awareness of the importance of Power Quality in the manufacturing industry at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI). Power Quality refers to the degree to which a power system conforms to established standards; in the... 

EPC company a gold partner at Indaba

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Engineering procurement and construction (EPC) company Lesedi is participating at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) as a gold partner, says Lesedi business development executive Shane Pereira. This will be the company’s eighth year of participation. 

Indaba to focus on increasing need for energy access

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 This year’s Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) will focus on the growing need for energy access throughout Africa, says exhibitions company Siyenza MD Liz Hart. The event will be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 1 to 2 March 2022. 

Law firm to provide insight on energy laws

By: Sabrina Jardim     25th February 2022 Law firm Norton Rose Fulbright will participate at this year’s Africa Energy Indaba as a partner, providing a legal perspective on energy sector laws. The global law firm provides a business law service, with an industry focus throughout major key industries, including the energy industry. 

Transceiver evades pitfalls while seizing benefits

By: Nadine Ramdass     25th February 2022 Military communication systems specialist and JSE-listed company Reunert subsidiary Reutech Communications’ TR3000 transceiver unlocks the full potential of high-frequency (HF) network communication, which enables the military to evade the difficulties previously associated with high-frequency... 

Tech development enhances defence equipment

By: Nadine Ramdass     25th February 2022 Global aerospace and technology company Paramount Group’s equipment and technologies, in service with various armed forces and security agencies on four continents, as well as digital and drawing-board designs, prototyping and acceptance trials, are under constant review to keep abreast and... 

Adili Metal Trading

25th February 2022 Whilst our business may be new, our leaders and management have been in the industry for over 45 years. We’ve seen, been leaders of and experienced the ins and outs of the local and global metallurgical industry. Translated from Swahili, Adili means ethical and just. Morality and order. These... 

Hopes that website will shape future of online tyre sales

25th February 2022 Tapping into the enormous growth in e-commerce in South Africa, has been launched with the hope that it will become the benchmark for the best online tyre retail customer experience in South Africa. 

New tyre models launching later this year

By: Claire O'Reilly     25th February 2022 Two models from the SPVAN01 tyre range, manufactured by global tyre and rubber company Sumitomo Rubber, are set to be launched later this yea 

Rubber increases wear life

25th February 2022 Mines are well aware of the significant cost savings that can be achieved by using rubber to increase the wear life of equipment; however, selecting the right product for the application is vital. Rubber lining is a highly skilled process which – when done correctly, with the correct type and... 

Mine Site Accommodation

By: Liezille Vermeulen     21st February 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the sector that provides temporary site accommodation, as well as permanent housing, for mineworkers and contractors. The sector’s products, solutions, notable projects, and challenges will be highlighted. 

Mining: Drilling & Tunnelling

By: Liezille Vermeulen     21st February 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the drilling and tunnelling sector across Africa, highlighting the latest available technologies and updating readers on projects under way. The feature will also highlight the challenges currently facing service and product providers while discussing... 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     21st February 2022 This feature will focus on drones used in various industries within the engineering sector holistically. The feature will also cover technological advancements, research and development, projects and the successful use of drones in industry. 


By: Liezille Vermeulen     21st February 2022 This feature will provide an overview of the pumps industry in South Africa and Africa, focusing on projects and contracts recently completed or currently under way, new products and technologies and new developments in the industry. It will also look at what the industry is doing to promote... 

Energy Transition

By: Liezille Vermeulen     21st February 2022 Energy Transition is the pathway towards a sustainable and low-carbon energy system from fossil-based energy system by the second half of the century. South Africa has set a goal to transition 90% coal-generated energy to renewable energy sources called Project 90 by 2030. This feature will focus... 

Industry body hones in on five key focus areas

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has identified five key areas to focus on this year to mitigate challenges faced by industry and the country, following its Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey 2021, or BECS 2021, released in June 2021. The first key priority is to increase... 

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

Sector key in economic recovery

18th February 2022 National construction industry body Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) acting CEO Bongani Dlala says the construction sector can lead South Africa’s recovery as the country emerges into a post-Covid-19 economy, but only if emerging contractors are empowered. This was the consensus... 

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

Shopping centre development well under way

18th February 2022 Last month, Centurion-based construction company Tri-Star Construction announced it had been selected as the main contractor on the development of the Mamelodi Square Shopping Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The release explains that rural retail development specialists McCormick Property... 

First 3D printed house in Kenya

18th February 2022 In October the first three-dimensional- (3D-) printed demonstration house was constructed by sustainable and affordable housing group 14Trees in Nairobi, Kenya. The house is also the first 3D-printed house to achieve the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Excellence in Design for Greater... 

LEDVANCE lighting the way to a greener future

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2022 Inspired by a strong customer focus and a commitment to high quality standards in all its processes, international lighting company LEDVANCE considers sustainability a “fundamental component” of business ethics, and crucial to the company’s strategic decisions. This approach, the LEDVANCE team... 

Manufacturer provides tailored lighting solutions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     18th February 2022 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder carries out a full evaluation of a site, including lighting audits and design, to ensure that the lighting effectively performs according to the necessary standards of the application. The visual tasks in various manufacturing and processing industries are very... 

Light range expansion increases safety and productivity

18th February 2022 Global technology and engineering company Emerson added new models to its Appleton TL light emitting diode (LED) temporary work light family last month. These new models enable electricians; maintenance, repairs and operations crews; mechanics and construction professionals to leverage extremely... 

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