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Engineering News Features

Mining: Environmental Protection

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th January 2021 This feature will focus on the impact of mining activities on the environment. It will highlight new products, technologies, regulations and initiatives being implemented to mitigate the adverse environmental effects of mining and to ensure the wellbeing of mineworkers and mine-affected communities. 

Gold

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the gold sector, with a focus on the price and demand. It will provide updates on the latest gold projects and discuss innovative methods and technologies employed by miners, as well as challenges and opportunities within the sector. The feature should... 

Plastics, Packaging & Printing

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of South Africa’s plastics, packaging and printing industries, focusing on legislative developments, environmental issues, as well as new technologies, products, projects and initiatives.  

Steel

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the local steel industry, including the industry outlook, recent information on the price of steel, the effects of the steel price, and the supply/demand balance in the steel sector. The feature will also look at government interventions that are currently... 

Flooring Industry

By: Liezille Vermeulen     25th January 2021 This feature will focus on new products and technologies, quality assurance in the flooring industry. It will also focus on any training and skills development programmes within the industry as well as research & development and challenges facing the industry.  

NAACAM, members demonstrate innovation, resilience in challenging year 

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The detrimental effects of the Covid-19 pandemic compelled many local companies in the automotive component manufacturing industry to re-evaluate the manner in which they operated this year. Local automotive component manufacturer association, the National Association of Automotive Components and... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

Lockdown has heightened risk of counterfeit components

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 The national lockdown last year has significantly impacted on the circulation of original, as well as counterfeit, automotive components, says law firm Spoor & Fisher partner Paul Ramara. This can largely be attributed to the restrictions in place during the various levels of lockdown,... 

New batteries launch for sector

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Following local automotive battery manufacturer AutoX’s 18-month research and development process at its manufacturing plant, in Port Elizabeth, the company launched its gel-based batteries for the local automotive industry at the end of last year. Vehicles, from passenger cars to commercial... 

Components create high efficiency in cooling towers

22nd January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical team plays an important role in ensuring the dependable operation of wet and dry cooling towers, through the supply and support of many power generation components. “Hansen gearboxes, which have been designed by diversified corporation... 

Chains extend equipment operating life

22nd January 2021 Included in engineering solutions provider BMG’s extensive range of Tsubaki high-performance chain, is the robust workhorse elevator series, which offers enhanced strength and reliability, a cleaner environment and extended operating life. “Workhorse elevator chains – manufactured for high... 

Mixer successfully increases plant efficiency

By: Theresa Bhowan     22nd January 2021 German drive technology manufacturer SEW Eurodrive provided its services and gearboxes for a mixer replacement which was fabricated by family-owned feed milling original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Dalein Agriplan. Dalein Agriplan fabricates feed milling installations for the animal feed... 

High-quality equipment supply through partnership

22nd January 2021 Power generation and electro-mechanical power transmission supplier Vert Energy has been appointed by Japanese diesel engine manufacturer Yanmar as its official distributor in Southern Africa for Yanmar industrial engines from the beginning of 2021. “What’s exciting for the African market is the... 

Alternators provide safe, uninterrupted power

22nd January 2021 Power generation and power transmission product supplier Vert Energy offers custom-designed solutions for dependable power in areas without connection to the mains. “There is often the inconvenience of having to do work that requires electricity, in areas where there is no connection to the... 

Projects can bolster local steel tubes and pipes industry

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 Steel industry association the Steel Tube Export Association of South Africa (STEASA) believes that the fast-tracking of the 50 strategic integrated projects and 12 special projects – announced in the Government Gazette this year – will present “tremendous opportunities” for locally manufactured... 

Survey shows decline in local pipe market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     22nd January 2021 The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) has released the findings of a qualitative and quantitative pipe survey that shows a decline in infrastructure investment, particularly in the local pipe market, of 15%. According to the survey, conducted by business management... 

Company offers HDPE pipes for sanitation in Kenya

22nd January 2021 Bringing innovative solutions and providing and maintaining safe off-site and decentralised sanitation systems cannot happen without new investment and human technical capacity – which is particularly relevant considering the growing population density in urban centres, explains manufacturer... 

Reaccreditation in three programmes received

22nd January 2021 Specialist manufacturer Superior Tube was awarded three prestigious National Aerospace and Defence Contractors’ Accreditation Program (Nadcap) reaccreditations for its heat treating, welding, and non-destructive testing programmes. Nadcap assesses and supplies independent accreditation of specialist 

Sintech

21st January 2021 Tritec Sintered Products started as a closed corporation in Johannesburg in 1984. Its name was shortened to the simpler ‘Sintech’, becoming a proprietary company in 1996.  

Mining: Project Management

By: Liezille Vermeulen     18th January 2021 This feature will focus on the latest projects secured by project houses and provide an overview of the state of project management in mining. It will also highlight the challenges currently facing project management companies, the advantages of employing project houses and any new project... 

Mining in Namibia

By: Liezille Vermeulen     18th January 2021 Mining is one of the largest contributors to the Namibian economy. This feature will provide an overview of Namibia’s mining industry, highlighting the latest news on new and existing projects. The feature will provide insight into the challenges and opportunities that exist in the Namibian... 

Rubber Manufacturing & Products

By: Liezille Vermeulen     18th January 2021 The Rubber Manufacturing & Products feature will provide an overview of rubber manufacturing in South Africa, as well as developments in the South Africa tyre recycling sector. This feature will focus on new technologies and products, as well as any contracts, projects and/or initiatives that... 

Africa Energy Indaba

By: Liezille Vermeulen     18th January 2021 This feature will provide a preview of the upcoming Africa Energy Indaba, which is scheduled to take place from March 01 to 05, in Cape Town. The Africa Power Vision will be one of the topics to be discussed, led by industry experts, investors, policy makers and governments representatives. Other... 

Defence

By: Liezille Vermeulen     18th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the local defence industry, focusing on South Africa’s role in the global defence industry, as well as the defence industry’s contribution to economic growth in South Africa. It will also look at alliances and partnerships, new technologies and products,... 

Backlog indicates high demand for solar

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Energy storage manufacturer Solar MD has a backlog of 14 MWh in terms of battery orders, and a backlog of 1 200 orders for the Logger V2, the company’s monitoring and control system. “This demand speaks volumes to the critical renewable-energy gap in South Africa, particularly with regard to... 

Underserved Lesotho communities to benefit from solar delivery

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 Containerised off-grid solar systems manufacturer SustainSolar was contracted by minigrid developer OnePower Lesotho to deliver the first batch of seven modular, turnkey and rapid-deployment Sustain Compact solar power solutions to Lesotho early this year. “The Sustain Compact solar power... 

Company adds solar inverters and drives to suite of solutions

15th January 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s electromechanical specialists have extended its solutions service to include solar inverters and drives, which are designed to enhance the efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) systems. “PV modules – which use daylight to generate electricity – are gaining... 

Company ready for larger-scale projects

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 With the global trend of microgrid hybrid power solutions, solar solutions company Vert Energy was presented with a unique opportunity by property development company O’Nit Developments, whose strategic intent was to develop a power management solution that optimised the available energy sources... 

Low tax reduces solar incentive

By: Darren Parker     15th January 2021 The relatively low value of carbon tax in South Africa, and numerous allowances that government made available in year one of the Carbon Tax Act’s implementation, which took effect in June 2019, have resulted in there being little incentive currently for solar energy, technology company EDS... 

Mixture of strategies will provide suitable water treatment solution

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 A mixture of strategies will provide the best water treatment solution for a water-scarce country, such as South Africa, says global technology company ABB Energy Industries South Africa sales manager Joyce Moganedi. “The scarcity of water has led to the Department of Water and Sanitation... 

Wastewater treatment for all industries

15th January 2021 Owing to decades of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry, and a dedicated portfolio of solutions, instrumentation company Endress+Hauser can help make industrial wastewater treatment safe and efficient, explains water and wastewater industry manager Hennie Pretorius.   “Water... 

Awareness grows for atmospheric bottled water

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     15th January 2021 Consumers being more cautious about the purification of drinking water has resulted in growing awareness of atmospheric water generation technology company Aqua Air Africa’s atmospheric bottled water, says Aqua Air CEO Keamogetswe Matsho. The company’s atmospheric water generating technology... 

Mining in North America

By: Liezille Vermeulen     11th January 2021 Published in a Special Focus edition and electronically distributed to attendees of Canada’s premier mineral exploration and mining convention the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC), this feature will provide an overview of the North American mining industries and... 

Energy Solutions for Mining

By: Liezille Vermeulen     11th January 2021 The Energy Solutions for Mining feature will focus on the various energy solutions available to the mining industry, including the use of renewable-energy sources, hybrid solutions and the establishment of mine-site power plants. It will provide an update on new contracts, policies and projects... 

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVACR)

By: Liezille Vermeulen     11th January 2021 This feature will look at new products, technologies, projects, contracts, services, challenges and developments related to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry as well as cooling systems such as refrigeration.  

Industrial & Commercial Lighting

By: Liezille Vermeulen     11th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the local industrial and commercial lighting sector, focusing on new products and technologies, contracts and projects, skills development, challenges and energy efficiency.  

Civil Engineering & Construction

By: Liezille Vermeulen     11th January 2021 This feature will highlight challenges facing the sector, which includes the lack of government tenders being awarded; insufficient infrastructure maintenance and refurbishment, which could result in the collapse of existing infrastructure; skills development; and the need to increase the number... 

Platinum Group Metals

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of the platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector in Southern Africa. Industry stakeholders will provide insight on the future of the PGMs market, as well as new technologies employed in the sector. The feature will also provide an update on pricing, as well as... 

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