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Engineering News Features

Mining in the DRC

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th January 2021 This feature will discuss the latest project developments under way in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), highlighting the financial, logistical and legislative environment, as well as mining opportunities in various commodities. The country’s artisanal mining sector will also be discussed. 

Instrumentation & Control

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th January 2021 This feature will provide an overview of instrumentation and control in South Africa and Africa, focusing on industry development, new products and technologies, contracts and projects recently completed or currently under way, the need for skills development and other challenges currently facing... 

Oils & Lubricants

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th January 2021 The feature will provide an overview of the oils and lubricants sector in South Africa, focusing on new products, technologies, projects and contracts, as well as the need for skills development and any challenges currently facing the sector. This feature might also include any oils- and... 

Materials Handling & Logistics

By: Liezille Vermeulen     4th January 2021 This feature will focus on logistics management activities, including inbound and outbound transportation management, fleet management, warehousing, materials handling, order fulfilment, logistics network design and inventory management by third-party logistics service providers. The feature... 

New forming line increases global supply capabilities

4th December 2020 Last month, automotive technology and engineering company Benteler International announced it would be investing in a new forming line for processing of airbag tubes at its Schloss Neuhaus plant, in Germany. The company has expanded its value-added depth in airbag and seat belt pretensioner tubes... 

Parts aftermarket increases despite pandemic

4th December 2020 According to market research company Frost & Sullivan’s recent analysis ‘Digital Business Models Mitigating Covid-19 Implications on Global Aftermarket Performance in 2020’, released in September, aftermarket revenue expanded by 4.1% in 2019. This was largely driven by a 3.2% growth in vehicles... 

Localisation supermarket to showcase products

By: Halima Frost     4th December 2020 Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) business development manager Hoosain Mahomed says the AIDC EC is embarking on Phase 2 of its localisation supermarket. The localisation supermarket is a physical showcase and online catalogue of automotive components that are imported,... 

New real-time monitoring system enhances safety

4th December 2020 Automotive and truck parts manufacturer Bridgestone in collaboration with technology company Microsoft has developed a unique and innovative monitoring system to detect tyre damage issues in real-time. Bridgestone Europe, Russia, Middle East, India and Africa (EMIA) CEO and president Laurent... 

Genset range equipped with built-in automatic transfer switch panel

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2020 In response to market requirements for a stationary quality genset (generator set), power solutions provider HIMOINSA launched the new HS stationary genset range in October.   HIMOINSA Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell explains that the design of the range resulted in the... 

Generators still in high demand

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     4th December 2020 With unreliable electricity and peaking electricity prices still posing major challenges in South Africa, generators continue to be in demand, says power generation provider Aggreko area GM Riaan du Toit. “Sectors such as mining, food and beverage and manufacturing already depend on good... 

Bigger not always better with gensets – OEM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2020 Bigger is not always better when considering generators (gensets) and standby power, and it is vital that site-specific power requirements and conditions are taken into account during the design phase of these power supply products, says local manufacturer Zest WEG.  

Sugar master plan signed and good to go

4th December 2020 The virtual signing of the much-anticipated Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 has been welcomed by all stakeholders of the South African sugar industry, according to a statement issued by the South African Sugar Association (Sasa) last month. “This is a momentous occasion for the industry... 

New female vice chairperson for sugar association

4th December 2020 The South African Farmers Development Association (Safda) said in statement issued last month that it “welcomes and congratulates” the appointment of new South African Sugar Association (Sasa) vice chairperson Joanmariae Fubbs. Fubbs was nominated by Safda and voted in at a special meeting of... 

Business restructuring anchors producer as sugar master plan gives hope

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 The business restructuring efforts of sugar producer Tongaat Hulett over the past few years have enabled it to enter the Covid-19 outbreak as a “leaner, fit-for-purpose organisation” better able to weather the pandemic, says Tongaat Hulett sugar operations MD Simon Harvey. “The Covid-19 pandemic... 

Tough times ahead despite better yields

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Data gathered by the South African Canegrowers Association (SA Canegrowers) indicate that sugar cane crop yields in the current season are expected to be an improvement on those of the past year, owing to “perfect” to weather to date. Moreover, canegrowers have also put much effort into... 

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and... 

Digital agriculture to assist sugar growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 The South African Sugar Research Institute (Sasri), a division of the South African Sugar Association (Sasa), is focusing its research and technological development on digital agriculture to support canegrowers in decision-making, in their choice of cane varieties, to establish more accurate crop... 

South Africa's Minerals & Energy Outlook 2021

By: Liezille Vermeulen     1st December 2020 The feature will focus on the 2021 outlook for South Africa’s Minerals and Energy sectors. As the world recovers from the impact of the COVID pandemic, the feature will offer top-level insights by industry leaders and policy makers on plans for minerals exploration, new mining investment,... 

Motors,Drives & Mechanical Power Transmission

By: Liezille Vermeulen     30th November 2020 This feature will provide an overview of the motors, drives and mechanical power transmission sector, with a focus on new contracts, products and technological innovation. It will also highlight any projects currently underway, as well as challenges facing the sector.  

Pipes, Tubes & Hoses

By: Liezille Vermeulen     30th November 2020 The Pipes, Tubes and Hoses feature will highlight any products, services and innovations in the industry, also providing an overview of the industry, including supply and demand, challenges and milestones.  

Automotive Industry

By: Liezille Vermeulen     30th November 2020 The feature will provide an overview of the local automotive industry as well as insight into government incentive programmes, contracts and projects recently completed. It will also focus on how the industry hopes to recover and diversify post the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Company offers advanced solutions in filtration

27th November 2020 Together with dedicated partners and customers, geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex is setting a new standard in filter media by challenging the way filtration is used. “The local team works closely with customers to design filtration systems to suit exact requirements, by... 

Pneumatic breakers increase efficiency and productivity

27th November 2020 The powerful, lightweight and ergonomic RTEX and TEX pneumatic breaker ranges from industrial equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco exemplify abalance between high performance and high comfort, says Atlas Copco portable products business line manager David Stanford. 

New air filter ideal for eliminating bacteria, viruses

27th November 2020 Germany-based international filter manufacturer MANN+HUMMEL – with a local subsidiary based in Boksburg – launched a new high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) H13 air filter in accordance with EN 1822, the new test standard for filters. This new air filter filters more than 99.95% of viruses,... 

Range of solutions ensures clean fluids

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     27th November 2020 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Fluid Technology division’s filtration solutions comprise a range of fluid power components and systems. These solutions are supported by the team’s broad technical capabilities to ensure fluids – including oil, fuel and lubricant oil – operate within the... 

Continuous R&D and filter trials ensure efficiency

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     27th November 2020 Filtration manufacturer Cummins Filtration continuously works with its parent company global engine supplier Cummins to ensure that it conducts product research and development (R&D) in conjunction with engine development. This enables Cummins Filtration to test its filters’ capabilities in many... 

Indaba aims to encourage sector growth

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Revitalising and growing manufacturers is the theme of this year’s Manufacturing Indaba, which aims to get the South African manufacturing industry stakeholders together to unpack the way forward towards growing their businesses. This year’s event was originally slated to take place on June 9 and... 

Local valve manufacturer first to be marine-certified

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Valve manufacturer Paltechnologies (Paltech), a subsidiary of holdings company Mokoena Holdings, has become the first South African valve manufacturer to become fully certified to supply valves to the marine industry. Paltech was one of the companies to benefit from the Marine Manufacturing,... 

NDT company opens shop in Mozambique

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 Quality assurance and non-destructive testing (NDT) company Dekra Industrial RSA has registered a legal entity named Dekra Industrial Inspection LDA, in Mozambique, as a springboard from which to service the liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the Cabo Delgado province. “While we have... 

Counterfeit goods a costly threat to sector

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 An influx of inferior-quality competitive electrical connector products into South Africa is a threat to the local manufacturing industry, owing to their unreliability, says electrical connector supplier Alexander and Poole area manager Juanita Fisher-Hill. “The greatest offenders are companies... 

Panel on EIPs to feature at Indaba

By: Darren Parker     27th November 2020 The National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA) will host a panel at this year’s Manufacturing Indaba on industrial parks, the potential to transform them into eco-industrial parks (EIPs) and leveraging them for accelerated development. This year, the NCPC-SA, United Nations... 

Pandemic negatively affects vessel testing

By: Cameron Mackay     27th November 2020 The negative impact of Covid-19 on the local economy has resulted in a significant decrease in the testing of air-pressure vessels, says air compression products and services provider Tru Compressor Solutions sales director Phillip Botha. The company has conducted 15 tests on air-pressure vessels... 

Joint agenda for energy events

20th November 2020 Private sector participation in the energy sector, small-scale hydro and minigrid opportunities, desalination as an option to secure water security and helping sustainable small and medium-sized enterprises with a toolkit are just some of the highlights of the digital African Utility Week and... 

New launch expands LED lighting options

20th November 2020 Light manufacturer BEKA Schréder recently announced the launch of the Omnistar Micro and Mini. Together with the Midi and Maxi, the Omnistar family is now complete.  

Africa’s ‘staggering’ hydropower potential discussed at event

20th November 2020 Hydropower plays a key role in all of the African Development Bank's (AfDB’s) High Five priority areas that are intended to support the continent's achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. This is according to AfDB power systems development director Batchi Baldeh, who... 

Wind turbine prototype gives impressive results

20th November 2020 Energy solutions company GE Renewable Energy – which will be exhibiting at African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa 2020 – announced last month that its Haliade-X prototype, the world’s most powerful wind turbine operating to date, has been optimised and is now operating at a 13 MW power output.... 

IBT construction reduces cost, time

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 Student accommodation group STAG African says it can reduce construction time and costs for student accommodation using innovative building technology (IBT) – a first for Africa. “By using such technologies, developers can reduce building time by 40%, which has the effect of reducing associated... 

Bridge takes top spot at Steel Awards

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 The new V&A Swing Bridge took top honours at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (SAISC’s) inaugural virtual Steel Awards last month. “Ingenuity, creativity and excellence were showcased during the live stream event, with the coveted titles of Overall Winner and Bridge Category... 

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