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Engineering News Features

Increased use of light steel frame

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     20th November 2020 There is a significant increase in the use of light steel frame (LSF) in construction – despite it still being a relatively new building material in the South African market. This increase is mostly owed to the multitude of benefits it offers over traditional building methods, says LSF... 

Heavy vehicles maker begins LNG testing

20th November 2020 Heavy commercial vehicles manufacturer Volvo Trucks Southern Africa has brought in two liquefied natural gas (LNG) trucks to be used for local testing. 

Automaker notes industry decline, expands African footprint

By: Mamaili Mamaila     20th November 2020 Global automotive company Isuzu Motors South Africa – a subsidiary of Isuzu Motors Limited – expects that domestic vehicle sales will decline by around 30% this year, compared with those of 2019. 

Rough road ahead for VUCA-plagued trucking industry

20th November 2020 It is going to take at least five years for South Africa’s economy to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Road Freight Association (RFA) chief executive Gavin Kelly. 

S African-Italian trade dips but remains adequate

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2020 Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, a respectable $1.4-billion worth of goods has been exchanged between South Africa and Italy since January, according to Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries (ItalchamSA) secretary general Pamina Bohrer. She explains that the bulk of this trade... 

Stronger advocacy needed to protect European business interests

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2020 The impact of Covid-19 on South Africa and Italy has highlighted the need for strong action to ensure that European business interests are protected in South Africa, according to a statement by Italian-South African Chamber of Trade and Industries (ItalchamSA) secretary-general Pamina Bohrer... 

Partnership improves dry-type transformers access in Africa

By: Darren Parker     20th November 2020 Access to dry-type transformer technology has been boosted throughout Africa, following the partnership of South African transformer supplier Trafo Power Solutions with Italian transformer manufacturer TMC Transformers at the end of 2018. “The business prospects for TMC in Africa are quite good... 

Upstream Oil & Gas in Africa

By: Liezille Vermeulen     16th November 2020 An increasing number of exploration projects have resulted in more oil and gas resources being discovered and developed. This feature will delve into the state of the upstream oil and gas industry in Africa, discussing service providers, projects, challenges and growth opportunities. 

Mining: Health & Safety

By: Liezille Vermeulen     16th November 2020 The feature will provide an update on key health and safety issues on South African mines, providing industry insiders with a platform to discuss policies, practices and legislative compliance. The feature will also highlight new products and services available to promote mine health and safety. 

Digital network launched to support wine sector

13th November 2020 The Western Cape government, in partnership with agency for tourism, trade and investment promotion for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro, as well as wine marketing specialists Wines of South Africa (WoSA), have announced the launch of the Cape Export Network (CEN). Launched in September,... 

Pumping with flavour for multiproduct lines 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Verder Group has recently redesigned the structure of its hygienic brands – this included rebranding and adding sanitary pump supplier JEC JR’s series of pumps to its diverse pumping portfolio under Packo.  The Packo JRZS series of twin-screw pumps are suited to the... 

Tech partnership brews beer from re-used water 

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Local water technology company Xylem has partnered with Berlin water utility Berliner Wasserbetriebe and the Kompetenzzentrum Wasser Berlin (the Berlin Centre of Competence for Water) to produce Berlin Reuse Brew. Berlin Reuse Brew is a beer made from purified and treated wastewater. 

OLI South Africa

13th November 2020 OLI South Africa 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... 

Manufacturing redefined!

13th November 2020 Do you require C.N.C machined components & tool making to exacting standards from a supplier that has a proven track record with both national and international leading companies?  Do you require plastic injection moulded components & cast polyurethane parts from a supplier that has a reputation... 

Manufacturer selected as parts supplier

By: Halima Frost     13th November 2020 Subsequent to being shortlisted as a potential supplier of replacement parts, precision engineering company Vector Engineering has been selected as an official component assembly parts manufacturer for a critical filling line for global brewery Anheuser-Busch InBev SA (Inbev). “The parts were... 

Collaboration could eliminate challenges

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 Although the construction industry offers many opportunities for collaboration between consultants and contractors, these opportunities are often not fully explored. “This results in contractual disagreements, and a disjointed and misaligned approach to projects,” says demolition expert Jet... 

Sector recovery lies in collaboration – says cement maker 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 The construction sector remains under pressure, despite the easing of the national lockdown to Level 1, and contractors need to work with materials suppliers to remain cost competitive, says construction materials company AfriSam.  

Structural integrity aids building life cycle

13th November 2020 Asset management company Collaborit has successfully started penetrating the mining and industrial sectors, providing expert solutions and services into the sustainable, proactive management of structural assets such as steel, concrete and masonry.  

Consultancy laments construction sector decline

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 The construction sector experienced a significant contraction in terms of the change in value added to the gross domestic product year-on-year in quarter two of 2020, at -30.7%, compared to -2.2% in quarter one of 2020 and -0.9% in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Pandemic challenges exacerbated for industry

13th November 2020 While construction sites were able to reopen in early May for civil projects, ongoing delays in terms of both the public sector being slow to change gears and client’s additional regulations around health and safety, have exacerbated challenges for both property development and construction... 

Economy to affect home builders more

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 The effects of Covid-19 and the sluggish economy remain the biggest challenge for the civil engineering and construction sectors. 

Infrastructure recovery roadmap mulled

By: Mamaili Mamaila     13th November 2020 If South Africa is to have any hope of economic recovery, no sector can afford to do things the way it did before 2020, says the International Zinc Association (IZA). 

Construction group welcomes green shoots after lull  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th November 2020 After what has been months of uncertainty about when new projects will come to tender or whether awarded projects will progress, construction company Concor notes that work continues apace on its contracts spread across the construction, infrastructure, civils and mining sectors.  

Leak detection creates ease of maintenance

13th November 2020 Test and management service provider Comtest introduced the Fluke ii900, a handheld sonic industrial imager that enables maintenance to quickly locate air, steam, gas and vacuum leaks in compressed air systems. The straight-forward, intuitive interface allows technicians to isolate the sound... 

Preventive maintenance an active solution

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th November 2020 In large operating plants, whether power generation, or petrochemicals, rope access specialists Skyriders strongly recommends that clients carry out preventive, rather than reactive, maintenance. “Much like having a maintenance or service plan for a car, we recommend that our clients carry out... 

Maintenance saves companies’ bottom line

13th November 2020 With economic uncertainty levels reaching an all-time high, it is necessary to find creative and resilient ways to reduce budgets while boosting the bottom line. Preventive maintenance is often one of the most tempting to trim, however, doing so could end up costing a business significantly more... 

Preventive measures vital for ‘new normal’ commercial operations

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th November 2020 As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, facilities management service provider Facilities Management (FM) Solutions points out that companies need to create a preventive maintenance plan for the upkeep of commercial spaces at regular intervals. “While self-performed maintenance protocols have not... 

Machine maintenance in paper mills made easy

13th November 2020 Volatile global economic conditions and even tougher regulations are making it increasingly difficult for pulp and paper producers to protect their operating margins. As a result, mills are looking for methods of reducing operating costs, one of which is to minimise maintenance activities, while... 

Top Renewable Energy Projects

By: Liezille Vermeulen     9th November 2020 The South African Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) has seen several renewable energy projects implemented as part of the energy mix to meet this demand. This year has seen a number of REIPPPP Bid Window 4 projects being completed. This feature aims to provide insight on top renewable energy... 

Tshwane Automotive SEZ

By: Liezille Vermeulen     9th November 2020 Officially launched in November 2019, the Tshwane Automotive SEZ aims to attract new automotive components manufacturers to drive investment into the City of Tshwane and surrounding communities. This feature will provide an overview of the developments that have and are still taking place at the... 

Top Platinum Projects

By: Liezille Vermeulen     9th November 2020 Top Platinum-Group Metals Projects The platinum-group metals (PGMs) sector this year benefitted from record-high prices for Rhodium and Palladium, with analysts predicting ore replacement projects to meet demand owing to tightening emissions standards, the burgeoning Hydrogen economy and reserve... 

Top Coal Projects

By: Liezille Vermeulen     9th November 2020 Despite financial institutions declining to fund coal-related projects, to date, coal remains the dominant source of electricity worldwide, and many mining companies are finding alternative means of funding new projects to meet demand. This feature will discuss the latest coal projects on the... 

Shift in strategy to maximise offering

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearings manufacturer and distributor SKF held a virtual webinar last month to discuss the company’s three-pronged strategy shift to better meet client requirements.  “The strategy has encouraged every part of the company to rethink the way it works, especially SKF’s core research and development... 

New bearing brand well received

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearings and accessories distributor Bearings International (BI) says the range from bearing manufacturer Craft Bearings has drawn a positive response across different sectors, with notable successes in the food and beverage, agriculture and mining sectors. “BI was granted the status of exclusive... 

Bearing isolators faring well in bearings sector

6th November 2020 Bearings distributor BMG tells Engineering News that its Garlock Klozure and Guardian Bearing Isolators have fared notably well subsequent to being introduction to the BMG range of isolators. A bearing isolator is an advanced sealing solution that is used to protect bearings on rotating equipment... 

Bearing mounting app simplifies installation

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor SKF has developed a new mobile application (app) that simplifies the task of mounting and replacing bearings. SKF’s Bearing Assist app, developed together with customers, provides detailed mounting instructions for a comprehensive range of SKF bearings. 

Fibre-optic tech monitors bearing parameters

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor SKF says its fibre-optic sensing technology used in its bearings to capture their working parameters, is “a world first”. The technology provides instant access to a variety of bearings data, including axial versus radial loads, polar lots of the bearing´s... 

Bearings supplier awarded distributorship  

By: Halima Frost     6th November 2020 Bearing manufacturer and distributor ISO Bearings South Africa has launched a substantial marketing drive to announce its being a distributor of bearing manufacturer FYH Bearings in Southern and South Africa. ISO Bearings GM Bennie van Niekerk tells Engineering News that the new brand was... 

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