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Engineering News Features

Assembly plant makes significant progress at TASEZ

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 In the lead-up to the 2022 launch of the Next-Generation Ford Ranger, last month, automotive manufacturer Ford South Africa hosted a high-level delegation for an oversight visit at its Silverton Assembly Plant and the adjacent Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). This followed the... 

TASEZ on road to completion

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 Consulting engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Zutari has expanded and updated the traffic impact assessment for the larger Tshwane area affected by the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The assessment indicated that eight major road intersections must... 

Cova Advisory

10th December 2021 Cova Advisory is your one stop shop for SEZ investors looking for advice on government incentives, energy efficiency, carbon and customs. Cova Advisory is a specialist professional advisory firm located in Gauteng, the industrialist capital of South Africa. Cova specialises in providing advice on... 

R2.5-billion spent on TASEZ development

By: Nadine Ramdass     10th December 2021 The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC) has so far contributed R2.5-billion towards the development of the Tshwane Automotive Special Economic Zone (TASEZ). The money has helped to unlock a R16-billion investment by automotive manufacturer Ford Motor Company and a further... 

Motors,Drives & Mechanical Power Transmission

By: Liezille Vermeulen     6th December 2021 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 and challenges facing the sector.  

Pipes, Tubes & Hoses

By: Liezille Vermeulen     6th December 2021 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     6th December 2021 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 in the future.  

Auto import substitution a growing reality

3rd December 2021 Replacing imported automotive products with locally manufactured finished goods and components is a growing reality, states local supplier KLT Automotive and Tubular Products South Africa CEO Ashok Thakur. He adds that substitution of imported products in favour of locally manufactured goods is... 

Support programme aims to improve local content production capacity

3rd December 2021 Local manufacturers find it difficult to participate directly in the value chain supplying components for commercial vehicles owing to stringent requirements. As a result, many downstream suppliers are unable to make use of local upstream producers. Industry support programme the National Foundry... 

Investment company supports localisation drive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The South African Automotive Master Plan 2035 (SAAMP), introduced in July this year, aims to increase transformation and localisation in the automotive industry, which is also evident through the launch of the Automotive Industry Transformation Fund (AITF) in 2019. The fund has, to date, set... 

Industry body helps to develop electric vehicle capabilities

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 Local automotive industry body the Automotive Industry Development Centre Eastern Cape (AIDC EC) has aligned its strategy and resources to facilitate the attainment of the South African Automotive Masterplan targets in the Eastern Cape, states AIDC EC CEO Thabo Shenxane. These targets include... 

Lubricant focus smoothing way into automotive

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd December 2021 The automotive industry provides lubricant company FUCHS LUBRICANTS South Africa with growth opportunities in Africa, as a lot of growth on the continent is focused on the automotive sector, says FUCHS South Africa sales director Andrew Cowling. FUCHS LUBRICANTS have a range of more than 10 000... 

Genset failure can be dangerous

3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) failure owing to a lack of proper maintenance poses a significant business risk, says fire safety company ASP Fire CEO Michael van Niekerk. Backup power supply systems such as gensets are critical to reduce overall electricity demand during load-shedding. However, it is... 

Data protection critical during power cuts

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Although downtime and damage to electrical equipment are common concerns for businesses during load-shedding, many business owners do not sufficiently consider the protection of their data, information technology (IT) company Silver Moon IT manager Raeford Liebenberg tells Engineering News. When... 

More growth expected for diesel generators

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 South Africa’s diesel generator market is expected to grow at a compound yearly growth rate of more than 2% from 2020 to 2025, according to a report released this year by research organisation Mordor Intelligence.   Factors such as an increase in throughput of peaking plants and demand for... 

Business as usual despite genset demand spike

By: Darren Parker     3rd December 2021 Generator set (genset) manufacturer Atlas Copco Power Technique business development manager Philip du Plessis says the business is always prepared to try to close any sale that comes its way, regardless of factors influencing the market. “While we do see an increase in inquiries under these... 

Hybrid renewable energy power system

3rd December 2021 South Africa based Lindon Corporation has diversified into the power systems market with integrated renewable energy power containers in collaboration with leading Scottish system designer Motive Group. The systems are designed and built to suit customer needs, the working environment, load... 

Service centre assists in optimisation solutions

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Engineering solutions provider BMG’s Regional Service Centre (RSC) in Riverhorse Valley, KwaZulu-Natal, plays a critical role in the sugar sector by providing engineering solutions designed to optimise productivity for sugar growers and millers. “Our dedicated service centre, which focuses on... 

Sugar master plan to help ailing industry

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 With the South African sugar industry having experienced various challenges in the past few years, the Sugarcane Value Chain Master Plan 2030 aims to address some challenges and assist with the industry’s growth. Over the past 20 years, local yearly sugar production has declined by nearly 25%,... 

Heat transfer tech offers more bang for buck

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Thermal engineering solutions company Industrial Water Cooling (IWC) has partnered with Canada-based developer, designer and manufacturer Solex Thermal Science to distribute Solex’s technology to Southern Africa to cool, heat or condition bulk solid products, for example sugar. Using fluid bed... 

July riots temporarily halt sugar production

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 KwaZulu-Natal is a primary location for South Africa’s sugar production and the riots in July resulted in sugar production coming to a halt. Although sugar producer Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa was one of many businesses affected by the riots, Tongaat Hulett Sugar South Africa MD Dave... 

Sugar factory expansion earns excellence award

By: Nadine Ramdass     3rd December 2021 Consulting engineering and project management company Bosch Projects was named a joint winner in the 2021 CESA Aon Engineering Excellence Awards, for the UCL 175 TCH Factory Expansion Project, in the category of projects valued between R50-million and R250-million. “This annual awards programme,... 

Mining: Upstream Oil & Gas in Africa

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th November 2021 Upstream refers to points in production that originate early on in the processes, including exploration, drilling, and extraction. The feature will focus on recent developments, discoveries and projects currently under way in Africa. It will also focus on any oil and gas policies and legislative... 

Mining: Health & Safety

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th November 2021 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. 

Mining: Base Metals

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th November 2021 This feature will provide an overview of Africa’s base metals industries, focusing on the outlook for copper, cobalt, nickel, zinc, tin, aluminium and lead. It will highlight significant projects under way, the current and projected markets, as well new products, technologies, methods and... 

Solar Energy

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th November 2021 This feature will focus on initiatives and projects in South Africa that promote the development of solar power. The feature will also look into the implications of the Integrated Resources Plan 2019 on solar power. Key areas of focus will include energy efficiency, green building and other new... 

Water Treatment, Purification & Desalination

By: Liezille Vermeulen     29th November 2021 The Water Treatment, Purification & Desalination feature will highlight any new services, products and processes that are available in the sector. It will also look at legislative developments, new technologies, projects and new trends that are emerging. 

Hydraulic pumps deliver flow, convenience and precision

26th November 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s range of portable hydraulic electric Enerpac E-pulse pumps is critical to all 700 bar – 10 000 psi operating hydraulic systems. These E-pulse pumps have intelligent auto-cycle functionality and an efficient power-to-weight ratio, to ensure dependable operation... 

Lubrication pump systems enhance hydraulic components

26th November 2021 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s range of Steimel lubricant and feed gear pumps – the SF series – is used mainly on oil lube systems in mines, steel works, power stations and general industry that make use of hydraulic systems. “SF heavy duty pumps, which offer pulsation-free pumping delivery,... 

Approval for marine applications gained

26th November 2021 Motion and control technologies supplier Parker Hannifin has announced that its mechanical flange system for machines and plants with working pressures of up to 420 bar high performance flange system has gained DGUV approval for marine applications. The DGUV approval certifies the use of Parker’s... 

Pneumatic positioner lengthens service life

26th November 2021 The latest CMSH pneumatic positioner from automation technology company Festo boosts performance and lengthens service life. The easy-to-use positioner is also part of the latest Festo ‘heart of absolute automation’ campaign. Through this, Festo demonstrates how its products keep machines running... 

Company provides new filtration solutions

26th November 2021 With the growing trend for diesel-fuelled equipment, industrial equipment supplier BMG has recognised a demand for the supply of cleaner, non-contaminated diesel and lubricant oils, says BMG fluid technology division low pressure business unit manager Willie Lamprecht. 

Filcon Filters

26th November 2021 High-quality filtration products distributor, Filcon Filters, is an ISO 9001:2015 certified and audited company that aims to consistently deliver quality products, services and solutions for any number of filtration applications. Established in 2000 in Cape Town, South Africa, and with a branch... 

New filtration product developed

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Dust and liquid filtration systems manufacturer Crosible Filtration, in collaboration with afabric developer, have developed a product called Pyro-flo. 

Wastewater use in desalination, a viable drought solution

By: Claire O'Reilly     26th November 2021 Water treatment supplier Quality Filtration Systems (QFS) has designed a solution-based technology – the Coastal Drought Buster – for coastal towns to augment their conventional water sources. 

Filtration solutions to fruit company provided

26th November 2021 Boilers manufacturer and supplier of water treatment components Allmech has provided filtration solutions to a fruit packing business in Limpopo that complies with SANS 241-1:2015, the South African National Standard for drinking water’s potable water standard. 

Company guide to pressure vessels

26th November 2021 Whether it is wet or dry, indoor or outdoor storage, or even above or below 15 psi, pressure vessels manufacturer Tru Compressors advises that customers need to consult with a knowledgeable pressure vessel manufacturer when considering purchasing a pressure vessel.  

Geosynthetics implemented in oil storage facility

By: Anna Moross     26th November 2021 Fibertex South Africa has supplied geosynthetics for the reinforcement, protection and leak detection of the oil tanks at an oil storage facility in the Port of Saldanha, in the Western Cape. 

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