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Mining’s shift highlighted in SmartMine IoT
24th May 2024

With the advent of Industry 5.0, which will be characterised by the fusion of digital technologies, data analytics and automation, mining and industrial consultant Schauenburg Systems asserts that... 


Condra clinches second maintenance crane order from Sappi’s Saiccor Mill
24th May 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

Crane manufacturer Condra Cranes is manufacturing a second maintenance crane for turbine maintenance duty at Sappi’s Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. This followed an order last year, and... 


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Wood pushed as viable construction material
24th May 2024 By: Halima Frost

Engineered wood has emerged as a viable alternative to concrete and steel in the construction industry, owing to its low-carbon footprint and technical performance as a structural material, says... 


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DC furnaces aid autocatalyst recovery
24th May 2024 By: Lynne Davies

The recycling of used automotive catalytic converters (autocatalysts) has become economically and environmentally important in the wake of autocatalysts becoming one of the most significant... 


Auto shipments to foreign markets hit new high, but shift to electric vehicles sees drop in catalytic converter numbers
24th May 2024 By: Irma Venter

Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to prepandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to... 


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AESSEAL’s innovative sealing solutions drive sustainability in Botswana’s mining operations
24th May 2024

In a recent interview, AESSEAL South Africa MD Shane Chester discussed how the company is revolutionising the mining industry in Botswana with its innovative sealing solutions, focusing on the... 


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Zulu lithium/tantalum project pilot plant, Zimbabwe – update
24th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Premier African Minerals is raising funds for the ongoing mining operations at the project, and for working capital purposes. 


Solar Solutions to Power the Future We Deserve
Solar Solutions to Power the Future We Deserve
23rd May 2024

Climate volatility and energy uncertainty are driving more homeowners and business leaders to make the solar switch. But with the complexity of systems requiring decades-long reliability, we must... 


Premier raises £1.25m for use at its Zulu lithium, tantalum project
21st May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

London-listed Premier African Minerals is raising about £1.25-million through the issue of about 781.25-million shares at 0.16p each. It will use the funds raised for the ongoing mining operations... 


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Implats concludes a new empowerment transaction at Impala Rustenburg, Impala Bafokeng
20th May 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

JSE-listed Impala Platinum (Implats) has concluded a series of agreements, facilitating the implementation of a broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) transaction at its Impala Rustenburg... 


Investment in certain minerals, notably copper and lithium, is falling short of what was required for transition to net-zero energy system
Today’s well-supplied market for critical minerals ‘may not be a good guide for future’
17th May 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A new International Energy Agency (IEA) report describes the sharp decline in critical mineral prices over the past year as a double-edged sword, cautioning that, while it has been a boon for clean... 


Chile to seek bidders for preferential pricing on lithium by July
Chile to seek bidders for preferential pricing on lithium by July
17th May 2024 By: Reuters

Chile will open calls by the end of July for lithium component producers to obtain preferential pricing on lithiumproduced by Albemarle through 2043, government officials said on Thursday.... 


UNIT FEATURES
The new M20 MILLTURN has a turning machining unit with B-axis and automatic tool change on the lower system.
Company focuses on core competence in complete machining
17th May 2024

Austrian mechanical engineer WFL Millturn Technologies’ latest development has enabled the company to manufacture the complete machining of chuck parts with a diameter of 2 000 mm. The complete... 


EXPO PARTICIPATION
BMG will be participating at the Machine Tools Africa exhibition
Distributor to launch new products at Machine Tools expo
17th May 2024

Power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG will be participating at the Machine Tools Africa exhibition, which will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at Nasrec, from May... 


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Boiler rebuild to be delivered to biomass power station
17th May 2024

Flow control solutions developer Valmet announced in April that it would deliver a major boiler rebuild to the Steven’s Croft biomass power station in Lockerbie, Scotland in the UK, which is... 


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Rubber companies urged to go green
17th May 2024

There is a strong drive in and among rubber companies to exchange fossil fuels for renewable-energy sources, says steam and boiler service provider Associated Energy Services (AES). AES Gauteng... 


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Firm showcases industrial valve range
17th May 2024

Industrial equipment supplier BMG has presented its range of industrial slurry valves, which has been designed to cope efficiently in harsh conditions. This range includes robust butterfly and... 


CHIETA CEO Yershen Pillay
State mining training authority backing green hydrogen skills centre creation
15th May 2024 By: Martin Creamer

“We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be establishing the first centre of specialisation of green hydrogen skills,” South Africa’s Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA)... 


How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
How do you manage an overburdened grid? Electricity 4.0 provides some answers
10th May 2024

By Taru Madangombe, Vice President: Power and Grid for Middle East and Africa at Schneider Electric Energy transition and innovation are inherently interdependent. If one looks at the history of... 


Sipho Kunene, Operator and Technical Training Manager at Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions
Sandvik invests in skills to drive technology impact
10th May 2024

As a leader in technology-driven productivity, Sandvik Mining and Rock Solutions supports the continuous upskilling of operators and maintenance teams to keep up with the ever-evolving capabilities... 


PURPOSE-BUILT
The purpose-built facility in Sebenza, Edenvale, spans more than 3 000 m2 of workshop and warehouse space
Hydraulic engineering firm revolutionising industry standards
10th May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

In response to growing industry demands, hydraulic repair service provider Dosco Precision Hydraulics has carved itself a niche as a leader in the supply and repair of hydraulic pumps and motors,... 


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Better policing required in fire industry – manufacturer
10th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Fire suppression systems manufacturer and distributor Fire and Security Techniques (FST) advocates that national compliance and industry specific regulations be strictly monitored and adhered to.... 


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Firm highlights risks, challenges associated with solar expansion
10th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

With a surge in the adoption of residential and commercial solar power generation, global professional services firm Aon South Africa highlights that the expansion of the solar industry comes with... 


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Fire risks posed by lithium-ion batteries
10th May 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Amid the increasing popularity of renewable-energy systems, including solar and battery energy storage systems, fire engineering consultant and manufacturer ASP Fire asserts that lithium-ion... 


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Bellevue gold project, Australia – update
10th May 2024 By: Sheila Barradas

Studies are under way on maximising the potential of the project by expanding the plant beyond its current nameplate capacity. 


Komatsu’s WX07 LHD is engineered for the demanding South African underground hard rock environment
Komatsu’s WX07 LHD is engineered for the demanding South African underground hard rock environment
9th May 2024

Controlling costs and remaining competitive and financially viable are constant challenges for operators of underground hard rock mines. Making intensive use of new technology is the logical... 


When the boom goes bust, protect your profits by prioritising your people
8th May 2024

By Arjen de Bruin, Group CEO at OIM Consulting It’s official: the commodity boom has gone bust.  


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Weir Minerals Africa reintroduces Wheeled Plant concept
8th May 2024

With the newly introduced Weir Modular Wheeled Plant (WMWP) concept from Weir Minerals Africa, crushing contractors in Africa can now move and transport their crushing and screening plants from one... 


20MW solar array at the Bellevue gold project
Bellevue accelerates next leg of growth strategy
7th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Western Australian miner Bellevue Gold has initiated expansion studies at its namesake gold project, in Western Australia, following the successful commissioning and ramp-up of the new mine.... 


Theta raises $10m
6th May 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

ASX-listed Theta Gold Mines, which owns gold assets in South Africa, has received a firm commitment from Hong Kong Ruihua Investment Management to invest $10-million in the company through a share... 


Weba Chute systems field advisor doing an inspection on a chute, noting the wear pattern
The critical role of maintenance in terms of financial constraints
6th May 2024

In the face of declining commodity prices, the mining industry has increasingly prioritised cost saving measures, often leading to the suspension of capital expenditure (CAPEX). While such... 


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Epiroc acquires South African rock drilling parts maker Weco
3rd May 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Swedish equipment manufacturer Epiroc has successfully acquired Weco, a South African manufacturer of precision-engineered rock drilling parts. Weco has been operating in Krugersdorp, Gauteng,... 


Company sets sights on agriculture sector
3rd May 2024 By: Natasha Odendaal

SEW-EURODRIVE’s complete gear solution for centre pivot irrigation systems for the farming sector is attracting significant interest after its launch in South Africa earlier this year. The... 


MANUFACTURING POTENTIAL
The Biofibre Hub Project seeks to harness the potential of plant-based fibres, particularly bast and leaf fibres, to innovate in the automotive sector and beyond
Biofibre project to enhance competitiveness
3rd May 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Government economic programme Coega Development Corporation, in partnership with scientific and technology research organisation Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) have embarked... 


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SA’s largest boat builder eyes growing share of global ocean-cruising catamaran market
3rd May 2024 By: Irma Venter

It’s easy to overlook the sheer magnitude of Robertson and Caine’s (R&C’s) operations in Cape Town. The company’s ten boat-building factories and assembly lines are dotted across the city – from... 


The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
The Magnificent Seven of industrial software development
2nd May 2024

By Johan Potgieter, Cluster Industrial Software Lead at Schneider Electric There’s fast paced and there’s supersonic, and the latter certainly applies to the evolution of software or more... 


Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
Understanding UPS system failure and how to mitigate the risks associated with this crucial equipment
30th April 2024

By Sarika Andee, Marketing Leader: Field Service at Schneider Electric Research shows that 64% of costly breakdowns on manufacturing s­ites are caused by f­ires, w­ith 24% of those f­ires bei­ng... 


ENHANCED MAINTENANCE
The truck-mounted jetting units enhance the capability to efficiently clear stormwater drains and sewerage systems
Jetting units used proactively in maintenance
26th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Severe flooding events along South Africa’s coastal regions have underscored the crucial role of resilient infrastructure in managing excessive rainfall, says pumps supplier Werner Pumps, which has... 


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New cable carriers ideal for harsh conditions
26th April 2024

Tsubaki chain, power transmission and motion control products distributor BMG supplies and supports Tsubaki Kabelschlepp cable carriers that have been developed to withstand operation in many... 


FAILING INFRASTRUCTURE  
AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works fail to meet minimum standards, endangers water sources nationwide
NGO unpacks poor quality of S Africa’s wastewater systems
26th April 2024 By: Simone Liedtke

Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) AfriForum’s latest blue and green drop report notes that 81% of sewage wastewater treatment works (SWWTWs) fail to meet minimum standards, which the NGO says... 


The above image depicts Fargo Steel Fabrication’s recently purchased Amanda Tube Laser has allowed the company to enter new markets, with the constant purchase of new machinery diversifying its capabilities, benefitting clients and markets
Fabricator offers one-stop solution
26th April 2024 By: Lynne Davies

Turnkey steel service centre Fargo Steel Fabrication aims to streamline the complexities that occur during engineered projects by eliminating the need for companies or individuals to utilise... 


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Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


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Can South Africa turn around 30 years of real economy underperformance?
26th April 2024 By: Terence Creamer

In this essay, Terence Creamer reflects on the factors that have shaped South Africa’s real-economy sectors of manufacturing, mining and agriculture over the past 30 years and considers ways to end... 


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