Namdock’s ‘naval offensive’ secures milestone Angolan Navy maintenance contract

In September 2019, in a milestone agreement, Namdock concluded a contract to maintain and repair the vessels of the Marinha de Guerra Angolana (MGA), the Angolan Navy. According to Namdock’s Commercial and Operations Manager, Willie Esterhuyse, although the contract has been concluded, the exact date when the vessels will be arriving in Walvis Bay has not been finalised, it is anticipated that this will be early in 2020. In terms of this agreement, Namdock will take two Angolan Navy vessels into its dry docks initially. However, there is a possible…

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GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAIN THOUGHT LEADER JOHN GATTORNA AT SAPICS 2020

One of the world’s pre-eminent supply chain thought leaders, Dr John Gattorna, will be a keynote speaker at the 2020 SAPICS Conference, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management has announced. Based in Sydney, Australia, Gattorna has helped to shape the thinking, understanding and practice of logistics and supply chain management globally for more than 40 years. His belief that the supply chain is “all about the people” has influenced many of today’s leading multi-national corporations. “We are thrilled to give SAPICS delegates the opportunity to learn from a supply…

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RTS Africa Technologies principal H2Scan opens new Environmental Conditioning Laboratory to further ‘refine’ hydrogen detection in gas process streams

Hydrocarbon fuels are essential for our daily existence. However, extracting usable fuels from crude oil is a complex process in which hydrogen plays a cardinal role, as the correct levels of hydrogen in a refinery process stream largely determine the quality of the final product. “At RTS Africa Technologies, we have been distributing H2Scan hydrogen detection and analysis products for the past decade. In particular, H2Scan’s Hy-Optima range of products have numerous applications in South Africa’s oil refineries,” says Ian Fraser, MD of RTS Africa Group, a Tshwane-based company specialising…

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South Africa’s First Commercial Helium Plant To Begin Construction

Energy company Renergen says construction will soon begin on the Virginia Gas Project, South Africa’s first commercial helium plant. In a shareholder statement on Monday (28 October), Renergen said that Chinese company Western Shell Cryogenic Equipment has been awarded the contract to supply the technology and equipment for the plant. “The plant is expected to be operational within the first half of 2021 and will see the plant produce up to 2,700 GJ of liquid natural gas and 350 kg of liquid helium per day,” it said. “This will make…

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Standard Bank Group to Use Digital Tech to Boost Agriculture Across Africa

Stanbic Bank Zimbabwe’s parent company, Standard Bank Group, is looking to use new digital technologies to boost Agricultural yields across Africa countries. Standard Bank says with almost all available arable land in the Americas, Europe and Asia already productively farmed using the most developed agricultural techniques, Africa presents a major opportunity to meet the 70 percent increase in global food demand expected by 2050. The bank says given that Africa has 60 percent of the world’s uncultivated arable land, adoption of intelligent use of data enabled by new digital technologies…

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TLT-Turbo On-site Test Lab Advances Product Quality

Global ventilation fans and systems manufacturer, TLT-Turbo GmbH, has spent the past five years investing in and equipping its on-site test lab. The test lab now provides streamlined processes for research, advancing product quality and expanded capabilities for material testing. With a focus on particle impact wear testing, the test lab is driving innovation forward at TLT-Turbo as the results help improve product reliability, quality and performance in their final operating environment. Patrick Baumgärtner a Research and Development Engineer – and expert in wear and corrosion protection – at TLT-Turbo,…

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Allied Mineral Products opens precast shapes manufacturing facility in South Africa

Allied Mineral Products opened the doors to its newest precast shapes manufacturing facility near Johannesburg, South Africa. This marks Allied’s sixth precast shapes location worldwide. Shapes manufacturing brings an added benefit to South African customers. Some benefits include foundry crucibles, furnace structural parts, EAF deltas and spouts, tilters and skimmer blocks, dampers and divider walls, incinerator shapes, and rotary furnace shapes. Allied’s engineering capabilities include designing and manufacturing complex shapes in virtually any size. Precast shapes can also be created from existing drawings or shapes. Allied Mineral Products is a…

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Managing complex supply chains with automation and innovation

The world has drastically changed for discrete manufacturing, and only now are many organisations realising that they haven’t driven sufficient innovation in their supply chains to respond to these challenges. If asked “what do you feel is the biggest threat to manufacturing organisations in 2019?”, you might suggest any of the following: The increased need for product customisations More pressure than ever to get to market faster than the competition The logistics challenge of global supply chains It’s becoming very real for a lot of manufacturers, with rising prices for…

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Moving with the times – Pilot Crushtec makes coal crushing simple and mobile

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If the 21st century has taught us anything, it is that that things are changing quicker than ever before. To succeed in the current business landscape, companies need to be agile and tool their operations to cater to the ever-changing environment with innovative and appropriate solutions. Case and point is a company operating in KwaZulu Natal that had to rethink their equipment needs, to meet the requirements of their client. The company has had to increase their average monthly processed coal production from some 20 000 tons a month to just…

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SAISC Steel Awards – what makes a good Steel Awards entry?

The 2019 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards were an unmitigated success with a record number of entries, a record level of sponsorship and an unprecedented diversity of entries. However, the question that has to be raised is what makes an entry strong for this key event on the local steel industry’s calendar. “The first thing we are looking for is the innovative use of steel in construction – and this year’s entries were characterised by particularly high levels of innovation,” says SAISC Technical Director Amanuel Gebremeskel.…

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