Yokogawa Wins Control System Order for Water Source Facilities in Northwestern China’s Dushanzi District

Yokogawa Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6841) announces that its subsidiary, Yokogawa China, has received an order from the Dushanzi Petrochemical Company, a subsidiary of PetroChina Company Limited, to deliver a control system for its water source facilities. This system will monitor and control various water source facilities managed by the Dushanzi Petrochemical Company in the Dushanzi District of Karamay, a city in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Dushanzi Petrochemical Company manages four sources that annually produce approximately 650 million m3 of water for use by its world-class Dushanzi petrochemical complex…

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On-pack trends: Augmented reality enabled packaging

In theory, augmented reality (AR) could allow product owners and marketers to add a virtual layer of communication and promotional messaging to their brand packaging. Wondering about the difference between augmented reality and virtual reality? Augmented reality (AR) is technology that adds an extra layer of digital content to your view of the real world, when observed through a device that is AR-enabled (such as a smart phone with the relevant app or in-built capabilities). Pokémon Go is a well-known example of augmented reality – offered in the form of…

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THE HIGH COST OF SUPPLY CHAIN GLITCHES

Supply chain disruptions are widely regarded as one of the greatest risks facing manufacturers, and have become a top concern of global insurance providers.   A glitch in its supply chain can cost an organisation up to 10% of its shareholder value, and even put the company out of business, warns international supply chain risk management specialist, Gregory Schlegel. A professor at Lehigh University in the USA, a renowned author and founder of the global Supply Chain Risk Management Consortium, Schlegel will be sharing his insights with Southern African supply…

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Ore dump pollution whips up new storm

Toxic cloud angers harbour tenants Port Elizabeth Harbour tenants are fighting mad about a new wave of air pollution from Transnet’s two manganese ore facilities which is damaging property and business opportunities. It is also a health threat. Port Elizabeth Deep Sea Angling Club (Pedsac) chairman Richard Donaldson said the situation was intolerable. “Nowhere else in the world would a similar operation be allowed in the middle of a city, especially near major tourist attractions and residential areas. “The health issues caused by manganese ore dust are enormous,” he said.…

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SustainPower delivers first locally manufactured biogas combined heat and power generator

SustainPower, together with Unique Hydra, part of the Unique Group (a world leader in providing engineering expertise, sales and rental equipment and the latest technology for the marine, diving, pipeline and subsea market sectors) has recently delivered a locally manufactured biogas electrical power generator to ibert (Pty) Ltd, one of the leading biogas companies in Southern Africa.   The containerised combined heat and power unit (CHP) produces electricity and heat in a waste to energy process which, by recovering about 90% of the energy in the gaseous fuel, is very…

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Allied Steelrode supports the ‘sisters of steel’ in serving the Pretoria region

The steel business has always been perceived as a male preserve. However, in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria, there are two vibrant women who are challenging this traditionally-held perception on a daily business – literally, the ‘sisters of steel’. Gwen Mahuma and Monika Pretorius are respectively Business Development Director and Managing Director of BBD Steel Supplies. Since its inception in 2014 – and despite the extremely tough economy of recent years – the business has doubled its turnover every year since then. From a three-person start-up, it now employs 27 people…

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Rand within 3c of pre-Gordhan firing level

JOHANNESBURG – The rand achieved an intra-day best level of R12.34 to the dollar on Wednesday‚ before giving back some of its gains by mid-afternoon‚ when settling just a few cents firmer than Tuesday’s close. Prior to the sacking of former finance minister Pravin Gordhan at the end of March, the rand had been trading at about R12.31 to the dollar on Wednesday. The rand firmed in response to the news in the Sunday Times at the weekend that “secret talks” were underway for a negotiated exit for President Jacob…

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Sibanye-Stillwater to buy troubled platinum producer Lonmin

LONDON – South Africa’s precious metals miner Sibanye-Stillwater has agreed to buy Lonmin in an all-share deal, valuing the troubled platinum producer at about $382 million, the two companies said on Thursday. Lonmin, the world’s third biggest platinum producer, has faced the combined pressures of low platinum prices and challenges of operating in South Africa, where laying off workers to improve profitability is a fraught issue. Its share price in London was up 18% by 0822 GMT, while Sibanye-Stillwater’s fell 2.6% in Johannesburg trade. “The flexibility inherent in the larger…

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Water crisis puts plant-operating efficiencies under pressure

The City of Cape Town anticipates that its supply of municipal water will run out around March 2018 and is looking into various ways to boost access to water – this includes sea-based desalination, water reclamation and groundwater abstraction projects. The city has realised its water saving measures, which focused on driving down demand and supplementing supply, are not working and it has had to relook at its plan. According to Schneider Electric, water efficiency can be achieved in plants and processes that deliver drinking water and waste treatment facilities,…

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A-OSH EXPO 2018 now in its eighth year as Africa’s premier OHS exhibition

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A-OSH EXPO, Africa’s leading occupational health and safety (OHS) trade exhibition, is returning to the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand once again from 22 to 24 May 2018. Now in its eighth year, A-OSH EXPO has shown steady growth in industry support year-on-year, helping to match up the sector’s leading product and service providers with a keen audience that represents Africa’s OHS professionals and business leaders. Sven Smit,  Event Director at Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, says, “A-OSH EXPO provides a platform for knowledge exchange and relationship building. The expo facilitates networking…

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