Africa’s $2.6 Trillion Energy Gap Provides Opportunities

“While this energy gap remains a major barrier to Africa’s sustained economic development, it inversely presents opportunities for many African nations.”

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LOCALISATION OF MANUFACTURING KEY UPLIFT SA

Viren Gosai is General Manager at ARTsolar – an SA Solar PV manufacturer & engineering procurement and construction organisation. SA Solar PV manufacturer & engineering procurement and construction organisation.As South Africans, we have always been resilient and faced almost insurmountable situations – and we overcame! But today, we face new challenges, and if they remain unresolved they may just result in irreversible consequences – like our declining manufacturing industry! Globally accepted opinion on the resuscitation of an economy is that the internal manufacturing sector is a crucial contributor. Sadly, our…

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Using partnerships to bring innovative benefits to society

Working closely with partners in industry, government and communities, the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing (CRPM) at the Central University of Technology (CUT) in South Africa is using its social and technological innovations to help solve societal problems in Africa and beyond. The CRPM, which specialises in additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – has made a name for itself in the field of medical product development, designing and manufacturing a range of medical devices, including pre-operative models of a patient’s skull to help surgeons plan their…

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First Cut ‘cuts’ a vibrant new profile in Mpumalanga

First Cut is developing an exciting new profile in the Lowveld at Mbombela (formerly Nelspruit). Their presence builds on the foundation of an existing company, Bremsaw, which is a well-known local saw doctor business, explains Director of First Cut, Gary Willis. Dave and Anna Bremner owned the company for some 20 years. While the company had been a customer of First Cut for many years buying various sawing-related products, a change came about when Dave and Anna decided to sell their business. Willis has had a long and successful relationship…

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Schneider Electric innovations shine in Germany

In an ever-changing digital world, for everything from new business models and new consumer technologies to new infrastructure, energy and power systems – the digital transformation is inescapable. The fourth industrial revolution, or smart manufacturing, has accelerated the move to digital technologies that offer a competitive advantage to every company and every geographical zone that adopts them.   Augmented reality, IoT, IIoT, machine learning and predictive maintenance are making companies more efficient and innovative, boosting their competitive advantage. Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of energy management…

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Continental pioneers holistic vehicle connectivity for smart mobility

31/10/2017     More than infotaintment: connectivity is a key technology for future intelligent mobility Continental is developing the building blocks for holistic connectivity PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 31 October 2017 – Continental connected the first vehicles to the Internet back in 1996. Since then, the technology company has connected more than 30 million vehicles. And a glimpse into the future promises further growth. For the first time ever, this year will see half of all new cars rolling off the production line equipped with some form of connectivity solution,…

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Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 Adds 5G And Deep Learning For First Time

Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017

Gartner Identifies Three Megatrends That Will Drive Digital Business Into the Next Decade 2017 Emerging Technologies Hype Cycle Garners Insight From More Than 2,000 Technologies The emerging technologies on the Gartner Inc. Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2017 reveal three distinct megatrends that will enable businesses to survive and thrive in the digital economy over the next five to 10 years. Artificial intelligence (AI) everywhere, transparently immersive experiences and digital platforms are the trends that will provide unrivaled intelligence, create profoundly new experiences and offer platforms that allow organizations to connect with new business ecosystems. The Hype Cycle…

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Mercedes begins 3D printing of metal parts

Stuttgart, Germany – Mercedes-Benz has begun making 3D printed spare parts out of metal. The first item, a thermostat cover for older truck and Unimog engines, has passed quality assurance testing and is now available to order. The company has been 3D printing plastic parts for a year now; the process is well suited to small batches or even individual orders for hard to get out-of-production parts. If the software is on file, those parts can be produced without any set-up costs – other than a few mouse clicks. Now…

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Pick n Pay Coachmans Crossing gets Pricer electronic labels to feed just-in-time stocking

Issued by: XON Retail Solutions Pick n Pay Coachmans Crossing has deployed more than 11,000 refurbished Pricer electronic shelf labels (ESL) from XON Retail. The labels will support an upcoming just-in-time stock keeping process that speeds up and improves the accuracy of regular daily and weekly price updates, cuts labour costs of price updates, costs of paper labels, and costs of incorrect prices. “Physically demarcating space to specific products with electronic labels that are fixed to shelves and can’t be easily moved is important for the just-in-time process,” says Michael…

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54% of companies struggle to align innovation and business strategy

Companies are making blind bets on innovation with billions of dollars potentially on the line, according to a survey of over 1200 global executives and business leaders. The PwC Innovation Benchmark examines how top companies are meeting innovation challenges. Most companies struggle to align their business and innovation strategies, leaving many companies flying blind as they place bets on innovation. A finding that is especially important as the report also found that strategy, not size of investment, is the greatest determining factor in the success of an innovation initiative. The…

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