No flash in the pan’: Betterect and DryTech achieve a trio of mineral concentrate drying plant successes

  Betterect, a South African fabricator and erector of large processing equipment structures, undertakes steel fabrication projects within the mining, petrochemical and other industries, for clients as far afield as Austria, Italy, Germany and Australia, as well as throughout Southern and Central Africa. With more than four decades in the industry, they are the recognised leaders within their field. As such, Betterect has conceptualised and developed the ‘Team Africa’ concept, in which steel industry suppliers and manufacturers join forces and share skills and expertise to supply mining, power generation, industrial…

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Omnia mulls over future of its portfolio star

    As the world moves towards sustainable farming methods, chemicals company Omnia is sitting on a gem – which it plans to sell. The question is, at what price? The management of JSE-listed chemicals company Omnia is in negotiations to sell the company’s crown jewel, US-based Oro Agri, at a presumed significant premium to the R1.2-billion it paid for the firm in March 2018. Omnia, which manufactures and supplies chemicals and specialised services for the agriculture, mining and chemicals application industries, alerted the market in June that it had received and…

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How the Green Revolution is in fact giving Africa the blues

  Well-intentioned efforts to improve food security in Africa and elsewhere are instead increasing small farmers’ dependence on global agribusinesses without raising their incomes, and making farming systems more fragile and less resilient. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to the United Nations World Food Programme, declaring that it wanted “to turn the eyes of the world toward the millions of people who suffer from or face the threat of hunger.” Those numbers are now greater than ever – and the dysfunctional global food system is largely to blame.…

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Sadly, VW’s Golf GTI Clubsport is not coming to South Africa – here’s why

  JOHANNESBURG – When Volkswagen revealed its new Golf 8 GTI Clubsport on Wednesday, we reached out to VWSA for information on when it could be expected to hit local streets, but the answer we got is not what fans want to hear. “We will not get the Golf 8 GTI Clubsport in South Africa as it is only available for the European fuel emission levels,” a VWSA spokesperson confirmed to IOL. South Africa is still on Euro 2 fuel, and although the country intends to move to Euro 5…

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Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing

  As more artificial intelligence-enabled products come into market, learn about the roadblocks these products are creating and how OEMs are working through them. Florian Güldner Oct 13th, 2020 Florian Güldner, research director, ARC Advisory Group Many technology suppliers now offer artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled products and many machine builders have started to evaluate the technology. However, there are several roadblocks impeding adoption. Most prominent among these are the lack of data scientists and available data, legal aspects, human factors, and unclear use cases. The following case studies from the ARC…

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How the Connected Everything Network is accelerating digital manufacturing

  Accelerating digital manufacturing research between academia andindustry is a key objective of the Connected Everything network. Oliver Fisher, from the University of Nottingham, outlines its latest collaborations in support of the UK’s manufacturing industry As digital technology advances, the manufacturing sector must adapt and respond to a great number of drivers and barriers. Key to addressing these challenges will be a strongly cross-disciplinary approach, facilitated through a UK-wide network of academics and industry partners. Hosted by the University of Nottingham, Connected Everything is an Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC)…

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The future of retail is here – and it’s more cost-effective, sustainable and proudly South Africa

  A recent Deloitte report from April 2019, entitled ‘Consumer Sentiment in Retail’ found that consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally aware. The study revealed that 78% more consumers engaged in conversations about the environment on social media in H1 2019 compared to H1 2018. One of the results of this increase is a rise in criticism of retailers’ implementation of environmentally sustainable solutions. The study showed that, while 16% of consumers praised retailers for their environmentally responsible actions in H1 2018, a year later 48% of consumers were criticising retailers…

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KBL launches energy-efficient SP coupled pump-set fitted with IE4 motor

    KBL launches energy-efficient SP coupled pump-set fitted with IE4 motor The pump-set has a lower life cycle and operating cost It is locally serviceable at the company’s service centres It consumes up to 14% less energy for pumping the same amount of fluid These are ready-to-use pumps designed for effluent treatment plants and dewatering applications   Mumbai, 15th October 2020: ct. Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) has launched a new range of energy-efficient, low maintenance SP Coupled pump-sets designed for effluent treatment plants and dewatering applications. This newly-launched SP…

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SA e-commerce growth drives demand for logistics spaces: Equites Property Fund

  Amid the global pandemic, Covid-19 has accelerated e-commerce penetration globally thus fuelling demand for prime modern logistics space. In SA, retail and supply chain driven warehousing and logistics sectors will continue to boost demand for e-commerce. Laila Razack Some South African national retailers have seen online sales increasing during lockdown. While e-commerce is yet to peak in South Africa, the pandemic is driving this trend, according to Equites Property Fund. The company revealed this in an investor presentation of its interim results released this week. The JSE-listed specialised industrial Real Estate Investment Trust…

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SA’s Biovac in talks to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines

  In the past Biovac has partnered with companies like Pfizer and Sanofi. By Wendell Roelf and Alexander Winning, Reuters 14 Oct 2020  12:14 Image: Shutterstock A South African company part-owned by the government is in talks with the global Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme and pharmaceutical companies to produce some of the vaccines the country needs to protect itself against the disease. The Biovac Institute, a Cape Town-based joint venture between the government and private sector, could produce up to 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines per year, depending on the technology involved,…

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