PG Bison 1.618 Education Initiative welcomes new judge to 2021 panel

Monday, 6 September 2021 – PG Bison, a Proudly South African company that aims to inspire and enable beautiful living spaces, has been running the prestigious 1.618 Education Initiative for 29 years. This annual design competition aimed at third-year architecture and interior design students around South Africa is part of the curricula of participating educational institutions. PG Bison is proud to welcome Nathaniel Wakefield, director at Batley Partners, to the competition judging panel for 2021.   Judging Panel   Wakefield joins four other respected judges who will have the difficult…

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WorldsView CWx Africa 2021 event examines proven make-build customer solutions

  WorldsView is hosting its annual Converged Workflow Experience (CWx Africa) event. Powered by Autodesk, CWx Africa 2021 is a free interactive online event for those in the make-build industry and is taking place on 14 and 15 September 2021.   Presented by prominent industry specialists – WorldsView, Autodesk, Topcon, Esri and their customers – CWx Africa 2021 will unpack the challenges and successes of real-field applications for customers across Africa.   The event showcases how businesses in Africa’s make-build industries can improve project lifecycle productivity by using combined technologies…

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Bolt and Engineering Rustenburg – ‘digging deep’ to offer differentiated customer service

Mining, as a key economic activity in South Africa, forms the bedrock of the country, having helped shaped industrial success through employment generation, downstream manufacturing, processing, and more.   As such the ‘Platinum City’ – Rustenburg – is a pivotal and well-known hub central to, and inextricably linked with, the local mining sector. With many of the town’s businesses either directly or indirectly supplying the region’s mines, there is prolific demand for the reliable and dedicated supply of tools, fasteners, bearings, welding equipment and others.   Taking this into consideration,…

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Powering up’ the African connection – Alexander & Poole, Anderson Power Products boosting local solutions footprint

    Alexander and Poole, a long-standing manufacturing enterprise and sole African distributor of Anderson Power Products’ (APP’s) quality electrical connectors that are renowned to achieve the highest levels of durability and performance, continuously strives to enhance its solutions offering to industry.   To power up awareness of APP’s pioneering and innovative role in electrical connectors, its product offering and technology excellence to Africa, Alexander and Poole – together with APP – are boosting their long-standing and key partnership to grow the APP footprint and product profile in different target…

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Excelling through service: Rand-Air’s brand values realise agile sustainability

Amid increasingly competitive industrial and fluctuating economic environments, quality and service excellence has not only become a significant advantage, but also a vital performance differentiator, defining and enhancing long-term business success.   Notably, service excellence is paramount in ensuring sustainable financial and operational management; as well as facilitating and securing all-important customer relationships – and in creating new business and organisational growth opportunities.   As such, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of air, nitrogen, power, flow (pumps), steam boiler and lighting solutions, and part of the global…

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SICK optimises cement plant conveying with accurate flow measurement solution

Heidelberg Cement AG in Lengfurt, Germany, needed a solution for the accurate metred supply of secondary material on its conveying system. Subsequent to a plant conversion, the original conveyor was repurposed and measures to ensure compliance with the defined clinker mineralogy process had to be undertaken. For defined clinker, the output values of the installed measurement technology must be absolutely reliable to ensure correct cement properties.   It is nigh impossible to identify the mass flow of material on a conventional belt scale. In this instance, the conveyor belt is…

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Delay in manufacturing causes shortage of new car models in SA

Motoring expert Warren Tucker says Covid-19 has affected the manufacturing of car parts in most countries. There is a shortage of new car models in South Africa, this is according to the National Automobile Dealers’ Association. Bloomberg also reported that US automakers warned of a potential 1.3 million shortfall in car and light-duty truck production. Refiloe Mpakanyane talks to motoring expert Warren Tucker to find out the extent of this problem. A lot of the manufacturing power is based in the east side of the world, your Taiwan, South Korea…

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TWIMS receives multi-million rand investment for the advancement of manufacturing in SA and Africa

The advancement of manufacturing in South Africa and on the continent has received a significant boost from four of South Africa’s leading manufacturers. Listed groups Illovo Africa, Metair and TFG and vehicle manufacturer Toyota SA Motors (TSAM) together pledged an investment of R18 million in the Toyota Wessels Institute for Manufacturing Studies (TWIMS). TWIMS, which as an academic partnership with the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), is South Africa’s only manufacturing-focused business school and research institution. The multi-year investment will fund the creation of four dedicated research chairs. Each…

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KBL’s submersible pump-sets get renewed BIS Certification and BEE Star Rating

Mumbai, 11th January, 2020: Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL), the leading pump manufacturing company in India, has recently received renewed certification from the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) Star Rating for 320 and 45 models of its submersible pump-sets, respectively. These water and oil-filled bore-well submersible pump-sets are mainly used in the agriculture and domestic user segments. The BIS certification is a true indicator of KBL’s trusted and assuredsuperior product and service quality. Meanwhile, the BEE star rated pumps result in power and energy bill…

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We found a way to turn urine into solid fertiliser – it could make farming more sustainable

It’s likely that most of the food you’ll eat today was not farmed sustainably. The global system of food production is the largest human influence on the planet’s natural cycles of nitrogen and phosphorus. How much crops can grow is limited by the amount of these two elements in the soil, so they’re applied as fertilisers. But the majority of fertilisers are either made by converting nitrogen in the air to ammonia, which alone consumes 2% of the world’s energy and relies heavily on fossil fuels, or by mining finite resources, like phosphate rock. A…

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