‘Goodbye Deere’

    Bell Equipment’s 21-year-long relationship with US equipment manufacturer John Deere looks set to be unwound with Monday’s announcement that the two companies are in discussions about a possible share transaction. The announcement was released minutes before the publication of interim results, which revealed a sharp deterioration in Bell’s grim five-year track record. The announcement that IA Bell, which holds 39% of Bell Equipment, has made a tentative offer to purchase Deere’s 31.4% of Bell Equipment, has prompted speculation that there are plans to delist the company at a later stage. One…

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SA-owned LightWare receives $1.5-million investment

The investment will take African tech to the next level, establishing LightWare in the global industry The investment funding provided will allow LightWare to rapidly create a series of innovative products using technology. Backed by 27four, Sanari Capital’s Lower and Mid Market Fund has made its first investment and chosen LightWare as the innovative company to back. Moushmi Patel, Partner at Sanari Capital comments on the investment placed into LightWare. “Not only does LightWare present an opportunity for attractive financial returns, confirmed by its profiling by Silicon Valley veteran investment bank,…

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Turning challenges in the steel sector into opportunities

Despite the local steel sector currently experiencing tough challenges, some businesses within the steel supply chain have seized the opportunities presented by these challenges to grow their success. One such business is NitraLife, a local pioneer in the manufacture and supply of nitrogen generation equipment since 1996. Of note is that the company supplies various parts of the steel sector supply chain in South Africa with their NitraCut and NitraSpray nitrogen generators, while also manufacturing the generators from local steel components. “We have worked hard to become independent and robust…

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Allied Steelrode’s top technology – ‘steel support’ for the only independent automotive chassis manufacturer in SA

KLT Automotive is the only independent chassis manufacturer in Africa, supplying chassis frames and other high-tech components to well-known motor vehicle manufacturers. It is also one of a group of eight automotive component manufacturers which, according to a recent statement by the National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM), has and is investing substantially in expanding their local footprint or gearing up their South African operations for new business both in the automotive and non-automotive sectors. When it comes to the supply of steel for its local manufacturing…

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First Cut’s Bremsaw acquisition a springboard to the Mpumalanga sawmilling and timber industry

Mpumalanga, and its capital Mbombela, is the centre of South Africa’s sawmilling and timber industry. : First Cut-manufactured Predator narrow band saw blade supplied by the Mbombela branch. When the cutting equipment supplier and blade sharpener Bremsaw was up for sale, First Cut saw this as an ideal opportunity to further its presence in the Mpumalanga timber industry. Since the acquisition of Bremsaw, First Cut has been focusing on consolidation and ensuring that all business processes are properly streamlined. “Though the company is doing well, there is always potential for…

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Excellent service ensures Rand-Air is the supplier of choice in South Africa’s dry docks

According to Rand-Air Fleet Manager, Craig Swart “Our maritime customers appreciate that we understand their industry.”

Those who have worked in shipyards, harbours and dry docks will be familiar with the pressure and constant urgency, which is exacerbated by frequent delays due to anything from weather to a backlog of vessels awaiting maintenance or repair. When it comes to corrosion control, it is not something one can simply postpone and do later. The shipping industry’s natural environment of saltwater means constant and precise corrosion prevention and maintenance is required. This is according to Craig Swart, Fleet Manager at Rand-Air, a hire industry stalwart and provider of…

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Rise in trade and manufacturing

JOHANNESBURG –Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) yesterday said that increased activity in trade and manufacturing underpinned the 5.5 percent rise in the fourth quarter formal business turnover – bringing total spending to R2.57 trillion in the quarter. However, data from the StatsSA also showed the challeng es facing the country’s battered construction industry. The Quarterly Financial Statistics (QFS) survey covers a sample of enterprises operating in the formal non-agricultural business sector of the South African economy, excluding financial intermediation, insurance, government and educational institutions. The data showed that between the third and fourth…

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First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

First Cut cuts steel processing costs with the BLM SC425 sawing machine

Sawing is one of the fundamental activities in any manufacturing, steel processing or fabrication business. The more efficiently this can be carried out, the more profitable the business will invariably be. Available locally from leading cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut, the BLM SC425 – a semi-automatic upstroke circular sawing machine – will bring higher levels of efficiency to any manufacturing or fabrication business. The sawing machine is ideal for making straight or angled cuts in steel tubes or profiles, thanks to the SC425’s convenient rotating head. While…

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No ‘brakes’ on innovation: First Cut brings Bystronic’s award-winning Xpert 40 press brake/Mobile Bending Cell combination to South Africa

Great innovation deserves to be rewarded. In the case of the foremost Swiss OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) Bystronic – a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet-metal processing industry – their Mobile Bending Cell was recognised with an award for innovative solutions in the field of sheet-metal processing at the Blechexpo 2017 exhibition. This remarkable bending technology is available in South Africa from First Cut, Bystronic’s South African distributor and leader in the provision of capital equipment and consumables. Global fabrication is demanding an ever-greater variety of sizes…

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Corrugated or IBR Roof Sheet Machines

Introduction With the growth in the building industry there is currently such a huge demand for IBR and corrugated iron roof sheeting that it has culminated in shortages of ‘cromodek’ of up to a year. The raw materials are readily available there is simply not enough manufacturing capacity to meet demand.   IBR Roll Former Video download Benefits/Advantages: Cash business (depending on market sector). Simple manufacturing process (one manufacturing process). Easy administration (very few product lines and variations). High demand for product. Easy to market.   Machine Attributes: The machine…

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