National Glass Distribution is a leader in glass and aluminium manufacturing in SA

“Unbreakable transparency is the secret ingredient that gets you to 25 years,” says Belinda Louw, National Glass MD. “Cold, hard facts and the truth are the keys to great customer service. We don’t always walk on water, but if there is a problem we will fix it. At the end of the day, it’s our family name and reputation at stake.” National Glass is the only privately owned glass and aluminium wholesaler and manufacturer with a national footprint, supplying the wholesale trade from Polokwane to Vredendal, while exporting to many…

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South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as Eskom monopoly ends

South Africa’s cities to switch to solar as Eskom monopoly ends  In addition to improving security of supply, the move will allow the cities to boost their fight against climate change by using power that doesn’t result in the emission of greenhouse gases. Still, it will slash revenue for Eskom, which is struggling to service a $30 billion debt bill. “Internationally many cities are at the forefront of dealing with climate-change disasters and so have adopted proactive climate-change responses,” Lauren Hermanus, director of Adapt, a South African company that provides…

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Automotive industry investment in SA set to decline

    Planned capital investment by South Africa’s automotive industry, which increased in 2019 to its second highest level on record at R7.2 billion, appears set to decline until there is a global recovery in GDP growth and export markets from the impact of Covid-19. A new National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) confidence index, which anonymously canvassed the opinions of each of the CEOs of the seven automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in South Africa, revealed that 64.7% of them believe investment expenditure declined in the…

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Why a South African community mistrusts big industry and what needs to change

  For most of the 20th century, manufacturing, mining and other industries in South Africa developed without many legal restrictions. This resulted in industrial risks such as environmental pollution, contamination and health impacts. The fact that industrial development took place close to poor communities wasn’t considered important. Unfortunately, the post-apartheid geographic landscape hasn’t changed much. There are many examples of South African communities and environments exposed to industrial risks. Since the country’s democratic transition in 1994, important regulations and legislation have been developed about the impact of industry on the environment and society. But air…

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INFORMAL ECONOMY HAS THE POWER TO TRANSFORM AFRICA

    If your response to vendors plying their trade on South African streets is one of pity and despair, you need a lesson on the power of Africa’s informal economy, according to author, entrepreneur and informal business guru GG Alcock.   Alcock says that the informal business sector is the next great frontier of Africa and it is undergoing an economic revolution. “This is a new world of small people doing big things and transforming the continent,” he asserts. “Not only are these outlets and traders paying VAT on…

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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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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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A successful sustainability model: Air Products SA’s state-of-the-art dissolved acetylene facility

  Air Products South Africa unveiled a dissolved acetylene (DA) facility in Midvaal two years ago with two clear objectives: to centralise the manufacturing of acetylene at a single dedicated high volume production facility, but more importantly to design it in such a way that it was aligned to the latest global trends in process technology, health, safety and environmental management. Guided by Air Products’ global engineering standards as well as years of management and operational experience, the in-house Air Products project team designed and constructed the facility to incorporate…

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Fresh data highlight a steady decline of SA’s manufacturing and mining sectors

    Manufacturing and mining data from Statistics South Africa this week indicate that the pace of deindustrialisation is picking up. The one bright spot is that while the mining sector’s output remains in a downward trajectory, sales are up because of prices. Let’s start with the manufacturing data released on Monday. Production in the sector fell 10.8% in August compared with August 2019, the 15th consecutive month of year-on-year decline. As NKC African Economics noted in a brief to clients, this underscores “how the sector was already struggling before…

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