FUCHS LUBRICANTS ACHIEVES IATF 16949:2016 CERTIFICATION

  Caption: From left to right: Andrew Cowling; Paul Deppe; Neo Pooe; Zandile Xulu;  Dr. Siphilisiwe Ndlovu; Lesley Mabaso. FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has achieived IATF 16949:2016 certification which aims at providing improved quality products to automotive customers worldwide. IATF 16949, specified by The International Automotive Task Force (IATF), defines the QMS standards specifically for the automotive industry.   IATF 16949:2016 emphasises the development of a process-oriented quality management system to facilitate continual improvement, defect prevention and waste reduction in the supply chain. Dr Siphilisiwe Ndlovu, Technical Director at FUCHS Lubricants…

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: Business Process Outsourcing can alleviate South African manufacturing industry’s labour relations headaches

By Gean Botha, MD at Programmed Process Outsourcing (PPO)   20 September 2021   In the aftermath of 2020’s national Covid-19 lockdown, businesses were eager for economic recovery. However, South Africa’s fourth largest industry – manufacturing – is struggling to get back on its feet. While industry stats over the past year indicate an improvement since May 2020, month-on-month growth in the last six months has shown only two positive upticks (0,7% in December 2020 and 3,2% in March 2021). The manufacturing sector has suffered many setbacks during this time…

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Metering Industry Association launched in South Africa

The Department of Trade Industry and Competition has established The South African Metering Industry Association to strengthen the metering industry and stimulate employment. Since the designation of both residential electricity and water meters, direct and indirect employment has been created and this has benefited the component manufacturing industries. The existing local production capacity and capabilities in South Africa within the metering industry can ensure the growth of the industry and create much needed jobs. As a result of this, the Department of Trade Industry and Competition has established an association…

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A look at Ford’s upgraded factory in South Africa – which can make a Ranger every 2 minutes

Ford South Africa has created around 1,200 incremental jobs by adding a third shift as part of the $1.05-billion (R15 billion) investment in its Silverton Assembly Plant. The automotive group said that its local workforce has increased from the current 4,200 employees to approximately 5,000, along with an additional 440 jobs at the plant’s on-site service provider. This takes the total Ford employees at the Silverton facility to over 4,100, with 850 people employed at Ford’s Struandale Engine Plant in Gqeberha, it said. The reintroduction of the third shift will…

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KBL introduces a new line of its Self-Priming Coupled Pumpset fitted with KBL make Ultra-Premium Efficiency IE5 motor

The KBL-make of indigenously developed Ultra-Premium Efficiency IE5 motor makes it a highly energy-efficient product. It consumes up to 16.5% less energy for pumping the same amount of fluid It offers ultra-premium efficiency with a lower life cycle (LLC) and operating cost AC induction motor design offers ease of operation, maintenance, and service as there is no use of permanent magnets and accessories or control equipment   Mumbai, September 2021: Kirloskar Brothers Limited (KBL) – a world-class pump manufacturing company with expertise in engineering and manufacturing systems for fluid management–is…

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Water is the Foundation of the Big Four Agenda

  Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited     The Big Four Agenda, announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late 2017, has four main pillars. Enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition, Universal Health Coverage and Affordable Housing. Affordable housing implies the development of adequate, standardised, and well-spaced houses with a continuous supply of clean water and electricity.   The supply of clean water continues to be a problem despite the unveiling of the government’s plans to implement a water storage programme.  The plan has a…

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SVI ARMOURED VEHICLES CAPE TOWN DELIVERS FIRST BAKKIE

SVI Cape Town delivers first armoured bakkie only week after opening The B6 Stopgun V2.0 was built at SVI’s new Cape Town branch Bradford Wood from K9 Law Enforcement is the first client SVI Engineering, specialist manufacturer of armoured products, delivered its first vehicle only a week after the opening of its Cape Town branch. Well-known Bradford Wood of K9 Law Enforcement is the first customer of a B6 Stopgun V2.0 armoured Toyota Hilux double cab. This vehicle will assist him in fighting crime as part of his security business.…

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← BACK Masterplan to position South Africa as ‘globally significant’ renewables manufacturer

Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) director-general Advocate Thabo Mokoena reports that government intends using the South African Renewable Energy Masterplan (SAREM), which is currently being drafted, to position the country as a “globally significant” producer of inputs used in renewable-energy plants. In a keynote address to the virtual Enlit Africa conference on Tuesday, Mokoena said the SAREM would help “coordinate the renewable-energy requirements” to support such an industrialisation drive and to boost manufacturing employment. ADVERTISEMENT The DMRE, together with the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, was currently prioritising the…

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Manufacturing is like any other business, except when it is not!

By Volente Morais, Executive Manager at Koogan Plastics   People are a key asset in our environment yet often they are seen as a disposable asset. It is crucial that our industry understands that if we are designing our environments for success then we have to do so with our people in mind.   The business environment speaks about the achievement of profit as the measure of success. Sometimes the measure of success are the achievements of the staff within the work environment that creates success for the organisation at…

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ArcelorMittal SA vows to address SA’s steel shortages

  JOHANNESBURG – ARCELORMITTAL South Africa (Amsa) said in its 2020 integrated annual report that it was committed to addressing the country’s steel shortages. Chief executive Kobus Verster said on Friday the group had experienced considerable delays with starting the N5 blast furnace in Newcastle. Verster said the N5 setbacks were frustrating, particularly because of the group’s intense focus on addressing customers’ steel shortages that had been building up since before Covid-19. “In the new year we have budgeted and planned to fix the problems caused by the unusual post-pandemic…

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