Bolt and Engineering Distributors’ Klerksdorp – helping customers to ‘find their bearings’ with excellent service and continuous innovation

While the North West region in South Africa is renowned for its precious resources, this province has also become a major centre for mining and agricultural activities alike.   Notably, the  regional town of Klerksdorp is an important trading hub – linking the mining centres of Johannesburg and Kimberley – and home to miners, farmers and other sectors servicing these industries; as well as one of the largest agricultural co-operatives in the southern hemisphere.   In light of this, Bolt and Engineering Distributors Group’s (B.E.D.’s) well-positioned and experienced Klerksdorp branch…

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Home-grown hero: Year of ‘continuous improvement’ for Isuzu SA

With “continuous improvement” a deeply ingrained philosophy that has underpinned its operations for more than four decades, Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSA) has made productive use of the COVID-19 lockdown period. The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth-based bakkie and truck company said on Tuesday 22 September that it had been a busy year at its Struandale facilities where Isuzu had occupied itself with introducing many changes to its most popular models. Speaking at a virtual media briefing earlier this week, senior vice-president technical operations Dominic Rimmer said key updates, engineering…

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New boss for South African Mint

The South African Mint Company, a subsidiary of the SA Reserve Bank, has announced the appointment of Honey Mamabolo as its new managing director Director. The central bank said Mamabolo’s background as an engineer, together with her experience in finance and manufacturing, makes her an ideal fit for the role. She has 20 years’ experience across various industry sectors, including mining, retail banking, energy, development finance and manufacturing. Before joining the South African Mint, Ms Mamabolo was the Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Unico, a leading manufacturer and supplier of…

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Profits, projects and pressure in the construction industry

By Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director, Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure This year will see a digital leap forward as many construction companies explore implementing integrated business software into projects for the very first time. Tighter margins, global skills shortages and new industry entrants are all ramping up the pressure on traditional construction businesses to deliver greater productivity and more integrated, cost-efficient projects, on time, every time. 50% of all construction projects worldwide will include modular content by 2022, driven by the growing global skills shortage In March 2018, a new factory opened outside Liverpool, England employing 150 people…

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Wheat mill modernizes aging systems with PlantStruxure PES

Engineering, operation & maintenance in a single process automation system

Schneider Electric conducted a case study with Premier Foods on how to modernise the engineering,operation and maintenance in a single process automation system. Goal:Modernize aging control, automation, and electrical systems in wheat mills. Solution: PlantStruxure PES, the single process automation system to engineer and operate the plant. Results: • Cost effective engineering • Advanced operation services that reduce downtime • Future ready solution • Improved energy management • Robust, scalable, and flexible automation architecture PREMIER FOODS: From its humble origins in the 1820s as a local Durban bakery, Premier FMCG…

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