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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Dekra Industrial – Encouraging women in safety to ‘dream it and achieve it’

Dekra Industrial, a leading provider of non-destructive testing (NDT), inspections, advanced NDT technologies, aims to be the global partner for a safe world with the support of a dedicated team of people striving to ensure long-term safety, quality, and environmental protection.   Testament to this ethos is Dekra Industrial RSA’s encouraging approach to gender equality and respect, which is also reflected in its like-minded client base within the South African industrial sector.   Dekra Industrial RSA’s culture – combined with a positive working environment, and encouraging support from clients –…

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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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Africa’s Silicon Savannah

Manufacturing is a key wealth-producing engine in any economy, and Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent. One could therefore reasonably expect a large African workforce to be the driving force behind the wealth of the continent and the future of its economies. Yet there are big challenges, and we need to take a clear-eyed account of them while looking at the opportunities. Very few economies have been able to develop independently, and accumulate wealth, without a burgeoning manufacturing industry; and there is a direct link between…

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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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Samsung Launches Door-to-Door Repair Service in South Africa

Worldwide electronics conglomerate Samsung has launched a “door to door” repair service in South Africa as part of an effort to facilitate the repairs of their customers’ smartphones (and other devices) and “provide another option to visiting a customer care centre”. Samsung refers to the service as “seamless” and it applies to anyone within 40kms of a customer care centre. This new service is another innovation in the world of convenient tech, a welcome prospect to anyone working from home struggling to find time to take their devices in to…

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Heading for a new normal: Key global manufacturing centres cling to expansionary territory

Latest manufacturing gauges offer cause for cautious optimism because, while the US and China saw headline declines, confidence is reappearing and both remain in expansionary territory. South Africa’s PMI increased, but revealed a softer underbelly. From the US through China to South Africa, January manufacturing activity gauges – arguably the most timeous and eagerly watched manufacturing sector indicators – have all been encouraging despite undershooting expectations in various respects. US and China indices experienced “modest declines”, while South Africa saw a slight increase at a headline level, but underneath were…

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