Pholaco started out as a large-scale manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mega blocks in 2008. The company has grown to provide various alternatives to the traditional methods of constructing a building. At the outset, green building may seem to be a holistic concept, but Pholaco takes care that all the stages of construction are environment friendly. Thermal Panel Construction: Being lightweight, it saves up on transport costs and requires less people to handle the objects. Applying thermal panel construction prevents the overall system from being exposed to water. The storage procedure of the products also becomes easier. Aluzinc skin ensures the durability of the product while kit construction allows for easy assemble and disassemble process. Lightweight Steel Frame Construction: Firstly, lightweight steel frame ensures durability and longevity of a building. Compared to the double skin plastered brick wall construction process, light steel frame reduces the weight by at least 10%. Moreover, this green product is also 100% recyclable and reduces 80% carbon footprint. Light steel frames provided by Pholaco for construction purposes are known to have thermal and acoustic properties. Cellulose Lightweight Cement Construction: This process includes the use of lightweight form work that has been derived from light Gauge Steel. Cellulose lightweight cement construction actually improves the structural strength of a building and complies with the eco standards. Moreover, compared to the traditional building methodologies it is much faster. Products offered by Pholaco Foundation slabs: A strong foundation is essential for every building according to the technicians. All the types of foundation are offered by the company—strip footing, pad and peer, stab on ground, and conventional reinforced raft and a waffle raft. The Pholaco team will advise on one of these foundation types depending on the ground conditions. Roof solutions: From designing . . .
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has reiterated its insistence that only top quality pipes manufactured by members who adhere to the association’s Code of Conduct and who meet the stringent quality standards, will be allowed to bear the SAPPMA mark. According to Jan Venter, SAPPMA’s Chief Executive Officer, board members have taken a conscious decision during a recent strategic planning session, to sharpen their focus on quality and to take a no-nonsense, uncompromising stand when it comes to pipe manufacturers who fail to comply or are found guilty of misconduct. “It has always been SAPPMA’s mandate to ensure that our members only produce and market top quality products that are fully compliant to all relevant standards and specifications, to promote and ensure ethical business activities in all areas of operation and to ensure that the SAPPMA mark is used to clearly differentiate between quality producers and others,” Venter says. The association reports that they have not hesitated to act against members who were found guilty of taking short-cuts or failed to meet their standards during various announced and unannounced factory audits. “Due to enormous expenditure on research and development by polymer manufacturers, modern pipe grade materials have such excellent properties that it is now impossible for any pipe engineer to ignore them. This is highlighted by the dominant market position of plastic pipe in just about all pressure water and gas pipe as well as sewerage applications. However, the plastic pipe industry is also facing growing temptation to cut corners for the sake of saving a few Rands. A combination of factors, such as the failure of the SABS, the big gap that exists between supply and demand, margins have come under pressure and rising raw material prices, have exasperated this problem with HDPE pipe in particular,” he explains. However, SAPPMA remains resolute in its decision not to lower . . .
South Africa’s water sector issues can be overcome with a renewed public private sector partnership that prioritises technical skills. That’s the word from newly-installed WEC Projects Techical Director, Gunter Rencken, who believes our current challenges are not insurmountable. “Technical ability and policy direction must be in sync and other sectors have shown they can be,” says Mr Rencken. This 32-year veteran of the local water industry recently joined South Africa’s leading EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor in the water and wastewater industry and comes with technical ability at the very core of his being. His PhD in Chemical Engineering was the precursor to a short stint at the Uranium Enrichment Corporation from 1982 to 1986 where Mr Rencken further developed the hands-on orientation that sees him perform at his best when getting to grips at the coalface of the organisation. His PhD is complemented by an MBA in Project Management from Henley Business School in the UK. Mr Rencken’s career history also includes time with Umgeni Water from 1986 to 1993; Debex Water (a subsidiary of De Beers) from 1993 to 1996, Envig from 1996 to 1997, USFilter from 1997 to 1999 and Veolia Water Technologies from 1999 to 2017 (14 years as Managing Director). In his new position, Mr Rencken is charged with investigating and implementing new water treatment technologies that will no doubt be of great future benefit to the country at large. He also has the responsibility for investigating new markets for the company. His professional life has him registered as a Professional Engineer with ECSA, a Member of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and a Fellow of WISA. His personal life, for its part, sees Mr Rencken especially interested in the battlefields of the Zulu and South African Wars. WEC Projects specialises in the turnkey supply of water and wastewater treatment plants, biogas to energy projects, sludge beneficiation, and . . .
Gradual shift from selling chemicals to selling solutions, Cisco suggests as international chemicals companies scramble to fast-track their digital transformation journeys as Cisco confirms that 40% of Fortune 500 companies will not exist in a meaningful way in ten years March 16 2018: As a key sector of the South African economy, the chemicals industry accounts for about 25% of the nation's manufacturing sales and is the most developed of its kind in Africa, according to the Chemical and Allied Industries' Association, an industry group. “To seize the Industry 4.0 opportunity, Cisco believes that chemical companies should leverage digital tools and capabilities to detect shifts in markets, develop more accurate and agile planning, heighten customer awareness and collaborate with business partners throughout the value chain,” says Bruce Peters, Regional manager in charge of manufacturing at Cisco Southern Africa. “We are seeing more and more chemical companies evolving. They are no longer selling chemicals; they’re selling solutions to customers’ problems through connectivity or across digital platforms,” says Peters. Innovation in the chemicals industry relies on a number of enabling technologies, such as micro-and nanotech, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, and photonics. In turn, all these enabling technologies require an intelligent and intuitive network that links them to each other and allows employees to collaborate across the company and with suppliers and customers. This is where a smart network that can protect itself can give chemical manufacturers an edge. The very real threat of industrial espionage and data breaches, as well as the need to protect valuable intellectual property, bring with them understandable concerns in the chemicals industry. In addition, the materials and products that the chemicals industry uses and manufactures are by their very nature often in need of strict management, resulting in a hesitancy to . . .
South Africa's Advanced Manufacturing progress will be showcased at the inaugural African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show in November. Details of the event which includes an exhibition, conferences, learning tours and national awards function were announced this week. Former Council for Scientific and Industrial Research scientist Andy Radford who now spearheads a cluster for South Africa's composites role-players, said the event would create synergy and opportunity for advanced manufacturing business. "While manufacturing remains an essential part of South Africa's economy - contributing around 19% of GDP, our efforts towards Advanced Manufacturing in South Africa are highly fragmented, but we do have significant pockets of excellence.'' "The African Advanced Manufacturing and Composites Show will not only bring all the key role-players and technology partners together towards a common vision, it would also inspire emerging engineers." "Three-dimensional printing, lasers, automation and artificial intelligence are exciting tools to encourage a new generation of engineers and scientists but we need to expose them and industry to these technologies and there is no time to waste," Radford said. Radford said government policy like the National Research and Development Strategy (NRDS)and the Integrated Manufacturing Strategy (IMS) recognize that South Africa’s future competitiveness will depend on the capacity of the manufacturing sector to master advanced technology domains. Radford said the KPMG 2016 Global Manufacturing Survey, showed the extent to which global manufacturers were racing for advanced manufacturing leadership. "25% of 360 respondents said that they had already invested in three-dimensional printing and additive manufacturing technologies. An equal number had also already invested in artificial intelligence and cognitive computing technologies. Two-fifths of survey respondents said they would definitely channel . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs. Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, . . .
Otis South Africa has appointed Nicolas Branly to the position of Service Director, reporting to the MD: Otis Africa, Daniel Daphne. Branly, who joined Otis France as Field Supervisor in 2009, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine, and MS Mechanical Engineering and Production Systems from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has served in various positions within the organisation throughout his tenure including Project Manager (Mordernisation of Major Projects); Key Accounts Manager; Field Manager: Maintenance and Repair and Senior Manager Branch Services. His new role will see Nicolas driving performance and growth in service, maintenance, modernisation and repairs. All South African branches, Modernisation Department and Service operations will report to him. Daniel Daphne MD of Otis Africa says, “As the world’s largest people mover, we don’t only believe in moving machines but also in moving towards achieving career ambitions. We are particularly proud of this appointment as Nicolas brings with him knowledge, expertise and experience to bolster relationships with our clients and strengthen our position as professional service providers”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Ernest Lowe is proud to announce the first ever installation in Africa of the Strate Awalift 80 unit. The state of the art German technology has been installed all over Europe for over 50 years and has finally been introduced to Africa. This is the first of its kind sewage pumping system which separates the solids from the pump impeller ensuring continued pumping in any and every scenario. The Awalift unit solves the traditional problem of solid waste interfering with the pump impeller and shaft by ensuring the solids are separated in their own chamber independent of the pumping chamber. For further details and interest please feel free to contact the Ernest Lowe sales department. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
2017 ended on a positive note for six disabled learners who graduated with an NQF Level 4 certificate in Business Management – sponsored by Otis South Africa. Otis also inducted six interns who were working across a number of disciplines ranging from Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Engineering, as well as Learner Lift Mechanics who were part of the 2017/2018 intake, on the same day of the graduation.. The Learner Lift Mechanic Programme, supported by MERSeta, commences with induction and runs for a period of three years. At the end of the programme the learner is certified as a qualified Lift Mechanic (NQF 4). The year 2017 saw Otis increasing the annual number of Learner Lift Mechanics (L2) from 15 to 41, which brings the total number of Learner Lift Mechanics employed by Otis to 87. ”The company sees training and developing unemployed youth as a key metric of its business strategy and building the Otis talent pool,” says Loueen Jones, HR Director of Otis. Building skills and expertise across the business, and specifically through the Otis Training Academy, is a key element in positioning South Africa as a hub for Otis products and services on the African continent. “Our training programme is designed to create technical and functional expertise in the lift and escalator industry, and encourage operational and service excellence” adds Jones. The skills shortage in the technical field has left the company struggling to find qualified mechanics which can service and maintain Otis equipment, while meeting its stringent safety standards. The Intern and Learner Lift Mechanic Programmes are designed to address the skills shortage challenge in the industry. According to Trading Economics, youth unemployment reached an all-time high of 55.90% in the second quarter of 2017. “It is imperative that corporate South Africa increases the number of intern and learner programmes across industries, which will go a long way to reducing the youth unemployment rate. . . .
Based in Cape Town, ToolTech is a leading brand in South Africa that offers a variety of services, from product designing, toolmaking to logistics. They are supported by highly skilled in-house staff members that strive to cater to the individual needs of their clients. As a one-stop centre, this leading company accommodates six different divisions which include metal component production, toolmaking and engineering, plastic injection moulding, all chair components, PU moulded foam and all buckets and containers. Toolmaking and Engineering: ToolTech has earned a good reputation for their toolmaking and engineering services. They have a fully equipped CNC Toolroom that serve a variety of functions, from plastic injection moulds, PU foam moulds to press tooling. What's more, their highly efficient in-house specialists supervise the manufacturing process from the design stage to the mould manufacture. Plastic Injection Moulding: ToolTech specialises in an array of high-quality injection moulding machines that range from 35T to 1000T, ensuring an impeccable finish. As a certified BEE (Black Economic Empowerment Program) and an ISO9001-2000 licensed plant, ToolTech’s injection moulding plant is widely recognised as a leading name in the field of engineering and plastic component manufacturing. All Chair Components: This division of ToolTech offers a wide range of chair components, castors, bases, gas-lifts, mechanisms, armrests and hardware are only to name a few. Apart from these components, they specialise in armchairs, side chairs frames, hospitality frames, tub chair and frames as well as backrests, brackets and seat kits that are available in both netting and foam. For customised seating arrangements, customers can rely on their in-house professionals who strive to design and manufacture chairs based on their client’s requirements. PU Moulded Foam: ToolTech is equipped with a Polyurethane moulding plant that offers highly specialised integral skin . . .