After 19-years of operation, Macdonald Holdings has announced that it will be closing Bambanani Pipes and Fittings, its pipe manufacturing and coating division. The decision comes after 24 months of irregular project work and sustained losses which have been unavoidable in the current market, despite every effort made to revitalise the business. General Manager, Mr. Chris o’ Neill says, “Unfortunately the business has relied on the public sector’s manufacturing and maintenance spend and as this has begun shrinking so has the ability to keep the doors open and profitable. It is never an easy decision when people’s livelihoods are at stake, which is why we have taken every step possible, despite two years of losses, to look at positive solutions for the business. Sadly though, none of these has resulted in a marked turnaround and as such the shareholders have decided to call an end to the business.” Bambanani was formed in 1998 by a management buy-out of the ex-Hall Longmore operation that was based in Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp. In 2008 Bambanani became a member of the Macdonald Group of Companies and is a 100% BEE owned company with a level 1 BBBEE scorecard. It seems though, that despite these positives including a massive investment in a new facility and the very real consensus from clients of a brilliant product, that another once successful business is taking the brunt of a market downturn. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Metal and Engineering Industry is most probably the most hostile industry in which to conduct business: the labour relations environment is in general adverse towards business; in the Metal and Engineering Industry it has turned into a downright SMME hostile environment; in light of the success achieved with regard to the prevention of the extension of agreements to non-parties, government is contemplating legislative changes to nullify NEASA’s gains in the Steel sector; the arrangement between the Department of Trade and Industry/AMSA regarding steel is blatantly hostile to the Steel Downstream – it is hostile to each and every business downstream of AMSA, as well as the consumer; and government has no sense of the importance of the role of SMME’s in the economy; in fact, their policies and actions indicate the contrary. Our engagement with government has proved that government is committed to their ‘National Democratic Revolution’ (NDR) agenda; their engagement with business in general is merely a pretence. There is no meaningful engagement with mainstream economy SMME’s at all. Government’s vision, as far as business is concerned, as well as their strategy and tactics in this regard, is outlined in the NDR, which is national-socialist ANC policy.Within the current political- and economic environment, not a single government initiative is aimed at breaking the shackles inhibiting SMMS’s to grow, create jobs and to perform to their full potential. The contrary is true: apart from the type of business they envisage, all government action is hostile towards business. Business cannot rely on others (the ‘they’ so often referred to) to bring about change, not only for its own benefit, but for the country. It is for ‘us’, all of ‘us’, and nobody else, to work towards a sustainable future. Without ‘us’, South Africa won’t ‘work’. STEEL LOBBY It is for these reasons that NEASA is establishing a ‘STEEL LOBBY’ in the following regions: . . .
Perfect shop fittings are at the juncture of where art and science meet. In a dream store, form follows function in the most aesthetically pleasing way to create a lasting impression on clients. Your storefront is an invitation for prospective customers to enter, and as such it should be alluring, enticing and visually appealing in order to create an emotive response. Once inside, shop fittings need to speak to both practicality and intricacy to create an intense and memorable sensory experience. Visual elements heavily impact consumer behaviour. Lighting and colours are essential in establishing an ambiance, time and effort must be taken to ensure that your store encapsulates the desired mood. The layout of the store and materials used seeks to encourage movement and take consumers on a journey, leading them on a predetermined, purposeful flow. Therefore, shop fittings need to be laid out with a very clear strategy in mind. Every element of the shopper’s journey through the store determines whether or not they have a great customer experience. This is a precision-oriented endeavour, and attention to detail is key. There is a very delicate balance between showcasing unique concepts and latest trends and emulating a classic aesthetic that will stand the test of time. A case in point is the Asics store in Mall of Africa. A clean, bright shop front with a clear view of the products inside entices consumers to come in and explore further. Asics primary selling item, their versatile range of shoes, are found at the back of the store, forcing consumers to navigate the shop in order to reach them. Hero products are illuminated to draw attention. Simplicity is key in this store’s fittings; all display elements are clean, minimal and noninvasive so as to not distract the consumer from the products, allowing them to speak for themselves. White is primarily used throughout the store in order to make the colourful clothing items pop. Expert companies like Innovation . . .
iSearchplant (Pty) Ltd, today made an announcement that could and will definitely change the manner in which plant hire firms to the Mines and the Construction industry market themselves online. Market research was conducted on top 15 plant hire and suppliers to the industry and it was found that on average per month only between these 15 companies a figure of R150,000.00 per month is paid out to Google Adds words just to rank highest on Google. The terms Plant Hire is estimated to be utilized by these companies to push themselves forwards on top. Not with standing towards this and line with this. iSearchplant Founder CEO Gerhard Marais said that it is understandable how these companies can pay out on these as the dividends in itself pays out per hire per machine. However, in keeping to the Mandate of the company the following considerations is going to take place. We have advertised that we can provide R35,000.00 of value to subscribers on the platform with a fee as low as R280 per month. In standing with this we will look at other avenues to provide more value to subscribers. One option we have looked into was to close the entire platform just for interested parties to source their equipment from. In standing with this, we have taken the privacy of our subscribers very seriously and will not sacrifice nor will we put their companies in harm way. It is clear as well that with recent Tender fraud we did approach a certain well known Construction Firm listed on the JSE via email and we did send the required information on how safe the Platform is. It was their documentation that was fraudulently made up by the fraudsters after all? (Just ask around in the Industry) By doing so we did notify this company via invitation to register on the Platform. Many Plant Hire companies lost expensive equipment. In notifying them we hoped that they will see the benefit and the light. Up until today no response has been received from them. So how safe are Plant Hire . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 August, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of a number of pre-prepared cable assemblies that provide compatible solutions for key product ranges from Molex, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of connectors and interconnection components. Targeting a wide range of applications in industries including automotive, consumer, defence, industrial and medical, as well as telecommunications and networking, the new Molex range of pre-terminated cables makes it even easier for engineers to adopt interconnection components in new and existing designs, removing the need for expensive tooling, long production times and laborious testing procedures. The wire-to-board cable assemblies have been designed with terminations chosen to work with some of Molex's most popular interconnection families. These include the FIT range (Micro-FIT, Mini-FIT Jr. Nano-FIT and Mega-Fit), as well as the CLIK-Mate and Micro-Clasp and Pico-Clasp connector ranges. The Molex pre-terminated cable assemblies are now available from RS. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities. The two-year knowledge exchange project, which ends in October this year, focussed on Entrepreneurship, Modernization and Innovation in South Africa (EMISHA) and was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. “Our involvement in the EMISHA project has enabled us to better serve our innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, in line with global technology transfer best practice, while expanding our network of international peers for future partnerships,” said Leoné Nowell, Acting Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office. As an EMISHA project partner, Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office was able to acquire the Stepcraft CNC machine – now housed at Propella Business Incubator due to their advanced manufacturing development focus - to enable innovators and incubatees in the sector to create low volume 3-D prototypes. “Propella wishes to thank the Nelson Mandela University for providing this facility that will complement our current service offering within the prototype laboratory. This four-axis machining centre will now enable us to fine-tune prototypes and produce low volume ‘soft’ modules ideally suited for running pre-production trials,” said Propella’s Senior Industrial Advisor, Grant Minnie. One of the EMISHA project goals was to enhance effective university-industry relationships with the intention of expediting the commercialisation of technologies and assisting innovators to reach the market sooner. The consortium delegates attended a workshop hosted at Propella in November 2016 and were impressed by the close working relationship between Nelson Mandela University and Propella Business Incubator. Oddný Sverrisdóttir, Project Coordinator at Sweden’s Uppsala University International Office, said they had learnt a . . .
Heat tracing today plays a critical role in the temperature maintenance of a myriad of applications such as pipes, storage tanks and vessels; regulating fluid and gas temperature to ensure optimal flow and stability. It is highly customisable and available in both electrical and steam options. However, to understand the fundamentals of heat tracing, it’s important to know the differences between electrical heat tracing (EHT) and steam heat tracing which both offer energy and cost savings in its respective applications. EHT – the safe choice Throughout its history, EHT has been the safe choice for pipe and equipment heating as it can be regulated to deliver precise outputs. EHT essentially uses an electrical heating element that runs the length of a pipe; this heating element is then used to regulate temperature. EHT is recommended for use on both metallic and non-metallic, as well as lined piping and process equipment as it is equipped with controls to keep process temperatures within specific limits and conserve energy. “EHT systems offer a broad range of temperature options; it can be designed for applications with low freeze points right up to very high (800 -1000 degrees Celsius) process maintenance temperatures. It can also be installed on short or long pipelines which makes it ideal for large concentrated solar power (CSP) farms and petrochemical plants among many other applications,” explains Giles Maynard, General Manager at eltherm South Africa. Lastly, the common misconceptions that EHT can’t be installed in Ex areas is false. Just like steam tracing, EHT has seen major technological advancements allowing them to be installed anywhere. Steam Heat Tracing – quick heat up Steam heat tracing is a great solution in plants where steam is a by-product of various manufacturing techniques. Simply put, steam heat tracing systems circulate steam around process pipes to heat them. The steam tracing is usually installed by running the steam . . .
A multitude of South African industries including food and beverage (Food & Bev), lubricant, bitumen, petrochem and automotive will in the coming winter months again be faced with the drawbacks of colder ambient temperatures wreaking havoc on its manufacturing, processes and operational efficiencies. Electrical heat tracing (EHT) can overcome these challenges by keeping products at an optimal temperature, lowering viscosity and ensuring that they are easier to transport around the plant during the colder months. Explains Giles Maynard, general manager of eltherm South Africa, a global EHT supplier: “Electrical heat tracing can assist plant and process managers alleviate stubborn viscosity sensitive products and processes. This has the benefit of ensuring that pumps don’t malfunction due to cavitation and pipes don’t get blocked, mitigating costly repairs and maintenance.” The term viscosity refers to the time it takes for an amount of product to run through a pipe. For example, water has a low viscosity as it flows more freely than honey. Liquids like honey and oil have a higher viscosity because they contain more complex molecular structures. Temperature can manipulate the viscosity of liquid. When the temperature drops, liquids like syrup develop a higher viscosity and become more difficult to pour. However, when it is heated, the molecules become more excited and begin to move which lead to lower viscosity. EHT lowers the viscosity of many processes as it acts as a compensating heat source to maintain or raise the heat in pipes, tanks, surfaces and other vessels. It effectively replaces the heat loss in the process and can therefore be used to prevent pipes from gelling or freezing, whilst maintaining the low viscosity of the process on plant equipment. Colder days and the resultant higher viscosity can also impact domestic water supply as well as the reliable drainage of rain and waste water leading to freeze damage and ultimately frozen . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June, 2017 - RS Components SA, the global distributor for engineers, will be at the Mining & Technical Exhibition (MTE) Kathu on 22 June 2017 at the Kathu Perde Klub, showcasing a range of plant maintenance solutions designed to help companies with planned and emergency maintenance requirements. The Mining & Technical Exhibition (MTE) Kathu is hosting its 11th show this year at the Kathu Perde Klub situated in Kathu meaning the "town under the trees" and is known as the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape Province due to the mining activity from some of the largest open-cast iron ore mining operations in the world. RS Components offers a wide range of tools and equipment, to support planned and emergency maintenance needs. Key product areas for plant maintenance include tools, consumables, chemicals, cables and cable management, test and measurement, HVAC systems, lighting and a range of automation and control products including sensors and machine guarding. The RS Pro range will also be on exhibit at the MTE Kathu show, offering customers a combination of quality, performance and value. All products are backed by the RS Seal of Approval, representing leading industry standards for audit, inspection, test and certification. Further information on the RS Pro range can be found by visiting www.rspro.com Visit the RS Components stand at MTE Kathu on 22 June 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 at the Kathu Perde Klub. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Award-winning entrepreneur and business coach Anita Palmer has been appointed Business Manager of the Propella Business Incubator based in Humewood, Port Elizabeth. Palmer, the founder and publisher of Business Link Magazine for more than a decade, was the vice chair of the Port Elizabeth Business Woman’s Association. She is also a winner of the BWA Regional Business Achiever’s Award in the entrepreneurial category, and is qualified as business mentor with Mentors and Business Coaches International. “I’m thrilled to join such the dynamic team at Propella and look forward to steering the evolution of the organisation as a smart incubator for a smart city,” she says. “The opportunity to support and accelerate new innovation based technologies and advanced manufacturing businesses that change the lives of the citizens in Nelson Mandela Bay for the better is unique and exciting”. Propella – Nelson Mandela Bay’s Smart City Hub – is the city’s first innovation hub with a focus on ICT, renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced manufacturing enterprises. One of its early incubatees, Nano Rubber Products, has already landed export opportunities to Japan and other international markets for its innovative products. The company’s founder Robert Bosch developed a process to replace zinc oxide in rubber for his doctoral studies and has commercialised this through Innovolve at the Nelson Mandela University (NMU). NMU and Engeli Enterprise Development are joint shareholders in Propella. “Driving the commercialisation of smart products and services and unlocking the potential of individuals and their businesses is part of the Propella mandate and the team and I welcome engagement with entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers,” says Palmer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .