From a real estate and tourism viewpoint, Crystal Lagoons’ concept and technology – that makes it possible to create crystal clear lagoons of limitless size anywhere in the world at very low construction and maintenance costs – is changing the paradigm of “location, location, location”. With the ability to transform any real estate project into a beachfront paradise, bringing the lifestyle of the beach to even the most obscure destinations (the middle of deserts and populated city centres), these lagoons have brought huge success to developments of all shapes and sizes. Crystal Lagoons has recently entered the South African market, and looks set to impact the property development landscape in South Africa by providing a spectacular recreational facility that is water and energy efficient. Present on five continents and revolutionising the real estate market with 400 projects in different stages of development in 60 countries, Crystal Lagoons is a world-leading multinational innovator. Here’s why real estate developers worldwide are turning to this, the “world’s top amenity”: Crystal Lagoons makes seemingly infeasible projects possible. In Sharm El Sheikh, the resort town in Egypt located in the middle of the desert, resorts were in reach of the Red Sea but lacked their own facilities. To use otherwise unusable brackish water from underground aquifers was just a dream until Crystal Lagoons was introduced. The Citystars Sharm el Sheikh resort is built on a plot of land which was unsuitable for development and lacked commercial value, but with a 12,5-hectare Crystal Lagoon, it quickly turned into a beautiful oasis. The addition of a Crystal Lagoon also brought new life to a development in Caseres, in the Alcazaba Lagoon in Spain. The project had been in sales stagnation since 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis. Within a month of announcing a Crystal Lagoon as the development’s main amenity, sales rates rocketed. This led to a further . . .
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) hosted its PIPES X Conference on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at the Byte Conference Centre in Midrand with the support of main sponsors DPI Plastics, Rare Plastics, Marley Pipe Systems and PipeFlo. Welcoming the more than 200 delegates who were in attendance, SAPPMA Chief Executive Officer, Jan Venter, said their annual PIPES Conference has become firmly established in the industry’s events calendar. “The plastic pipe industry is arguably one of the most important industries in South Africa’s infrastructure as water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation, telecommunications and a myriad of other services rely on pipe infrastructures to work effectively. Through hosting our yearly PIPES conferences and other activities, SAPPMA has proven that we are heavily invested in the well-being of the local plastics pipe industry – especially where standards and technical specifications are concerned. We have already exposed more than 1 500 delegates to close to 200 technical papers since the first time we hosted our PIPES conference. This year we are privileged to have 17 experts in their field sharing their expertise with you coming from as far afield as Australia, Spain, Germany and the Middle East,” Venter said. Keynote speakers at this year’s conference were Corné Krige - ex-Springbok rugby captain who led the team to the World Cup in 2003 – who shared some of the life lessons he had learned about effective leadership in sport and business, followed by Ralph Triebel of LHA Management Consultants who gave an overview of the trends in the local pipe market. Many of the papers presented on the day reflected the current problems South African industries is facing in regards to the accreditation of national standards. Explained Venter: “Quality in general and long-term product quality, in particular, is one of our cornerstones. Considering that approximately 40 000 km of plastic pipe is manufactured . . .
ISANDO, JOHANNESBURG, 12 July 2016 – WEC Projects (Pty) Ltd, a contractor specialising in turnkey water and wastewater treatment solutions in South Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Industrial Water Cooling (Pty) Ltd (IWC), a company specialising in cooling tower and industrial cooling solutions, IWC announced today. The partnership is effective immediately and replaces private equity company, MEDU Capital’s stake in IWC. “I am very pleased to announce that we have a new business partner in WEC Projects. I am of the firm belief that in WEC we have found a like-minded business partner that understands the contracting environment in which we operate,” comments Roger Rusch, Managing Director of IWC. Johannesburg-based WEC Projects has been operating as a contractor in the water and wastewater treatment industry since 2002. The company specialises in designing, manufacturing and installing water and wastewater treatment plants, such as packaged potable water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, industrial filtration plants, submerged membrane bioreactors, reverse osmosis plants, reverse osmosis pre-treatment systems, dissolved air floatation devices and lamella settlers. WEC Projects are also pioneers in biogas to energy technology, having designed, supplied and installed South Africa’s first such plant at a municipal wastewater site. The technology converts wastewater sludge into biogas that is then used to fuel a gas engine that produces electricity. As a result of this technology, municipalities are able to subsidise their electrical costs by what they are able to produce themselves, utilising a waste material that now has significant commercial value. IWC, originally founded in 1986 as Industrial Water Cooling, specialises in evaporative water cooling, heat exchangers and GRP solutions for numerous applications across the mining, power generation, petrochemical, and water and sanitation industries. CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
Ryonic Industries this week launched its RMIS robot, which has generated huge interest from around the globe in less than 48 hours after its release, with a number of blue-chip international companies indicating their intention to visit South Africa to view the technology and discuss potential strategic partnerships. The company aims to start exporting this state-of-the-art technology in the coming weeks. The RMIS robot, designed and built by Ryonic Robotics (the in-house robotics division of Ryonic Industries), is the company’s first project and has been under development for the last two years. It has been designed for heavy industries and confined space inspections and analysis, such as pipelines and mines. The RMIS robot aims to remove humans from dangerous situations and incorporates state-of-the-art industry and world-first technology, such as 3D modelling with virtual reality integration, to address the challenges that these harsh environments present. It also has the ability to integrate an array of other sensors for analysis and testing. Ryonic Robotics both designed and built the unit in South Africa, as well as producing the majority of the necessary components locally (and are working towards a long-term goal of producing 100% of the components locally). Ryonic Robotics has already started development of its next project, a magnetic robot that cleans ship hulls at sea, minimizing in-port costs. Cleaner hulls reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency by as much as 8%. In addition, Ryonic Industries is actively involved in participating in attempts to develop a world-class IoT industry in South Africa. Automation and robotics will play an increasingly important role in many industries in the future. A drastic mindshift is needed away from traditional labour intensive and expensive ways of working and the aim should be to focus on creating jobs to design, build and maintain robotic and automation systems. Ryonic Industries is committed to . . .
STEEL INDUSTRY… in crisis. SOUTH AFRICA HAS TO FIND A MORE BALANCED SOLUTION Dear Minister Davies This is our fourth letter addressed to you regarding this very important matter. Our previous letters (respectively dated 15 March 2016, 18 May 2016 and 8 June 2016) are enclosed for ease of reference. In our view the current crisis in the Steel Industry is caused by three interventions: the introduction of protectionist duties; the consequent creation of an environment in which opportunistic and unchecked price increases by AMSA is implemented; and the paralysing effect of the looming safeguard duties. Minister, the first meeting of the ITAC Pricing Committee to investigate the impact of duties on the downstream Industry took place on Monday, 20 June 2016. However, concurrently with the commencement of the Pricing Committee’s activities, further duties were announced on nine more tariff codes. It has become clear that nothing prevents AMSA from applying their import parity pricing, but now with the new duties priced in.Government have long been suspected of steam-rolling these duties and that consultation with the downstream Industry is pure window-dressing; or perhaps too little too late. This is probably fuelled by government's belief that South Africa, in comparison with other countries, is behind in protecting our Steel Industry. With a single monopolistic primary steel producer that produces steel at high prices, South Africa’s position is vastly different. There is an ever increasing sentiment among downstream manufacturers, namely that South Africa does not need a primary liquid steel producer (AMSA). Modern mills, using direct rolling technology, use up to 50 percent less energy than required by AMSA’s steel production processes – this is just one very important reason why steel from China, among others, is cheaper. Technologically outdated mills cannot be upgraded to use direct rolling and AMSA would therefore have to invest or . . .
With the purchase of its new state of the art EFI Vutek GS525OLXr printer, digital printing experts Graffiti Retail Solutions can now print on an extensive spectrum of materials, including clear perforated window film and a clear acrylic jelly like substrate broadening the creative potential of window branding. By transforming see-through graphic products, glass can be transformed into opportunities for advertising, branding, promotions and one-way privacy. Designed to be seen, and to be seen through, these innovative materials transform transparent panels in more ways than imaginable. According to Graffiti National Retail Solutions Manager Richard Wood, the unique qualities of see-through graphics, known to deliver an unrivalled visual impact, make them ideal for settings with large areas of glass frontage or glass interior walls. Garage forecourts, car dealerships, restaurants, retail and banking environments are perfect for this perforated window film, which can be printed with different levels of transparency on one or both sides of the material. “Using a solid material would block out all natural daylight, obscuring the view. In environments where security is important – like in banks – you need materials where vision is maintained without compromising branding opportunities. Clear perforated window film is perfect for this application, providing maximum visual impact and sensational branding. An elegant product, it looks so much more professional than using tape to stick up a poster on the inside of a window.” Although clear perforated window film can be used inside or outside there are some variations that cannot be printed with a UV varnish, making it best suited for application on the inside of glass, which acts as a protection against sun damage, rain, dirt and other elements. If it were exposed to the elements, the see-through performance would be impaired because the holes in the perforated window film would collect water and dirt. Being inside . . .
AC HONED TUBE was founded in 1978 by Andre Calitz and was first known as Hydrofit Engineering. At that time we specialised in the design and manufacture of specialised hydraulic equipment. We found there was a shortage of honed cylinder tubing and chrome shafting, so we investigated the possibility of manufacturing these products locally. We built a honing machine and later purchased a large honed tube manufacturing plant from British Steel. We also set up an agreement for the distribution of their material. We are now sourcing material from all over the world to get the best quality and prices possible. A hard chrome plant company was purchased for the manufacturing of chrome shafting and hard chroming. Due to the change in product, our name was changed to AC HONED TUBE and AC HARD CHROME. We are now one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of honed and unhoned tubing and chrome shafting in Africa. We also do deep hole drilling and skive & burnishing. We also have a finished products plant to manufacture and supply peeled and polished bar, induction hardened bar, ground bar and chromed bar. We now have endless manufacturing and jobbing possibilities. We are still expanding to ensure that we can always meet your requirements in our field. Services include honing, deep hole drilling, skive and burnishing, chroming, peeling, boring, pressure testing, straightening, turning or CNC machining, grinding and polishing, milling and drilling and internal grinding. Products range include honed and unhoned tubing, chrome shafting, ground bar, turned bar of any grade, cylinder kits, large tubing made up and cast iron. AC Honed Tube Photo: AC Honed Tube Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“We view the DRC as a strategic partner on the continent” The South African Department of Trade and Industry is bringing a large delegation of South African suppliers to the mining and related sectors to the DRC Mining Week expo and conference that is taking place in the DRC mining hub of Lubumbashi from 8-9 June. The DRC Mining Week expo and conference is expected to be attended by more than 1000 mining professionals and will be opened by the DRC’s Minister of Mines, H.E. Martin Kabwelulu Labilo, while Cameroon’s Minister of Industry and Technology Development, H.E Ernest Gwaboubou, will also attend the opening keynote session. DRC a strategic partner “South Africa is committed to the implementation of the SADC Industrialization Strategy and Roadmap and increasing partnerships with DRC in advancing the Agenda 2063 as well as the fourth industrial revolution,” says Ms Pumla Ncapayi, Deputy Director-General: Trade and Investment South Africa at the Department of Trade and Industry. She continues: “in this context, we view the DRC as a strategic partner on the continent and we believe that participation in the DRC Mining Week provides us with an ideal platform to expose our local businesspeople in the mining and allied industries to opportunities in the DRC especially within the infrastructure realm which has presented a myriad of opportunities for collaboration and partnerships”. She adds that “South Africa is steadfast in its commitment towards creating tangible partnerships with the DRC so as to ensure that the DRC develops into a key driver of Africa’s economic development with its vast water resources and its untapped mineral reserves which are of global importance.” Win-win relationship with the DRC Fifteen companies were selected for the DRC Mining Week comprising seven SMMEs and eight large companies. According to Ms Ncapayi: “the group of companies that were selected conforms to criteria such product/service suitability and compatibility . . .
Even though new levies and rising tariffs peck at what little fat remains of business resources, cost-cutting options related to energy use are far from exhausted. Producing energy efficient buildings and operations, and replicating the supply chain structures, holds enormous potential. Therefore, a broader look at energy use in South Africa’s manufacturing sector and related supply chains – which saps a quarter of global energy annually – could lift businesses away from fiscal watershed. Ralton Moses, Divisional Director of Operations at UTi Pharma and speaker at the upcoming SAPICS Conference for supply chain professionals, explains that while warehousing has remained largely static with operations being somewhat consistent in South Africa over the last two decades, the associated costs are a different story altogether now. “For most major corporates, the socially responsible aspect of going green can no longer stand in isolation or be ignored and/or avoided; it needs to be aligned with the profitability strategy of the organisation in order to provide the required benefits to all stakeholders,” warns Moses. “Organisations should address the impact of carbon on their supply chain, as a significant percentage of a product’s value is derived from it. When a consumer purchases a product they are also buying the supply chain that delivers that particular service,” says Moses. “Increased labour costs also add inflationary pressure to operations and continually forces companies operating warehouses to reduce their carbon footprint in order to not only take care of our planet, but also to cut costs,” says Moses. “Organisations can significantly reduce their running costs through technology that measures and mitigates carbon dioxide.” Solution? Turning the lights off during weekends is no longer enough; an energy conscious strategy should incorporate everything from motion sensors and zoning systems for lighting, to . . .
Cranes and aerial platforms are indispensable when doing works of community or industrial significance such as digging ponds, lifting heavy parts, shifting heavyweight goods etc. Most cranes are massive structures which can pose great risks if not procured from trusted sources. So, utmost care must be exercised while choosing the manufacturer of an industrial crane. In this context, one is compelled to introduce readers to Smith Capital, a leading crane, aerial lift platform, and drill rig manufacturer in South Africa. They have the incredible distinction of being the one and only platform manufacturing firm in the whole wide continent of Africa. And it does not stop there; they are also officially the largest makers of truck-mounted cherry pickers, on the same continent. Apart from manufacturing products which are ISO and SABS certified, the firm also bills them at a much lower price than similar goods which are imported from outside of the country. They do custom-built designing and delivering as per demand. Also, the high priority that they attach to client satisfaction, makes them stringently adherent to the specifications stipulated by their clients. In aerial platforms, their specialty is the Superlift Aerial Platform range, which has won awards and accolades for the unbeatable reach, flexibility and mobility of its platforms. Some of the global brands that are included in this range are: Bronto Skylift, Terex Utilities, Oil and Steel etc. The first one is a height master, the second is famous for its insulation, and the third is famed for its height, reach and utility for small carriers. They supply to leading utility supplier firms such as Eskom. In cranes, Smith Capital is known for their ‘CLASSIC’ line of truck-mounted cranes and cherry-pickers. These come in all sizes imaginable: small, medium and large. A lot of these are equipped with the PM Power Tronic Compact mechanism. Their drilling rigs are of mainly three varieties: Post and . . .