At the recent Afrimold Conference, Henk Snyman, Secretary of the Toolmaking Association of South Africa (TASA) Gauteng branch, announced the signing of a funding agreement with government agency, Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), to establish a viable tooling cluster which will boost localisation in the tool making sector in support of the packaging and automotive manufacturing industries in South Africa. TASA Gauteng has been awarded R10.6 million from GEP as part of a three year contract to launch a tooling cluster initiative. This cluster initiative underlines TASA Gauteng’s commitment towards the revitalisation and expansion of the Tool, Die and Mouldmaking (TDM) as well as the Precision Machining sectors which are crucial to the future of the manufacturing industry in South Africa, especially with regards to the automotive manufacturing sector. The fundamental concept behind the initiative is the creation of a formal and informal association of multi-sectorial companies who share common goals and are prepared to join like-minded companies for the common good of the entire group and consequently the economy as a whole. The idea of the cluster initiative is to improve the capacity of the TDM industry in terms of cost, time to market, profitability and the size of tooling – thereby allowing manufacturers to take advantage of economies of scale, higher local content, local tool maintenance capabilities for large tools as well as the accessibility and flexibility that comes from dealing with locally based toolmakers. Participating tool making companies will be able to share resources that will enable them to improve their capabilities and capitalise on the synergistic effects available through the clustering process. This will enable them to focus on their core competencies, resulting in greater profitability, efficiency and reduced strain on their business. The model will also provide tool makers with a viable exit strategy from their business when . . .
Recognising the potential for toolmaking activities, given that the South African motor industry has a target of 1 million vehicles by 2020 and to increase the local content to 70% from the current 35%, Malaysian toolmakers have identified South Africa as a country of opportunities to grow the local toolmaking industry. At the recent TASA Conference, held during the Afrimold exhibition, Mr Amrizal Majid, CEO of Malaysian Toolmaking Company, Miyazu, gave a presentation on the development of the Malaysian toolmaking industry from 1980 to the present. The presentation inspired the audience as it gave an idea of how Malaysian toolmakers progressed from supplying small tools to being able to produce complete vehicles with local tooling. This learning curve has helped them to develop a strong understanding of how to project manage all the tools needed for a full vehicle. This has enabled Miyazu to become a one-stop-shop to OEMs, an area where South African toolmakers are at a distinct disadvantage. By partnering with Malaysian toolmaking companies, South African toolmakers can expect to gain an understanding of how to grow the toolmaking fraternity in a developing country. Since Malaysian toolmaking companies supply products into Europe, the United States and South America, South African toolmakers who partner with these companies will also gain immediate access to international markets. Malaysian toolmaking companies such as Miyazu consider it a positive factor that there are export credits available on the exporting of tools from South Africa and that tools can be exported into the USA and Europe tax-free. Furthermore, South Africa’s positioning in the same time zone as Europe, the good banking system and the fact that European designed vehicles are being manufactured in South Africa for export worldwide will also provide a distinct advantage to the Malaysian/South African produced tools. South African toolmaking companies interested in exploring a possible . . .
Changes are abound in the valves sector as the formation of The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers’ Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) gears up to provide significant demand prospects for local manufacturers. However, with great promise comes great responsibility, and local manufacturers need to step up to the plate to produce world-class valves that are able to compete with imported products. The South African Valve Manufacturing industry has been in a steady decline since 1994 as a result of the higher quality and affordability that imported products provide. In an attempt to turn the industry around and promote the growth of locally sourced valves, VAMCOSA was formed in 2011. While this may mean that industry giants such as Eskom will now have to look closer to home for a supply of valves, the pressure is on to meet demanding requirements for the same level of quality as internationally produced products. In the next five years, Eskom is expected to replace an estimated 5,500 valves in on-going operations and maintenance projects at existing power plants, significantly increasing demand for control valves, multi-turn valves, quarter turn valves, as well as electric and pneumatic actuators. It stands to reason that local valve manufacturers will benefit considerably from this massive replacement programme. Now more than ever, local valve manufacturers need to seek out the support of a well-established foundry for the supply of raw castings. As the first South African PED-certified foundry and material supplier, Steloy Castings is able to produce as-cast and machined components that conform to stringent quality assurance requirements necessitated by the pump and valve industry. Being qualified to produce PED-class castings allows valve manufacturers to attach the coveted CE (Conformite Europeene) mark to each item of pressure equipment, and ISO 9001 accredited facilities provides the added assurance of superior quality and product integrity. Over 25 years . . .
While the need for infrastructure development in Africa is growing, the lack of skills and workforce required to bridge the project-preparation gap continues to hinder development. Strategic initiatives and fresh approaches to develop construction industry skills are now arising out of this demand gap. From the public sector, governments across Africa are incorporating skills development into national planning and from the private sector, South Africa sets an example with 25% of its construction industry CEOs contemplating major change to their strategies for managing talent over the next 12 months. Proof of this movement is also being seen with over 2000 construction professionals from the public and private sector alike signing up to prioritise skills development and commercial collaboration at the TotallyConcrete Expo taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 3 to 5 June. PPC is the main sponsor of the event and brings a unique learning approach with a series of do-it-yourself workshops giving hands-on exposure to cement handling and mixing techniques. "PPC continues its dedication to industry development in Africa through its sponsorship of the TotallyConcrete Expo where we will host a series of do-it-yourself workshops to enhance expertise and host industry stakeholders,” says Nomzamo Khanyile, Group Public Relations Manager for PPC There are also over 50 African media and partner associations supporting this leading cement, concrete and construction industry event and partner organisations include the Concrete Society of Southern Africa, the Engineering Council of South Africa, Eskom, Kenya Master Builders Federation, Master Builders Association of South Africa, Namibia Institute of Architects, Institute of Engineers Tanzania and National Home Builder’s Registration Council of South Africa. Other sponsors of the event include Lafarge, Sephaku Cement, AfriSam, NPC Cimpor and Reimer. The event is a timely endeavour designed by . . .
Foster Wheeler partnered with SA Foundry, Steloy Castings, for the supply of static and centrifugal castings for the major upgrade and expansion of the Barrancabermeja Refinery in Columbia, owned by Fortune 500 Company, Ecopetrol. Johannesburg, April 2013 - Foster Wheeler is internationally recognised as a leading engineering, construction and project management contractor as well as power equipment supplier. In order to maintain the high levels of quality standards that has earned them global prestige, it is absolutely critical for Foster Wheeler to source from credible partners in the supply of components that assist in the successful execution of large and often complex projects. The $1.023 billion Ecopetrol project which would see the increase in capacity of the refinery from 12.5 million tonnes per annum to 15 million was awarded to Foster Wheeler as the sole contractor in 2008 for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and project management. A large section of the contract involved the assembly of radiant stanchions comprising of over 3000 components cast in ASTM A351 HK40 weighing in at a substantial 72 metric tonnes. Steloy approached Foster Wheeler with a proposal to supply the static and centrifugal castings for the direct fired heaters and convection applications that make up the radiant sections which was subsequently accepted. Working in the refinery business, it is very crucial for Foster Wheeler to keep operating downtime to a minimum. Unforeseen delays in project implementation can cost clients millions, making the prompt delivery of components a key deciding factor in choosing a supplier. As a well-established foundry, Steloy was able to cater to Foster Wheeler’s demands for high-integrity, high performance components, delivered within reasonable timeframes. According to Bruce Brewer, QA Manager at Foster Wheeler, “Steloy has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to meet our stringent technical and quality requirements”. It is this . . .
Johannesburg, 29 November 2012: Africa’s number one coatings company, Kansai Plascon Africa Limited, has undertaken steps to align the organisation to meet the present and future needs of the customers. According to Kansai Plascon’s Chief Executive Officer, Nauman Malik, the move will further entrench Kansai Plascon’s leadership position as the number one coatings company in Africa. “The realignment will allow the organisation to focus further on its expansion plans and its aim to continue leading the industry through new product innovations and focused long-term strategies.” The 2013 focus will include, but not be limited to: Provide exemplary customer service Innovate through extensive new product development Enhance our Decorative brand leadership Invest resources in expanding the industrial and protective coatings portfolios Extend technical backing and training in the automobile portfolio Expand the colourants customer base Expand in East and West Africa; Reduce the cost of manufacturing through cross-business synergies and operational efficiencies Neil Davies has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. With 32 years of experience, Davies will continue to be part of the Executive Leadership Team of Kansai Plascon. Doug Thomas has been named as Executive Director Corporate Strategy – a team which offers in-depth knowledge of key business areas. Thomas will continue to be part of the Executive Leadership Team and contributes a wealth of experience and thorough knowledge of the business. Alan Singh has been appointed Group Executive Human Resource. With 18 years of technical and manufacturing experience, Singh will join the Executive Leadership Team and will be responsible for all strategic and operational initiatives. He will also continue as Senior Executive Manufacturing Plascon until an Executive Director of Operations has been appointed in early 2013. The new Executive Director Operations will be responsible for all . . .