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 . . .
Pregnancy is an extremely special, as well as a very trying period of life for any woman. Feeling that little bundle of joy grow and expand inside of one’s womb, to be able to feel its kicks and listen to its heartbeat, constitutes an experience that is simply out of this world. And when the baby finally arrives into the world, it fills up lives with joy and eyes with tears of happiness. And to help make that special moment even more beautiful, Baby by Design is here to present you with its varied and vibrant range of baby furniture of every colour, shape and size. They are a manufacturer of baby furniture and accessories; and based in South Africa. Their range of items include baby cots, cupboards, closets, linen and other things, which would be required to decorate a nursery in a special or themed manner. You want the nursery wallpaper in a bright red hue with white birds etched on it, and matching bed covers with red borders to go with it; you are sure to find it here. Fairy tales, cartoons, clowns, puppets-you name the idea for a theme, and they have it. To put it curtly, there isn’t a parental wish that would go unfulfilled. They have separate colour and design schemes for boys and girls. For girls, there are baby pink-coloured pillowcases, mattresses and bedcovers; while the same things exist for baby boys, in the blue colour. The boy-themed linen is dominated by patterns of cars and animals, while the pink stuff have little dolls and kittens drawn on them. Their collection of furniture encompasses a wide variety of colours, materials and designs. You have things made from both wood and plastic, and in a wide choice of shapes: Round, Square, and Heart-shaped; to bunker and canopy-style. Almost all the cots have very high railing around them to provide safety and protection for your child. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HanesBrands Inc, the $6 billion global leader in the manufacture and marketing of underwear, has acquired Durban based DB Apparel for an undisclosed amount. Managing director of DB Apparel, Andre van Vuuren, said the company’s name change to Hanes South Africa would be in effect from this month (February 2016). He confirmed that the change of ownership and the name change would have no impact on the former DB Apparel’s operations. “We will continue manufacturing and selling high-quality underwear that has built our reputation.” Becoming part of a massive international group which employs more than 53 000 people across the world and owns 23 top international brands including Playtex, Wonderbra, Barely There, FILA, Champion and Hanes, offered considerable advantages for a proudly South African manufacturer, he explained. Created in 1970, DB Apparel is the only full assortment underwear manufacturer * in South Africa that supplies to both the male and female underwear markets. The company, which has its head office in Durban, produces around five million units per annum under five well-known global brands – Playtex, Wonderbra, Shock Absorber, BEAR and She Bear. Despite being rocked by the many challenges facing the South African clothing and textile industry over the past two decades, DB Apparel has continued to grow over the years, adding brands to its portfolio along the way. Van Vuuren said that the company had experienced an upswing in 2015. Despite challenges such as electricity shortages and the general economic downturn in the country, it is now at a significant advantage as a local manufacturer in light of the depreciation of the rand. The plan is to double the size of the business by 2020. 99 percent of all garments produced by DB Apparel are made locally. The company’s exposure to risks associated with currency fluctuations is less than that of its competitors’ as only the raw materials needed to manufacture underwear are imported. Most . . .
Good day My name is Melanie Nieuwoudt. My sister and I recently went through a legal battle, while protecting our business name – Cederbrew, a micro-brewery from the Cederberg. Please take the time and read our crowdfunding campaign. http://jumpstarter.co.za/campaigns/sister-craftbrewers-cederberg-seek-funding-legal-battle/ We need the exposure, but I think it will be a great platform to start addressing the issues the growing craft beer market faces – being pushed around and bullied by ‘the big guys’ (which is the wine industry in South Africa’s case and not necessarily SABMiller as people might think). Please also contact me if any additional information is required to fortify a story. Author: Melanie Nieuwoudt from Ceder Brew. More Info link: http://jumpstarter.co.za/campaigns/sister-craftbrewers-cederberg-seek-funding-legal-battle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/cederbrew Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cederbrew/ Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact Ceder Brew. Our full range of beers Photo: Henry-Louise Mouton Ceder Brew beers Photo: Marilize Birkenstock CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 12/26/2015 to today for SISTER CRAFTBREWERS FROM THE CEDERBERG SEEK FUNDING FOR LEGAL BATTLE: Google Search Results Bing Search Results Yahoo Search Results DuckDuckGo Search Results Twitter Mentions . . .
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University took renewed steps toward the advancement of rubber-related research and development by launching the Centre for Rubber Science and Technology at its South Campus yesterday. According to Dr Percy Hlangothi, Director of the Centre: “Nelson Mandela Bay is home to the motor and tyre industry making the establishment of this Centre a testimony to NMMU’s commitment to remaining relevant to the region’s needs.” Drawing on NMMU’s historic experience in rubber science and technology, the Centre will focus on providing analytical and technical services as well as training for the needs of rubber and tyre manufacturing industries within South Africa. “The Centre will not only house research projects that are relevant to the industry and community needs but will also offer learning programs (short and long) and support services to benefit the industry”, Dr. Hlangothi added. The Centre’s rubber-related research and development programs will cross various disciplines such as chemistry, environmental science, computer science, engineering and economics. “The launch of the Centre has been spurred by our research on tyre recycling sponsored by REDISA (Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa), but goes beyond those projects and looks at the industry as a whole,” said Ms Jaci Barnett, Director of NMMU’s Innovation Office. NMMU has long been active as a training institution in this field, providing education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. To date, over 50 masters and doctoral students have graduated from NMMU, having completed their research projects in the Physical and Polymer Chemistry Research Group. Many of these graduates are employed in the local tyre and rubber industry with a number having gone on to establish rubber-related companies. Author: Elzaan le Roux from NMMU Innovation Office. More Info link: http://crst.nmmu.ac.za Facebook: . . .
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways in which to extend the life of a cooling tower, improve heat transfer efficiency and reduce maintenance downtime, is to upgrade the cooling tower’s fill media to components constructed out of robust and non-clogging materials such as Polypropylene (PP), PVC or stainless steel. Fill is a critical component in the heat transfer process of evaporative cooling systems, acting as the medium over which the hot water is distributed as it is being cooled. Fill’s primary function is to put as much water surface area in contact with as much air for the longest amount of time possible. When compared to other cooling tower components, fill is also the most susceptible to wear and tear due to the almost constant exposure to water at high temperatures. Comments Roger Rusch, CEO of IWC, “In older cooling towers, fill media was typically constructed out of wood or asbestos cement. Wood deteriorates rapidly when compared to modern fill materials such as Polypropylene, PVC and stainless steel and we all know the dangers associated with asbestos containing materials. Upgrading a cooling tower’s fill media to these more modern and robust materials can result in significant improvements in heat transfer efficiency.” Different types of fill-designs utilised in cooling tower applications the most common are splash and film fill packs. Film packs consist of narrow, closely-placed surfaces over which the hot water spreads, forming a thin coating that comes into contact with air. This type of fill media creates a large surface area on which the hot water disperses itself as a thin film that interacts with the air travelling through the tower. In contrast, splash-fill packs are made up of layers of horizontal splash trays into which the water flows, breaking into small droplets. Here, the exchange area for cooling is provided by water droplets, and heat exchange occurs on the surface of these droplets. Says Rusch, “Film packs . . .
Eskom’s new Kusile Power Station in Witbank, Mpumalanga, is set to benefit from the energy-efficiency of IWC’s patented glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) fan stacks, four of which have been manufactured for one of the station’s mechanical induced-draft cooling towers. By incorporating the flared-diffuser design, which has a slightly tapered exit cone and a well-rounded inlet bell, these GRP fan stacks reduce the amount of energy needed to power the 9.15m axial fan, resulting in significant energy saving when compared to conventional fan stacks. Comments Roger Rusch, CEO of IWC, “The flared fan stack design significantly reduces velocity pressure at the exit of the fan stack when compared to that of the throat (the ring in which the fan operates). Since the quantity of air is the same throughout the fan stack, the recovery of velocity pressure is converted into static pressure “regain", which lowers the total pressure requirements of the fan, thereby reducing its overall power consumption compared to conventional unflared fan stacks. The fibreglass fan stacks will also deliver the added benefit of exceptional corrosion resistance, excellent impact-and-dent resistance, and easy maintenance, ensuring long-lasting performance.” The fan stacks, which took 12 weeks to manufacture at IWC’s facility in Isando, Gauteng, measure 10.74m in base diameter, 9.23m in cylindrical diameter, 10m in flared diameter and 5m in height. It will now take IWC approximately four weeks to install the fan stacks on site. In 2012, Eskom awarded IWC the contract to supply two, four-cell mechanical induced-draft concrete cooling towers for the Kusile Power Station. The latest fan stacks are for the second cooling tower, with IWC having already completed installation of the fan stacks in the first cooling tower. IWC has provided the same fan stacks on the auxiliary plant cooling towers for ESKOM’s Medupi Power station. These cooling towers are part of the Kusile Power Station’s . . .
At its open day, Efficient Engineering’s managing director, Graham Hartley, said that withstanding plunging commodity prices and resulting slowing demand, the company continues to be part of the solution within the steel industry which plays a critical role in mineral beneficiation and is a key enabler of every part of the economy. The top five steel consuming industries include the automotive, mining, construction, energy, and infrastructure sectors and jointly contribute 15 percent of the total of South Africa’s GDP and employ more than 8 million people. Through developing their own intellectual property in the areas of custom engineering mining solutions, pressure vessels and modular solutions, Efficient Engineering continues to diversify its business even further. The company has gone from purely mechanical design and manufacture, to including electrical design, and full fit out and testing of modular power control, electro houses and generator sets. Efficient Power, which was launched 18 months ago, has since turned over more than R100 million. “We offer first to market, tailor made solutions to our clients through the expertise of our management team which has more than 200 years’ cumulative experience, in harnessing contemporary machinery and industry leading manufacturing processes. “This has led to our robust growth and has seen us evolve from a respected family business to becoming the preferred supplier for numerous blue chip original equipment manufacturers in the local and international mining, material handling, oil and gas, satellite communication and radio astronomy, petrochemical as well as engineering industries. Further, we continue to add to our diverse portfolio through acquisitions such as that of Trotech, a division recently gained through the business rescue process.” Trotech, now known as Efficient Trotech, offers specialist services in the field of engineering, design, manufacture and installation of bulk storage tanks, pressure . . .
IWC recently completed the construction of one of its largest ever glass-fibre reinforced plastics (GRP) tanks measuring 6 metres in diameter and 11 metres in height, capable of holding up to 254 000 litres. The length of the cylinder of this tank was set at 9 meters. IWC’s GRP manufacturing facility in Isando, Gauteng, can manufacture up to14 meters in a single filament wound process. The GRP tank was designed for the largest open-pit mine in Africa, Swakop Uranium’s new US$2 billion Husab Uranium Mine, near Swakopmund, Namibia, and will be used in the mine’s acid leach-process plant as part of the Uranium Solvent Extraction (SX) procedure. The GRP tank will store highly-corrosive chemical contents, including sulphuric acid. Says Roger Rusch, CEO of IWC, “IWC has already designed and manufactured eight kilometres of GRP piping and 17 GRP tanks for the mine’s process plant, but none as big as this one. It took six weeks to manufacture the tank and the IWC team will now supervise its installation at the Husab Uranium Mine’s process facility in Namibia. GRP is an exceptional composite material that is highly resistant to all forms of corrosion, making it ideally suited to solvent extraction processes. Swakop’s decision to opt for a GRP tank of this capacity demonstrates how GRP is becoming the mainstream material of choice for mining processes.” The Husab Uranium Mine is owned by the world’s second largest uranium producer, Swakop Uranium, and will have the potential to produce around 7000 tonnes of uranium per annum when fully operational in two years’ time. According to Swakop Uranium’s CEO, Zheng Keping, Namibia, currently the world’s fifth-largest producer of uranium, will overtake Niger and Australia as top producer by 2017 due to the production capability of the Husab mine. Author: Viv Quann from IWC. More Info link: http://www.iwc.co.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact IWC. IWC builds largest GRP tank for Husab . . .