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Copper production  forecast to plateau  in 2019 Copper production forecast to plateau in 2019
Published: 17 Aug 18
Think tank International Copper Study Group (ICSG) forecasts that global copper production will grow by around 3% in 2018 and then remain unchanged in 2019. At a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal in April, government delegates and industry advisers from most of the world’s leading copper producing and using countries met to discuss key issues affecting the global copper market. The ICSG view of the world balance of refined copper production and use was developed in the meeting of the Statistical Committee.
New-gen scanning  technology released,  interest from SA companies New-gen scanning technology released, interest from SA companies
Published: 17 Aug 18
Global corporate engineering and consulting group DMT has released the new-generation Slim Borehole Scanner (SBS) technology for imaging extra-slim drill holes with a diameter of 23 mm, with keen interest from local mining companies, says DMT director Sodhie Naicker. One of the SBS’s primary tasks is the imaging and consequently logging of rock- or roof-bolt boreholes. Rock- or roof-bolting (RB) is a common technology used to stabilise underground mine workings, tunnels or cliffs. Many types of rock bolts have been designed with variable lengths, materials and methods to ensure contact to the rock.
Interroll makes  modular conveyor  platform for logistics Interroll makes modular conveyor platform for logistics
Published: 17 Aug 18
Materials handling specialist Interroll has created its modular conveyor platform (MCP), with decentrally controlled RollerDrive drive technology, fit for use in environments as cold as -30 °C. Deep-freeze logistics can now benefit from an efficient, zero-pressure-accumulation material flow. The company says the MCPs are smart, economical and flexible. “Interroll’s new generation conveyor modules are the most versatile and durable systems available, assuring highest availability and scalability for future growth.”
GLTC offers fleet  management system to protect bottom line GLTC offers fleet management system to protect bottom line
Published: 17 Aug 18
Managing a forklift fleet is a huge challenge, to say the least, but the incorporation of an effective fleet management system can make the entire process very simple and efficient. Therefore industrial equipment group Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) offers its Goscor Fleet Management System to help customers improve efficiency and protect their bottom line.     GLTC says that current tough operating and economic conditions are putting a strain on already constrained bottom lines and therefore those operating in the materials handling business are aware that maximising forklift uptime and efficiency is the foundation to keeping businesses healthy and growing.
Budget airline continues to refine its service and aircraft mix
Published: 17 Aug 18
Pan-African low cost carrier Fastjet (which operates under the brand fastjet) is continuing its programme of optimising its services, routes, and fleet, to restore its financial health, ensure it becomes a sustainable going concern, and thereafter achieve consistent profitability. “As a pan-African value airline fastjet endeavours to make air travel affordable and accessible in every market we service,” affirmed company CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. “Beyond the redevelopment of our product, fastjet is also presently working on wider distribution and more payment methods, growing our network and making it easier for everyone to do business with us.”
New regulation increases interest in local industry New regulation increases interest in local industry
Published: 17 Aug 18
The logistics industry will be boosted by the New Customs Acts Programme (NCAP), which was formally introduced this year, says working capital specialists Investec Import Solutions customs manager Dylan Govender. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) describes the NCAP as a safe, enabling, fair and sustainable regulation that will encourage a secure business environment for economic development, and allow for a favourable business environment in which business can thrive, develop, innovate, generate employment and invest in the logistics industry.
Dachser South Africa driving excellence in  road freight services Dachser South Africa driving excellence in road freight services
Published: 17 Aug 18
According to logistics company Dachser South Africa road freight in Africa can be a challenging undertaking. Therefore, transporting goods and services throughout the continent requires a network of support partners, a team that has up-to-date information on multi-country customs and border control requirements, a strong tracking process, and hands-on knowledge of diverse infrastructures and the corresponding challenges. “Either goods produced locally or those shipped from other countries which will land at South African ports, must be transported to destinations that often require covering vast distances in short time frames,” Dachser South Africa MD Detlev Duve, says.
Industry membership set to stimulate sector Industry membership set to stimulate sector
Published: 17 Aug 18
Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode will use its new membership of the SA Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) to play a positive role in the development and regeneration of the downstream steel industry, Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon tells Engineering News. The company pursued this membership, from March, to take a “fresh approach”, owing to the economic constraints the downstream steel sector has to deal with, he adds.
Fiber laser available  locally for steel industry Fiber laser available locally for steel industry
Published: 17 Aug 18
With the developments in sheet metal cutting technology over the past 30 years having been remarkable, the latest developments in fiber laser technology are taking sheet steel component production to even higher output and quality levels, and are now available locally, according to a March announcement from cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut. Provider of cutting and bending solutions Bystronic offers the steel industry the ultimate in productivity solutions. By linking its flagship ByStar 10 kW fiber laser to a ByTrans loader, it is now possible to automate production to a far greater level than was possible previously.
Resistance thermometer on offer Resistance thermometer on offer
Published: 17 Aug 18
Control instrumentation distributor and manufacturer Instrotech has on offer international instrumentation engineering enterprise Kobold’s TNK resistance thermometers, which have applications in a number of industries, including steel.  The TNK resistance thermometers, owing to their extreme insensitivity to vibration, impact and shock load, are particularly suitable for monitoring the temperature of diesel engines.
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