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A landmark in sub-Saharan hydraulics and automation
1st Quarter 2015, Hytec Fluid Technology

The recent 50% acquisition of Hytec by Bosch Rexroth offers greater expansion opportunities into sub-Saharan Africa’s hydraulics and automation markets.

Letaba donates industrial pumps
1st Quarter 2015

Letaba Industrial Pumps, a division of the Set Point Group, has recently donated 12 positive displacement and centrifugal industrial pumps worth R100 000 to Ithemba Institute of Technology’s FET College. ...

BMG acquires Klep Valves
1st Quarter 2015, BMG - Bearing Man Group

BMG has extended its operations in the fluid technology sector with the recent acquisition of Klep Valves. “This strategic acquisition follows an 18 month period where Klep Valves supported BMG in our ...

Garnett Cross training: March to May 2015
1st Quarter 2015, Garnett Cross Hydraulic Courses

The following courses are available from Garnett Cross:       Hydraulic Maintenance:    Johannesburg: March 9-12, April 13-16, May 4-7.    Cape Town: March 2-5    Durban: May 18-21       Advanced Hydraulics: Johannesburg: ...

New major player in pneumatics industry
1st Quarter 2015

SMC Corporation Japan, a world leader in pneumatics and industrial automation component technology, announced a significant expansion of its global operations with the opening of a new subsidiary in South ...

Hytec on the doorstep of gold mining
1st Quarter 2015, Hytec (Afripower)

Hytec’s partnership with Tramtrade has positioned the group in the centre of Carletonville-Westonaria’s gold mining hub. As the official distributor of Hytec’s hydraulic, pneumatic and drive control products, ...

The machines are talking: tomorrow’s manufacturing
1st Quarter 2015

Best wishes for a prosperous and happy year to all our readers. It’s always interesting at the start of a new year to see what the forecasts are. According to Forbes magazine, one of the most important ...

Parker Hannifin signs agreement with Oilserv
1st Quarter 2015, Parker Hannifin (Africa)

Parker Hannifin has signed a strategic agreement with Oilserv Group, which will ensure the distribution of Parker products for the oil and gas, power, food and beverage and industrial markets in the West ...

Festo hosts WorldSkills mechatronic finals
1st Quarter 2015, Festo

The WorldSkills competition is an international platform that promotes the importance of skilled workers and the need for them in industry. Festo supported the WorldSkills 2014 competition by hosting ...

Hydromobile training: 2015
1st Quarter 2015, Hydromobile S.A.

Hydromobile’s popular hydraulics training course will be run on the following dates in 2015: 25-27 March, 24-26 June, 11-13 November. It gives students a good general understanding of hydraulic system ...

Festo’s bold strategic decisions
1st Quarter 2015, Festo

Festo South Africa had an exciting year in 2014, engaging in some bold strategic moves. The company has a long-term perspective that recognises the importance of developing, maintaining and expanding ...

Hose safety courses
1st Quarter 2015, SA Fluid Power Association (SAFPA)

SAFPA’s one-day hose safety course provides an introduction to hydraulic hose connectors and the safe assembly of these components for industry use. It is aimed at OEM artisans, foremen, supervisors, ...

1st Quarter 2015


Schneider Electric awarded Africa Best Employer award
1st Quarter 2015, Schneider Electric South Africa

Schneider Electric Africa has been awarded the Africa Best Employer Brand Award for 2014/2015 at the annual Employer Branding Awards, organised by the Employer Branding Institute and endorsed by the Asian Confederation of Business.

Zest WEG a regional manufacturing hub
1st Quarter 2015, ZEST WEG Group

The Zest WEG Group is positioning itself to become a regional hub of WEG, with subsidiary company Shaw Controls set to become the number one panel builder and systems integrator in Africa,” says Louis ...

PneuDrive Challenge focuses on food and beverage
1st Quarter 2015, SEW-Eurodrive

SEW-Eurodrive and Pneumax, co-sponsors of thePneuDrive Challenge, have announced that students will need to design a ‘game changer’ for the food and beverage industry in 2015. By challenging young mechanical, ...

Cyber Junkyard contest 2014
1st Quarter 2015, Siemens Industry Automation & Drives Technologies

The 2014 Siemens Cyber Junkyard Challenge was won by the team from the College of Cape Town. Participants built an automated coffee bean roaster which has already secured commercial attention. The RGB52 ...

Siemens training: March to May 2015
1st Quarter 2015, Siemens Industry Automation & Drives Technologies

The following courses are among those available from Siemens:       Fundamentals of AC Drives (ST-DRV-FUN):    Midrand: March 23-27, April 20-24    Cape Town: April 13-17    Pinetown: May 25-29       Master Drive ...

UJ’s Sasol Solar Challenge success
4th Quarter 2014

Sponsored by RS Components, the University of Johannesburg’s solar team recently came in the top five in the Sasol Solar Car Challenge. This is a single stage solar car racing event from Pretoria to Cape ...

Training in fluid transfer
4th Quarter 2014

Throughout the mining industry, the lack of formal training in hose assembly for high pressure fluid transfer has led to skilled workers being unable to gain recognition for this specialised skill. The ...

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