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MechChem Africa June contents

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Cover story: Festo South Africa: engineering tools for success

Festo South Africa’s Adrian Bromfield talks about Festo’s modern drive to enhance the competitive edge for customers and the launch of Festo’s new Cabinet Guide Online tool. Read more...


Comment: The energy mix: the case for maximising renewables

Peter Middleton looks at current progress being made towards grid parity from independent renewable power projects, including those listed in the delayed Bid Window 4, and questions the reluctance of Eskom to champion and expand the REIPPPP programme. Read more...


SAIChE Spotlight: SA’s global chemical award finalists

MechChem Africa shines a spotlight on South Africa’s three chosen finalists for IChemE’s Global Awards 2016: Willie Coetzee; Michelle Low and Vernon Harding. Read more...


Pump systems, pumps, valves and seals

Process-focused solution ups crusher plant output: 

A Weir Minerals Africa success story from the Stilfontein-based sand and aggregate supplier CNC Crushers. Read more...

Pumping systems 101: Getting a return on your training investment 

Harry Rosen describes a way of ensuring quality, value and investment returns from pump training. Read more...

Pump rental success on copper mine

A success story from Integrated Pump Rental. Click to read in the online magazine...

New generation KSB Etanorm is a winner: Click to read in the online magazine...

Curve pump for Pump and Abrasion Technologies proves it capability: Click to read in the online magazine...


Sustainable energy and energy management

Cast resin transformer technology: an efficient low-risk option

MechChem Africa talks to Mervyn Low, MD of Greenergi, the sole distributor of cast resin transformers (CRTs) from Trafo Elettro Italy. Read more...

Aluminium offers benefits in transformer windings

Global specialist, WEG Transformers discuses the benefits using aluminium windings for transformers. Click to read in the online magazine.

African hydropower plant receives international recognition

International recognition of Aurecon’s local hydropower development clients, including Renewable Energy Holdings (REH), marks a stamp of approval for the South African hydropower industry. Read more...

New high-tech energy-efficient water heating solution from HydraTherm: Click to read in the online magazine...

Vert Energy supplies load bank system into Botswana: Click to read in the online magazine...


Petrochemical, oil and gas

MoviTrans improves handling reliability in wax plant

MechChem Africa’s Peter Middleton visits Sasol’s wax packaging plant and reports on the use of SEW-Eurodrive’s MoviTrans® contactless energy transfer solution to manage the transfer of loaded pallets from its robot packing cell. Read more...

All-in-one service from Skyriders rope access workers: Click to read in the online magazine...

Engen’s Investment in grass-root talent changes lives: Click to read in the online magazine...

WorleyParsons acknowledged for Tanzanian natural gas pipeline: Click to read in the online magazine...

Gas and electricity generation for Southern Africa: Shifts in the landscape

MechChem Africa’s Glynnis Koch reports on the Gas Africa keynote address delivered by Mike de Pontes, the chief operating officer of iGas. Read more...

CSIR/DST’s NIDF: Crossing the nano innovation chasm 

The CSIR together with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) have established the Nanomaterials Industrial Development Facility (NIDF) to enable industry, research entities and SMMEs to develop and scale up high-tech materials. Read more...


Innovative engineering

Producing plant-based drinking bottles from FDCA

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland a method for producing furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from plant sugars enabling production of plant-based products. Read more...


Products and services 

A collection of news stories from Cummins, Wearcheck, SKF, SMC Pneumatics, DCD Gravico, Powermite, Bearings International, CDE and more. Click to read in the online magazine...


Back page: Benchmark Green Star building in Namibia

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, Africa achieves the first 4-Star Green Star rating in Namibia. Click to read in the online magazine...

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