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MechChem Africa March contents page

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Peter’s Comment: Quality artisan training and the QCTO system: Peter Middleton argues for renewed educational emphasis on practical skills and applauds the introduction of a more modern approach to artisan training. Read more...

On the cover: Proudly SA PTFE manufacturer supplies the world

MechChem Africa visits the PTFE facilities of Trident Plastics and talks to operations manager, Louis Botha about the manufacturing process and the company’s niche offering.  Read more...

SAIChE iCHEMe News: Stealing the future: Is SA’s response to climate change appropriate? Read more...


Pump systems, pipes, valves and seals.

Multiflo pontoon and walkway range for pit dewatering: Howard Jones, business development manager for dewatering at Weir Minerals Africa, presents his company’s expanded range of Multiflo® pontoons and walkways for dewatering mines. Read more...

Pump systems 101: Training pump-system experts for a measured ROI: UNIDO Pump expert Harry Rosen talks to MechChem Africa about incorporating practical site-based energy efficiency projects into training so as to create onsite ‘junior’ pump experts. Read more...

Pump maintenance is key to efficiency  Click to read in the online magazine...

Mines urged to dredge ponds before rains arrive 


Localisation, manufacturing, production and food processing

Promoting transformation in the diamond industry: MechChem Africa talks to Frank Auger about transformation of the South African diamond industry and De Beers’ Enterprise Development Project for Diamond Beneficiators.  Read more...

Award-winning mobile bending cell   Click to read in the online magazine...

Robor’s world-class pipe mill installed in Elandsfontein   Click to read in the online magazine...


Power generation, sustainable energy and energy management

First-of-its-kind distributed generation platform developed: Cummins Inc and NRG Energy have announced a strategic commercial partnership to deploy a more cost-effective distributed generation platform. Click to read in the online magazine...

WTA oil lab helps avoid transformer failure 


Petrochemical, oil and gas

Skyriders’ five-year contract at petrochemical producer: Skyriders’ celebrates a five-year contract at a major petrochemical producer in South Africa. Read more...

A well-trained workforce boosts profits: A training piece from condition monitoring specialist WearCheck   Click to read in the online magazine...


Environmental, waste management and cleaning technologies

Storage and disposal requirements for generators of used oil: The ROSE Foundation has been championing the responsible collection and removal of used oil for proper recycling since 1994. CEO, Bubele Nyiba, offers some practical advice. Read more..

Shortcuts add to SA’s environmental challenges  Click to read in the online magazine...

Innovative engineering

Five ways solar PV can optimise industrial electricity use: Dominic Wills of SOLA Future Energy outlines how offgrid rooftop solar PV installations can optimise energy use in commercial and industrial buildings.  Read more...


Product and industry news  Click to read in the online magazine...

Back page: New technology uses gravity to store green energy  Click to read in the online magazine...

Contact MechChem Africa

Title: Editor
Name: Peter Middleton
Email: or
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Editor
Name: Glynnis Koch
Phone: +27 11 622 4770
Fax: +27 11 615 6108

Title: Advertising Manager
Name: Brenda Karathanasis
Phone: +27 11 622-4770
Fax: +27 11 615-6108

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