Posts tagged as manufacturing

Poll reveals facility and fleet management pain points

A recent poll has revealed that the South African facilities management, manufacturing and fleet management industries face four distinct pain points: work orders, asset registers, downtime and contractors. The challenges within these areas include value and visibility. Technology, used correctly, can offer reliable solutions and turn pain points into profit areas. The poll was conducted […]

We are captured by deindustrialisation

  Manufacturing, job losses and the shortage of skills in all sectors of the economy are debated more and more at industry conferences but, if we break it down, the one thing impacting South Africa’s economy most is deindustrialisation. In the 1980s, manufacturing’s contribution to GDP was around 27%. By 2015, this had fallen to below […]

Local perspective on the automation and digitalisation industry

  On 29 June 2017, EE Publishers’ Chris Yelland interviewed Ralf Leinen, head of Digital Factory, Process Industries and Drives, Siemens South Africa. They discussed automation in the South African manufacturing and mining sectors and touched on the education system required to produce talent for the automation and digitalisation industry. Leinen comes from Germany and […]

Rail infrastructure investment leads to new transformer factory

  ABB South Africa opened a new transformer factory near its Longmeadow headquarters, east of Johannesburg, recently. The 2450 m2 factory will produce specially designed traction transformers for Bombardier which has been awarded a contract to supply new locomotives to Transnet for its freight trains. The company’s group CEO, Ulrich Spiesshofer, and Lionel October, the director-general […]