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Microsoft says Africa will undergo an industrial revolution once it develops its value-added manufacturing sector, according to new report.
From government to the private sector and academia, the continent’s growth rests on manufacturing to help the continent grow and continue to support a rising population and growing middle class, according to a senior boss at Microsoft.
And by embracing greener, more productive technology (‘Industry 4.0’), the continent can escape energy and labour intensive processes to get ahead of competitors and cast off the shackles of an Africa viewed as uncompetitive..
Amr Kamel, Microsoft’s General Manager for West, East, Central Africa and Indian Oceans Islands, notes that in 2014 30 per cent of China’s GDP came from manufacturing, according to the World Bank, while comparatively, Nigeria’s GDP from manufacturing was just 9 per cent, Kenya 12 per cent and Zambia at 8 per cent.
“Africa is also at a crossroads. With a global focus on mitigating the effects of climate change and drastically reducing our carbon footprint, the world is on a mission to make the manufacturing industry cleaner, greener and more sustainable,” says Kamel.
He believes that traditionally, the heavy reliance on energy resources, infrastructural gaps and a skills and productivity shortage, has undermined the global competitiveness of Africa`s industrial sector.
He said: “By leapfrogging to Industry 4.0, Africa can take advantage of greener, more productive technologies without being encumbered by outdated, energy and labour intensive processes. By leapfrogging, Africa will be closer to achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, and meaningful employment while safeguarding its natural assets.”.
The Microsoft executive says that a revolution in manufacturing can be secured through:
1. Slashing costs: For most manufacturers, energy is the first or second highest cost (after labour). By using data, companies can make demand-driven decisions, for example running equipment in conjunction with fluctuations in consumer demand, to save energy.
2. Extending use cycles: Intelligence provided by IoT and big data provides predictive maintenance, which can keep equipment functioning optimally. By keeping machines in use for a longer period it reduces the need for new ones to be manufactured – lowering impact on the environment and saving costs.
3. Increasing efficiency: In addition to reducing downtime, new technologies make factories more efficient and save power. Data can also track labour output, for example managing shifts optimally to increase productivity.
4. Reducing waste and emissions – Technologies like IoT reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain by tracking and managing energy use.
5. Workforce optimisation: Companies can use data to balance workforce requirements. Reduced overtime expense can be a major source of savings.
6. Product inventory: Manufacturers need to consider the cost of storage, any necessary insurance, maintenance and other factors. Focus on nimble and responsive manufacturing operations to avoid overproduction.
7. Product supply chains: Smart manufacturing will shift supply chains. There is a so-called “makers movement”, where companies are choosing local suppliers… This leads to a circular economy, which brings the efficiency that is at the heart of smart manufacturing.
The 2017 State of the Nation address by South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma may have been hit by controversy as opposition parties delayed his speech by more than an hour last night (Feb 9).
But water preservation, in a country hit by drought, was one of the earliest subjects during his hour-long speech, which started an hour and 20 minutes later than planned.
He told the assembly: “Government is working hard to ensure reliable bulk water supply in the various areas of the country to support economic growth whilst increasing access to vulnerable and rural municipalities.
“In an effort to curb the high water losses which in some municipalities far exceeds the national average which is currently at 37 per cent; about ten thousand unemployed youth are being trained as plumbers, artisans and water agents. More will be recruited this year to reach the total of fifteen thousand.
“We call upon municipalities to support the War on Leaks programme.”
He also revealed that water saving was creating jobs: “During 2015/2016, more than sixty one thousand work opportunities were created through the Environmental Programmes such as Working for Water, Working for Wetlands, Working on Fire and Working for Ecosystems. More than 60 per cent of the beneficiaries were young people.”
His comments comes amid growing concerns about water scarcity in the country and infrastructure inadequacy are said to escalate the need for effective water treatment chemicals.
As reported here just, three days ago, “A rise in environmental awareness is also accelerating the move away from conventional methods of water and wastewater treatment towards mechanical separation and biological methods.”
“A decline in water levels and water quality, as a result of a threatening water crisis across South Africa, is prompting treatment chemical companies to invest in alternative water treatment methods,” says Frost & Sullivan VisionaryScience Practices Research Analyst, Justin Malherbe, tells CBN. “As a result, the opportunities for suppliers within the water and wastewater treatment chemicals market is expected to increase.”
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Industrial water and wastewater treatment chemicals market analysis in South Africa, forecast to 2020, finds that the market valued at $159.3m experienced a significant decline between 2013 and 2014 due to political and economic instability.
However, is expected to recover and reach $199m by 2020. The largest chemical segment in 2015 was coagulants and flocculants, with revenues of $59.8m. This segment is expected to be the slowest developing segment; however, will retain the largest market share in the forecast period. The ‘other’ chemicals segment is expected to be the fastest growing chemicals segment.
HOW REDUCING WATER PRESSURE WITH CLEVER LOW MAINTENANCE VALVES CAN HELP FIGHT SOUTHERN AFRICA’S WATER SHORTAGES
Leaks are a part of every water supply system in the world but in southern Africa, the losses pose a threat to future water security.
With three years of drought having a devastating effect on water levels in South Africa most of the country has faced some restrictions in recent months.
And in Cape Town real dam levels are at just 12 per cent in some places and the authorities are set to implement an upgraded ban on external drinking water supply within weeks.
Reducing the pressure, especially during low demand can offer huge savings, visitors to INDUTEC Live 2017 were told yesterday.
PVP Live has offered expert insights into the pumps, valves and pipes industry affecting a wide range of liquids and gasses.
But protecting drinking supplies is a vital part of future development and the pressure reduction system would have real benefits across the country.
Peter Telle, of Ultra Control Valves, explained in simple language how pressure can be reduced in three different ways.
Pressure reducing valves (PRV) are the natural choice but can only really operate at a 3:1 ratio (reducing pressure for example from 12 bar to 4), but sometimes that’s not enough, he explained.
He said there are four or five brands on sale in South Africa, some operate by a timer, others by detecting changes in demand. They cost around Rand 50,000 ($3,700) but they are maintenance intensive and he said “too complicated for African conditions”.
“When the automated valve starts playing up, often engineers simply disconnect them, which is a costly loss,” he said.
He explained to the delegates how to increase the reduction in pressure above the 3:1 ratio, PRVs can be run in series, theoretically offering 9x reduction in pressure.
“But that can encourage cavitation,” he said. A hugely pump damaging effect of the two working against each other.
A simpler system could work well in Africa to reduce water loss through leaks and he showed the audience a new acquired ratio valve (ARV) with no controls and a Maric flow valve, which is able to operate with soiled water.
He showed how successful they operated in large buildings, ensuring adequate water flow but offering huge savings rom hi-raise buildings and hotels, through to streets.
Tomorrows conference session at INDUTEC 2017, called WaterTec 2017, is focused totally on water supply and anyone can attend though places are limited.
The third day and final day of INDUTEC 2017 is host to a one-day conference focused on one the biggest issue in southern Africa: future water supply.
To ensure future investment in the country and the growth of the economy, it is vital that southern Africa offers a reliable water supply.
Drought has forced politicians to reassess the way supplies are maintained and while in South Africa, much of the country has recovered thanks to autumn rains, the west of the country is still in danger. In Cape Town, tough new restrictions are set to be introduced with weeks as dams serving the area fall as low 12 per cent of capacity and winter rains have not arrived.
And that is the focus for WaterTec on the final day in Johannesburg looking first at why a co-ordinated policy is vital to future growth running through the day to look at financing and sustainability.
The full final conference day programme at INDUTEC 2017, the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg is listed below.
Places are free to visitors but space is limited so it is first come first served.
You can still register for free entry to the final day of INDUTEC HERE
Water Tech 2017
10:00 – 10:30 Keynote Address: Why coordinated policy is vital (water, food, energy)
- How to plan for the future, what’s in the pipeline
- Keys to regional cooperation – the politics of water
- Understanding the importance of water planning coordination with energy and food policies
- Reserved: City of Johannesburg
10:30 – 11:00 Finance Corner: Where will the money come from?
- How to attract investment, what are investors looking for?
- Should the end-users bear some of the costs?
- Why investment today will reap generational rewards
- How does water affect investment decisions – Case Study Nyanza Light Project Set up
Donovan Chimhandamba, CEO, Nyanza Light Metals
11:00 – 11:30 Tea break and networking
11:30 – 12:00 Keynote Address: Sustainable solutions to water scarcity
The role of innovation in promoting sustainability
- What do sustainable water solutions look like – key traits
- How to stay ahead of the pack – understanding the dynamics and importance of sustainability
Dr Jaisheila Rajput, CEO, Tomorrow Matters Now
12:00 – 12:30 Understanding the link between water and security in South Africa and Africa
Can water really influence security?
The economics of water in Africa
Maureen Bandama – Project Consultant and Agriculture Expert, IQ Logistica Investments
12:30 – 13:00 Technology Corner: Wastewater Treatment and Plant and River Cleaning
How to “clean up the mess” – water purification options
Understanding the link between water and local economics – driving employement
Sally Hall, CEO, Hyson Cells
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch, networking and visiting of exhibition . Close of Conference
Not everyone at INDUTEC 2017 was exhibiting pumps, valves and pipes: one smart business was targeting the transport sector with some of the strongest cardboard boxes in the world.
KIMMO, which counts some of the world’s leading names among its clients, offers a solution to traditional wooden crates that is cheaper and stronger.
“The cardboard honeycomb is amazingly strong, it’s lightweight and offers huge advantages compared with traditional transportation,” said Jan Vreken, KIMMO Managing Director.
The South African company has an enviable list of clients and saw an opportunity at INDUTEC to meet both visitors to the expo, and the exhibitors themselves.
“I’d rather be the sole cardboard box exhibitor at a show like this where our transport solution is a real benefit, than one of dozens at a transport show,” said Jan, smiling.
He agreed to be photographed on top of a 600kg paper roll, perched on a pallet, which had its total weight borne by the honeycombed cardboard crate.
“It would take more weight, but I don’t want to damage the exhibition hall floor,” he said.
“The first day of INDUTEC has been good for us. There is a quality of visitor that has ensured the right people – the ones who make the decisions – have been visiting.”
And he admitted to positive discussions with several of the pump and pipe exhibitors at the show.
KIMMO has been operating for 10 years and turned its attention to the honeycomb version three years ago.
It’s been a huge success and brings additional benefits for customers. “For international transport wooden crates mean they have to be pest control treated,” said Hannes Posthumus, Operations Manager. “This cardboard doesn’t have to go through that process bringing time and cost saving to clients.”
Take a look at the website Kimmo.co.za for a long list of testimonials and visit the team at INDUTEC 2017 on Stand D8
INDUTEC 2017 DAY 2: WHY MOVES TOWARD WATER SECURITY OFFER HUGE OPPORTUNITIES FOR INNOVATIVE SUPPLIERS
The conference agenda set the tone for the second day of INDUTEC 2017 in Johannesburg today as the preservation of this vital resource became the focus.
As visitors began arriving, many were drawn to the second day of the PVP Live conference, whose first speaker was Peter Telle of Ultra Control Valves talking about reducing water loss.
And South African based MI Power saw strong interest in the first direct current (DC) solar powered sewage pump in the country.
“We have already met potential clients here at INDUTEC, and they were showing great interest in the pump alongside our existing borehole submersible pump,” he said. It can also be used to maintain old unused mining shafts with flow rate of up to 700,000 litres an hour.
Sustainable pumping solutions is one positive for the future but maintaining the region’s water supply is vital for economic expansion.
Leaks are a part of every water, or fluid, supply system in the world, but in southern Africa, the losses take on greater importance following three years of drought.
In South Africa, most of the country has faced some restrictions in recent months and in Cape Town real dam levels are at just 12 per cent and the authorities are set to implement an upgraded ban on external drinking water supply within weeks.
Reducing the pressure, especially during low demand, can offer huge savings, visitors to INDUTEC PVP Live 2017 conference were told yesterday.
Peter Telle explained in simple language how pressure can be reduced in three different ways and while pressure reducing valves (PRV) are the natural choice they only really operate at a 3:1 ratio (reducing pressure for example from 12 bar to 4), but sometimes that’s not enough, he said.
There are four or five pump brands on sale in South Africa, some operate by a timer, others by detecting changes in demand and alter flow automatically. They cost around Rand 50,000 ($3,700) but they are maintenance intensive and he said maintenance was “too complicated for African conditions”.
He showed the audience how a simpler system could work well in developing nations to reduce water loss through leaks and talked about a new acquired ratio valve (ARV) with no controls and a Maric flow valve, which is able to operate with soiled water.
His session acted a taster for the third day and final day of INDUTEC 2017, which hosts a one-day conference focused on preserving southern Africa’s supplies
To ensure future investment in the country and the growth of the economy, it is vital that southern Africa offers a reliable water supply to ensure foreign investment and financing improvements in supply.
South Africa’s leading mining pump supplier enjoyed a good first day at Africa’s leading industrial technology and supply expo.
It’s the first time at INDUTEC for RNE Pumps and the company has a reputation built over 40 years.
Across South Africa 86 per cent of mines use RNE’s vertical spindle pump – it’s well proven and tough.
“This expo is our business and it is right that we are part of it,” said Mark Enell, RNE’s Sales Manager. “Yes, we are well known and our pumps are found across the world including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Thailand.”
RNE is a South African original equipment manufacturer that is taking on the world with a proven product. From mining through to plant, chemical and slurry applications, Mark knows his pump can compete anywhere.
INDUTEC 2017 runs from Wednesday May 17 until Friday and today was the first day. The theme of this year’s expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, offers a special focus on the pumps, valves and pipes sector in sub-Saharan Africa.
One exhibitor was demonstrating a business partnership that works across two continents and is now moving into Africa.
A business relationship going back to 2001 brought together two men, one from Denmark and one from China to set up Coreline in 2014.
Ole Bjoern Jensen and his partner Bill Sun are in Johannesburg this week with their range of specialised valves.
“Bill can manufacture according to specifications that I provide,” said Ole Bjoern. “We’ve been very successful with our range of butterfly valves, ball valves, check valves, knife gate valves and the like.”
Coreline is at INDUTEC 2017 as a way of meeting two existing clients in Johannesburg, he said. “Within the first hour we received a positive enquiry so we’re looking for success with new business too.”
INDUTEC is also host to two key industry conferences over the three days: PVP Live and WaterTec, both endorsed by the South African Department of Trade & Industry (the dti).
South Africa has a lot to offer but needs support to ensure its local business play an active role in the future economic success of the country.
Kamagelo Mampane is Chairman of the State Owned Entities Procurement Forum (SOEPF) and his enthusiasm and positive focus on the vital role it plays in both ensuring economic purchases for the public sector combined with positive support for local business is clear.
He was one of the panelists for the session overcoming local industry challenges at yesterday’s first day of the PVP Live 2017 conference programme, where he explained the vital balance between successful production but also ensure job opportunities for local people.
“People want to be involved, they as ‘what can we do?’ and in that way they can be integrated into the supply chain. It’s about collaboration.”
Yesterday he sought to explain at the conference how South Africa’s unique business environment provided a unique opportunity for investors.
Africa’s leading industrial technology and supply expo INDUTEC 2017 opens its doors at 10am on Wednesday (May 17).
INDUTEC is also host to two key industry conferences over the three days: PVP Live and WaterTec, both endorsed by the South African Department of Trade & Industry (the dti).
The theme of this year’s three-day expo at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, offers a special focus on the pumps, valves and pipes sector in sub-Saharan Africa. It embraces everything from water supply and the petroleum sector, through to chemical pumping and agriculture.
Alongside suppliers from all over the world, the first day of the PVP Live conference will focus on new technology and the opportunities for the future of the sector.
Visitors will also have the chance to sample first hand an exciting new 3D modelling programme that plans all their water, gas or fluid transfer.
PumpSim demonstrates the exact piping and pump requirements needed across any site, by simulation, and because the plan can be viewed in a virtual world, it avoids real-world issues when installation takes place.
“Because systems can be modelled in true 3D coordinates, all elevations and lengths for pipes are automatically calculated, and the Pumpsim models are useful references or ‘maps’ to show the layout and location in real systems,” says Jamie van Schoor, CEO of the African distributor of PumpSim, Dwyka Mining Services Ltd (DMS).
Alongside the dti endorsement, the South African body that represents valve and actuator manufacturers is also part of PVP 2017. The Valve and Actuator Manufacturers Cluster of South Africa (VAMCOSA) was set up in 2011 to bring local manufacturers together to create a common focus and goal for the respective industries. It also provides an effective platform for its members to lobby government.
“We believe both events are of huge importance to our industry both in highlighting our capability and the challenges our industry faces,” said Mark Wilson, VAMCOSA Champion. “The synergy of PVP 2017 with our sector is critical to the success of all three industry groups.”
And INDUTEC 2017 has attracted some of the world’s leading suppliers to Johannesburg:
Portable Energy, a division of the Atlas Copco Construction Technique business area, will showcase its range of portable, lightweight and super-efficient dewatering pumps.
DEMCA Actuation Solutions, with almost 40 years’ experience, specialise in the supply of electric multi-turn, quarter turn, linear and failsafe actuators, as well as bevel gearboxes for multi-turn applications, for over 37 years.
GM pumps will be showcasing is full range of Fluimac pump solutions at the expo.
Flowrox will also be at the show revealing a new generation of smart pumps and valve at the show called Malibu.
Kai Quan Pumps, South Africa, brings wide product selection catering for sectors including petro-chem, long distance, hot water pumps for electricity and nuclear generation facilities, firefighting, slurry and solar.
And SUPERLIT from Turkey will be showing its range, including the biggest GRP pipes in the world.
Now in its 10th edition, INDUTEC was acquired last year – along with four African shows – by dmg events Middle East, Asia & Africa, and the expo has undergone a makeover this year to bring it into line with dmg’s international portfolio.
The new owner believes Africa’s renewed growth offers opportunities to PVP suppliers in sectors as diverse as water supply and oil extraction through to agriculture, pulp & paper and construction.
“INDUTEC is well-established expo in South Africa attracting visitors and exhibitors from around the world,” says Brad Hook, organiser dmg-ems Africa’s Commercial Director. “This year we will will focus on the five key areas of the market at both the show and the conference.”
- Energy. To meet demand in the oil, gas & petrochem sector for economic pumping and transport solutions to capitalise on the continent’s reserves.
- Infrastructure. New government backed developments mean expertise is required across a diverse range – from the transportation of liquid concrete to sewage.
- Water. Focus in sub-Sahanran Africa has focused on water security with municipalities investing money in long-term solutions.
- Agriculture. Mechanisation and population growth is increasing demand for the latest pump and pipeline technology.
- Extractive industries. Africa is a world player now demanding the efficient solutions from oil and gas transportation to mining.
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