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  • Architecture

    Streamer Technology inactivates Coronavirus

    A bold statement indeed, but one backed by science. Daikin can now confidently confirm the effectiveness of their patented streamer technology, which successfully inactivates more than 99.9% of the Novel Coronavirus after irradiating the virus for 3 hours.  Daikin’s Streamer technology, developed (by Daikin) in 2004, performs an oxidative decomposition of harmful substances. The Streamer...

    Construction industry banded together to survive COVID-19

    As a result of the lockdown in South Africa, 14% of construction companies permanently shut their doors, according to a survey by Statistics South Africa released in May 2020. Around the same time, Deloitte also predicted that construction companies with high levels of debt and low cash reserves may face a liquidity crisis and that...

    3 Ways Vinyl Flooring Creates Cleaner, Safer Working & Learning Environments

    With the onset of COVID-19 and talk of future pandemics, we are all having to adopt new ways of thinking, working and living. Factors such as hygiene and infection control are no longer an optional extra and is now a mandatory consideration. Denver Coleman, chairman of Polyflor SA, points out that vinyl sheeting has been the regulatory...

  • Construction

    Construction industry banded together to survive COVID-19

    As a result of the lockdown in South Africa, 14% of construction companies permanently shut their doors, according to a survey by Statistics South Africa released in May 2020. Around the same time, Deloitte also predicted that construction companies with high levels of debt and low cash reserves may face a liquidity crisis and that...

    Iconic Lighthouse and Ocean Life create a unique playground at Gateway Theatre of Shopping

    The installation of an imaginative, world-class playground at Gateway Theatre of Shopping takes children from the heights of the iconic uMhlanga lighthouse, to the fascinating depths of the Indian Ocean. Located in the outdoor Palm Court, the beautifully structured Lighthouse & Ocean Play area, is ideally placed for families to keep an eye on their children while enjoying a meal...

    Is lockdown really the cause of poor economic performance in South Africa?

    BY: Lucy Desai – content writer at QuickBooks Examining the link between the length of time countries across the world have spent in lockdown and the economic damage we must ask: are lockdowns completely to blame for the contraction of GDP around the globe? In times of crisis, the economy is usually the first port...

  • DIY & Hardware

    Matus makes a move

    Matus had spent around 28 years in its operations building based in Durban, but the time has come and to move on and they are now situated at new address in Springfield Park, Durban.

    Product of the Year 2020

    A product that is new, innovative and ticks the most important retail boxes for you.

    DIY Awards 2020

    The DIY & Industrial Trade News Industry Awards is into its 11th year and the voting process has started. Go through the various categories below and vote for your deserving winning company under each. Judging: All nominated companies are judged as follows: Every month DIY & Industrial Trade News readers can vote online at www.diytradenews.co.za...

  • Engineering

    Construction industry banded together to survive COVID-19

    As a result of the lockdown in South Africa, 14% of construction companies permanently shut their doors, according to a survey by Statistics South Africa released in May 2020. Around the same time, Deloitte also predicted that construction companies with high levels of debt and low cash reserves may face a liquidity crisis and that...

    Iconic Lighthouse and Ocean Life create a unique playground at Gateway Theatre of Shopping

    The installation of an imaginative, world-class playground at Gateway Theatre of Shopping takes children from the heights of the iconic uMhlanga lighthouse, to the fascinating depths of the Indian Ocean. Located in the outdoor Palm Court, the beautifully structured Lighthouse & Ocean Play area, is ideally placed for families to keep an eye on their children while enjoying a meal...

    Is lockdown really the cause of poor economic performance in South Africa?

    BY: Lucy Desai – content writer at QuickBooks Examining the link between the length of time countries across the world have spent in lockdown and the economic damage we must ask: are lockdowns completely to blame for the contraction of GDP around the globe? In times of crisis, the economy is usually the first port...

  • Environmental Management

    How the COVID-19 pandemic shows that humanity can reverse climate change

    As the COVID-19 crisis continues, smog disappears and waters run clearer. Not only does the prospect of our uncertain future reveal the roles humanity play in the planet’s environment, but our true power and resolve to finally reverse the course of what could one day become the worst pandemic we’ll ever face — climate change....

    Confronting Climate Change

    While there is much alignment on the issue of climate change, there are also points of differentiation, illustrating the complexity of the challenges facing the farmers and consumers of the future. Overwhelmingly, next-gen farmers and consumers indicate they believe climate change is occurring, and the majority across markets believe that humans have contributed to it....

    Everyone Will Need to Compromise to Secure the Future of Food

    “The Future of Food and Farming” study clearly shows that the next generation of consumers and farmers share many concerns about the future. Both feel strongly about wanting more of a voice in determining how food is grown, sold and consumed. They especially believe that the future of food and farming is in their hands,...

  • Finance

    Just thinking long term is not enough

    By: Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management Along with many others, we often emphasise the importance of not giving in to your emotions and avoiding making rash, short-term decisions. Yet despite this, plenty of investors still fall prey to their emotions. So, what is the secret that sets successful investors apart from the rest? Investors...

    Inflation – the biggest destroyer of capital

    By: William Fraser, Portfolio Manager, Foord Asset Management Inflation in the US, Eurozone, UK and Japan has been anaemic, rising on average just 1.5% per annum since 1995. In the mid-1970s, however, inflation had averaged 10% per annum in the decade to 1982. The genesis of that inflation cycle was past central bank policies that...

    Don’t trust your gut (and focus on the end goal)

    By: Paul Nixon, Head of Technical Marketing and Behavioural Finance at Momentum Investments Following our instincts for investments often does not serve us well. The effects of fear and greed on investment decisions and returns are often reflected in the form of a ‘behaviour tax’. A behaviour tax is a lower investment return as a...

  • Food Manufacturing

    KM Packaging launches compostable packaging range

    Global flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging has launched a new range of compostable products. The C-Range of bio-plastic packaging materials includes shrink wrap, stretch wrap, adhesive tape, nets and bags. It enhances KM’s portfolio of sustainable flexible packaging solutions and offers customers a wider range of choice. The new range consists of:...

    New Gingerade+ from Sir Fruit gives you all the good stuff

    Sir Fruit has developed a mouth-watering ginger recipe called Gingerade+ as a response to increasing awareness of the health benefits of ginger. The combination of lemon and ginger has traditionally been used to soothe the digestive system, settle the stomach and relieve nausea with immune boosting support. So, the masterminds at Sir Fruit decided to...

    Tate & Lyle sweetens its sweetener solutions with Sweet Green Fields acquisition

    Tate & Lyle PLC (Tate & Lyle) has acquired Sweet Green Fields (SGF), a leading global stevia solutions business. The acquisition of SGF brings a broad portfolio of stevia products and a fully integrated stevia supply chain to Tate & Lyle including leaf sourcing, leaf varietal development, established agricultural programmes and cost-efficient manufacturing.  It strengthens...

  • Industrial Manufacturing

    Is lockdown really the cause of poor economic performance in South Africa?

    BY: Lucy Desai – content writer at QuickBooks Examining the link between the length of time countries across the world have spent in lockdown and the economic damage we must ask: are lockdowns completely to blame for the contraction of GDP around the globe? In times of crisis, the economy is usually the first port...

    A new name ushers in a new era for the African supply chain

    World Net Logistics is officially now known as Rhenus Logistics South Africa, effective 1 December 2020. Acquired by the Rhenus Group in 2019, the company will now operate under its new name, ushering in an exciting era after 18 years as an independent entity. One Group, One Brand The distinctive Rhenus logo and corporate identity...

    Using high quality batteries will avoid you costly failures in the future

    Only high quality batteries from reputable suppliers should be used for security and other mission critical equipment to avoid potentially costly failures. This according to GSS Group director Greg Pritchard, who adds that intermittent load shedding and other environmental factors can quickly damage batteries that are not specifically designed and manufactured for these important applications....

  • Insurance

    Just thinking long term is not enough

    By: Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management Along with many others, we often emphasise the importance of not giving in to your emotions and avoiding making rash, short-term decisions. Yet despite this, plenty of investors still fall prey to their emotions. So, what is the secret that sets successful investors apart from the rest? Investors...

    Inflation – the biggest destroyer of capital

    By: William Fraser, Portfolio Manager, Foord Asset Management Inflation in the US, Eurozone, UK and Japan has been anaemic, rising on average just 1.5% per annum since 1995. In the mid-1970s, however, inflation had averaged 10% per annum in the decade to 1982. The genesis of that inflation cycle was past central bank policies that...

    Don’t trust your gut (and focus on the end goal)

    By: Paul Nixon, Head of Technical Marketing and Behavioural Finance at Momentum Investments Following our instincts for investments often does not serve us well. The effects of fear and greed on investment decisions and returns are often reflected in the form of a ‘behaviour tax’. A behaviour tax is a lower investment return as a...

  • Investment

    Just thinking long term is not enough

    By: Anet Ahern, CEO, PSG Asset Management Along with many others, we often emphasise the importance of not giving in to your emotions and avoiding making rash, short-term decisions. Yet despite this, plenty of investors still fall prey to their emotions. So, what is the secret that sets successful investors apart from the rest? Investors...

    Inflation – the biggest destroyer of capital

    By: William Fraser, Portfolio Manager, Foord Asset Management Inflation in the US, Eurozone, UK and Japan has been anaemic, rising on average just 1.5% per annum since 1995. In the mid-1970s, however, inflation had averaged 10% per annum in the decade to 1982. The genesis of that inflation cycle was past central bank policies that...

    Don’t trust your gut (and focus on the end goal)

    By: Paul Nixon, Head of Technical Marketing and Behavioural Finance at Momentum Investments Following our instincts for investments often does not serve us well. The effects of fear and greed on investment decisions and returns are often reflected in the form of a ‘behaviour tax’. A behaviour tax is a lower investment return as a...

  • Laboratories and analytics

    Turnkey or custom-made automation solutions from Skalar

    Skalar’s sophisticated SP2000 robotic platform offers dedicated and flexible automation solutions for routine analytical testing.

    Discover the new generation of Ultrapyc solid density analyzers

    Declutter your laboratory workspace and eliminate complicated analysis routines with Anton Paar’s gas pycnometer: Ultrapyc. Density measurement has never been more ultra-simple and ultra-precise. Whether your analyse building materials, polymers, batteries, pharmaceuticals or fine powders, the Ultrapyc series has 5 key features that make it the most user-friendly and precise gas pycnometer on the market...

    The Eppendorf way to do it: Move It® Adjustable Spacing Pipettes

    Eppendorf AG announces the market entry for Move It® Adjustable Spacing Pipettes, which they have redefined from scratch. Eppendorf has responded to customer requests for an efficient and safe solution for synchronous pipetting of a series of samples between different vessel formats, such as between tubes and plates. The operating time compared to the use...

  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

    Clariant listed in 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index

    Clariant has been listed in the 2020 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), thanks to its outstanding innovation score and strong performance across the board. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Clariant is listed as one of the most sustainable companies in the global chemical sector. Clariant was ranked among the top companies in the...

    GELITA acquires majority shares in Turkish gelatine producer

    GELITA has acquired 65% of shares in Turkish gelatine producer, SelJel. With this Joint Venture, GELITA is further strengthening its position as the industry’s global leader. The remaining 35% of the shares remain with the founding family Tezman. Halal status With approximately 6 500 metric tons of edible, pharmaceutical and technical gelatine, SelJel is the...

    Here’s how much SA companies spent on corporate social investment in 2020

    South African companies spent an estimated R10.7 billion on corporate social investment (CSI) in the 2020 financial year. This represents a marginal 1.2% growth in real terms from R10.2 billion in 2019, according to CSI consultancy Trialogue. The research was published in the latest Trialogue Business in Society Handbook, released 26 November. It reflects the...

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