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    Accelerating technology to transform global shipping by 2030

    Continuing rapid technological innovation and development is likely to transform all aspects of the global maritime sector over the next 15 years. This is the thrust of a report published last month, Global Marine Technology Trends 2030. This analysis was jointly developed by the Lloyd’s Register Group (the British maritime classification society and also a business and technology services group), Qinetiq (a British high-technology research and development company) and the University of Southampton (in England).

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    Customer management system offers easy auto-showroom access

    The automotive retail customer experience is set to change in South Africa after German-based information and communications technology multinational T-Systems released its customer experience management (CEM) systems last month. The automotive CEM ena…

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    Struandale plant scales up as it begins producing new-gen engines

    Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa’s (FMCSA’s) Struandale engine plant, in Port Elizabeth, in August launched Job 1 of its latest generation Duratorq TDCi engines. Production of the new units sees installed capacity at the plant increase from 75 000 to 110 000 units on engine assembly, while machining capacity expands from 208 000 to 265 000 component sets, comprising a cylinder head, block and crankshaft, by 2016.

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    Sandton’s month-long road closures a necessary lesson – Tau

    The EcoMobility World Festival 2015 may have raised the ire of workers in the Sandton central business district (CBD), in Johannesburg, but remains firmly defended by Johannesburg mayor Parks Tau, who described the initiative to journalists on Thursday as an event that will conscientise the city’s urban commuters to the negative economic, environmental and social effects of traditional private transport. The festival, which would run from October 1 to 31, would see a core portion of the Sandton CBD closed to regular traffic for the duration of the festival, while a comprehensive traffic management plan would be put in place to limit the temporary impact of disruptions.

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    CSIR test-flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Thursday that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of Johannesburg (and south-west of Pretoria).

    “As South Africa celebrates 75 years in radar research and development, this is a major leap forward in bringing together aeronautical, EW and radar research,” ehthused CSIR radar and EW research group manager Erlank Pienaar. “The team has taken significant strides in extending our laboratory and surface based research infrastructure to the airborne environment. This progress would not have been possible without the support we received from Epsilon Engineering Services and other industry members, such as Paramount Advanced Technologies, the National Airways Corporation and e-Systems Solutions.”

    The pod is designed to serve as a multipurpose flying laboratory and demonstrator for a wide range of electronics technologies as well as to support electronic warfare (EW) testing and evaluation, including electronic support and synthetic aperture radar. It can do so without needing electronic hardware hardening or ruggedisation and without affecting its interfaces with the aeroplane carrying it. Inundu is intended for use on fast jet aircraft.

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    CSIR test flies aircraft pod intended as flying laboratory

    The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) announced on Thursday that its new Inundu airborne electronics testing, evaluation and training pod had made its first test flight on September 10. The successful flight was undertaken from Lanseria International Airport, north-west of Johannesburg (and south-west of Pretoria).

    “As South Africa celebrates 75 years in radar research and development, this is a major leap forward in bringing together aeronautical, EW and radar research,” ehthused CSIR radar and EW research group manager Erlank Pienaar. “The team has taken significant strides in extending our laboratory and surface based research infrastructure to the airborne environment. This progress would not have been possible without the support we received from Epsilon Engineering Services and other industry members, such as Paramount Advanced Technologies, the National Airways Corporation and e-Systems Solutions.”

    The pod is designed to serve as a multipurpose flying laboratory and demonstrator for a wide range of electronics technologies as well as to support electronic warfare (EW) testing and evaluation, including electronic support and synthetic aperture radar. It can do so without needing electronic hardware hardening or ruggedisation and without affecting its interfaces with the aeroplane carrying it. Inundu is intended for use on fast jet aircraft.

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    Over R90m spent on Centurion Aerospace Village but nothing on site – DA

    More than R90-million had been spent on the Centurion Aerospace Village (CAV), launched in 2008, but there is neither any commercial activity nor any of the around 1 000 jobs promised, Democratic Alliance MP Patrick Atkinson said on Thursday. “I first became aware of the CAV after a parliamentary oversight visit to Aerosud, a privately owned aircraft components manufacturer, in January, were Members of Parliament were told about the adjacent Centurion Aerospace Village that the Department of Trade and Industry has been promising to create,” Atkinson told reports outside the CAV perimeter fence south of Pretoria.

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    SA’s Paramount defence group signs agreement with UK hovercraft company

    South African private-sector defence group Paramount signed a cooperative agreement with British hovercraft company Griffon Hoverwork in London on Wednesday. The aim of this new strategic partnership is to bring British hovercraft to sub-Saharan Africa and take South African naval products to Europe.

    “Forging strategic partnerships that result in new market opportunities, increased growth, stronger product portfolios and continuous innovation have always been at the core of Paramount’s expansion strategy,” explained Paramount Group Executive Chairman Ivor Ichikowitz. “Partnering with Griffon Hoverwork is therefore not only of great significance but a natural step in boosting our global naval capabilities.”

    “This is an exciting relationship for Griffon Hoverwork,” stated company MD Adrian Went. “Paramount brings excellent access to African and other international markets and their group capability will be a real asset to enable our product development and in-country manufacturing programmes.”

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    BMW in planning phase for new model at Rosslyn plant

    German premium automaker BMW this week confirmed that it was well advanced in its planning for the production of a new model at its South African plant, set to kick off when the current 3 Series reached the end of its life cycle. BMW was steadily “progressing to an announcement”, said BMW sales and marketing management board member Ian Robertson in Frankfurt on Tuesday.

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    SAA commits to promoting locally made wine

    National flag carrier South African Airways (SAA) will promote locally made wine on its flights. SAA on Tuesday said it would no longer offer French champagne in its business class cabins but would instead offer South African Méthode Cap Classiques on board most regional and international flights, in business class, as well as in the airline’s lounges.

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