Synthetic biology (synbio) has emerged as an alternative to traditional petrochemical synthesis for applications in agrifood; beauty and personal care; chemicals; and consumer products. MechChem Africa presents findings from the executive summary of a report by lead analyst, Gihan Hewage, and research vice president, Michael Holman, from global primary research and technology innovator, Lux Research.

MechChem Africa talks to Chetan Mistry, strategy and marketing manager at Xylem Water Solutions SA, about South Africa’s urgent need for better water management to mitigate against climate change and the fast evolving set of solutions becoming available to support more efficient and more local wastewater handling and recycling.

Engineering, design, and advisory company Aurecon supplied mechanical and environmentally sustainable design (ESD) services for the iconic 144 Oxford Road office development in Rosebank, Johannesburg. This played a key role in the project aiming for a 5-Star Green Star Design Certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Darryn Wright, marketing executive for ESG, part of Invicta Holdings and the division that manages and supports BMG, talks to MechChem Africa about the essential breakdown, maintenance and refurbishment services that remain available from BMG during the COVID-19 lockdown. “Not only is it critical to keep our essential industrial services up and running during the lockdown, we also need to ensure that we are ready to assist in turning the economy back on as soon as it becomes safe to do so,” he says.

Pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies are often hesitant to replace existing sensors because the effort and expense of new approvals can be much greater than the costs of the sensors themselves. In this article, Jürgen Skowaisa, product manager for radar at VEGA, shows by way of a success story that there are other ways.

As from midnight of March 27, South Africa became the latest country to implement unprecedented restrictions on the movement of people. In the global effort to slow the ongoing spread of the new coronavirus, a third of the nations of the world are now locked down, confined to staying home and forbidden to travel or socialise. Restaurants, cafés, theatres, cinemas, clubs and bars are closed and all gatherings of two or more people are being vigorously discouraged and, in many countries, enforced by police and soldiers.

TOMRA’s X-Ray Transmission (XRT) sensor-based ore sorting is an established technology in physical separation that has proved extremely effective in mining operations for a variety of minerals, including chrome. Its benefits are significant: Less complexity in the process, considerably lower costs, higher productivity and profitability – and the added advantage of a lower environmental impact.

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