In 2008, Toyota SA (Durban) identified energy saving as one of its priority focus areas. A representative from each of the 14 Toyota SA plants was called to be part of a working group tasked with identifying areas for possible energy consumption reduction.
Plating Tank Temperature Control
Techniplate Electroplaters is located in Silverton Pretoria and offers a range of plating products and services, including electro-polishing, embossing, etching and colouring. In the delivery of these services, the company makes use of plating tanks which operate at extremely high temperatures, resulting in high energy (specifically electricity) consumption.
Johnson Matthey, a British company established in 1817, is a global manufacturer of automotive components, specifically autocatalysts. The South African operation began in 1953 and since 1992 Johnson Matthey South Africa (JMSA) has been manufacturing catalysts at its Germiston (Gauteng) plant, supplying several local "canners" who fit the catalyst into the catalytic converter system for export to the motor vehicle assemblers.
Steam Systems Optimisation
Klein Karoo International is located in Oudtshoorn, Western Cape, and manufactures ostrich products. The abattoir produces ostrich meat in frozen raw and freeze cooked form, while the tannery produces ostrich and game hides. Klein Karoo Feathers manufactures all types of ostrich feathers and products such as handbags, clothing accessories and feather dusters.
Gledhow Sugar Company (GSC) is an independent sugar manufacturer with one factory in KwaDukuza (Stanger) on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast, where 1.5 million tons of sugar cane is processed annually into roughly 160,000 tons of refined white sugar, 200,000 tons of fibre for paper production and 50,000 tons of molasses. The company directly employs 400 staff and indirectly supports the livelihoods of at least 3,000 farm employees and hauliers supplying sugar cane to GSC and hauling finished goods to market.