19 June 2008Volkswagen South Africa, along with catalytic converter and exhaust systems manufacturer Eberspacher SA, have been awarded a R12-billion contract to supply the Volkswagen Group with diesel particulate filters for the next five years.“It is a coup for the South African automotive component manufacturing industry,” Volkswagen SA managing director David Powels said in a statement this week, adding that the deal was one of the biggest export contracts for a single part ever awarded to the company.A diesel particulate filter is a device designed to remove diesel particulate matter or soot from the exhaust gas of a diesel engine. The component forms part of the latest common rail engines manufactured by the Volkswagen Group.Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA, who will share the production volume, are to invest approximately R55-million in tooling and equipment to manufacture the parts. In addition, the investment in the national supplier base – 80% of whom are based within the Nelson Mandela Bay region (greater Port Elizabeth) – will be approximately R26-million.The new contract will secure more than 100 jobs in the region, with intensive training of operators and quality personnel to ensure that strict international standards on diesel particulate filters are met.The training will include processes involved, particulate filter handling and inspection criteria, quality requirements, important part characteristics, world-class manufacturing, tool change skills, effective problem solving and team work.“The skills transfer opportunities from this contract are significant,” Powels pointed out.At the forefrontAccording to the statement, Volkswagen SA and Eberspacher SA are at the forefront of diesel particulate filter manufacture, having secured access to the most modern manufacturing method, known as calibrated stuffing, which encompasses new laser measuring and sizing technologies.“This is the benchmark in the Volkswagen Group and will benefit the South African catalytic converter industry as a whole,” said Powels, adding that production would commence in November this year.The parts will be shipped to the Volkswagen Group’s Kassel plant in Germany, where they will be completed and sent to various user plants in the group’s global network.“The decision to award the contract to Volkswagen SA proves emphatically that South Africa can be globally competitive in terms of pricing and technology, even when measured against the best global players in the diesel particulate filter industry,” said Volkswagen SA purchasing division head Karlheinz Hell.Benchmark for the futureEberspacher SA managing director Henry Eksteen said the project was unique in its approach of co-operation and utilisation of manufacturing capabilities of two companies.“This type of parallel project, we believe, will become the benchmark for the future, where an original equipment manufacturer can join forces with a specific technology partner to optimise processes and, thereby, be able to gain access to global business for their region and country,” he said.Eksteen added that the diesel particulate filter technology was a rapidly advancing field of expertise, and with global emissions standards becoming more stringent, the company would strive to remain a provider of innovative exhaust gas treatment solutions through their global research and development teams.“We are very proud to be involved in this joint program with Volkswagen SA and look forward to further enhancing our presence with global platforms such as this one,” he said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CASSTOWN, OH – The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently sponsored a farm safety poster contest at Miami East Elementary. The competition was coordinated by the Safety Committee and its members, Erin Baker, Anna Broerman, Carter Gilbert, Justin Hawkins, and Meadow Powers.Students in the second grade were given poster board and had to create a farm safety promotion poster. FFA members evaluated the pictures and awarded first place to each homeroom. The results are as follows:Mrs. Patty Gentis – Teaghan RichMrs. Ashley Demmitt – Dylan HowellMrs. Amanda Riley – Oliver MagalnickMrs. Tammy Mumford – Hayden NorthEach student participating received a gift from the FFA Chapter, including candy and a pencil. The first place poster in each homeroom was also awarded special prize. Congratulations to the winners!Respectfully submitted by Emma Sutherly, Chapter Reporter.
More resources — and versions of the storyAs with other recent columns, check out Making Windows Work Better, by Paula Melton and Peter Yost. That’s the recent feature article from Environmental Building News, and offers more detail on today’s advice along with other more comprehensive information.Back to that chicken dinner: An online article tells me that one family on the fabled road back in the 1930s was friendly with the governor. They had him over for a nice chicken barbecue, and buttonholed him about the road. He agreed to keep it oiled if the county would grade and gravel it. The county agreed on it, and a legend was born. GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE Combining approaches for better thermal performanceAir sealing does save energy as well as improve thermal comfort by closing off air leaks and reducing drafts, and it can be combined with high-performing storm windows or insulated shades to get up to four times better thermal performance without a pricey window replacement — a great option if you need shades for glare or privacy anyway, or if maintaining the look and feel of original windows is important. Improved operability can also save energy by allowing windows to be opened in the summer for ventilation.“The only reason to replace a window is complete deterioration,” says Jean Carroon, an architect with Goody Clancy in Boston. Carroon specializes in historic preservation, and her work often leads to extensive restoration and repair of historic windows as well as the addition of attachments like interior panels — or even replacing windowpanes with insulated glass units in the historic window frame. Cost-effective window fixes may not add R-valueIf you have windows that have rotting sashes, failed seals (telltale sign: fogging between panes), extensive lead paint (especially in the part where the window slides), slapping on an extra layer of plastic or glass, as we talked about last week, may not solve your problem. If you want to save that old window, and maybe a few bucks, it’s time to get a bit more involved. RELATED ARTICLES Tristan Roberts is Editorial Director at BuildingGreen, Inc., in Brattleboro, Vermont, which publishes information on green building solutions.Also in this series: Windows, Shades, Blinds, and Awnings Energy Solutions Historic Preservation and Green RenovationInsulated Storm Windows?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance? Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old Windows7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Options Most of today’s windows can’t be repairedCarroon is distressed by the rate at which windows are replaced, especially since most of today’s double-glazed, low-e windows cannot be repaired. (I have learned this the hard way, naively taking one such broken window into the local hardware store, and then to the local glass repair shop, before finally taking the numbers off the unit to order a replacement from the dealer.)Installing non-repairable windows leads to a “cycle of replacement” and is “a symbol of a non-sustainable world,” Carroon says. While restoring windows can be labor-intensive (and thus expensive), “you are almost always pouring the dollars into the local economy,” not sending it to far-away manufacturers, she notes. WindowsAn air-sealing upgrade and repair package for the existing window can be the place to start. Professional air sealing and repair may involve replacing seals and gaskets throughout the window assembly, replacing double-paned glass or entire sashes if necessary, bringing window frames back into square, and repairing sash frames or the glass itself. While these repairs can be fairly cost-effective (if not always inexpensive), they do not add much R-value to the window — though replacing a sash pocket pulley system with a spring system and filling the air space with insulation will provide marginal improvements. As I was hosing down the dirt driveway in front of my house last week to keep the dust down with some guests due to arrive, I got to thinking about Chicken Dinner Road.I once lived in Canyon County, Idaho and often passed a junction for Chicken Dinner Road. Some years ago, I was told, this road was a dusty dirt track traveling between a few farms. One of the farmers got tired of the dust clouds that came up from passing vehicles. He had the local highway supervisor over for a chicken barbecue, and had a buddy driving up and down the road, demonstrating the problem directly. The road got paved, and it also got a name.There’s another story about this same road — read on to the end. But one lesson I take from the ol’ chicken dinner: when something isn’t working, get creative and do something about it. Ten tips for deciding how to handle old windowsHere are some tips on deciding what do to with old, under-performing windows:1. Replace existing windows only if they have failed or are in poor shape. Almost all windows need attachments, and opting for a higher-performance attachment, rather than a window replacement plus a new conventional attachment, may be a better solution.2. Get a handle on the entire spectrum of possibilities from the last two weeks’ columns (on keeping the sun out, and on keeping the heat in), and by reviewing WindowAttachments.org, and then prioritize your needs.3. Using these priorities, compare how well conventional window treatments meet these needs in comparison with more expensive but higher-performing window attachments.4. Use the individual window attachment fact sheets (also at WindowAttachments.org) to gain a complete understanding of each option.5. Look for and use credible resources — not manufacturer or sales claims — to support your window attachment decision-making. Two such resources are RESFEN and WINDOW 6.3 — free, downloadable software tools.6. Select an attachment with multiple attributes; sometimes one attachment can solve multiple problems.7. At the same time, understand that optimal management of heat loss and gain may require two window attachments — an interior one for the former and an exterior one for the latter.8. Take care in combining double-glazed low-e windows with either low-e exterior storm windows or high-performance insulating interior attachments; deployment of either in managing solar gain during the summer may result in damage to the insulated glazing unit seals.9. Understand what the proper maintenance will be for your attachments, and any operational needs. Awnings will work only if opened!10. Prioritize energy performance in your window attachment decisions, but don’t forget to seek out nontoxic materials. While some window attachments typically come in only one form, the market is expanding rapidly. Recycled content, low-emitting materials, non-treated fabrics, and other green options may already be available.
Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Keeping up with Kobe That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsDaquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT