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Capital Equipment in Construction

New app measures at safe distance

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 With the introduction of the SmartBlue application (app), to be used alongside its FMR 10 and FMR 20 handheld radar devices, measurement and automation equipment manufacturer Endress + Hauser says the app allows for radar measurements to be taken in hazardous and difficult-to-reach places at... 

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

New excavator  brought to Africa
Smith Power Equipment GM Tom Bloom explains the advantages of using Kubota equipment. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation
SA French MD Quentin van Breda talks about new crane technology and the challenges in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines  to build campus
EASY PRODUCTION The machines can produce new blocks within 14 seconds

Block-making machinery used to build affordable housing

     1st April 2016 The Department of Rural Development and Land Reform built 27 affordable homes on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, using brick- and block-making machine manufacturer Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology. The official handover ceremony took... 

Block-making machinery used to  build affordable housing
AFFORDABLE HOUSING DEVELOPED Hydraform was contracted to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide cost-effective solutions for contractors by supplying high-quality, dual-purpose units. Renttech SA product manager Martiens Opperman explains that Renttech SA’s dual-purpose welder and generators are... 

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs
COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS The dual-purpose welder model offer the latest in engine technology

Hydraulic excavators designed for optimum efficiency

     1st April 2016 Heavy industries and construction company Doosan’s newest generation hydraulic excavators – the heavy duty DX225LCA series – have been designed for greater operator comfort, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity and minimal maintenance requirements. “There are currently 360 20T Doosan... 

Hydraulic excavators designed  for optimum efficiency
HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR The excavators ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life in harsh local operating conditions

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

New-generation crane launched

     1st April 2016 Cranes manufacturer Demag launched its V-Type girder early this year, which it believes is a game changer in the local materials handling sector owing to its double service life of a conventional box-section girder and ability to easily manage more than 500 000 load changes. Demag senior manager... 

New-generation  crane launched
CARBON REDUCTION The V-Type girder manufactured using ecofriendly processes to reduce Demag’s carbon footprint

Remanufacturing combats plant maintenance challenges

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 With more sophisticated components being used in diesel engines today, maintenance has become more of a challenge  for plant operators and this has been exacerbated by the continued lack of available skills. Diesel engine component remanufacturer, Metric Automotive Engineering says this situation... 

Remanufacturing combats plant maintenance challenges
ONGOING CHALLENGE There is a need for plant operators need to cater for all the different machines in terms of parts stockholding

Backhoe loaders show multipurpose use

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CSE Equipment has supplied more than 80 machines to the local market, following the extension of the Case backhoe loader range through the local launch of the robust 570T series in mid-2014. CSE, which distributes Case machines manufactured by... 

Backhoe loaders show multipurpose use
EFFICIENCY FOCUS The turbocharged, four-cylinder FPT Industrial S8000 engine of the 570T backhoe loader delivers up to 86 hp and ensures reduced fuel consumption

Demand increase for light equipment range

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 Since it was appointed the exclusive Southern Africa distributor of light construction equipment Power’s tamping rammers, vibratory rollers, concrete mixers, light towers and air-cooled engines in September 2014, engine, pumps and power products distributor Goscor Power Products has noted a... 

Demand increase for light equipment range
MARKET FAVOURITE A popular and reliable unit is the H-Power RM 75 tamping rammer, comprising the Robin Subaru EH12 engine that extends operating life

New self-loading mixer advances concrete production in Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 Concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) in January launched the new Fiori DB X35 self- and front-loading mixer to cater for emerging markets in Africa that require more cost-competitive and high-quality certified concrete on demand. This Italian-designed and... 

New self-loading mixer  advances concrete  production in Africa
COMPACT DESIGN The Fiori DB X35 self- and front-loading mixer’s design enables more accurate volumetric loading and shortened loading times

New skid steer loader enhances performance with improved strength

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 High-end telescopic handler distributor and rough-terrain equipment company Manitou Southern Africa will this year augment its product offering by launching the new Gehl R Series skid steer loaders in the first quarter. “The new Gehl R Series radial-lift skid steer loaders will build on the... 

New skid steer loader enhances performance with improved strength
TASK TACKLER The new medium-frame Gehl skid steer loaders’ ground-engaging capabilities and high-capacity strength are ideally suited for excavation applications

Survivalist vision disturbs capital equipment acquisitions

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 A key concern affecting capital expenditure (capex), as well as acquisition rate of construction equipment, is “the survivalist vision” of smaller contractors, says industry body South African Capital Equipment Export Council MD Sybil Rhomberg. “This mindset impacts on the imports of new capital... 

Survivalist vision disturbs  capital equipment acquisitions
Photo by Bloomberg
HEIGHTENED BARRIER A survivalist vision and undercapitalisation of smaller contractors impact on the imports of new capital equipment

Wheel loader doubles market share, demand increase expected

By: Mia Breytenbach     3rd April 2015 Adding the DLA wheel loader series to earthmoving equipment manufacturer Doosan’s product range, first launched in South Africa at the end of 2013, has significantly increased its South African wheel loader market share amid a declining market, says local Doosan distributor Disa Equipment MD Rod... 

Wheel loader doubles  market share, demand  increase expected
TIPPING POINT The Doosan DL420A unit features enhanced tipping-load capacities and can handle, load and transport diverse materials

Infrastructure budget could spur investment in capital equipment

By: Mia Breytenbach     2nd April 2015 After a steady decline in construction jobs since the boom in 2010, the South African construction industry has welcomed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s announcement in the 2014 medium term Budget speech that the country is set to spend R847-billion on new and upgraded infrastructure over the... 

Infrastructure budget could spur  investment in capital equipment
Photo by Bloomberg
FUELLING INVESTMENT Heavy-duty construction and infrastructure projects under way in Africa are likely to lead to gradual, but significant investment in equipment and machinery

Association warns of market stagnation if economy remains weak 

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 With the construction industry showing signs of slowing down, equipment sales could stagnate in the current climate of an uncertain economy, says industry body Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa) chairperson Lawrence Peters. “In 1999, construction and mining... 

Association warns of market stagnation if economy remains weak
Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers' Association chairperson Lawrence Peters discusses the state of the local capital equipment industry.

Company’s multipurpose wheel loader sells well

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 Construction equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson says it’s German-manufactured compact wheel loaders have enjoyed tremendous success in several local industries, including the construction, roadworks, industrial, mining, agriculture and landscaping industries, in the last five years. Wacker... 

Company’s multipurpose wheel loader sells well
MOVING MATERIAL The wheel loaders’ optimally efficient power-to-weight ratio, low transport weight and consistently high payload meet customer requirements

Equipment designation boosts capital equipment suppliers 

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 The recent designation by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of valves and actuators for local procurement by State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and municipalities, enables the concerned industries to revise their future recapitalisation plans, industry body South African Capital Equipment... 

Equipment designation  boosts capital  equipment suppliers
South African Capital Equipment Export Council MD Sybil Rhomberg discusses the state of the capital equipment industry in South Africa.

German-manufactured loaders slow to make inroads

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 Heavy-duty and earthmoving equipment supplier North European Equipment introduced German construction machines manufacturer and distributor Atlas Weyhausen’s AR 40 loaders onto the local market in June last year, but is yet to register sales of the loaders, North European Equipment MD Stefan Otto... 

German-manufactured loaders slow to make inroads
AW 300 ROLLER Atlas Weyhausen AW 300 rollers are used by a subcontractor at the Medupi power station

Healthy mix of new and used capital equipment in South Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 New and used bulldozers, excavators, wheel loaders, tractor-loader backhoes (TLBs), rollers, graders and articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are among the most popular local capital equipment, used heavy-equipment supplier Mascus South Africa country manager John Smith tells Engineering News. “These... 

Healthy mix of new and used capital equipment in South Africa
OVERCOMING DIFFICULTIES Local capital equipment suppliers ensure the machines are delivered to site

New articulated haulage tractor to be released soon

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 A new AH190B articulated haulage tractor is currently in the final stages of development and manufacture will start in May this year, reports local original- equipment manufacturer Desmond Equipment. “The upgraded articulated haulage tractor is aimed primarily at bulk material handling, in... 

New articulated haulage  tractor to be released soon
H140T HAULAGE TRACTOR The H140T two-wheel-drive rigid haulage tractor can be used in the earthmoving and construction industries

New capital equipment pieces a solid seller, says directors

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 Specialist in the manufacture, assembly, sales and support of diamond tools and equipment Diamond Products, says that it has noted a significant increase in the sale of its Diamatic range of equipment and vacuum dust control systems since launching these products at the bauma Africa trade fair in... 

New capital equipment pieces a solid seller, says directors
DUST-COLLECTION SYSTEM Complete high-efficiency particulate absorption filters are used in the dust collectors of the Diamatic system

New crusher and drill rig launched in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 Construction equipment and services provider Sandvik Construction South Africa introduced its new CH550 cone crusher in September last year. Sandvik Construction Sub-Saharan Africa VP Glenn Schoeman tells Engineering News that the CH550 provides operators with superior performance at every... 

New crusher and drill rig launched in SA
CH550 CONE CRUSHER The CH550 cone crusher provides operators with superior performance at every crushing stage

System keeps machines connected and improves operational efficiencies

By: Ilan Solomons     4th April 2014 Since JSE-listed equipment distributor Barloworld’s Monitoring Bureau went live in January, the company has connected to and interacted with many construction and mining machines that have been fitted with earthmoving machinery and construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar’s on-board... 

System keeps machines connected and improves operational efficiencies
EQUIPMENT MONITORING SOLUTIONS EMSolutions forms an integral part of scheduled and preventative maintenance planning

Company assists in developing rural areas 

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 Concrete, brick, block and paving machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) states that it is adding value to government’s Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP) through its extensive range of capital equipment machinery and support services, which cater to rural areas in... 

Demand not meeting supply capacity

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 It is critical for the sustainability of South Africa’s capital equipment suppliers that demand for equipment from the construction industry, which decreased in the last quarter of 2012, recovers rapidly, states financial service provider WesBank corporate division GM Gerald Burton.  

Equipment combination caters to trending crushing equipment acquisition 

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 A preference for buying crushing equipment to crush materials on site instead of renting or sourcing materials for projects from suppliers is an emerging trend among some construction companies, says capital equipment provider High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa. The company offers time and cost... 

More companies opting for internal training to combat skills shortage 

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 More than sixty per cent of all capital equipment-related accidents are the result of inadequate training, which companies can combat by introducing training strategies that allow the constant monitoring and upskilling of staff, states training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network... 

New wheel loader range launched

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 Earth moving equipment manufacturer Doosan South Africa, part of the Invicta Group, launched the third wheel loader in its DLA range, the DL250A, at Intermat International, an equipment and technologies exhibition for construction and materials industries in Paris, France. The company launched a... 

Untrained workers still entrusted with costly equipment

By: Yolandi Booyens     5th April 2013 South Africa lacks the skilled labour required to operate capital equipment machines safely and efficiently and construction companies often do not take the time to provide the necessary training before entrusting costly equipment to unskilled and untrained labour, says capital equipment supplier... 

Company optimistic about equipment sales, infrastructure spend key

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Recent announcements by President Jacob Zuma and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on the government’s intention to accelerate infrastructure development spend, could result in increased sales of capital equipment for the construction industry, industrial screening provider Ludowici Meshcape... 

Company tests CNG-driven forklifts

     6th April 2012 Forklift and lift trucks distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) says it has developed an energy efficient compressed natural gas- (CNG-) driven forklift. 

Demand for smaller excavators rising

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa GM Neil Sauls says there is an increased demand from clients for its smaller excavators, as a large number of projects are undertaken on smaller construction sites.  

Distributor to launch new wheel loader series

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Construction equipment and earthmoving distributor CSE Equipment says it will launch the new Case 821F wheel loader series, which offers substantial fuel savings, greater lifting capacity and more break-out force, to the local market.  

Equipment supplier offers products to mitigate road compaction challenges

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Following findings that poor compaction levels are being achieved at a significant number of road projects, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has implemented a compaction management drive to tackle the problem, construction equipment manufacturer Dynapac business line... 

Laser screed equipment range ensures flat industrial concrete floors

     6th April 2012 Laser screed machine technology has contributed to flooring technology firm Concrete Laser Flooring’s (CLF’s) success in laying consistently flat flooring for distribution centres, high-rack warehouses and storage depots. 

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