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Welding Alloys South Africa

     4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry
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NOTHING CONCRETE A lack of major infrastructure projects in South Africa is negatively affecting the construction industry, thereby hindering the state of cement and concrete

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors
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UNDER THE SURFACE Poorly laid concrete floors are problematic for flooring installers, who have to remedy this before laying floor coverings

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New audit service to  support concrete  product manufacturers
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

New research facility enhances offerings
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

Online concrete technology courses launched
MOVING WITH THE TIMES The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 Concrete equipment manufacturer PMSA offers the most technologically advanced and high-quality machinery available to the precast concrete sector including brick, paver, block and specialist decking and retaining wall block products in South Africa. 

PMSA

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

     12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

Vertical roller mills  enhance cement plant
INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING The biggest Loesche mill type, LM 70.4+4 CS, in successful operation with the new COPE drive at cement plant Mfamosing

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

Company prepared for civil projects decrease
NO GROWING PAINS Chryso SA CEO Norman Seymore explains his company's continued growth despite depressed market conditions

Outdoor element enhances exhibition

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 This year marks the first indoor/outdoor expo at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – ranked first among construction stakeholders for its relevant and strategic content, according to a 2015 survey – which will be held from May 9 to 11 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in... 

Outdoor element enhances exhibition
AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION & TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO Where Africa's concrete, cement and Construction industries meet

PPC planning to double every ten years  

By: Martin Creamer     29th April 2016 The target of major cement producer PPC to more than double the size of its business every ten years to retain its market share in Africa is based on the continent’s world-leading rate of urbanisation and the projection that the population of Africa will double by 2050. 

PPC planning to double every ten years
PPC CEO Darryll Castle outlines company strategy to Martin Creamer

Quality of cement imports questionable, says industry body

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Cement and concrete advisory body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie is concerned about the quality and metrology of cement imports. He explains that all cement has to be certified by a body approved by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS)  as being compliant with... 

Quality of cement  imports questionable,  says industry body
BRYAN PERRIE The Concrete Institute MD says sample tests have shown that some cement imports are of an inferior quality.

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Significant changes are currently under way in the concrete industry, with amendments being made to design codes, construction standards, material specifications and test methods for concrete, says technical services provider to the cement and concrete industry, The Concrete Institute (TCI).... 

Manufacturing standards evolving, says industry body
CHANGING CONSTRUCTION CODESIndustry specifications in the construction industry ensure that the public and the company overseeing construction are protected

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Hosted by nonprofit public benefit organisation The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA), the RepSem Concrete Repair and Protection seminar, which took place in March in the four major centres around the country, focused on starting repair and rehabilitation processes at the design stage of... 

Concrete seminar highlights need for reduced maintenance costs
UPDATING THE INDUSTRY The CSSA offers seminars, site visits, student support and continuing professional development accreditation for its members

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This development is part of Chryso Group’s... 

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch
CEMENT'S GLOBAL GROWTH One of the primary demands from customers is the assurance that the Chryso Group’s products are 'green'

Local developers to launch asbestos-free cement-board insulators

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Electrical insulation and high-temperature electrical insulation specialists Insulectric and Interhom have partnered with the Department of Science and Technology’s Technology Localisation Implementation Unit (TLIU) to develop asbestos-free cement-board insulators. This partnership was... 

Local developers to launch asbestos-free cement-board insulators
JOE MAPIRAVANA Asbestos-free cement boards have been under development at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for two years

New fully automated plant reduces cost of precast products

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 Africa’s largest manufacturer of concrete brick, block and paving machinery, and concrete equipment supplier, Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), won the contract in mid-2014 to build and commission the Van Dyk Stene plant in Vredenburg, in the Western Cape. PMSA was contracted to supply all... 

New fully automated plant reduces cost of precast products
VAN DYK STENE PLANT This is the first plant at which PMSA has implemented Kraft Curing technology in Africa.

Cement deliveries managed with software

By: Dylan Slater     16th May 2014 Logistics solutions company CargoWare’s FleetLogiX fleet management software has been used to manage 1 000 Volvo trucks, tasked with moving millions of tons of imported cement from the Port of Djibouti, in Ethiopia, to cement producer Derba Midroc Cement’s (DMC’s) new plant and, from there, to... 

Cement producer houses employees

     16th May 2014 Cement producer PPC reports that it will provide homes to more than 300, mainly semi-skilled employees of the company who do not qualify for government Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) housing, but are unable to afford home loans. 

Cement producer  houses employees
NEW HOMEOWNERS Maria and Edward Ringani benefitted from PPC’s housing initiative

Concrete industry showcased at local expo

     16th May 2014 An exhibition focused on the concrete industry, the Totally Concrete Expo, will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 27 to 28. 

Concrete industry  showcased at local expo
Photo by Duane Daws
IT IS ALL ABOUT CONCRETE The scale of the burgeoning cement and concrete industry is reflected at the Totally Concrete Expo

Concrete speed hardener awarded

     16th May 2014 Chemical company BASF won the concrete technology category at the Ulmer BetonTage 2014 trade fair in Neu-Ulm, Germany, for its concrete hardener Master X-Seed 120, in February. 

Fulton Awards recognise concrete excellence

     16th May 2014 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) is calling for nominations for its prestigious biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete, with winners being announced at a gala dinner, held in the Drakensberg region on June 6, 2015. 

Fulton Awards recognise concrete excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
REGOGNISING EXCELLENCE The Fulton Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

Lafarge Company Profile

     16th May 2014 Local presence of international leading cement and building materials company Lafarge Group, Lafarge South Africa, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It has two main subsidiary operating companies, including... 

Lafarge Company Profile

SA concrete industry successful

By: Dylan Slater     16th May 2014 The South African concrete industry continues to be successful and is on par with international best practice in terms of large-scale projects, reports nonprofit educational organisation The Concrete Institute, based in Midrand. 

SA concrete industry successful
Photo by Duane Daws
TRAINING FOR GROWTH The Concrete Institute offers several training courses for the industry

Solid foundations for wind turbines

     16th May 2014 The supply of 4 000 t of cement for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm posed unique challenges and entailed short deadlines so that electricity generation could begin by this month. 

Solid foundations for wind turbines
JEFFREYS BAY WIND FARM Each of the 60 turbine foundations at the Jeffreys Bay wind farm project required approximately 335 cubic metres of concrete

Tilt-up construction gaining popularity

By: Dylan Slater     16th May 2014 The tilt-up method of using concrete in the construction of buildings can be one of the most cost-effective building techniques when using concrete, reports Midrand-based cement and concrete advisory organisation The Concrete Institute. 

Tilt-up construction  gaining popularity
TILTING CONSTRUCTION The construction method increases many of the sustainable benefits of concrete

Admixture industry on the incline

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The concrete admixture industry, which is directly affected by the cement industry, is recovering from negative growth consumption that it experienced in 2011. The industry experienced a slight 2.7% rebound in 2012 and is expecting further growth this year. 

African construction growth outpaces global economic development

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is outpacing the rest of the world with the region’s economy expected to grow by 6.1% in 2014, and The TotallyConcrete Expo is the cement, concrete and construction industry’s soloution to keeping up with the pace of future demand, as industrial, commercial,... 

Aggregate demand grows amid infrastructure boom, challenges remain

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 One of the major challenges still affecting the aggregate industry is that quarries are not being used to capacity, which has put a strain on employment in the industry, states the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa). “If quarries are used properly, it will result... 

Attempt to salvage disbanded cement industry body’s core services

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The core services of the former Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), including its training facility, information centre and consultant service, are being evaluated at the request of industry members to determine whether they are still beneficial to the industry. The C&CI, a marketing organisation... 

Company launches new chemical anchor

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Fastening and construction power tool manufacturer Hilti launched its new chemical anchor called HIT HY-200, used in anchoring and rebar applications, at the end of last year, replacing the current HIT HY-150 chemical anchor. The new chemical anchor, which was developed at Hilti’s laboratories in... 

Concrete machinery supplier launches showroom, to build training centre next

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 To broaden the availability of knowledge about concrete and concrete equipment to the public and industry, brick, block and paving machinery supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will build a training centre behind its showroom, which was launched in Boksburg last month. “We want to teach... 

Concrete manufacturer focuses on skills development

     17th May 2013 Cement, concrete and aggregate manufacturer Lafarge Group encourages skills, training and development, and supports its employees at all levels in order for them to develop their full potential. The company also actively recognises a responsibility to help develop the communities surrounding its... 

Manufacturer supports National Infrastructure Plan

     17th May 2013 In South Africa’s emerging economy, and particularly, within the context of the National Infrastructure Plan (Nip), local clinker and cement producers have value to add by working with government to support the R4-trillion, 15-year project states concrete and cement manufacturer Sephaku Cement.... 

Manufacturer doubles plant’s output, improves safety measures

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Chemical company a.b.e Construction Chemicals’ upgraded manufacturing plant, in Boksburg, is better equipped to undertake cementitious blending, owing to its dustless technology. The upgrade is expected to double the plant’s production capacity without having to increase staff numbers, owing to... 

Quality assurance standard needed, work continues 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma) is continuing its efforts to implement rules and regulations to protect the readymix industry, which is picking up, from oversaturation and a lack of regulation. Sarma director Nico Pienaar tells Engineering News that there is no legislation... 

Concrete society has bright future – CEO

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) is seeing positive growth in member numbers, which has grown from 30 to 50 companies in the past year. 

Construction materials group employs new bag filter technology

     18th May 2012 Construction materials group AfriSam, in January, placed an order with Austrian company Scheuch for its patented energy minimising concept (EMC) bag filter technology, which will be used in a new dust collection baghouse that is being built as part of AfriSam’s R105-million upgrade at its Ulco... 

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