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Construction Materials and Equipment

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Supplier aims to change industry mindset

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) – a division of Smith Mining Equipment – is aiming to change the “bigger is better” mindset of the construction materials and equipment market in South Africa by offering construction equipment developer Kubota’s 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini... 

Supplier aims to change industry mindset
COMPACT EXCAVATOR The 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini excavator from Smith Power Equipment a compact machine

Product range to expand to construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to the risk posed by utility pipes, and electrical lines and cables in the ground, industrial product supplier Actum Industrial – part of the Actum Group – is targeting the construction, municipal, and oil and gas industry with its Ridgid range of tooling equipment – such as the SR-20 and... 

Product range to expand  to construction industry
BUILDING ON THE PAST The SR-24 utility line locating instrument builds on the SR-20 feature set, adding a global positioning system and wireless communication

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Ensuring that income-generation capacity is not reduced in any way by ill-maintained equipment is an important way of staying competitive in the market, states Cape Town-based specialised equipment hire company Burma Plant Hire Group (BPH) MD Theuns Burger. 

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness
THEUNS BURGER The proactive approach involves maintenance of a company’s equipment

Pan Mixers South Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     13th October 2017 Quality concrete equipment supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) also provide a full range of on-site batching plant solutions. Having supplied the construction industry with its equipment for over 40 years, one of the product ranges that PMSA is proud to distribute is the Self-Loading FIORI. 

Pan Mixers South Africa

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier
PREFERRED SUPPLIER Renttech SA is the preferred supplier of welding, power generation, lifting and rigging equipment to buy or rent in

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training

     7th October 2016 Global construction supplier Case Construction Equipment held a three-day training event in July to provide product and commercial training on construction equipment to sales professionals throughout the Southern African region. The event, themed Eagle Days, took place in Johannesburg from July... 

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training
CASE EQUIPMENT Attendees were able to view crawler excavators, graders, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders and skid steers in action

Company buys 18 dump trucks for construction purposes

     7th October 2016 Plant hire firm JoinPoint on September 12 announced its purchase of 18 new Bell Equipment B30Es owing to customer demand for new and reliable earthmoving equipment that is capable of delivering both performance and fuel efficiency. “Our customers are often involved in many of the country’s major... 

Construction additive product provides cheaper and faster building alternative

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 South Africa's housing shortage may be solved faster, cheaper and in a more ecofriendly way owing to the Selcrete additive building product, which only requires mixing cement and polystyrene, says construction products company Hjott South Africa (SA) CEO Graeme Horwood. The Selcrete additive... 

Construction additive product provides cheaper and faster building alternative
INNOVATIVE ADDITIVE Blockwork is laid about 20% to 30% faster than conventional, traditional systems

Agreement reached for production of construction equipment

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 Construction equipment manufacturers CNH Industrial and industrial equipment manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed an exclusive ten-year agreement, with the option of renewal, for the production and development of mini excavators for global distribution. Under the agreement,... 

Agreement reached  for production of  construction equipment
ANDY BLANDFORD The scope of the mini excavator product range will be up to 6 t and include 14 models globally

Conversion project uses new building technologies

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 The Braamfontein Gate construction project, which entails converting a 30-storey office block into more than 400 residential apartments using the latest building technologies and designs, is expected to be completed by June 2017, specialist inner city property financiers TUHF’s co-founder and... 

Conversion project  uses new building  technologies
NANO MAKWELA The balcony for each apartment will be fabricated from old sun visors repurposed as balustrades

Geotextiles designed for road construction and maintenance needs

     7th October 2016 Geosynthetic products manufacturer Fibertex South Africa has designed a new range of geotextiles that can be used in civil engineering, mining and road construction, and maintenance projects. Fibertex export sales manager Chris Powell points out that the range includes the Fibertex AM-2, which is... 

Geotextiles designed for road construction and maintenance needs
FIBERTEX AM-2 The product prevents the propagation of stress cracks from lower layers, when placed between old and new asphalt layers

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

Paving bricks trump other resurfacing methods for Centurion estate

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Instead of using tar or other resurfacing methods, Irene Glen Estate, in Centurion, chose concrete products company Technicrete Infrastructure Specialist Group’s (ISG’s) paving for its road renovations. 

Paving bricks trump other resurfacing methods for Centurion estate
IRENE ESTATE Technicrete supplied 17 000 m2 of 60 mm grey interlocking pavers

Power tools specialist launches new rotary hammer

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Power tools company Bosch launched the GBH 12-52 D Professional rotary hammer last month, claiming it to be the most powerful rotary hammer from Bosch to date. 

Power tools  specialist launches  new rotary hammer
BOSCH GBH 12-52 D PROFESSIONAL The new Bosch rotary hammer features a 1 700 W electrical motor that produces 19 J of single-impact energy

Consulting firm highlights scope for innovative growth in sustainable materials use

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 While there are several opportunities for the construction industry to integrate sustainable materials use in a project – from the design phase to the construction phase – there is still significant scope for the industry to be more innovative, says consulting engineering firm Arup. “Ideally,... 

Women in construction taught basics of cement

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Women’s representative organisation South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) visted cement manufacturer PPC’s Hercules plant, in Pretoria, on September 3 for a tour and presentation on the basics of cement. 

Women in construction taught basics of cement
BACK TO BASICS Members of South African Women in Construction visited PPC’s Hercules plant to learn the basics of cement manufacture

Housing development uses local bricks

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 The Princess Plot Show Village – the first of six phases to be built at the proclaimed Princess Extension 22 township in Roodepoort – will be bricked solely with clay stock bricks by brick manufacturer Ocon Brick, a subsidiary of the Infrastructure Specialist Group (IS Group). 

Housing development uses local bricks
PRINCESS PLOT VILLAGE, ROODEPOORT The Princess Plot Show Village will be bricked solely with clay stock bricks by Ocon Brick

Tilt-up construction method saves time, money

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Concrete construction company Bedrock Group saved about R5-million on a recent extension of a building at tyre manufacturer Sumitomo’s plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, by implementing the tilt-up construction method, instead of using conventional construction methods. 

Tilt-up construction method saves time, money
SUMITOMO PROJECT Using the tilt-up method on Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s factory expansion project reduced construction time by about two months

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction techniques and materials in green... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Precast concrete products company Rocla earlier this year supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases to use as cooling channels to the R2.24-billion, 100 MW natural gas-fired Gigawatt power station, near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. 

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station
INVERTED CULVERTS Rocla supplied several inverted culverts for use in cooling channels at a power station in Mozambique

Versatile organic coating gains market acceptance

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Polyurea, a 100% organic compound that can be used as a wear- or waterproofing coating, is gaining rapid market acceptance, owing to its application techniques and composition, says chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals. 

Versatile organic coating gains  market acceptance
ROOFTOP WATERPROOFING Polyurea can be applied to rooftop waterproofing projects in a safe and fast manner

Company plays a role in the future of cement industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 South African cement manufacturer AfriSam has been developing composite technology cements since 2000 to reduce the carbon-intensive Portland clinker content of cement.  As a result, when the National Building Regulations published its green-building requirements, AfriSam set the industry... 

US company partners with piping solutions provider

     10th October 2014 As a result of the increasing demand from its customers, US-based tubular corrosion prevention and control company National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Fiber Glass Systems is establishing a business partnership with South Africa-based thermoplastic and ferro steel piping solutions provider RamPiping... 

Construction and mining machinery launched locally

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 China-based machine manufacturer XCMG launched a diverse range of specialist machinery on August 15 in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. The range includes truck loader cranes, cherry pickers, rollbacks, wheel loaders, excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and truck-mounted mobile cranes. 

Admixture prevents the formation of lumps

     10th October 2014 Construction products specialist Verni’s Betocrete C-16, an organic, liquid concrete admixture for crystalline waterproofing unlike others, prevents the formation of lumps, says Verni director Jenna-Lee Backos. Beyond its waterproofing properties, Betocrete C-16 increases the durability of the... 

Supplier serves brick manufacturer well for three decades

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 Since its decision in 2010 to expand its premises and product offering, concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has noted a positive uptake in demand from the sub-Saharan Africa concrete industry, as well as strengthening business relations with local companies... 

Industry requires collaboration going forward

     10th October 2014 Despite prolonged economic uncertainty and challenges, companies in the global engineering and construction sector have fresh confidence in the growth prospects for the industry. Coupled with data from the company pointing to an upward trend, the industry is also changing, as it is realising the... 

Despite materials shortage, company experiences market upturn

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 Construction polyethylene specialist Damax Kahn & Kahn has started delivering orange barrier netting, valued at R1-million, to a local construction company, in Johannesburg. The delivery process will take two months to complete. 

Coatings training centre to address vital need

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Training is needed in the coatings sector, not only from a technical and production point of view but also from an application standpoint, says the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma), whose training arm, the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (Sapiti), opened the... 

Coatings training centre to address vital need
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE The training facility aims to provide 200 students a year with technical training and handle a further 100 paint application learnerships a year

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa, is to be launched later this year... 

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas

Drive to review maintenance costs before buying

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Institutions, such as construction training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network, are trying to encourage engineering firms carrying out large construction projects to stipulate that the cost of maintenance programmes be included in tenders from construction equipment suppliers, covering... 

Drive to review maintenance costs before buying
Photo by Duane Daws
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE PRIORITY Poor maintenance practices are more prevalent in companies which are highly production orientated

Steel merchant expands in Gauteng

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 South African steel distributor BSi Steel’s reports that its service centre has acquired a second laser profile cutter for its Dunswart factory, in Gauteng, owing to increased demand for laser-cut steel. The new laser machine will take up the extra demand for laser-cut product. “This demand,... 

Focus on diversifying, R650m in African projects under way

     11th October 2013 The diversification of steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals’ baseline products and markets in key sectors will create strong growth into the immediate future, particularly in the Africa, where the company has about R650-million in projects under way.  

Focus on diversifying, R650m in African  projects under way
STEELY FOCUS Increased value-added beneficiation is important to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the South African steel manufacturing industry

Concrete remains popular construction medium

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Modern civilisation relies heavily on concrete, as it is the world’s most used construction material, says South African cement producer PPC architectural concrete specialist Daniel van der Merwe. Cement, which makes up about 11% of concrete, is a vital and strategic commodity, with about... 

Concrete remains  popular construction medium
CONCRETE DEVELOPMENT Admixture technologies are assisting in improving the control properties of concrete such as workability/pumpability, durability, aesthetics and cost effectiveness

LSF increasingly popular construction material, in use in over 80 projects

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Light frame steel construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group is undertaking 82 projects in the commercial and residential sectors, which are at various stages of completion, Silverline Group director Jonathan Pepler tells Engineering News. He highlights that the... 

LSF increasingly popular construction material, in use in over 80 projects
CRADOCK PROJECT The solid external walls comprise light steel frame structures clad with fibre cement and filled with a polystyrene concrete mix

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used internationally

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 South African-based vitreous enamel-product manufacturer Vitrex is supplying projects in the Sultanate of Oman, in Asia, and in the UK, with its Vitraclad panels. The company’s most recent local project was in April 2012, when it supplied Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel cladding panels for the... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used  internationally
CLADDING FOR CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town Civic Centre project required the installation of about 400 m2 of Vitraclad cladding around the entrances and across the lower levels of the building
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