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May 17, 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...
May 17, 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...
May 17, 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...
May 17, 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...
May 17, 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...
May 17, 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...
May 17, 2013
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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...
May 16, 2013
South African cement producer PPC reports that it is exploring ways to add momentum to the execution of South Africa’s multibillion-rand infrastructure programme, on which the immediate outlook for domestic cement demand rests. During the interim period to March 31,...
May 15, 2013
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May 13, 2013
Competitive pressures were “levelling off slightly” in the road construction industry, said Raubex Group CEO Rudolf Fourie on Monday. Discussing the road specialist’s results for the financial year ended February 28, he said the lower margins seen in the road...
May 09, 2013
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Building materials retailer Cashbuild reported marginal year-on-year revenue growth of 1% during the third quarter of its 2013 financial, as tough trading conditions continued. Nine new stores opened by the company since July 2011, contributed 2% of the increase,...
May 09, 2013
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JSE-listed Afrimat aimed to focus its efforts on what CEO Andries van Heerden commented was the company’s largest, most challenging turnaround project to date. The construction materials supplier, which reported solid financial results for the year ended February 28,...
May 03, 2013
Having finalised its takeover of Luxembourg-based pyro- and hydrometallurgical engineering company Paul Wurth, steel plant construction specialist SMS Siemag, a division of SMS Holding, is now the only service provider worldwide that provides a full spectrum of...
May 03, 2013
The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) drove a campaign through a special task group to promote the concept of prefabricated construction that is underused in South Africa.
May 03, 2013
Apr 23, 2013
Construction cartels could learn their fate as early as June, the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) told MPs on Tuesday. Briefing Parliament's public works committee, CIDB chairman Bafana Ndendwa said he was updated by the Competition Commission last...
Apr 19, 2013
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Basil Read says two road contracts were largely to blame for the construction group’s R170-million loss for the financial year ended December 31, compared with a R135-million profit in the previous year. Revenue was up 10% to R6.8-billion, while operating margin...
Apr 12, 2013
JSE-listed construction materials supplier Afrimat has offered remaining shareholders of South African resources group Infrasors 35c a share to acquire their shareholding in the company, the same price at which it bought the initial 50.7% interest from Hanchurch...
Apr 11, 2013
China’s steel industry has experienced explosive growth over the past decade – overtaking the rest of the steel-producing countries – that shows no sign of easing in the short term. China had built a “fearsome” low-cost steel manufacturing industry as the world...
 
 
 
 
Apr 09, 2013
Suez Cement, Egypt's biggest cement maker by market value, said a lack of fuel supplies had forced it to cut production by as much as 30% this year. Two years of political upheaval had brought chaos to Egypt's economy and a lack of state funds and foreign currency...
Apr 05, 2013
  Engineering solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) has expanded its range of tools by introducing industrial tools and equipment manufacturer Atlas Copco’s turbo grinders this month, which are designed for grinding, cutting and sanding, even in confined spaces.
Apr 02, 2013
Cement producer AfriSam on Tuesday successfully completed a years-long restructuring programme that reduced its overall debt by more than R15-billion. The group, which faced a significant debt burden and almost defaulted on billions of rand of debt over a year ago,...
Mar 27, 2013
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Basil Read said on Wednesday that two road contracts were largely to blame for the construction group’s R170-million loss for the financial year ended December 31, compared with a R135-million profit in the previous year. Revenue was up 10% to R6.8-billion, while...
Mar 20, 2013
JSE-listed PPC on Wednesday issued its debut bond of R650-million under its R6-billion Domestic Medium Term Note programme. The three-year senior unsecured floating rate bond was issued at a coupon of three-month Johannesburg Interbank Agreed Rate plus 1.26% a year....
Mar 18, 2013
Construction materials group Iliad Africa increased its revenue by 6.2% to R4.5-billion in the year ended December 31, 2012, during a year in which the company delivered what it calls a “mixed performance”. Iliad CEO Eugene Beneke told Engineering News Online that...
Mar 18, 2013
Iliad Africa on Monday announced the sale of its wholesale timber business to York Timber subsidiary Agentimber for R45.5-million, following a decision by the building materials provider to streamline its portfolio. The transaction would see York acquiring the...
Mar 15, 2013
Ceramic products distributor Italtile has appointed Brandon Wood to succeed Peter Swatton as CFO from May 1. Swatton, who would assume the position of nonexecutive director on May 1, announced in November last year that he would step down in April.
Mar 15, 2013
Financial services group Standard Bank aims to achieve a 5-star green rating for its modern customer-service office in Rosebank that will open in May, says Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking Real Estate head Stewart Shaw-Taylor. The building has already...
Mar 15, 2013
Strike action in South Africa cost JSE-listed construction group Murray & Roberts an estimated R200-million in the six months ended December 31, says CE Henry Laas. A nationwide transport strike, for example, impacted on the delivery of the group’s construction...
 
 
 
 
Mar 15, 2013
Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) has announced the completion of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Métier Mixed Concrete for R365-million.   Metier Mixed Concrete will now become a subsidiary of SepHold. Métier Mixed Concrete is a supplier of...
Mar 14, 2013
Building and civil products supplier and manufacturer Dawn reported a healthy improvement in its financial wellbeing on Thursday, recording R90.1-million profit after tax for the six months ended December 31, 2012. This was an 88% improvement over the comparable...
Mar 12, 2013
Earnings for JSE-listed construction materials retailer Cashbuild remained relatively flat for the first half of the 2013 financial year, increasing by 1% to R150.2-million from R149.3-million in the prior comparative period. Similarly, the company said in an interim...
Mar 04, 2013
JSE-listed construction materials company Afrimat on Monday announced that it was now the controlling shareholder in Infrasors, as from March 1. At the beginning of February, Afrimat made an offer to acquire a 50.4% stake in Infrasors from Hanchurch Asset Managers...
Mar 01, 2013
The International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) confirmed on Friday that its recommendation that a rebate provision be introduced to cater for the duty-free importation of petroleum bitumen, which had been in short supply in recent years, had...
Mar 01, 2013
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Following the resignation of its main funding members, the 75-year-old Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) announced this week that it would be closing down. The C&CI said in a statemetnt that the process to give effect to its decision started on February 27 and was...
Mar 01, 2013
Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) on Thursday announced the completion of its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Métier Mixed Concrete for R365-million. Métier Mixed Concrete will now become a subsidiary of SepHold. Métier Mixed Concrete is a supplier of...
Mar 01, 2013
The use of light steel framing (LSF) is steadily expanding in Southern Africa, despite a slow recovery in the building sector, with LSF manufacturers reporting a throughput increase of 10% during 2012, reports the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building...
Feb 28, 2013
Strike action in South Africa cost JSE-listed construction group Murray & Roberts an estimated R200-million in the six months ended December 31, said CE Henry Laas on Thursday as he announced the company’s interim financial results. A nationwide transport strike, for...
Feb 21, 2013
JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings and its 36%-owned subsidiary Sephaku Cement on Thursday said construction of the 1.2-million-ton-a-year cement production facility it was building near Lichtenburg, and a 1.4-million-ton-a-year grinding facility, in Delmas, was proceeding...
 
 
 
 
Feb 15, 2013
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) shareholding of opencast mining contractor and construction materials supplier Buildmax had increased to over 25% following the conclusion of a new BEE deal. New BEE partner Mbewu Capital, formerly known as Tylox,...
Feb 15, 2013
The Competition Tribunal today unconditionally approved a merger between Humulani Marketing and construction equipment company High Power Equipment  (HPE). This was despite the Competition Commission having recommended that the tribunal approve the deal subject to...
Feb 15, 2013
Meeting the need for dedicated soil stabilising cement  
Feb 15, 2013
Feedback from member companies of the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) reflect that the quarry industry gained momentum in 2012, owing to an increase in infrastructure development with a positive industry outlook expected for 2013....
Feb 14, 2013
Despite consumer spending slowing appreciably during the six months ended December 2012, weighed down by increased utility costs and higher fuel and food prices, ceramic product distributor Italtile reported a 15% rise in its trading profit to R312-million. The...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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