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Materials & Equipment News

Adhesive for heavy, abnormal loads applications launched

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Diversified sealing and adhesive company Loctite, a subsidiary of Germany headquartered Henkel, launched a new range of Loctite universal structural bonders (industrial strength hybrid adhesives) that expands the capabilities of traditional adhesives.  

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     20th April 2018 A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

SA distributor secures rights to  market cable fire-protection system
PROTECTIVE COATING FS1 expands up to 100 times its thickness to protect cables from direct contact with flames

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

 Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount
Themba Mosai

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards
Chris Soal's sculpture titled Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

     6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

Continued growth for  tool manufacturer
GROWING The company experienced growth throughout the 2017 period in all of its worldwide markets

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

     6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

     6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Capital equipment future looks bright
LAWRENCE PETERS An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development
LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity  in projects
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Owing to its well-established relationship with its loyal distribution partners and distribution network in Southern Africa, a large range of about 5 200 individual line items of hand tools from professional tools manufacturer Jonnesway are being used in Southern Africa, says Carel Venter, the... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa
TOOL RANGE Jonnesway has a wide range of tools and works with original-equipment suppliers to ensure that tools are always available

Merger architect Schmidheiny to exit LafargeHolcim board

By: Reuters     4th April 2018 Thomas Schmidheiny, LafargeHolcim's largest shareholder and a driving force behind the merger that created the world's largest cement maker, will step down from the company's board at its 2018 annual general meeting (AGM), it said on Wednesday. Schmidheiny, who owns 11.4% of the Franco-Swiss... 

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience

By: Dylan Slater     30th March 2018 Klevabrick is a new low-cost building system, designed to help build homes with little to no prior building skills, thereby adding to the available methods of low-cost building.  

Bolt-together building system designed for use by those with little experience
SIMPLISTIC BUILDING Klevabricks enable the bolting together of bricks to form the shape of a house or any building

Sephaku Cement FY profit declines 16%

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2018 Nigeria-backed cement producer Sephaku Cement has posted a 16% drop in its full-year profit, despite revenue increasing by 3.7% to R2.37-billion in 2017. The company turned a profit of R73.9-million in the second half of the year, compared with a loss of R16.1-million in the first half,... 

Sephaku Cement FY profit declines 16%

Bell Equipment delivers significantly better results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has delivered significantly improved results in 2017, with profit rising to R272.1-million, from R38.6-million in 2016 when the company recorded operating losses of R185-million from its African operations outside South Africa.  

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2018 The 2017 fourth quarter results of the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) show an upward trend, broadly in line with the uptick in South Africa’s gross domestic product. After reaching an eight-quarter high of 127 at the end of 2016, the ACI declined for two successive quarters before recovering in... 

Afrimat Construction Index ticks up, but talks on land may dampen mood

R2.1bn top-up deal takes PPC SA BEE shareholding to 30%

By: Schalk Burger     15th March 2018 Cement producer PPC on Thursday announced details of its R2.1-billion top-up black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme that, together with the BEE shareholding from two previous transactions, will result in an effective 30% BEE shareholding at the PPC South Africa level. The PPC Phakama... 

R2.1bn top-up deal takes PPC SA BEE shareholding to 30%
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

ELB posts R52m interim profit

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th March 2018 Solutions provider and capital equipment supplier ELB on Wednesday announced interim profit of R52-million, a 13% year-on-year increase on the R46-million reported in the same period of 2016, with headline earnings a share increasing from R1.42 to R1.58.  

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa 

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2018 Power equipment manufacturer Himoinsa has expanded its local African teams and partners to meet the growing demand for custom-designed power systems and generators in the construction and mining sectors, Himoinsa Europe, Middle East and Africa director Guillermo Elum said on Monday. The demand... 

Himoinsa sees demand growth in construction, mining in Africa
Himoinsa EMEA regional director Guillermo Elum, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster and Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell discuss the company’s growth and business development in Africa. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Owing to the volatile and unpredictable steel price from local raw steel mills, the steel industry is looking less to locally-forged parts and equipment, and more to imports, says steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode. “As an industry – and in common with the forging industry –... 

Forging and steel industries both affected by unpredictable steel price
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL FORGED Not all of the steel required in South Africa is economical to produce in the country

Accéntuate to press on with manufacturing amid rise in SA confidence

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Flooring, water and chemicals specialist Accéntuate experienced a tough six months to December 31, 2017, with the company moving from a R3.5-million profit in the same period in 2016, to a loss of R1.78-million. Accéntuate says its business has suffered on the back of depressed macroeconomic... 

WBHO believes SA’s construction cycle has bottomed

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2018 Despite the changing political landscape in South Africa, the construction industry, which has been in the doldrums over the last 24 months, will not immediately experience a change in fortunes, warns Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) CEO Louwtjie Nel. “Government has lots of obligations. We won’t... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area 

By: Victor Moolman     9th March 2018 Steel supplier BBD steel, in Rosslyn, Pretoria, has become steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s exclusive distributor of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM) for the area. BBD Steel supplies ASSM products to car manufacturers that are located in the Rosslyn area. BBD... 

Company becomes exclusive dealer in Rosslyn area
BBD Steel MD Monika Pretorious and business development director Gwen Mahuma discuss the importance of ASSM steel and how BBD Steel started. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Christo Greyling.

Jabu Moleketi succeeds Nelson as PPC chairperson

By: Nadine James     2nd March 2018 Peter Nelson has resigned as chairperson and nonexecutive director of cement manufacturer PPC, effective March 2. Former Deputy Finance Minister Jabu Moleketi has been appointed to succeed Nelson as chairperson. 

LafargeHolcim CEO launches overhaul, takes big Q4 charge

By: Reuters     2nd March 2018 LafargeHolcim aims to grow faster than the overall market and cut costs under a five-year plan set out by the new chief executive of the world's biggest cement maker on Friday. The strategy was launched as LafargeHolcim reported a 3.1-billion Swiss franc ($3.3-billion) net loss during its fourth... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected at event

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd March 2018 With more than 20 000 international and local visitors from 72 countries expected to attend bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018, international exhibition company Messe München South Africa CEO Elaine Crewe says the event aims to present an opportunity for stakeholders to showcase new innovative products... 

Over 20 000 visitors expected  at event
2018 EDITION The third iteration of the event in Africa will be held from March 13 to 16

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 With the recent trend of aesthetic appearance playing a more prominent role in construction and the built environment, construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa and its 100%-owned subsidiary a.b.e Construction Chemicals are offering a number of aesthetic concrete product ranges to... 

Concrete products assuaging industry’s aesthetic predilection
GOT IT GOING ON Luminescent concrete, which Chryso has termed ‘sexy concrete’, serves as an appealing primary source of light, and is currently very popular

iNOVA 2000 to be launched at bauma

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Road and mineral processing industries solutions provider Wirtgen Group South Africa (Wirtgen), the local subsidiary of the Wirtgen Group, will launch the iNOVA 2000 – a fully mobile asphalt plant that produces asphalt for the paving of roads – at the bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018. Wirtgen sales... 

iNOVA 2000 to be launched at bauma
ONE FOR THE ROAD The iNOVA 2000 is the first fully mobile asphalt plant in South Africa

New, existing products on display at expo

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd March 2018 Importation and distribution company Smith Power Equipment (smith) regards bauma CONEXPO AFRICA 2018 as a noteworthy platform to launch new products onto the market, as well as showcase its product range offering to clients.  smith GM Tom Bloom enthuses that owing to its global following – in... 

New, existing products on display at expo
LOCAL DEBUT Smith Power Equipment will launch a new Kubota excavator at bauma CONEXPO AFRICA this year
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