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Bolting technology supplier establishes base in South Africa 

By: Nadine James     23rd June 2017 German bolting technology company ITH officially opened its South African office in October last year, in order to service long-standing customers based in Africa, while also looking to expand geographically and grow its customer base and market share, says ITH South Africa GM Gys Nell. “We... 

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy

By: Mia Breytenbach     22nd June 2017 Despite negative perceptions, South Africa’s economy remains resilient, while the construction industry remains healthy and continues to perform well, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. This is evident in the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) having expanded by 22.7% between the third quarter... 

Afrimat Construction Index continues to outperform general economy
Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden

WG Wearne, Elcu transaction deemed fair

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd June 2017 The sale of JSE-listed WG Wearne’s Brandvlei Sand Quarry and its ancillary business to Elcu Pumps has been declared fair by BDO Corporate Finance, WG Wearne said on Thursday. The companies in April entered into the R7-million transaction, which forms part of WG Wearne’s restructuring plan to sell... 

Company aims for positive impact on environment

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Environmental management company I-CAT Environmental Solutions aims to deliver a product and service offering that impacts the environment favourably when compared with traditionally used products. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering 

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Energy efficient luminaires manufacturer Beka Schréder launched a new standalone solar luminaire – the SOL-ONE – in May 2017, which uses the most efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), says Beka Schréder marketing manager Sibusiso Skosana. 

Luminaire manufacturer expands product offering
SOL-ONE The luminaire has an integrated photocell and an integrated motion sensor

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is increasing pressure on businesses whose production processes produce waste to become more sustainable and support government’s efforts to safeguard the future of the environment by minimising their carbon footprint within their operations, says waste management company Interwaste group... 

Need for business to safeguard and support environmental protection initiatives
REWARDING BENEFITS By obtaining green accreditation, businesses are recognised and can be rewarded for the role they play in protecting the environment

Need for environmental awareness in growing industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 There is a growing need for the construction industry to become more environmentally aware, which includes considering solvent emissions, recycling and toxicity, and building materials supplier DenBraven national sales and marketing manager Michael Berg says the company has made higher... 

Programme provides in-depth understanding to boost green industry

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 Owing to the continuous development and application of new technology in the green industry, training and research provider Enterprises University of Pretoria (Enterprises at UP) will present the biannual ten-day Programme in Environmental Management under the auspices of the Centre for... 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 As the green-building groundswell takes hold globally, construction materials supplier AfriSam says industry can expect to several trends emerge this year. 

Several Green trends expected to emerge this year
VICTOR BOUGUENON Trends include South Africa’s property and construction players committing to greener practices

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 With South Africans being more aware of greener ways of living, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy WSP regional director and sustainability consultant Alison Groves says this has led to green building becoming integral in the design and construction of buildings. 

South Africans more conscious of greener ways of living
INITIAL FOCUS The rating system developed by the Green Building Council of South Africa was initially only focused on new buildings

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 With ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service cutting State power utility Eskom’s credit to two notches below investment grade on Wednesday, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) CEO Wim de Klerk expressed his concern about the downgrade’s impact on the local steel industry. Addressing delegates at a... 

Eskom downgrade has AMSA CEO worried about steel
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Wim de Klerk

Steel industry needs to pull together to fight import risks 

By: Anine Kilian     14th June 2017 In light of the recently implemented safeguard duty on hot-rolled steel, continued collaboration among stakeholders is necessary to protect the steel industry against the influx of steel imports, said consulting firm XA International Trade Advisors director Donald Mackay on Tuesday. Speaking at a... 

Steel industry needs to pull together to fight import risks
South Africa Institute of Steel Construction CEO Paulo Trinchero

Aspasa to go by acronym only

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 Local quarrying and mining industry representative association, the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa, will from now on be known only by the acronym Aspasa. The association on Tuesday said the name change better reflects a growing and diverse member base. 

Company wins $157m boiler contract

     9th June 2017 India-based energy and environmental engineering solutions company Thermax has won export contracts from an undisclosed leading African conglomerate to supply four utility boilers, eight heat recovery steam generators and two flue gas steam generators for its upcoming refinery and petrochemicals... 

Company wins $157m boiler contract
BOILER POWER Thermax is supplying four utility boilers for a refinery and petrochemical project in Nigeria

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th June 2017 Johannesburg has been ranked fourth among the top five global cities where construction costs will increase over the next year, with the cost of construction set to rise about 7.5% over 2017/18, against a global average of 3.5%, professional services company Turner & Townsend’s ‘International... 

Construction costs in Johannesburg set to rise 7.5%

PPC points to projects progress as profits plummet

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th June 2017 South African cement producer PPC on Wednesday reported a 13% decrease in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda), to R2.1-billion, paired with a 93% plummet in its headline earnings a share, to 7c apiece for the year ended March 31. The JSE-listed company... 

PPC points to projects progress as profits plummet
Photo by Duane Daws
PPC CEO Darryll Castle

PPC expects lower FY earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd June 2017 JSE-listed PPC expects to report lower earnings for the financial year ended March 31, when compared with the pro forma financial results for the 12 months ended March 31, 2016. The cementmaker, which changed its financial year from September to March and adjusted its reporting to align with... 

Grain silos in East London repaired

     2nd June 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors is carrying out repair work at the grain silos at the Port of East London’s Transnet terminals as result of the spalling of the concrete owing to constant exposure to damp, salty air from the Indian Ocean. 

Grain silos in East  London repaired
GRAIN SILO The grain silos are under repair to help combat corrosion on the concrete and steel rebar

LafargeHolcim to launch Swiss share buyback on June 1

By: Reuters     31st May 2017 LafargeHolcim will on June 1 start its share buyback programme worth up to 1-billion Swiss francs ($1.03-billion), the world's biggest cement group said on Wednesday. The programme will be conducted using a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange. UBS AG has been mandated as the execution... 

Group Five reviews enquiries around voluntary rebuild programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th May 2017 JSE-listed Group Five, led by CEO Themba Mosai, on Monday said it had received a number of enquiries and correspondences regarding equity-based transactions at both the group and subsidiary company level, which forms part of the voluntary rebuild programme (VRP). Group Five, along with five other... 

DTI spends R42m on Hammanskraal industrial park security upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th May 2017 The Department of Trade and Industry has spent R42-million on security upgrades at the Babelegi industrial park, in Hammanskraal, which included the installation of invisible fencing, a control room, guard houses, swing gates and pedestrian gates, a new boom gate and high-mast lighting upgrades... 

Aggregate recycling to benefit industry

     26th May 2017 South African aggregate producers are drawing up plans to formalise the aggregate recycling industry to ensure that previously used materials are given new life, in the best possible manner. The aggregate producers’ organization Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa)... 

Aggregate  recycling to  benefit industry
NICO PIENAAR Recycling of aggregates will become an important means of reducing the environmental impact of quarrying and construction

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities  

By: Nadine James     26th May 2017 The planned and ongoing infrastructure development taking place locally and on the rest of the continent presents opportunities for securing work for civil and road infrastructure projects, says road milling company Road Milling and Sweeping (RMS). “The number of planned infrastructure projects... 

Planned infrastructure development presents milling opportunities
Road Milling and Sweeping GM Lesley Kafka discusses the company’s business objectives and relationship with equipment supplier Wirtgen. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

CompCom approves AMSA’s buyout of Thabazimbi mine

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th May 2017 The Competition Commission has recommended the Competition Tribunal approve ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) proposed acquisition of the Thabazimbi mine, in Limpopo. Kumba Iron Ore in February agreed to transfer the mine to AMSA. Until 2014, the mine was a captive mine owned and run by Kumba... 

Applications for new R1.5bn steel incentive open on June 1

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2017 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel released details on Thursday of a new R1.5-billion incentive for downstream steel manufacturers, which would be implemented from June 1. The incentive, officially named the ‘Downstream Steel Industry Competitiveness Fund’ is to be administered by the... 

Applications for new R1.5bn steel incentive open on June 1
Photo by Duane Daws
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

AMSA secures R4.5bn funding facility

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     24th May 2017 ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has secured a R4.5-billion revolving structured commodity trade finance facility, which will allow the steel manufacturer to finance its working capital as part of its balance sheet restructuring. CEO Wim de Klerk said in a statement that the company had... 

Global steel production rises 5% y/y in April

By: Creamer Media Reporter      23rd May 2017 Global steel production, as reported by the 67 member countries of the World Steel Association (worldsteel), rose by 5% year-on-year to 142.1-million tonnes in April. China’s steel production increased by 4.9% to 72.8-million tonnes, while Japan’s output rose 3% year-on-year to 8.8-million tonnes. 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Manufacturer and comprehensive supplier of geosynthetic products Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of its geosynthetic products for use in the construction of State-owned power utility Eskom’s Pinotage substation, in the Western Cape. This new large electrical substation is... 

Geosynthetic products supplied for substation
GEOSYNTHETIC SUPPLY Fibertex South Africa is providing an ongoing supply of a range of geosynthetic products for use in the construction of the Eskom Pinotage substation

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2017 Industrial rope access specialist Skyriders Access Specialists is providing rope access services for State-owned power utility Eskom at its Kendal power station, located about 40 km southwest of Witbank, in Mpumalanga. Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn tells Engineering News that the company... 

Rope access services provided for coal-fired power station
CIRCUMVENTING BOILING POINT Skyriders conducted boiler safe access inspections for Eskom at one of its coal-fired stations

Afrimat posts strong FY17 results

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Local industrial minerals and construction materials company Afrimat on Thursday reported a 25.4% increase in headline earnings a share to 196.4c for the year ended February 28, resulting from a strong performance by its mineral producing operations. The group also achieved an increase in its... 

Stefanutti Stocks’ FY earnings drop as settlement with govt plays out

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th May 2017 Construction company Stefanutti Stocks has swung to an operating loss of R106-million for the financial year ended February 28, compared with a profit of R392-million the year before, “reflecting the challenging trading environment”. Contract revenue from operations decreased by R611-million to... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     15th May 2017 Fleet management and logistics solutions company Barloworld on Monday posted a 5% increase in its operating profit for the six months ended March 31, to R1.84-billion, as its automotive division achieved record results and its overall equipment division boasted strong growth amid challenging... 

Equipment, automotive divisions boost Barloworld’s performance in difficult interim period
Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela speaks on the company's results. Video: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva 15/05/2017

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike

By: Terence Creamer     15th May 2017 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) insists that the institution of a 12% safeguard duty on hot-rolled coil (HRC) from July 1 will not result in a commensurate rise in domestic prices for the primary-steel product, owing to a pricing agreement with government that regulates the... 

AMSA insists 12% hot-rolled-coil safeguard won’t translate into abrupt price hike
Photo by Duane Daws
AMSA CEO Wim de Klerk

Agriculture important for economic growth

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 The continued growth of agricultural exhibition Nampo Harvest Day, in the Free State, reflects the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of South Africa, says equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) Polaris and Linhai product range national sales manager Mark Chittenden. 

Agriculture important  for economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
KUBOTA Kubota machines will be at the Smith Power Equipment stand

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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

Ethiopia says it will continue to support cement investments

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Ethiopia will continue to offer investors in the cement industry attractive incentives as it seeks to dominate the cement trade in the wider East Africa region. Cement production in the Horn of Africa nation has increased tenfold during the past decade, owing to the entry of new investors... 

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