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KZN education department awarded green building certification

By: Dylan Slater     13th December 2017 The Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) has awarded the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education a 4 Star Green Star SA Office Design v1.1 certification for its Ugu district office.  

Fairfax exits PPC partial acquisition bid

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th December 2017 Fairfax Africa Investments has withdrawn its intention to acquire R2-billion worth of shares in cement producer PPC. In an update to shareholders on Monday, JSE-listed PPC said it had received formal notification on Friday that Fairfax would no longer pursue the partial offer. 

South Africa's Aveng terminates agreement to sell stake in Grinaker-LTA

By: Reuters     8th December 2017 South African construction firm Aveng said on Friday it terminated an agreement to sell a 51 percent stake in its Grinaker-LTA unit to a black-owned company, after the acquiring firm failed to fulfil funding conditions. Aveng said Kutana Construction, which is now known as Singabakhi Holdings,... 

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre
PRECAST BENEFITS Often full height precast columns are more cost effective than steel columns and can be produced to a high level of accuracy

Afrimat construction index reveals quarterly improvement

By: Dylan Slater     7th December 2017 Construction activity in South Africa improved quarter-on-quarter from Q2 to Q3, according to material building company Afrimat’s Construction Index (ACI)  

Barloworld board looks to improve capital allocated to leasing assets to improve returns

By: Schalk Burger     7th December 2017 Earthmoving equipment and logistics multinational Barloworld’s board on Thursday announced that it was investigating the capital allocated to leasing assets to further optimise capital allocation into higher-returning opportunities. Various options are currently under consideration in relation to... 

Ireland's CRH withdraws from bidding for South African cement maker PPC

By: Reuters     7th December 2017 Irish cement producer CRH, the world's third-largest building materials supplier by market value, had decided not to bid for rival PPC the South African company said on Thursday. Last month, CRH made an undisclosed cash bid for PPC and had been given time for due diligence and to submit an... 

Ireland's CRH withdraws from bidding for South African cement maker PPC

Nigerian’s Dangote Cement partners with online shopping giant Jumia

By: African News Agency      5th December 2017 Nigerian based Dangote Cement has signed a deal with the e-commerce platform Jumia Nigeria to sell its cement to online. According to the group, the move was designed to reduce price and ease logistics inherent in the purchase of its products. 

Small size particles prompt regular filter replacement

     1st December 2017 Owing to typical commercial primary filters in a pneumatic circuit being designed to filter out particles as small as 5 μm from the air, particular hydraulic systems, motion and control technologies diversified manufacturer Parker Hannifin says companies need to change or clean dirty elements as... 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump

By: Nica Schreuder     1st December 2017 The chemicals, power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemicals sectors have created a significant demand for tanktainers, says container industry provider Container World. Tanktainers, or tank containers, are intermodal containers used to transport liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo. 

Container supplier sees opportunities despite market slump
TANKTAINER Container World’s tanktainers can store nonhazardous, semi-hazardous and hazardous materials and products

Barloworld puts underperforming logistics unit on notice

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span 

By: Victor Moolman     1st December 2017 With many industrial air compressors being used in dusty conditions, the lack of proper filtration of incoming air can shorten the life span of the compressors by 75% to 80%, says specialised engineering company RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser. “Air compressors used in industries are, for... 

Unfiltered air shortens air compressors’ life span
RTS Africa Engineering MD Ian Fraser explains how spin filters work. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Lafarge Africa aims to cut debt with first equity sale in decade

By: Reuters     30th November 2017 Lafarge Africa will use part of the proceeds of a 131.65-billion naira ($415-million) rights issue to cut debt by around $270-million, almost halving its foreign currency exposure, the cement maker said in its offer document. The local unit of Franco-Swiss group Lafarge Holcim is offering five... 

Outdoor gym sites increase

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 With there being an increase in steel-constructed outdoor gym equipment nationally, Johannesburg-based outdoor gym equipment manufacturer Lani Service Centre has contacted self-lubricating bearings and bushes manufacturer Vesconite to provide hard-wearing, self-lubricating bushings for the... 

Outdoor gym sites increase
SOCIAL COHESION An example of some of the hard-wearing gym equipment that has been produced by Lani Service Centre

Steel Awards 2017 confirms LSFB growth

     24th November 2017 This year’s annual Steel Awards, hosted by the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction, showed excellent growth for the South African light steel frame building (LSFB) industry, with more than 25 000 m2 represented in category entries. The awards, which took place on September 13, saw 19... 

Steel Awards 2017  confirms LSFB growth
SUMMIT PLACE The Assupol Building, the 11-storey winning office block in the Summit Place development

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite

By: Nica Schreuder     24th November 2017 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode’s optimism regarding long-term prospects for South Africa’s economy and steel industry has prompted it to continually invest in quality steel equipment. Such an investment was made through the buying of the BLM Adige LT20 jumbo tube laser in... 

Steel company’s optimism fuels technology investment appetite
Photo by Bloomberg
TUBULAR INNOVATION The LT20 creates new possibilities and innovation for architects and structural designers

Stefanutti Stocks’ diversified structure providing stability

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2017 Despite challenging trading conditions, Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R119-million, for the six months ended August  31. Revenue for the period also grew 18%, to R5.2-billion, up from R4.4-billion in the comparable period last year. 

Power and utilities drone market worth more than $9bn

By: Dylan Slater     24th November 2017 The international drone market comprising solutions that use drones for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as $9.46-billion a year, according to a report published by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).  

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

By: Natasha Odendaal     23rd November 2017 Cement producer PPC produced double-digit earnings for the first half of the 2018 financial year, with the JSE-listed group’s rest of Africa cement operations delivering a shining performance. For the six months ended September 30, net profit attributable to PPC shareholders increased by 188% to... 

African operations shine as PPC delivers higher H1 earnings

Group Five to sell stake in noncore pipes business for R80m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed construction company Group Five will sell its 50% interest in Group Five Pipe to LB Pipes for R80-million. “Although the manufacturing cluster remains a strong performer within the group and contributes solid earnings and cash flow, it is regarded as a noncore operation,” Group Five... 

PPC advises shareholders not to accept Fairfax offer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd November 2017 JSE-listed PPC’s board on Wednesday advised shareholders not to accept the R2-billion partial offer from a Fairfax subsidiary. The partial offer is conditional on shareholder approval, which will give effect to a merger between PPC and Afrisam Group. 

Dawn’s turnaround plan starts to yield results

By: Anine Kilian     20th November 2017 Despite tough economic conditions in South Africa, JSE-listed Distribution & Warehousing Network (Dawn) narrowed its loss by 71% to R105-million for the six months to September 30, compared with a loss of R367-million in the first half of the prior financial year. Dawn CEO Edwin Hewitt commented... 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2017 Barloworld may exit its logistics business should it not reach certain milestones by September next year, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Barloworld Logistics is currently the focus of a turnaround strategy under new divisional CEO, Kamogelo Mmutlana, who took control of the business in March. 

Barloworld will consider logistics exit should unit not meet September targets

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors will use equipment – such as motor graders, 30 t excavators, compaction equipment and tipper trucks – to the value of about R10-million for its infrastructure contract at the South Hills integrated residential development in Johannesburg,... 

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract
ARCHIE RUTHERFORD The South Hills project will have a positive impact on the local community

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications
BENTOFIX X The carrier geotextile of the Bentofix X is coated with an additional, low-permeability polyethylene layer

Third possible suitor shows an interest in acquiring PPC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 In addition to the buyout offer cement producer PPC has received from Fairfax Africa Investments and AfriSam, as well as the nonbinding expression of interest from LafargeHolcim, the company has now also sparked the interest of a third possible buyer, CRH. CRH has indicated that it is considering... 

Third possible suitor shows an interest in acquiring PPC

Student competition fosters innovative energy solutions

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 In a bid to allow South African engineering students to explore and understand energy efficiency and solutions, Gauteng-based tertiary institution the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has partnered with international energy and petrochemicals group Shell Global for the fourth time to host the... 

Student competition fosters innovative  energy solutions
ECO-MARATHON Fostering an energy efficient-conscious mind-set among students is the first step towards embracing energy efficiency

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
LIGHTING THE WAY EUREM trainees are taught basic knowledge of energy efficiency, with an emphasis on energy efficient lighting systems

Afrimat starts trading on A2X, maintains primary listing on JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 South Africa’s newest stock exchange A2X Markets on Thursday gained its latest member, construction materials company Afrimat. The company joins African Rainbow Capital Investments, Peregrine Holdings and Coronation Fund Managers on the A2X roster, and will retain its primary listing on the main... 

Afrimat starts trading on A2X, maintains primary listing on JSE

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 Despite challenging trading conditions, Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R119-million, for the six months ended August  31. Revenue for the period also grew 18%, to R5.2-billion, up from R4.4-billion in the comparable period last year. 

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue
Photo by Duane Daws
Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh

Challenging trading conditions pinch Sephaku earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Testament to the difficult market conditions South Africa is currently facing, JSE-listed construction materials provider Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) on Thursday reported a R10.45-million decrease in group net profit to R14.8-million for the six months ended September 30. This was accompanied by a... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African construction giant Group Five will exit construction businesses that it does not believe can be turned around on a sustainable basis. “[Businesses] which are not core to [our] revised strategy . . . will either be sold or closed,” the company said on Tuesday, adding that its... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

PPC expects earnings to rise as Africa business grows

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 JSE-listed construction materials company PPC, which is currently the takeover target of LafargeHolcim and AfriSam, on Tuesday reported that it expects an uptick in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of between 3% and 6% for the half-year ending September... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Afrimat continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset Diro

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase of... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

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