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Materials & Equipment News

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     Updated 5 hours ago Construction equipment supplier Putzmeister - as a member of heavy machinery manufacturer SANY Group - exhibited a new truck-mounted concrete pump with a 47-m, five-section boom at this year’s Construction Expo (Conexpo), held from March 7 to 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in  Las Vegas
Photo by Duane Daws
PUTZMEISTER Putzmeister presented innovations and new products over 20 800 ft2 for the duration of the expo

One-stop solution gives company market edge

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago The ability to supply a full range of high-quality pumps with full back-up and support, as well as readily available spare parts, has placed pump supplier and manufacturer KSB Pumps and Valves in a unique position where clients can meet all their pumping requirements through a single supplier. 

One-stop solution gives company market edge
STEFANO TESTI Modern-day renewable energy plants require technologically-advanced systems

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Owing to the high air entrainment and shear sensitivity of froth pulp, mixing equipment and peristaltic pump manufacturer Afromix applied its AFX065 peristaltic hose pump – which is already associated with arduous mining and industrial applications – to mitigate this challenge.  

Peristaltic hose pumps to mitigate challenges
FROTH APPLICATION The AFX065 was selected as the company’s first platinum froth application

Pumps make water treatment easier

     Updated 5 hours ago Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water owing to its composition, as it is often very demanding for conveying systems, says building materials and concrete manufacturer NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme. 

Pumps make water treatment easier
RELIABLE SOLUTIONS Reliable and robust conveying solutions do now exist for efficient treatment of industrial waste water and sludge

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Technical solutions provider Bearing Man Group (BMG) is strategising to enhance its fluid technology services to meet growing market demand in diverse industries, including the pumps industry. 

Pumps range included in offering to cater for demand
PNEUMATIC GREASE TRANSFER About 180 kg of grease is being pumped and used daily at Richards Bay Minerals

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago Competition in the pumps industry has become fierce, owing to demand for cost efficiency that has seen growing calls for product refurbishment, says pumps manufacturer and distributor Mather + Platt. 

Refurbishment demand driven by cost efficiency
BEFORE REFURBISHMENT The increased call for product refurbishment has resulted in a significant growth in Mather + Platt’s refurbishment department

Dawn welcomes new CEO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th March 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network (Dawn) has appointed Edwin Hewitt CEO, effective April 1, to succeed Stephen Connelly, who is taking up the position of executive deputy chairperson. Hewitt was appointed chief restructuring officer at Dawn in February, working with a major bank,... 

Demand for ecofriendly paint expected to rise as building outlook improves

By: Schalk Burger     17th March 2017 Improving confidence and more projects in the construction sector are providing a boost in demand for a locally manufactured, industrial waste-derived, environment-friendly paint, says Amoriguard technical director and paint chemist Ryan Purchase. 

Demand for ecofriendly  paint expected to rise as building outlook improves
HYDROPHOBIC TOPCOAT The Amoriguard paint is made from processed industrial waste materials

Stainless steel body hopes to boost product demand at event

By: Nadine James     17th March 2017 Industry body and lobby group the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) hopes to drive demand for stainless steel products by exhibiting at Water Show Africa 2017, which runs alongside Power & Electricity World Africa held at the Sandton Convention Centre on March 28... 

Stainless steel body  hopes to boost product  demand at event
JOHN TARBOTON The Eiffel Tower competition will be launched for the first time at the event and first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to Paris

Rain dampens PPC cement sales for January and February

By: African News Agency      13th March 2017 Cement producer PPC said on Monday that adverse weather had negatively affected cement and concrete sales in South Africa during January and February 2017. PPC was providing an operational update which reflected that rainfall in excess of 200 mm was experienced in many parts of the country during... 

Tanzania gives coal mining licence to Dangote after President's order

By: Reuters     13th March 2017 Tanzania has awarded a coal mining licence to the local unit of Nigeria's Dangote Cement as part of plans to lower the company's production costs and ease disruptions caused by energy shortages. The cement maker suspended output in December, citing technical problems and high production costs,... 

Accéntuate flags plan to rescale business after tough period

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 The six months to end December 31 was one of the most difficult periods for Accéntuate in its just more than ten years as a JSE-listed company, says CEO Fred Platt. Speaking at a results briefing in Johannesburg, he said the flooring and chemicals company experienced particularly poor trading... 

Bulk of the industry’s future turnover to flow to black firms – WBHO

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry in February, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for the six months ended... 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production

     10th March 2017 High pressure die-casting provides the shortest route from molten metal to completed component and comprises injecting molten metal into a hardened steel mold and allowing it to solidify under pressure before ejection, says casting supplier MRT Castings, based in Andover, England. 

Cast process ensures cost-effective production
Photo by Duane Daws
COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTION The high pressure die-casting process allows fast, precise cost effective production of components

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Owing to foundries in South Africa being isolated in their approach to problem solving, the South African Metal Casting Conference (MCC) will serve as a platform to broaden the industry’s horizons by showcasing new technologies, and providing opportunities for international and local foundry... 

Conference to broaden industry’s business opportunities and technology horizons
DALMARI MCQUEEN Owing to the interest in exhibition spaces at the 2013 pilot conference, the 2017 MCC will have 28 exhibition stands

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022

     10th March 2017 Market research company Zion Market Research has published a new report highlighting that the global steel forging market for automotive applications was valued at $41.77-billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $56-billion in 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1% between... 

Forging market for automotive application to be valued at $56-billion by 2022
Photo by Duane Daws
INCREASED DRIVE Increasing cars sales are expected to drive the European automotive and automotive components market within the forecast period

Foundry process developer expands wafer-fabrication facility

     10th March 2017 Specialty foundry process developer and fabricator Noel Technologies has expanded its wafer-fabrication facility in Silicon Valley by adding square footage and installing additional equipment that boosts its production capacity by 25%. 

Foundry process  developer expands  wafer-fabrication facility
Photo by Duane Daws
EXTENSIVE CAPABILITIES The foundry’s extensive process capabilities enable short manufacturing lead times while improving device yield and performance

Global economics, politics cause uncertainty in chemicals manufacture

     10th March 2017 Volatile global political and economic conditions are making it difficult for South African companies to predict what 2017 holds as far as profitability is concerned, says leading admixture supplier, Chryso Southern Africa CEO and Chryso Group international VP Norman Seymore. The Chryso Southern... 

Global economics,  politics cause uncertainty in chemicals manufacture
NORMAN SEYMORE Chemicals manufacturers and companies in general are trading in unprecedented volatile and uncertain conditions

Laas sees German group’s interest in M&R as ‘an opportunity, not a threat’

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Henry Laas views ATM Holding’s acquisition of a 25.5% shareholding in M&R, as “an opportunity, not a threat”. “I’m pretty relaxed about what is happening.” 

Metal casting technology station provides added value for industry 

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 As a means to add value to the casting industry in South Africa, the Metal Casting Technology Station (MCTS) – located at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) – provides technical services such as testing, failure analyses, research and development (R&D) work in laboratories, as well as product... 

Metal casting technology  station provides added value for industry
Former MCTS station manager and MCC Core Committee member Farouk Varachia and current MCTS station manager Kulani Mageza discuss the skills gap and current technologies in industry. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

New interim CEO at Group Five as top executives depart

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2017 Group Five CEO Eric Vemer has unexpectedly announced his resignation – “within the next few weeks” – from the JSE-listed construction group. Vemer took over from Mike Upton on December 1, 2014, and spent less than three years at the helm of Group Five. 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

By: Anine Kilian     10th March 2017 Accounting firm PwC’s Waterfall City-based 28-storey office building, launching in February 2018, has the potential to spearhead the new central business district (CBD) of Gauteng. Located between Midrand and Woodmead, off the Alandale interchange on the N1 highway, the R1.5-billion skyscraper... 

Office tower development seen heralding new Gauteng CBD

Trial castings successfully completed at foundry

By: Simone Liedtke     10th March 2017 Engineering solutions provider Weir Minerals successfully completed trial castings on new materials for the business’s Trio product range at its Heavy Bay Foundry, in Port Elizabeth, last month. 

Trial castings successfully completed  at foundry
RAPID PROTOTYPING Investments in the rapid prototyping process have enabled the foundry to make new patterns to manufacture parts

French minister rebukes LafargeHolcim over Trump wall comment

By: Reuters     9th March 2017 Swiss-French cement maker LafargeHolcim should think twice about supplying cement for the wall US President Donald Trump plans to build on the border with Mexico, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Thursday. Trump's plan has caused a diplomatic crisis with Mexico, and in an... 

Gauteng government appoints investigator to look into hospital roof collapse 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd March 2017 The Gauteng provincial government has appointed legal firm Adams and Adams to investigate the cause of a roof collapse at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital during maintenance works. “[The firm will] provide a detailed report of what really transpired. We have also tasked the investigators to... 

Alstom awarded its first tramway contract in Taiwan

     3rd March 2017 Multinational rail transport company Alstom has been awarded a contract by China Steel Corporation to supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project, in Taiwan, which is expected to start revenue service in 2019. This tramway project – the first of its kind for Alstom... 

Alstom awarded  its first tramway  contract in Taiwan
Photo by Bloomberg
TRAMWAY CONTRACT Alstom will supply fifteen Citadis trams for Phase 2 of the Kaohsiung tramway project in Taiwan

Automation a game changer in fourth industrial revolution

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd March 2017 Automation in the steel industry is one of the top ten game-changers of the fourth industrial revolution, says South African capital equipment and cutting consumables distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole.  

Automation a game changer in fourth industrial revolution
BYSTRONIC MOBILE BENDING CELL Automated, multi-shift operation with the minimum staffing requirement is possible

Extensive scope for remanufacture of locomotive components

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Owing to substantial investment by government in imported railway locomotives in recent years, as well as its goal to prioritise localisation, heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturers Metric Automotive Engineering says there is extensive scope for the local remanufacture of locomotive... 

Extensive scope for  remanufacture of  locomotive components
Photo by Bloomberg
LOCAL IS LEKKER South Africa’s developing its capacity to remanufacture locomotive engine components can enable it to become a hub to serve Africa

JV completes Phase 1 of subway line

     3rd March 2017 Integrated firm AECOM and global firm Arup celebrated the completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) earlier this year. It is the first major expansion of New York City subway system done by the AECOM-Arup Joint Venture (JV) in... 

JV completes Phase 1  of subway line
Photo by Bloomberg
SUCCESSFUL PROJECT The completion of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway will improve travel for both city and suburban commuters on Manhattan’s east side

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd March 2017 Leading global advisory firm KPMG is providing full financial, commercial and localisation advisory services for one of public transport utility Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) projects currently under way. The rolling stock project, which reached financial close during the... 

KPMG at forefront of PRASA rail infrastructure upgrades
Photo by Duane Daws
PRASA PROJECT The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is replacing the entire metro rail fleet of South Africa through the provision of 3 600 new train car units

LafargeHolcim's Syria woes mar solid results

By: Reuters     2nd March 2017 LafargeHolcim said an internal investigation had revealed a plant in Syria provided funding to armed groups in the war-torn country, taking the shine off better-than-expected results and its forecast for higher earnings growth this year. The former Lafarge cement plant had engaged in dealings... 

China's Sinoma to build $1bn cement plant in Tanzania

By: Reuters     1st March 2017 China's State-run Sinoma International Engineering Company will start work in May to build a $1-billion cement factory in Tanzania, the East African country's prime minister's office said. The cement factory to be built on the Tanzanian coastal town of Tanga will primarily target export markets... 

Amid sea of construction-sector red, WBHO in the black

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2017 Amid a series of lossmaking results reported within the South African construction industry over the last two weeks, building and civil engineering contractor Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday delivered a bit of positive news to battered investors. The group reported steady revenue for... 

Amid sea of construction-sector red, WBHO in the black

Dangote Group planning $100m vehicle assembly plant for Lagos

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2017 The Dangote Group plans to establish a $100-million vehicle assembly plant project, in Lagos, Nigeria. The Dangote Group is a Nigerian multinational industrial conglomerate. 

Group Five reports R383m loss, CEO Eric Vemer resigns

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2017 Group Five CEO Eric Vemer has unexpectedly announced his resignation – “within the next few weeks” – from the JSE-listed construction group. Vemer took over from Mike Upton on December 1, 2014, and spent less than three years at the helm of Group Five. 

Group Five reports R383m loss, CEO Eric Vemer resigns
Photo by Duane Daws
Eric Vemer

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March  

By: Terence Creamer     21st February 2017 Construction and engineering group Aveng will seek shareholder approval before the end of March for the sale of a 51% beneficial interest in Aveng Grinaker-LTA to Kutana Construction, a black economic empowerment company. Aveng has also decided to include Aveng Water in the transaction, along... 

Aveng to seek shareholder backing for sale of Grinaker-LTA stake to Kutana in March
Aveng CEO Kobus Verster in conversation with Terence Creamer on group's performance and outlook, as well as the impending sale of 51% of Grinaker-LTA to Kutana. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.2.17
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