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Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

By: Ilan Solomons     Updated 26 minutes ago Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year.... 

Afrimat expects higher FY earnings

     25th April 2017 Construction materials producer Afrimat expects its earnings a share to rise by 22% to 27% to between 190.6c and 198.4c for the financial year ended February 28. Headline earnings a share are also expected to rise by 22% to 27% to between 191.1c and 198.9c. 

LafargeHolcim CEO to depart in wake of Syria controversy

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 LafargeHolcim CE Eric Olsen will leave the company in July, the world's largest cement maker said on Monday, in the wake of an investigation into allegations the company paid armed groups in Syria to keep a plant operating. The company admitted in March that its plant in Jallabiya probably paid... 

Japan steel industry head says concerned at Trump 'protectionism'

By: Reuters     24th April 2017 Japanese steelmakers are concerned at "protectionism" by US President Donald Trump, Japan Iron and Steel Federation chairperson Kosei Shindo said on Monday, following Trump's first shot across China's bows over steel exports. Japan is the world's second-largest steel producer, although Shindo... 

Steel demand to grow in 2017/18 as recession risk decreases

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st April 2017 Global steel demand will increase by 1.3% to 1.53-billion tonnes this year, and by a further 0.9% to 1.55-billion tonnes in 2018, following growth of 1% in 2016, the World Steel Association (worldsteel) said in its latest short-range outlook (SRO), published on Friday. Worldsteel economics... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched

By: Mia Breytenbach     21st April 2017 Mobile elevated work platform rental company Goscor Access Rental launched Africa’s largest scissor lift at its Montague Gardens facility, in Cape Town, last month. The HL-275 D27, manufactured by Netherland-based industrial equipment supplier Holland Lift, has the highest working height and... 

Africa’s largest scissor lift launched
MEGA LIFTING The HL-275 D27 mega scissor lift has a 6.15 m 2.50 m deck, measuring 8.25 m 2.50 m when extended fully

Construction index points to shift from large to smaller projects

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Manufacturing company Sky Hill Heavy Engineering - a part of project services corporation Hydra-Arc in Secunda, Mpumalanga - has already commenced with the 100 m expansion of three of its four fabrication bays, to accommodate its heavy lifting fleet, says Hydra-Arc. 

Fabrication facility to expand to accommodate heavy lifting fleet
Photo by Petrus Saayman
IN-HOUSE PROJECTS Fabrication and refurbishment projects are executed from the engineering to transportation stages

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Machine manufacturer Meclift has added the ML1812R variable reach truck series to its heavy-lifting equipment range, which has a lifting capacity of 18 t and operates swiftly in confined spaces, including warehouses and cargo vessels. 

Local equipment supplier upgrades product offering
ML1812R MECLIFT The variable-reach truck is designed for swift, efficient and safe handling of heavy loads in diverse industries

New concept crane being developed

By: Simone Liedtke     21st April 2017 Global engineered heavy lifting and transportation specialist Mammoet and engineering specialist Stoof Engineering and Innovation (E&I) are joining forces to develop a containerised heavy lifter named Focus.  

New concept crane being developed
FULLY ASSEMBLED Mammoet uses a jacking system to lift the dragline and place it on a specialised transport system to move it to its new location

Trump 'Buy American' edict may have little impact on US steel

By: Reuters     19th April 2017 US President Donald Trump's "Buy American, Hire American" executive order on Tuesday left questions about how the government would enforce the order and whether it would make a real difference in output and employment, according to steel executives and analysts. "Buy American" provisions already... 

US announces probe into imports of steel wire rod

By: Reuters     19th April 2017 The US Department of Commerce said on Tuesday it was launching investigations into whether imports of carbon and alloy steel wire rod from certain countries are being dumped and/or subsidised. The dumping probe affects imports from Belarus, Italy, South Korea, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey,... 

Dawn appoints new CFO

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th April 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network, or Dawn, has appointed Chris Booyens as its CFO and FD, effective May 1. A qualified chartered accountant, Booyens has several years’ experience in the building industry as Iliad Africa group FD. He also previously served as financial executive and... 

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital
CHRISTIAAN BARNARD HOSPITAL Polyflor South Africa supplied the doctors’ suites with luxury vinyl tiles

AMSA to raise R3.5bn

By: Reuters     7th April 2017 The South African unit of ArcelorMittal is seeking to raise a R3.5-billion ($250-million) credit facility to shore up its working capital, it said on Thursday. The borrowing-based credit facility depends on the value of collateral a company pledges. The company is struggling to make a profit due... 

Komatsu concludes $3.7bn Joy Global acquisition

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2017 Komatsu America, a subsidiary of Komatsu, has completed its $3.7-billion acquisition of high-productivity mining solutions provider Joy Global. Retaining its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joy Global will be renamed Komatsu Mining Corp and operate as a subsidiary of Komatsu, while... 

Komatsu concludes $3.7bn Joy Global acquisition

Compact self-erecting cranes for smaller building sites

By: Dylan Slater     7th April 2017 Self-erecting cranes have several benefits for contractors wanting a quick, easy and efficient solution to their lifting and moving requirements on smaller building sites, and perhaps even the larger ones, according to Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French.  

New app measures at safe distance

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 With the introduction of the SmartBlue application (app), to be used alongside its FMR 10 and FMR 20 handheld radar devices, measurement and automation equipment manufacturer Endress + Hauser says the app allows for radar measurements to be taken in hazardous and difficult-to-reach places at... 

New app measures  at safe distance
HENNIE BLIGNAUT The Internet of Things is here to stay

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation
SA French MD Quentin van Breda talks about new crane technology and the challenges in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines  to build campus
EASY PRODUCTION The machines can produce new blocks within 14 seconds

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects 

     6th April 2017 Lifting solutions company SA French recently showcased its permanent and temporary lifting gear in an effort to show customers its potential in various sectors.  

Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects
Adaptable Lifting Solutions for Engineering Projects

Bell Equipment signs BEE deal with women-owned entity

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th April 2017 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has signed a black economic empowerment (BEE) agreement with SiBi Capital, an entity entirely owned and managed by black women. When concluded, SiBi Capital will hold 22.5% of Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa), the wholly owned subsidiary of... 

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies  

By: Anine Kilian     4th April 2017 Localisation is an important policy tool for industrial development in South Africa and will assist in growing the economy and the manufacturing sector, Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies said on Tuesday. Speaking at the 2017 Proudly South African Buy Local Summit, in Johannesburg, he... 

Localisation a key ‘policy tool’ for South Africa – Davies
Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies discusses the importance of localisation in South Africa's industrialisation efforts. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

WG Wearne sells 60% of noncore sand quarry for R7m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th April 2017 JSE-listed WG Wearne has entered into an agreement with Elcu Pumps to sell a 60% stake in its noncore Brandvlei sand quarry and ancillary business for R7-million. Upon completion, the Brandvlei asset will be 40% owned by WG Wearne and 60% by Dennis Human and other investors, including a staff... 

Afrimat referred to Tribunal for prosecution

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd April 2017 The Competition Commission on Monday referred Afrimat, through its wholly owned subsidiary Clinker Supplies, to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution for allegedly abusing its dominance by charging excessive prices. Through the subsidiary, Afrimat is a supplier of a main ingredient in clinker... 

Afrimat referred to Tribunal for prosecution

Solidarity stresses importance of saving South Africa’s steel industry

By: Anine Kilian     30th March 2017 Trade union Solidarity on Thursday emphasised the importance of South Africa’s steel industry, stating that it is a “key enabler of every part of the South African economy – including the automotive, mining, construction, energy and infrastructure sectors, all of which have been identified as... 

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Afrimat Construction Index shows industry far from dead
Andries van Heerden

EU decides against provisional duties on hot-rolled steel – sources

By: Reuters     29th March 2017 The European Commission has decided it will not impose provisional duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Iran, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine, but could still find the countries have breached rules on unfair competition, industry sources said on Wednesday. The EU executive has a deadline of April 7... 

Tribunal finds pipe manufacturers guilty of collusion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th March 2017 The Competition Tribunal has found Dawn Consolidated Holdings (DCH), through its subsidiary DPI Plastics, and Sangio Pipes guilty of colluding to divide markets in South Africa between 2007 and 2012. The Competition Commission referred the collusion case against the two manufacturers of regular... 

Local supply company expands product offering

By: Simone Liedtke     24th March 2017 Designer and supplier of process equipment Zonke Engineering has added several pump types to its existing product range. 

Local supply company expands product offering
INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENTS Every Abel pump can be adapted to meet the individual requirements of the application

New concrete pump exhibited at expo in Las Vegas

     24th March 2017 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     24th March 2017 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     24th March 2017 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

     24th March 2017 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     24th March 2017 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     24th March 2017 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,... 

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