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Materials & Equipment News

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 Local construction materials firm Amoriguard sustainably consumes recycled industrial waste to produce construction products and paints and, in certain applications, improve the performance of the products compared with conventionally produced products, says Amoriguard developer and founder... 

Local industrial waste being made into paints
BUILDING MATERIALS The company is finalising a basic colour range for cement tiles

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy

By: Schalk Burger     22nd March 2019 The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian visited construction materials and infrastructure components multinational Saint-Gobain Construction Training Academy, in Germiston, Ekurhuleni, earlier this month to inspect its work and its youth development partnership. The... 

French Foreign Affairs Minister visits local construction academy
PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSION The youths are trained to install drywall and ceiling installation, as well as insulation or sound-proofing systems

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd March 2019 The growth of the capital equipment sector, and the manufacturing sector in general, is being stifled by South Africa’s heavy reliance on imports, and its inability to deliver on its localisation promises. The manufacturing sector has the potential to significantly accelerate South Africa’s... 

Localisation seen as key to stimulating struggling capital equipment sector

New excavator set to launch in South Africa end of March

22nd March 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu's PC210-10MO hydraulic excavator will make its local debut when the first unit lands in South African at the end of this month.  

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year 

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2019 A new currency regime in Zimbabwe robbed Bell Equipment of a record financial year, giving the company a R87.4-million “ankle-tap that went straight to the bottom line”, said CEO Leon Goosen on Monday. “It happened right at the end of the year. It’s incredibly sad.” 

Zimbabwe currency crisis robs Bell of record year

'No tomorrow' for many unless consumption falls – UN

By: Reuters     13th March 2019 Global exploitation of natural resources – from water, sand and timber to oil, coal and gemstones – has more than tripled in 50 years, the United Nations (UN) said on Tuesday, warning of devastating environmental impacts unless demand is reduced. Surging consumption of natural resources –... 

AMSA says contingency plans in place as Numsa strikes over ‘labour brokers’ 

By: Terence Creamer     12th March 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) says it has introduced contingency plans at its various plants to minimise the potential impact on production of a National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) strike. The union indicated on Tuesday that a strike had been declared, owing... 

AMSA says contingency plans in place as Numsa strikes over ‘labour brokers’
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AMSA's Vanderbijlpark steel mill

Rolfes investigating nanotechnology paints to diversify business

By: Schalk Burger     8th March 2019 Local solvents and chemicals company Rolfes Chemicals is investigating the applications of nanotechnology in coatings to diversify its business in Southern Africa, says Rolfes Chemicals MD Clive Govender. Nanocoatings contain particles in the nanometre scale. These nanoparticles build a... 

PPC says Zimbabwe business has remained resilient despite challenges

By: African News Agency      7th March 2019 Cement company PPC said on Thursday its Zimbabwe business had remained resilient despite the economic challenges in the country over the last 12 months.  It said PPC Zimbabwe had kept its pricing in line with inflationary increases in the economy and demand remained strong, while EBITDA (earnings... 

SepCem reports lower FY18 sales volumes in constrained, competitive cement market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th March 2019 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings on Tuesday reported that its subsidiary Dangote Cement South Africa, or Sephaku Cement (SepCem), had been heavily affected by the depressed macroeconomic environment during the year ended December 31, 2018. The company stated that low cement demand, owing to the weak... 

SepCem reports lower FY18 sales volumes in constrained, competitive cement market

Melbourne road project takes heavy toll on WBHO 

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2019 A botched roads project in Melbourne, Australia, saw operating profit at Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) nose-dive from R510-million for the six months to end December 2017, to R3-million for the same period last year. The Western Roads Upgrade (WRU) design and construct project consists of the... 

Melbourne road project takes heavy toll on WBHO

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA 

By: Terence Creamer     26th February 2019 JSE-listed construction and engineering group Aveng says the disposal process for Grinaker-LTA is well advanced, but has also confirmed that the company will not be sold as a single going concern. The R95-million sale of Aveng Water has already been agreed and newly appointed CEO Sean Flanagan... 

Aveng outlines piecemeal sale process being pursued at Grinaker-LTA
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Aveng executive chairperson Eric Diack and CEO Sean Flanagan

Cashbuild interim earnings down 11%

By: African News Agency      26th February 2019 Southern Africa’s largest retailer of building materials and associated products Cashbuild on Tuesday reported an 11% decrease in interim headline earnings per share. Cashbuild still declared an interim dividend of 435c per ordinary share for the six months to December. 

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019

By: Halima Frost     22nd February 2019 Despite the contribution of the construction sector to local economic activity being inconsistent, and having decreased significantly over the years, Constructional Engineering Association (CEA) executive director Anthony Boy is hopeful that there will be an upturn in investments in the sector... 

Promising growth in construction sector brings hope for 2019
PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE Anthony Boy and Louis Breckenridge speak of their hopes for the future

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector

By: Cameron Mackay     15th February 2019 Premium rubber products manufacturer Hudson Rubber plans to focus on the localisation of rubber products for the automotive sector this year. Following its merger with rubber retail and wholesale specialists Pro-Auto Rubber’s manufacturing operation in November 2016, the most significant... 

Rubber company to focus on automotive sector
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VITAL INDUSTRY The rubber industry is linked to the state of the economy, as it services various sectors of the economy

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Civil and structural engineering firm ADA Consulting is set to complete the upgrade of edible-oil supplier CEOCO’s Boksburg plant, in Gauteng by September. ADA Consulting MD Paul Maitre tells Engineering News that the project, although well on its way to completion, needs “an extra boost just to... 

Operations to be ramped up at edible-oil plant
NO CROP CIRCLE The circular foundation where the storage silos will be placed can be seen from an aerial view of the plant

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

By: Nadine James     15th February 2019 Construction is a depressing place to be at the moment, says Hogan Lovells partner and construction head Clive Rumsey, citing the lack of large infrastructure projects, deriving from lacklustre economic growth and a backlog in tender adjudication, as some of the reasons why the sector is... 

Hostile construction environment to persist until infrastructure spend recovers

Green solution used for retaining walls

By: Halima Frost     15th February 2019 Geotextiles manufacturer Fibertex SA is working on a project that entails the supply of more than 12 000 geosynthetic sand container (GSC) bags that are being used as a green wall solution rather than using conventional retaining blocks. The GSC bags – being supplied to a project in Salt Rock, on... 

Green solution used  for retaining walls
RETAINING THE GREENERY A green-wall solution was found to make retaining walls more aesthetically pleasing

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat

15th February 2019 Last month construction material and fastener distributor Upat hosted an open day at its head office in New Doornfontein, Gauteng, where customers were given a foretaste of the latest innovations which will be introduced locally in 2019. Upat provides solutions for construction, general industry,... 

Open day highlights new offerings from Upat
MEASURING UP The new Stabila app makes measuring information quicker to archive and easier to access

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications

Raubex warns of 20% drop in FY earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     12th February 2019 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex has warned that its earnings for the financial year ended February 2019, will fall by at least 20%, owing to continued weak trading conditions in the South African construction industry, particularly in the road construction... 

DST to showcase benefits of using STI in designing future human settlements

By: Simone Liedtke     8th February 2019 With a surplus of drivers for the adoption of alternative and innovative technologies in the built environment, particularly in the human settlements sector, the effective application of science, technology and innovation (STI) can be a transformative instrument in addressing South Africa’s most... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th February 2019 In the wake of a deadly fire at the Bank of Lisbon building, in Johannesburg last year, along with a spate of fires at other buildings, questions have been raised about the safety and compliance of South Africa’s high-rise buildings. In September, a fire broke out on the 23rd floor of the... 

What needs to be done to make SA’s buildings fire safe

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables 

7th February 2019 Professionals in the construction industry interrogated and tested the latest building tools and consumables at local construction equipment distributor Upat’s open day, in January. Schalk Burger has the story. 

Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables
Construction professionals test latest tools and consumables

Subdued construction activity, higher imports cut PPC's sales volumes

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th February 2019 JSE-listed cement producer PPC has reported difficult trading conditions for the nine months to December 31, 2018, with cement volumes down between 2% and 3%, against a backdrop of estimated market contraction of between 4% and 5%. The company said an uncharacteristically weak December retail... 

Saice calls for infrastructure review following Hoërskool Driekhoek incident

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2019 The South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) has expressed its support for an immediate full review of school buildings by competent structural engineers, following the collapse, on February 1, of a concrete slab at Hoërskool Driekhoek, in Vanderbijlpark. Concrete elements of a... 

LafargeHolcim completes sale of $1.75bn Indonesian unit

By: Reuters     1st February 2019 LafargeHolcim has completed the sale of its Indonesia business in a deal which valued the unit at $1.75-billion, the cement maker said on Friday. Proceeds from the sale to Semen Indonesia will be used to pay down LafargeHolcim's debts, the company said. LafargeHolcim held 80.6% in the business,... 

Exxaro upbeat about its coal operations 

By: Kim Cloete     1st February 2019 Empowered coal mining giant Exxaro Resources is confident about its prospects in the coal sector, despite tough conditions and rising cost pressures in South Africa. Exxaro executive head of coal Nombasa Tsengwa on Thursday said the company produced 47-million tons of coal and was geared to grow... 

AMSA expects to swing to FY18 profit

By: Simone Liedtke     1st February 2019 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) expects to report headline earnings a share of 84c to 94c for the year ended December 31. This compares with a headline loss a share of 203c in 2017. 

Hearings into alleged cement industry cartel continues, judgment expected by June

By: Simone Liedtke     25th January 2019 The Competition Tribunal turned its focus back to the case of alleged cartel conduct in the cement industry on Thursday, with a judgment in the case against KwaZulu-Natal-based Natal Portland Cement (NPC) Cimpor expected to be announced by June. The Competition Commission in 2008 launched an... 

Acquisition of German company confirmed

25th January 2019 The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made Bonfiglioli the sole owner of O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH. The process,... 

Acquisition of German company confirmed
BONFIGLIOLI AS GLOBAL LEADER The company's goal is to continue expanding into heavy construction, mining machinery, marine, port and airport equipment markets

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign a long-term agreement in 2018 with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) solid woven conveyor belting products... 

Expanded products portfolio leads to  new opportunities
FENNER PRODUCT GROUP 2018 The extended scope has put BMG in a position to deal with conveyors clients

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Tribunal to resume hearings into cement industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Competition Tribunal will hear evidence in the cement industry cartel case, when the matter resumes in Pretoria, on Thursday. The case stems from a Competition Commission investigation, which probed alleged collusive conduct in the cement industry against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC),... 

Nigerian commodities king Dangote targets foreign markets in sales push

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he expected to step up exports of cement and other commodities from Nigeria from this year as he focuses on foreign markets to boost sales and generate much-needed hard currency. Dangote told Reuters he expected to have 8 million tonnes of... 

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