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Cement and Concrete

Collaborative effort needed to reignite sector

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 To address the effects of the lack of infrastructure projects in South Africa, cement manufacturer Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) MD Njombo Lekula has called for industry and government to work together to mitigate the knock-on effects on the cement sector. “We urgently need an agile and... 

Contracts awarded on strong foundation work

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Concrete foundation specialist Gauteng Piling’s most recent projects have showcased the company’s diverse capabilities in the concrete piling industry. Gauteng Piling contracts manager Keoatlaretse Tema tells Engineering News that two of the projects include the installation of concrete piling... 

CONCRETE SUPPORT
A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project
CONCRETE SUPPORT A total of 32 concrete piles were needed on the Mbombela Fresh Produce Market project

Producers under pressure

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 South Africa’s concrete and cement additive suppliers are under severe production pressures, owing to a global shortage of many of the primary raw materials used in the chemicals industry essential to produce concrete and cement admixtures, says additives and admixtures specialist Chryso Southern... 

IN THE MIX
Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally
IN THE MIX Admixtures and additives used in the manufacture of cement is is short supply globally

Projects, tariffs could boost sector demand 

By: Halima Frost     11th June 2021 Although the local cement and concrete sector is experiencing its lowest production and supply levels in years, industry body Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says earmarked infrastructure projects and import tariffs, if implemented, will be instrumental in boosting the... 

NEW DAWN
The implementation of proposed infrastructure projects will uplift the much needed demand of cement and concrete in South Africa
Cement & Concrete South Africa CEO Bryan Perrie discusses the current state if the industry, as well as the formation of the CCSA.

SKF South Africa

11th June 2021 The SKF brand has been synonymous with world-class quality for over a century and SKF South Africa, as a specialist in bearings and rotating equipment, offers 360° product and service solutions to southern African mining and industry.  Committed to nurturing long-term customer relationships, SKF... 

SKF South Africa

Concrete batchers training in the works

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology is planning to offer a special one-day course for concrete batchers and batch plant staff in the second half of 2020. 

THE WHOLE BATCH 
Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant
THE WHOLE BATCH Batching ensures high and uniform quality of readymix concrete for each batch produced by a batching plant

Concrete solutions for rural roads

5th June 2020 With poor rural gravel roads causing horrific accidents, technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie says there is substantial scope for more low-volume concrete roads to increase road safety in South Africa. 

A LONG ROAD AHEAD
Concrete roads have a relatively maintenance-free life of up to, and beyond, 30 years
A LONG ROAD AHEAD Concrete roads have a relatively maintenance-free life of up to, and beyond, 30 years

Company welcomes relaxed lockdown regulations 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th June 2020 Construction materials company AfriSam has welcomed the first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national Covid-19 lockdown, and looks forward to Level 3, which was earmarked to start at the beginning of this month. The relaxed regulations now allow for critical supplies of cement and construction... 

BUILDING CITIES
AfriSam’s range of construction materials has been contributing significantly to infrastructure development in Africa over the last 85 years
AfriSam’s Richard Tomes discusses South Africa’s lockdown regulations and the measures AfriSam has taken in response

Protection tech used at office building

By: Mamaili Mamaila     5th June 2020 Construction company Storm Waterproofing Systems’ specialists made use of the Spraylock concrete protection technology to successfully cure, increase the concrete durability of and waterproof the ground and first floors, as well as the roof of the new Deloitte head office in Waterfall City, in... 

ALL CONCRETE
The Spraylock concrete protection technology was used to successfully cure, increase the concrete durability and waterproof the ground and first floor, as well as roof of the new Deloitte building
ALL CONCRETE The Spraylock concrete protection technology was used to successfully cure, increase the concrete durability and waterproof the ground and first floor, as well as roof of the new Deloitte building

Company develops new concrete curing blanket

7th June 2019 Geosynthic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa has developed a new curing blanket, designed to optimise the curing of concrete and protect the new structure. The Fibertex curing blanket is used to cover concrete surfaces when the material has set and has been designed to... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

7th June 2019 The optimised maintenance of vertical roller mills (VRMs) using hardfacing technology does not consist solely in refurbishing the surface by means of welding to the original profile. To achieve an efficient solution for improvement and reliability of components, an assessment of these components... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

Concrete Society

7th June 2019 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa NPC (CSSA) is a non-profit, member-based organisation - a ‘community’ of like-minded professionals who keep themselves up-to-date with the latest technology and thinking in concrete-related matters. The society offers seminars, site visits, publications,... 

Concrete Society

Beton-Lab cc

7th June 2019   Aggregate testing Core drilling & testing Concrete testing Cement compliance testing Concrete masonry testing Concrete mix design Site quality control Consulting A Foundation of Precision 

Beton-Lab cc

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

VITAL PRECEDENCE

Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Chinese company opens competence centre

7th June 2019 Multinational silicon products developer and manufacturer the WACKER Group has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions, which are able to improve the performance of cement and... 

CEMENT INNOVATION

The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete
Photo by Bloomberg
CEMENT INNOVATION The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete

Supplier adds new crusher to range

7th June 2019 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has added the updated high-performance I54Rv3 impact crusher to the company’s range of screening and crushing equipment manufacturer McCloskey International crushing and screen plants. The I54Rv3 impact crusher, an advanced version... 

COMMENDABLE CRUSHING

The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition
COMMENDABLE CRUSHING The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

BRYAN PERRIE 

South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS 
AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions

Solutions provider releases new admixture for variable aggregates

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction chemicals and solutions provider Mapei South Africa released the new Dynamon MS 100 acrylic-based admixture product earlier this year for use in concrete where there are variable-quality aggregates. The admixture prevents variations in the quality of aggregates, particularly in... 

AGGREGATE MITIGATION
The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates
AGGREGATE MITIGATION The Dynamon product was developed to mitigate the effects of poor-quality aggregates

New liner technology surpasses concrete protection alternatives

7th June 2019 Concrete protection liners specialist manufacturer AKS Lining Systems has taken the "cast-in" liner concept and developed its design through the development of Anchor Knob Sheet technology (AKS), which surpasses concrete protection alternatives on both cost-saving and performance. Concrete has... 

DEMANDING CONDITIONS

AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage
DEMANDING CONDITIONS AKS is used in a diverse range of chemically aggressive applications such as mining, water treatment and conveyance of sewage

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE
The Fulton Awards is an event that honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE The Fulton Awards is an event that honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

Stakeholders remain hopeful of growth in local cement industry

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Various players in the cement and concrete industry say the sector is hoping and expecting that there will be improvements in the industry after being impacted on negatively for several years. Cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner notes that the concrete... 

CRUCIAL CONSTRUCTION
The upgrade and development of infrastructure is crucial to the sustainability of the cement and concrete industry
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CRUCIAL CONSTRUCTION The upgrade and development of infrastructure is crucial to the sustainability of the cement and concrete industry

Decorative concrete market looking good

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Decorative concrete solutions can raise the aesthetic value of both new projects and renovations, and construction chemicals company Chryso Southern Africa is participating in the market to supply such solutions for aesthetic and practical applications, company CEO Norman Seymore tells... 

LUMINESCENT LUMINTECH
This technology contains particles that are incorporated into the concrete skin and glow in the dark
LUMINESCENT LUMINTECH This technology contains particles that are incorporated into the concrete skin and glow in the dark

Innovation, relevance, succession planning key to industry survival

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 The local concrete industry must continuously move forward to remain relevant in a competitive market amid a developing economy where alternative construction materials and practices are gaining popularity, says cement producer PPC technical information services specialist Hanlie Turner. “Three... 

HANLIE TURNER
A succession plan on paper is not enough to guarantee a safe future
HANLIE TURNER A succession plan on paper is not enough to guarantee a safe future

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

CONCRETE FLOORS
Bryan Perrie will present a workshop about typical problems associated with concrete industrial floors at the Totally Concrete Expo
Photo by Bloomberg
CONCRETE FLOORS Bryan Perrie will present a workshop about typical problems associated with concrete industrial floors at the Totally Concrete Expo

Cement plant maintenance crucial

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Strategic and effective cement plant maintenance services can increase plant productivity and reduce costs, says furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group sales manager Brighton Mapiku. “By doing thorough cement plant maintenance, which includes proper planning, employing... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

STEVE SMITH
Industrial Nozzles and Systems’ scope of supply to the cement industry has more than tripled in the last four to five years
STEVE SMITH Industrial Nozzles and Systems’ scope of supply to the cement industry has more than tripled in the last four to five years

Welding Alloys South Africa

4th July 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE
AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE AfriSam’s Centre of Product Excellence offers customers an additional Efficiency Audit service

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... 

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
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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

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

MOVING WITH THE TIMES
The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam
MOVING WITH THE TIMES The Concrete Institute is now able to track delegates’ progress through the online platform to ensure that they prepare adequately before sitting the exam

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

NORMAN SEYMORE
New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products
NORMAN SEYMORE New Chryso products are the continual evolution of improvements on existing products

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... 

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

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING
The biggest Loesche mill type, LM 70.4+4 CS, in successful operation with the new COPE drive at cement plant Mfamosing
INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING The biggest Loesche mill type, LM 70.4+4 CS, in successful operation with the new COPE drive at cement plant Mfamosing

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 Concrete equipment manufacturer PMSA offers the most technologically advanced and high-quality machinery available to the precast concrete sector including brick, paver, block and specialist decking and retaining wall block products in South Africa. 

PMSA

Company prepared for civil projects decrease

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Construction chemicals producer Chryso Southern Africa continues to innovate and expand, offsetting the decrease in major civil projects. Chryso Group VP and Chryso South Africa (SA) CEO Norman Seymore notes that, aside from a few high-profile building projects in high-income areas, the... 

NO GROWING PAINS Chryso SA CEO Norman Seymore explains his company's continued growth despite depressed market conditions
NO GROWING PAINS Chryso SA CEO Norman Seymore explains his company's continued growth despite depressed market conditions

Outdoor element enhances exhibition

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 This year marks the first indoor/outdoor expo at the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo – ranked first among construction stakeholders for its relevant and strategic content, according to a 2015 survey – which will be held from May 9 to 11 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in... 

AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION & TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO Where Africa's concrete, cement and Construction industries meet
AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION & TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO Where Africa's concrete, cement and Construction industries meet

Quality of cement imports questionable, says industry body

By: Nadine James     29th April 2016 Cement and concrete advisory body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie is concerned about the quality and metrology of cement imports. He explains that all cement has to be certified by a body approved by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS)  as being compliant with... 

BRYAN PERRIE The Concrete Institute MD says sample tests have shown that some cement imports are of an inferior quality.
BRYAN PERRIE The Concrete Institute MD says sample tests have shown that some cement imports are of an inferior quality.
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