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Cement and Concrete

Construction chemicals specialist to open East Africa branch

By: Kimberley Smuts     8th May 2015 The establishment of construction chemicals specialist Chryso Southern Africa Group’s first subsidiary outside South Africa – Chryso Eastern Africa, headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya – is currently under way and is expected to be operational by June 2015. This development is part of Chryso Group’s... 

Cement producer houses employees

16th May 2014 Cement producer PPC reports that it will provide homes to more than 300, mainly semi-skilled employees of the company who do not qualify for government Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) housing, but are unable to afford home loans. 

Cement producer  houses employees
NEW HOMEOWNERS Maria and Edward Ringani benefitted from PPC’s housing initiative

Concrete speed hardener awarded

16th May 2014 Chemical company BASF won the concrete technology category at the Ulmer BetonTage 2014 trade fair in Neu-Ulm, Germany, for its concrete hardener Master X-Seed 120, in February. 

Fulton Awards recognise concrete excellence

16th May 2014 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) is calling for nominations for its prestigious biennial Fulton Awards, which recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete, with winners being announced at a gala dinner, held in the Drakensberg region on June 6, 2015. 

Fulton Awards recognise concrete excellence
Photo by Duane Daws
REGOGNISING EXCELLENCE The Fulton Awards recognise and reward excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

Solid foundations for wind turbines

16th May 2014 The supply of 4 000 t of cement for the Jeffreys Bay wind farm posed unique challenges and entailed short deadlines so that electricity generation could begin by this month. 

Solid foundations for wind turbines
JEFFREYS BAY WIND FARM Each of the 60 turbine foundations at the Jeffreys Bay wind farm project required approximately 335 cubic metres of concrete

Concrete industry showcased at local expo

16th May 2014 An exhibition focused on the concrete industry, the Totally Concrete Expo, will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre from May 27 to 28. 

Concrete industry  showcased at local expo
Photo by Duane Daws
IT IS ALL ABOUT CONCRETE The scale of the burgeoning cement and concrete industry is reflected at the Totally Concrete Expo

Lafarge Company Profile

16th May 2014 Local presence of international leading cement and building materials company Lafarge Group, Lafarge South Africa, manufactures and supplies cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, gypsum plasterboard and interior building fittings. It has two main subsidiary operating companies, including... 

Lafarge Company Profile

SA concrete industry successful

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2014 The South African concrete industry continues to be successful and is on par with international best practice in terms of large-scale projects, reports nonprofit educational organisation The Concrete Institute, based in Midrand. 

SA concrete industry successful
Photo by Duane Daws
TRAINING FOR GROWTH The Concrete Institute offers several training courses for the industry

Tilt-up construction gaining popularity

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2014 The tilt-up method of using concrete in the construction of buildings can be one of the most cost-effective building techniques when using concrete, reports Midrand-based cement and concrete advisory organisation The Concrete Institute. 

Tilt-up construction  gaining popularity
TILTING CONSTRUCTION The construction method increases many of the sustainable benefits of concrete

Cement deliveries managed with software

By: Donna Slater     16th May 2014 Logistics solutions company CargoWare’s FleetLogiX fleet management software has been used to manage 1 000 Volvo trucks, tasked with moving millions of tons of imported cement from the Port of Djibouti, in Ethiopia, to cement producer Derba Midroc Cement’s (DMC’s) new plant and, from there, to... 

African construction growth outpaces global economic development

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa is outpacing the rest of the world with the region’s economy expected to grow by 6.1% in 2014, and The TotallyConcrete Expo is the cement, concrete and construction industry’s soloution to keeping up with the pace of future demand, as industrial, commercial,... 

Company launches new chemical anchor

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Fastening and construction power tool manufacturer Hilti launched its new chemical anchor called HIT HY-200, used in anchoring and rebar applications, at the end of last year, replacing the current HIT HY-150 chemical anchor. The new chemical anchor, which was developed at Hilti’s laboratories in... 

Concrete machinery supplier launches showroom, to build training centre next

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 To broaden the availability of knowledge about concrete and concrete equipment to the public and industry, brick, block and paving machinery supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will build a training centre behind its showroom, which was launched in Boksburg last month. “We want to teach... 

Admixture industry on the incline

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The concrete admixture industry, which is directly affected by the cement industry, is recovering from negative growth consumption that it experienced in 2011. The industry experienced a slight 2.7% rebound in 2012 and is expecting further growth this year. 

Manufacturer doubles plant’s output, improves safety measures

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 Chemical company a.b.e Construction Chemicals’ upgraded manufacturing plant, in Boksburg, is better equipped to undertake cementitious blending, owing to its dustless technology. The upgrade is expected to double the plant’s production capacity without having to increase staff numbers, owing to... 

Concrete manufacturer focuses on skills development

17th May 2013 Cement, concrete and aggregate manufacturer Lafarge Group encourages skills, training and development, and supports its employees at all levels in order for them to develop their full potential. The company also actively recognises a responsibility to help develop the communities surrounding its... 

Quality assurance standard needed, work continues 

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The Southern Africa Readymix Association (Sarma) is continuing its efforts to implement rules and regulations to protect the readymix industry, which is picking up, from oversaturation and a lack of regulation. Sarma director Nico Pienaar tells Engineering News that there is no legislation... 

Aggregate demand grows amid infrastructure boom, challenges remain

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 One of the major challenges still affecting the aggregate industry is that quarries are not being used to capacity, which has put a strain on employment in the industry, states the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of Southern Africa (Aspasa). “If quarries are used properly, it will result... 

Attempt to salvage disbanded cement industry body’s core services

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2013 The core services of the former Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI), including its training facility, information centre and consultant service, are being evaluated at the request of industry members to determine whether they are still beneficial to the industry. The C&CI, a marketing organisation... 

Manufacturer supports National Infrastructure Plan

17th May 2013 In South Africa’s emerging economy, and particularly, within the context of the National Infrastructure Plan (Nip), local clinker and cement producers have value to add by working with government to support the R4-trillion, 15-year project states concrete and cement manufacturer Sephaku Cement.... 

Global cement and concrete industry improves sustainability

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 Case studies show that concrete is a viable option as a sustainable construction material owing to its long-term impact on the environment, its energy efficiency and its thermal mass, says Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

Human settlements look to innovative technologies for improved sustainability

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 Innovation in construction technologies will pave the way for improved housing sustainability, as well as benefit both housing subsidy beneficiaries and the rest of South Africa, says the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) Human Settlements technical marketing consultant Adéle de Lange. 

Gradual growth for concrete industry

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 Business confidence in the construction industry is on the increase, which bodes well for the concrete sector, says Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

Construction materials group employs new bag filter technology

18th May 2012 Construction materials group AfriSam, in January, placed an order with Austrian company Scheuch for its patented energy minimising concept (EMC) bag filter technology, which will be used in a new dust collection baghouse that is being built as part of AfriSam’s R105-million upgrade at its Ulco... 

Industry lacks skilled 
concrete technologists

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 A shortage of technical skills in the engineering and technology fields is crippling South Africa’s economic growth, says Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

Concrete society has bright future – CEO

By: Samantha Herbst     18th May 2012 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) is seeing positive growth in member numbers, which has grown from 30 to 50 companies in the past year. 

Industry under strain owing to lack of new projects

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 The lack of significant, new infrastructure projects in the pipeline has placed the cement and concrete industry in South Africa under pressure, the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) reports. 

Industry association appoints first CEO

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 The Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA) has appointed its first full-time CEO to oversee the growth of the association. Newly appointed CEO John Sheath says for many years the organisation was run through the efforts of volunteers, supported only by an administrator and an assistant. 

Fly ash used to create stronger concrete

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 Fly ash products manufacturer Ash Resources has introduced a new fly ash additives product to its range – DuraPozzPro. The new product is the finest form of fly ash the company produces, with particles passing a 45 μm sieve, and is intended for the high-end market. The company gathers fly ash... 

New generation of concrete mixtures developed

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 Admixture specialist Chryso reports it is undertaking research and development (R&D) to improve and provide the additives that increase the volume and strength of concrete.  

New spinning screed developed

13th May 2011 Specialist engineering consultancy Compaction Methods has introduced the Spin Screed brand to the South African and African markets. Spin Screed is a lightweight power roller screed that produces smooth concrete surfaces fast and efficiently. The company has officially been appointed distributor... 

Concrete batching vehicle improves quality controls

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 Concrete-mixing equipment specialist Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has introduced Italian equipment manufacturer Fiori’s new concrete batching vehicle (CBV) to the South African market. 

Complementary products enhance company’s core offering 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 Concrete products manufacturer Rocla is developing a range of supplementary products to enhance its core range of precast concrete offerings. While the company is primarily focussed on manufacturing products such as culverts, electric reticulation poles, precast bus shelters, manholes and bulk... 

Incrementally launched concrete bridge eases traffic 

By: Henry Lazenby     13th May 2011 Consulting engineering firm Aurecon is finishing off the final minor details to the new concrete flyover at the R21/N1 interchange, in Centurion, which forms part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Self-loading mixers for 
local construction industry

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th May 2010 Concrete machine manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has launched a new range of super strong, self-loading concrete mixers for the local construction industry. 

Cement and concrete markets still depressed

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th May 2010 Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) MD Bryan Perrie tells Engineering News that, given the recent global economic turmoil, the cement and concrete markets are still depressed. 

Expanding product range to remain competitive

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th May 2010 Although Admixture specialist Chryso’s business felt the pinch from the economic difficulties in 2009, it continued to expand its product range to remain competitive in the market, launching about 15 new products yearly. 

Fly ash out-loading plant commissioned at Matimba

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th May 2010 Fly ash technology specialist Ash Resources completed the commissioning of its new R1,1-million cementitious filler out loading plant, at the Matimba power station, earlier this month. The plant will produce Pozz-Fill, a product that enhances the performance of concrete. 

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