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Cement and Concrete

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. 

Great demand for sanitation units in rural areas

By: Mary-Anne O’Donnell     14th May 2010 Precast concrete manufacturer Rocla marketing director Craig Waterson says that although precast concrete toilets have been used for a long time in greenfield applications, there is a great demand for these in rural areas, where there is little or no waterborne sewerage system. 

Abrasion testing machine assists in SABS 

14th May 2010 Manufacturer of block and brickmaking machines, Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), in partnership with the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), has manufactured a robust abrasion testing machine to assist customers in complying with the new South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) abrasion... 

Concrete drill 
introduced into local market

14th May 2010 nternational tool manufacturer Rothenberger’s range of Rodiacut tools, the latest from Diamond Core drilling technology, from Germany, has been introduced into the South African marke 

New seals for vertical grinding mill

14th May 2010 A new vertical grinding mill (VGM), the biggest in China, with a 5,6-m grinding table, is being designed by the Tianjin Cement Industry Design & Research Institute (TCDRI) to handle more capacity with greater efficiency and energy savings. 

R120m precast concrete products for sewerage project

14th May 2010 Precast concrete producer Kwena Rocla, part of the Rocla Group, was awarded the contract to supply over 50 000 t of precast concrete products valued at R120-million for the sewerage project in Gaborone, in Botswana. 

KZN airport project receives readymix concrete supply

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 Cement and concrete company Natal Portland Cement (NPC) has established concrete batch plants to supply readymix concrete for the construction of the international airport at La Mercy, known as King Shaka International Airport, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 

Concrete technology opens doors for architectural design

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 Research and development in concrete technology has enabled the creative advancement of architecture, says industry body the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) chair of architecture Daniel van der Merwe. 

Permeable paving supplied for Gauteng project

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 Precast concrete company Concor Technicrete may supply permeable paving to a project that covers 20 000 m2 and is reported to be one of the biggest projects in the world, reports Concor Technicrete commercial product manager Taco Voogt. 

Government spending keeps industry afloat

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 Industry association body the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) reports that while overall growth is 7% lower this quarter compared to the same period in previous years, the industry is being kept buoyant by government infrastructural expenditure. 

Concrete association invests R4m in skills development

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 The South African Reinforced Concrete Engineers’ Association (Sarcea) has invested R4-million in skills development as a result of identifying rebar installers as a scarce resource in South Africa. 

Concrete firm focused on reducing its carbon footprint

By: Beth Shirley     15th May 2009 Concrete and aggregates company Lafarge reduced its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 18% at the end of 2008, by reducing its dependence on cement by way of using alternative cementitious materials. 

Positive cement outlook, despite fall

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th May 2008 South African cement reached record sales of 14,1-million tons in 2007 and in the 12 months to the end-January 2008 were up nearly 6% at 15,3-million tons, reports the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI). 

Institute champions cement road construction

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th May 2008 The Cement and Concrete Institutes ( C&CIs) consultative role in the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme (GFIS) offered this institute the opportunity to promote the use of concrete roads in South Africa as an alternative to the traditional asphalt or bitumen road building material, reports... 

Nigerian manufacturer acquires 45% stake in local cement company

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th May 2008 Nigerian cement supplier, Dangote Cement, has struck a partnership agreement with a local black economic-empowerment (BEE) cement manufacturer Sephaku Cement, which will see the West African company acquiring a 45% minority stake in Sephaku Cement. 

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