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Cement and 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. 

Power crisis, housing development downturn slow cement market

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th May 2008 The power shortages in South Africa in the first quarter of this year have resulted in a downturn in residential housing development, that has had an adverse impact on the productivity of the members of the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), reports CMA CEO John Cairns. 

Institute builds concrete skills base

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 The marketing and research foundation for the concrete industry in South Africa, the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) are offering a wide range of services to overcome the growing depletion of the skills base in the concrete industry. 

Concrete pavers enable effective corrosion control

18th May 2007 Effective corrosion control is now possible with the use of concrete-product manufacturing company Terraforce’s Terracrete range of moulded concrete blocks. Terraforce is developing a way to sustain the ecology by producing water permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICPs). 

Academy to build sales, marketing skills

18th May 2007 Cement and related proudtcs manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC) launched its Academy for Sales and Marketing during April 2007. The academy is an innovative joint venture between PPC, Plascon (a division of Barloworld Coatings) and the services sector education and training... 

Concrete mixers prove their popularity on the South African market

18th May 2007 Concrete mixer producer FAW is supplying Stoner Mining and Industrial Solutions with its new range of concrete mixers. These durable workhorses are becoming so popular that FAW is ensuring that it has a stock of the trucks and spares available at all times. 

New admixture technology promises improved effectiveness

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Industrial chemical company BASF has developed a new approach to admixture technology, which promises to be more effective than regular admixes. Called Glynium SKY, the admixture is a concept for BASF�s total performance control in the readymix arena. 

Concrete supplier gears up for construction boom

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 With the concrete industry experiencing one of its biggest growth rates to date, ready mixed concrete and aggregate supplier WG Wearne CEO John Wearne is optimistic about the company’s future. 

Local company grows concrete repair materials range

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Construction chemicals company Stoncor Africa makes concrete and steel structures their business. With this in mind they are happy to announce the addition of the Five Star RS Anchor Gel to their comprehensive product range. 

Chemicals company extends acrylic emulsion range

18th May 2007 Global speciality chemical company Rohm and Haas has extended its range of environmentally friendly acrylic emulsion specifically designed to modify cement compositions. 

Concrete future is bright, but capacity, skills still a cause for concern – Institute

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 The future is looking bright for the local cement and concrete industry. However, factors such as capacity problems and skills shortages could potentially damage a well-run industry and turn opportunity into a crisis. 

Newcomer keeps on growing

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Readymix Concrete manufacturer 3Q is making waves in the construction industry. 

Benefits from Batsweledi construction spin off into local community

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 As development at the PPC Dwaalboom plant accelerates, it is encouraging to note that the results of the company’s commitment to spin off as much of the benefits from the Batsweledi construction phase into the local community are becoming increasingly evident. 

No relaxation of cement quality standards - institute

23rd November 2006 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) said on Thursday that there will be no relaxation of cement quality standards in future. 

WG Wearne plan to raise BEE as it eyes more quarry prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2006 Construction-materials group WG Wearne is considering possible upstream quarry acquisitions on Gauteng’s East Rand, following its successful purchase of three sand and stone quarries from W De Bruyn Sandwerke on the West Rand for R140-million. 

Technical-services demand soars

19th May 2006 Demand for technical advice from the Cement and concrete institute (C&CI) continues unabated with the institutes team of engineers, responsible for handling telephonic inquiries from the industry and home-owners, fielding dozens of calls daily. 

Concrete sales to rise by 8% this year

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 The increase in demand for cementitous products has increased dramatically in the last two years despite, product shortages experienced in late 2005 and early 2006. 

Concrete mooted as cost effective roads solution

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 The concrete roads project is one of the marketing focus areas of the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) and its aim is to grow the market for the use of concrete in roads. 

Enabling informed decision making

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 “When developers invest a potentially large sum of money in a concrete structure, whether it is housing, roads, bridges, office blocks or a super-market, they should be asked what they expect in return and what they are willing to pay for” says Contest Concrete Technology Partner... 

Gearing up for growth

19th May 2006 Cement-maker Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has entered into an agreement with Barloworld Logistics for the supply of 57 new generation bulk tankers, in an effort to ensure that it is able to meet the expected growth in cement demand over the next five years. 

Cement-maker rejects supply concerns

19th May 2006 Concerns that the cement industry cannot supply sufficient cement in KwaZulu-Natal to sustain the immediate demands of the provinces construction boom are according to Natal Portland cement (NPC) MD Piet Strauss - unfounded. 

Hopper liners reduce sticking at ready-mix batching plant

19th May 2006 Pronto ready-mix concrete, manufacturers of ready mixed concrete for the domestic and commercial sectors, lined two aggregate hoppers with Tivar polymer liners to assist with the release of materials at its batching operation in Midrand. 

Special admixture identified for 13-km tunnel

19th May 2006 A Chryso admixture was specified to provide two hours workability of the concrete used for the construction of the Nancy Creek tunnel in Atlanta, USA.? 

From waste to concrete

19th May 2006 Sandow Rossouw, a longstanding customer of specialist truck body manufacturer TFM industries (TFM) has benefited from the Olifantsfontein based company’s technical expertise and support to build a successful waste management business and to start a new venture - the supply of ready-mix... 

Spoornet opts for new concrete sleepers 

19th May 2006 Spoornet is replacing hardwood rail sleepers with patented Universal concrete sleepers from Infraset. 

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