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Construction Materials and Equipment

Industry takes strain, 
but demand remains

23rd October 2009 Since the start of the global recession last year, a number of large international and local contracts have been cancelled or put on hold. A shrinking of the market has also resulted in an associated shrinking of the demand for construction materials. 

Construction boom unlocks spin-off opportunities

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa is experiencing unprecedented interest in its products from the construction sector, owing to a combination of a slew of construction projects under way, and new worker safety legislation, states MSA Africa marketing director Hayley Arnesen.  

Cement demand inspires new plant

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 In spite of a downturn in the volume of building projects owing to interest rate hikes, the demand for cement remains high and seems set to stay inflated as a result of the many infrastructural projects currently in the pipeline for completion between 2010 and 2014, states construction materials... 

Acquisitions pave way to project opportunities

24th October 2008 Brick, tile, and paving company Brikor is leveraging its position in the building industry through acquisitions, in order to participate in a host of local infrastructure projects under way or in the pipeline. 

Alternative building methods create market for sustainable materials

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Timber products supplier Interwil has provided the timber floor and roof-framing company Superjoist with the oriented strand board (OSB) for use in the construction of the five-star timber-frame Tinstwalo Atlantic Hotel in the Western Cape, Interwil group marketing manager Stuart Juds tells... 

Cement producer introduces new product 

24th October 2008 Cement producer Lafarge has introduced the high earlystrength cement product Rapidcem CEM II 52,5N, which was developed in New Zealand for projects requiring early setting or strength development, to South Africa. 

Cement producer completes new aggregates plant

24th October 2008 Cement producer Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete has completed its new R62-million aggregates crushing plant in Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), increasing its production capacity by around 500 000 t/y, reports the company. 

Western Cape rains deflate growth margins

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Building and construction materials supplier Afrimat has experienced a decline in sales volumes in the last four to five months to date, Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden tells Engineering News.  

Modular building adopts light steel frame technology

24th October 2008 Manufacturer of prebuilt modular units JSE-listed Kwikspace Modular Building, has introduced the use of lightweight steel frame technology to its operations.  

Infrastructure boom buoys aluminium industry

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 The aluminium industry in Southern Africa is a huge, vibrant, and growing business, and the increasing use of the metal in local industry is likely to continue for the next eight years at least, states Aluminium Federation for Southern Africa (Afsa), executive director Mark Krieg. 

O-Line buys Armco in R142m deal

By: Dennis Ndaba     3rd October 2008 Designer, manufacturer and supplier of cable management and structural support systems in Southern Africa and the Far East, O-line Holdings, has acquired the entire business of the Armco Group from Steelwood Africa for R142-million. 

R1,2bn cement investment will help keep supply-demand balance 

By: Dennis Ndaba     8th August 2008 Building materials producer Lafarge is investing in a R1,2-billion cement capacity expansion project, dubbed Rainbow. 

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