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Macsteel business launched to support construction industry

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Steel products distributor Macsteel has established Macsteel Foundation Solutions, which provides customers in the construction industry with steel-based construction and innovative lateral support services and products The new business is part of the company’s strategy to reimagine and... 

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Global steel production increased by 3.7% y/y in 2021

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reached 1.95-billion tonnes in 2021 – a 3.7% year-on-year increase. China produced 1.03-billion tonnes – a 3% year-on-year decline. 

PIC increases stake in PPC above 10%, while VCP lowers its interest to 13.75%

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2022 JSE-listed PPC has received formal notification that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has acquired additional shares in the cement producer. The PIC now holds 10.249% of PPC’s shares in issue, an increase from the 5.37% of shares it previously held. 

Opinion: Steelmaking remains a key strategic industry for South Africa

21st January 2022 In this opinion article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) stakeholder management and communications group manager Tami Didiza writes about the state of the South African steel industry, trade protection measures and AMSA's investment in its own facilities, as well as its support for the... 

Tami Didiza

Plan for decades of high commodity prices, BlackRock says

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Commodities prices may stay high for decades as mining companies struggle to keep up with demand from the energy transition, according to BlackRock’s Evy Hambro. Raw materials, and shares of some companies that produce them, hit record highs last year as massive global stimulus measures... 

Afrimat Construction Index recovers further in the third quarter

By: Irma Venter     9th December 2021 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19 induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 60% in the next quarter.  Since then progress has been muted. However, the ACI in the third quarter of this year managed to record a... 

Image of construction in Sandton

Steinmüller Africa to upgrade high-pressure heaters at Tutuka, Duvha power stations

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     9th December 2021 High-temperature and pressure static equipment solutions provider Steinmüller Africa has received two orders to upgrade State-owned utility Eskom’s Tutuka and Duhva power stations, in Mpumalanga, with a total of 14 new high-pressure heaters. As specified by Eskom’s requirements, these header-type... 

Zinc anti-corrosion coatings offer long-lasting protection

By: Donna Slater     29th November 2021 Various methods of applying zinc films to steel items offer unique and long-lasting anti-corrosion benefits, according to various zinc experts who spoke during a webinar hosted by Creamer Media Contract Publishing on behalf of the International Zinc Association (IZA) on November 23. IZA... 

Invicta reports strong interim results

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th November 2021 Invicta Holdings, the investment management company of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG), Capital Equipment Group (CEG) and Kian Ann Group (KAG) based in Singapore, has reported a strong set of results for the six months ended September 30. CEO Steven Joffe tells Engineering News that,... 

PPC delivers strong interim performance following repositioning efforts  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd November 2021 Building materials and solutions provider PPC delivered a solid performance for the six months ended September 30 against generally challenging conditions, supported by the significant progress made in achieving the company’s strategic objectives which saw it capture volume growth, improve cost... 

An image of PPC CEO Roland van Wijnen
Roland van Wijnen

Barloworld’s extensive restructuring pays dividends 

By: Irma Venter     22nd November 2021 Diversified group Barloworld is finally reaping the rewards of an extensive restructuring process. Announcing its financial results for the year ended September 30, the group saw operating profit from continuing operations improve by 119% year-on-year to R4.3-billion. 

Image of Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela
Dominic Sewela

Sephaku continues to reduce burden on balance sheet, as demand holds firm

By: Schalk Burger     19th November 2021 JSE-listed construction materials company Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) continued to meet its bank debt obligations during the interim period to September 30, reducing the burden on its balance sheet. The company plans to reduce this by a further R224-million by the end of its financial year on... 

LSFB creates faster, more economical construction

By: Claire O'Reilly     19th November 2021 Developers, local authorities and housing associations are quickly embracing steel framing technology, such as light-steel-frame building (LSFB), says the International Zinc Association Africa Desk (IZA Africa Desk).  

PPC expects interim HEPS to increase by more than 100% y/y

By: Simone Liedtke     16th November 2021 Cement company PPC expects its headline earnings per share (HEPS) for continuing operations for the six months ended September 30 to be between 52c and 57c a share, an increase of between 72% and 89%, compared with HEPS of 30c in the prior comparable period. Earnings per share (EPS) for... 

LED light improve vision on site

By: Nadine Ramdass     12th November 2021 Multinational manufacturer Atlas Copco’s H6 plus light tower uses light-emitting-diode (LED) lights to improve on the previous H5 plus light tower used at construction sites. Atlas Copco power technique business line manager David Stanford says conditions at a construction or mine site can be... 

An image of Atlas Copco's H6+ Light Tower
H6+ LIGHT TOWER The latest extension of Atlas Copco's range offers wider range with compact design

Bell family to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist group

By: Irma Venter     12th November 2021 In a joint announcement published late last month, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

New heavy-duty excavator launched in South Africa

12th November 2021 CASE Construction Equipment, a brand of CNH Industrial, has launched the long-awaited CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator in South Africa, to strengthening its position in the local market. This globally renowned excavator, which is manufactured at the company’s plant in India, Pithampur, is said to... 

An image of CASE Construction’s CX 220C LC heavy duty excavator
CX 220C LC HEAVY DUTY EXCAVATOR The new excavator is designed for tough conditions

Opinion: Embracing green energy industrialisation to tackle climate change and drive inclusive growth

10th November 2021 In this opinion article, Boston Consulting Group MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet writes about the need for South Africa to coordinate its climate change adaptation and mitigation plans with its broader national reindustrialisation plans. 

BCG MD and partner Lucas Chaumontet

WG Wearne expects to publish outstanding results by February 28

By: Simone Liedtke     9th November 2021 Building materials company WG Wearne expects to soon complete its restructuring plan, which will enable it to publish its outstanding financial statements for the 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 financial years and apply to the JSE for the lifting of its suspension. As part of the restructuring plan,... 

Raubex posts strong interim results

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2021 JSE-listed Raubex Group has posted a significant 1 907% increase year-on-year in operating profit to R435-million for the six months ended August 31. This compares with the R21.7-million in operating profit generated in the six months ended August 31, 2020. 

Afrimat posts strong interim results, with all segments contributing positively to growth  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th November 2021 Midtier openpit miner Afrimat has confirmed it is in a healthy financial position and able to accelerate growth, after delivering a ‘pleasing’ performance in the six months ended August 31. The group posted an operating profit of R582-million, up 65% on the R353-million operating profit... 

Afrimat Cape Lime operation
Afrimat's executive team unpacks the group's interim performance

Wärtsilä secures order for 70 MW dual-fuel power plant for new Nigerian cement plant

By: Schalk Burger     4th November 2021 Marine and energy technology multinational Wärtsilä secured an order for a 70 MW captive power plant for Nigerian cement producer BUA’s Sokoto cement plant. The power plant is required to supply the energy for an off-grid cement production line. 

Waste material used in roads construction

By: Anna Moross     29th October 2021 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has been involved in several new research initiatives geared towards providing alternative waste material products for use by the road pavement industry in South Africa.  

An image of the demonstration project evaluating the feasibility of using waste plastic in road construction
ROAD RESEARCH PROJECT The research focus of the CSIR has been centred around creating a more inclusive and sustainable approach to future road construction

Bell founders look to buy out Bell Equipment minority shareholders, delist the group

By: Irma Venter     25th October 2021 In a joint announcement published on Friday, Bell Equipment and IA Bell, the Bell family holding company and largest shareholder in Bell Equipment, have announced IA Bell’s intention to acquire all the issued shares in the JSE-listed capital equipment manufacturer it does not already own for R10... 

Image of a Bell ADT

Gauteng government launches SMME incubation hub in West Rand

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd October 2021 The Gauteng Department of Economic Development (GDED), alongside development partners Mogale City and Lepharo, on October 21 unveiled the Mogale City Incubation Hub in the heart of the Munsieville township, in Krugersdorp. The hub is focused on incubating small, medium-sized and... 

GDED head Blake Lefatola
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
GDED head Blake Lefatola

Range for maintenance extended to Zambia

22nd October 2021 Industrial products provider BMG has extended its integrated engineering solutions services in Zambia to include the supply and support of a comprehensive range of personal protection equipment (PPE). The range includes BMG’s advanced welding systems, designed to create a healthy, clean and safe... 

PPE plan crucial to employee safety

22nd October 2021 Hi-tech protective clothing manufacturer Charnaud stresses that the safety of all employees depends on the creation and strict implementation of a personal protective equipment (PPE) plan. Elaborating on how to create a PPE management plan and put it into action, the company stresses that... 

A Charnaud stand at an event with Hazmat suits, Reflective clothing, corporate clothing, gloves, goggles and boots
ALL THE RANGE The range of Charnaud's PPE offerings should be incorporated into a company's PPE management plan

Sephaku Cement reports additional kiln and plant stoppage, long-term solution identified

By: Schalk Burger     21st October 2021 Cement producer Sephaku Cement reports that it has experienced a further kiln stoppage owing to preheater refractory material damage caused by a corrosive element in one of the raw materials, which was subsequently replaced with an alternative option that mitigates the risk of future damage. The... 

Steel demand expected to return to pre-pandemic levels this year

By: Schalk Burger     15th October 2021 This year has seen a stronger-than-expected recovery in steel demand, leading to upward revisions in the World Steel Association's (worldsteel's) forecast across the board except for China. "Owing to this vigorous recovery, global steel demand outside China is expected to return to its... 

South African building industry in line for more State support

By: Bloomberg     15th October 2021 South Africa’s government is planning more measures to bolster its ailing building industry after banning the use of imported cement on state construction projects. “Government is undertaking research across a range of construction-related products where there appears to be significant potential... 

SepHold share price rallies owing to Treasury’s imported cement circular

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     13th October 2021 JSE-listed SepHold has commented on its recent share price rally and given an update on Dangote Cement SA’s (SepCem) kiln outage. In an October 12 statement, SepHold noted that the National Treasury had issued a circular effectively banning imported cement in government-funded projects from... 

Limpopo govt opens new access road to benefit for Ga-Masemola communities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th October 2021 Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha this week officially launched the D4253 road in Ga-Masemola, in the Makhuduthamaga local municipality. Built by Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL), a State-owned entity under the municipal Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, the road is a 5.42 km... 

Finnish research partner develops carbon dioxide emissions reduction solution

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 Together with its business partners, research, development and innovation partner VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) has developed a solution that it says can bring a significant reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the production of cement and quicklime. As one of the... 

Concrete industry says carbon capture a key to hitting emissions targets

By: Reuters     12th October 2021 Global cement and concrete makers on Tuesday laid out steps to cut carbon dioxide emissions 25% by 2030 and to reach zero net emissions by mid-century, relying on more carbon-free energy, new chemistry and manufacturing technology, and carbon capture. Cement, the glue of concrete, accounts for... 

Use of imported cement on govt-funded projects to be prohibited from Nov 4 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th October 2021 The National Treasury has officially designated cement and, from November 4, the use of imported cement will be prohibited on all government-funded projects. Consolidated concrete and cement association Cement and Concrete SA (CCSA) CEO Bryan Perrie says the National Treasury has issued a... 

Made-from-carbon-dioxide concrete, lululemons and diamonds spark investor excitement

By: Reuters     4th October 2021 What do diamonds, sunglasses, high-end lululemon sportswear and concrete have to do with climate change? They can all be made using carbon dioxide (CO2), locking up the planet warming gas. And tech startups behind these transformations are grabbing investor attention. 

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