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Materials & Equipment News

Versatile bolted column connections in demand

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2022 Construction products and solutions specialist Peikko South Africa’s bolted column connections are helping to fast-track the development of a large residential project in Ferndale, Gauteng. The development involves the construction of a seven-storey building consisting of 204 apartments, says... 

Barloworld to buy back 10% of its shares

By: Darren Parker     26th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial brand management company Barloworld has announced that it will buy back up to 10% of its issued ordinary share capital through a repurchase programme. The board said on May 26 that it was responsible for capital allocation and continuously monitored opportunities to enhance... 

Macsteel set to break a world record for roofing solution

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th May 2022 Steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, in partnership with Tate & Nicholson, Fortress, Pick n Pay and Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), has applied pioneering sky forming technology to break the world record for the longest roof span covered by a single metal... 

The roof being installed at Pick n Pay's new warehouse in Kempton Park, Gauteng

Construction materials miners ready to assist in rebuilding flood-hit KZN infrastructure

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Aspasa, formerly known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa, reports that miners of building material commodities are standing ready to assist the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and construction firms to repair roads and essential infrastructure that was damaged in... 

An image of Aspasa director Nico Pienaar
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Raubex announces new CEO, other leadership changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2022 JSE-listed Raubex Group has appointed Felicia Msiza, currently Governance, Risk And Compliance executive director, as group CEO, effective August 1. She will succeed Rudolf Fourie, who will be stepping down after 25 years at Raubex, having served the last 12 years as group CEO. He will remain... 

An image of Felicia Msiza, incoming group CEO of Raubex
Felicia Msiza

Afrimat appoints Louw as chairperson designate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 Construction materials and industrial minerals producer Afrimat has appointed Francois Louw as chairperson designate. Louw was appointed deputy chairperson in February and also serves as the company's lead independent director. He will succeed Matie von Wielligh, who will be retiring as... 

Wacker Neuson appoints AFGRI Equipment as dealership for Southern Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2022 Construction machines and equipment, spare parts and services provider Wacker Neuson has appointed its new dealership, AFGRI Equipment - a move that sees the light and compact equipment specialist expanding its agricultural and construction footprint across the Southern African region.... 

Ramaphosa, Corobrik CEO launch new R800m Kwastina brick factory 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Corobrick CEO Nick Booth on May 4 officially unveiled the company’s new R800-million Kwastina brick factory, in Driefontein, Gauteng. Speaking at the unveiling, Booth described the factory as the most technologically advanced and environment-friendly brick... 

An image showing ricks outside Corobrick's new Kwastina factory
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Bricks outside the new Kwastina factory

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Milestone reached at N2 Msikaba Bridge project 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2022 The Msikaba Bridge project has notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

Image of construction of the Msikaba Bridge project
The Msikaba Bridge project achieved an engineering milestone in April, as the legs of the bridge’s south pylon were hydraulically jacked apart.

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany as it introduces new products at KZN plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

RIB CCS celebrates 40 years of construction software

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2022 Engineering and construction software company RIB CCS celebrated its fortieth anniversary on April 7 and outgoing CEO Andrew Skudder says the company remains strongly focused on supporting the core needs of the construction industry, which it was founded to serve. The company intimately... 

RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis
RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis

RIB CCS appoints Peter Damhuis as new VP

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2022 Construction and engineering information technology company RIB CCS has appointed Peter Damhuis as VP, effective April 1. He succeeded RIB CCS CEO Andrew Skudder, who has taken on a new role as RIB Group chief revenue officer. 

RIB CCS new VP Peter Damhuis
RIB CCS new VP Peter Damhuis

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure roll-out

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19-induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate roll-out of government’s... 

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany, introduce new products to KZN plant  

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Image of the Bell ADT
The Bell ADT

Raubex anticipates more than 200% increase in earnings a share

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Raubex expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended February 28 to be at least 231% higher year-on-year, while its headline earnings a share are expected to be at least 250% higher year-on-year. The company had posted earnings a share and... 

FFS Refiners, Rubis Asphalt partner to ensure security of bitumen supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 Bitumen – commonly used in road construction and maintenance –  is now more widely available to the Western Cape market as a result of a partnership agreement between sustainable hydrocarbon solutions provider FFS Refiners and Rubis Asphalt South Africa. The agreement has already resulted in the... 

An image showing the first shipment of bitumen arriving at the Cape Town Harbour.
The first shipment of bitumen arrived on March 3 at the Cape Town Harbour.

PPC seeing gradual recovery in business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 JSE-listed PPC expects total group cement sales volumes for the 12 months ending March 31 to increase by 4% to 8% year-on-year, with double-digit volume growth in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. South Africa and Botswana experienced low single-digit growth in cement sales as volumes normalised from a high... 

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure rollout 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2022 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19 induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate rollout of government’s... 

Image of construction site

FNB/BER Building Confidence Index reaches four-year high

By: Darren Parker     15th March 2022 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index (BCI) gained six points to 40 in the first quarter of this year, compared with 34 in the fourth quarter of 2021 – indicating a four-year high in building confidence in South Africa. The FNB/BER BCI reveals... 

cranes and construction site at sunset

Group stays afloat amid challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group (CEG) has maintained its success in the South African construction industry despite challenging economic conditions, global supply issues and escalating costs, which worsened because of Covid-19 and strike action. “In today’s challenging conditions,... 

Black and yellow Hyundai crawler excavator machine excavating earth
HPE AFRICA The HX220S crawler excavator is part of Hyundai’s HX series

Cranes deployed in Mozambique

11th March 2022 Brakpan-based crane rental company Sarens Siba successfully supplied its CC1100 crane to a project last year, in Mozambique, during which no time was lost, and no injuries occurred. “The project had a successful outcome, owing to easy communication between all parties involved. The success is... 

Yellow CC1100 crane lifting heavy chains
CRANE OPERATION Sarens Siba successfully provided its CC1100 crane to a project in Mozambique

New equipment released

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Construction equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group’s (CEG’s) subsidiaries, Shamrock Handling Concepts and Criterion Equipment, launched products for the construction industry last year. Forklift truck supplier Shamrock Handling Concepts supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain... 

Man operating a green and black forklift truck up a steep hill
SHAMROCK HANDLING CONCEPTS Shamrock supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain forklift trucks for various applications

Equipment sales dip on rising ambiguity

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Local capital equipment sales have been negatively impacted on as companies are hesitant to make capital investments owing to ambiguity in the construction industry, says construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment MD Victor Nemukula. “There are several government infrastructure... 

Portrait of a man in a white shirt
VICTOR NEMUKULA Victor Nemukula expects infrastructure projects to sustain the local construction industry.

New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th March 2022 Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 

SepCem posts higher profit in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2022 Building materials company Sephaku Holdings’ (SepHold’s) Sephaku Cement (SepCem) business has reported lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R374-million for 2021, compared with Ebitda of R381-million reported for 2020. Revenue, however, came in 7%... 

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Image of WBHO CEO Wolfgang Neff
Wolfgang Neff

Zimbabwe’s State-owned miner selected to revive steel firm

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2022 Zimbabwe has selected Kuvimba Mining House, a State-owned company, which has been shrouded in controversy, to revive one of the continent’s largest steel mills. The miner, which already has vast interests in gold and nickel, has been picked as the “investment partner” to breath new life into the... 

Industry body hones in on five key focus areas

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has identified five key areas to focus on this year to mitigate challenges faced by industry and the country, following its Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey 2021, or BECS 2021, released in June 2021. The first key priority is to increase... 

Newly elected Civil Engineering South Africa (CESA) industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell stood together in press image
OLU SOLUADE AND CHRIS CAMPBELL OF CESA Newly elected industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell discuss the year ahead for the sector

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

A group of SMME entrepreneurs at the Afrisam ‘Correct use of cement in concrete, plaster and mortar applications’ day held in September
FIRM FOUNDATIONS Afrisam offers SMME Training to ensure its clients know when, how and why to use the various construction materials it has on offer
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