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Medium-term investment buoying stainless steel industry

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Despite a marked downturn in the global stainless steel industry, there are a few medium-term developments on the horizon for Southern Africa, notes research institute Afriforesight Commodities chief commodity economist Nathan Musson. “There are glimmers of hope in terms of investment in Southern... 

Trio makes for steely supply

By: Halima Frost     25th October 2019 Three of South Africa’s most prominent companies in the stainless steel supply chain are completing a substantial supply to a gold mine in the Southern African Development Community. The project entails the supply of 250 t of grade 2304 stainless steel for the manufacture of ten tanks – the... 

RECOIL
The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved
RECOIL The knock-on effects of local supply were seen across the project in costs and time saved

SA exporting jobs and importing goods, Lasher Tools warns

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2019 Human capital is the cornerstone of any successful commercial venture and is the foundation of economies, but South Africa must insist on fairness and parity of imports to ensure that local businesses are not lost to cheaper and lower quality imports, says local tools maker Lasher Tools marketing... 

Caterpillar blames global economic uncertainty for sales dip

By: Bloomberg     23rd October 2019 Caterpillar lowered its earnings forecast for 2019, blaming heightened “economic uncertainty” for slowing customer purchases. The world’s largest maker of mining and machinery equipment reported the first decline in quarterly profit in almost three years. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company... 

French cement company sells promise of greener future in IPO

By: Bloomberg     21st October 2019 A tiny French cement company sold shares on the Paris exchange with a big promise: to shake up global production and reduce carbon emissions. Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies pitched to investors a “disruptive” manufacturing process based on changing the composition of cement so that it no... 

Extruder offers higher casting speed

By: Debbie French     18th October 2019 A new model of extruder for hollow-core slab production, has been introduced. The new machine will offer high casting speed, second generation automatic compaction control and bouncing prevention. In addition to the standard hollow-core slab production, the new design of the machine will also... 

Extruder offers higher casting speed

Hydraulic cylinder manufacturer boosts factory optimisation

18th October 2019 Hydraulic cylinder specialist Hytec Engineering is the latest in the group to optimise its manufacturing and repairs operation. 

Cement industry continues battle to ‘level the playing field’ 

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 Faced with an influx of cheap imports, the cement industry is now taking its case to Parliament after it appealed to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition’s (DTIC’s) International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) for support in the form of tariffs. Industry... 

PPC warns against the threat of substandard cement products  

By: Simone Liedtke     15th October 2019 Substandard cement products are threatening the built environment industry and placing South African lives at risk, says PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula. He explains that the use of substandard cement has various implications that may negatively affect the sustainability of buildings and... 

PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula
PPC South Africa MD Njombo Lekula speaks to Engineering News Online on the threats that sub-standard cement products pose, and what consumers can do to identify these products. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Darlene Creamer.

2019 Steel Awards showcases greater diversity

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2019 The South African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) Steel Awards attracted not only a record number of entries and sponsors this year, but also greater diversity, CEO Paolo Trinchero says. He points out that this year’s entries encompass a wider range of stakeholders in the greater built... 

Distributor remains positive, focusing on automation

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th October 2019 Statistics South Africa’s report on the construction industry last month shows a drop in activity related to nonresidential building, as well as construction work being constrained in the second quarter. “When comparing the construction industry of today to what it was five years ago, it is a... 

BETTER AND BETTER
Automation in the construction industry will drive efficiency and performance
BETTER AND BETTER Automation in the construction industry will drive efficiency and performance

Company provides multiple new solutions

By: Simone Liedtke     11th October 2019 As part of its continuous drive to improve on its solutions offerings, diversified construction materials company AfriSam is developing multiple new solutions to provide more environment-friendly and cost-effective products for clients. Cost effectiveness is particularly important, considering... 

AMIT DAWNEERANGEN
One should rather think about the benefits of products in terms of durability, sustainability and the environment
AMIT DAWNEERANGEN One should rather think about the benefits of products in terms of durability, sustainability and the environment

Supplier aims to meet demands through tech

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     11th October 2019 Owing to lower commodity prices and higher input costs, construction equipment supplier Hitachi Construction Machinery Africa’s diverse business units have enabled it to adapt to the huge shift by the construction and mining industry to assist customers. This was achieved by reducing operating... 

PPC says CFO Ramano to step down

By: Reuters     10th October 2019 South African construction materials firm PPC said on Thursday that CFO Tryphosa Ramano, who was also an executive director, would step down on October 31. Ronel van Dijk had been appointed as interim CFO and as an executive director with effect from November 1 until a permanent CFO is appointed,... 

Former German company now South African owned

By: Simone Liedtke     4th October 2019 Composite insulators and related products manufacturer Pfisterer has completed its rebranding initiative and is now known as Vexila. The rebranding follows after Pfisterer, which was solely owned by the German group Pfisterer, decided to exit the South African market owing to a strategic... 

Vexila CEO Gary Whalley
Vexila CEO Gary Whalley

Wind turbine brake maintenance revolutionised with specialised tools

4th October 2019 Lifting and positioning brakes is a sizable challenge in confined spaces, but maintenance is critical to minimising operational downtime, specifically when large wind turbines feature a yaw brake. 

FIX WHAT IS BROKEN
Svendborg Brakes’ LBS Yaw Brake Lifting tool allows service teams to carry out Wind Turbine maintenance in-situ
FIX WHAT IS BROKEN Svendborg Brakes’ LBS Yaw Brake Lifting tool allows service teams to carry out Wind Turbine maintenance in-situ

South African mining has ‘small window of opportunity to fix itself’, says panel 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd October 2019 The South African mining industry has "a small window of opportunity to fix itself and move forward" which demands that mining companies sort out their balance sheets and recognise that there is a level of profitability within the industry, PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw told delegates... 

PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw
PwC South Africa partner Andries Rossouw discusses some of the mining industry's opportunities with a panel at Joburg Indaba, wherein Accenture senior MR Rachael Bartels highlights how the mining industry underpins the circular economy. Video: Kutlwano Matlala. Video Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

SANEDI receives $100 000 grant for cool roofs challenge

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The State-owned South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) has received a $100 000 grant from the 1-Million Cool Roofs Challenge to deploy solar reflective coatings and/or materials between August this year and December 2020, the institute announced in a statement on Wednesday.... 

Cool surfaces in Groblershoop, Northern Cape
Cool surfaces in Groblershoop, Northern Cape

Robor goes into liquidation 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd October 2019 Steel tube and pipe manufacturer Robor has been placed into voluntary liquidation. Investment holding company Tiso Blackstar, which owns 47.61% of Robor, on Wednesday reported that the decline of the South African economy over the past three years, the margin-eroding effect of cheaper Chinese... 

Robor goes into liquidation

Billionaire Dangote plans big growth in African cement capacity

By: Bloomberg     30th September 2019 Aliko Dangote, the richest person in Africa, is looking to expand cement capacity on the continent by 29% to 62-million tons, entrenching his flagship company’s position as the the continent’s biggest producer of the construction material. The billionaire plans to add six-million tons in Nigeria... 

Kaytech remains only African producer of bidim

By: Tracy Hancock     27th September 2019 From the Durban Harbour quay wall, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the Glen Shopping Centre, in Gauteng, Durban-headquartered geosynthetics manufacturer and supplier Kaytech’s all-purpose geotextile bidim, is the first geotextile used in South Africa. Introduced by Kaytech in 1971, bidim was the first... 

Kaytech remains only African producer of bidim

Company introduces new boom lifts at local exhibition

27th September 2019 Trusted equipment solutions company Goscor Access Solutions launched two brand new articulating boom lifts from manufacturer of mobile elevated work platforms Genie. The company launched the new Genie Z45/25 XC and hybrid Z60/37 FE at the African Construction Exhibition held at Gallagher Estate... 

PPC confirms appointment of Roland van Wijnen as CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th September 2019 Cement producer PPC on Friday confirmed that Roland van Wijnen would formally take over as CEO from October 1. This follows his receiving a work permit. 

HVAC product manufacturing plant in Columbia expanded

20th September 2019 Indoor comfort solutions and services provider Trane marked a celebration last month to commend a significant expansion to its manufacturing facility in South Carolina, Columbia in the US, as well as highlight the company’s ongoing efforts in environmental, social and business sustainability. 

The Columbia facility expansion, in addition to additional workforce initiatives and community donations, are in line with the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments
The Columbia facility expansion, in addition to additional workforce initiatives and community donations, are in line with the company’s 2030 sustainability commitments

Construction activity to improve in the latter part of this year – Botha

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2019 Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who compiles the Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) on behalf of construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat, has expressed confidence that construction activity in South Africa will improve during the second half of this year and gain momentum in... 

Construction activity to improve in the latter part of this year – Botha

Afrimat's interim earnings to increase

By: Creamer Media Reporter      18th September 2019 African construction materials and industrial minerals supplier Afrimat expects its earnings per share (EPS) for the six months to August 31 to increase by between 80% and 100% to between 168.5c and 187.2c, compared with the EPS of 93.6c reported for the six months to August 31, 2018. Headline... 

Sanral applies to negotiate with unsuccessful bidders on Mtentu bridge contract

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has applied to National Treasury for permission to negotiate with the  previously prequalified, but unsuccessful bidders, to complete the Mtentu bridge contract. Failing this, the project will be re-tendered, says Sanral southern region... 

An artist's impression of the Mtentu bridge, once completed
An artist's impression of the Mtentu bridge, once completed

Australian project eats into WBHO profit; parastatals issue R20bn in tenders 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2019 Wilson Bailey Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) has seen a significant decline in profit owing to anticipated losses on the Western Roads Upgrade (WRU) project, in Australia. The construction group on Tuesday reported its financial results for the year ended June 30. 

Louwtjie Nel
Louwtjie Nel

Cashbuild maintains dividend growth despite tough market conditions

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd September 2019 JSE-listed building materials retailer Cashbuild has described the financial year ended June 30 as one of its toughest yet, mostly owing to low consumer spending, increasing competition in the do-it-yourself (DIY) retail environment and challenges in some of the company’s major product... 

PPC restructuring to position group to take advantage of future growth

By: Simone Liedtke     29th August 2019 As efforts to stabilise the performance of its core operations continue, JSE-listed cement company PPC on Thursday said the restructuring of the group would position the business to take advantage of future growth. The restructuring of the head office would enable the alignment of the business to... 

Leroy Merlin to open more stores in Gauteng

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd August 2019 Home improvement retailer Leroy Merlin is opening its second store in South Africa in Little Falls, Gauteng, at the end of August. The company aims to have four stores in the country by 2020, which, in total, rounds up to an investment into the South African economy of R1-billion.  

Fire detection system donated to care facility

23rd August 2019 Multinational power management company Eaton Africa’s sponsorship of a vital fire safety system has assisted care facility Alta du Toit Centre in Bellville, Cape Town, with revamping its outdated and faulty fire alarm system. After an inspection was done by the local fire department, it was found... 

OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre
OPEN DOORS Representatives from Eaton and Procom Fire attended a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Alta du Toit Centre

Flame-detection system set for SA launch

By: Halima Frost     23rd August 2019 Industrial solutions provider HMA South Africa, part of the larger HMA Group, is set to launch the Det-Tronics optical flame detection and releasing system, designed for the demands of ultrahigh-speed applications, by the end of this month. The launch is subsequent to HMA Group being awarded the... 

BOOM BOOM
The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry
BOOM BOOM The new optical flame section and releasing system mitigates explosive situations in the explosives manufacturing industry

Supplier completes two projects on the Foreshore

23rd August 2019 One of the most significant challenges faced at construction sites in the foreshore area of Cape Town is ensuring that the projects are protected from fire hazards and comply with local and international fire regulations, says fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech MD Michael Feldon. He... 

Sasfa aims to increase LSFB market share locally

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) aims for light steel frame building (LSFB) to be used for at least 10% of all new building projects in South Africa. 

MARKET GROWTH 
The sub-Saharan Africa market for LSFB has grown as much as the South African market, and it continues to grow
MARKET GROWTH The sub-Saharan Africa market for LSFB has grown as much as the South African market, and it continues to grow

Institute aims to lead in transitioning to 4IR

By: Mamaili Mamaila     16th August 2019 The steel construction sector has an important role to play in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), and the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (Saisc) aims to lead the charge on behalf of the sector, says Saisc technical director Amanuel Gebremeskel. 

AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL 
Enhancing the competitiveness of the local steel sector is critical as competition with other regions is expected to be even fiercer in the future
AMANUEL GEBREMESKEL Enhancing the competitiveness of the local steel sector is critical as competition with other regions is expected to be even fiercer in the future

New buildings to provide accommodation closer to institutions

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     16th August 2019 To address the issue of the lack of student accommodation in close proximity to campus, ADA Consulting Engineers has been involved in a greenfield construction project for a Southpoint building on Jorissen street in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. “Owing to Braamfontein being a densely built-up area,... 

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