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Materials & Equipment News

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. 

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. 

Institute aims to lead  in transitioning to 4IR
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,... 

Cement industry seeks tariffs amid crippling imports 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th August 2019 The Concrete Institute (TCI) has lodged an appeal with the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (Itac) to impose import tariffs on cement imports to protect South African producers from the mass importation of cheaper cement products from countries such as China and... 

Cement industry seeks tariffs amid crippling imports
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
(Left to Right) TCI MD Bryan Perrie, PPC Cement sales head Rob Rein and AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes

Asia-Pacific to lead in growing global construction additives market

By: Marleny Arnoldi     13th August 2019 Research firm Frost & Sullivan says growth opportunities in the global construction additives market look promising over the next six years. It expects the market to expand at a compounded annual growth rate of 6.5% from 2018 to 2025.  

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group

9th August 2019 Industrial organisation Şişecam Group continues its investments in Bulgaria where it operates in flat glass, automotive glass, glassware and chemicals business lines. 

Furnace-firing ceremony for Bulgaria-based group
INCREASED LABOUR Şişecam Group aims to contribute to the Bulgarian economy by increasing labour force participation

Improving efficiency, safety and profits with specialised equipment

By: Mamaili Mamaila     9th August 2019 There is a big opportunity to improve safety, efficiency and cost savings when it comes to kiln maintenance, says cement kiln equipment and bricking-machine manufacturer Bricking Solutions MD Heather Harding. 

Improving efficiency, safety and profits with specialised equipment
ACTION PLAN It is critical to implement a detailed and consistent plan of action, ensuring the safety of all persons during large, intricate, and complicated projects

Aveng sells Duraset Alrode business for R50m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th August 2019 JSE-listed construction group Aveng has entered into a binding agreement to sell its Aveng Duraset Alrode business to Videx Wire Products for R50-million. Duraset Alrode is a diversified supplier of engineered support solutions to the mining and geotechnical industries.  

Global aluminium demand set to outpace growth – Fitch

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th August 2019 The global aluminium market is likely to experience a number of deficits over the coming years as solid demand growth, driven by the construction and automotive sectors, outpaces production growth, says Fitch Solutions Macro Research. Fitch expects the global primary aluminium market to remain... 

UK sand washing technology used to great effect in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd August 2019 South African construction materials producer Ground Breakers is using UK-based CDE’s Combo all-in-one wet processing and water recycling system to enhance the quality of its products, while lowering operating costs and ensuring greater return on investment. The Combo has been in use at Ground... 

Concrete enhancement in harbour infrastructure

2nd August 2019 Geosynthetics solutions company Fibertex encompasses controlled permeability formwork (CPF) liners – Formtex CPF liners – designed for concrete surface enhancement in harbour infrastructure projects. 

Concrete enhancement in harbour infrastructure
BUILD A BRIDGE The Formtex CPF liners reduce the formation of blowholes and other blemishes on concrete surfaces

Aspasa calls for more oversight, increased awareness of legislation

By: Nadine James     31st July 2019 The sand industry, while subject to the Mining and Petroleum Resources Development Act, is still suffering from a lack of “control” or oversight, Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa (Aspasa) director Nico Pienaar told the CDE sand-washing conference on Wednesday. He noted a... 

Dangote targets consumers to raise Nigerian market share

By: , Bloomberg     31st July 2019 Dangote Cement will sell to consumers directly to boost growth and overcome tough competition in its home market, the company ‘s chief executive officer said. Africa’s biggest cement maker is seeking to increase Nigerian market share from 63% to 65% with new strategies implemented at the end of... 

Institute increases training, opens doors to public

By: Theresa Bhowan     26th July 2019 Materials testing and materials sector training facility Cermalab intends to open its training courses to the public next year and has started to expand its training institute to offer a variety of courses. 

Institute increases training, opens doors to public
HARD AT WORK The Institute for Ceramic Education was established in 2018 to cater to the significant demand for training in the ceramics industry

Mohuba to step down as Sephaku CEO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th July 2019 JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) announced on Thursday that its CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba intended to step down on December 31. Mohuba said he would be willing take up a nonexecutive position should the company request it.  

Mohuba to step down as Sephaku CEO
Photo by Creamer Media
Outgoing Sephaku Holdings CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba

Prevost urges coal producers to focus on local demand   

By: Nadine James     24th July 2019 South African coal producers should focus on supplying local industries and State-owned power utility Eskom, given the changing and uncertain export environment, XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost said on Wednesday. Speaking at the inaugural Coal Industry Day hosted by Resources 4... 

Prevost urges coal producers to focus on local demand
XMP Consulting senior coal analyst Xavier Prevost discusses the state of the South African coal sector. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity

By: Theresa Bhowan     5th July 2019 The Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) is following a diverse and inclusive approach in the steel industry as it promotes the importance of women working in steel, as well as younger people joining the sector. 

Institute implements changes for inclusivity, diversity
NEW ON BOARD Newly elected chairperson, Nicolette Skjoldhammer with CEO Paolo Trinchero and board member Tebogo Raaleka

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 Owing to the varied benefits which companies obtain as members of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda), the association has created a tiered membership structure. 

Sassda in transition, creates new membership structure
GROWTH FROM EXPORTS Growth in the mining, and food and beverage, sectors for stainless steel, led to consumption in South Africa increasing by 8.6% last year

Safika now holds 10% of Sephaku

By: Simone Liedtke     4th July 2019 Investment holdings company Safika has acquired an interest in building materials company Sephaku. Safika now holds 10% of Sephaku’s issued shares. 

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions 

4th July 2019 JSE-listed diversified materials company AfriSam has implemented various initiatives to reduce its carbon intensity and developed responses to limit the impact of a carbon tax.  

AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions
AfriSam details carbon tax responses and showcases potential solutions

PPC reports ‘solid’ results despite challenging trading conditions

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2019 Despite having had to navigate through challenging trading conditions across the markets in which it operates, cement producer PPC on Friday reported a 60% increase in its basic earnings a share to 16c, and a 33% increase in its headline earnings a share to 20c for the financial year ended March... 

Sanral extends olive branch to smaller contractors, communities

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 The massive turnout at the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) N2/N3 information corridor roadshow across KwaZulu-Natal this week saw the roads agency extend an olive branch to local contractors and communities, as well as controversial business forums that had disrupted... 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

WSP remains proactive in slow market

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Amid the pressures in the built environment, professional services provider WSP is proactively looking for opportunities to diversify and alternative ways of conducting its business to improve efficiencies that will benefit clients. “. . . the need for infrastructure investment and development... 

WSP remains proactive in slow market
GRID GANG The WSP team working on improving the power grid in Zimbabwe

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions

By: Schalk Burger     28th June 2019 Diversified materials company AfriSam is working to further reduce its carbon emissions, after achieving a sustained reduction of 35% as a result of on various initiatives over nearly two decades, says AfriSam Cementitious executive Hannes Meyer. During a media tour of the clinker production... 

AfriSam exploring ways to further reduce its carbon emissions
Photo by Dylan Slater
LIMESTONE KILN Producing clinker is energy intensive and releases CO2 over and above the fuel used to burn the limestone

PPC appoints CEO with global experience

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th June 2019 Cement producer PPC has appointed Roland van Wijnen to succeed Johan Claassen as CEO of the group. Van Wijnen is a Dutch national, whose listed company experience and exposure to international global best practice is expected to broaden the management practices of PPC. 

PPC appoints CEO with global experience
Roland van Wijnen

Sephaku expects weak construction materials demand to continue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th June 2019 Amid weak demand, JSE-listed Sephaku Holdings focused on lowering its debt, defending its share of the market and improving cost efficiencies during the financial year ended March 31. Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba on Wednesday said local building and construction materials manufacturers continued... 

Sephaku expects weak construction materials demand to continue
Photo by Creamer Media
Sephaku CEO Dr Lelau Mohuba

Company expands on fixing range

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     21st June 2019 Construction and fixing supplier Upat South Africa, the sole Southern African agents for fischer Fixings, has added its Duopower nylon expansion plug to its extensive range of fixings. Made from two different types of nylon, Upat technical sales director and co-owner, Kerry Kuhlmann, explains... 

Company expands on fixing range
CLOSE KNIT Upat not only supplies the fischer range of products, the company offers four other major brands that are all complementary

Upat offers a complete solution for construction industry

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     21st June 2019 As a local supplier of premium brands – including those of measuring tool supplier Stabila, power tool manufacturer Milwaukee and construction fastening and fixing supplier fischer – leading distributor Upat South Africa offers a complete solution to clients in construction and associated trades.... 

Lafarge Africa rises to 3-week high after it sells South African unit

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Shares of Lafarge Africa rose 9.95% to a three-week high on Thursday after the cement maker said it had sold its loss-making South African operations. The stock of the local unit of Franco-Swiss group Lafarge Holcim listed in Lagos, climbed to 10.50 naira, outperforming the weaker Nigerian All... 

Egypt's Tourah Cement stops production due to oversupply

By: Reuters     18th June 2019 Egyptian cement maker Tourah Cement, a subsidiary of Germany's HeidelbergCement , says it has suspended production because of financial distress caused by oversupply in the Egyptian market and is considering liquidation. "Estimated cement consumption during 2019 will end at around 50-million... 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast
Van Dykspruit Quarry

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

By: Simone Liedtke     14th June 2019 The revival of South Africa’s flagging manufacturing sector is core to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s broader economic recovery plan. The importance attributed to manufacturing can be seen in the President’s decision to appoint the experienced Ebrahim Patel to lead the newly restructured Trade and... 

Collaboration seen as key to unlocking South Africa’s industrial potential

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable concrete structures

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 In the context of the struggling South African construction industry, owing to a lack of investment in infrastructure projects, extended and institutionalised knowledge about improving the durability of concrete structures is crucial to the competitiveness of the South African concrete industry,... 

Concrete knowledge crucial to produce sustainable  concrete structures
VITAL PRECEDENCE Building is built on precedence. One doesn’t change concrete technology quickly, it takes a long time for new technology to be implemented

Chinese company opens competence centre

7th June 2019 Multinational silicon products developer and manufacturer the WACKER Group has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai, China. The laboratory will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions, which are able to improve the performance of cement and... 

Chinese company opens competence centre
Photo by Bloomberg
CEMENT INNOVATION The new competence center will develop novel silicone-based products and solutions that improve the durability of cement and concrete

Supplier adds new crusher to range

7th June 2019 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa has added the updated high-performance I54Rv3 impact crusher to the company’s range of screening and crushing equipment manufacturer McCloskey International crushing and screen plants. The I54Rv3 impact crusher, an advanced version... 

Supplier adds new  crusher to range
COMMENDABLE CRUSHING The I54Rv3 impact crusher operates efficiently in various applications. These include asphalt and concrete recycling, rock crushing, construction, mining and demolition

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has reduced the company’s carbon emissions, per ton of cement produced, by 35% from 1990 to 2018 and is focusing on further carbon reductions, sustainability and the implementation of the carbon tax in South Africa. “The 35% is close to the targets being... 

Producer achieves 35% emission reduction, supports carbon tax
CARBON TAX COMPLICATIONS AfriSam has significantly reduced its carbon emissions
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