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Acquisition of German company confirmed

25th January 2019 The acquisition of Germany-based planetary drives producer O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH by Italian gear motors, drive systems and planetary gearboxes producer Bonfiglioli and Italian transmission systems producer Carraro has made Bonfiglioli the sole owner of O&K Antriebstechnik GmbH. The process,... 

Company focused on agriculture

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 The agricultural sector is set to become a significant focal point for leading bearings and power transmission product distributor Bearings International (BI) in 2019, as it expands its portfolio of agricultural application products in the first quarter of this year. “There are a few product... 

Company focused on agriculture
AGRI-SMART SOLUTION The joint venture will bring the most essential spare products closer to farmers, in order to satisfy their maintenance needs for bearings and agricultural products

Expanded products portfolio leads to new opportunities

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 New markets and opportunities have arisen after technical solutions provider BMG expanded its products portfolio with the addition of Fenner conveyor belting products last year. “BMG decided to sign a long-term agreement in 2018 with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) solid woven conveyor belting products... 

Expanded products portfolio leads to  new opportunities
FENNER PRODUCT GROUP 2018 The extended scope has put BMG in a position to deal with conveyors clients

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors

By: Cameron Mackay     25th January 2019 With leveraging digital technology said to be key to participation in the next wave of economic growth, the launch of the WEG Motor Scan has become a reality for South African companies in various sectors, says motors and controls manufacturer Zest WEG Group rotating machinery sales manager... 

Motor Scan beneficial for various sectors
WEG MOTOR SCAN The sensor measures the vibration, temperature and operational hours of electric motors to detect irregularities

Tribunal to resume hearings into cement industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Competition Tribunal will hear evidence in the cement industry cartel case, when the matter resumes in Pretoria, on Thursday. The case stems from a Competition Commission investigation, which probed alleged collusive conduct in the cement industry against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC),... 

Nigerian commodities king Dangote targets foreign markets in sales push

By: Reuters     22nd January 2019 Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, said on Monday he expected to step up exports of cement and other commodities from Nigeria from this year as he focuses on foreign markets to boost sales and generate much-needed hard currency. Dangote told Reuters he expected to have 8 million tonnes of... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 The Pumps, Valves & Pipes Africa (PVP) 2019 international trade exhibition and conference is expected to welcome more than 10 500 industry professionals at this year’s event. The 2019 PVP Africa event, which will take place from June 11 to 13, in Johannesburg, at Gallagher Convention Centre, is... 

Tripartite expo to cater for bigger PVP audience
OPPORTUNITY FOR NETWORKING New partnership opportunities in a range of industries will create more opportunities for growth in the relevant sectors

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa

18th January 2019 Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December last year, the UG32 launch was preceded with the... 

HAW expands hose offering in South Africa
UNIFLEX UG32 AND UG2O GREASE CRIMPERS Owing to product demand and our role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper unique to HAW was made

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency

By: Cameron Mackay     18th January 2019 Last year, more factory audits of plastic pipe producers and manufacturers who are members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (Sappma) showed promising results leaving much hope for the future of the plastic pipes industry, says the quality regulator’s CEO, Jan Venter.... 

Sappma pleased with results after increasing audit frequency
SAPPMA From an environmental point of view, we can do a lot more for the same amount of money and materials

EU countries clear steel import curb until July 2021

By: Reuters     16th January 2019 The European Union (EU) will limit imports of steel into the bloc following US President Donald Trump's imposition of metals tariffs after EU governments backed the plan in a vote on Wednesday. It means that all steel imports will be subject to an effective cap until July 2021 to counter concerns... 

Big investor Nassef Sawiris cuts LafargeHolcim stake

By: Reuters     10th January 2019 One of LafargeHolcim's biggest shareholders, Nassef Sawiris, has reduced his stake in the world's biggest cement maker, the company said on Wednesday, confirming a report by Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung. The Egyptian tycoon sold nearly 1.6-million shares in the Swiss company in December, when... 

Sika CEO says buying Parex means a pause on large acquisitions

By: Reuters     8th January 2019 Sika will pause on making further large scale acquisitions after the Swiss construction chemicals company's largest-ever deal to buy France's Parex worth 2.5 billion Swiss francs ($2.55 billion) on Tuesday. Sika has been linked with the construction chemicals business of BASF, which could be... 

Becsa to acquire IP-rich Matriarch Equipment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th January 2019 JSE-listed heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment Company South Africa (Becsa), a subsidiary of Bell Equipment, will acquire Matriarch Equipment for an initial consideration of R3.8-million. The consideration will also include a further consideration of up to R15-million based on the... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand  

By: Terence Creamer     14th December 2018 Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) wants government to take decisive action in 2019 to ensure that departments and State-owned companies (SoCs) honour their obligations to purchase designated steel products from domestic manufacturers. The organisation is also... 

Enforcing local procurement rules would help offset weak demand
Seifsa CEO Kaizer Nyatsumba reflects back on 2018 and offer insight into prospects for the metals and engineering sector n 2019. Camera Work & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th December 2018 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Afrimat’s latest Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) rose by 4% in the third quarter, compared with the second quarter. This follows a gain of 7% between April and June.  

Level of activity in construction sector recovers by 9% since Q1 – index

Oman's Raysut Cement eyes acquiring Kenya's ARM Cement – statement

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Oman's Raysut Cement said on Tuesday it plans to acquire Kenya's ARM Cement, which went into administration in August, as part of its expansion plans. Raysut has expressed its interest to the administrators to acquire the company, it said in a statement. 

Canada's construction steel buyers face tariff 'roulette'

By: Reuters     4th December 2018 Canadian steel buyers are racing to get construction steel into the country to claim first-come, first-serve exemptions from tariffs that were meant to stabilize the country's market in the wake of US President Donald Trump's metals tariffs. With steel prices already high, the companies that... 

ELB awarded design, supply contract for Illovo sugar system in Malawi

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd December 2018 ELB Engineering Services has been awarded the design and supply contract for the sugar supply system for Illovo Sugar Malawi’s Dwangwa packing facility, in Malawi. ELB will provide Illovo with a new sugar supply system that complies with the sugar producer’s hygiene requirements, while reducing... 

LafargeHolcim sees slower 2019 sales growth but higher profitability

By: Reuters     28th November 2018 LafargeHolcim expects slower sales growth but higher profitability during 2019, the world's largest cement maker said on Wednesday, adding that it is counting on "solid market demand" for its building materials to continue. The French-Swiss company expects full-year sales growth of 3% to 5% next... 

Omnia sees R695m nitrophosphate investment as fertiliser ‘game changer’ 

By: Terence Creamer     27th November 2018 Diversified chemicals group Omnia says its innovative nitrophosphate plant under construction in Sasolburg will materially improve the company’s overall competitiveness in the production of fertilisers, despite an upward revision to the project’s capital cost. Omnia reported on Tuesday that the... 

Omnia sees R695m nitrophosphate investment as fertiliser ‘game changer’
Omnia's nitrophosphate plant under construction

PPC posts solid interim results on the back of growth outside South Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Cement producer PPC’s diversified portfolio has enabled the company to offset a weaker performance in South Africa performance with robust growth in the rest of Africa during the six months ended September 30, CEO Johan Claassen said on Friday. Reporting on the company’s financial results for the... 

PPC posts solid interim results on the back of growth outside South Africa
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

Firm’s design breathes new life into industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Multidisciplinary consulting engineering firm Arup was commended for its finalist entry of the V&A Grain Silo Complex façade in the architectural category at the 2018 South African Steel Awards, held last month. The R500-million V&A Grain Silo project, once an agricultural silo for grain storage... 

Firm’s design breathes  new life into industry
CROWN JEWEL The V&A Grain Silo Complex project was once an agricultural silo for grain storage, and is now features prominently in the silo district development

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine

By: Schalk Burger     23rd November 2018 The University of Cape Town (UCT) Civil Engineering Department has developed a process to grow bricks that can be any shape using sand, bacteria and human urine. The bricks are made of calcium carbonate (CaCO3) – the same substance as limestone, coral reefs, egg- and seashells – and sand cemented... 

UCT growing bricks of any shape from urine
GROWING BRICKS Sand, bacteria, fertiliser and urine produce calcium carbonate bricks in any shape

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The South African stainless steel in construction and cladding market is in an early developmental stage, despite many architectural projects having been completed over the past few decades, says South African Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) Western Cape regional manager Michel... 

Early days for stainless steel in cladding, construction industry
INTO FOCUS Stainless steel in cladding construction brings the advantages into focus

Trade wars costly to long-term construction projects

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 Owing to the global trade war in steel prices, local manufacturers, such as local steel fabricator Fabcon, are finding it difficult to quote for long-term construction projects. “The stockholding of any steel company is dramatically reduced, as companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer... 

Trade wars costly  to long-term construction projects
ANDREW VAN GOOL Companies are unwilling to hold stock for a longer period of time

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The demand for steel in South Africa’s construction and cladding sector will continue to increase, owing to its myriad of applications and ease of installation, says steel gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering technical director Glen Pringle.... 

Steel construction, cladding industry demand to continue increasing
DIVERSIFIED PRODUCT OFFERING Vital Engineering supplies various items, including stainless steel handrails, GRP products, galvanised steel gratings and stainless steel gratings

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 With the new stimulus plan announced under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership, South Africa’s economy is poised for an upturn, which will inevitably promote growth in the steel construction sector, says cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut MD Andrew Poole. “This... 

Stimulus plan, more efficient processing to promote steel construction growth
SOLUTIONS PROVIDER First Cut supplies processing solutions, which comprise its latest-generation fribelaser solutions that cut sheet steel

Signs of positive change in steel sector

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd November 2018 The drive to import certain quantities of steel has gained impetus during 2018, as a result of some doubts in the steel manufacturing industry about the ability of local mills to produce the required level of quality of certain products they require, steel processor and supplier Allied Steelrode... 

Signs of positive change in steel sector
WARNE RIPPON There has also more recently been a concerted effort made by the primary steel producer to improve its product quality

CMA membership offers significant advantages

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 As a leading supplier of innovative infrastructure products to the construction and mining industries in Southern Africa, the Infrastructure Specialist Group (ISG), which represents precast concrete product specialists Rocla and Technicrete, believes that Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA)... 

Industry associations offer innovative opportunities for precast manufacturers

By: Shannon de Ryhove     23rd November 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam, who has been producing quality construction materials for over 80 years, strongly believes that industry bodies, such as the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), have the opportunity to build the knowledge base and positively contribute towards... 

Barloworld mulls adding another Cat business; cuts 1 000 auto jobs 

By: Irma Venter     19th November 2018 Barloworld is mulling the acquisition of another distribution deal with US equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, says Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela. This follows the sale of the Iberia Equipment business in Spain for R2.5-billion. 

Barloworld mulls adding another Cat business; cuts 1 000 auto jobs
Dominic Sewela

Improved performance drives Sephaku’s H1 earnings higher

By: Simone Liedtke     13th November 2018 Construction materials company Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) achieved a 75.9% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 12.83c for the six months ended September 30, as a result of a significantly improved performance during the period. Headline earnings a share increased by 77.3%... 

Dangote is said to express interest in Kenyan cement firm ARM

By: Bloomberg     8th November 2018 Dangote Cement, Africa’s biggest producer of the building material, expressed an interest in acquiring Kenyan rival ARM Cement, according to three people familiar with the matter. ARM has been exploring a sale since at least October 2017. The company, part-owned by CDC Group, was placed in... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th November 2018 As a result of increasing demand for stretched and flattened steel, local steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode on Thursday launched a second stretcher leveller at its Midvaal-based facility for the production of Allied Steelrode Stretcher Material (ASSM). Having the stresses of... 

Allied Steelrode launches second stretcher leveller to meet growing demand
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon and group CE Arun Chadha speak to Engineering News Online about the company’s most recent purchase, a second stretcher leveler, as well as some of the company’s corporate social investments in the Midvaal area. Video & Editing: Nicholas Boyd

Master Drilling diversifies, expands through new JV in Italy  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th November 2018 JSE-listed Master Drilling has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Italian construction company Ghella, to establish a new Italy-based company called TunnelPro. TunnelPro will pursue tunnel boring projects in the smaller scope civil construction and broader mining industries, while also... 

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry

By: Halima Frost     2nd November 2018 Cleaning equipment manufacturer and supplier Kärcher Industrial’s Window Vac Professional 10 (WVP 10 Adv) is now available to the South African market following the good reception received by participating contract cleaners, retailers and prospective clients in its test samples. Having made the... 

Lightweight window cleaner developed for industry
BETTER SQUEEGEE The handheld steam and vacuum window washer is available from Kärcher

Bitumen supplier concerned about slowdown in road construction

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2018 The rapidly increasing bitumen price is less of a concern to bitumen suppliers than the recent slowdown in South African road construction, says Colas South Africa commercial, communication and marketing manager Herman Groenewald. Bitumen prices have increased by more than R2 000 a ton since... 

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