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Materials & Equipment News

Pandemic, economic challenges to shape industry direction

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Industry trends are likely to take a new direction because of the global Covid-19 pandemic and a severely constrained local economy, says steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel. 

Built-environment growth a focus for regulator

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has its sights set on accelerating growth in and strengthening its partnerships with the construction sector. 

TOWING THE LINE 
The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act
TOWING THE LINE The National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications’ National Building Regulations division assists with the upkeep of the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act

Sector lags behind, requires innovative tech

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 While other industries have undergone tremendous changes over time, owing to innovation and technology, the construction industry has only made incremental changes, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus South Africa marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. 

LEADING CONSTRUCTION TOOLS 
Some of Matus South Africa's leading brands for power tools within the construction sector are Hikoki (formerly known as Hitachi), Fox and Euroboor
LEADING CONSTRUCTION TOOLS Some of Matus South Africa's leading brands for power tools within the construction sector are Hikoki (formerly known as Hitachi), Fox and Euroboor

Expert enhances skills

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Demolition expert Jet Demolition has made a significant investment in developing and retaining an exclusive skills base through the retention of full-time, long-term employees. 

KIND OF A BIG DEAL
The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition
KIND OF A BIG DEAL The Bank of Lisbon building implosion on November 24 2019 is the tallest reinforced concrete-frame building ever imploded by Jet Demolition

More to concrete parking lots than meets the eye

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Concrete offers several major advantages when building parking areas, says industry body The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. 

DIG A LITTLE DEEPER 
The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER The environmental aspects of concrete parking lots, should not be overlooked

Company supplies products for new Gauteng reservoirs

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 A variety of products supplied by construction products specialist a.b.e. Construction Chemicals are being used for several new major water reservoir projects currently under construction in Gauteng. 

WATER WORKS 
Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa
WATER WORKS Benoni’s Northmead elevated water reservoir is the largest elevated type in Gauteng and one of the biggest in South Africa

System gaining traction in building conversion projects

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd May 2020 Alternative building technology solutions provider SanteQ Liteweight Building Technology’s bespoke Plaswall building technology provides for simple and rapid installation using unsophisticated skills. 

BACK TO THE WALL 
SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials
BACK TO THE WALL SanteQ's walling systems use between 80% and 90% recycled and waste materials

Afrimat seeks growth opportunities as it posts record results 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2020 Openpit miner Afrimat is “well-positioned to grow” its business in the current environment, and should “things go south”, the company would be able to “survive for a long time”, says CEO Andries van Heerden. “We should be well hedged against the uncertainty of the future”. Afrimat mines... 

Andries Van Heerden
Andries Van Heerden

Lafarge Africa halts capex and warns of second-quarter sales drop

By: Reuters     19th May 2020 Lafarge Africa will freeze capital expenditure this year, Chief Executive Khaled El Dokani said on Tuesday after the cement company forecast a drop in second-quarter sales as the coronavirus pandemic hits demand. Major infrastructure projects have been put on hold, El Dokani said, citing... 

Timber suitable to help address Covid-19 housing requirement

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2020 In response to government investigating alternative housing solutions for densely populated informal settlements during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sawmilling South Africa (SSA) and the Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) have approached government with a proposal that timber be... 

Construction industry operating at 10%, 15% of capacity, says Metelerkamp 

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2020 Despite certain sections of the construction industry returning to work under Alert Level 4 of the national lockdown, the industry is currently only working at between 10% and 15% of its capacity, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. Construction on public projects, such as... 

Construction industry operating at 10%, 15% of capacity, says Metelerkamp

Valves maintenance still a challenge

By: Mamaili Mamaila     15th May 2020 Although demand for valves has increased over the past five years, maintenance costs, efficiency and valve service life are some of the challenges that companies face yearly, says coating technology specialist Thermaspray’s laser cladding manager Jordaan Lourens. 

IRREPLACEABLE SOLUTIONS
The initial coating of new valves as well as their efficient repair results in fewer valve replacements
IRREPLACEABLE SOLUTIONS The initial coating of new valves as well as their efficient repair results in fewer valve replacements

AfriSam now operating under Level 4 restrictions

By: Simone Liedtke     13th May 2020 The first steps in relaxing South Africa’s national coronavirus lockdown will allow critical supplies of cement and construction material to reach specified markets. “With the lowering . . . to Alert Level 4, the new regulations permit AfriSam to resume some of its production and to supply... 

AfriSam now operating under Level 4 restrictions

Dangote Cement supports Cameroon's fight against Covid-19

By: African News Agency      12th May 2020 Nigerian cement-manufacturing company Dangote has handed over personal protection equipment (PPE) kits worth 100-million CFA francs to Cameroon’s ministry of public health to support health-care workers on the front line in the country's fight against Covid-19. Cameroon has been fighting the... 

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business

By: Donna Slater     8th May 2020 The South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) urges the government to allow paint contractors to not only carry out emergency projects, but also other contracts for external surface renovations and coatings. In terms of Level 4 stipulations, paint producers and coatings raw material... 

Sapma appeals to government to allow paint contractors to resume business

The startup disrupting the construction tender process

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     6th May 2020 TenderPoint SA aims to introduce effective and efficient e-procurement in the construction industry both from procurement entities such as government and property development organisations, as well as between contractors themselves. TenderPoint SA is an online construction procurement platform... 

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

By: Donna Slater     6th May 2020 Surface mining industry association Aspasa has advised its members to use the time between the reopening of surface mines and the delivery of products wisely, by preparing smart stockpiles, internal roadway systems and traffic separation measures to deal quickly and safely with a pickup in demand... 

Aspasa advises on preparing stockpiles for rapid post-lockdown deliveries

PFERD maintains supplies to essential industries amid and after lockdown

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th April 2020 German-owned abrasive product manufacturer PFERD South Africa says that although the impact of the lockdown will be felt throughout all businesses within the country over years to come, there is also an opportunity for local businesses to grow, considering the lack or reduced ability to import... 

PFERD maintains supplies to essential industries amid and after lockdown

Company provides crane replacement, refurbishment solutions

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 The options of replacing or refurbishing an overhead crane both have advantages, and they should be considered very carefully, says crane manufacturer and refurbishment specialist Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “To help customers with this decision, we supply a range of solutions offering varying... 

BIG JOB
Refurbished 20 m span Condra crane for Implats
BIG JOB Refurbished 20 m span Condra crane for Implats

Manufacturer achieves AoM certification

24th April 2020 Leading supplier of maritime ropes and heavy lift slings Lankhorst Ropes is the first fibre rope manufacturer to achieve DNVGL Approval of Manufacture (AoM) for its LankoForce heavy lift slings. Achieving DNVGL-CP-0173 AoM certification shows that Lankhorst’s sling production process has been... 

Steppingstone
The certification is an important steppingstone in the wider market acceptance of heavy lift, fibre rope slings
Steppingstone The certification is an important steppingstone in the wider market acceptance of heavy lift, fibre rope slings

Long-term rental agreement for 43 machines

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     24th April 2020 Materials handling equipment supplier Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) has delivered 43 machines on a 60-month, long-term rental contract to tyre manufacturer Sumitomo Rubber Industries. The machines are used at Sumitomo’s manufacturing plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.  

Concrete Manufacturers Association joins growing calls for govt to lift South Africa’s lockdown

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd April 2020 The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has added its voice to growing calls from professional bodies in the construction industry for the nationwide lockdown – in response to Covid-19 – to come to an end in order to prevent “economic catastrophe” and large-scale job losses. CMA GM Henry... 

Concrete Manufacturers Association GM Henry Cockcroft
Concrete Manufacturers Association GM Henry Cockcroft

Deadline for AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award entries extended

By: Donna Slater     23rd April 2020 Entries for the yearly AfriSam-SAIA Sustainable Design Award have been extended to July 3, as a result of the disruption brought about as a result of Covid-19. Cement, aggregate and readymix concrete producer AfriSam points out that strict lockdown measures in most countries around the world... 

EU reviewing steel imports in view of possible glut - trade chief

By: Reuters     22nd April 2020 The coronavirus crisis could lead to massive stockpiling of steel that could then flood the European Union when demand returns, the EU trade chief said on Tuesday, adding this was something the bloc would seek to guard against. The EU put in place safeguards in 2018 to control incoming steel to... 

Trumod donates alternative building material houses in Ekurhuleni

By: Schalk Burger     21st April 2020 Alternative building solutions company Trumod will donate temporary relief structures this week to communities that have been affected by displacements during Covid-19. This will be done in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni. 

Modular power solutions increasing in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     17th April 2020 In most power plants across Africa, clients prefer to install modular-type solutions, also known as containerised solutions or e-houses, and dry-type transformers fit “perfectly” within this scope, says transformer supplier and specialist Trafo Power Solutions MD David Claassen. The preference... 

DAVID CLAASSEN
Trafo also designs and customises its transformers according to client specifications and requirements
DAVID CLAASSEN Trafo also designs and customises its transformers according to client specifications and requirements

Construction sector faces cash crunch as lockdown is extended  

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2020 The Master Builders Association (MBA) North warns that the current Covid-19 lockdown and its aftermath are set “to raise all sorts of issues” for an industry that is already in trouble.  “The fact that all construction work has been put on hold for the lockdown period has caused an immediate cash... 

Construction sector faces cash crunch as lockdown is extended

Quickly deployable prefabricated medical facility ideal to tackle Covid-19 in Africa

By: Donna Slater     9th April 2020 A partnership between renewable energy company Africa Clean Energy Solutions (Aces) and mining, civil and roadworks company 3C Tech Mining has led to the development of a turnkey prefabricated medical facility – SAFEPOD – which can be used to bolster medical facilities available to tackle the... 

Design consideration critical for efficiency of power tools

3rd April 2020 With choosing the right motor for an industrial power tool being no trivial task, designers must consider the unique operating profile of the tool as well as operating life, product weight, user comfort and energy efficiency, particularly if the tool is to be battery operated, says motion... 

COIL TECHNOLOGY The Ultra EC family of brushless slotless motors employs a revolutionary and patented U coil technology
COIL TECHNOLOGY The Ultra EC family of brushless slotless motors employs a revolutionary and patented U coil technology

Supplier offers advisory service for equipment

3rd April 2020 Industrial equipment supplier BMG’s tools & equipment division supports its range of quality-branded equipment with a technical-advisory service, assisting customers throughout the country with the selection of the correct tools for assembly, manufacturing and maintenance. “Our extensive range of... 

HANDS ON FASTENING BMG’s extensive range of Ingersoll Rand fastening tools for heavy equipment assembly and maintenance, extends from basic tightening devices to high-tech assembly equipment
HANDS ON FASTENING BMG’s extensive range of Ingersoll Rand fastening tools for heavy equipment assembly and maintenance, extends from basic tightening devices to high-tech assembly equipment

Power tools innovation leads to industry growth

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     3rd April 2020 The power tools market is on the rise and there are “exciting trends and innovations’ emerging” in the industry, says power tools and hardware wholesaler Matus marketing manager Candice Knipe-Tlhotlhalemajoe. Some of these innovative trends include cordless power tools, battery switches and... 

FREEDOM OF POWER This innovative product allows users the freedom of a 36 V cordless power tool with the power of alternating current and the freedom of direct current
FREEDOM OF POWER This innovative product allows users the freedom of a 36 V cordless power tool with the power of alternating current and the freedom of direct current

Equipment supplier awarded contract to supply tool kits

3rd April 2020 The Colliery Training College (CTC) in Emalahleni has awarded industrial equipment supplier INDUSTRI Tools & Equipment the 2020 contract to supply tool kits, which are used during mining- and engineering-related skills training. “The CTC, initially established specifically for the mining sector,... 

Company unveils cordless metal cutting circular saw

3rd April 2020 Heavy-duty, portable electric power tools and accessories manufacturer Milwaukee Tools has developed the industry’s first cordless 20.3 cm metal cutting circular saw. The M18 FUEL 20.3 cm metal cutting circular saw will be available this month and will ship with one of the company’s new metal... 

New tech needs consulting engineers buy-in

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2020 Construction connection technology company Peikko is working to raise awareness among consulting engineers in South Africa of the potential that its bolted column connection technology and associated solutions could have to transform the construction industry. The Finnish company entered the... 

BUILDING TRUST
Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country
BUILDING TRUST Peikko's technology has been adopted to some success in a few projects since entering the country

Company adds new steel cutting tool for its machines

3rd April 2020 Remote-controlled demolition machines manufacturer Brokk offers a new steel cutting tool for mid-size Brokk machines. The MC300 Multi Cutter – which is manufactured by Brokk’s sister company equipment supplier Darda – offers the highest cutting force with low weight. 

Versatile application The mid-size Brokk 200 and 300 remote-controlled demolition machines can use the Darda MC300 Multi Cutter attachment to cut steel material, utility lines and cables in a variety of industries
Versatile application The mid-size Brokk 200 and 300 remote-controlled demolition machines can use the Darda MC300 Multi Cutter attachment to cut steel material, utility lines and cables in a variety of industries

GlobalData revises full-year copper output growth forecast lower

By: Simone Liedtke     1st April 2020 Global copper production is expected to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with data analytics and consulting company GlobalData now forecasting output growth of just 1.9% to 21-million tonnes for this year. This compares with its previous forecast of 3.4% year-on-year growth in global copper... 

Caterpillar says pandemic hits supply chain, demand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th March 2020 The continued spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to impact on construction and mining equipment manufacturer Caterpillar's supply chain, a possibility the company previously disclosed in February. The US-based company indicated on Thursday that it was monitoring the situation closely... 

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