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Materials & Equipment News

No growth expected amid low govt spend

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Government spending is the main drive for construction and/or civils spending, but, as the budget is exceptionally tight, construction equipment supplier HPE Africa MD Ross Collard does not expect any growth this year. Last year, there were limited development opportunities for the company’s... 

Online purchasing first for South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 US construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar’s mini excavators will be one of the first Cat product lines to be sold online through its Southern Africa dealer, Barloworld Equipment, this year. Following the launch last year, there is growing excitement around the Cat Next Generation mini... 

SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCE
Air conditioning has also been introduced as an option on all Cat Next Generation mini excavator model sizes in response to direct feedback from South African customers
SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCE Air conditioning has also been introduced as an option on all Cat Next Generation mini excavator model sizes in response to direct feedback from South African customers

Sephaku expects cement market to remain subdued as it reports fall in 2019 sales

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2020 JSE-listed building and construction materials group Sephaku Holdings expects the South African building materials market to remain subdued in 2020, following a difficult 2019 financial year, characterised by increased competition from blenders and cement imports. The company, which holds a 36%... 

Sephaku expects cement market to remain subdued as it reports fall in 2019 sales

WBHO (almost) shakes off nightmare Aussie roads project 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2020 Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) saw a strong recovery in the six months ended December 31, as it turned a R2-million profit for the comparative period in 2018 into a R264-million profit. It seems the construction group is shaking off the effect of a botched roads project in Melbourne,... 

WBHO (almost) shakes off nightmare Aussie roads project

Germany moves into hydrogen with lessons from Opec, Russia 

By: Bloomberg     3rd March 2020 Germany is taking its first steps to build an economy based on hydrogen instead of fossil fuels, seeking to deliver both green growth and to avoid being trapped by a small cartel of suppliers. Ministers have been quietly lining up deals with nations including Nigeria that might produce hydrogen... 

Association battles to attain curriculum accreditation

By: Halima Frost     28th February 2020 In its efforts to generate a full curriculum for the broader spectrum of flooring installation over the last seven years, Flooring Industry Training Association (Fita) has had difficulties with the Quality Council for Trades & Occupations (QCTO), as the qualifications process seemed to take much... 

FLOORED
Training and accreditation in the flooring industry has taken a knock because of delays in the accreditation process
FLOORED Training and accreditation in the flooring industry has taken a knock because of delays in the accreditation process

Construction changes affect flooring quality

By: Halima Frost     28th February 2020 Changes in materials and construction methods in the built environment have led to an increase in problematic subfloors, which lead to poor end-results, says flooring distributor Polyflor SA CEO Tandy Coleman. These changes include the addition of chemical additives in concrete manufacturing, the... 

PICTURE PERFECT
The recipe for a perfectly fitted vinyl floor starts with a well laid self-leveling screed
PICTURE PERFECT The recipe for a perfectly fitted vinyl floor starts with a well laid self-leveling screed

Flooring company to start green project

By: Halima Frost     28th February 2020 Flooring contractor KBAC Flooring will handle a 1 400 m2   external raised paving installation project in Centurion for M&T Development, set to start in April 2020. The project is believed to be the first of its kind in Africa using a unique locally manufactured product. KBAC Flooring will... 

UPLIFTING
Raised flooring allows for increased aesthetic appeal and accesses to hidden building services
UPLIFTING Raised flooring allows for increased aesthetic appeal and accesses to hidden building services

Dangote Cement to start exports from Congo after Nigerian export woes

By: Reuters     27th February 2020 Dangote Cement said on Wednesday it planned to start exports from its Congo Republic plants to neighbouring States after its Nigerian exports fell 41% in 2019 when Nigeria's government closed its borders. Nigeria shut its land border in August to curb the smuggling of rice to neighbouring states... 

LafargeHolcim sees 3% to 5% sales growth in 2020 despite China slowdown

By: Reuters     27th February 2020 LafargeHolcim reported slightly better-than-expected net profit during 2019, the world's largest cement maker said on Thursday, saying it expected solid market conditions in most countries this year except China. The building materials maker said net income rose by nearly 50% to 2.25-billion... 

Chemists develop process to turn rubbish into graphene

By: Schalk Burger     21st February 2020 Rice University laboratory chemists, led by James Tour, have in the science journal Nature introduced a process by which almost any source of carbon can be turned into graphene flakes, the university said. The gram-scale bottom-up flash graphene synthesis process is quick and cheap and can... 

FLASH GRAPHENE
Undergraduate intern Christina Crassas, chemist James Tour and graduate students Paul Advincula and Duy Luong turn carbon black into graphene in a flash
FLASH GRAPHENE Undergraduate intern Christina Crassas, chemist James Tour and graduate students Paul Advincula and Duy Luong turn carbon black into graphene in a flash

Kenyan cement firms want protection from surging imports

By: John Muchira     21st February 2020 Cement manufacturers in Kenya are pushing for tough interventions intervention by government to stem the influx of imports, which are threatening the competitiveness of local producers. National Cement Company chairperson Narendra Raval said this month that Kenya had enough clinker to meet local... 

Products reduce construction time 

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     14th February 2020 Two products of construction connection technology supplier Peikko South Africa – the bolted column connections and DELTABEAM slim floor structures – contributed to reducing overall construction time at a project of food manufacturer Continental Brands, in Johannesburg. By using DELTABEAM, the... 

Products reduce construction time
Peikko South Africa MD Daniel Petrov discusses the company’s latest innovations in the civil engineering and construction sector.

South African contractors feeling the pinch amid delayed shipments from China

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th February 2020 Law firm MDA Attorneys says local construction projects are being negatively impacted on by indefinitely delayed shipments of construction materials from China, as a result of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Consequently, South African contractors are sharpening up on the terms of their... 

South African contractors feeling the pinch amid delayed shipments from China

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

By: Tracy Hancock     10th February 2020 Component sales remain strong at South African crane manufacturer Condra’s Johannesburg works, which has been manufacturing complete cranes since 1971, says Condra MD Marc Kleiner. “Currently 12% to 15% of our business is made up of component sales, but we do see this as a major growth market.... 

Demand for Condra crane components abroad

Rocky political climate hinders conveyor industry growth

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 The “turmoil” of South African politics has engendered a decline in investment currently and doubt over possible future investment in the mining industry, Conveyor Manufacturers Association of South Africa (CMASA) chairperson Jay Pillay tells Engineering News. Typically, mine expansions, new... 

BUMPY RIDE
The health of the local conveyor manufacturing industry directly depends on the health of the mining industry
ealth mining industry
BUMPY RIDE The health of the local conveyor manufacturing industry directly depends on the health of the mining industry ealth mining industry

Automated solution supplied to OEM

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Drive engineering and automation company SEW-Eurodrive has supplied its highly configurable HandlingKinematics to a local original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) of concrete brick, block and paving machinery for use in a greenfield plant in East London, in the Eastern Cape. SEW-Eurodrive Maxolution... 

MOVING TECHNOLOGY 
Incorporating the freely programmable MOVI-PLC into the HandlingKinematics solution allows for greater flexibility
MOVING TECHNOLOGY Incorporating the freely programmable MOVI-PLC into the HandlingKinematics solution allows for greater flexibility

Excavation and loading fleet adds new machines

By: Darren Parker     7th February 2020 Mining contractor WEGO Africa added another SANY SY500 excavator to its pre-existing fleet of four, in addition to acquiring two new SANY SY956 front-end loaders, at the end of last year. The new equipment was transported by road from Johannesburg, in Gauteng, to an iron-ore and manganese mine in... 

CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet
CAN YOU DIG IT A fifth SY500 excavator has been added to the mining contractor’s fleet

Octodec, Raizcorp launch enterprise and supplier development programme 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th February 2020 In collaboration with business incubator Raizcorp, real estate investment trust Octodec has launched its enterprise and supplier development (ESD) programme, which offers participants internationally accredited business learning and guidance. The ESD programme aims to enhance the impact,... 

Raizcorp prosperator manager Sharon Venn
Raizcorp prosperator manager Sharon Venn chats to Creamer Media's Engineering News about the ESD Programme and its participants.

Barloworld to acquire Mongolian equipment businesses

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd February 2020 JSE-listed equipment supplier Barloworld’s Mongolian subsidiary has entered into an agreement with Wagner International to fully acquire its subsidiary Wagner Asia Equipment and 49% of SGMS. The total consideration for the acquisitions is $216-million, or R3.2-billion, which Barloworld says... 

Cheap cement imports crippling South African industry, says Databuild

By: African News Agency      15th January 2020 South African cement manufacturers are being severely undermined by cheap imports from countries such as China, Vietnam and Pakistan, an industry official said on Wednesday. The government's failure to stem the influx of these products could have a severe detrimental impact on an already... 

ELB to restructure Engineering Services business

By: Simone Liedtke     8th January 2020 Engineering services company ELB plans to restructure its Engineering Services business, downsize its head office function and possibly sell its Australian equipment business, ELB Australasia. This is in response to a depressed trading environment, as well as the losses incurred on the Gamsberg... 

Condra reveals new fully automated overhead crane capability

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2020 Industrial equipment supplier Condra Cranes has announced a fully automated overhead crane capability, simultaneously revealing that the first such machine was delivered to platinum-group metals producer Lonmin in November last year. The overhead crane provides an alternative to the traditional... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

USEFUL BEAUTY
The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

DAM BIG PROJECT
The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

Edenville inks two key coal supply contracts

By: Simone Liedtke     11th December 2019 Aim-listed Edenville Energy has signed two new significant contracts to supply washed coal from the company’s flagship Rukwa coal project, in western Tanzania. The two contracts are for the supply of up to 6 000 t and up to 3 000 t, respectively, of washed coal a month to industrial customers in... 

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces... 

!KHEIS COATING
Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape
!KHEIS COATING Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape

Cool coatings can help make living in low-cost buildings more bearable

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Cool coating technologies, also known as cool surfaces, can play a key role in making human settlements more energy efficient and sustainable, and buildings more habitable, says research institution South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) energy efficiency cool surfaces... 

!KHEIS COATING
Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape
!KHEIS COATING Local youth cover a roof in cool coating in Groblershoop, in the !Kheis municipality in the Northern Cape

Data management in construction adds resilience, efficiency benefits

By: Schalk Burger     6th December 2019 Effectively managing data in construction sector businesses helps them to be more resilient in the event of a cybersecurity breach or loss of data, and helps them to use their data efficiently to support operations , says data management consulting company Gabsten Technologies MD Hemant Harie.... 

HEMANT HARIE
Effectively managing the flow and protection of data improves resilience and supports operational efficiency
HEMANT HARIE Effectively managing the flow and protection of data improves resilience and supports operational efficiency

Tribunal dismisses cement industry cartel case against NPC

5th December 2019 A decade after the Competition Commission launched an investigation into a cement cartel, the matter has been finalised, with the Competition Tribunal this week  having dismissed a case of indirect price fixing and market division against Natal Portland Cement Cimpor (NPC).   The cement industry... 

Afrimat Construction Index gains some traction in third quarter

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th December 2019 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI), a composite index of the level of activity in South Africa's building and construction sectors, increased by 5.1% quarter-on-quarter in the third quarter. Economist Dr Roelof Botha, who compiles the ACI on behalf of construction materials, industrial minerals... 

Afrimat Construction Index gains some traction in third quarter

Govt delaying AMSA’s inevitable demise, says Neasa

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th December 2019 The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (Neasa) says government is not helping anyone by endeavouring to keep ArcelorMittal South Africa’s (AMSA’s) Saldanha Steel Works plant open. “Over and above the 20% duties preventing the downstream steel industry from importing cheaper and... 

Govt delaying AMSA’s inevitable demise, says Neasa

Mortar saves energy, costs

By: Halima Frost     29th November 2019 With a constrained power grid and the ever-increasing cost of energy, the sustainability features of Pratliperl translate into significant growth opportunities in South Africa, says industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley’s marketing director Eldon Kruger. Pratliperl is derived... 

TOO HOT TO HANDLE
The Pratliperl coating offers thermal insulation with subsequent energy-saving and environmental benefits
TOO HOT TO HANDLE The Pratliperl coating offers thermal insulation with subsequent energy-saving and environmental benefits

Barloworld Equipment opens new Isando showroom

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2019 Heavy-duty machines and services company Barloworld Equipment inaugurated a new 3 200 square metre showroom at its Isando campus, in Ekurhuleni, on Wednesday, and renamed its ten-year old learning academy in honour of Peter Bulterman. Barloworld CEO Dominic Sewela, alongside Ekurhuleni mayor... 

Invicta interim earnings, cash generation increase

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th November 2019 Investment holding and equipment distribution company Invicta on Monday reported a 1 046% year-on-year increase in basic earnings a share to 149c for the six months ended September 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 2 029% to 149c apiece. 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

By: Tracy Hancock     22nd November 2019 International trends in the use of natural stone and engineered stone are increasing demand for its Keraflex S1 Express ultra-white, high-performance cementitious adhesive, notes Gauteng chemicals and adhesives manufacturer Mapei. For decades, Mapei's primary development focus has been on... 

Keraflex S1 Express adhesive demand driven by global trends

Cloud-based software anchors steel construction design

By: Halima Frost     22nd November 2019 Construction industry services and technology provider Hilti South Africa’s new, fully cloud-based steel anchor design software Profis has been well received in the South African construction sector. Launched in July, Profis Engineering is customised software used in the design of steel anchor... 

HARD JOB
The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier
HARD JOB The new cloud-based software makes the design of steel erections, stiffeners and welding associated with the connection easier
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