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Capital Equipment in Construction

Demand for smaller excavators rising

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Construction equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa GM Neil Sauls says there is an increased demand from clients for its smaller excavators, as a large number of projects are undertaken on smaller construction sites.  

Equipment supplier offers products to mitigate road compaction challenges

By: Reggie Sikhakhane     6th April 2012 Following findings that poor compaction levels are being achieved at a significant number of road projects, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has implemented a compaction management drive to tackle the problem, construction equipment manufacturer Dynapac business line... 

SA capital equipment industry recovering, local brand support key

6th April 2012 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment reports that there has been a good upturn in direct construction-related business over the past six months, which is positively reflected in the company’s order book for heavy equipment and manufacturing levels, which are almost back to levels seen... 

Laser screed equipment range ensures flat industrial concrete floors

6th April 2012 Laser screed machine technology has contributed to flooring technology firm Concrete Laser Flooring’s (CLF’s) success in laying consistently flat flooring for distribution centres, high-rack warehouses and storage depots. 

Company tests CNG-driven forklifts

6th April 2012 Forklift and lift trucks distributor Goscor Lift Truck Company (GLTC) says it has developed an energy efficient compressed natural gas- (CNG-) driven forklift. 

Firm serious about training, skills development

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings has invested heavily in training and skills development to overcome skills shortages and unemployment in the industry, and to further train its employees. 

Eqstra’s distributorships division makes a comeback

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra’s Construction and Mining Equipment Distributorships (CMED) division is recovering well. 

JSE-listed firm exploring opportunities for integration between divisions

25th November 2011 Diversified leasing, industrial, construction and mining equipment importer and distributor Eqstra Holdings reports it is continuously exploring opportunities for integration between its different divisions and, where possible, exploiting the opportunities to create additional value. 

Passenger and commercial vehicles division excels with value-added services

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra's passenger and commercial vehicles division reports that the number of vehicles under its management has increased by 35% during the 2011 financial year. 

Division reaps benefits after implementing steadfast business approach in recession

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 The pursuit of new opportunities during the 2008/9 recession, paired with constant product offering expansions, sophisticated distribution agreements and a business approach focused on employee development and involvement, have ensured that Eqstra’s Elandsfontein-based Industrial Equipment... 

Division offers new articulated truck range

25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra’s construction and mining equipment distributorships (CMED) division is now offering the newest range from mining and construction equipment producer Terex. 

Industrial equipment division committed to helping EC schools

25th November 2011 Eqstra Industrial Equipment (EIE), a division of JSE-listed Eqstra Holdings, visited schools in the Eastern Cape, in October, as part of the group’s ongoing commitment to support the educational needs of technical and agricultural educational institutions, as well as the feeder schools from... 

Contract mining division has overcome challenges, expects to increase revenue

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 Eqstra’s contract mining and plant rental division, of which MCC is the major business unit, reports that business is going well, with a steady stream of projects. 

Leasing firm invests in technical schools to alleviate skills shortage

By: Sinette Goosen     25th November 2011 JSE-listed capital equipment and leasing firm Eqstra Holdings plans to spend R36-million in the next five years on a long-term project called Eqstralution, which will train, develop and educate young learners to take up positions in technical fields. 

Timeous refurbishment of engines could save money

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2011 Diesel engine and component remanufacturer Metric Automotive Engineering believes that there is a need for a paradigm shift in the way that contractors are viewing the repair and remanufacture of their capital equipment. 

Distributor introduces pothole toolkit

1st April 2011 Generators, engines and pumps distributor Goscor Power Products (GPP) is marketing a pothole industrial toolkit to a number of teams that are repairing potholes in South Africa's roads, a two-year initiative for which government has allotted more than R150-million. 

Equipment distributor expands market share

1st April 2011 Sole distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment in Southern Africa High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa reports that it continues to expand its operations and is gaining significant market share across Southern Africa. 

Distribution agreements to supplement equipment range

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2011 Hydraulic equipment supply company Smith Capital Equipment has concluded equipment distribution agreements with Italian-based truck-mount crane manufacturer PM Cranes, as well as with PM group subsidiary, Italian-based aerial platform manufacturer Oil & Steel. 

Self-loading mixers produce quality concrete

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2011 Many European-manufactured Fiori self-loading concrete mixers have been entering the South African market over the past few months, offering a complete solution to self-made quality concrete needs in the construction industry. 

Capital equipment supplier expands its range 

By: Natasha Odendaal     1st April 2011 Capital equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has started on phase two of its expansion of compaction and road building manufacturing company Bomag’s product range into the Bell group. 

Custom-designed trailer offers lower costs

2nd April 2010 Trailer manufacturer Martin Trailer Company has constructed a trailer designed to meet the specific requirements of mechanical maintenance company Concor Plant, and to transport a variety of equipment to sites throughout the country at substantially lower cost than conventional trailers.
 

New addition to light 
construction products

2nd April 2010 Construction equipment supplier Goscor Power Products has added a purpose-designed and built vibratory plate compactor (VPC) to its already wide range of light construction products. 

Construction down time reduced

2nd April 2010 The Case TX 140 telescopic handlers, available exclusively in Southern Africa from construction equipment distributor CSE Equipment, is offering the construction sector increased performance and safety, as well as reduced downtime. 

Heavy equipment supplier expands its footprint

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd April 2010 Heavy equipment supplier High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa is expanding its branch network to another five centres in South Africa this year. 

Crane company aggressively increases its presence

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd April 2010 Mobile crane hire-service provider Target Cranes is aggressively increasing its presence in Gauteng province in response to the strong market demand. 

Capital equipment sector prepares for a construction lull

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd April 2010 Capital equipment suppliers to the construction industry, particularly those specialising in roads and earthworks, are cautious about the outlook for the second half of the year following the completion of certain major projects. The concern is that there will be less private work available,... 

Earthmoving company 
takes on new excavator

By: Carla Thomaz     2nd April 2010 Earthmoving company SA Earthworks has bought an 80-t excavator from heavy equipment supplier HPE Africa. The excavator, which is one of the few of its size in the country, was launched in 2008. 

R130-million training centre becomes a reality 

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2009 Following capital equipment supplier Barloworld Equipment's investment into its R130-million Technical Training Centre at its Isando operations, local government has expressed a desire to increasingly partner with the private sector in key infrastructure developments and programmes designed to... 

World's largest hydraulic excavator makes its mark on African soil

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2009 Integrated leasing and capital equipment group Eqstra has marked a milestone in its relationship with the third-largest capital equipment manufacturer in the world, Terex, through the introduction of Terex's 1 000-t RH 400 hydraulic mining shovel into South Africa. 

New articulated loaders 
enter local market

By: Darren Parker     3rd April 2009 Capital equipment importer Autumn Star Trading 758, sole importer of the Astra HD8 range of heavy-duty trucks, is now also the sole importer of the Italian Venieri new range of articulated loaders and articulated tractor backhoe loaders (TBLs). 

Capital equipment supplier confident for 2009

3rd April 2009 Construction capital equipment supplier Bobcat Equipment South Africa GM Mark Shaw is optimistic that the second quarter of 2009 will see some improvement in the local economy and subsequently to Bobcat's business, owing to signs of the start an upswing experienced by the company. 

Crane supplier sees rentals increase

3rd April 2009 Despite experiencing a steady drop in sales figures at both its Durban and Western Cape branches since the economic downturn hit in the second-half 2008, capital equipment supplier SA French CEO Quentin van Breda says that a simultaneous increase in rentals is keeping both branches performing on... 

Tower crane supplier anticipates industry demand

By: Sylvester Haskins     21st March 2008 Tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has taken steps to anticipate demand for tower cranes in order to curb long-delivery lead times, enabling the company to have shorter delivery times than its competitors, states SA French chairperson Quentin Van Breda. 

Civil engineering company buys tower cranes ahead of demand

21st March 2008 The current buoyancy in the construction industry has forced civil engineering and construction company Radon Projects to buy two tower cranes from international crane manufacturer, Potain, to manage future equipment requirements and project needs, reports Radon Projects CEO Willem Joubert. 

Plant and equipment-hire company adds potent light sets to product offering

21st March 2008 Local plant hire and equipment company, RandAir, part of the Atlas Copco Group, has expanded its product offering to include balloon lightsets to its equipment-for-hire in order to provide a more holistic range of capital equipment products to its clients, says RandAir GM Louwrens Erasmus. 

Capital equipment industry performing more strongly than in recent years

By: Sylvester Haskins     21st March 2008 The export of capital equipment to the international industry is performing stronger than in previous years, currently seeing growth of 18% a year, reports South African Compact Equipment Export Council (SACEEC) MD Sybil Rhomberg. 

International company targets Africa’s booming construction market 

By: Sylvester Haskins     21st March 2008 International capital equipment manufacturer New Holland Construction has placed an express focus on the Southern African market, with the view that it is a growth market and holding much promise in the future, states New Holland Construction East Europe, African and the Middle East senior... 

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