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Cement and Concrete

Power crisis, housing development downturn slow cement market

By: Sylvester Haskins     16th May 2008 The power shortages in South Africa in the first quarter of this year have resulted in a downturn in residential housing development, that has had an adverse impact on the productivity of the members of the Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA), reports CMA CEO John Cairns. 

Institute builds concrete skills base

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 The marketing and research foundation for the concrete industry in South Africa, the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) are offering a wide range of services to overcome the growing depletion of the skills base in the concrete industry. 

Concrete pavers enable effective corrosion control

18th May 2007 Effective corrosion control is now possible with the use of concrete-product manufacturing company Terraforce’s Terracrete range of moulded concrete blocks. Terraforce is developing a way to sustain the ecology by producing water permeable interlocking concrete pavers (PICPs). 

Academy to build sales, marketing skills

18th May 2007 Cement and related proudtcs manufacturer, Pretoria Portland Cement Company (PPC) launched its Academy for Sales and Marketing during April 2007. The academy is an innovative joint venture between PPC, Plascon (a division of Barloworld Coatings) and the services sector education and training... 

Concrete mixers prove their popularity on the South African market

18th May 2007 Concrete mixer producer FAW is supplying Stoner Mining and Industrial Solutions with its new range of concrete mixers. These durable workhorses are becoming so popular that FAW is ensuring that it has a stock of the trucks and spares available at all times. 

New admixture technology promises improved effectiveness

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Industrial chemical company BASF has developed a new approach to admixture technology, which promises to be more effective than regular admixes. Called Glynium SKY, the admixture is a concept for BASF�s total performance control in the readymix arena. 

Concrete supplier gears up for construction boom

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 With the concrete industry experiencing one of its biggest growth rates to date, ready mixed concrete and aggregate supplier WG Wearne CEO John Wearne is optimistic about the company’s future. 

Local company grows concrete repair materials range

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Construction chemicals company Stoncor Africa makes concrete and steel structures their business. With this in mind they are happy to announce the addition of the Five Star RS Anchor Gel to their comprehensive product range. 

Chemicals company extends acrylic emulsion range

18th May 2007 Global speciality chemical company Rohm and Haas has extended its range of environmentally friendly acrylic emulsion specifically designed to modify cement compositions. 

Concrete future is bright, but capacity, skills still a cause for concern – Institute

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 The future is looking bright for the local cement and concrete industry. However, factors such as capacity problems and skills shortages could potentially damage a well-run industry and turn opportunity into a crisis. 

Newcomer keeps on growing

By: Gerrit Bezuidenhout     18th May 2007 Readymix Concrete manufacturer 3Q is making waves in the construction industry. 

Benefits from Batsweledi construction spin off into local community

By: Amy Heydenrych     8th December 2006 As development at the PPC Dwaalboom plant accelerates, it is encouraging to note that the results of the company’s commitment to spin off as much of the benefits from the Batsweledi construction phase into the local community are becoming increasingly evident. 

No relaxation of cement quality standards - institute

23rd November 2006 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) said on Thursday that there will be no relaxation of cement quality standards in future. 

WG Wearne plan to raise BEE as it eyes more quarry prospects

By: Terence Creamer     17th November 2006 Construction-materials group WG Wearne is considering possible upstream quarry acquisitions on Gauteng’s East Rand, following its successful purchase of three sand and stone quarries from W De Bruyn Sandwerke on the West Rand for R140-million. 

Technical-services demand soars

19th May 2006 Demand for technical advice from the Cement and concrete institute (C&CI) continues unabated with the institutes team of engineers, responsible for handling telephonic inquiries from the industry and home-owners, fielding dozens of calls daily. 

Concrete sales to rise by 8% this year

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 The increase in demand for cementitous products has increased dramatically in the last two years despite, product shortages experienced in late 2005 and early 2006. 

Concrete mooted as cost effective roads solution

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 The concrete roads project is one of the marketing focus areas of the Cement and Concrete Institute (C&CI) and its aim is to grow the market for the use of concrete in roads. 

Enabling informed decision making

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 “When developers invest a potentially large sum of money in a concrete structure, whether it is housing, roads, bridges, office blocks or a super-market, they should be asked what they expect in return and what they are willing to pay for” says Contest Concrete Technology Partner... 

Gearing up for growth

19th May 2006 Cement-maker Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) has entered into an agreement with Barloworld Logistics for the supply of 57 new generation bulk tankers, in an effort to ensure that it is able to meet the expected growth in cement demand over the next five years. 

Cement-maker rejects supply concerns

19th May 2006 Concerns that the cement industry cannot supply sufficient cement in KwaZulu-Natal to sustain the immediate demands of the provinces construction boom are according to Natal Portland cement (NPC) MD Piet Strauss - unfounded. 

Hopper liners reduce sticking at ready-mix batching plant

19th May 2006 Pronto ready-mix concrete, manufacturers of ready mixed concrete for the domestic and commercial sectors, lined two aggregate hoppers with Tivar polymer liners to assist with the release of materials at its batching operation in Midrand. 

Special admixture identified for 13-km tunnel

19th May 2006 A Chryso admixture was specified to provide two hours workability of the concrete used for the construction of the Nancy Creek tunnel in Atlanta, USA.? 

From waste to concrete

19th May 2006 Sandow Rossouw, a longstanding customer of specialist truck body manufacturer TFM industries (TFM) has benefited from the Olifantsfontein based company’s technical expertise and support to build a successful waste management business and to start a new venture - the supply of ready-mix... 

Spoornet opts for new concrete sleepers 

19th May 2006 Spoornet is replacing hardwood rail sleepers with patented Universal concrete sleepers from Infraset. 

Alternative-fuels debate still simmering

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 The use of alternative fuels in cement kilns continues to spark debate among industry, civil society and nongovernmental organisations. Cement production is characterised by an extremely-high-temperature combustion process, most commonly using fuels such as coal, natural gas and other... 

Upbeat outlook for SA ready-mix makers

By: khalid patel     19th May 2006 “The future of the ready-mix concrete industry looks positive, especially so when one considers the 2010 soccer world cup and an increase in demand for housing”, says SARMA (South Africa Ready-mix Association) director Nico Pienaar. 

Blitz Concrete International prides itself in the rapid delivery of quality concrete products and custom-made concrete specials

By: Martin Creamer     19th May 2006 Blitz Concrete International specialises in the manufacture of high-quality precast concrete products that it is geared up to deliver rapidly. 

Dutch solution to avoiding post-2010 infrastructure blues

By: Keith Campbell     16th December 2005 The 2010 soccer World Cup, to be held in South Africa, will last for 33 days; some of the stadiums involved are likely to be employed for only 14 days – during the group stages of the tournament. 

‘Concrete roads just as quiet as asphalt’ – study

28th October 2005 A recent study by The Road Information Program (TRIP) in the US found that concrete roads were so durable that they often exceeded their design lives by years – or even decades – and often handled three times more traffic than designed for. 

Young concete engineers sought

20th October 2005 Papers are now being called for the third Young Concrete Engineers', Practitioners' and Technologists conference to be presented by the University of Pretoria next year in collaboration with the Concrete Society of Southern Africa, the Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) and the National Research... 

Pump shows its worth in concrete industry

7th October 2005 As in so many areas of the construction industry, the concrete delivery business is also constantly under pressure from stiff price competition. 

'SA construction boom could last decades'

By: Terence Creamer     2nd September 2005 Murray & Roberts (M&R) CEO Brian Bruce believes South Africa's construction economy, which has been in retreat for three decades, is on the cusp of a new cycle of multidecade growth. 

R25m plant to double firm's output volumes

By: elizabeth rebelo     8th July 2005 The official launch of Chryso SA’s new R25-million plant and South African head office facility in Jet Park will allow the company to double its current production volumes. 

Company supplies concrete to tourism project

1st July 2005 Lafarge Readymix was awarded the concrete supply contract for the Sterkfontein Cave upgrade and new ‘Interpretation Centre’ complex project. 

Stainless for infrastructure

3rd June 2005 In developing countries where financial resources are limited, it is important to create infrastructure using material that is inherently corrosion resistant and thus suitable for reducing the lifecycle costs associated with maintenance. 

Cement sales buoyent, skills remain a challenge

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 Cement sales are a good indicator of a country’s economic activity and last year was an outstanding year for the South African cement industry with several sales records being broken. 

Humidifying control system for cement plant

20th May 2005 Johannesburg-based Designs Unique, a company specialising in data acquisition projects, was recently commissioned to install a laboratory humidifying system at the Lafarge Bamburi Cement plant, in Mombasa, Kenya. 

Pre-heater calciners increase cement-plant capacity 

By: Mariaan Webb     20th May 2005 KHD Humboldt Wedag will soon be celebrating its 150th anniversary and being one of the leading cement process technology providers, the company holds the record for increasing the existing capacity of cement plants by retrofitting pre-heater cum calciner systems. 

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