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Construction Materials and Equipment

Agreement reached for production of construction equipment

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 Construction equipment manufacturers CNH Industrial and industrial equipment manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed an exclusive ten-year agreement, with the option of renewal, for the production and development of mini excavators for global distribution. Under the agreement,... 

Company buys 18 dump trucks for construction purposes

     7th October 2016 Plant hire firm JoinPoint on September 12 announced its purchase of 18 new Bell Equipment B30Es owing to customer demand for new and reliable earthmoving equipment that is capable of delivering both performance and fuel efficiency. “Our customers are often involved in many of the country’s major... 

Construction additive product provides cheaper and faster building alternative

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 South Africa's housing shortage may be solved faster, cheaper and in a more ecofriendly way owing to the Selcrete additive building product, which only requires mixing cement and polystyrene, says construction products company Hjott South Africa (SA) CEO Graeme Horwood. The Selcrete additive... 

Construction additive product provides cheaper and faster building alternative
INNOVATIVE ADDITIVE Blockwork is laid about 20% to 30% faster than conventional, traditional systems

Conversion project uses new building technologies

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 The Braamfontein Gate construction project, which entails converting a 30-storey office block into more than 400 residential apartments using the latest building technologies and designs, is expected to be completed by June 2017, specialist inner city property financiers TUHF’s co-founder and... 

Conversion project  uses new building  technologies
NANO MAKWELA The balcony for each apartment will be fabricated from old sun visors repurposed as balustrades

Geotextiles designed for road construction and maintenance needs

     7th October 2016 Geosynthetic products manufacturer Fibertex South Africa has designed a new range of geotextiles that can be used in civil engineering, mining and road construction, and maintenance projects. Fibertex export sales manager Chris Powell points out that the range includes the Fibertex AM-2, which is... 

Geotextiles designed for road construction and maintenance needs
FIBERTEX AM-2 The product prevents the propagation of stress cracks from lower layers, when placed between old and new asphalt layers

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training

     7th October 2016 Global construction supplier Case Construction Equipment held a three-day training event in July to provide product and commercial training on construction equipment to sales professionals throughout the Southern African region. The event, themed Eagle Days, took place in Johannesburg from July... 

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training
CASE EQUIPMENT Attendees were able to view crawler excavators, graders, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders and skid steers in action

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

     17th May 2016 National research institution the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR's) Built Environment division executive director Dr Cornelius Ruiters says countries that do not adequately invest in research, development and innovation (R&D&I) will not develop economically. 'In South... 

Importance of research undervalued, impacting economic development

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Voluntary quantity surveying association the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS) is formulating plans to accelerate not only its own but also the general construction industry’s understanding and increased use of sustainable construction techniques and materials in green... 

ASAQS promotes use of sustainable construction materials, techniques
LEADING THE WAY The Association of South African Quantity Surveyors has embarked on a study to determine a more precise cost of green building in South Africa

Consulting firm highlights scope for innovative growth in sustainable materials use

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 While there are several opportunities for the construction industry to integrate sustainable materials use in a project – from the design phase to the construction phase – there is still significant scope for the industry to be more innovative, says consulting engineering firm Arup. “Ideally,... 

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Precast concrete products company Rocla earlier this year supplied precast concrete inverted culverts, lids and bases to use as cooling channels to the R2.24-billion, 100 MW natural gas-fired Gigawatt power station, near Ressano Garcia, in Mozambique. 

Custom-made concrete products supplied to Moz power station
INVERTED CULVERTS Rocla supplied several inverted culverts for use in cooling channels at a power station in Mozambique

Housing development uses local bricks

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 The Princess Plot Show Village – the first of six phases to be built at the proclaimed Princess Extension 22 township in Roodepoort – will be bricked solely with clay stock bricks by brick manufacturer Ocon Brick, a subsidiary of the Infrastructure Specialist Group (IS Group). 

Housing development uses local bricks
PRINCESS PLOT VILLAGE, ROODEPOORT The Princess Plot Show Village will be bricked solely with clay stock bricks by Ocon Brick

Paving bricks trump other resurfacing methods for Centurion estate

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Instead of using tar or other resurfacing methods, Irene Glen Estate, in Centurion, chose concrete products company Technicrete Infrastructure Specialist Group’s (ISG’s) paving for its road renovations. 

Paving bricks trump other resurfacing methods for Centurion estate
IRENE ESTATE Technicrete supplied 17 000 m2 of 60 mm grey interlocking pavers

Power tools specialist launches new rotary hammer

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Power tools company Bosch launched the GBH 12-52 D Professional rotary hammer last month, claiming it to be the most powerful rotary hammer from Bosch to date. 

Power tools  specialist launches  new rotary hammer
BOSCH GBH 12-52 D PROFESSIONAL The new Bosch rotary hammer features a 1 700 W electrical motor that produces 19 J of single-impact energy

Tilt-up construction method saves time, money

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Concrete construction company Bedrock Group saved about R5-million on a recent extension of a building at tyre manufacturer Sumitomo’s plant in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal, by implementing the tilt-up construction method, instead of using conventional construction methods. 

Tilt-up construction method saves time, money
SUMITOMO PROJECT Using the tilt-up method on Sumitomo Rubber South Africa’s factory expansion project reduced construction time by about two months

Versatile organic coating gains market acceptance

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Polyurea, a 100% organic compound that can be used as a wear- or waterproofing coating, is gaining rapid market acceptance, owing to its application techniques and composition, says chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals. 

Versatile organic coating gains  market acceptance
ROOFTOP WATERPROOFING Polyurea can be applied to rooftop waterproofing projects in a safe and fast manner

Women in construction taught basics of cement

By: Dylan Slater     9th October 2015 Women’s representative organisation South African Women in Construction (SAWIC) visted cement manufacturer PPC’s Hercules plant, in Pretoria, on September 3 for a tour and presentation on the basics of cement. 

Women in construction taught basics of cement
BACK TO BASICS Members of South African Women in Construction visited PPC’s Hercules plant to learn the basics of cement manufacture

Admixture prevents the formation of lumps

     10th October 2014 Construction products specialist Verni’s Betocrete C-16, an organic, liquid concrete admixture for crystalline waterproofing unlike others, prevents the formation of lumps, says Verni director Jenna-Lee Backos. Beyond its waterproofing properties, Betocrete C-16 increases the durability of the... 

BE Lite Technologies

     10th October 2014 BE Lite Technologies is involved in the manufacturing and distribution of light-emitting diode (LED) lights. It also employs a dynamic engineer who is able to develop lights to fit to customers’ demands. It currently provides a number of products to the mining industry, but aims to become more... 

BE Lite Technologies

Company plays a role in the future of cement industry

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 South African cement manufacturer AfriSam has been developing composite technology cements since 2000 to reduce the carbon-intensive Portland clinker content of cement.  As a result, when the National Building Regulations published its green-building requirements, AfriSam set the industry... 

Construction and mining machinery launched locally

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 China-based machine manufacturer XCMG launched a diverse range of specialist machinery on August 15 in Ruimsig, Johannesburg. The range includes truck loader cranes, cherry pickers, rollbacks, wheel loaders, excavators, backhoe loaders, skid-steer loaders and truck-mounted mobile cranes. 

Despite materials shortage, company experiences market upturn

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 Construction polyethylene specialist Damax Kahn & Kahn has started delivering orange barrier netting, valued at R1-million, to a local construction company, in Johannesburg. The delivery process will take two months to complete. 

Industry requires collaboration going forward

     10th October 2014 Despite prolonged economic uncertainty and challenges, companies in the global engineering and construction sector have fresh confidence in the growth prospects for the industry. Coupled with data from the company pointing to an upward trend, the industry is also changing, as it is realising the... 

Supplier serves brick manufacturer well for three decades

By: Jonathan Rodin     10th October 2014 Since its decision in 2010 to expand its premises and product offering, concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has noted a positive uptake in demand from the sub-Saharan Africa concrete industry, as well as strengthening business relations with local companies... 

US company partners with piping solutions provider

     10th October 2014 As a result of the increasing demand from its customers, US-based tubular corrosion prevention and control company National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Fiber Glass Systems is establishing a business partnership with South Africa-based thermoplastic and ferro steel piping solutions provider RamPiping... 

Coatings training centre to address vital need

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Training is needed in the coatings sector, not only from a technical and production point of view but also from an application standpoint, says the South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma), whose training arm, the South African Paint Industry Training Institute (Sapiti), opened the... 

Coatings training centre to address vital need
CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE The training facility aims to provide 200 students a year with technical training and handle a further 100 paint application learnerships a year

Concrete remains popular construction medium

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Modern civilisation relies heavily on concrete, as it is the world’s most used construction material, says South African cement producer PPC architectural concrete specialist Daniel van der Merwe. Cement, which makes up about 11% of concrete, is a vital and strategic commodity, with about... 

Concrete remains  popular construction medium
CONCRETE DEVELOPMENT Admixture technologies are assisting in improving the control properties of concrete such as workability/pumpability, durability, aesthetics and cost effectiveness

Drive to review maintenance costs before buying

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Institutions, such as construction training provider Alusani Skills & Training Network, are trying to encourage engineering firms carrying out large construction projects to stipulate that the cost of maintenance programmes be included in tenders from construction equipment suppliers, covering... 

Drive to review maintenance costs before buying
Photo by Duane Daws
EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE PRIORITY Poor maintenance practices are more prevalent in companies which are highly production orientated

Focus on diversifying, R650m in African projects under way

     11th October 2013 The diversification of steel and steel products manufacturer Scaw Metals’ baseline products and markets in key sectors will create strong growth into the immediate future, particularly in the Africa, where the company has about R650-million in projects under way.  

Focus on diversifying, R650m in African  projects under way
STEELY FOCUS Increased value-added beneficiation is important to ensuring the long-term sustainability of the South African steel manufacturing industry

LSF increasingly popular construction material, in use in over 80 projects

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Light frame steel construction company and engineering service provider Silverline Group is undertaking 82 projects in the commercial and residential sectors, which are at various stages of completion, Silverline Group director Jonathan Pepler tells Engineering News. He highlights that the... 

LSF increasingly popular construction material, in use in over 80 projects
CRADOCK PROJECT The solid external walls comprise light steel frame structures clad with fibre cement and filled with a polystyrene concrete mix

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa

By: Ilan Solomons     11th October 2013 Germany-based industrial adhesives and coatings manufacturer Voelkel Industrie Produkte’s (VIP’s) new cold spray-applied low-pressure waterproofing system and a VIP coating system, specifically developed for industrial and commercial flooring in Southern Africa, is to be launched later this year... 

Polyurea protective coating systems for Southern Africa
POLYUREA APPLICATIONVoelkel Industrie Produkte’s high-performance coating systems have been successfully used on a diverse range of structures overseas

Steel merchant expands in Gauteng

By: Carina Borralho     11th October 2013 South African steel distributor BSi Steel’s reports that its service centre has acquired a second laser profile cutter for its Dunswart factory, in Gauteng, owing to increased demand for laser-cut steel. The new laser machine will take up the extra demand for laser-cut product. “This demand,... 

Company expands South African steel operations

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 In the last two years JSE-listed steel distributor BSi Steel has opened a total of six branches in Gauteng and the North-West pronince, and has enjoyed strong support from its respective markets to date, BSi Steel South African stockists division CE Ross Teichmann tells Engineering News. “By... 

Company expands South African steel operations
POSITIVE RESPONSEBSi Steel’s range of carbon-steel products include sections, sheet and plate, tubing, cold-formed sections, roofing and selected mining products

Difficult choices ahead for institute’s Steel Awards judges

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 A workers accommodation project, which used the light-steel frame building (LSFB) method on Saint Helena island, in the South Atlantic Ocean, about 1 770.2 km west of Luanda, Angola, and the new office building of banking firm Standard Bank in Rosebank, Johannesburg, are among the 50 entries for... 

Difficult choices ahead for institute’s Steel Awards judges
LIGHT-STEEL-FRAME HOUSINGLight-steel-frame building offered the best solution for creating a village on Saint Helena islan

Industry tough for newcomers, shortage of black engineers

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 The South African steel construction industry is monopolised by the larger companies, which possess significant customer bases, making it extremely difficult for new smaller companies to break into the industry, says Boksburg-based steel solutions provider SPM Engineering MD Sejako Morejwane. She... 

Industry tough for newcomers, shortage of black engineers
Photo by Duane Daws
STEEL CONVEYER SPM Engineering is supplying a steel conveyer structure to a coal mine in Mpumalanga and hopes to complete the contract by the end of the year

LSFB continues to gain popularity in SA

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 Restaurant group McDonald’s South Africa is changing the way it builds its restaurants and has, according to McDonald’s South Africa MD Greg Solomon, embarked on rolling out sustainable light steel frame building (LSFB) restaurants across the country. In June 2013, McDonald’s opened its LSFB... 

LSFB continues to gain popularity in SA
LIGHT-STEEL FRAME BUILDINGNew McDonald’s South Africa restaurants will be built using the light-steel frame building method and energy efficient cladding and insulation systems

SA fasteners safe and meet global standards

     16th August 2013 The bolt and fastener industry is in excellent shape, in South Africa with the product easily meeting international safety standards, Krugersdorp-based fastener manufacturer CBC Fasteners MD Robert Pietersma. “By way of example, the manufacturing process at CBC Fasteners is monitored by a... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used internationally

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 South African-based vitreous enamel-product manufacturer Vitrex is supplying projects in the Sultanate of Oman, in Asia, and in the UK, with its Vitraclad panels. The company’s most recent local project was in April 2012, when it supplied Vitraclad vitreous enamel steel cladding panels for the... 

SA vitreous enamel steel cladding panels used  internationally
CLADDING FOR CAPE TOWNThe Cape Town Civic Centre project required the installation of about 400 m2 of Vitraclad cladding around the entrances and across the lower levels of the building

Steel used to uplift local communal infrastructure

By: Ilan Solomons     16th August 2013 Steel and aluminium building products supplier and manufacturer Duro has supplied many hospitals and schools with steel windows and doors in support of the South African government’s development projects, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), during the past year. The most prominent developments in which Duro... 

Steel used to uplift local communal infrastructure
STRENGTHENING COMMUNAL STEELThe most prominent developments in which Duro has been involved, is the supply of steel to the Empangeni and Emmanus hospitals, in KwaZulu-Nata
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