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Construction Materials and Equipment

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... 

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

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

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,... 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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... 

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

Company achieves key objectives, positive about the future

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2012 Infrastructure and development group Aveng’s Engineering & Projects Company (Aveng E+PC) has made progress on two key objectives this year: being awarded preferred bidder status on two renewable-energy projects in round two of the Department of Energy’s (DoE’s) Renewable Energy Independent Power... 

Key projects advancing

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2012 Aveng Engineering & Projects Company (E+PC), a subsidiary of the infrastructure and development company Aveng Group, continued work on three significant projects this year – the recapitalisation of the Ndola Lime plant, in Zambia; the additional coal processing facility at the Exxaro Grootegeluk... 

Division focuses on diversification, skills a challenge

By: Anine Kilian     7th December 2012 The operations division of Aveng Engineering & Projects (Aveng E+PC), an Aveng Group company, will focus on diversifying its portfolio of projects in 2013. Aveng E+PC plant operations executive Boikanyo Mazibuko states that two of the three contracts the division is currently managing are coal... 

R10m order heading to a close

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla will supply the last of three orders for precast concrete stormwater pipes and wing walls placed by Durban-based multidisciplinary civil engineering construction company and project contractor EXR Construction for the R680-million Lesotho road project.... 

Importance of ‘best practice’ PVC products

12th October 2012 Water reticulation, drainage and pipe fitting systems manufacturer DPI Plastics has been recognised by the Southern African Vinyls Association (Sava) as a best practice polyvinyl chloride (PVC) manufacturer after becoming a signatory of the association’s environmental standards commitment pledge,... 

New kerb design offers quicker installation

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Following the success of concrete paving solutions manufacturer Bosun’s redesigned Figure 8C castle bottom kerb, the company is now planning to also produce Figure 7 and Figure 3 barrier kerbs with castle bottoms. 

R6m concrete product showroom two-thirds complete

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Concrete equipment and machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) will complete construction of its new two-storey 700 m2 concrete equipment showroom in November.  

Affordable rental housing programme undertakes construction of first project

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 The first company funded under the Entrepreneur Empowerment Property Fund (EEPF), an incubator programme designed to promote participation in the affordable rental-property market by companies owned by those who were historically disadvantaged, broke ground on its rental-housing construction... 

Initiative promotes sustainable construction

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Marketer of environment-friendly building materials Eco Exhibit, launched its permanent demonstration space to showcase sustainable designs and green building materials and products at the Northgate Estate, in Cape Town, in May. 

Construction materials group gears up for growth

By: Chantelle Kotze     12th October 2012 Construction materials group AfriSam reports having invested in various internal capacity expansion projects as well as having re-engineered its product portfolio to meet future demand and avoid shortages in upcoming years, CEO Stephan Olivier tells Engineering News.  

New concrete reinforcement product to replace steel bar 

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Construction company Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) with Basalt Technology which is a part of the PMSA group of companies has launched a concrete reinforcing product made of crushed and melted basalt rock. 

Construction sector receives training on standard-form contracts

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Corporate training company Alusani Skills & Training Network has partnered with construction consultancy MDA Consulting to find solutions to skills-development problems encountered in the construction industry. 

Post-2010 construction activity slump continues

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Civil engineering and construction company Trenchless Technologies, which focuses mainly on Municipal water and sewer rehabilitation, has felt the effects of a decline in construction following the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 

Conference creates platform for sustainable development in Africa

20th July 2012 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) reports that this year’s Group of African Member Associations (Gama) conference, held in Livingstone, Zambia, in April, was the most successful conference in Gama’s 20-year history. 

New cement to be used for road stabilisation applications

20th July 2012 Construction materials supplier AfriSam has launched a new specialist product, Roadstab Cement, for road stabilisation applications. 

Equipment distributor launches 120 t excavator in Southern Africa

By: Zandile Mavuso     20th July 2012 Earthmoving equipment distributor High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa launched the 120 t Hyundai R1200LC-9 excavator onto the South African market last month. 

Floor saws to influence construction sector efficiency

20th July 2012 Machinery manufacturer Husqvarna has made two new floor saws, the FS 6600 D and FS 8400 D, available to the construction sector. 

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... 

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