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Construction Materials and Equipment

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. 

Equipment distributor sees increased demand from Zimbabwe, Mozambique

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Despite a decline in local construction activity in recent months, distributor of Hyundai earthmoving equipment, High Power Equipment (HPE) Africa, says it has managed to remain productive. 

Construction equipment suppliers under pressure

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Multidisciplinary equipment supplier WAM South Africa is confident that it can weather the downturn in the local construction sector by focusing on supplying its products to a range of other sectors, such as the food and beverage, wastewater and renewable energy sectors. 

Steel processor prepares for construction sector pick-up

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 JSE-listed steel processor and supplier BSi Steel has expressed concern about the low activity levels in the construction industry.  

Manufacturer to scale up concrete barrier production

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Manufacturer of precast concrete products Rocla plans to initially produce about 2 km of Rebloc concrete barrier a month and says it can further increase production if it works double shifts or introduces additional moulds. 

Equipment provider introduces training simulator for customers

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Earthmoving and materials handling machinery company Bell Equipment is looking to lower the risks related to putting a new operator behind the controls of expensive machinery by introducing an operator training simulator service for its customers. 

Construction equipment range offers higher productivity

21st October 2011 Distributor of construction and earthmoving equipment CSE Equipment has launched the latest range of Case backhoe loaders, the T Series, with enhanced power for improved productivity, reduced noise and greater security on site, onto the local market. 

New pedestrian rollers added to existing fleet

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Supplier of rental equipment to the building, construction, do-it-yourself and maintenance markets Lambson’s Hire has added 10 new Wacker pedestrian rollers to its existing fleet. 

Construction materials safety a concern

21st October 2011 Manufacturer of gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails Vital Engineering has expressed concern about the safety of materials used to construct walkways. 

Distributor introduces laser levelling technology into local market

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Construction materials distributor and manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA) has introduced a new product from floor preparation equipment supplier HTC Innovations, the Automatic Levelling Laser (ALL) system, onto the local market.  

Steel fabricator to supply Medupi, Kusile construction projects

By: Nomvelo Buthelezi     21st October 2011 Steel fabricator Genrec Engineering will fabricate and deliver about 216 000 t of steel for power utility Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power station construction sites up to 2015. 

Focus on safety and quality pays off

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction firm Grinaker-LTA Earthworks Engineering business unit has almost halved its lost-time injury frequency rate (LTIFR) during the past year. 

Freeway improvement project work on track

By: Eleanor Seggie     26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, part of the Aveng Group successfully completed its deadlines for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) including those for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and reports that it is on track for remaining work on the GFIP. 

Focused on 

26th November 2010 Construction company Grinaker-LTA, an operating group of JSE-listed Aveng, South Africa’s largest construction sector player, aims to continue with the implementation of the strategic re-alignment of the company and maintain its sustainability for 2011 and beyond.  

Acquisition of Glen Douglas dolomite mine  

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Construction materials supplier Afrimat is in the process of acquiring its first metallurgical dolomite mine. The Glen Douglas dolomite mine, which is owned by diversified miner Exxaro, has been sold for R35-million. Afrimat is awaiting final approval for the transfer of shares by the Department... 

New range of environment-friendly concrete products

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Construction materials group AfriSam has announced the introduction of a range of environmentally-responsible concrete products. These Eco Readymix products are application branded, fit-for-purpose ready-mix concretes, specific to the needs of various construction requirements including... 

Industrial-strength concrete cleaning chemicals

22nd October 2010 A specialised range of industrial-strength cleaning products, some of which are designed to prevent concrete from adhering to equipment, and others to remove hardened concrete, were on display at the second International Product Fair, hosted by manufacturer of concrete products and supplier of... 

Promoting its construction range of trucks

By: Jessica Hannah     22nd October 2010 Renault Trucks South Africa, a subsidiary company of French truck manufacturer and supplier Renault Trucks, hosted a construction day earlier this month, to promote its construction range of trucks to professional operators in the earthworking, quarry and concrete and transport industries.


Maintenance could pose long-term challenges

22nd October 2010 The current economic climate has resulted in companies across the globe focusing on reducing costs and saving money. An indication of this, is a notable focus by companies on the maintenance of trucks, as there is an increase in workshop activity, and in not replacing old equipment with new... 

Institute supports concrete for roads

22nd October 2010 Concrete should be the first choice of material for roads, from highways to low-volume roads, says Cement and Concrete Institute MD Bryan Pierre. 

Committed to a greener construction process

By: Lindsey Berry     23rd October 2009 Patented alternative construction technology company Imison reports that a number of factors in its manufacturing and supply chain processes contribute to a greener construction process. 

New range of pneumatic 
hammers launched

23rd October 2009 By rethinking the design of vibro-reduced pneumatic hammers, leaders in compressors, generators, construction and mining equipment Atlas Copco has developed three distinctive hammers, which have a number of features, such as a new vibro-reduced housing, multiple gripping surfaces and a large... 

Cement producer focuses on reducing its environmental footprint

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2009 With the introduction of a new environmental policy, cement producer AfriSam is focusing on reducing its energy use and on using alternative fuels to decrease its overall environmental footprint. 

New floor grating system 
provides resistance to corrosion

23rd October 2009 Steel grating developer and manufacturer Andrew Mentis says that the absence of welding in the manufacturing of its Rectagrid RS40 floor-grating system, improves the product’s resistance against corrosion, simplifies the design and makes it more cost effective. 

Local company receives 

23rd October 2009 Paving products manufacturer Bosun Brick has been accredited with the South African National Standards (SANS) 1058, which requires that pavers comply with certain tolerances of traffic, for segmental paving. 

Manufacturer secures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd October 2009 Black-empowered construction materials manufacturer Afrimat has secured several contracts for significant infrastructure projects in South Africa. 

Despite downturn, equipment supplier secures contract

23rd October 2009 Crushing, screening and materials handling equipment supplier to the construction, civil engineering, quarrying, mining and recycling industries, Pilot Crushtec, has been contracted to supply a semimobile crushing and screening plant for the Fabcos group subsidiary Fabcos Construction. 

Contractor progresses with flooring projects

23rd October 2009 Electrical, mechanical and building contractor ABE’s products was selected to carry out two significant flooring projects in the Eastern Cape. 

Industry takes strain, 
but demand remains

23rd October 2009 Since the start of the global recession last year, a number of large international and local contracts have been cancelled or put on hold. A shrinking of the market has also resulted in an associated shrinking of the demand for construction materials. 

Construction boom unlocks spin-off opportunities

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Safety products manufacturer MSA Africa is experiencing unprecedented interest in its products from the construction sector, owing to a combination of a slew of construction projects under way, and new worker safety legislation, states MSA Africa marketing director Hayley Arnesen.  

Cement demand inspires new plant

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 In spite of a downturn in the volume of building projects owing to interest rate hikes, the demand for cement remains high and seems set to stay inflated as a result of the many infrastructural projects currently in the pipeline for completion between 2010 and 2014, states construction materials... 

Acquisitions pave way to project opportunities

24th October 2008 Brick, tile, and paving company Brikor is leveraging its position in the building industry through acquisitions, in order to participate in a host of local infrastructure projects under way or in the pipeline. 

Alternative building methods create market for sustainable materials

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Timber products supplier Interwil has provided the timber floor and roof-framing company Superjoist with the oriented strand board (OSB) for use in the construction of the five-star timber-frame Tinstwalo Atlantic Hotel in the Western Cape, Interwil group marketing manager Stuart Juds tells... 

Cement producer introduces new product 

24th October 2008 Cement producer Lafarge has introduced the high earlystrength cement product Rapidcem CEM II 52,5N, which was developed in New Zealand for projects requiring early setting or strength development, to South Africa. 

Cement producer completes new aggregates plant

24th October 2008 Cement producer Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete has completed its new R62-million aggregates crushing plant in Tongaat in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), increasing its production capacity by around 500 000 t/y, reports the company. 

Western Cape rains deflate growth margins

By: Sylvester Haskins     24th October 2008 Building and construction materials supplier Afrimat has experienced a decline in sales volumes in the last four to five months to date, Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden tells Engineering News.  

Modular building adopts light steel frame technology

24th October 2008 Manufacturer of prebuilt modular units JSE-listed Kwikspace Modular Building, has introduced the use of lightweight steel frame technology to its operations.  

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