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Flooring, Screening and Handrailing

Flooring company takes over linoleum activities

13th April 2018 Production and distribution of flooring, wallcovering and finishes global leader Gerflor entered into a binding agreement to acquire floor coverings manufacturer DLW Flooring’s linoleum activities. Consummation of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and was expected to... 

Changing of the guard on eve of golden anniversary

13th April 2018 Interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of operations next year with three new key executive appointments. Brandon Park has been appointed KBAC’s new CEO, Ashleigh Keefer as its new CFO, and Etienne Louw as the new MD. 

Changing of the guard on eve of golden anniversary
FLOORED Now on the cusp of its 50th anniversary, KBAC Flooring has supplied and installed flooring for thousands of residential premises in South Africa and beyond its borders

Company bolsters international presence

13th April 2018 Surfaces design and architecture producer and distributer Cosentino Group is continuing to push ahead with the international expansion of its own assets with the opening of the first Cosentino Centre in South Africa, the company noted in an announcement on February 7. In the floor coverings... 

Company bolsters  international presence
SOUTH AFRICAN PIONEER The new Cosentino Centre in Johannesburg is the first to be officially opened in the country and in all of Africa

Increased demand for SD flooring

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Static control solutions provider Altico completed two static dissipative (SD) flooring installations last month for the electronic repairs franchise weFix at Balito Lifestyle Centre, in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as at the Vaal Mall, in Gauteng. 

Increased demand  for SD flooring
INDUSTRIAL APPLICATION Static dissipative flooring eliminates electron imbalances and decreases faulting electronic equipment

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 Vinyl supplier Polyflor South Africa (SA) recently completed a 16-storey building flooring project for the relocation of Christiaan Barnard Hospital –part of healthcare provider Netcare Group – in Cape Town, which has been under construction for 18 months.  

Flooring project completed at Cape Town hospital
CHRISTIAAN BARNARD HOSPITAL Polyflor South Africa supplied the doctors’ suites with luxury vinyl tiles

Industry body develops training for flooring industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th April 2017 The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) currently facilitates a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 1 National Certificate: Installation of Floor Coverings training and, further to this, aims to facilitate improved training for new and existing flooring installers, aligned... 

Industry body develops training for flooring industry
RECENT GRADUATES Flooring installer certification can open up a career path in the flooring industry


By: Zandile Mavuso     14th April 2017 Being a sole distributor of HTC Sweden AB’s grinding machines, tools and flooring solutions in sub-Saharan Africa, Superb Flooring System says innovative solutions such as HTC Superfloor and the Duratiq series continue to be number one preferences for flooring contractors. 


Flooring-range growth prompts expansion

By: Nadine James     8th April 2016 Following the success of its Vanguard Collection luxury vinyl tile (LVT) range, launched in South Africa at the end of last year, interior flooring supplier KBAC Flooring plans to expand the LVT range in the near future. This comes after leading health insurance provider, Discovery, commissioned... 

Flooring-range growth prompts expansion
ECONOMIC WELLNESS Luxury vinyl tiles are in vogue, and KBAC Flooring plans to capitalise by expanding its range

New primer powder enhances tiling solution

By: Nadine James     8th April 2016 Tile and construction adhesive specialists TAL enhanced its tiling solutions offering by launching the cementitious powder primer Keymix in February. Keymix  is used to prepare the surface and enhance the bond of the adhesive onto the surface substrate. The primer forms part of a tile adhesive... 

New primer powder enhances tiling solution
SURFACE PREPARATION TAL's Keymix and Keycoat slurry prepares the surface and enhances the bond of the adhesive

Quality concrete floors depend on contractor cooperation

By: Bruce Montiea     10th April 2015 Dividing on-site flooring responsibility between main contractors and subcontractors leads to poor-quality concrete floors, says cement and concrete industry body The Concrete Institute. Therefore, the institute is encouraging main contractors and subcontractors to engage better with one another... 

Quality concrete floors depend  on contractor cooperation
CONCRETE FLOORING The Concrete Institute technical staff deal mostly with problems pertaining to concrete flooring

Flooring industry needs to accelerate training

By: Bruce Montiea     10th April 2015 The flooring industry in South Africa must start investing in worker training, as government plans to make staff accreditation a compulsory requirement, says interior flooring supplier and installer Kevin Bates Albert Carpets (KBAC) CFO Neil Duncan. He says government has recently been applying... 

Flooring industry needs to accelerate training
TRAINING SUPPORT Belgotex technical support manager Allan de Wit, Fita training director Patty Vermaak, Sparrow FET new business development manager Melanie Malema and Kevin Bates Albert Carpets CFO Neil Duncan

Reformulated screed offers new benefits

By: Bruce Montiea     10th April 2015 The reformulated version of construction chemicals manufacturer a.b.e Construction Chemicals’ abescreed SLC P is being successfully applied at building projects countrywide, says a.b.e national flooring sales manager Peter Jones. “The abescreed SLC P is a pumpable single-pack, rapid- hardening... 

Reformulated screed offers new benefits
QUALITY FLOORING a.b.e Construction Chemicals and FloorworX take pride in their partnership that aims to offer a better system to the end-user

Partnership improves industry access to flooring machinery

10th April 2015 Professional contractors in the flooring industry are no longer required to invest substantially in costly flooring machinery, as diamond tools and equipment manufacturer Diamond Products has entered into an agreement with business finance and advisory services provider Merchant West to make... 

Partnership improves industry access to flooring machinery
FLOOR WORK The partnership between Diamond Products and Merchant West is making it possible for contractors to afford flooring machinery

Expanded-aluminium grating and mesh prevent corrosion

By: Bruce Montiea     10th April 2015 Expanded-aluminium floor grating and mesh, manufactured by expanded-aluminium products manufacturer Ampliform ensures that end-users do not struggle with corrosion in outside areas, says Ampliform GM Sean Daly. He adds that the company’s aluminium floor grating and mesh are also suitable for use... 

Expanded-aluminium grating and mesh prevent corrosion
EASY POSITIONING Ampliform’s aluminium floor grating and mesh are suitable for use in applications where the weight of steel grating is an issue when it comes to loading on the roof trusses

Flooring companies collaborate for global business growth

10th April 2015 Seamless industrial and commercial flooring manufacturer Flowcrete Group, a subsidiary of RPM International, seems to be growing from strength-to-strength, having won the RPM 2014 Connections Creating Value Award in December last year for its collaborative efforts with other RPM International... 

Safety to be considered over price, says manufacturer

10th April 2015 Flooring companies need to consider the safety of people before they consider the price of a product when deciding which material to use for floor construction, says floor gratings, stair treads and safety hand rails manufacturer Vital Engineering MD Dodds Pringle. “The choice between fibreglass... 

Safety to be considered over price, says manufacturer
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BUILDING FOR SAFETY Contractors must ensure that they build high-quality floors to ensure the safety of human assets

Feedback approach enables relevant product development

11th April 2014 Steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis reports that it attributes its success in the provision of flooring and handrailing solutions to its approach of prioritising consumer feedback and researching the best methods of incorporating consumers’ input into its products and services.  Company... 

Flooring range launched onto local market

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th April 2014 In response to the growing demand for efficient and cost-effective methods of industrial floor preparation and rehabilitation, flooring solutions provider Diamond Products launched its new ranges of floor grinding, polishing and cleaning systems onto the South African market in September last... 

Cost efficiency and safety regulations prioritised

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th April 2014 Manufacturer of gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails Vital Engineering (Vital) reports that its custom-made range of flooring products prioritise safety while also reducing the overall cost to the client through providing for ease of maintenance and low on-site installation... 

Partnership to enhance local flooring industry 

By: Pimani Baloyi     11th April 2014 Three flooring solutions providers, namely concrete equipment manufacturer and supplier group of companies Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), flooring concept solutions provider Rock Solid Flooring and international construction solution provider TAL X-Calibur, have partnered to develop the X-Tech... 

Partnership to enhance local flooring industry
Rock Solid Flooring laying a X-Tech StoneFlow floor at Tile Africa store in Sliverton, Pretoria.

Concrete floor solution ideal for industrial sector

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th April 2013 The HTC Superfloor flooring solution is greatly needed in the industrial sector, as it transforms dull and grey concrete floors into easy-to-clean, environment-friendly and durable polished concrete floors, says concrete equipment and machinery manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA). 

Restructuring aimed at doubling business size in ten years

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th April 2013 After restructuring its engineering division in January this year, steel products manufacturer Andrew Mentis is aiming to improve its handrailing, expanded metal and grating products by further developing its plant in Elandsfontein, Gauteng, as it expects to double production in the next ten years. 

Screen manufacturing accuracy emphasised

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th April 2013 Global engineering company FLSmidth expects its new Vibro Optimax wire to assist in manufacturing screens accurately to meet the strict specifications of screening media used to recover minerals in the mining industry. 

Comprehensive training on concrete industrial floors offered this year

12th April 2013 The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) School of Concrete Technology is emphasising the need to have a thorough understanding of all the characteristics of concrete for floors by offering training course on concrete industrial floors for consulting engineers and contractors. 

Recycled tyres used for flooring at Redhill School

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th April 2013 A 700 m² flooring project at Redhill School, in Sandton, was completed in mid-November last year, using imported Ecore Ecosurfaces rubber flooring, manufactured from recycled tyres by international commercial flooring company Ecore, and supplied by Polyflor South Africa (SA). 

Digital building infrastructure company adds new technology to its flooring cable systems

12th April 2013 Global electrical and digital building infrastructure specialist Legrand has designed a flexible low level Soluflex cable floor system, for use in the work environment, which is a new addition to its cable management system. 

Building owners recognise effect of flooring on overall profitability

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Professional logistics consultants, building owners and operators are starting to pay more attention to the effect that flooring can have on overall profitability, says industrial flooring company Twintec South Africa projects director Martin Kerrigan.  

Company refurbishes quarantine centre floor

13th April 2012 Corrosion protection, epoxy flooring, concrete repair and waterproofing company Verni-Speciality Construction Products has been awarded a contract to refurbish the floors in the quarantine centre at the Agricultural Research Council’s (ARC’s) Onderstepoort Vetinary Institute, north of Pretoria. 

Screening manufacturer focuses on providing full service

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Screening media products manufacturer Ludowici Meshcape aims to be a service-driven company, instead of predominately focusing on sales, says GM Ross Dott.  

New angle handrailing vital to industry

13th April 2012 Gratings, stair treads, pressed floors and safety handrails manufacturer Vital Engineering has developed and patented a new, improved angle handrailing system, after the market experienced a number of problems with cheap and undersized tubular handrail products, says MD Dodds Pringle. 

Bush-hammered-finish flooring introduced onto local market

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Concrete products manufacturer Pan Mixers South Africa (PMSA), in partnership with flooring solutions supplier Superb Flooring Systems has recently introduced bush-hammered finish flooring, which makes use of HTC technology, to the local market, says PMSA marketing and sales manager Quintin Booysen. 

Specialist adopts automated dry shake hardener application technology 

By: Leandi Kolver     13th April 2012 Industrial flooring specialist Concrete Laser Flooring (CLF) will, this month, introduce a US-manufactured spreader machine, which automatically applies dry-shake concrete hardener to floors, to the local market, CLF director Peter Norton tells Engineering News. 

WC flooring projects under way

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2011 Specialist contract company Industrial Flooring Systems (IFS) is undertaking a number of floor installation projects in the Western Cape. 

Handrailing manufacturer upgrades its systems

By: Natasha Odendaal     8th April 2011 Steel grating developer and manufacturer Andrew Mentis has upgraded many of its systems and processes including the introduction of new technology into the company’s handrail department. 

New plug tool for wood introduced 

8th April 2011 Building materials distributor Starborn Industries has introduced the Smart-Bit Pro Plug system to simplify and enhance the beauty of wood plug installations performed in decking, wide plank flooring and woodworking projects. 

Construction materials supplier completes flooring projects

8th April 2011 Chemicals company a.b.e. Construction Chemicals’ abeflo epoxy self-levelling flooring system was used to provide high-quality floors at MF Autobody Panelbeaters, in Boksburg, the company reports. 

Growing need to understand flooring principles

9th April 2010 The Cement and Concrete Institute’s (C&CI’s) one-day industrial flooring training course is gaining popularity as more designers, specifiers and contractors feel the need to understand the underlying principles of concrete industrial flooring.  

Flooring increasingly taking on environment friendly benefits

By: Eleanor Seggie     9th April 2010 Flooring suppliers Floors Direct now stock environment-friendly and durable bamboo flooring, says Floors Direct MD Jose Dos Passos. 

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