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Materials & Equipment News

Construction company awarded R10m residential development contract

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Construction company Motheo Infrastructure Contractors will use equipment – such as motor graders, 30 t excavators, compaction equipment and tipper trucks – to the value of about R10-million for its infrastructure contract at the South Hills integrated residential development in Johannesburg,... 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications

By: Simone Liedtke     17th November 2017 Geosynthetic products manufacturer and supplier Fibertex South Africa (SA) distributes a comprehensive range of NAUE Geosynthetics products designed for use as efficient sealing barriers, in a range of diverse applications, including construction projects. 

Geosynthetic products produce a sealing barrier for diverse applications
BENTOFIX X The carrier geotextile of the Bentofix X is coated with an additional, low-permeability polyethylene layer

Third possible suitor shows an interest in acquiring PPC

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th November 2017 In addition to the buyout offer cement producer PPC has received from Fairfax Africa Investments and AfriSam, as well as the nonbinding expression of interest from LafargeHolcim, the company has now also sparked the interest of a third possible buyer, CRH. CRH has indicated that it is considering... 

Third possible suitor shows an interest in acquiring PPC

Student competition fosters innovative energy solutions

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 In a bid to allow South African engineering students to explore and understand energy efficiency and solutions, Gauteng-based tertiary institution the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has partnered with international energy and petrochemicals group Shell Global for the fourth time to host the... 

Student competition fosters innovative  energy solutions
ECO-MARATHON Fostering an energy efficient-conscious mind-set among students is the first step towards embracing energy efficiency

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa

By: Nica Schreuder     10th November 2017 The South African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Competence Centre for Sustainable Energies (CC:SE), in Cape Town plays an important role in creating awareness and fostering conversations among African stakeholders in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sector. CC:SE manager... 

Competence Centre promotes energy efficiency awareness in Africa
Photo by Bloomberg
LIGHTING THE WAY EUREM trainees are taught basic knowledge of energy efficiency, with an emphasis on energy efficient lighting systems

Afrimat starts trading on A2X, maintains primary listing on JSE

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 South Africa’s newest stock exchange A2X Markets on Thursday gained its latest member, construction materials company Afrimat. The company joins African Rainbow Capital Investments, Peregrine Holdings and Coronation Fund Managers on the A2X roster, and will retain its primary listing on the main... 

Afrimat starts trading on A2X, maintains primary listing on JSE

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 Despite challenging trading conditions, Stefanutti Stocks on Thursday reported an 18% increase in operating profit, to R119-million, for the six months ended August  31. Revenue for the period also grew 18%, to R5.2-billion, up from R4.4-billion in the comparable period last year. 

Stefanutti Stocks sees 18% profit growth, expects margin squeeze to continue
Photo by Duane Daws
Stefanutti Stocks CEO Willie Meyburgh

Challenging trading conditions pinch Sephaku earnings

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2017 Testament to the difficult market conditions South Africa is currently facing, JSE-listed construction materials provider Sephaku Holdings (SepHold) on Thursday reported a R10.45-million decrease in group net profit to R14.8-million for the six months ended September 30. This was accompanied by a... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 South African construction giant Group Five will exit construction businesses that it does not believe can be turned around on a sustainable basis. “[Businesses] which are not core to [our] revised strategy . . . will either be sold or closed,” the company said on Tuesday, adding that its... 

Group Five to exit manufacturing business, construction businesses face axe

PPC expects earnings to rise as Africa business grows

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th November 2017 JSE-listed construction materials company PPC, which is currently the takeover target of LafargeHolcim and AfriSam, on Tuesday reported that it expects an uptick in its earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of between 3% and 6% for the half-year ending September... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 Owing to increasing demand for improved quality and the availability of production operations, metallurgical plant and equipment supplier SMS group provides consignment stock or warehousing facilities for their operational and insurance spare parts and components. “The service enables customers... 

Equipment supplier provides spare-part warehousing solution
Photo by Duane Daws
SPARE PART GUARANTEE A constant supply of spare parts for clients will reduce downtime

Storage automation in warehousing globally trending

By: Nica Schreuder     3rd November 2017 With the global shift among project managers toward automated storage solutions to rapidly meet customer needs, Germiston-based storage solution and racking manufacturer Acrow says South Africa has been quick on the uptake, with many companies implementing automated mobile racking storage... 

Storage automation in  warehousing globally trending
CUSTOMER INFLUENCE Acrow’s mobile racking storage solution came about as customers required increased automation in their warehousing and storage facilities

Afrimat continues ramp-up of new iron-ore asset Diro

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd November 2017 Industrial minerals, commodities and construction materials group Afrimat has successfully recommissioned its recently acquired iron-ore play, with full production on track for March. The acquisition of the distressed small iron-ore mine, Diro, in the Northern Cape, had marked a new phase of... 

Seifsa ‘cautiously optimistic’ following improved PMI

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st November 2017 The Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) is “cautiously optimistic” about the sector’s performance, in light of data released by the Absa Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI),  which indicates an improvement in activity in the manufacturing sector. This was the... 

LafargeHolcim proposes African asset combination with PPC

By: Anine Kilian     27th October 2017 JSE-listed PPC’s share price rose nearly 5% early on Friday after it announced that it had received a credible expression of interest from LafargeHolcim to combine some of their African assets. The proposal also included a partial cash offer to PPC and a special dividend to PPC shareholders.   

LafargeHolcim proposes African asset combination with PPC

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety and product quality

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier SICK Automation says its LMS511 Pro object detection system assists in decreasing the number of collisions and injuries for the chemicals, petrochemicals and automated bulk handling industries, where continuous process and proximity monitoring plays a critical role... 

Monitoring system assists with continuous safety  and product quality
OBJECT DETECTION The LMS511 Pro object detection system will detect any objects or humans in the reclaimer path

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel

By: Robyn Wilkinson     27th October 2017 The winner of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association’s (Sassda’s) Eiffel Tower life-cycle costing competition was announced earlier this month, having proven the success of the association’s new cellphone application (app) and the long-term value of stainless steel as a... 

Competition proves long term value of stainless steel
A WINNING FORMULA Sassda Western Cape manager Michel Bassson hands Amrish Punwasi his prize for having proven the success of Sassda’s new app

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for  bridge-widening project
GEOTEXTILE SOLUTION The project required 1 000 GeoRevet Geobags to help create the piling platform structure

Lafarge Africa seeks approval to launch 132bn naira rights issue

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Cement maker Lafarge Africa is expecting regulatory approval from Nigerian authorities for a 131.65-billion naira ($431.43-million) rights issue as it focuses on Nigeria for growth and expands into Ghana, its chief financial officer said on Friday. As part of its plan to refinance its debt, the... 

Dangote Cement still interested in South Africa's PPC – CEO

By: Reuters     20th October 2017 Dangote Cement is still interested in acquiring South African rival PPC and would do a deal at the right price, its outgoing chief executive officer Onne van der Weijde said on Thursday. Weijde said PPC was a "good fit" for Dangote Cement, which is majority owned by Africa's richest man, Aliko... 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa

By: Robyn Wilkinson     20th October 2017 Economic growth in Africa is ensuring a steady demand for infrastructure development and by tailoring its business model to access this demand, engineering services provider ELB Group has enhanced its activities on the continent and announced a return to profitability. 

New business model drives group’s resurgence in Africa
ACCESSING NEW MARKETS ELB has been focused predominately on the mineral and metals market and diversification will enable it to better protect its balance sheet during future commodity downturns

CSIR is looking to transform how infrastructure is built in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     20th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR Principal Researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent 6th CSIR Conference in Pretoria.  

PPC, NUM make headway on wage impasse

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th October 2017 Cement producer PPC and trade union National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have reached an agreement on wage negotiations at the company’s Slurry plant, in the North West. This followed a protected strike by the union on Monday after the parties were unable to reach an agreement through a Commission... 

NUM members down tools at PPC Cement over wages

By: African News Agency      17th October 2017 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said that its members at South Africa’s leading supplier of cement and related products, PPC Cement Slurry in Mafikeng, North West, have embarked on a strike over wages. This comes after the NUM gave PPC Cement a notice to strike on Sunday last week and... 

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

By: Terence Creamer     13th October 2017 The slow pace of transformation in the metals and engineering sector continues to be of concern, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) president Michael Pimstein said during his presidential address in Johannesburg on Friday. He urged the sector, which represents... 

Seifsa president laments slow pace of metals sector transformation

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Utility management company Bosch Munitech’s specialised Underground Services Location (USL) facility encompasses advanced utility detection and mapping services, which are essential for providing accurate information on buried utility infrastructure layouts, says Bosch Munitech underground and... 

Buried utility locating facility essential for accurate information
NECESSARY SERVICE The Underground Services Location facility helps with the planning of new pipe designs, utility diversions and new construction

Supplier aims to change industry mindset

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Industrial equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE) – a division of Smith Mining Equipment – is aiming to change the “bigger is better” mindset of the construction materials and equipment market in South Africa by offering construction equipment developer Kubota’s 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini... 

Supplier aims to change industry mindset
COMPACT EXCAVATOR The 3 t Kubota U30-6 mini excavator from Smith Power Equipment a compact machine

Product range to expand to construction industry

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to the risk posed by utility pipes, and electrical lines and cables in the ground, industrial product supplier Actum Industrial – part of the Actum Group – is targeting the construction, municipal, and oil and gas industry with its Ridgid range of tooling equipment – such as the SR-20 and... 

Product range to expand  to construction industry
BUILDING ON THE PAST The SR-24 utility line locating instrument builds on the SR-20 feature set, adding a global positioning system and wireless communication

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Ensuring that income-generation capacity is not reduced in any way by ill-maintained equipment is an important way of staying competitive in the market, states Cape Town-based specialised equipment hire company Burma Plant Hire Group (BPH) MD Theuns Burger. 

Well-maintained equipment ensures market competitiveness
THEUNS BURGER The proactive approach involves maintenance of a company’s equipment

Groundwater a viable water saving initiative

     13th October 2017 South African consulting and engineering firm JG Afrika is working hard to change the mind-set around using South Africa’s groundwater to mitigate water scarcity, despite project failures in the past. JG Afrika technical director Mark Schapers and JG Afrika executive associate Regan Rose agree... 

Groundwater a  viable water  saving initiative
MARK SCHAPERS JG Afrika’s systematic approach is transferred to all activities involved in completing groundwater projects

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions

By: Nica Schreuder     13th October 2017 Fundamental conformities not being upheld during the manufacturing stages of pipe production has exacerbated South Africa’s current water scarcity, says plastics and polymer testing laboratory P.E.S.C. MD Graham Marsberg. “The basics of pipe manufacturing involves quality workmanship. This... 

Nonconformance of standards exacerbates drought conditions
CONFORMING TO STANDARDS SATAS or SABS accreditation is essential to ensuring reliable water infrastructure that adheres to strict standards

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to combat water loss

     13th October 2017 The Drakenstein local municipality in Paarl, Western Cape, has begun a 20-year master plan to replace old or ageing asbestos pipes in the region with high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes, which will achieve significant success in reducing water loss throughout the municipal area. Water leakage... 

Western Cape municipality begins master plan to  combat water loss
MASTER PLANNERS Willem Liebenberg and André Kowalewski (right) of the Drakenstein municipality are at the forefront of the master plan

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 As it celebrates its sixtieth year in South Africa, Italian multinational engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will complete the construction of one of the country’s largest surfaces of mechanically stabilised earth walls to date – at 10 000 m2 – at the Mount Edgecombe interchange, in... 

Italian company ensures engineering success in KZN
MAMMOTH TASK Careful project management ensured that each of the nine mechanically stabilised earth walls was constructed and delivered to site as it was needed

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth

By: Robyn Wilkinson     13th October 2017 Countries seeking to promote economic growth and job creation tend to adopt policies that create flexible and open immigration regimes, contrasting with South Africa’s adoption of restrictive immigration laws, which when coupled with bureaucratic inefficiency creates a barrier to the entry of... 

Open immigration regime central to S Africa’s growth
GARY EISENBERG South Africa’s foreign policy should never lose sight of the historical benefits that have streamed into South Africa from Italy

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier
PREFERRED SUPPLIER Renttech SA is the preferred supplier of welding, power generation, lifting and rigging equipment to buy or rent in

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Owing to insurance playing a vital role in the ultimate success of a construction project, insurance provider Risk Benefit Solutions (RBS) says contractors and engineers need to ensure that a contract includes the contractor all risk policy, which includes cover against damage and any liabilities... 

Insurance plays vital role in construction project success
GEORGE DAVIS Every construction project is unique and has its own set of risks

CSIR seeking to develop new methods to improve local infrastructure production  

By: Keith Campbell     11th October 2017 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) continues to research innovations and initiatives to transform the local construction industry. This was reported by CSIR principal researcher Llewellyn van Wyk at the recent sixth CSIR Conference in Pretoria. He noted that the country has... 

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