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LafargeHolcim to cut 200 jobs as Paris, Zurich offices axed

By: Reuters     25th May 2018 LafargeHolcim will close its corporate offices in Paris and Zurich, eliminating 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive, the world's largest cement maker said on Friday. The Franco-Swiss company confirmed the long-mooted closure of its Paris HQ, which was reported by Reuters on Thursday. 

New company focuses on sustainability

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 Wadeville-based perlite and vermiculite manufacturer and distributor, Sun Silicates, has established a sister company, CemteQ Building Solutions, which specialises in developing value-add products for the building and construction industries. CemteQ Building Solutions has been established to... 

New company focuses on sustainability
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING The construction industry is experiencing mounting pressure to improve real sustainability in building from design to material use

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive

By: Paige Müller     25th May 2018 With government infrastructure spending on large construction projects remaining subdued, Himoinsa Southern Africa MD Martin Foster warns against the short-sighted temptation by the South African construction industry to try and manage its power generation costs, stressing the importance of... 

Reducing TCO will enable construction firms to remain competitive
LOWERING TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP Himoinsa SA works extensively with clients in the construction industry to reduce costs associated with owning and operating a generator set and lighting towers

Troubled economy creating some new opportunities, says Afrimat boss

By: Irma Venter     24th May 2018 “The fact that ArcelorMittal, Aveng, Group Five and Basil Read today have a smaller combined market capitalisation than a ‘little’ quarry company such as Afrimat, shows you that the economy is in trouble,” says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. “Not long ago any one of them was twenty times our... 

 Troubled economy creating some new opportunities, says Afrimat boss

Allied Steelrode, seven others join task force to lobby for support of downstream steel industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     21st May 2018 Steel supplier and processing company Allied Steelrode has affirmed its commitment to an industry representative group the CEO Task Force, which will aid in regenerating the country’s steel sector, through mobilising the downstream industry – which suffers the most when challenges arise in the... 

Allied Steelrode, seven others join task force to lobby for support of downstream steel industry
Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     18th May 2018 Rope access specialist Skyriders has introduced the collision-tolerant Elios drones to its nondestructive (NDT) testing offering, and has started using them at State-owned power utility Eskom. The drones are part of Skyriders’ turnkey solution offering that improves the efficiency of the NDT and... 

Rope specialist introduces drones to NDT at Eskom
DRONE INSPECTIONS Skyriders has added a drone to its NDT testing offerings at Eskom facilities

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 Leading concrete materials supplier AfriSam is the anchor sponsor for the 2019 biennial Fulton Awards, hosted by nonprofit organisation the Concrete Society of Southern Africa (CSSA). According to AfriSam, the event recognises the possibilities that concrete structures create for society and,... 

AfriSam anchor sponsor for Fulton Awards
INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE The Fulton Awards is an event that honours excellence and innovation in the design and use of concrete

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 As global pressure to reduce emissions mounts, owing to more stringent legislation, there remains a high demand for spray nozzle and spraying system manufacturer Lechler’s VarioCool Gas Conditioning systems in the cement producing industry, says Lechler representative in Southern Africa... 

Gas conditioning systems remain in high demand
STEVE SMITH Industrial Nozzles and Systems’ scope of supply to the cement industry has more than tripled in the last four to five years

Substantial need for skills development

By: Jessica Oosthuizen     11th May 2018 There is a massive need for skills development in the construction industry, particularly in the concrete industry, says cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. “However, with relatively little work available and companies retrenching... 

Substantial need for skills development
Photo by Bloomberg
CONCRETE FLOORS Bryan Perrie will present a workshop about typical problems associated with concrete industrial floors at the Totally Concrete Expo

LafargeHolcim Q1 core profit falls, keeps targets

By: Reuters     8th May 2018 LafargeHolcim reported a 13% fall in first-quarter earnings as the world's largest cement maker embarks on its new strategy under new Chief Executive Jan Jenisch. The Swiss company said recurring earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation fell to 700-million Swiss francs... 

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW

By: Melissa Zisengwe     4th May 2018 Luminaires manufacturer BEKA Schréder will showcase its latest light-emitting diode (LED) luminaire range at African Utility Week (AUW), which will be held in Cape Town from May 15 to 17. The range – designed and manufactured in South Africa – includes the Ziya LED street light, the Kazelle... 

Latest LED luminaire range to be showcased at AUW
THE OPTIWAY A low-power LED bulkhead luminaire that can be mounted on any structure

Hope for Mafefe residents as asbestos road is replaced

By: News24Wire      3rd May 2018 In the hope that it would bring an end to the amount of deadly asbestos dust on their streets, residents of former asbestos-mining community Mafefe, have welcomed the construction of part of a road in the town at the cost of R43-million. Over the past two decades, locals have complained to the... 

Algerian cement firm exports for first time to Europe

By: Reuters     3rd May 2018 Algeria's State cement firm GICA has exported to Europe for the first time, sending out 200 000 t of grey cement, it said on Wednesday, as the North African oil producing country seeks to lower its import bill following a fall in energy revenues. Algeria used to be a net importer of grey cement,... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

By: African News Agency      1st May 2018 International packaging and paper group Mondi said on Monday it had signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Egypt's National Company for Paper Products and Import & Export for EGP510-million on a debt and cash free-basis. NPP is a privately owned industrial bags... 

Mondi Group signs an agreement to acquire NPP in Egypt

Local company invests in significant rental fleet expansion

By: Victor Moolman     27th April 2018 Compressor and generator rental company Rand-Air has introduced 52 new generators, ranging between 60 kVa and 500 kVa, to its rental fleet. The generators arrived earlier this year from the original-equipment manufacturer and supplier Atlas Copco; and have subsequently been fitted with trailers... 

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th April 2018 Multinational professional services firm Arup and US-based CLS Architects this week unveiled a new concrete three-dimensional (3D) printed house in central Milan, as part of the Salone del Mobile design festival.  

Concrete 3D printed house showcased in Milan
3D printed concrete house

Barloworld to sell Iberian equipment business, shares hit

By: Reuters     25th April 2018 Barloworld will sell its underperforming Iberian equipment business to privately-owned Italian group Tesa following a strategic review. Shares in the equipment, car rental and logistics provider fell more than 7% after Wednesday's announcement, in which Barloworld said the overall proceeds of the... 

Corobrik embarks on multibillion-rand investment

By: African News Agency      23rd April 2018 South African brickmaker Corobrik announced on Monday it has embarked on a multi-billion rand investment roll-out to grow its business and develop new markets over the next five to six years. Corobrik CE Dirk Meyer said that the lion’s share of the initial R1-billion allocated during 2017/18... 

Johnson Controls launches new products as it marks SA milestone

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2018 Building technology systems multinational Johnson Controls launched the new range of YZ York chillers and the new R-1233zd low-global warming potential and low-pressure refrigerant in South Africa as part of its fiftieth anniversary in the country. Johnson Controls South Africa GM Neil Cameron... 

SA distributor secures rights to market cable fire-protection system

By: Dylan Slater     20th April 2018 A joint venture (JV) between 24-year-old South Africa-based construction access systems provider IBAS Group and Norway-based fire-prevention solutions company Fire Security aims to increase market awareness in South Africa for two fire-prevention systems developed and manufactured by Fire... 

SA distributor secures rights to  market cable fire-protection system
PROTECTIVE COATING FS1 expands up to 100 times its thickness to protect cables from direct contact with flames

Adhesive for heavy, abnormal loads applications launched

By: Paige Müller     20th April 2018 Henkel South Africa, the local subsidiary of Germany headquartered Henkel, launched a new range of Loctite universal structural bonders that expands the capabilities of traditional adhesives. 

Adhesive for heavy,  abnormal loads  applications launched
LOCTITE UNIVERSAL STRUCTURAL BONDERS Loctite demonstrates the strength and speed of the new bonders range by performing a vertical 8.1 t weight lift

Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2018 “South African manufacturers are paying 22% too much for their steel; whether you are making lamp posts or electrical cabinets, you are not going to pay what you would pay on the global market,” says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment manufactures six lines of capital equipment,... 

 Bell laments import duties on steel, tyres; Kamaz assembly could start in 2019
The Bell Equipment factory in Richards Bay

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work

By: Schalk Burger     18th April 2018 Building materials company AfriSam designed and supplied specialist concrete for the construction of the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, which involved the cutting away of the inside of the old grain silo at the V&A Waterfront, in Cape Town, to build the modern art museum. The museum,... 

AfriSam bolsters Western Cape prominence with technical Zeitz Museum concrete work
Photo by Dylan Slater
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa

Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount

By: Irma Venter     12th April 2018 Group Five will soon become a minority shareholder in its construction business in South Africa, says CEO Themba Mosai. Speaking on Thursday in Johannesburg at the company’s interim results, he noted that Group Five targeted the sale of 51% of its South African construction business to an... 

 Group Five to sell majority stake in SA construction business as losses mount
Themba Mosai

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th April 2018 Upcoming young artist Chris Soal was announced as the overall winner of cement supplier PPC’s Imaginarium Awards 2018.  

Urban soccer sculpture wins PPC Imaginarium Awards
Chris Soal's sculpture titled Imposed Structure to the Detriment of the Members

Impairments push Lafarge Africa to 2017 loss, shares fall

By: Reuters     9th April 2018 Lafarge Africa has taken a one-off impairment in Nigeria and South Africa totalling around 33-billion naira ($105-million), widening its loss before tax for 2017 from a year earlier and sending its shares tumbling. Bruno Bayet, CFO, told Reuters the impairments accounted for bulk of the loss,... 

Continued growth for tool manufacturer

6th April 2018 This year, tool and equipment manufacturer the Hilti Group intends to maintain its growth momentum following last year’s growth of CHF 5.1-billion throughout all of its business regions. The company explains that year-on-year the company’s sales are up by 10.8%, and 9.6% in local currencies. 

Continued growth for  tool manufacturer
GROWING The company experienced growth throughout the 2017 period in all of its worldwide markets

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market

6th April 2018 Power tools manufacturer Bosch’s Power Tools division recorded a ‎€4.7-billion turnover last year, which was higher than the year before. This growth corresponds to 5% in local currency and 4% yearly. Bosch is continually expanding its range of cordless tools, which are becoming increasingly... 

Manufacturer continues to grow in power tools market
Photo by Creamer Media
POWER TOOLS The market has shown continual growth internationally

New measuring laser introduced to African market 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Tool and fixings distributor Upat has introduced the Stabila LAR 350 rotational laser (LAR 350) to the African market, which enables construction workers and foremen to measure, level and position equipment, explains Upat national product specialist Charl Weber. The LAR 350 has a wireless... 

New measuring  laser introduced  to African market
Stabila national product specialist Charl Weber describes the advantages of using Stabila measuring tools. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa 

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Hand-held power tool supplier Milwaukee has launched the patented Red Link Plus Intelligence electronics system for hand-held power tools. “The Red Link Plus system introduces new electrical controls throughout the hand-held power tools that the company supplies. It starts with the battery packs... 

Power tool systems’ new line launched in Southern Africa
Milwaukee product specialist Werner Koch explains the power tools available from the company. Camerawork and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Rebranded power tools division maintains commitment to quality

6th April 2018 Tools and equipment manufacturer Hitachi has renamed its Hitachi Power Tools to Metabo HPT for its full line of power tools, fasteners, accessories and outdoor power equipment products for North America. The transition will start from September this year with the launch of MultiVolt under the... 

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

Capital equipment future looks bright
LAWRENCE PETERS An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

Blockmaking machine aids in community development
LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity  in projects
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

Company resupplies machine stock to keep S. African market supplied

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 To keep its supply of stud-welding machines current, furnace and industrial services company The Dickinson Group keeps a range of such machines in stock at its Vereeniging headquarters at all times. The company has supplied more than 600 stud-welding machines over the past 24 years to the mining,... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa

By: Victor Moolman     6th April 2018 Owing to its well-established relationship with its loyal distribution partners and distribution network in Southern Africa, a large range of about 5 200 individual line items of hand tools from professional tools manufacturer Jonnesway are being used in Southern Africa, says Carel Venter, the... 

Company and distribution partner provide largest range of tools in S. Africa
TOOL RANGE Jonnesway has a wide range of tools and works with original-equipment suppliers to ensure that tools are always available
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