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Rocla marks 100 years in SA precast concrete market

By: Dylan Slater     22nd September 2017 Precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla is celebrating 100 years in existence in South Africa this month, attributing its success to customer satisfaction, competitive pricing, good-quality products and timeous delivery.  

Afrimat Construction Index dips in Q2 2017, set to improve in Q3

By: Irma Venter     21st September 2017 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) declined marginally in the second quarter of 2017. The ACI is released by JSE-listed industrial minerals and construction materials miner and supplier Afrimat. It is a composite index of the level of activity within the building and construction sectors,... 

Afrimat Construction Index dips in Q2 2017, set to improve in Q3

South Africa's AfriSam says merger offer for PPC 'fair'

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 South African cement maker AfriSam said on Wednesday a merger proposal valuing its rival PPC at $700-million was fair, suggesting it has no intention of sweetening its offer. Shares in PPC dropped 2.52% to R6.19 at 1314 GMT, but still well above a R5.75 per share valuation in AfriSam's proposal... 

Cementir sells Italian assets to HeidelbergCement for €315m

By: Reuters     20th September 2017 Italy's third-largest cement maker Cementir Holding has agreed to sell its domestic assets to Italcementi, owned by Germany's HeidelbergCement , it said on Tuesday. Cementir, controlled by the Caltagirone family, said the deal had an enterprise value of €315-million ($377-million). 

A new, more internally focused approach should be taken to revive investment status

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th September 2017 With South Africa’s recent ratings downgrades sparking a short-term action plan to claw back its investment grade, it would be more prudent for the country to focus on establishing a stable, healthy, societal base able to leverage regained ratings levels, according to Makhaya Advisory South... 

Artisan training to benefit welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 By developing local skills and paying attention to quality and on-time delivery, Secunda-based fabrication company Hydra-Arc says it is possible to be successful and competitive in this challenging industry. "The demand for skills development is massive in South Africa, therefore, fully fledged... 

Artisan training  to benefit welders
IN ACTION Hydra-Arc’s Mshiniwami artisan academy is training 400 welders and 300 boilermakers this year

Automation presents growth opportunities for industry

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The recent slowdown in major capital investment projects has resulted in  a challenge in the employment environment within the South African welding industry. This has prompted businesses to reassess opportunities and efficiencies within their current fabrication methodology, says welding and... 

Automation presents growth opportunities  for industry
ENDLESS APPLICATIONS The Polysoude Orbital Welder is consistent, and increases productivity

Company expands into the US

     15th September 2017 This year, rope and lifting technology specialist The PFEIFER Group’s opened another branch office in the US, in Houston, Texas, which will see the rope and lifting technology specialist continue to grow its business in conjunction with the group’s other US existing branch, which was launched in... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 Heavy-equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, in Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidates two smaller parts-distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including the ability to work... 

Equipment manufacturer inaugurates new facility
SHEER ADVANTAGE The 60 000 m2 facility allows for the ability to work more efficiently while increasing capacity to provide unmatched parts availability for customers across Africa

Laser cuts time and costs for welders

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 The link between welding, cutting and grinding is an intricate one, as refining and perfecting one aspect of these three processes will greatly enhance the proficiency of all of them, says cutting consumables and capital equipment supplier First Cut. Owing to this, First Cut has optimised the... 

Localisation key to welding industry growth

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Promoting local manufacturing in South Africa creates opportunities for the local welding industry, says South African science institution Agricultural Research Council and Agricultural Engineering (ARC-AE) research team manager for renewable energy, agricultural infrastructure and agroprocessing... 

Localisation key to  welding industry growth
AGRICULTURAL WELDING The Senotlelo feed mill is an example of how welding is used in the agriculture industry

New retail development to open in Walvis Bay

By: Mia Breytenbach     15th September 2017 The new R500-million Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, Namibia, is in the final stages of completion, with its doors set to open next month. The mall is developed by South African property developer and investor Atterbury, in partnership with local developers Tradehold. 

New retail development  to open in Walvis Bay
SIZING UP The new 27 500 m2 Dunes Mall in Walvis Bay, will be the largest in the area and the second largest in Namibia

WBHO upbeat about UK market potential following Byrne acquisition

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 A problematic Australian contract and a payment in accordance with a settlement agreement between government and the local construction sector following an investigation into collusion have seen profits slip at JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). The group earlier this... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap

By: Nica Schreuder     15th September 2017 Despite challenging economic conditions and a dire lack of welding skills, steel welding and fabrication service provider Federal Steel Company is committed to welding skills development initiatives that will expand nationally. Federal Steel Company MD Phakamile Buthelezi explains that the lack... 

Welding company aims to bridge skills gap
PHAKAMILE BUTHELEZI The Federal Steel Company has invested in initiatives to monitor and facilitate the proper training of young artisans

Africa's richest man joins race for South African cement firm

By: Reuters     14th September 2017 Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote has joined the race to buy South African cement maker PPC, which is already the subject of a takeover bid valuing the company at $700-million. Dangote Cement, which is controlled by Dangote and is the biggest cement maker in Africa with a capacity of nearly... 

Africa's richest man joins race for South African cement firm
Africa's richest man and Dangote Group owner Aliko Dangote

Dawn to sell stake in GDW

By: Creamer Media Reporter      14th September 2017 JSE-listed Distribution and Warehousing Network’s (Dawn’s) share price rose by 21% on Thursday morning after the company confirmed that it would sell its 49% interest in Grohe Dawn Watertech (GDW) to Lixil Corporation, which owns the other 51% of GDW. The sale follows the announcement in July... 

Dawn to sell stake in GDW
Dawn CEO Edwin Hewitt and Lixil CEO Kinya Seto

Shareholders urge Thyssenkrupp to get on with Tata Steel deal

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Thyssenkrupp shareholders are urging the group to clinch a deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel businesses this year, warning failure to do so would be a blow to its credibility. Talks between the two firms over a potential combination have been dragging on for a year and a half,... 

Voestalpine's Texas plant reopens after hurricane shutdown

By: Reuters     8th September 2017 Austrian specialty steelmaker Voestalpine said on Friday its direct reduction plant in Texas had fully resumed operation after it was shut down for several days due to hurricane Harvey. The $1 billion plant in Corpus Christi, Voestalpine's largest foreign investment so far, opened in October 2016... 

Italtile board gives go-ahead for buyout of Ceramic Industries

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2017 The board of JSE-listed Italtile is satisfied that the acquisition of Ceramic Industries (CIL) and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers can proceed, notwithstanding the condition imposed by the Competition Tribunal. The tribunal in August approved the acquisition on the condition that Italtile... 

WBHO sees challenging Australian project, settlement agreement sip from the profit cup

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2017 A problematic Australian contract and a payment in accordance with a settlement agreement between government and the local construction sector following an investigation into collusion have seen profits slip at JSE-listed construction group Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO). The group on Tuesday... 

WBHO sees challenging Australian project, settlement agreement sip from the profit cup
Photo by Duane Daws
WBHO CEO Louwtjie Nel

PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

By: Anine Kilian     4th September 2017 AfriSam has submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC, while a regional unit of Fairfax Africa Investments has offered to buy R2-billion of PPC shares, subject to PPC shareholders agreeing to the merger with AfriSam.   PPC on August 25 announced that merger negotiations between itself and... 

PPC receives two other indicative merger proposals as AfriSam submits revised offer

Black industrialist bemoans lack of government support

By: Dylan Slater     1st September 2017 Engineering and fabrication company Oro Projects is struggling to make headway in the engineering and fabrication industry, owing to a lack of support from government departments and financial support institutions, which have been vocal about their willingness to assist black-owned industry.  

Black industrialist bemoans  lack of government support
Photo by Duane Daws
BLACK INDUSTRIALIST Oro Project’s Benoni-based plant is a large industrial fabricator with significant potential to skill and employ people

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through software and sensors

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2017 With industry moving towards embracing the technology advancement of Industry 4.0, manufacturing company DMG MORI aims to improve machine tools operation efficiency through remote maintenance, operation status management and accurate failure prediction for machines using networking, software and... 

Manufacturer to improve efficiency through  software and sensors
DMU210P The DMU210P is available with up to 5-axis and is valued at about €1.2-million

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre 

By: Mia Breytenbach     31st August 2017 Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. The 60 000 m2 facility consolidated two smaller parts distribution sites – Linbro Park and Isando – and offers several advantages, including enabling the company to work more efficiently, while... 

Caterpillar inaugurates new Joburg parts distribution centre
Caterpillar has officially inaugurated its new parts distribution facility, near Johannesburg, Gauteng. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 31.8.2017

AfriSam sees merger as key to surviving cement glut

By: David Oliveira     25th August 2017 Cement manufacturer AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes has stressed the need for the cement manufacturing industry to consolidate. On a site visit with members of the media to its Ulco plant, in the Northern Cape, earlier this month, he said the situation in the industry was... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2017 Fire risk assessments are the ideal way to develop and improve fire risk management, from documenting findings, categorisation of risk areas, recommendations or requirements for improvement as well as prioritisation of risk improvement measures, says the Fire Protection Association of Southern... 

Fire risk assessments ideal to improve fire risk management
Photo by Bloomberg
CRITICAL PROTECTION Fire risk assessments are critical in the protection of life, assets and in ensuring the continuity of business operations

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant

     25th August 2017 With the National Building Standard and Building Regulations Act stating that all buildings – including shopping centres – should meet the South African National Standards (SANS) 10400 part ‘T’ fire-protection standards requirements, fire risk management and support consultant ASP Fire supplies... 

Fire-protection equipment and ongoing maintenance provided by consultant
MICHAEL VAN NIEKERK ASP Fire has completed a number of risk assessments in shopping centres

Specialist still major contributor to industry

     25th August 2017 Having been a major contributor to uplifting the quality and safety standards of fire protection equipment for over 25 years, fire protection specialist Centa Group has a thorough understanding of the science of fire and is equipped with the knowledge pertaining to fire protection equipment legal... 

Specialist still major contributor to industry
SOLUTION OFFERING Solutions are custom designed to suit specific environments and include design layout, installation and maintenance

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance

By: Terence Creamer     22nd August 2017 Group Five CEO Themba Mosai has moved to assure shareholders that the new leadership at the embattled construction company is prioritising “accountability and consequence management” in light of a dismal 2017 performance, which saw the JSE-listed company report financial results that were far... 

Group Five CEO prioritising culture of accountability after dismal 2017 performance
Group Five CEO Themba Mosai

Tribunal conditionally approves Italtile’s acquisition of CIL

By: Creamer Media Reporter      22nd August 2017 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved JSE-listed Italtile’s proposed acquisition of Ceramic Industries (CIL) and Ezee Tile Adhesive Manufacturers. Italtile in April 2016 made an offer to acquire the remaining 73.5% interest in CIL it does not already own for R3.75-billion in cash... 

Act revised to apply tariffs on imported products 

By: Victor Moolman     18th August 2017 Earlier this year, the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA) was adapted to include designation of domestic steel, wire and other industry products, and although it came into effect in April, the South African Wire Association (SAWA) says it is too soon for the steel construction... 

Act revised to  apply tariffs on imported products
SAWA director Keith Campbell explains what the effect of the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act will be on the industry. Video and Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Company supplies piping for water treatment expansion project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 Thermoplastic piping company Plasti-Tech supplied a range of piping, custom fittings and flanges to Zululand district municipality’s Usuthu purification plant expansion infrastructure project to increase output by 20 M a day.  

Company supplies piping for water treatment  expansion project
MEGA SUPPLY Plasti-Tech supplied R1.8-million worth of piping and fabricated fittings for the Usuthu water purification plant expansion project

Industrial base growth will stimulate province’s steel industry

     18th August 2017 Growing the Eastern Cape industrial base will assist in stimulating growth in the struggling steel industry, says the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy

     18th August 2017 Manufacturers in South Africa are on the receiving end of the weak economy as there is little room to pass on cost increases, says Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) economist Marique Kruger. 

Manufacturers on receiving end of weak economy
STEEL MANUFACTURING Steel manufacturers face the most damage from the weak economy

Modular buildings supplied to fire-damaged school

     18th August 2017 Owing to the fires that destroyed several buildings at Woodridge College and Preparatory School in the Van Stadens Gorge area, in the Eastern Cape, steel modular buildings supplier Kwikspace Modular Buildings supplied, erected and built 16 classrooms, four ablution blocks and an office for the... 

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 The National Treasury’s (NT’s) standard for infrastructure procurement and delivery management aimed at addressing government’s use of “cheap” professional service providers in public infrastructure projects officially became applicable to municipalities last month.  

Procurement standard set to stop use of ‘cheap’ professional services
Photo by Duane Daws
INCLUSIVE DECISION-MAKING Government bodies in their respective procurement departments, should make more of a crossfunctional team effort regarding procurement

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure
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