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Materials & Equipment News

HDPE pipe manufacturing facility to open in February

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 Plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will launch its new Germiston-based manufacturing facility in February. The facility will manufacture high-density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes from 16 mm up to 1 000 mm in diameter. DPI technical and product manager Renier Snyman says the facility will enable... 

Innovation, outward-looking approach will bolster industry growth

By: Nadine James     20th January 2017 The plastics converter industry needs to alter its mindset and look for innovative solutions while becoming more outward-looking to experience real economic growth, says industry body Plastics SA. Plastics SA chairperson Bernhard Mahl describes real growth as “thousands of tons of plastics,... 

Innovation, outward-looking  approach will bolster industry growth
OFF LINE Over the past five to ten years, the local plastics industry has stagnated, hovering between producing 1.3-million tons and 1.4-million tons of virgin material a year

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

By: Henry Lazenby     23rd December 2016 Analytics firm IHS Markit reports that its Materials Price Index (MPI) rose for a sixth consecutive week, increasing 1.4% to hit a fresh 18-month high. IHS Global Insight Pricing & Purchasing senior economist Ben Orhan pointed out that ferrous metals once again drove the index higher, gaining... 

IHS Materials Price Index jumps to 18-month high; emergent weakness to undermine momentum

CompComm approves Afrimat, Diro deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th December 2016 The Competition Commission on Monday approved JSE-listed Afrimat’s intention to acquire Diro Iron Ore and Diro Manganese. The construction company is marking its entry into the manganese and iron-ore mining sector through the R276-million majority stake in Diro’s distressed assets. 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues

By: Terence Creamer     15th December 2016 All three business units at leading South African heavy engineering and solutions group Efficient Engineering have been verified as level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) companies under the South African government’s new codes. Verification agency BEE on Call confirmed the... 

Efficient Engineering secures top empowerment rating as its transformation journey continues
Lenny Govender & Vees Moodley

McDonald’s embracing energy efficiency at SA restaurants

By: Schalk Burger     9th December 2016 The focus on small improvements in energy efficiency, restaurant interiors and client service, as well as the design and architecture of new restaurants, is helping global restaurant subsidiary McDonald’s South Africa to remain efficient, profitable and growing organically, says McDonald’s South... 

McDonald’s embracing energy efficiency at SA restaurants
MCDONALD’S SILVERLAKES The light steel frame structures and conventional structures use energy efficient lights, equipment and design

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings

By: Simone Liedtke     9th December 2016 With such a strong business case for energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy solutions provider Johnson Controls area GM Neil Cameron says South African companies do not have an excuse for not investing in greener buildings. 

No excuses for noninvestment in greener buildings
NEIL CAMERON The design and manufacturing of all the equipment that Johnson Controls provides is based on constant innovation to ensure more efficiency

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched 

By: Anine Kilian     8th December 2016 Despite the difficult economic climate South Africa currently finds itself in, black-woman-owned steel-manufacturing company RSC Avelo, which was officially launched in Roodepoort, Gauteng on Thursday, aims to be a key player in market, according to MD Mayleen Kyster. “Even though we are in a... 

Black-woman-owned steel manufacturing company launched
RSC Avelo, Roodepoort

Company extends range to meet demand for portable power

     2nd December 2016 Having identified a growing need for dependable portable power, particularly for use in agriculture and mining, for maximum efficiency of power tools in construction and for small-scale commercial and residential applications, custom power solutions provider Vert Energy is extending its range of... 

Company extends range to meet demand for portable power
ENSURING DEPENDABLE POWER NSM’s welder is just one of several new products in Vert Energy’s offering for the mining, commercial and industrial sectors

PwC sees construction industry’s market capitalisation recover

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Although the market capitalisation and financial performance of local construction industry participants have declined over the past financial year, professional services firm PwC on Tuesday said some construction companies have since experienced an improvement in profitability. Despite ongoing... 

WBHO signs development agreements to promote black construction companies

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     29th November 2016 Construction company Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) on Tuesday signed development agreements with three black-owned contractors, Motheo Construction Group, Fikile Construction and Edwin Construction, as part of a deal signed with government in October to ensure the inclusivity of black... 

WBHO signs development agreements to promote black construction companies

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As a means of protecting the environment, nonwoven geotextile manufacturer Fibertex uses chemical-binder-free products and production processes to manufacture Fibertex geotextiles, which are made of virgin polypropylene (PP) material. Fibertex South Africa CEO Clive Hitchcock comments that virgin... 

Company promotes ecofriendly production processes
CLIVE HITCHCOCK Nonwoven geotextiles play an important role in diverse sectors

Company supports plastic waste management  

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 As part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR), plastic pipes manufacturer DPI Plastics will sponsor the inaugural African Marine Waste Network (AMWN) conference next year.   The AMWN was launched in July this year by the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST), plastics industry representative... 

Company supports plastic waste management
Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and DPI Plastics technical and product manager Renier Snyman discuss the importance of environmental and waste management, as well as the plastics industry’s contribution to environmental protection. Camerawork: Nicholas Boyd. Editing: Lionel da Silva

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Using technology in sustainable wastewater treatment combined with the creation of its own bacterial strains developed in-house, South Africa-based biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat can respond to the demand for water management across sectors. SewTreat spokesman Theunis... 

Ecofriendly innovations in on-site wastewater treatment simplified
WASTEWATER TREATMENT FACILITIES SewTreat offers a specialised, modular biological wastewater treatment plant tailor-made for the African market

Exclusive rights for wastewater treatment acquired

By: Sascha Solomons     25th November 2016 Angolan oil and gas services company Friburge has acquired the exclusive rights to provide waste treatment solutions using wastewater treatment company Nature Oil and Gas’s technology in sub-Saharan Africa. The waste treatment solutions are on-board solutions to treat wastewater, or slops,... 

Exclusive rights  for wastewater treatment acquired
WASTE MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS Friburge provides waste treatment solutions that are on board and can be flushed regularly with water or chemical to clean them of debris and built-up residue

German drive engineering group to expand activities in South Africa

By: Keith Campbell     25th November 2016 German drive engineering group SEW Eurodrive is planning to expand its assembly capacity in South Africa. The company operates 15 manufacturing plants in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China, which ship components to assembly plants in 75 countries, including South Africa. “We invest in all... 

PPC unveils laboratory workings 

     24th November 2016 Cement manufacturer PPC recently held a media tour to show how cement is formulated. The company’s Jupiter plant is a popular landmark and can be seen from the N3 near Heriotdale. Dylan Slater tells us more. 

PPC unveils laboratory workings
PPC unveils laboratory workings

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson

By: Irma Venter     21st November 2016 For the first time in four years some green shoots are starting to appear in the mining industry, says Barloworld CE Clive Thomson. Discussing the JSE-listed group’s financial results for the year ended September 30, in Johannesburg, he said he believed the current cycle had reached its bottom. 

Some green shoots visible in mining sector, says Barloworld’s Thomson
Photo by Duane Daws
Clive Thomson

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 The group of companies responsible for the multimillion-rand refurbishment of Eastgate Shopping Centre, in Bedfordview, were named as overall winners at the 2016 South African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards. 

Eastgate Shopping Centre wins Saisc Award 2016
EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE The refurbishment project, completed last month, received the award from SAISC

Investments required for positive growth

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 With the world markets still suffering the after-effects of maladministered and unsustainable macroeconomic policies, there is not much appetite for large capital projects in South Africa. But economic growth will start only once people are investing, which does not happen without a positive... 

Investments required for positive growth
HYDRA ARC Offshore capital investment will reignite the mining industry and new independent power producer projects

Survival of steel construction industry top priority

By: Simone Liedtke     18th November 2016 This year, the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction’s (Saisc’s) focus has been on ensuring that steelwork is sourced locally to save the local steel industry. 

Survival of steel construction industry top priority
2016 STEEL AWARDS The yearly Saisc Steel Awards provide an excellent platform for members to network

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th November 2016 JSE-listed PPC has posted flat earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R1.14-billion for the six months ended September 30, while its Ebitda margin, at 22.2%, was negatively impacted on by selling price pressures and the timing of administration and other... 

PPC not out of the woods yet, but sees growth potential

Multidisciplinary construction industry sees sharp drop in market cap

By: Irma Venter     14th November 2016 The global multidisciplinary construction industry has been under growing pressure and the situation is no different in South Africa, says a Frost & Sullivan study, titled ‘Analysis of the South African Multidisciplinary Construction Industry within an African Context’. The study looked at the... 

Multidisciplinary construction industry sees sharp drop in market cap

Company obtains global GreenTag certification

     11th November 2016 Cement manufacturer and supplier Lafarge South Africa (SA), in August, announced that it had recently become the only building materials company in the country to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C global certification system Global GreenTag-certified products.... 

Company obtains global GreenTag certification
Photo by Lafarge South Africa
COMMUNITY OUTREACH The company's ambition is to facilitate the building of better homes

High demand for infrastructure drives equipment manufacturer to focus on Southern Africa

By: Dylan Slater     11th November 2016 Wet processing equipment manufacturer CDE Global will continue to work with its customers to enhance the return on their investment and in so doing gain significant competitive advantage while reducing environmental impacts.  

South Africa has most construction projects on continent – report

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th November 2016 South Africa continues to account for the most infrastructure and capital project activity in Southern Africa, at 48.2%, followed by Angola at 12.9% and Mozambique and Zambia at 10.6% each. South Africa also has the most projects, by country, in Africa, at 41 projects, Deloitte’s 'Africa... 

South Africa has most construction projects on continent – report

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay

By: Victor Moolman     4th November 2016 Split roller bearing specialist OE Bearings installed 500-mm-diameter split bearings last month on the third of three stacker reclaimer bucket wheels at the Port of Saldanha Bay, in Western Cape. 

Bearings manufacturer completes upgrades at the Port of Saldanha Bay
SALDANHA BUCKET WHEEL Three of the bucket wheels at Saldanha Bay have been fitted with new split roller bearings from OE Bearings

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive diesel technology

     4th November 2016 A South African locomotive fleet that is powered by an electromotive diesel two piston V8, V12 and V16 diesel engine configuration will be the first to benefit from comprehensively equipped heavy diesel engine and component remanufacturing company Metric Automotive Engineering’s sophisticated... 

Locomotive fleet to benefit from electromotive  diesel technology
Photo by Duane Daws
IMPERATIVE STRATEGY Localisation of skills have been cited as a strategic imperative for the railway industry

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in road marking paint

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Paint manufacturers organisation South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence has approached the national standards authority South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to request that it reformulates specifications for the use of lead pigments in road... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in  road marking paint
DANGERS UNDERFOOT Friction caused by vehicles tyres erodes the lead paint, which could result in pedestrians or drivers inhaling minuscule amounts of lead particulates

SA cement manufacturer adds green-certified offering to portfolio

By: Dylan Slater     28th October 2016 Cement company Lafarge South Africa recently became the only building materials company in South Africa to provide the construction industry with environment-friendly level C Global GreenTag-certified products.  

Tribunal approves Aveng’s immunity from an administrative penalty

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 The Competition Tribunal has confirmed a consent agreement between construction company Aveng and the Competition Commission, which will give Aveng immunity from an administrative penalty. The matter had been delayed for the commission to make changes to the consent agreement to include some... 

Accéntuate wraps up big fraud case against employee

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2016 Accéntuate has wrapped up the fraud case that saw R70-million disappear at the JSE-listed flooring, water and chemicals specialist. CEO Fred Platt says the guilty party – a director at its East London operation – has been charged and found guilty of fraud and theft. Sentencing is imminent. In... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award

By: Aarifah Nosarka     21st October 2016 Designer and manufacturer of processing equipment Anderson Engineering’s AndPure Magnetic Mixer, fabricated entirely from stainless steel and used to mix liquid products, is particularly popular in the pharmaceutical industry, owing to its ultra-hygienic properties, says Anderson Engineering MD... 

Ultrahygienic liquid mixer nominated for an award
LIQUID MIXER The design and engineering of the AndPure Magnetic Mixer catered to the need for a solution of ultra-hygienic mixing in the pharmaceutical sector

Wide range offering increases client satisfaction

     21st October 2016 Industry-leading rigging capabilities combined with a full range of services from storage to a bond facility and custom-made crating, can ensure client satisfaction, says machine movers and rigging company Lovemore Bros. Lovemore Bros warehouse manager Willy Chetty  emphasises that offering a... 

Wide range offering  increases client satisfaction
ONE-STOP SHOP Providing a full range of services increases client satisfaction

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

By: Terence Creamer     14th October 2016 The incoming president of the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa), Michael Pimstein, has called on employers affiliated to the body to adopt a proactive stance towards the upcoming 2017 wage negotiations. Pimstein is returning to a Seifsa post he last occupied... 

New Seifsa president urges employer proactivity ahead of 2017 wage talks

Agreement reached for production of construction equipment

By: Aarifah Nosarka     7th October 2016 Construction equipment manufacturers CNH Industrial and industrial equipment manufacturer Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have signed an exclusive ten-year agreement, with the option of renewal, for the production and development of mini excavators for global distribution. Under the agreement,... 

Agreement reached  for production of  construction equipment
ANDY BLANDFORD The scope of the mini excavator product range will be up to 6 t and include 14 models globally

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training

     7th October 2016 Global construction supplier Case Construction Equipment held a three-day training event in July to provide product and commercial training on construction equipment to sales professionals throughout the Southern African region. The event, themed Eagle Days, took place in Johannesburg from July... 

Sales professionals receive ‘intensive’ training
CASE EQUIPMENT Attendees were able to view crawler excavators, graders, wheel loaders, backhoe loaders and skid steers in action
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