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Materials & Equipment News

Sanral, Barloworld Equipment sign MoU to provide emerging contractors with access to equipment

By: Irma Venter     5th September 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and Barloworld Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will provide emerging contractors with greater access to Caterpillar equipment. Barloworld Equipment is the dealer for Caterpillar earthmoving machines and power... 

Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2018 A South African construction company that still makes a profit is a rare sight these days, yet Wilson Bailey Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) this financial year yet again managed to buck the depressing trend of failing domestic construction companies, owing largely to gains made in geographies outside South... 

Distressed SA market to be offset by UK acquisitions, says WBHO
Louwtjie Nel

Bell reports strong H1 results, remains bullish on South African market

By: Nadine James     31st August 2018 JSE-listed Bell Equipment achieved a 6% year-on-year increase in revenue to R3.7-billion for the six months to June 30. Headline earnings a share increased by 10% to 131c and an interim dividend of 20c was declared. 

Cashbuild expansion strategy places retailer in good position to reap rewards

By: Simone Liedtke     28th August 2018 Despite demanding trading conditions, South African retailer Cashbuild on Tuesday announced that it has, for the first time, exceeded the R10-billion group revenue mark. Cashbuild CE Werner de Jager attributed the 5% year-on-year growth in group revenue largely to the 42 new stores that were... 

Local firm to support long term growth of AEG brand in SA

By: Schalk Burger     24th August 2018 Local construction tools and fasteners distributor Upat aims to support the long-term growth of German company AEG’s power tools range in South Africa and Southern Africa by providing technical support services to and leveraging its partnerships with retailers, Upat MD Richard Kuhlmann says. The... 

Local firm to  support long term growth of AEG brand in SA
MIKE PHORA Upat merchandiser Mike Phora demonstrates the ease of use of a corded AEG drill

Nairobi Securities Exchange suspends trading of Kenya's ARM Cement

By: Reuters     20th August 2018 The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) said on Monday it had suspended trading of Kenya's ARM Cement three days after it was put under administration. "The suspension in trading of the company's shares takes effect from August 20, 2018," NSE said in a statement. "This suspension shall remain in... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     17th August 2018 Despite the challenging period that the steel industry is facing, with the difficult economic climate and policy issues, progress is being made within the industry in terms of projects, and current developments present much scope for further growth and innovation. This was the sentiment conveyed... 

Opportunities for growth, innovation for steel
IT’S A CONSTRUCTION STEEL Owing to rapid urbanisation, there are a number of opportunities for steel construction that the industry can capitalise on

Cellular concrete holds potential in South Africa for rapid construction

By: Schalk Burger     17th August 2018 Lightweight and strong cellular concrete can reduce the time required to build various elements of buildings and houses in South Africa, although it is currently mostly limited to fill-in applications, says cellular concrete firm Lightbuild Technologies Paul Drozdov. Cellular concrete is... 

Kenya's ARM Cement CEO says to leave post, to stay as board member

By: Reuters     16th August 2018 The chief executive officer of Arm Cement said on Thursday he planned to leave his post as part of a management shake-up, but would stay on as a board member. "As founder shareholder and entrepreneur, I will be an active Board member and support the incoming CEO and the management team in... 

WG Wearne CFO resigns

By: Simone Liedtke     14th August 2018 Building materials company WG Wearne’s CFO Marius Bierman has resigned as a director with effect from August 11. His resignation follows a mutual agreement between Bierman and the board of WG Wearne. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

By: Simone Liedtke     8th August 2018 As part of its commitment to bringing real change to communities, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) on Wednesday relaunched its asphalt plant, in Ophirton, Johannesburg. The plant, which was first built in 1965, had to be refurbished to ensure it meets air quality requirements. 

JRA reopens expanded asphalt plant to better meet city’s infrastructure needs

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction 

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2018 Women in the construction and related industries not only face discrimination while working for existing firms, but also when starting their own businesses, says Mercantile Bank. A recent study conducted on behalf of the institution found that 67% of female business owners surveyed in the... 

Study says gender a challenge for female entrepreneurs in construction

Group Five granted immunity from competition authorities for 15 construction projects 

By: Simone Liedtke     6th August 2018 The Competition Tribunal has approved a settlement agreement in terms of which construction company Group Five will receive immunity for cooperating with the Competition Commission’s investigation into the construction industry and disclosing its participation in 15 construction projects as a... 

Agreement stokes West African renewable-energy market

By: Schalk Burger     3rd August 2018 German solar mounting company Schletter Group has signed a wholesale agreement with steel manufacturer Sparkwest Steel Industries, which will exclusively market Schletter open-area and rooftop systems in Nigeria. Sparkwest Steel will also act as wholesale dealer for the Schletter Group in a... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

By: Terence Creamer     2nd August 2018 The protracted tussle for control of Murray & Roberts (M&R) took yet another turn this week, after the Takeover Special Committee (TSC) overturned a June decision by the Takeover Regulation Panel (TRP), allowing M&R to continue with preparations for a potential combination with Aveng, despite the... 

New twist in M&R battle as takeover body disallows further progress on Aveng tie-up

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners  

2nd August 2018 Construction industry service and technology provider Hilti South Africa is offering two innovative technologies – the HIT-Z rod and advanced on-site testing – to ensure safety and reliability for chemical fasteners. Tasneem Bulbulia tells us more. 

Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners
Solutions engender safety and reliability for chemical fasteners

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill 

By: Terence Creamer     1st August 2018 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which announced its first interim profit in six years and may be on track to deliver its first full year profit since 2010, has initiated a study for the construction of a new electric arc furnace (EAF) at its Vanderbijlpark mill and has also... 

AMSA studies new Vanderbijl electric arc furnace as it moves to restart Vereeniging mill
AMSA CEO Kobus Verster

LafargeHolcim restructuring, Africa troubles dent H1 profit

By: Reuters     27th July 2018 LafargeHolcim first half profit fell 43%, the company said on Friday, as the world's largest cement took 300-million Swiss francs ($301.81-million) in restructuring costs from its overhaul under Chief Executive Jan Jenisch. The Zurich company said first-half net profit tumbled to 371-million... 

Competitive prices key in eliminating counterfeit parts

By: Halima Frost     27th July 2018 Although Africa is a brand-conscious continent the majority of consumers seek cheaper prices, and the automotive industry needs competitive aftermarket prices to deal with the challenges posed by counterfeit goods, says intellectual property law firm Spoor & Fisher anti-counterfeiting department... 

Competitive prices  key in eliminating counterfeit parts
SPARKS FLY Confiscated bearings are taken to a smelter to be destroyed

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2018 PPC Cement South Africa on Thursday launched its fit-for-purpose ‘Sure’ product range, with each of the six products in the range carefully designed for a specific application. Dubbing it the company’s “most significant rebranding and refocusing in over 100 years,” PPC Cement South Africa MD... 

PPC launches new, extended product range despite economic headwinds

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd July 2018 Paper and packaging producer Sappi will invest R2.7-billion in 2018 and 2019 on expanding the capacity of its Saiccor Mill, in Umkomaas, south of Durban, to produce 890 000 t/y of dissolving wood pulp (DWP). The mill currently produces 780 000 t/y of DWP.  

Sappi to invest R7.7bn on Saiccor mill expansion, improvement initiatives
Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel

Bell Equipment, Sanral MoU gives small contractors access to earthmovers

By: Schalk Burger     13th July 2018 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and construction machinery company Bell Equipment have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give small contractors access to earthmoving machinery to allow them to participate more meaningfully in major construction projects. The... 

Fluor SA appoints new GM

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th July 2018 Engineering and construction services provider Fluor South Africa has appointed its first female GM, Tolani Azeez.  

Fluor SA appoints new GM
Fluor South Africa GM Tolani Azeez

Africa expansion can boost local industry growth

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 With South Africa being under new leadership since Cyril Ramaphosa became president, Alberton-based steel supplier and value-added processing company Allied Steelrode executive director Warne Rippon says that policy direction now finally appears to be heading in a positive and clear direction,... 

Africa expansion  can boost local  industry growth
WARNE RIPPON Slow and steady is the name of the game for the future of the steel industry

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Benrose-based cutting consumables and capital equipment distributor First Cut believes it has a role to play in educating the downstream steel industry on the possibilities offered by new technology and the scope of automation. “Technology is changing and advancing at a rapid pace and the current... 

Automation, technology integral to competitiveness
ANDREW POOLE Automation relies on consumer confidence to make technology investment, even in tough markets

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 The growth of various economies in Africa and the reliance on agriculture, means there will be a growing market for B grade steel for use in agriculture equipment, fencing and security in addition to its traditional use in decorative additions, says steel supplier Edenvale Steel and Tube Co. B... 

Growth potential of B grade steel in Africa evident
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OPTION B B grade steel can be a cost-saving method for non-essential construction

Hot dip galvanising offers significant cost savings, extends service life

6th July 2018 Steel is an ecofriendly construction material as it is durable and renewable, however, there is a need to extend the service life of the steel, which hot dip galvanising is well suited for, says Hot Dip Galvanizers Association Southern Africa (HDGASA). Hot dip galvanizing offers benefits... 

New range of ZAP fasteners released

6th July 2018 Johannesburg-based roofing, cladding and steel frame fastener supplier Kare Industrial Suppliers has introduced a new range of ZAP fasteners designed for fixing roof sheeting to light steel battens and purlins. Over the last few years, there has been an increase in the use of light steel battens... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Following its initial forecast of a 1.1% expansion of the metals and engineering cluster at the beginning of the year, the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says upon review, preliminary data now suggest a 1.6% expansion of the sector, with all sub-industries... 

Seifsa expects 1.7% expansion in local steel industry
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MICHAEL ADE The local steel industry should look to new markets in the rest of Africa, given existing logistics constraints to servicing external markets

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition

6th July 2018 Knysna-based light steel frame (LSF) construction company Rancor has completed the addition of a 570 m2 second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl, Western Cape.  The requirements for the new structure were clear; it had to be cost-effective, comply with building regulations, be acoustically... 

Steel a sustainable choice for building addition
SUSTAINABLE BUILDING Rancor has completed the addition of the second floor to the Kaap Agri building in Paarl

Alternative solution for composite construction

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th July 2018 Construction industry supplier Hilti South Africa’s Hilti X-HVB system – an alternative composite deck shear connector – makes composite construction more convenient and cost effective, says Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel. Composite construction consists of a concrete... 

Alternative solution for composite construction
WELD FREE The Hilti X-HVB shear connector system does not require welding

LafargeHolcim names Middle East Africa head as CEO reshuffles management

By: Reuters     4th July 2018 LafargeHolcim CE Jan Jenisch chose a manager from his ex-employer Sika to run the cement maker's Middle East Africa region, the company said on Wednesday, as he reshapes leadership and seeks to rejuvenate a struggling business area. Miljan Gutovic, who joined LafargeHolcim in March as head of... 

WG Wearne suspended on JSE owing to results delay

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 The JSE has suspended trading in building materials supplier WG Wearne’s securities, owing to the company’s failure to submit its provisional financial statements by June 30.  

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2018 Cash-strapped construction firm Group Five has relocated its offices as part of an effort to cut costs. The JSE-listed group said on Monday that its South African construction operations had been relocated to Spartan, on the East Rand, to owner-occupied premises. 

Group Five relocates in effort to cut costs, secures early work on PPP

Tiso Blackstar to sell non-core steel subsidiary to Macsteel

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd July 2018 Publishing group Tiso Blackstar is in the process of selling 100% of the issued share capital of its non-core asset Consolidated Steel Industries (CSI) to Macsteel Service Centres South Africa.  

Sephaku optimises capacity utilisation despite subdued trading environment

By: Simone Liedtke     28th June 2018 Despite a subdued trading environment, owing to intensifying competition in the ready-mix concrete segment, building materials company Sephaku Holdings has optimised its overall capacity utilisation in terms of production and transport, while further reducing its debt in the financial year ended... 

Sephaku optimises capacity utilisation despite subdued trading environment

Kenya's ARM Cement counts on shareholder loans for revival

By: Reuters     27th June 2018 Kenya's ARM Cement will rely on short-term loans from shareholders to lift production back to capacity and seek a deep-pocketed strategic investor, its chief executive said on Wednesday, as the firm struggles to stem its financial woes. The company, which was once Kenya's second-largest cement... 

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