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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... 

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 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, Hilti South Africa head of engineering Christiaan Davel tells Engineering... 

Solutions engender safety, reliability for chemical fasteners
Photo by Dylan Slater
FASTENING SOLUTION While a conventional rod depends on bonding to secure it, the HIT-Z rod is controlled instead by friction, thereby negating the need to clean the hole during installation

Sephaku warns of lower FY earnings

By: Nadine James     20th June 2018 Sephaku Holdings on Wednesday advised shareholders that the company earnings for the 2018 financial year, ended March 31, are expected to be between 32% and 40% lower than the R68-million reported for 2017 financial year. Sephaku attributed the decrease in earnings to poor performances from its... 

PPC delivers on strategic priorities, posts higher FY18 headline earnings

By: Simone Liedtke     18th June 2018 Cement producer PPC on Monday posted a 172% year-on-year increase in headline earnings to R231-million for the financial year ended March 31, while gross profit rose 3% on a strong performance by the group’s operations in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. The group’s cement sales volumes increased by 6% to... 

PPC delivers on strategic priorities, posts higher FY18 headline earnings
PPC CEO Johan Claassen

PPC expects up to 65% increase in FY18 net profit, but lower Ebitda

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th June 2018 Cement producer PPC expects its net profit attributable to shareholders for the financial year ended March 31 to increase by 55% to 65%, compared with the R93-million achieved for the prior comparable period.  

Basil Read enters business rescue

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 Basil Read on Friday announced that it has entered voluntary business rescue, as provided for by Section 129 of the Companies Act. Shares in the construction group plummeted 94% in afternoon trade, from a high of 22c to a low of 1c. 

Basil Read enters business rescue

Electric thermometer launched for polar applications

By: Paige Müller     15th June 2018 Measuring instrument supplier WIKA launched a tailored electrical thermometer for applications in the crude oil, natural gas and petrochemicals industries in polar climates. WIKA Instruments sales GM Ralf Hesse states that the electrical thermometer can function in ambient temperatures down to... 

Electric thermometer launched for  polar applications
ELECTRICAL THERMOMETER WIKA launched an electrical thermometer capable of functioning in ambient temperatures down to -60 °C

Entrenched player furthers green building

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Leading construction materials company AfriSam believes that it is important for all industry roleplayers to play an active role in furthering green sustainability initiatives in the built environment, and the company is pursuing this through partnerships and relationships with stakeholders, says... 

Entrenched player  furthers green building
EVERGREEN AfriSam has sponsored a number of awards to recognise notable achievements and work in sustainable building

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO, he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

By: Irma Venter     15th June 2018 There is no need to cower in the corner when considering the future of manufacturing. Artificial intelligence and three-dimensional printing can open up a multitude of opportunities for South African manufacturers, says Bell Equipment CEO Gary Bell. Bell Equipment is, in fact, readying itself to... 

As Gary Bell steps down as CEO,  he urges SA manufacturers to embrace future

Sustainable construction championed for building industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th June 2018 Sustainable construction should be pursued instead of green building, and using concrete can help achieve this, as it is quite a sustainable material, advances technical services provider for concrete The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie. TCI is well poised and equipped to promote this,... 

Sustainable construction championed for building industry
Photo by Bloomberg
VERSATILE Concrete is a sustainable material, with design flexibility, as it can be constructed into any shape, design and finish

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis

By: Schalk Burger     5th June 2018 Trade union Solidarity on Tuesday launched a four-pronged initiative to address and mitigate the impacts of the global steel crisis on local steel producers in an attempt to save jobs and local manufacturing capacity. Solidarity deputy general secretary for metals engineering Marius Croucamp... 

Solidarity launches four-pronged steel industry initiative amid global steel crisis
The old Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium plant in eMalahleni

Auditor casts doubts on Kenya's ARM Cement's viability after losses

By: Reuters     5th June 2018 ARM Cement's independent auditor has cast doubt on the Kenyan company's survival as a going concern after losses mounted last year. The company, Kenya's second-largest cement maker behind LafargeHolcim's Bamburi Cement, sunk into losses in recent years after financing costs associated with an... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges

By: Melissa Zisengwe     1st June 2018 Last month, bearings and bushings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings chairperson Dr Jean-Patrick Leger presented a talk on the adventures and challenges in overcoming wear in different industries at the South African Institute of Tribology in Sandton, Gauteng. Of the presentation, ‘Adventures in... 

Tribology talk addresses abundant wear challenges
JEAN-PATRICK LEGER In applications, two surfaces rub and/or spin against each other causing friction and leading to wear

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback

By: Kim Cloete     31st May 2018 South African steel companies need to continue to look for new markets, particularly in Africa, following the recent setback in which the US government decided not to grant South Africa an exemption on steel and aluminum tariffs, says Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. “We will need to... 

South African steel companies urged to diversify markets in wake of US tariff setback
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened 

By: Kim Cloete     30th May 2018 The Cape Town Iron and Steel Works (Cisco) plant has been officially opened in Kuils River, near Cape Town. The plant has created 300 direct and another 120 indirect jobs, with another 200 in the pipeline.   Established originally in 1967, the factory was closed by Murray & Roberts (M&R) in 2010,... 

Cape Town Iron and Steel Works officially opened
Economic Development Minister and DHT president Dagistan Turanli at the Cisco plant opening

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. 

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

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

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... 

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