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PE composites cluster investigates basalt, kenaf potential

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2017 Nelson Mandela Bay Composites Cluster MD Andy Radford says the cluster has mapped the value chain for the production and application of basalt in composites. He says the cluster is at an advanced stage of securing local and global beneficiators and buyers for the mineral for use in composite... 

Australian Bauxite gets more Bald Hill orders

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     25th May 2017 ASX-listed Australian Bauxite has flagged interest from new customers, with the company telling shareholders it had received a letter of intent for a ‘significant shipment’ of cement grade bauxite from its Bald Hill bauxite mine, in Tasmania. The company was now in discussions with the customer... 

Djibouti opens new port as part of $7bn/y free-trade zone plan

By: Reuters     25th May 2017 Djibouti has formally opened one of four new ports designed to cement the tiny Horn of Africa nation's position as a continental hub, a statement from the ports authority said on Wednesday. Doraleh Multipurpose Port has been substantially upgraded as part of a Chinese-backed plan to establish... 

Company offers process solutions for valve systems

     19th May 2017 It is often the tiny inconspicuous details that determine human and environmental safety as well as the operating costs incurred and the process yield, says global valves, automation components and piping products manufacturer Gemü, which is why it offers customised process solutions which join... 

Gemgrow declares maiden dividend

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th May 2017 Real estate investment trust Gemgrow Properties declared a dividend of 24.85c per A share and 18.15c per B share in its maiden results for the six months ended March 31. Investment property increased from R2.4-billion to R4.3-billion for the six months, attributable to an asset exchange with... 

Miners increase green energy use to power their pits

By: Reuters     16th May 2017 Major mining companies, including some of the world's biggest suppliers of fossil fuel, are seeking to use more renewable energy themselves as they strive to drive down costs and curb emissions. Glencore, the world's biggest shipper of seaborne coal, said in Tuesday's 2017 sustainability report... 

Iran's mining projects on hold as investors fear new sanctions

By: Bloomberg     15th May 2017 Iran has put on hold “almost all” of its mining agreements with foreign investors as companies from Europe to Asia fear additional sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation’s economy, according to the deputy minister of Iran’s Ministry of Industries, Mines and Trade. Less than $100-million of projects... 

Fuso expands local assembly, looks to double market share

By: Irma Venter     15th May 2017 Daimler Trucks & Buses Southern Africa (DT&B SA), a member of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA), has started local assembly of the FA 9-137 truck at MBSA’s East London plant. The truck was previously imported from India as a fully built-up unit. 

Cement and concrete affected by faltering construction industry

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 The construction industry in South Africa – which is tied directly to the state of cement and concrete – is stuttering, but there is scope to improve, says chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) CEO Norman Seymore. It has been widely reported that the construction industry... 

Ethiopia says it will continue to support cement investments

By: John Muchira     12th May 2017 Ethiopia will continue to offer investors in the cement industry attractive incentives as it seeks to dominate the cement trade in the wider East Africa region. Cement production in the Horn of Africa nation has increased tenfold during the past decade, owing to the entry of new investors... 

Mitigating poorly laid concrete floors

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 An element often overlooked by the construction industry when laying screeds for floor surfaces is the importance of laying concrete subfloors correctly for flooring suppliers, says interior flooring supplier and installer KBAC Flooring senior contracts manager Ian Duncan. He tells Engineering... 

New audit service to support concrete product manufacturers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Cement and construction materials supplier AfriSam is providing additional support for its Concrete Product Manufacturers (CPMs) customers through its new Efficiency Audit service offering. AfriSam national sales manager Amit Dawneerangen says there has been a downturn in infrastructure projects... 

New block-making business trailer at Nampo Harvest Day show

By: Victor Moolman     12th May 2017 Block making machine manufacturer Hydraform will be launching the new M9 business on a trailer block making machine at Nampo Harvest Day show to be held from May 16 to 19, in the Free State. Hydraform marketing coordinator Ryno Saayman explains that while the M9 business on a trailer block making... 

New research facility enhances offerings

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2017 Chemicals solutions provider Chryso Southern Africa (Chryso) has established a research facility in Jet Park, Johannesburg, to develop products specifically for the African market while offering regional testing services. Chryso CEO Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that South Africa has been... 

Online concrete technology courses launched

By: Robyn Wilkinson     12th May 2017 To improve ease of access to education and training courses as well as pass rates in the South African construction sector, cement and concrete technical services provider The Concrete Institute’s (TCI’s) School of Concrete Technology launched its online e-learning platform in January. 

PMSA

By: Zandile Mavuso     12th May 2017 Concrete equipment manufacturer PMSA offers the most technologically advanced and high-quality machinery available to the precast concrete sector including brick, paver, block and specialist decking and retaining wall block products in South Africa. 

Vertical roller mills enhance cement plant

     12th May 2017 High-quality cement manufacturer and supplier United Cement Company of Nigeria (Unisem) is using two vertical roller mills (VRMs) from export-oriented engineering company Loesche at its successfully commissioned new Cement Plant 2 at Mfamosing, in Cross River state, Nigeria. Loesche received the... 

Welding Alloys South Africa

     12th May 2017 To lead the market in engineered wear protection solutions and flux cored welding wire technology, Welding Alloys South Africa (WASA) is focused on responding to its customers’ needs. Part of the Welding Alloys group, which covers more than 150 countries through a network of 30 subsidiaries... 

Chryso Works With Precast Concrete Manufacturers To Improve Cost Per Cube

     11th May 2017 Its strong technical support for manufacturers of precast concrete products allows admixture expert, CHRYSO Southern Africa to help customers improve their cost per cubic metre and boost their bottom lines. With global research and development behind its solutions, CHRYSO helps manufacturers to... 

LafargeHolcim won't be diluted by African unit's capital hike

By: Reuters     10th May 2017 Cement group LafargeHolcim will take part in a capital increase by Nigeria-based Lafarge Africa to avoid diluting its nearly 73 percent stake, it said on Wednesday. Lafarge Africa said this week it wants to raise 140 billion naira ($460 million) in fresh equity and convert some loans into shares... 

Lafarge Africa plans to raise equity after 2016 losses

By: Reuters     8th May 2017 Lafarge Africa wants to raise 140-billion naira ($445.9-million) in fresh equity and convert some loans into shares as part of a planned rights issue after it reported losses last year. The Nigeria-based business of Franco-Swiss cement group Lafarge Holcim, will seek shareholder approval next... 

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique - at the heart of customers’ sustainable productivity

     8th May 2017 While South African business, mining and industry have been under prolonged pressure caused not only by the protracted global economic downturn but also by economic, political and social difficulties on the local front, Atlas Copco Compressor Technique remains resolute in its commitment to... 

Durban port upgrade and expansion project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th May 2017 Forming part of a six-berth reconstruction project at the Port of Durban, berths 13 and 14 are now fully operational. 

LafargeHolcim Q1 sales, core profit beat forecasts

By: Reuters     3rd May 2017 LafargeHolcim beat expectations for sales and core profit in the first quarter, it said on Wednesday, a bittersweet performance for the cement and building materials company as it begins a search for a new chief executive. The world's largest cement maker is looking for a new CEO to replace Eric... 

Opec teaches world's top uranium miner how to handle price crash 

By: Bloomberg     3rd May 2017 Kazakhstan, which mines almost 40% of the world’s uranium, thinks it has the market heft to function as a one-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) for the nuclear fuel. Opec, whose 13 members also pump about 40% of global output, is an “example” in the way it’s used its... 

Coega industrial zone outlines R1bn investment pipeline

By: David Oliveira     28th April 2017 The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced earlier this month that investment projects worth more than R1-billion are ready for implementation in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape. This announcement follows the unaudited 2016 financial year results, during... 

5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo scheduled for 23-24 May 2017

     27th April 2017 The 5th Annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo is taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre, Gauteng from 23 to 24 May 2017. With an expected 45 countries participating, this is Africa’s mega construction and infrastructure show and biggest gathering of 9 000 qualified buyers and... 

Construction index points to shift from large to smaller projects

By: Irma Venter     21st April 2017 Construction activity in South Africa is not as depressed as suggested by the media, large construction firms or industry analysts, says Afrimat CEO Andries van Heerden. Afrimat is a JSE-listed openpit mining company, as well as industrial mineral and construction material supplier. 

Creamer Media to partner with Construction and Concrete events

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th April 2017 Creamer Media is a media partner for the African Construction Expo & Totally Concrete 2017 event, taking place on 23 and 24 May 2017 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The Engineering News edition dated 12 May 2017 will include a special Cement & Concrete feature previewing the... 

Kibo Mining signs supply MoU with Mbeya Cement

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2017 Dual-listed Kibo Mining has signed a strategic memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lafarge Tanzania subsidiary Mbeya Cement, to develop regional collaboration and to allow for reciprocal supply of materials. The MoU includes discussions with regional development partners to allow socioeconomic... 

Baker McKenzie launches app to assist in case of antitrust dawn raids

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th April 2017 An application (app) that assists clients in navigating the coordinated dawn raids undertaken by competition authorities has been expanded to accommodate 44 countries, including South Africa. Multinational law firm Baker McKenzie’s Dawn Raid app delivers real-time step-by-step guidance on the... 

Mondi, Constantia Afripack reach one-billion sack-kraft-paper-made cement bag milestone

By: Natasha Odendaal     11th April 2017 In a partnership spanning decades, more than one-billion cement bags have been made from packaging and paper group Mondi’s sack kraft paper by South African packaging and bags producer Constantia Afripack. Mondi Sack Kraft Paper, Constantia Afripack’s principal supplier, supplies strong, quality... 

Department of Human Settlemants to support African Construction & Totally Concrete Initiative

     10th April 2017 South Africa’s National Department of Human Settlements announces its support of the 5th annual African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo that will take place from 23 to 24 May 2017 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The 2017 initiative welcomes South Africa’s... 

Trends in Southern Africa's construction industry to look out for in 2017

     10th April 2017   With 2016 bringing a year of unexpected developments across the globe, from Brexit to the election of the 45th President of the United States, and from falling commodity prices to waning GDP growth across Africa, there are now diverse global realities impacting the African continent as a whole... 

ZA Central Registry calls for applications for dotAfrica domain

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th April 2017 The administrator of South African domain zones .co.za and .web.za, ZA Central Registry (ZACR), on Monday invited applications from businesses, civil society and other interested parties for its dotAfrica (.africa) pioneer programme. This is in an effort to create brand awareness and visibility... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

SA firm sees potential for elevated-track solution in everything mining to public transport

By: Irma Venter     7th April 2017 South African company Milotek will later this year start construction of a fractional rapid transit (FRT) system at a private coal mine in Mpumalanga. Milotek director and inventor Andries Louw believes this system will revolutionise the way goods are moved in the mining industry and also,... 

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

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