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Press Office - SA French

SA French

SA French is the leading distributor of tower cranes and lifting solutions in sub-equatorial Africa. Founded in 1982 with the exclusive local distributorship for Potain tower cranes, the company is now part of Torre Industries.

The company is known for its customer and quality centric approach, which is underpinned by its solid base of applications knowledge and experience in providing safe reliable lifting solutions across a broad spectrum of industry sectors.

Its range of lifting and materials handling equipment is available for outright purchase or rental, and in either option is backed by the highest levels of support including ready access to skilled technicians and an in-house engineering capability. The company also maintains a comprehensive parts inventory facilitating high parts availability.

SA French is a registered Lifting Machinery Entity, registered with the Department of Labour, and with its team of registered Lifting Machinery Inspectors and candidate Lifting Machinery Inspectors, is considered the most technically competent tower crane company in the region.

Potain has been a market leader in the global tower crane industry for more than 40 years and has supplied over 120 000 cranes worldwide. This trusted brand is part of New York listed Manitowoc Crane Group, which is considered the world’s largest crane manufacturer.

The Potain range includes hydraulic self-erecting units, topless cranes, luffing jib and conventional saddle jib tower cranes.

SA French is also the official distributor of Orbit Hoists. Produced by GJJ Jing Long Eng Machinery, the largest construction hoist manufacturer in the world, all products carry full CE certification and are used to carry personnel and material to facilitate above ground construction work.


19.1 kilometres of shelving for new goods distribution centre

     22nd January 2018 " Jungheinrich delivers multi-slot racks, compartmentalised racking systems and vehicles " Company serves as a one-stop shop for planning and implementation Hamburg/Bochum, 22 September 2017: Automotive manufacturer Opel just recently opened its European distribution centre for spare parts... 

Recycling wastewater ensures plant efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     19th January 2018 The recycling of wastewater on site by high water users in South Africa provides a cost-effective solution in managing water resources, says biological wastewater treatment solutions provider SewTreat business development manager Theunis Coetzer. 

Precast concrete provides a safer means of building

     17th January 2018 One of the many of advantages of hybrid-concrete construction (HCC) is that it is a safer alternative to conventional in-situ building techniques. Sections or portions of a construction project are undertaken off site in a controlled factory environment, while only skilled teams are required to... 

Trelleborg Fenders Protect Johan Sverdrup Topsides

     17th January 2018 Trelleborg’s engineered products operation has won a contract to supply DD fenders to Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea for the safe and efficient installation of topside modules bound for Statoil’s Johan Sverdrup oil field project, located in the North Sea. Trelleborg was asked... 

Robot-assisted sawing for greater productivity

     17th January 2018 Automation and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking – and sawing technology is no exception. Robot-assisted systems are taking over more and more work steps following the sawing process, starting with removal of the cut parts and continuing through deburring, weighing, centring and... 

RNC in talks with financiers, market participants for Dumond construction decision by 2019

By: Henry Lazenby     15th January 2018 Diversified Canadian miner RNC Minerals is engaging a number of potential strategic investors, offtake partners and financiers who could provide the $1.3-billion capital financing required to start construction of the shovel-ready Dumont nickel/cobalt project, in the Abitibi region of Quebec. The... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

Africa Gets All-Round Tower Crane Service And Supply From New Operators

     15th January 2018 There is a new player in Africa’s sub-Saharan market for lifting solutions, as experienced experts join forces in Crane & Hoist Equipment SA to offer a range of tower crane sourcing, refurbishment, sales and site management services. The company enters the market just in time for a long awaited... 

Bolted Thickeners Are The Future – FLSMIDTH

     15th January 2018 The concept of bolted thickeners is growing in popularity. According to FLSmidth senior account manager Ricus van Reenen, this is a fit-for-purpose, high quality dewatering solution with reduced project construction risk and duration. These benefits resulted in FLSmidth securing an order in July... 

PRASA New Rolling Stock Acquisition Programme, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     12th January 2018 Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa has reported that commuters using the first of the new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock. 

Second SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Goes To Houston.

     9th January 2018 The HIPPO flameproof submersible slurry pump range manufactured inSouthAfrica with a 98% local content has been exported to Canada since 2003. The specific controls that have been build into the pump has resulted in the HIPPO flameproof submersible slurry pump being regarded as the world’s safest... 

Zinc exploration budgets expected to outperform in 2018

By: Anine Kilian     8th January 2018 While budget allocations for most commodities are expected to increase this year as the recovery in the mining industry continues, zinc will outperform owing to the strong prices seen in 2017, the latest report from S&P’s Global Market Intelligence’s Metals & Mining team states. Prompted by the... 

Next 12 months crucial as PRASA prepares to receive new rolling stock

By: Irma Venter     8th January 2018 Commuters making use of the 18 new X’Ttrapolis Mega commuter trains, supplied by Gibela to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) are “extremely happy” with the new rolling stock, says PRASA strategic asset development group executive Piet Sebola. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium... 

Alta Zinc says updated resource estimate supports growth strategy

By: Creamer Media Reporter      8th December 2017 ASX-listed Alta Zinc, formerly Energia Minerals, has updated the mineral resource estimate for the Colonna Zorzone deposit at its Gorno zinc project, in northern Italy.The resource estimation revision, which was commissioned to include all drilling results obtained to date, primarily focused on... 

eCobalt switches strategic focus to cobalt concentrate, instead of sulphate

By: Henry Lazenby     8th December 2017 TSX-listed project developer eCobalt Solutions has decided to rather focus on producing a cobalt concentrate at its Idaho Cobalt Project (ICP), citing a reduced premium on cobalt sulphate on the back of Chinese capacity consolidation, cost reduction and production increases. “Due to these... 

Company supplies Western Cape-based distribution centre

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 Concrete construction specialist Bedrock Group has supplied 194 precast tilt-up concrete columns for the construction of food retailer Shoprite Holdings’ 63 000 m2 main distribution campus for the Cape Town area, in Brackenfell, in the Western Cape.  

Knysna rental company acquires high-quality TLB

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th December 2017 The downside of unreliable plant hire equipment is two-fold; for the end-user, unplanned downtime translates into project delays, while for the plant hire company, faulty gear translates to foregone profits and a tarnished reputation, says George-based equipment distributor Carlu Tractors.  

Atalaya board approves €80.4m expansion in Spain

By: Mariaan Webb     4th December 2017 European mining and development company Atalaya Mining on Monday announced its decision to proceed with the 15-million-tonne-a-year expansion of its Proyecto Riotinto mine, in Spain. The €80.4-million expansion would upgrade processing facilities, including the installation of a new primary... 

Gem smuggling thwarts revival of Central African Republic

By: Bloomberg     29th November 2017 In the lounge of a luxury hotel in Bangui, the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, soft-spoken diamond dealers cautiously sidle up to guests. Their whispered offers of gems for sale are a visitor’s first hint of the thriving illegal market for the precious stones in a country that five... 

Metals billionaire to win whether electric cars boom or bust

By: Bloomberg     22nd November 2017 There are two major reasons mining billionaire Vladimir Potanin is within a hair’s breadth of regaining his ranking as Russia’s richest tycoon this year. One is higher prices for nickel used in batteries as metals traders bet electric vehicles are the future of transportation. The other is a... 

SA lacking global competitiveness

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th November 2017 Local legislation, including stringent policy frameworks, continues to prove cumbersome for the South African construction sector, particularly owing to the necessity to conduct socioeconomic- and environmental-impact assessments, as well as obtain approval from the respective government... 

Nkwe resumes trading on the ASX

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     16th November 2017 South Africa-focused Nkwe Platinum has resumed trading on the ASX after nearly a year, following the lifting of a Section 47 notice on its Garatau project, in Limpopo. The South African Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) issued the Section 47 notice in October last year, threatening to... 

IHS Materials Price Index falls for third time in 5 weeks

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 The materials price index (MPI) from Global Insight by IHS Markit fell by 0.4% last week, its third decline in the past five weeks. While the decline was relatively modest, it was broadly based, with eight of ten sub-indexes falling – the first time since June that a majority of the MPI's... 

Sherritt formalises restructuring of Ambatovy JV

By: Henry Lazenby     10th November 2017 Canadian diversified miner Sherritt International has signed a definitive agreement to restructure the Ambatovy Joint Venture (JV), which will see Sherritt transfer its 28% stake in return to eliminate debt from its balance sheet. Under the terms of the JV restructuring, which was first revealed... 

QRC urges Queenslanders to think of investment at Nov 25 polls

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     1st November 2017 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the next state government to support the sector, allowing for more investment in the region. Queenslanders are voting on a new government on November 25. 

Why biggest metals rally of the year may have further to run

By: Bloomberg     1st November 2017 In a stellar year for base metals, aluminum has led the pack. Now, producers say surging raw material costs could drive prices even higher. Alumina, the raw material used to make aluminum, has jumped 56% since August after China shut down some production, triggering a wave of buying by traders... 

SA Hippo Flameproof Submersible Slurry Pump Goes To Houston.

     1st November 2017 TARGA RESOURCES, with its headquarters in Houston, Texas, is a leading provider of midstream services in North America and is primarily engaged in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, processing gas, crude oil and the selling of refined petroleum products. At the TARGA RESOURCES’... 

Arch equity rises on expanded share buyback plan; 12% higher revenue

By: Henry Lazenby     31st October 2017 The ongoing strength in coking coal pricing as well as overall strong performances from the Powder River Basin and other thermal business segments have conspired to lift US coal producer Arch Coal's third-quarter revenue 12% quarter-on-quarter. St Louis, Missouri-based Arch recorded revenues of... 

Appea asks NT to lift fracking moratorium

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     30th October 2017 The Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (Appea) has again called on the Northern Territory government to lift a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing (fracking), after an independent economic analysis found that shale gas development in the territory could deliver a number of... 

International recognition for SA stainless steel innovation

     27th October 2017 The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (Sassda) was awarded the Bronze Award by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in the category of Best New Applications Featuring New Technology, for the development of municipal water storage tanks that were made from 3 chrome... 

Fabric containers used to divert Orange river for bridge-widening project 

By: Dylan Slater     27th October 2017 To facilitate the construction of a bridge-widening project in the Northern Cape, engineered fabrics company Kaytech used its geotextile containers to assist in redirecting part of the Orange river to allow pile-driving equipment access to riverside infrastructure.  

Queensland’s APLNG directs more gas to domestic market

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     26th October 2017 The Australian Pacific liquefied natural gas (APLNG) project, offshore Queensland, will supply an additional 41 PJ of natural gas to the Australian domestic market, operator Origin Energy reported on Thursday. The new contract increased the APLNG project’s total domestic contracted supply... 

‘Mine-blowing’ automated door solutions from Maxiflex

     18th October 2017 A range of superior quality, rugged automated door solutions, engineered to meet increased safety, efficiency and productivity on mines, are available from South Africa’s leading door and loading dock specialist, Maxiflex. The local mining industry is facing significant challenges which are... 

Pre-cast at the CORE of modern hotel

     18th October 2017 The new six-storey 2Ten Hotel is immediately noticeable by the slender and elegant vertical and horizontal lines that traverse the full length and width of the east, west and south walls of the structure. Meanwhile, lean horizontal and vertical strips of pre-cast concrete coping on the perimeter... 

Concord Cranes to diversify into new markets and extend its footprint

     18th October 2017 Concord Cranes, a crane hire and specialised transport service company in the Industrial Services Holdings (InServe) stable, is diversifying into the heavy-lift market, as well as expanding its footprint in South Africa and on the continent. The Concord Cranes group comprises Concord AngloV3... 

Renewed focus for construction equipment supplier

By: Simone Liedtke     13th October 2017 Welding and construction equipment-related supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide an “unmatched” range of construction equipment for sale or to rent for the construction industry as part of its goal to grow consistently and sustainably. 

Qld releases more exploration acreage

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     11th October 2017 The Queensland government will release more than 19 000 km2 of land for gas exploration as part of its annual exploration programme, Natural Resources and Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said on Wednesday. The gas generated from these exploration tenements will be used to power local... 

Lifting stations ensure efficient wastewater disposal

     6th October 2017 Germany-based pumps manufacturer and supplier company Kessel has developed a lifting station with a pump designed to satisfy all modern sewage technology requirements, while simultaneously ensuring user profitability and efficiency. 

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