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Workshops set to probe latest in concrete

By: System Author     4th June 1999 A series of workshops to discuss develop- ments and advances in concrete technology will be co-ordinated by Professor Mark Alexander of the department of civil engineering of the University of Cape Town (UCT). Based on extensive research done by the department, the industry and other engineering... 

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

Polyester reinforcing shows its strength

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A new type of rein- forcing material constructed from polyester has been developed that is suitable for embedding in a bitumen, coal-tar enamel or resin protective system for steel and other pipes. This type of material can be described as a random polyester-fibre mat reinforced by stitching with... 

New composite mooted for local housing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A new composite material, manufac- tured by Heraklith, the local subsidiary of an Austrian company, may be used for economy housing in the Mpumalanga province and Franschoek area, Engineering News can today report. The company started production at its facilities in Brakpan, Gauteng, in September... 

Sky’s the limit for local telecom-tower firm

By: System Author     16th April 1999 Local tower and mast-manufac- turing and erection company Skywave Manufacturing has complemented its existing range of self-supporting telecom towers with the new Mark VI cost-effective design. The company is reported to be the largest designer and manufacturer of tubular and angle-iron towers in... 

Tippler bunker lining installed at ovens

By: System Author     12th February 1999 Low-friction glass Flowtiles have been successfully installed by Group Line Projects in the bunker below tippler number 2 located at Iscor Newcastle’s coke ovens. The motivation for the project was twofold: the concrete structure had been severely eroded, exposing the reinforcing bar and... 

Polymers prevail

By: System Author     5th February 1999 A range of ultra high molecular weight (UHMW) polymers from Poly Hi Solidur South Africa is increasingly used in the concrete- manufacturing industry to line or replace steel and wooden moulds due to its unique non-stick properties. The company’s UHMW polymers are suitable for wet products,... 

Firms look for greener global pastures

By: Archivist     29th January 1999 The stagnant construction industry in South Africa is forcing many civil engineering and construction companies to seek greener pastures across the border. “We are concerned about the future sustainability of the current workload and are therefore looking across the border for new... 

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