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Materials & Equipment News

Industry body initiatives boost research, skills building

By: Cameron Mackay     17th June 2022 Since the launch of the Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) last year, the organisation has hosted a range of educational and concrete research and development initiatives to promote research, and improve skills and education, in the cement and concrete industry. The first of these CCSA... 

Industry body stresses need for import protection

By: Cameron Mackay     17th June 2022 Construction industry body Cement & Concrete South Africa (CCSA) is interacting with government to legislate anti-import dumping tariffs and protection for local cement materials and products. “We have capacity to produce around 22-million tons of cement a year, and we are producing only about... 

Image of CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie
BRYAN PERRIE The cement industry is a large employer locally. If the industry suffers and cement plants close, it can have a severe knock-on effect on communities

New cement production capacity in Africa might be preferable to high transport costs

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 The rapidly rising cost of transport means that adding additional cement production capacity in Africa might be worth considering going forward. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, a long-term decline in shipping costs and the relative price of imported cement, which was also expected to gradually... 

cement handling in plant

OpenSpace launches ‘Google Street View’ for construction projects  

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2022 Stellenbosch-based Agile Business Technology (ABT) has partnered with US group OpenSpace to launch its 360° capture and artificial intelligence (AI) platform for construction projects in South Africa. By using the 360° images generated in OpenSpace to document an evolving jobsite, teams can... 

Image of ABT architecture, engineering and construction solutions director Jaco Barnard
Jaco Barnard

Coating firm awarded corrosion prevention contract

10th June 2022 Last month, anti-corrosion coatings manufacturer Corrocoat announced it has been awarded a contract to protect 300 new pipe spools of various dimensions by a multinational energy client. The company say its Corroglass 600 series was the coating system selected for this project, as it offered the... 

A cross section of a metal pipe with two angles that was coated internally using a new technique offered by coatings company Corrocoat
CROSS OUT CORROSION A cross section of pipe that was successfully coated with Corrocoats Corroglass coating system

Online portal launched to guide clients

10th June 2022 Last month, protective powder coating and paint manufacturer AkzoNobel Powder Coatings launched a dedicated site to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings. AkzoNobel created the new dedicated microsite and resource centre for customers and specifiers of functional powder... 

A photo of the AzkoNobel head office taken from the bottom looking up
HOME PAGE AzkoNobel has launched a dedicated website to showcase its functional range of Resicoat powder coatings

S African coatings event well attended

By: Halima Frost     10th June 2022 This year’s Coatings for Africa 2022 conference, organised by global events organiser DMG Events, was held at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Gauteng, from May 4 to 6. The event was hosted by multinational coatings industry representatives The Coatings Group and supported by industry bodies... 

A man standing at a podium speaking on the topic of coatings and paint development at teh Coatings for Africa 2022 expo held in Sandton last month
HOT TOPIC The Coatings for Africa event was held in Sandton last month after a four year haitus

Cost-effective electrical termination solutions for construction industry

10th June 2022 Industrial products and adhesives manufacturer Pratley offers a range of cost-effective electrical solutions available to assist contractors in a recovering construction industry. “It is important that one does not compromise on quality in favour of cost, which is especially important when it... 

a black electrical junction box made of tough, corrosion-resistant engineering plastic by Pratley
CANT CORRODE Pratley's range of junction boxes and cable glands are made of tough, corrosion-resistant engineering plastic

De Lille welcomes European Investment Bank cash injection into Biovac

By: Sane Dhlamini     8th June 2022 Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille has welcomed the European Investment Bank’s (EIB’s) injection of €175-million to South Africa’s specialist human vaccine manufacturer Biovac. The pledge is in close cooperation with the European Union’s (EU’s) injection of €175-million... 

Image of Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille

PPC to embrace alternative building technologies

By: Darren Parker     8th June 2022 Cement producer PPC has taken the strategic decision to embrace alternative building technologies rather than oppose them, PPC South Africa MD Njombu Lekula has said. Speaking at the Smart African Cities Summit held in Midrand on June 8, he said the company had set up a new department to... 

Wacker Neuson launches new training academy, as it celebrates fortieth anniversary in Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd June 2022 Construction machines and equipment, spare parts and services provider Wacker Neuson has celebrated its fortieth anniversary in Africa with the launch of a new training academy at its facility in Florida, Johannesburg. This milestone also comes in a year that saw the company achieve its best... 

The Wacker Neuson training acadamey
The Wacker Neuson training acadamey

Tech company commissioned to run upgrades in UAE

3rd June 2022 Global technology company ABB has installed ABB Ability System 800xA, called the market-leading distributed control system (DCS) automation platform, to upgrade three grinding units at Star Super Cement in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 

Company performs complex breakdown repair on rotor

3rd June 2022 Electro-mechanical services and repairs company Marthinusen & Coutts (M&C) recently performed comprehensive repairs to the rotor of an aging 30 MW generator which had failed during operation at JSE-listed forest group Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill in Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal. 

An image of a generator rotor
MECHANICAL REBUILD Generator rotor undergoing dimensional checks in M&C mechanical rebuild

Brikor posts net loss as bricks revenue rises but coal revenue falls

By: Schalk Burger     27th May 2022 JSE-listed bricks manufacturer and coal supplier Brikor, for the financial year ended February 28, reported the highest revenue in five years in its bricks segment, at R195.1-million. That represents a 34.6% year-on-year increase in revenue for the bricks segment. 

Versatile bolted column connections in demand

By: Tracy Hancock     27th May 2022 Construction products and solutions specialist Peikko South Africa’s bolted column connections are helping to fast-track the development of a large residential project in Ferndale, Gauteng. The development involves the construction of a seven-storey building consisting of 204 apartments, says... 

Everyone is looking to optimise their designs and find new methods that can reduce costs and add value, considering the globally depressed construction market
DANIEL PETROV Everyone is looking to optimise their designs and find new methods that can reduce costs and add value, considering the globally depressed construction market

Barloworld to buy back 10% of its shares

By: Darren Parker     26th May 2022 JSE-listed industrial brand management company Barloworld has announced that it will buy back up to 10% of its issued ordinary share capital through a repurchase programme. The board said on May 26 that it was responsible for capital allocation and continuously monitored opportunities to enhance... 

Macsteel set to break a world record for roofing solution 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th May 2022 Steel and value-added steel products merchandiser and distributor Macsteel, in partnership with Tate & Nicholson, Fortress, Pick n Pay and Wilson Bayley Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO), has applied pioneering sky forming technology to break the world record for the longest roof span covered by a single metal... 

The roof being installed at Pick n Pay's new warehouse in Kempton Park, Gauteng

Construction materials miners ready to assist in rebuilding flood-hit KZN infrastructure

By: Donna Slater     24th May 2022 Aspasa, formerly known as the Aggregate and Sand Producers Association of South Africa, reports that miners of building material commodities are standing ready to assist the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and construction firms to repair roads and essential infrastructure that was damaged in... 

An image of Aspasa director Nico Pienaar
Aspasa director Nico Pienaar

Need for fire-related event realised

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Event organisers Specialised Exhibitions’ inaugural Firexpo South Africa 2022 will highlight the services and products of local suppliers in the fire prevention and protection sector to visitors. The event will be hosted from May 31 to June 2 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, in Midrand, Gauteng. 

A picture of two gentlemen shaking hands at a branded stand at an event hosted by event organizer Specialised Exhibitions
FACE TIME The inaugural FireExpo 2022 will be held at the Gallagher Convention Centre and is one of the first in person expo's being held in over two years

Growing demand for fire solutions in food industry

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire risk management company ASP Fire has noted a steady increase in its percentage of food industry-related revenue, owing to the insurance industry placing stricter fire safety requirements on clients. The increase in revenue has also been driven because of word-of-mouth referrals and ASP... 

Fire protection foam dosing system on offer

By: Halima Frost     20th May 2022 Fire protection equipment supplier DoseTech offers its FireDos fire protection foam dosing technology, known as proportioners, to the South African fire prevention and firefighting market. The company explains that foam is the only way to effectively fight certain fire scenarios. 

A large fire fighting nozzle which is fitted with a Dosetech Fire Dos proportioner which mixes air water and foam agent to effectively fight fires.
IN THE MIX Dosetech's Firedos proportioners offer the perfect mix of water air and foam agent to fight fires successfully

Water mist tech to be presented at event

20th May 2022 Multinational engineering and manufacturing company Danfoss Fire Safety – part of the Danfoss Group – will be presenting a session at the Firexpo South Africa 2022 being held from May 31 to June 02 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Gauteng. The session will take place in the Securex... 

A spray nozzle affixed to a ceiling spraying a large amount of mist water as a fire suppression system offered by Danfoss Fore Safety
FINE TUNED The brand of fine mist sprayers known as SEM-SAFE will be highlighted at this year's ForeExpo 2022

Steel Master Plan presents immediate opportunities for industry, govt

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2022 There are a number of opportunities for both government and industry to capitalise on immediately while pursuing the implementation of the Steel Master Plan, speakers agreed during a panel discussion at the Mainstreaming the Steel Master Plan Conference on May 19. Manufacturing Circle executive... 

Raubex announces new CEO, other leadership changes

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2022 JSE-listed Raubex Group has appointed Felicia Msiza, currently Governance, Risk And Compliance executive director, as group CEO, effective August 1. She will succeed Rudolf Fourie, who will be stepping down after 25 years at Raubex, having served the last 12 years as group CEO. He will remain... 

An image of Felicia Msiza, incoming group CEO of Raubex
Felicia Msiza

Afrimat appoints Louw as chairperson designate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th May 2022 Construction materials and industrial minerals producer Afrimat has appointed Francois Louw as chairperson designate. Louw was appointed deputy chairperson in February and also serves as the company's lead independent director. He will succeed Matie von Wielligh, who will be retiring as... 

Wacker Neuson appoints AFGRI Equipment as dealership for Southern Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th May 2022 Construction machines and equipment, spare parts and services provider Wacker Neuson has appointed its new dealership, AFGRI Equipment - a move that sees the light and compact equipment specialist expanding its agricultural and construction footprint across the Southern African region.... 

Ramaphosa, Corobrik CEO launch new R800m Kwastina brick factory 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th May 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa and Corobrick CEO Nick Booth on May 4 officially unveiled the company’s new R800-million Kwastina brick factory, in Driefontein, Gauteng. Speaking at the unveiling, Booth described the factory as the most technologically advanced and environment-friendly brick... 

An image showing ricks outside Corobrick's new Kwastina factory
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Bricks outside the new Kwastina factory

Heavy-duty forklift trucks offer notable payloads

29th April 2022 Heavy lifting solutions provider Criterion Equipment’s versatile range of forklift manufacturer Toyo Carriers Manufacturing (TCM) forklift trucks comprises robust machines for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications, says Criterion Equipment MD Brenton Kemp. He explains... 

A side view of a yellow Criterion TCM forklift which is used to lift heavy loads
KEEP LOADING LOADING LOADING The TCM range of forklifts are prime for handling goods in all sectors, including heavy-duty applications

Milestone reached at N2 Msikaba Bridge project 

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2022 The Msikaba Bridge project has notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

Image of construction of the Msikaba Bridge project
The Msikaba Bridge project achieved an engineering milestone in April, as the legs of the bridge’s south pylon were hydraulically jacked apart.

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany as it introduces new products at KZN plant 

By: Irma Venter     8th April 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

RIB CCS celebrates 40 years of construction software

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2022 Engineering and construction software company RIB CCS celebrated its fortieth anniversary on April 7 and outgoing CEO Andrew Skudder says the company remains strongly focused on supporting the core needs of the construction industry, which it was founded to serve. The company intimately... 

RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis
RIB CCS VP Peter Damhuis

RIB CCS appoints Peter Damhuis as new VP

By: Schalk Burger     1st April 2022 Construction and engineering information technology company RIB CCS has appointed Peter Damhuis as VP, effective April 1. He succeeded RIB CCS CEO Andrew Skudder, who has taken on a new role as RIB Group chief revenue officer. 

RIB CCS new VP Peter Damhuis
RIB CCS new VP Peter Damhuis

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure roll-out

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 The Afrimat Construction Index (ACI) has staged a swift recovery from the Covid-19-induced slump that occurred during the second quarter of 2020, increasing by 74% within only two quarters.   Since then, however, progress has been muted, owing mainly to the sedate roll-out of government’s... 

Bell to shift ADT production to Germany, introduce new products to KZN plant  

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2022 As part of a growth strategy long in the making, Bell Equipment will increasingly shift articulated dump truck (ADT) production from its Richards Bay plant, in KwaZulu-Natal, to the northern hemisphere, says CEO Leon Goosen. The Bell ADT is the group’s high-volume product, with 80% of the world... 

Image of the Bell ADT
The Bell ADT

Raubex anticipates more than 200% increase in earnings a share

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Raubex expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended February 28 to be at least 231% higher year-on-year, while its headline earnings a share are expected to be at least 250% higher year-on-year. The company had posted earnings a share and... 

FFS Refiners, Rubis Asphalt partner to ensure security of bitumen supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 Bitumen – commonly used in road construction and maintenance –  is now more widely available to the Western Cape market as a result of a partnership agreement between sustainable hydrocarbon solutions provider FFS Refiners and Rubis Asphalt South Africa. The agreement has already resulted in the... 

An image showing the first shipment of bitumen arriving at the Cape Town Harbour.
The first shipment of bitumen arrived on March 3 at the Cape Town Harbour.

PPC seeing gradual recovery in business

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 JSE-listed PPC expects total group cement sales volumes for the 12 months ending March 31 to increase by 4% to 8% year-on-year, with double-digit volume growth in Zimbabwe and Rwanda. South Africa and Botswana experienced low single-digit growth in cement sales as volumes normalised from a high... 

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