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Materials & Equipment News

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. 

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... 

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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... 

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff

By: Irma Venter     18th March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

Afrimat Construction Index muted by slow infrastructure rollout 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 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 rollout of government’s... 

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FNB/BER Building Confidence Index reaches four-year high

By: Darren Parker     15th March 2022 The First National Bank (FNB)/Bureau for Economic Research (BER) Building Confidence Index (BCI) gained six points to 40 in the first quarter of this year, compared with 34 in the fourth quarter of 2021 – indicating a four-year high in building confidence in South Africa. The FNB/BER BCI reveals... 

cranes and construction site at sunset

Group stays afloat amid challenges

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group (CEG) has maintained its success in the South African construction industry despite challenging economic conditions, global supply issues and escalating costs, which worsened because of Covid-19 and strike action. “In today’s challenging conditions,... 

Black and yellow Hyundai crawler excavator machine excavating earth
HPE AFRICA The HX220S crawler excavator is part of Hyundai’s HX series

Cranes deployed in Mozambique

11th March 2022 Brakpan-based crane rental company Sarens Siba successfully supplied its CC1100 crane to a project last year, in Mozambique, during which no time was lost, and no injuries occurred. “The project had a successful outcome, owing to easy communication between all parties involved. The success is... 

Yellow CC1100 crane lifting heavy chains
CRANE OPERATION Sarens Siba successfully provided its CC1100 crane to a project in Mozambique

New equipment released

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Construction equipment distributor Capital Equipment Group’s (CEG’s) subsidiaries, Shamrock Handling Concepts and Criterion Equipment, launched products for the construction industry last year. Forklift truck supplier Shamrock Handling Concepts supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain... 

Man operating a green and black forklift truck up a steep hill
SHAMROCK HANDLING CONCEPTS Shamrock supplies and supports the Agrimac all-terrain forklift trucks for various applications

Equipment sales dip on rising ambiguity

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2022 Local capital equipment sales have been negatively impacted on as companies are hesitant to make capital investments owing to ambiguity in the construction industry, says construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment MD Victor Nemukula. “There are several government infrastructure... 

Portrait of a man in a white shirt
VICTOR NEMUKULA Victor Nemukula expects infrastructure projects to sustain the local construction industry.

New contract pushes company towards one-stop-shop goal

By: Claire O'Reilly     11th March 2022 Foundry and heavy engineering company Thos Begbie has been awarded a consecutive contract to do more component installations for the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum smelter plant, in the North West. 

SepCem posts higher profit in 2021

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th March 2022 Building materials company Sephaku Holdings’ (SepHold’s) Sephaku Cement (SepCem) business has reported lower earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) of R374-million for 2021, compared with Ebitda of R381-million reported for 2020. Revenue, however, came in 7%... 

PVC recycling on the rise

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     4th March 2022 With a year-on-year increase of 9.5% in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) recycling, the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) tells Engineering News that additional initiatives can be implemented to increase the recycling rate of vinyl material. “We can attribute the 9.5% recycling increase to two... 

a plastic wash plant at a plastic recycling factory
CLEANER PVC PVC recycling has increased by 9.5% year-on-year

Challenging six months ahead as WBHO exits Australia – Neff 

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2022 It will be a challenging six months ahead as Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) “navigates the consequences” of exiting the Australian construction market, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “We’ll be dealing with some pressure to manage our Australian exposure.” 

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Wolfgang Neff

Zimbabwe’s State-owned miner selected to revive steel firm

By: Bloomberg     23rd February 2022 Zimbabwe has selected Kuvimba Mining House, a State-owned company, which has been shrouded in controversy, to revive one of the continent’s largest steel mills. The miner, which already has vast interests in gold and nickel, has been picked as the “investment partner” to breath new life into the... 

Industry body hones in on five key focus areas

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) has identified five key areas to focus on this year to mitigate challenges faced by industry and the country, following its Biannual Economic and Capacity Survey 2021, or BECS 2021, released in June 2021. The first key priority is to increase... 

Newly elected Civil Engineering South Africa (CESA) industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell stood together in press image
OLU SOLUADE AND CHRIS CAMPBELL OF CESA Newly elected industry body president Olu Soluade and CEO Chris Campbell discuss the year ahead for the sector

Manufacturer hosts training day for SMMEs

18th February 2022 Local cement and construction materials manufacturer AfriSam hosted 60 small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) from different communities surrounding its Jukskei and Eikenhof quarries, both in Gauteng, for a one-day training session. The event, named ‘Correct use of cement in concrete,... 

A group of SMME entrepreneurs at the Afrisam ‘Correct use of cement in concrete, plaster and mortar applications’ day held in September
FIRM FOUNDATIONS Afrisam offers SMME Training to ensure its clients know when, how and why to use the various construction materials it has on offer

Sector key in economic recovery

18th February 2022 National construction industry body Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) acting CEO Bongani Dlala says the construction sector can lead South Africa’s recovery as the country emerges into a post-Covid-19 economy, but only if emerging contractors are empowered. This was the consensus... 

Challenging project brings Swoosh to Soweto

By: Halima Frost     18th February 2022 Steel and tube supplier Stewarts & Lloyds Robertville has successfully completed a steel fabrication project for global brand Nike in the newly developed Shapa Soweto Training Centre, in Soweto, Gauteng. The project entailed the fabrication of a roofing structure, made of 406 individually made... 

A red roof made of Y8 Rebar bent at various angles to create a Swoosh effect for client Nike at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre
NIKE? NICE! The Nike Swoosh effect was successfully created through various bends on a rebar based roofing structure at the Shapa Soweto Training Centre

Shopping centre development well under way

18th February 2022 Last month, Centurion-based construction company Tri-Star Construction announced it had been selected as the main contractor on the development of the Mamelodi Square Shopping Centre in Pretoria, Gauteng. The release explains that rural retail development specialists McCormick Property... 

An artists depiction of what the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre will look like once completed the project undertaken by McCormick Properties was awarded to Tri-Star Construction
'CENTRE' OF ATTENTION Construction of the Mamlodi Square Shopping Centre started last month

First 3D printed house in Kenya

18th February 2022 In October the first three-dimensional- (3D-) printed demonstration house was constructed by sustainable and affordable housing group 14Trees in Nairobi, Kenya. The house is also the first 3D-printed house to achieve the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Excellence in Design for Greater... 

A 3 D home made by using the COBOD BOD2 3D construction printer, at a test site in Nairobia Kenya headed by housing firm 14Trees
PRINTING PROPERTY The Demonstration house made by COBOD for Kilifi project in Kenya has been approved and construction of 52 similar houses will start in the first quarter

Industrial supplier focuses on growth in port city

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 Despite the challenging business landscape, industrial and construction equipment supplier Shumani Industrial Equipment regards Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal,  as a city with opportunities for businesses to grow. The Johannesburg-based company has enjoyed a growing market, which is expected to... 

An image of Shumani MD Victor Nemukula
VICTOR NEMUKULA Durban's abundance of human capital and big industrial equipment users makes it an ideal place to operate in

Trial by fire for KZN businesses in 2021

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 Despite the civil unrest in July last year – a setback in an already challenging year for businesses in KwaZulu-Natal – construction and generator supply company Hire It has noted an uptick in demand for cleaning and demolition equipment, particularly high-pressure cleaners. Many businesses’... 

An image of Hire It's equipment
SOLDIERING ON Despite a challenging 2021, Hire It saw an uptick in the demand for their equipment

Exhibition provides exposure opportunity for company

By: Nadine Ramdass     11th February 2022 German materials handling equipment manufacturer Jungheinrich aims to use the KwaZulu-Natal Industrial Tech Expo (KITE) to break into the local market, increase its exposure in the region and build brand awareness. Durban has a price-sensitive market, and Jungheinrich is still busy establishing... 

An image of Jungheinrich's material handling equipment range
EXHIBITING EFFICIENCY Jungheinrich intends to market its wide range of material handling equipment at KITE

South Africa equipped on all fronts to ramp up wind turbine manufacture, rollout – Nordex

By: Donna Slater     10th February 2022 The South African Renewable Energy Master Plan’s emerging actions discussion document represents a significant opportunity to create new jobs and contribute to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) through yearly production across the value chain, says renewable energy developer Nordex... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa reports best earnings since 2008, but Transnet poses threat to outlook 

By: Terence Creamer     10th February 2022 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has reported its best financial performance since 2008, with headline earnings surging to R6.86-billion in 2021 from a R2-billion loss in 2020. No dividend was declared, however. 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
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ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Company highlights key industry exhibitions for 2022

By: Anna Moross     4th February 2022 Despite the exhibitions industry having been curtailed by the Covid-19 pandemic during the past two years, exhibition company Specialised Exhibitions MD Gary Corin is excited about the portfolio of the company, a division of Montgomery Group. 

An aerial view of the Electra Mining Africa exhibition
ELECTRA MINING AFRICA Hundreds of exhibitors will also showcase their latest innovations, products and services at Electra Mining Africa – Southern Africa’s biggest mining, electrical, automation, manufacturing, power and transport trade exhibition

Competition Tribunal approves Raubex’s buyout of Bauba Resources

By: Donna Slater     28th January 2022 The Competition Tribunal has unconditionally approved a merger between infrastructure development and construction materials supply company Raubex and mining and exploration company Bauba Resources. Post-merger, Raubex will attain sole control over Bauba.  

Macsteel business launched to support construction industry

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 Steel products distributor Macsteel has established Macsteel Foundation Solutions, which provides customers in the construction industry with steel-based construction and innovative lateral support services and products The new business is part of the company’s strategy to reimagine and... 

Green primary iron could help South Africa offset fall in coal export revenues – study 

By: Terence Creamer     26th January 2022 Producing carbon-free primary iron in South Africa using green hydrogen direct reduced iron (GHDRI) technology could create a new globally competitive green export industry that could help offset the losses associated with the eventual decline in coal exports, a new study shows. Such exports... 

Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts
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Green primary iron made in South Africa could help global steelmakers lower the cost of their decarbonisation efforts

Global steel production increased by 3.7% y/y in 2021

By: Schalk Burger     26th January 2022 World crude steel production for the 64 countries reporting to the World Steel Association (worldsteel) reached 1.95-billion tonnes in 2021 – a 3.7% year-on-year increase. China produced 1.03-billion tonnes – a 3% year-on-year decline. 

PIC increases stake in PPC above 10%, while VCP lowers its interest to 13.75%

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2022 JSE-listed PPC has received formal notification that the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has acquired additional shares in the cement producer. The PIC now holds 10.249% of PPC’s shares in issue, an increase from the 5.37% of shares it previously held. 

Opinion: Steelmaking remains a key strategic industry for South Africa

21st January 2022 In this opinion article, ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) stakeholder management and communications group manager Tami Didiza writes about the state of the South African steel industry, trade protection measures and AMSA's investment in its own facilities, as well as its support for the... 

Tami Didiza

Plan for decades of high commodity prices, BlackRock says

By: Bloomberg     13th January 2022 Commodities prices may stay high for decades as mining companies struggle to keep up with demand from the energy transition, according to BlackRock’s Evy Hambro. Raw materials, and shares of some companies that produce them, hit record highs last year as massive global stimulus measures... 

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