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Tata International Africa to distribute John Deere products in Zambia

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2021 Tata International Africa has signed an agreement to distribute and support John Deere products in Zambia. “We are very proud to have been given this opportunity. We are also grateful to John Deere for showing confidence in us to represent the brand in another country on the continent,” Tata... 

Direct cement sales to industry drop

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 About 30% of cement sales in South Africa are going directly to the construction industry for construction projects, which is down from about 50% being sold directly to the construction industry about ten years ago, says cement manufacturer AfriSam sales & marketing executive Richard Tomes. “We... 

CONCRETE ASSURANCE
Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain
CONCRETE ASSURANCE Quality is not only about the product delivered but also the entire value chain

Sustainable construction ethos prioritised by manufacturer

By: Darren Parker     21st May 2021 Cement additive manufacturing company CHRYSO Southern Africa has installed a solar electricity generating system at its Jet Park manufacturing facility, in Gauteng; this forms part of the company’s efforts to lower its carbon footprint. The installation was completed in January and consists of... 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement
ENERGY EFFICIENCY The solar installation provides about 70% of the facility’s energy requirement

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2021 Initial research conducted for the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways (DDP) project in collaboration with the National Business Initiative (NBI) indicates that there is an emerging opportunity for South Africa to produce so-called “green iron” for export to international steelmakers seeking to... 

New research shows South Africa well-placed to export ‘green iron’ to EU

Construction's 'perfect storm' is a boon for ABB's robots

By: Reuters     20th May 2021 ABB is looking to tap into a skilled labour shortage in the fast-growing construction sector to help drive the post-pandemic recovery of its robotics business and diversification from the automotive industry, the head of the division said. The Swiss engineering group's robotics business has been... 

Sephaku Cement’s CEO Pieter Fourie passes away

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th May 2021 JSE-listed Dangote Cement South Africa, trading as Sephaku Cement (SepCem), has announced the passing away of Pieter Fourie on May 19. Fourie was the CEO of SepCem and a nonexecutive director of parent company Sephaku Holdings (SepHold). 

PPC Lime’s new owners to focus on developing markets, community wellbeing

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2021 The new owner of PPC Lime, Kgatelopele Lime, will focus on developing new markets for its product and expanding its customer base. Kgatelopele is a consortium made up of mineral resources trader IMR Resources South Africa, mining-focused investment holding companies Kolobe Nala Investment Lime... 

PPC Lime manufacturing facility, in the Northern Cape
PPC Lime manufacturing facility, in the Northern Cape

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2021 Tata International Africa (TIA) has signed an agreement with JCB to distribute JCB Construction Equipment in Vietnam, South East Asia. As of April 1, TIA has been selling and supporting the full line of JCB Construction Equipment through the Tata International dealer network in Vietnam, with the... 

Tata International Africa signs JCB distribution agreement in Vietnam 

Dangote CEO recovering in hospital following stroke

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th May 2021 Cement manufacturer Dangote Cement South Africa, trading as Sephaku Cement, CEO Pieter Fourie was admitted to hospital on May 9 after he suffered a stroke. The company on May 11 said he was receiving medical care and responding well to treatment. 

WCA launches climate partnership to support decarbonisation of cement industry

By: Schalk Burger     11th May 2021 International industry body the World Cement Association (WCA) on May 11 launched its Climate Partnership programme to collaborate with nongovernmental organisations, think-tanks and sustainability-focused events providers as part of its continuing commitment to decarbonise the industry. The... 

Raubex declares dividend, record order book

By: Schalk Burger     10th May 2021 Infrastructure development and construction materials group Raubex has declared a final cash dividend from income reserves of 29c a share for the financial year ended February 28. Its secured order book was at a record level following a recovery during the second-half of the financial year. 

John Deere names new dealers in Africa

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2021 Following an announcement to expand its construction lineup into new markets, John Deere has made public the first three construction and forestry dealers responsible for the Southern African region. These are AFGRI Equipment, Mascor and Senwes Equipment.  

John Deere names new dealers in Africa

PPC Lime to be sold to a local company for R515m

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd May 2021 JSE-listed PPC’s subsidiary PPC South Africa has entered into transaction agreements with Kgatelopele Lime on the disposal of PPC Lime for R515-million. Kgatelopele is a private company that was formed for the purposes of the PPC Lime acquisition.  

Limestone quarry
Limestone quarry

Bell posts R57m full-year loss, but says order books healthy in most regions

By: Schalk Burger     15th April 2021 A 14% year-on-year decrease in sales for the financial year ended December 31, 2020, has led to JSE-listed materials handing equipment company Bell Equipment reporting a loss after tax of R57.2-million. Additionally, following several years of large expansions in Europe and the US, Bell finds... 

John Deere expands African construction equipment line-up

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2021 John Deere has announced the expansion of its construction equipment line-up to 18 countries across Southern and West Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously not available.  This expansion, which will include backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders and... 

Managing green-building strategies during construction crucial for ratings

By: Schalk Burger     9th April 2021 Constantly managing, monitoring and aligning construction costs against budget when implementing Green Star sustainable building-rating initiatives helps developers to achieve the objective ratings, says infrastructure and engineering consulting firm Aecom cost management, buildings and places... 

The building achieved an As-Built 6-Star Green Star-rating, which is the highest GBCSA sustainability accreditation
The building achieved an As-Built 6-Star Green Star-rating, which is the highest GBCSA sustainability accreditation

New sealant enhances passive fire protection

By: Halima Frost     2nd April 2021 Sealant technology provider Den Braven’s Fire Protect hybrid sealant is a “one-for-all” sealant that encapsulates the concept of passive fire protection, which is integral when designing a building or structure. The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating... 

MICHAEL BERG
The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments
MICHAEL BERG The hybrid sealant prevents fire from spreading through a building by creating well-sealed compartments

PPC reports better financial, debt position

By: Schalk Burger     31st March 2021 Cement, aggregates and building materials company PPC has reduced its South African debt to R1.64-billion from R1.92-billion for the eleven months to the end of February. It has also achieved 90% higher free cash flow compared with a year ago and says its restructuring will be completed by... 

PPC reports better financial, debt position

Increases in civil tender awards, hardware sales despite Covid pandemic

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2021 There are some positives to be found in the South African construction market, despite the Covid pandemic, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. This first positive lies in the resilience of the civil engineering sector, where there was a 12.7% increase in civil tenders... 

John Deere expands its construction equipment line-up to 18 African countries

By: Irma Venter     24th March 2021 John Deere has announced the expansion of its construction equipment line-up to 18 countries across Southern and Western Africa, where Deere-branded construction products were previously not available.  This expansion, which will include backhoe loaders, excavators, wheel loaders, motor graders... 

John Deere expands its construction equipment line-up to 18 African countries

WBHO sees a tripling of civils and road project pipelines

By: Irma Venter     19th March 2021 The pipeline of civil engineering projects in which Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) hopes to participate has “recently nearly tripled” to R27-billion, up from R10.5-billion in June last year, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. This pipeline only includes contracts that WBHO believes will be awarded in the... 

TATA International Africa sets up finance offering, uptime strategy supports growth

By: Schalk Burger     12th March 2021 Trading and distribution company TATA International Africa's uptime strategy has allowed it to improve turnover and profitability over the past year. It also supports the pursuit of its growth and expansion objectives, says TATA International Africa CEO Len Brand. 

Petrochemicals plant demolition under way

By: Darren Parker     12th March 2021 Demolition contractor Jet Demolition is wrapping up a petrochemical demolition project valued at about R20-million. Jet Demolition project manager André Botes tells Engineering News that the project, which started in September last year, was a welcome relief from an extremely challenging 2020. 

COLD CUTS
Jet Demolition holds a number of highly specialised cold-cutting demolition tools and attachments for its fleet of demolition machines.
COLD CUTS Jet Demolition holds a number of highly specialised cold-cutting demolition tools and attachments for its fleet of demolition machines.

Pandemic stresses need for conservation

By: Cameron Mackay     12th March 2021 With Covid-19 further emphasising the importance of water and water conservation in South Africa, water tank storage solutions provider Abeco Tanks has supplied water tanks to several hospitals and facilities in the country to ease the impact of the pandemic. “The best defence against the... 

MANNIE RAMOS JNR
As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service
MANNIE RAMOS JNR As we brand ourselves as a water bank, businesses to store water for when water supply is unavailable in order to have continuity of service

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp 

By: Irma Venter     5th March 2021 There are some positives to be found in the South African construction market, despite the Covid-pandemic, says Industry Insight senior economist David Metelerkamp. This first positive lies in the resilience of the civil engineering sector, where there was a 12.7% increase in civil tenders... 

Civil tenders awarded, hardware sales positives in the construction industry – Metelerkamp

Battery packs changing the market

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery packs are “revolutionising” the market for electric industrial equipment, such as forklift trucks and cherry pickers in construction, says industrial lithium-ion battery distributor CHASE Technologies GM Brent Frazer. Although the LiFePO4 batteries may... 

ENERGIZED The energy density of LiFePO4 batteries is about 140 Wh/kg, or three times that of lead-acid batteries
ENERGIZED The energy density of LiFePO4 batteries is about 140 Wh/kg, or three times that of lead-acid batteries

Company launches HX Series excavators for various applications

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     5th March 2021 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa has launched its HX Series excavators, which will be available in April nationwide. HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most medium-to large sized construction, civil engineering and demolition projects carried out by municipalities. 

THE RIGHT FIT HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most small- to medium-size construction, repair and demolition projects carried out by municipalities
THE RIGHT FIT HPE Africa believes that the series will be well suited to most small- to medium-size construction, repair and demolition projects carried out by municipalities

WBHO sees marked improvement in civils, road sectors 

By: Irma Venter     3rd March 2021 The pipeline of civil engineering projects in which Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) hopes to participate has “recently nearly tripled” to R27-billion, up from R10.5-billion in June last year, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. This pipeline only includes contracts that WBHO believes will be awarded in the... 

Wolfgang Neff
Wolfgang Neff

Brikor acquires 40% stake in Zingaro

By: Creamer Media Reporter      3rd March 2021 Brick manufacturer and supplier Brikor has acquired a 40% shareholding in multiproduct road transportation services provider Zingaro Holdings for R50-million. Zingaro primarily operates in South Africa and mainly services short to medium distance routes in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and... 

New cement and concrete industry body aims for growth, value, sustainability

By: Schalk Burger     1st March 2021 A new industry organisation Cement and Concrete South Africa (CCSA) was launched on March 1 to create long-term shared value and industry growth in South Africa through collaboration, skills development, innovation and the highest standards in sustainable cement and concrete materials and... 

CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie
CCSA CEO Bryan Perrie

JCB appoints Bell to distribute its equipment in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     26th February 2021 Construction equipment manufacturer JCB has appointed materials handling subsidiary and distributor Bell Equipment South Africa as the distributor for the full range of JCB construction equipment from May 1. Bell Equipment Sales South Africa (Bessa) will be JCB's distributor in the key South... 

M&E sector output to recover this year after 15% decrease recorded for 2020 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th February 2021 The Metals and Engineering (M&E) sector was no doubt under pressure in 2020 owing to lower steel production and general trading restrictions, Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) says in its latest 'State of the M&E Sector' report. Seifsa chief economist and... 

M&E sector output to recover this year after 15% decrease recorded for 2020

Correct concrete vital for industrial flooring

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th February 2021 With the construction of industrial floors requiring concrete with characteristics entirely different from that of concrete for vertical structures, it is important to use the correct material in the correct proportions, says technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan... 

BRYAN PERRIE
Keeping the floor clean, maintaining the joint sealant and filler and timeous repair of any damage will ensure a long life span of concrete floors
BRYAN PERRIE Keeping the floor clean, maintaining the joint sealant and filler and timeous repair of any damage will ensure a long life span of concrete floors

Flooring contributes to Covid-19 safety measures

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th February 2021 The increasingly important role of flooring and floor coverings in mitigating the spread of Covid-19 has resulted in factories and commercial companies’ rethinking their floor covering designs, says floor covering distributor and installer KBAC Flooring. “Many factories have started to add... 

GUIDED STEPS
Safe flooring goes beyond demarcations and markings; it should also be environmentally safe and also contribute to the fight against Covid-19
GUIDED STEPS Safe flooring goes beyond demarcations and markings; it should also be environmentally safe and also contribute to the fight against Covid-19

Improved formulation, developments maintain low VOC emissions

By: Theresa Bhowan-Rajah     26th February 2021 Vinyl flooring specialist and South African Vinyl Association (SAVA) member Polyflor SA continually develops and improves formulations for all flooring ranges to ensure that volatile organic compound (VOC) emission levels are kept to the lowest possible levels, with no significant negative... 

PPC making positive progress with restructuring, refinancing 

By: Donna Slater     25th February 2021 JSE-listed building materials company PPC reports it is making positive progress against key milestones of its restructuring and refinancing project, which is centred on implementing a sustainable capital structure and improving the investment prospects of the group. In South Africa, to date,... 

Seifsa calls for finalisation, implementation of Steel Master Plan

By: Schalk Burger     12th February 2021 Industry body the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) has called for the finalisation and speedy implementation of the Steel Master Plan, which it believes will benefit primary and downstream players in the local steel industry. It is also considered to be key... 

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