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Capital Equipment in Construction

Machinery heralds more efficient, environment-friendly practices

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2024 In a significant development for the construction sector, machine industry group Husqvarna has introduced a new range of advanced machinery, which machinery distributor Superb Construction Systems sales manager Richard Hugh says “signals a shift towards more efficient and environment-friendly... 

Prefab buildings provider celebrates five decades

1st March 2024 Prefabricated buildings provider Kwikspace is celebrating more than five decades of delivering tailor-made solutions across diverse industries. With expertise spanning schools, clinics, mining, construction and humanitarian efforts, Kwikspace consistently prioritises exceptional customer service... 

3D concrete printer stands to benefit South African construction

By: Simone Liedtke     1st March 2024 The development of fit-for-purpose machinery, made in South Africa and for African conditions, such as three-dimensional (3D) concrete printing, stands to offer the construction industry enhanced efficiency, sustainability and design versatility, says concrete equipment manufacturer Pan Mixers... 

TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION
3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector
TRANSFORMATIVE SOLUTION 3D concrete printers offers transformative solutions to the challenges faced by the construction sector

Firm wins Exporter of the Year award

1st March 2024 International minerals processing specialist Multotec has won the South African Capital Equipment Export Council’s (SACEEC’s) Exporter of the Year Award in the category for companies with a turnover of between R2-billion and R5-billion a year. Multotec processing equipment MD Bheka Majola says... 

MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT
Multotec has invested in manufacturing facilities and storage space to support the growth of its export business.
MANUFACTURING INVESTMENT Multotec has invested in manufacturing facilities and storage space to support the growth of its export business.

OLI South Africa

3rd March 2023 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product range, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of electric external motovibrators.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa... 

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Company to help sector finance assets during downturn

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd March 2023 International banking and wealth management group Investec is prepared to support the local construction industry – which has been experiencing a decline in activity for a number of years – by helping local companies find funding solutions for their required capital equipment investments.... 

New crawler excavators maintain high quality

3rd March 2023 Construction equipment supplier HPE Africa’s line-up of earthmoving equipment now includes automotive manufacturer Hyundai’s HX220HD crawler excavators. These machines, which are manufactured in India as part of Hyundai’s global expansion programme, offer the same quality and performance as the... 

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ROBUST PERFORMANCE HPE Africa’s customers note favourable features that include high-performance, comfortable operation and easy serviceability and maintenance

Skills study, awards show need for industry funding, support

By: Cameron Mackay     3rd March 2023 Industry body Mining Equipment Manufacturers of South Africa (Memsa) conducted and completed a survey and case study last year on Fourth Industrial Revolution- (4IR-) related skills needed in the local mining-equipment manufacturing industry. The study – funded by the Manufacturing, Engineering... 

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SUPPORTING MODERNISATION If funds were available to support local manufacturers, and developers were allowed to experience a learning curve, funds could be channelled into innovative products

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.

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

OLI South Africa

27th July 2021 Making business simpler for customers, while going global with a first-class product, has proved successful in establishing industrial vibration technology company OLI as the world’s top-selling supplier of vibration equipment.  The OLI product is distributed in Southern Africa by its subsidiary... 

OLI South Africa

Decentralised depot structure introduced

5th March 2021 Covid-19 regulations introduced new restrictions and challenges to the South African economy and companies operating in the current business environment and crane rental agency Sarens Siba continues to offer its clients in the heavy lifting and engineered transport sectors creative and... 

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

Electric trucks delivered to contractor

5th March 2021 Leading French contractor Eiffage has taken delivery of an all-electric Volvo FE Electric truck and a Volvo ECR25 Electric compact excavator – becoming the first recipient of the products in France. December 17 saw the delivery of the Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machine and the first... 

FIRST STEP 
This first delivery in France represents – for both Volvo CE and Volvo Trucks – an important and real step on the way to zero emissions
FIRST STEP This first delivery in France represents – for both Volvo CE and Volvo Trucks – an important and real step on the way to zero emissions

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

Digitalisation can rapidly mobilise equipment

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Digitisation is playing a limited role in the procurement and mobilisation of construction equipment for capital projects, University of Pretoria (UP) project and quality management senior lecturer Dr Giel Bekker tells Engineering News. “Apart from built-in equipment information and tracking... 

DIGITAL ENTERPRISE
Local construction equipment suppliers are being more enterprising with regard to digital tools compared with renters
DIGITAL ENTERPRISE Local construction equipment suppliers are being more enterprising with regard to digital tools compared with renters

No growth expected amid low govt spend

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Government spending is the main drive for construction and/or civils spending, but, as the budget is exceptionally tight, construction equipment supplier HPE Africa MD Ross Collard does not expect any growth this year. Last year, there were limited development opportunities for the company’s... 

HAPPY WITH HYUNDAI
Hyundai excavators and wheel loaders are a key construction equipment brand in Pera Plant & Civils’ fleet
HAPPY WITH HYUNDAI Hyundai excavators and wheel loaders are a key construction equipment brand in Pera Plant & Civils’ fleet

Supplier’s Cape Town branch adds technicians

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 Increased demand for Bobcat equipment in the Western Cape has resulted in construction equipment supplier Bobcat Equipment South Africa’s Cape Town branch increasing the number of field technicians it employs to ensure the delivery of the best possible after-sales services. Consequently, this... 

Online purchasing first for South Africa

By: Tracy Hancock     6th March 2020 US construction machinery manufacturer Caterpillar’s mini excavators will be one of the first Cat product lines to be sold online through its Southern Africa dealer, Barloworld Equipment, this year. Following the launch last year, there is growing excitement around the Cat Next Generation mini... 

SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCE
Air conditioning has also been introduced as an option on all Cat Next Generation mini excavator model sizes in response to direct feedback from South African customers
SOUTH AFRICAN INFLUENCE Air conditioning has also been introduced as an option on all Cat Next Generation mini excavator model sizes in response to direct feedback from South African customers

Company positive in flat construction market

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being no capital expenditure on projects in the construction sector, construction equipment supplier SANY GM Barry Owen says the company sees good opportunity to grow the SANY brand in a rather stagnant market. 

BARRY OWEN 
Over-capacitated construction sector under extreme pressure owing to oversupply
BARRY OWEN Over-capacitated construction sector under extreme pressure owing to oversupply

Growth strategy prompts innovation

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Technologies design, production and marketing company Tesmec Group is constantly improving, adapting and evolving its machine concepts. Owing to its pursuit of a “glocal” growth strategy, this means that Tesmec is global, but at the same time they have a local presence in strategic areas of the... 

GOING GLOCAL 
Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world
GOING GLOCAL Tesmec seeks to expand local presence in the most strategic areas of the world

Bobcat positive ahead of elections

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 While the fragmentation occurring in the mining and construction industries – where major contracts are being awarded to smaller empowered startups without major track records or even assets – is cause for concern, meaningful change is likely to emerge after the national election in May. 

EARTHFORCE
Bobcat aims to meet the requirement for quality, lower-cost machines
EARTHFORCE Bobcat aims to meet the requirement for quality, lower-cost machines

New excavator set to launch in South Africa end of March

22nd March 2019 Capital equipment manufacturer Komatsu's PC210-10MO hydraulic excavator will make its local debut when the first unit lands in South African at the end of this month.  

Construction industry expected to grow over next three years

By: Mamaili Mamaila     22nd March 2019 Despite there being a slowdown in projects for the past few years in the construction industry, power generation equipment developer Himoinsa Southern Africa business development director Matthew Bell says the company expects positive growth over the next 12 to 36 months. 

BESPOKE DESIGNS
Himoinsa is investing significantly in its generator and lighting tower designs for specific local requirements
BESPOKE DESIGNS Himoinsa is investing significantly in its generator and lighting tower designs for specific local requirements

Capital equipment future looks bright

By: Erin Steenhoff-Snethlage     6th April 2018 Sales of new earthmoving and mining equipment are on an upward trend, breaking the three-year downward cycle that the industry has been in since the second quarter of 2014, according to the Construction and Mining Equipment Suppliers’ Association (Conmesa). 

LAWRENCE PETERS
An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry
LAWRENCE PETERS An increase in capital equipment sales in 2017 is a positive sign for the future of the industry

Blockmaking machine aids in community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Alternative building technology partner Hydraform supplied its M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine to social activist nonprofit organisation Earthrise Trust.  

LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift
LIKE BLOCKWORK Hydraform’s M7MI interlocking blockmaking machine can produce 2 200 blocks in an eight-hour shift

Skid steer loaders maintain popularity in projects

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th April 2018 Construction and earthmoving equipment distributor CASE Construction South Africa says it has a healthy pipeline of equipment supply orders for the first quarter of 2018 to meet client requirements for construction projects.  

CASE IN POINT
CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort
CASE IN POINT CASE Construction South Africa’s skid steer loaders have advanced features for improved performance, enhanced productivity and increased operator comfort

Need for crane depends on bridge design and location

By: Simone Liedtke     6th April 2018 The need for cranes in the construction of bridges usually depends on the design and geographical location of the bridge, states Midrand-based crane rental agency Concord Cranes, which forms part of the Industrial Services Group. 

SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES
The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane
SHOWCASING CRANE CAPABILITIES The Mthatha River bridge project served as the maiden project for the heavy-lift capabilities of the 750 t hydraulic crane

New app measures at safe distance

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 With the introduction of the SmartBlue application (app), to be used alongside its FMR 10 and FMR 20 handheld radar devices, measurement and automation equipment manufacturer Endress + Hauser says the app allows for radar measurements to be taken in hazardous and difficult-to-reach places at... 

HENNIE BLIGNAUT The Internet of Things is here to stay
HENNIE BLIGNAUT The Internet of Things is here to stay

Zimbabwe academy uses local machines to build campus

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Independent school for boys and girls Knowstics Academy, in Manicaland, Zimbabwe, bought three block production machines in June last year from machine manufacturer Hydraform, in Boksburg, South Africa to start construction on new premises that will have separate buildings for boys and girls. 

EASY PRODUCTION The machines can produce new blocks within 14 seconds
EASY PRODUCTION The machines can produce new blocks within 14 seconds

New excavator brought to Africa  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Industrial and agriculture equipment supplier Smith Power Equipment (SPE), last month expanded its Japanese construction equipment product offering in South Africa to include Kubota’s KX080-3S excavator. 

New excavator  brought to Africa
Smith Power Equipment GM Tom Bloom explains the advantages of using Kubota equipment. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation  

By: Victor Moolman     7th April 2017 Technological advancements over the years have meant Midrand-based tower cranes and lifting solutions company SA French has been able to install trackers on its crane fleet, ensuring more efficient operations during construction projects. 

Technology improved on cranes for efficient operation
SA French MD Quentin van Breda talks about new crane technology and the challenges in the industry. Camerawork: Victor Moolman. Editing: Lionel da Silva.

Hydraulic excavators designed for optimum efficiency

1st April 2016 Heavy industries and construction company Doosan’s newest generation hydraulic excavators – the heavy duty DX225LCA series – have been designed for greater operator comfort, improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity and minimal maintenance requirements. “There are currently 360 20T Doosan... 

HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR
The excavators ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life in harsh local operating conditions
HYDRAULIC EXCAVATOR The excavators ensure optimum efficiency and extended service life in harsh local operating conditions

New-generation crane launched

1st April 2016 Cranes manufacturer Demag launched its V-Type girder early this year, which it believes is a game changer in the local materials handling sector owing to its double service life of a conventional box-section girder and ability to easily manage more than 500 000 load changes. Demag senior manager... 

CARBON REDUCTION
The V-Type girder manufactured using ecofriendly processes to reduce Demag’s carbon footprint
CARBON REDUCTION The V-Type girder manufactured using ecofriendly processes to reduce Demag’s carbon footprint

Modernisation and expansion programme in final phase

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Construction product supplier and subsidiary of the Chryso Southern Africa Group, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals, is in the final phase of completing its modernisation and expansion programme that involves the installation of new high-technology equipment at its Boksburg and Isipingo factories.... 

PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED
First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg
PRODUCTION RATE INCREASED First component of the a.b.e expansion programme at the bulk emulsion stainless steel tank in Boksburg

Dual-purpose equipment aimed at reducing costs

By: Kimberley Smuts     1st April 2016 Welding and construction-related equipment supplier Renttech South Africa (SA) aims to provide cost-effective solutions for contractors by supplying high-quality, dual-purpose units. Renttech SA product manager Martiens Opperman explains that Renttech SA’s dual-purpose welder and generators are... 

COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS 
The dual-purpose welder model offer the latest in engine technology
COST-EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS The dual-purpose welder model offer the latest in engine technology
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