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Materials & Equipment News

Barloworld profit dips as slowdown in local mining industry takes its toll

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2024 Barloworld’s South African businesses continued to face a myriad of challenging trading conditions, says CEO Dominic Sewela. Announcing the group’s financial results for the six months ended March 31, Sewela said on Monday that Barloworld’s domestic operations had had to contend with a... 

Brikor anticipates more than 100% improvement in full-year earnings

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th May 2024 AltX-listed construction materials provider Brikor expects to post earnings a share of between 0.9c and 1.1c for the financial year ended February 29, compared with a loss a share of 0.7c in the 2023 financial year. This equates to a more than 100% year-on-year increase in earnings a share.  

Brikor bricks

Wood pushed as viable construction material

By: Halima Frost     24th May 2024 Engineered wood has emerged as a viable alternative to concrete and steel in the construction industry, owing to its low-carbon footprint and technical performance as a structural material, says tertiary education institution University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Graduate School of Technology... 

A cardboard cut out of the design of a modular building with a hand hovering over it
PROMOTING ALTERNATIVES The use of engineered wood as an alternative to concrete and steel in the construction sector is being promoted by the University of Pretoria

Smart metering to drive energy efficiency

24th May 2024 The age-old practice of monthly meter readings is drawing to a close in the face of the modern world’s dynamic and fluctuating energy demands says utility metering management solutions provider Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) chief commercial officer Frikkie Malan. He explains that traditional... 

Remote Metering Solutions (RMS) chief commercial officer Frikkie Malan
FRIKKIE MALAN Traditional methods of capturing information on energy consumption need to move to smarter technologies and metering

Things looking up for Stefanutti following y/y uptick in profits, contract revenue

By: Darren Parker     23rd May 2024 JSE-listed multidisciplinary construction group Stefanutti Stocks has reported an improvement in contract revenue to R7.1-billion for the 12 months ended February 29, up from R6.1-billion in the prior financial year. The group also reported an improvement in operating profit from continuing... 

Stefanutti CEO Russell Crawford
Stefanutti CEO Russell Crawford

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2024 The construction industry value-chain is at risk of collapsing as shrinking margins, unfair practices and payment issues continue to undermine the sector. This is according to members of the Master Builders Association (MBA) North, who warn that “urgent dialogue and change” are needed to address... 

Contractors, sub-contractors battling as late payments accelerate – MBA North

Raubex sees 28% bounce in its order book despite challenging environment

By: Irma Venter     13th May 2024 Raubex saw a 28% jump in its order book for the financial year ended February 29, to R25.55-billion, compared with R20-billion in the previous financial year. “This is testimony to our diversified business model,” said CEO Felicia Msiza on Monday as the group released its financial results. 

Image of Raubex CEO Felicia Msiza
Felicia Msiza

Tunnel section installed emissions-free using battery power

10th May 2024 A standard skidding operation evolved into an opportunity for heavy lifting solutions provider Mammoet to showcase its ability to reduce the carbon footprint of civil projects while minimising disruption. Mammoet was tasked by multidisciplinary infrastructure company Stadsbader Contractors to... 

UNDER PRESSURE
Mammoet was tasked to lift and skid an 850 t concrete tunnel section 40 m beneath railway lines in Belgium
UNDER PRESSURE Mammoet was tasked to lift and skid an 850 t concrete tunnel section 40 m beneath railway lines in Belgium

Conditions still challenging, but contractors report noticeable uptick – MBA North

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their doors, says MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela. The 120-year-old employers’ body serves the... 

Local product ensures efficiency

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd May 2024 Addressing global challenges such as climate change and the growing focus on sustainable development was front of mind in the development of Pratliperl by local manufacturer Pratley, says Pratley marketing director Eldon Kruger. “The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced and processed in... 

LOCALLY SOURCED
The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine
LOCALLY SOURCED The perlite-based mineral aggregate is sourced from a South African mine

Plastic pipes key to modernisation

By: Simone Liedtke     26th April 2024 To address the challenges of water scarcity, sanitation inadequacies and the need for efficient waste management there is ongoing reassessment of the materials and technologies used in infrastructure projects, says industry association Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association... 

PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE
Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance
PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE Given the pressing need for reliable and efficient sewer systems, the selection of materials for pipelines is of paramount importance

John Deere continues focus on innovation, technology

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th April 2024 Equipment manufacturer John Deere South Africa will continue to focus on pursuing innovation on its machines and technology as it looks to strengthen its footprint in Africa. This was outlined by speakers on April 18, when John Deere’s Construction division showcased its equipment and technology... 

An image showing John Deere construction equipment
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
John Deere’s Construction division showcased its equipment and technology solutions to customers

Conditions challenging, but some green shoots emerging – MBA North

By: Irma Venter     19th April 2024 Last year was one of the most challenging years the Master Builders Association (MBA) North has ever experienced, with many of its long-standing members entering business rescue or closing their doors, says MBA North executive director Mohau Mphomela. The 120-year-old employers’ body serves the... 

Conditions challenging, but some green shoots emerging – MBA North

Institute warns of looming change in standards

By: Halima Frost     12th April 2024 As the unit standards of the current National Qualifications Framework (NQF) expired in June 2023, with the last enrolment of learners in June 2024, professional body Institute for Work at Height (IWH) continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector. As a result of... 

Two men on a scaffold wearing PPE and safety harnesses
STANDING FOR STANDARDS The Institute for Work at Height continues its efforts to maintain some form of standardisation in the sector

Tribunal approves Afrimat, Lafarge merger with conditions 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      10th April 2024 The Competition Tribunal has conditionally approved the proposed large merger wherein Afrimat intends to acquire the entire issued share capital of Lafarge South Africa Holdings.   The tribunal’s decision follows a merger hearing held on April 5, during which it heard submissions from the... 

A truck transporting cement

Concrete towers selected for Impofu wind farm to bolster local content

By: Terence Creamer     4th April 2024 Enel Green Power South Africa has confirmed that the Nordex manufacturing facility being set up in Humansdorp, in the Eastern Cape, will produce concrete wind tower sections for the three new wind farms that make up its Impofu Cluster. With a combined capacity of 336 MW, the Impofu East, Impofu... 

A Nordex wind turbine
A Nordex wind turbine

Bell Equipment advances contract manufacturing initiative 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd April 2024 Heavy equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment has been growing its business organically by investing in the development and enhancement of products, increasing market share in key regions, such as the Middle East, and growing the Bell Heavy Industries (BHI) contract manufacturing business. Bell... 

Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader
Bell Equipment Model 200 Grader

PPC’s Zimbabwe business flourishes while South African, Botswana businesses flounder

By: Darren Parker     27th March 2024 Revenue growth in cement producer PPC’s South Africa and Botswana cement businesses was driven by price increases during the ten months ended January 31, positively offsetting the declining sales volumes experienced in the six months to September 30, 2023. In an operational update issued on March... 

PPC factory

‘It’s not all doom and gloom in our space’ – WBHO boss

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2024 With a total pipeline of work of R240-billion, up from R211-billion in June, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) short- to medium-term future “should be okay”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “It’s not all doom and gloom in our space. I think it looks pretty good. Our earnings are at their best levels... 

Masslift Africa launches Mitsubishi Forklift’s new Grendia series in South Africa

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th March 2024 Forklift products and services provider Masslift Africa, in partnership with Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks, this week launched Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift series for the Southern African market, at an event held at Masslift’s Johannesburg premises. Masslift is the distributor of... 

An image of Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Mitsubishi’s new-generation Grendia forklift

Methanol surge expected to continue

15th March 2024 In recent years, the demand for methanol has witnessed a significant surge, particularly within the marine and construction industries, states analytical reportage company Persistence Market Research. The observation of this upward trend prompted Persistence Market Research to conduct a... 

a glass bottle with clear methanol inside and a sticker on with the chemical compound breakdown on the front
MAKING METHNOL Methanol is used as a feedstock for the synthesis of numerous chemicals, including formaldehyde, acetic acid and methyl tertiary-butyl ether

‘It’s not all doom and gloom in our space’ – WBHO boss

By: Irma Venter     6th March 2024 With a total pipeline of work of R240-billion, up from R211-billion in June, Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon’s (WBHO’s) short- to medium-term future “should be okay”, says CEO Wolfgang Neff. “It’s not all doom and gloom in our space. I think it looks pretty good. Our earnings are at their best levels... 

Image of WBHO housing project in Lesotho
Polihali dam housing project in Lesotho

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

Local manufacturer seeks to ease crane buying process

By: Lynne Davies     1st March 2024 There is a risk associated with buying capital equipment, and the choice of a factory crane can be “especially tricky”, says local overhead cranes and hoists manufacturer Condra Cranes. Condra advises to look at the following elements: the cost of downtime, inherent strength, and the design... 

The above image depicts two Condra technicians working on a jib crane
Photo by Condra Cranes
PRIVATE TECHNICAL SUPPORT End-users are in direct communication with a dedicated service agent from the time their crane is commissioned

Metals, engineering output up 1.7% but still far below 2008/9 peak

By: Darren Parker     20th February 2024 While aggregate production in the South African metals and engineering sector increased by 1.7% last year, which is slightly higher than the 1.5% increase in 2022, it remains 18% below where it was in 2008/9. Overall, the 2023 index of production averaged about 4.2% below its long-term average. 

metal works with sparks

Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2024 Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 

Image of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 
Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 

AMSA sees plausible pathway for salvaging longs unit, but ready to reverse closure deferral if urgent progress is not made  

By: Terence Creamer     8th February 2024 Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) has deferred the wind-down of its long-products business by six months amid widespread concern regarding the detrimental impact of the closure on downstream industry and jobs and following consultations with government and other affected... 

ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
ArcelorMittal South Africa CEO Kobus Verster

Bell Equipment founder’s grandson named CEO

By: Irma Venter     26th January 2024 Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO Leon Goosen, who departed the company on December 31 after 16 years of service, of which five-and-a-half were... 

PPC concludes sale of Rwandan cement business

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th January 2024 JSE-listed cement manufacturer PPC’s subsidiary PPC International Holdings has successfully disposed of its 51% shareholding in Cimerwa, in Rwanda, for $42.5-million. PPC confirms that all conditions precedent to the disposal have been fulfilled and that the proceeds have been received from the... 

Afrimat only waiting for CompTrib approval for Lafarge South Africa acquisition

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2024 JSE-listed midtier mining and materials company Afrimat says it is now awaiting approval from only the Competition Tribunal to proceed with its proposed acquisition of Lafarge South Africa. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe consented to the acquisition on October 27, while the... 

AfriSam expects to start mining new Ulco limestone quarry later this year

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2024 Aggregates and construction materials company AfriSam will soon start mining at a new limestone deposit near its Ulco cement plant, in the Northern Cape. The relocated quarry will be capable of providing security of supply for about 40 years and will deliver about two-million tons of limestone a... 

The existing Ulco operation and new mining area
The existing Ulco operation and new mining area

PPC reorganises exec committee to drive improved profitability, return on capital

By: Schalk Burger     18th January 2024 JSE-listed cement and construction materials company PPC has approved a substantially reorganised and strengthened executive committee to drive improved profitability and a sustainable return on capital for its South African business. The reconstituted committee includes several new roles aimed... 

Bags of cement produced by PPC

UK to implement carbon levy on imported goods by 2027

By: Reuters     18th December 2023 Britain will implement a new carbon import levy on some products from 2027 to help to protect businesses against cheaper imports from countries with less strict climate policies, the government said on Monday. The planned carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) will apply to carbon-intensive... 

PPC rehabilitates boreholes for Madibeng villages

By: Schalk Burger     14th December 2023 Construction materials company PPC has rehabilitated nine boreholes in Madibeng, in the North West, and handed them over to the Madibeng municipality. This project forms part of the cement maker’s local economic development commitments in terms of its mining licence, and it targeted the villages... 

A photo of one of the rehabilitated boreholes

Bell Equipment management returns to the family as it appoints new CEO 

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2023 Bell Equipment has appointed Ashley Jon Bell (41), grandson of company founder Irvine Bell, as new group CEO, effective January 1. This follows the July resignation of outgoing group CEO, Leon Goosen, who departs the company on December 31 after 16 years of service, of which five and a half were... 

Image of Ashley Jon Bell, new Bell CEO
Ashley Jon Bell 
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