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#InnovationMonth: Stainless steel LCC brought into 21st century with app
#InnovationMonth: Stainless steel LCC brought into 21st century with app

According to Sassda executive director John Tarboton, one of the biggest obstacles to the specification of stainless steel in certain applications is the misperception that it's more expensive in comparison to other initially cheaper options...

By Sindy Peters 19 Sep 2017

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Heidi van Eeden wins at Regional LafargeHolcim Awards

South African architect Heidi van Eeden was announced the winner in the Next Generation category of the Regional LafargeHolcim Awards held recently in Nairobi, Kenya...

14 Sep 2017

SAPPMA Pipes XI Conference focuses on sustainability and invention
SAPPMA Pipes XI Conference focuses on sustainability and invention

The SAPPMA Pipes XI Conference took place in Gauteng earlier this month, covering issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering...

13 Sep 2017

PPC tells market it will trim its capex
PPC tells market it will trim its capex

Cement maker PPC presented its outlook to investors on Friday, 8 September, saying it reduced its capital expenditure guidance for the next two years, a move analysts said could help assuage fears about its liquidity position...

By Karl Gernetzky 11 Sep 2017

Italtile-Ceramic deal to take effect in October
Italtile-Ceramic deal to take effect in October

Building materials retailer Italtile said on Wednesday, 6 September, its deal to acquire Ceramic Industries would take effect on 2 October, after the companies receive regulatory clearance...

6 Sep 2017

New country CEO for Lafarge South Africa
New country CEO for Lafarge South Africa

Rossen Papazov has been appointed country chief executive officer (CCEO) of Lafarge South Africa Holdings with effect from 1 October 2017...

5 Sep 2017

AfriSam revises merger offer to PPC
AfriSam revises merger offer to PPC

AfriSam says it has submitted a revised merger proposal to PPC while Canada's Fairfax Africa Investments has a firm intention to buy R2bn of ordinary shares in PPC...

By Mark Allix 5 Sep 2017

Cashbuild aims to push ahead with expansion
Cashbuild aims to push ahead with expansion

Cashbuild, the bakkie builders' go-to store, will not retreat from its expansion plans despite warning that trading will remain extremely tough...

By Giulietta Talevi 31 Aug 2017

Meeting nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber
Meeting nature halfway: A sustainable future built with timber

Buildings, be they domestic, commercial or industrial, are major consumers of energy the world over and this applies to much more than just their day-to-day running...

By Werner Slabbert 30 Aug 2017

Hi-tech boost for business
Hi-tech boost for business

A new machine housed at the Propella Business Incubator has the potential to save time and money for Nelson Mandela Bay innovators...

By Odette Parfitt 28 Aug 2017

Willem Liebenberg and Andre Kowalenski of Drakenstein Municipality
Drakenstein achieves significant water loss reduction after installing HDPE pipes

Under a 20-year master plan to replace old or aging asbestos pipes with HDPE pipes, the Drakenstein Local Municipality in Paarl, Western Cape has achieved significant successes in reducing water loss...

25 Aug 2017

ArcelorMittal SA to cut staff as steel sector outlook dims
ArcelorMittal SA to cut staff as steel sector outlook dims

ArcelorMittal SA is to retrench more than 50 workers as the poor economy and continuing cheaper Chinese steel imports gave it "no option but to review staffing levels"...

By Mark Allix 16 Aug 2017

New deadline for Italtile deal
New deadline for Italtile deal

Italtile and its shareholders will know by 30 September whether a planned acquisition of Ceramic, for a consideration of R3.61bn, will get the go-ahead...

3 Aug 2017

Damelin Benoni city students attend Africa's mega infrastructure show
Damelin Benoni city students attend Africa's mega infrastructure show

Damelin Benoni City students and lecturers recently attended the annual African Construction Totally Concrete Expo at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand...

By Ashmika Chottu, Issued by Damelin 28 Jul 2017

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ArcelorMittal SA sinks deeper into the red

ArcelorMittal SA sank deeper into the red in the six months to June, as the struggling steel producer buckled under the weight of unrelentingly low steel demand, rising input costs and a stronger rand...

By Andries Mahlangu 28 Jul 2017

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Protection for steel not enough to prevent plunge in output

SA's steel production plunged 15.9% year on year in June to 458,000 tonnes after falling 3.5% in May to 561,000 tonnes, according to data collated by the World Steel Association...

By Dominic Preuss 25 Jul 2017

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PPC CEO Darryll Castle leaves with immediate effect

Cement maker PPC announced on Monday morning, 24 July, that CEO Darryll Castle had "agreed to part ways", with immediate effect...

By Robert Laing 25 Jul 2017

Is franchising services the silver lining in a stagnant economy?
Is franchising services the silver lining in a stagnant economy?

The appeal of franchising is widespread. While other businesses often struggle to keep a positive cash flow in times of stunted economic activity, franchising remains resilient...

By Sybrand Bezuidenhout 25 Jul 2017

ArcelorMittal SA remains on the ropes
ArcelorMittal SA remains on the ropes

SA government's long delayed decision to impose higher tariffs on certain steel imports has come too late for ArcelorMittal SA...

By Giulietta Talevi 24 Jul 2017

Tito Mboweni at the 2011 World Economic Forum on Africa – , CC BY-SA 2.0
Why Tito Mboweni quit PPC's board

Tito Mboweni's unexpected resignation from PPC's board has prompted speculation that it might relate to an irreconcilable disagreement about the strategic direction of the cement producer...

By Ann Crotty 21 Jul 2017

ArcelorMittal shares fall sharply after it warns of a widening loss
ArcelorMittal shares fall sharply after it warns of a widening loss

ArcelorMittal SA's share price on the JSE plummeted on Thursday, 20 July, after SA's biggest steel producer flagged a widening in its first-half headline loss...

By Andries Mahlangu 21 Jul 2017

Cape Town bag manufacturer offers employees direct shareholding
Cape Town bag manufacturer offers employees direct shareholding

With funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), PP Excel officially opened its Cape Town plant this week...

20 Jul 2017

Prominent Paints launches first franchise store
Prominent Paints launches first franchise store

Paint manufacturer Prominent Paints has launched its first franchise store in Midrand as it seeks to expand its distribution footprint...

18 Jul 2017

PPC and AfriSam still in merger talks
PPC and AfriSam still in merger talks

Formal discussions on a potential merger between PPC and AfriSam are continuing, PPC said on Monday, 17 July...

By Karl Gernetzky 18 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts
#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts

A core focus in the Corobrik CSI strategy is upskilling members of the communities in which it operates...

By Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2017

Steel and engineering sector in a quagmire
Steel and engineering sector in a quagmire

The knives are out in SA's metals and engineering sector...

By Mark Allix 17 Jul 2017

Tools & Build Show brings quality Chinese manufacturers to SA
Tools & Build Show brings quality Chinese manufacturers to SA

For three days from 30 July producers, buyers, distributors and users of hardware products and building material will converge on Gallagher Convention Centre to find what's new or improved in the tools and build industry...

Issued by Ex-Easy Network & Technology 13 Jul 2017

SA stainless steel industry battles economic storm
SA stainless steel industry battles economic storm

South Africa's R15bn stainless steel industry has felt the strain of a contraction in its apparent consumption figures in the last two years...

13 Jul 2017

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Dawn moves to sell rest of GDW

Distribution and Warehousing Networks (Dawn) has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the controlling shareholders of Grohe Dawn Watertech (GDW) for the potential disposal of Dawn's 49% holding in GDW...

By Mark Allix 13 Jul 2017

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