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SA left disappointed as US denies steel tariff exemption
SA left disappointed as US denies steel tariff exemption

South Africa has expressed disappointment at not being granted exemption...

2 May 2018

Construction starts on 'world's most advanced steel plant'
Construction starts on 'world's most advanced steel plant'

Europe is getting its first steel plant in 40 years...

30 Apr 2018

Softened growth for wood-based panels global market - report
Softened growth for wood-based panels global market - report

According to market research and consulting firm IndexBox, after a slight reduction from 2008 to 2009, the wood-based panels market grew to 408-million cubic metres in 2016...

26 Apr 2018

Corobrik invests R800m in Gauteng mega factory
Corobrik invests R800m in Gauteng mega factory

As part of its multi-billion rand investment roll out, South African brick maker Corobrik is investing R800m in a mega factory...

23 Apr 2018

New government to have significant impact on construction sector
New government to have significant impact on construction sector

The country is currently experiencing a palpable positive mood of change since the recent changes in government...

By Njombo Lekula 17 Apr 2018

SAPPMA stands fast on manufacturing standards
SAPPMA stands fast on manufacturing standards

According to Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA, its board members decided during a recent strategic planning session to remain steadfast in their focus on quality...

16 Apr 2018

Builders Warehouse African expansion gains momentum with third store in Mozambique
Builders Warehouse African expansion gains momentum with third store in Mozambique

Builders Warehouse embarked on its African expansion in 2011 and is about to open its seventh store on the continent and the third store in Mozambique...

11 Apr 2018

Westbury Clinic
Clinic scoops global design award

A R23m South Africa health facility has won first prize in the Health Completed Buildings at the Berlin World Architecture Festival Awards.

3 Apr 2018

SA steel production slips 0.9% year-on-year in February: worldsteel
SA steel production slips 0.9% year-on-year in February: worldsteel

South African steel production fell 0.9% year-on-year in February to 491,000 tonnes, after an 8.1% jump in January to 577,000 tonnes, according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)...

By Dominic Preuss 28 Mar 2018

SA pleads it is 'no threat' to US steel and aluminium sectors
SA pleads it is 'no threat' to US steel and aluminium sectors

SA's steel and aluminium exports to the US are such a small proportion of its total imports that they do not pose a threat to US national security and to the US steel and aluminium industries...

By Linda Ensor 27 Mar 2018

Building sector hopes confidence is no house of cards
Building sector hopes confidence is no house of cards

The rebound in the FNB/BER building confidence index is a "positive surprise", says John Loos, property economist at FNB...

By Mark Allix 23 Mar 2018

SA to engage US on steel, aluminium tariffs
SA to engage US on steel, aluminium tariffs

The Department of Trade and Industry is engaging the United States on its decision to impose a global tariff of 25% on imports of steel and of 10% on imports of aluminium...

6 Mar 2018

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Sassda to celebrate innovation at 2018 stainless steel awards

Sassda has announced the launch of its biennial stainless steel awards, this year under the theme Celebrating Innovation, acknowledging world-class thinking and success at a local and international level...

2 Mar 2018

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PPC in shareholder talks over priorities

SA's largest cement group PPC is in discussions with its biggest shareholders about the alignment of its board with the company's "strategic priorities"...

By Mark Allix 26 Feb 2018

Bright times lie ahead for black-owned concrete business
Bright times lie ahead for black-owned concrete business

Bright by name. Bright by nature. Bright through sheer hard work and dogged determination participated in the Sasol Siyazenzela Youth Programme (SSYB) in 2015, facilitated with the assistance of female-owned Tushiyah Advisory Services...

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Claassen has 'the right skills' to lead PPC
Claassen has 'the right skills' to lead PPC

Cement group PPC has appointed Johan Claassen as CEO and executive director with immediate effect...

By Mark Allix 16 Feb 2018

Italtile bucks trend as turnover soars
Italtile bucks trend as turnover soars

Italtile saw trading profit leap as turnover soared in the six months to December 2017, despite consumer sentiment in SA being "by and large down"...

By Mark Allix 8 Feb 2018

Volume of cement PPC sold in 2017 falls, but it remains ahead of competitors
Volume of cement PPC sold in 2017 falls, but it remains ahead of competitors

The volume of cement PPC sold in the nine months to end-December fell about 2% - half the overall South African cement industry's 4% decline, the group said in an operating update on Friday, 2 January...

By Robert Laing 5 Feb 2018

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ArcelorMittal says profits more than doubled in 2017

Global steel giant ArcelorMittal said Wednesday, 31 January, that its net profit more than doubled last year as the worldwide market for steel improved...

1 Feb 2018

South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3m tonnes, says worldsteel
South African steel production rises 2.6% in 2017 to 6.3m tonnes, says worldsteel

South African steel production rose by 2.6% in 2017 to an estimated 6.301-million tonnes after falling by 4.2% in 2016, according to the World Steel Association (worldsteel)...

By Dominic Preuss 26 Jan 2018

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Analyst hails PPC's debt rescheduling at DRC plant

PPC says it has finalised a capital-repayment moratorium with funders of its new plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), improving liquidity...

By Mark Allix 23 Jan 2018

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Fungi can help concrete heal its own cracks

Infrastructure supports and facilitates our daily lives - think of the roads we drive on, the bridges and tunnels that help transport people and freight...

By Congrui Jin 22 Jan 2018

Scania-PPC construction deal ensures efficient work
Scania-PPC construction deal ensures efficient work

Investments continue to be made in construction-related equipment in spite of the fact that the industry is predicted to continue to experience moderate growth over the next few years...

19 Jan 2018

Hurdles lie ahead for single-body metals industry wage deal
Hurdles lie ahead for single-body metals industry wage deal

The majority of employers in the steel and engineering sector have implemented self-determined wage increases for workers in the absence of an industry wage agreement...

By Theto Mahlakoana 16 Jan 2018

Manufacturing output growth beats expectations
Manufacturing output growth beats expectations

SA's manufacturing output grew 1.7% in November from the same month in 2016, beating the economists' consensus of 0.45%, Statistics SA reported...

By Sunita Menon 12 Jan 2018

#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project
#Newsmaker: Marli de Wet on her award-winning design project

Last year's winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer Competition, Marli de Wet, will this year take up her prize by attending an international design fair of their choice with her Design Time lecturer...

By Jessica Tennant 11 Jan 2018

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#BizTrends2018: A brave new world for South African stainless steel manufacturers

Here are some of the 'hot spots' in the local stainless steel sector over the next year...

By Lesley Squires 9 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new
#BizTrends2018: Enter Generation Z: Fusing the old with the new

Traditionally the domain of a serious set of older engineers, cement / concrete technology and civil engineering are currently undergoing a slow but steady transition...

By Hanlie Turner 8 Jan 2018

Chinese production cuts buoy ArcelorMittal SA shares
Chinese production cuts buoy ArcelorMittal SA shares

Shares in ArcelorMittal SA took some comfort on Thursday, 21 December, from a forecast that Chinese production restrictions would help to lift global steel prices in the first quarter of 2018, although temporarily...

By Charlotte Mathews 22 Dec 2017

PPC will go it alone as talks end with last suitor
PPC will go it alone as talks end with last suitor

LafargeHolcim announced on Wednesday night, 13 December, it had terminated talks with PPC...

By Robert Laing 15 Dec 2017

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