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PPC Imaginarium Awards announces 2016/2017 regional finalists
PPC Imaginarium Awards announces 2016/2017 regional finalists

Fifty five finalists have been chosen from across South Africa as the PPC Imaginarium Awards reveals its 2016/2017 regional finalists...

20 Mar 2017

Albatrossie via
Planting restrictions cause timber shortage

The government's stringent restrictions on the issuing of forestry and planting permits have led to a timber shortage...

By Colleen Goko 13 Mar 2017

Sassda launches app-based life cycle costing competition
Sassda launches app-based life cycle costing competition

The Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association (sassda) has launched a competition in which entrants need to use sassda's life cycle costing (LCC) app to calculate the long-term maintenance savings that could have been achieved had the Eiffel Tower been constructed from stainless steel...

8 Mar 2017

Cashbuild interim net profit up 41% to R272.55m
Cashbuild interim net profit up 41% to R272.55m

Cashbuild on Tuesday, 28 February, reported a 41% rise in net profit to R272.55m in the six months to end-December from the year-earlier period...

1 Mar 2017

Sparking business change with building information modelling
Sparking business change with building information modelling

Construction and contracting companies in the UK and many other markets are driving transformation of their businesses with a concept called building information modelling (BIM)...

By Thabo Ndlela 21 Feb 2017

Why alternative building methods aren't yet feasible in SA
Why alternative building methods aren't yet feasible in SA

Alternative building methods can potentially be more expensive than traditional methods, don't inspire customer trust and may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Alternative building methods also come with a hidden price tag that can impact on quality and finish...

17 Feb 2017

Italtile cements 15% rise in net profit
Italtile cements 15% rise in net profit

Italtile says it expects the second half of its financial year to be tougher than the first and will introduce a number of initiatives to cut costs...

By Colleen Goko 14 Feb 2017

ArcelorMittal puts focus on protection
ArcelorMittal puts focus on protection

ArcelorMittal SA is planning to step up its efforts to protect the local steel industry from cheap Chinese imports...

By Colleen Goko 14 Feb 2017

Vinyls SA 2017 Conference speakers announced
Vinyls SA 2017 Conference speakers announced

The Vinyls SA 2017 Conference is set to take place on Wednesday, 7 June 2017, at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg...

9 Feb 2017

Kansai Plascon Africa Limited acquires Sadolin Paints
Kansai Plascon Africa Limited acquires Sadolin Paints

Kansai Plascon Africa Limited (KPAL), a subsidiary of Kansai Paint, recently announced the acquisition of 100% of Sadolin Paints' operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Burundi...

9 Feb 2017

Buoyant year predicted for ArcelorMittal
Buoyant year predicted for ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal SA is likely to continue its rebound in 2017, according to a note on the South African steel industry released by BMI Research...

By Robert Laing 6 Feb 2017

PPC balance sheet improves after empowerment transaction‚ now plans to reduce debt, fund capex
PPC balance sheet improves after empowerment transaction‚ now plans to reduce debt, fund capex

Cement maker PPC says its balance sheet‚ which showed “significant degearing” to September 2016‚ has improved further following the conclusion of its first empowerment transaction...

By Mark Allix 3 Feb 2017

Johnson Controls launches new line of BACnet thermostats
Johnson Controls launches new line of BACnet thermostats

Johnson Controls recently launched the T8800 series of BACnet thermostats which is designed for growing the network thermostat market and features building automation systems (BAS) integration capabilities...

31 Jan 2017

Nominations open for Women in Construction Awards 2017
Nominations open for Women in Construction Awards 2017

The fifth instalment of the Women in Construction Awards is now open for nominations...

27 Jan 2017

SA steel production falls by 4.3% to 6.141m tonnes
SA steel production falls by 4.3% to 6.141m tonnes

South African steel production fell by 4.2% in 2016 to an estimated 6.141-million tonnes, according to the World Steel Association. This compared to an 0.8% rise in global steel production to 1.6285-billion tonnes...

By Dominic Preuss 27 Jan 2017

Funds released in BEE move by PPC
Funds released in BEE move by PPC

PPC has concluded the components of its 2008 broad-based black economic empowerment (B-BBEE) transaction, releasing R1bn in funding...

By Mark Allix 19 Jan 2017

Three construction game changers for 2017
Three construction game changers for 2017

Huge tower blocks built in weeks under one roof, automated bridge-building behemoths, bricklaying robots...

By Kenny Ingram 18 Jan 2017

Cashbuild increases revenue following expansion
Cashbuild increases revenue following expansion

Cashbuild says its revenue from the 20 new stores it has opened since July 2015 have contributed to a 4% increase in revenue for the second half of 2016...

18 Jan 2017

Insulating a building with chicken feathers
Insulating a building with chicken feathers

A student-led startup called Aeropowder leads the charge in sustainable insulation made of chicken feathers...

17 Jan 2017

A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel
A lightweight material that is 10 times stronger than steel

MIT researchers created 3D printed forms of graphene that are ten times stronger than steel...

By Lolita Pukwana 16 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency
#BizTrends2017: HVAC and building efficiency

In heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and the building efficiency arena, the biggest trend drivers are the entrance of digital and wireless...

By Neil Cameron 11 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry
#BizTrends2017: Exciting areas of growth in plastic pipe industry

Despite numerous appeals made to government by industry, not enough has happened this past year to improve South Africa's water infrastructure...

By Jan Venter 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials
#BizTrends2017: Reinventing traditional materials

"Necessity is not the mother of invention. It more often happens that the acquirement of knowledge of the previously unknown properties of a material suggests its trial for some new use." - Willis R. Whitney

By Daniel van der Merwe 10 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever
#BizTrends2017: Greater need for quantity surveying than ever

The construction industry has always been cyclic, enjoying a boom for several consecutive years only to face a slump afterwards. Eventually, things pick up again...

By Larry Feinberg 9 Jan 2017

#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction
#BizTrends2017: Sustainability to drive trends in construction

The myth that cost outweighs yield for companies that invest in greener, more sustainable and stakeholder-driven policies has been debunked...

By John Schooling 9 Jan 2017

Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets
#BizTrends2017: Flooring market is moving but the basics are not

For decades, wooden flooring, vinyl sheeting, ceramics and carpeting have been the traditional flooring used in residential and commercial markets. We spoke with Dr Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International and Van Dyck Carpets in Durban about the latest flooring trends...

9 Jan 2017

Steel deal may lift struggling metals sector
Steel deal may lift struggling metals sector

ArcelorMittal SA's announcement just before Christmas that it had concluded a contract manufacturing agreement with the defunct Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium group in Emalahleni was the sour cherry on top of a dismal year for SA...

By Mark Allix 4 Jan 2017

Ensure imported wood is compliant, warns ITC-SA
Ensure imported wood is compliant, warns ITC-SA

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA) has advised that all structural wood used in the construction sector must comply with local legislation and regulation...

28 Dec 2016

10 tools every DIY professional needs to own
10 tools every DIY professional needs to own

If you have started a business completing all kinds of DIY projects, and feel you have the necessary skills to sell your services, here are ten tools that your business certainly can't do without...

By Boris Dzhingarov, Issued by Monetary Library 23 Dec 2016

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