Construction Trends 2020

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Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum
Saint-Gobain reiterates commitment to continent at Africa Forum

At Saint-Gobain's fourth Africa Forum, CEO Jean-Claude Lasserre noted that investment into Africa is high on the company's agenda...

4 Feb 2020

The future of the counterbalance truck
The future of the counterbalance truck

Jungheinrich presents a sneak preview of the future of the counterbalance truck, named P30i, it's a high-voltage electric forklift truck in the shell of a diesel truck...

By Benedikt Nufer, Issued by Jungheinrich South Africa 4 Feb 2020

Brights Hardware expands into industrial and wholesale market
Brights Hardware expands into industrial and wholesale market

Western Cape-based retail chain Brights Hardware has launched an Industrial and Wholesale Suppliers division, the result of a merger with Cape Engineering Supplies...

30 Jan 2020

Laduma Hardware Group's retail expansion
Laduma Hardware Group's retail expansion

Laduma Hardware Group's store count has grown from one outlet in 1996 to 15 stores today, including a 12,900 sq metre flagship store in Lebowakgomo, South East of Polokwane...

24 Jan 2020

#BehindtheSelfie with... Atisha Gopichund, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain
#BehindtheSelfie with... Atisha Gopichund, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain

This week, we go behind the selfie with Atisha Gopichund-Lutchman, techno marketing director at Saint-Gobain sub-Saharan Africa...

By Leigh Andrews 22 Jan 2020

Digitisation and data key to transforming construction industry
Digitisation and data key to transforming construction industry

The construction sector is one of the least digitised industries in South Africa and globally. While this is largely attributed to the complexity of the industry, the power of data can no longer be ignored...

By Andrew Skudder 20 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: 5 key focus areas for the concrete sector
#BizTrends2020: 5 key focus areas for the concrete sector

Cement production and consumption is a reliable indicator of a nation's growth, as its infrastructure is a reflection of development....

By Bryan David Perrie 7 Jan 2020

Dangote Cement CEO announces retirement
Dangote Cement CEO announces retirement

Group MD and CEO of Dangote Cement Joseph Makoju will retire effective 31 January 2020. Popularly known as "Mr Cement", Makoju is bowing out after 45 years in the cement industry...

30 Dec 2019

Mexico builds world's first 3D-printed community houses
Mexico builds world's first 3D-printed community houses

New Story, a non-profit organisation offering pioneering solutions to end global homelessness, has announced that the world's first 3D-printed community is officially being built and it has revealed the first set of homes in Mexico...

30 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Construction & Engineering
#BestofBiz 2019: Construction & Engineering

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views. Discover the most read content...

17 Dec 2019

Van Dyck Floors restructures and shifts product focus
Van Dyck Floors restructures and shifts product focus

Van Dyck Floors and Nouwens Carpets were going to consolidate their respective manufacturing operations in Harrismith. However, Van Dyck Floors has had to restructure its business...

4 Dec 2019

Picket at Saldanha Steel over plant closure
Picket at Saldanha Steel over plant closure

About 50 people picketed outside the Saldanha Steel plant on Thursday, 21 November, to protest against the phased closing down of the plant by ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA)...

By Mary-Anne Gontsana 22 Nov 2019

Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions
Green cement a step closer to being a game-changer for construction emissions

Concrete is the most widely used man-made material, commonly used in buildings, roads, bridges and industrial plants...

By Yixia (Sarah) Zhang, Khin Soe, and Yingying Guo 20 Nov 2019

What you should know about environmentally friendly kitchen countertops
What you should know about environmentally friendly kitchen countertops

What would be the most environmentally friendly way to redo your kitchen countertops? This article may discuss some ideas or options you haven't considered before...

Issued by Starbright 19 Nov 2019

Kgothatso John Malange was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019. Image supplied.
#Newsmaker: Caesarstone's 2019 Student Designer, Kgothatso John Malange

Hailing from Alexandra in Johannesburg, Kgothatso John Malange is a design force to be reckoned with and was recently announced as the official winner of the Caesarstone Student Designer of 2019, placing him in the ranking as South Africa's most promising designer...

By Juanita Pienaar 19 Nov 2019

Corobrik invests over R1bn in manufacturing plants
Corobrik invests over R1bn in manufacturing plants

Corobrik's investment into its SA manufacturing plants over the next two years is set to pass the R1bn mark...

19 Nov 2019

Urban township mechanics urged to dispose of oil responsibly
Urban township mechanics urged to dispose of oil responsibly

According to a recent research survey commissioned by the ROSE Foundation, self-employed mechanics operating in the urban township areas of the Western Cape and Gauteng are enjoying booming business...

11 Nov 2019

Low-cost alloys would pave the way for affordable medical implants and prosthetics. Monstar Studio/Shutterstock
South Africa is one step closer to processed titanium alloys

William Gregor, an amateur mineralogist and chemist, first discovered ilmenite - some black sand containing one of the world's lightest metals - in the UK in 1791...

By Michael Oluwatosin 7 Nov 2019

How blockchain is central to building a circular economy
How blockchain is central to building a circular economy

Blockchain will play a pivotal role in completely transforming the recycling supply chain and making the circular economy a reality...

4 Nov 2019

How sub-standard cement products are threatening SA's built environment
How sub-standard cement products are threatening SA's built environment

The cement industry is seen as a good indicator of a country's economic growth as it is the key input material in infrastructure, development and...

18 Oct 2019

Steel import duties a weapon in trade war, but inappropriate for SA industry
Steel import duties a weapon in trade war, but inappropriate for SA industry

The news of the closure of Robor, a 90-year old South African blue-chip steel producer, has recently occupied industrial news headlines...

By Gerhard Papenfus 15 Oct 2019

Concrete Institute to brief parliament on potential industry crisis
Concrete Institute to brief parliament on potential industry crisis

The cement industry, having to compete against cheap imports, has appealed to the Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) for support in the form of tariffs...

15 Oct 2019

Steel industry receives some relief following increased US tariffs
Steel industry receives some relief following increased US tariffs

Government intervention, in the form of product-level exemptions on 36 steel and 161 aluminium tariff lines, following a decision by the United States to increase tariffs on steel and aluminium, has led to some relief for the local industry...

14 Oct 2019

How to grow your career in construction
How to grow your career in construction

When starting out or moving into a different speciality in the construction industry, the best thing you can do is to study after matric, to at least NQF level 7, and/or get your foot in the door with a company that has multiple contracts (and offers training)...

Issued by GetSmarter 7 Oct 2019

SoftFall Africa installs permanent unitary rubber surfacing in PE playgrounds
SoftFall Africa installs permanent unitary rubber surfacing in PE playgrounds

Falls account for more than 75% of all playground-related injuries, according to the Children's Safety Network. This safety concern is being addressed with the implementation of the permanent unitary rubber surfacing...

3 Oct 2019

Know your business inside out with a Biz Office
Know your business inside out with a Biz Office

New expectations of transparency and authenticity in business means things like organisational purpose, brand stories, how your company does things, what it believes in and what it stands for, can all play a part in how your company sees itself and how it is seen by others...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 2 Oct 2019

Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019
Top ratings for Biz Rate Card 2019

Bizcommunity is excited to announce the relaunch of our Biz Product and Rate Card, featuring all-new product infographics, descriptors and more...

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 27 Sep 2019

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Global white cement market to value over $9.8bn by 2026

The global white cement market size expansion is steered by rapid growth, especially in the Asia Pacific civil industry. This is similar to the Portland cement barring its white fineness and colour...

20 Sep 2019

Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?
Circular cities of the world: What can green infrastructure do?

As the population of the world's cities grows, so too does resource and energy use as well as waste generation. We can combat these issues with a circular economy that uses nature as a template...

By Daniel Johnson 19 Sep 2019

Myths about timber construction: Setting the record straight
Myths about timber construction: Setting the record straight

While timber construction has a relatively small footprint in South Africa, with its host of environmental and performance benefits, the building material is enjoying increasing popularity and interest among the general public and trade alike...

16 Sep 2019

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