Industry News

Building product highlights and related news articles or press releases from the architectural, engineering and construction industries.

keyboard_arrow_upNovember news from Union Tiles
keyboard_arrow_downNovember news from Union Tiles

There is great excitement at Union Tiles right now.  A fantastic prize is on offer – any customer spending R40 000 or over will be entered into a lucky draw. Come into Union Tiles and have a look at some of the most beautiful tiles, mosaics, claddings and slabs on the market – you will be […]

keyboard_arrow_upRe-imagined Ferndale on Republic marries nostalgia and a breath of fresh air
keyboard_arrow_downRe-imagined Ferndale on Republic marries nostalgia and a breath of fresh air

Ferndale on Republic, previously known as the Brightwater Commons and the Randburg Waterfront before that, was initially created as a city waterfront development – a romantic notion in Johannesburg in the 1980s. The waterfront element was removed when it underwent a renovation and became the Brightwater Commons, which introduced landscaping and parks to the development, […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe importance of entrance matting for shopping centres
keyboard_arrow_downThe importance of entrance matting for shopping centres

As trends change and production methods improve in entrance matting, with more new, impressive and innovative products being introduced to market, clients are now spoilt for choice in product variety. COBA Africa points out, however, that they often encounter projects where incorrect specifications are done for entrance matting systems for high traffic environments, such as […]

keyboard_arrow_upGood-looking sanitaryware for high-volume usage
keyboard_arrow_downGood-looking sanitaryware for high-volume usage

Global kitchens and bathroom manufacturer KOHLER, continues to impress the South African market with their collection of progressive fixtures and fittings. With design and innovation at the centre of their offering, they have become the go-to brand on the continent. KOHLER’s commercial products deliver style and performance that endures. Whether you’re offering plumbing products for […]

keyboard_arrow_upGoing touchless – public bathrooms
keyboard_arrow_downGoing touchless – public bathrooms

Hygiene is the most important factor to consider in public bathrooms and the Geberit team believe that a touchless environment is key. The fewer shoppers or maintenance staff need to handle items, the better from a sanitary and hygiene perspective. Geberit sees touchless use in the public sector growing at an astounding rate and define […]

keyboard_arrow_upEverything you need to fit out public bathrooms
keyboard_arrow_downEverything you need to fit out public bathrooms

Franke offers an extensive range of sanitaryware and bathroom accessories to suit public ablutions of various applications. Sanitaryware products include WC pans, urinals and wash basins. Franke commercial washroom accessories include both manual and automatic soap dispensers, foam dispensers, paper towel & toilet paper dispensers, waste and sanitary bins, hand dryers, grab rails soap racks, […]

keyboard_arrow_upGlobal parking solutions for revenue generation
keyboard_arrow_downGlobal parking solutions for revenue generation

Came Parkare South Africa provides a wide range of future-ready solutions to consolidate or improve revenue generation in your car park: Barcode and magnetic stripe tickets, licence plate recognition, payment through credit/debit cards, smartphones with NFC, pre-paid vouchers and online payments. Together with the ROI of the system, it is also important to make the […]

keyboard_arrow_upMaximise your outdoor spaces with a retractable roof
keyboard_arrow_downMaximise your outdoor spaces with a retractable roof

Awning Warehouse’s new range of retractable awnings is an optimal solution, enabling you to enjoy your exterior areas by creating ideal designs for your terrace, garden, café or restaurant. These retractable waterproof coverings combine innovative materials, cutting-edge technology and superior design elements, to provide protection against the elements in any season. They are fully automated […]

keyboard_arrow_upMercedes-Benz South Africa presents an artist’s response to the future of mobility
keyboard_arrow_downMercedes-Benz South Africa presents an artist’s response to the future of mobility

An interesting installation is set to launch in Cape Town today that explores the future of intelligent travel. Watch the video for an idea of a future that Mercedes-Benz says is not so far away. Thought-provoking too is the effect that electric travel will have on the design of roads, public spaces and homes. The […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe ideal roof, ceiling and wall insulation – Iso-Lam
keyboard_arrow_downThe ideal roof, ceiling and wall insulation – Iso-Lam

The Isolite Group manufactures and distributes expanded polystyrene (EPS) products throughout Southern Africa. The group services a wide range of industries, supplying products ranging from insulation sheets to fish boxes and seed trays to cycle helmets from seven different factory locations. One of the insulation products that form part of their range is Iso-Lam. It […]

keyboard_arrow_upWSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018
keyboard_arrow_downWSP project teams receive multiple top honours at Steel Awards 2018

WSP in Africa, one of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firms on the continent, are honoured that two of the firm’s projects received multiple awards – including Overall winner – at the Southern African Institute of Steel Construction (SAISC) Steel Awards 2018. The winning projects included: The Sun Arena at Time Square in Menlyn Maine This […]

keyboard_arrow_upDivercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments
keyboard_arrow_downDivercity invests R2 billion in Joburg inner-city developments

Divercity Urban Property Fund is investing R2bn in Johannesburg as part of its strategy to create thriving mixed-use inner-city precincts. This investment, the largest in the Johannesburg CBD for some years, is focused on the redevelopment of the iconic ABSA Towers Main building and Jewel City. Newly launched Divercity is an investment fund backed by […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe greys are here to stay
keyboard_arrow_downThe greys are here to stay

Most trends come and go faster than the seasons, however, it seems that the grey trend is here to stay. In recent years greys have become the preferred base for most interior and exterior spaces. The versatility of different shades of grey offer endless pairing options that work for any space in the home whether […]

keyboard_arrow_upInteresting background to Sun Arena Menlyn Maine
keyboard_arrow_downInteresting background to Sun Arena Menlyn Maine

Time Square Sun Arena was the Commercial Category Winner at the recent Steel Awards. What’s interesting is that the original project wasn’t envisaged in steel but in concrete. For practical reasons, this was later changed to steel. Read on to find out more. The Sun Arena at Time Square in Menlyn Maine is the biggest […]

keyboard_arrow_upa.b.e. and Chryso products bring new life to wedding venue floors
keyboard_arrow_downa.b.e. and Chryso products bring new life to wedding venue floors

One of the Western Cape’s most popular wedding and function venues, Murasie in the Overberg, needed its floors refurbished. Products from the Chryso South Africa Group and its subsidiary, a.b.e. Construction Chemicals proved ideal for the job. Johnie Emmerich, Technical Sales Consultant: Flooring for a.b.e. in the Western Cape, says work has been completed on […]

keyboard_arrow_upBeyond building security – intelligent technology adds convenience, utility, ease
keyboard_arrow_downBeyond building security – intelligent technology adds convenience, utility, ease

Security, access control, building management systems (BMS) and Workforce Convenience. These are not really words you would ordinarily combine in a concept, but they are getting closer together where facility owners are thinking ahead. With a little creativity, human-centred design thinking and great use of available technologies, the capabilities of security technology are being stretched […]

keyboard_arrow_upSika technologies aid the upgrade of The Boulevard – Cape Town
keyboard_arrow_downSika technologies aid the upgrade of The Boulevard – Cape Town

The Boulevard, situated in Woodstock Cape Town, is an upmarket commercial landmark and a popular home to both local and international tenants. This uniquely beautiful, glass building was in need of a facelift to ensure the structure was of sound integrity. The project commenced in March 2018 and was completed in June 2018. When this […]

keyboard_arrow_upTertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering
keyboard_arrow_downTertiary institutions urged to embrace timber construction in engineering

The Institute for Timber Construction South Africa (ITC-SA), SAQA-accredited professional body for the engineered timber construction industry, has noted a decline in familiarity with timber as a building material among graduates of local tertiary level engineering programmes, which has serious implications for the timber industry. As such, the Institute urges training providers in this field […]

keyboard_arrow_upKSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory
keyboard_arrow_downKSB Pumps for University of Pretoria laboratory

KSB Pumps and Valves has assisted the University of Pretoria in the construction of a large controlled-temperature test unit, which will form the backbone of ongoing research into heat transfer, fluid mechanics and thermodynamics. The impressive unit will allow students to plug directly into hot, moderate or chilled liquids to use on research projects and […]

keyboard_arrow_upAttack-proof access cubicle protects bank
keyboard_arrow_downAttack-proof access cubicle protects bank

This one of a kind Cylindrical Access Cubicle was designed, engineered and installed by Boomgate Systems. Installed in a bank to an “Attack Proof” rating of ARL-1, it is the first and only installation of this type. Based on the humidity and the proximity to the ocean the entire cubicle was constructed using 316-grade stainless […]

keyboard_arrow_upSwartland launches a new range of insulation
keyboard_arrow_downSwartland launches a new range of insulation

Leading local supplier of building-related products, Swartland, has recently launched its Summit range, which comprises all products related to the ceiling and up. The first product to be launched in this range is internationally renowned Knauf insulation. Says Cobus Lourens, from Swartland: “Swartland is very excited to be launching Knauf Mineral Wool Insulation under its […]

keyboard_arrow_upMarriott International reveals robust expansion plans across Africa
keyboard_arrow_downMarriott International reveals robust expansion plans across Africa

Marriot International announced rapid expansion plans across Africa at the Africa Hotel Investment Forum (AHIF) in Nairobi earlier this month. Strong demand for select-service brands and conversion opportunities are driving the momentum of growth for the company, amplified by five new hotel signings. The new signings will further consolidate Marriott International’s presence in Ghana, Kenya, […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe Zip HydroTap has had a colour make over!
keyboard_arrow_downThe Zip HydroTap has had a colour make over!

The Zip HydroTap G4 Platinum Design Range now features three on-trend colours and 3 shapes from the traditional to contemporary to fit any kitchen style. The range has been designed to let users enjoy irresistible instant boiling, chilled and sparkling filtered water, with premium style in finishes including Rose Gold, Chrome, and Matt Black. Zip […]

keyboard_arrow_upPreserve the wear cycle of shopping mall floors with suitable entrance mats
keyboard_arrow_downPreserve the wear cycle of shopping mall floors with suitable entrance mats

Floors are seen as one of the most important components of shopping malls and retail stores, serving both an aesthetic and a very practical function. Floor tiles are chosen not just for their robustness, slip-resistance properties, and durability, but also for their visually appealing characteristics. It is important that floors in malls contribute to the […]

keyboard_arrow_upStiebel Eltron air source heat pumps
keyboard_arrow_downStiebel Eltron air source heat pumps

Use free environmental heat from the air with heat pump technology for central heating and domestic hot water If cars only had two operating modes, i.e. full power or full braking, that would be neither comfortable nor efficient. Conventional heat pumps still operate just like that, as they are either on or off. This is […]

keyboard_arrow_upModular elegance for creative chefs
keyboard_arrow_downModular elegance for creative chefs

Uncompromisingly elegant, versatile and multifaceted – this is how the new SmartLine units from Miele present themselves to connoisseurs of fine cuisine. Customers can customise their hob ensemble and choose freely from induction hob, Teppan Yaki, gas ring, induction wok and countertop extractor. Together, they form a cooking centre with a puristic appeal that breaks […]

keyboard_arrow_upHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps
keyboard_arrow_downHow to clean the Solent fans in your house in a few easy steps

Solent, being the expert on fans, know how important it is to have a clean fan during peak seasons. You can’t see it when they’re spinning around but fans tend to collect a lot of dirt, especially if they’re in or near a kitchen where steam and grease can be a magnet for dust. So […]

keyboard_arrow_upFastmount breaks into concrete with launch of new PC-DC1 anchor
keyboard_arrow_downFastmount breaks into concrete with launch of new PC-DC1 anchor

Fastmount has launched a new product that allows for integration with concrete walls. The PC-DC1 clip that allows decorative interior panels to be directly mounted onto concrete walls in commercial and residential settings. Installation methods of attaching panels to concrete or masonry typically involve creating a framework to mount panels onto, to achieve a level […]

keyboard_arrow_upWill green design and development preserve our heritage for future generations?
keyboard_arrow_downWill green design and development preserve our heritage for future generations?

Recently, we chatted to expert in New Urbanism, Dalena Beyers, who is passionate about green design and development. Dalena is a registered architect, and Urban and Regional Planner with a special interest in ethics and policy development. She has a background in philosophy and art history. Dalena completed her studies at the University of the […]

keyboard_arrow_upLocation for Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s first-ever TV commercial expands on its current CSI relationship
keyboard_arrow_downLocation for Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s first-ever TV commercial expands on its current CSI relationship

Gyproc RhinoLite®, the flagship brand within Saint-Gobain Gyproc’s stable, has launched a new television commercial. The brand has long enjoyed a strong leadership position thanks to its exceptional benefits and superior quality, and the new commercial, which is one component of a broader through-the-line campaign, aims to further entrench this position. After robust market analysis […]