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25 May 2017 Den Braven moves ahead in the field of hybrid (SPUR and MS) technology

New Den Braven high performance sealants and adhesivesPolyurethane and silicone sealants or adhesives deliver significant adhesion, good movement capability and durability. However, these high-performance products have some limitations. Through research and technological advancement in hybrid technology, Den Braven has now modified these and produced a range of new high performance sealants and adhesives....

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07 November 2016 Masonite Africa is reborn as Evowood

Evowood - Hilton Loring Quintin Terreblanche Nkosinathi Nhlangulela Louis Marais Caption: Hilton Loring (commercial director of Evowood), Quintin Terreblanche (director, Jacobs Capital), Nkosinathi Nhlangulela (director, Black Bird Capital) & Louis Marais, Evowood CEO.Masonite Africa Limited, the South African market leader in hardboard and softboard for over 70 years, will be rebranded as Evowood from November. The rebranding marks a new beginning and reflects the rejuvenation and reinvigoration of a company that was acquired by the proudly South African consortium of Jacobs Capital and Black Bird Capital in August 2016....

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28 September 2016 Light Steel Frame training courses making their mark

Mike Hull of Hull Consulting making a point during the SANS 517 trainingThe series of CPD-accredited training courses arranged by the Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (Sasfa) have made their mark in 2016. This is according to Sasfa director, John Barnard. “We are seeing a growing interest in these courses in line with the excellent growth in popularity of LSFB in South Africa,” Barnard says adding that the RSA market for LSFB is estimated to...

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28 September 2016 Bricks for all seasons

Named Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival in 2009, the 1 500m² Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre Whether accepted, concealed, rejected, desired or compared with more modern materials, clay brick has played an active role within the culture of architecture throughout the ages....

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24 August 2016 Echo slabs used for Stanger Hospital extension

Echo Durban’s prestressed slabs were integral to the fast-track and interference-free extension of Stanger Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal.Echo Durban’s prestressed slabs were integral to the fast-track and interference-free extension of a Stanger Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. Echo Durban’s prestressed hollow-core slabs have been used for the construction of one of two additional storeys, each measuring 1 230m2, at StangerHospital in KwaZulu-Natal....

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18 July 2016 a.b.e. coatings for new predator tank at Two Oceans Aquarium

Walk-through tunnel in predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium.Two special a.b.e. Construction Chemicals coatings have been applied as protective lining of the floor and walls of a new large-scaled predator tank at the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. The new attraction also features a 10m long full walk-through tunnel....

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13 June 2016 Echo precast slabs and cell phone technology connect at MTN Data Centre

Echo’s prestressed slabs are supported by concrete columns and precast beamsThe 21st Century has seen South African construction professionals making increasing use of precast hollow-core slabs for the construction of multi-storey buildings and for the extension of existing structures. The MTN Data Centre, Phase 2 project, which necessitated the addition of a second floor to MTN’s Data Centre in Louwlardia Centurion, using Echo prestressed slabs, is an example of the la...

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30 March 2016 Superior quality hard rock dolerite aggregates readily avaliable from Howard Quarry

Crushing began at Howard Quarry using a mobile plantGood dolerite sources are being systematically depleted and quality aggregates produced from this igneous rock have become scarce. The result is often that quality materials have to be hauled over ever increasing distances adding to the overall cost of a project. In a proactive move that will see superior quality aggregates produced from a hard rock dolerite resource in the Mpumalanga coalfields...

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30 March 2016 Potgieter House – a light steel frame showpiece

Wood glass steel and stone create focal points and feature areas in this home constructed using LFSBThere is more to well-known Springbok Rugby player Dewald Potgieter than meets the eye. At 1.90m (6ft 3”), and 103kg he is big, strong, very fast and more than adept around the rugby fields of the world. But Potgieter is equally as adept at understanding what he wants from a home and, as his new house demonstrates, he has a remarkable sensitivity and understanding of design and construction....

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22 January 2016 LSFB brings peace and beauty to Vrede en Lust

LSFB was used for the successful expansion of the luxury function and wedding venue accommodation at the well-known Boland farm, Vrede and Lust.It has taken some time for the South African architectural industry to accept that light steel frame building (LSFB) is a construction method suitable even for complex and creative design. Yet, in the recent past in South Africa, not only has this exciting building method become increasingly accepted in the main stream architectural and construction industries, it has also shown that an architect...

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