keyboard_arrow_upReviewing standards in the coatings industry
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The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the SA Paint Manufacturing Association (SAPMA) have entered a “new era” of cooperation, says Deryck Spence, executive director of SAPMA.  Spence says considerable progress has been made in discussions between SAPMA’s new Technical Committee and the Bureau of Standards. The committee was established specifically to liaise with the SABS. According to Spence, new areas of cooperation are being formulated to deal with the increasing legislative demands facing the coatings industry. 

keyboard_arrow_upEliminating lead from plastic pipes
keyboard_arrow_downEliminating lead from plastic pipes

Members of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers’ Association (SAPPMA) have placed the organisation as a global frontrunner in eliminating lead stabilisers from the manufacture of PVC piping products in South Africa. 

keyboard_arrow_upDesigning with light steel frame systems
keyboard_arrow_downDesigning with light steel frame systems

The Southern African Light Steel Frame Building Association (SASFA) is organising two one-day courses which will be presented on consecutive days from end May into early June in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.  The first course is on the updated SANS 517: 2011 Light steel frame building standard and has been organised to assist designers, quantity surveyors, developers and other practitioners to understand and quickly implement the standard.

keyboard_arrow_upQuestionable quality in increasing cement imports
keyboard_arrow_downQuestionable quality in increasing cement imports

The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has expressed concern about the increasing volume of cement imports and the quality of these imports.  Bryan Perrie, managing director of the C&CI, raised this warning while speaking in Cape Town recently at the 3rd Annual Construction Sector Outlook Conference, organised by Deutsche Bank and Industry Insight.  Looking at ‘The challenges facing the cement and concrete industries’, Perrie told the conference that about 300 000 tons of cement had been imported into South Africa in the year ended July 2011 – with about 40 000 tons landing on our shores during the month of July 2011 alone.