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Topics at IFAT Africa 2017: From Drinking Water Supply to Youth Development MUNICH/GERMANY, August 23, 2017 – The environmental industry will gather at IFAT Africa at the Johannesburg Expo Centre from September 12 to 14. The 2017 edition of the African Trade Fair for Water, Sewage, Refuse and Recycling will be accompanied by a supporting program that aims to deliver answers to the continent’s pressing environmental problems. Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, reveals the program’s highlights. >more
Formwork System Peri Duo collects Awards WEISSENHORN/GERMANY, February 3, 2017 – The Peri Duo Universal Formwork system by German-based formwork scaffolding Engineer Peri continues to attract positive response. Two more bodies – one in Angola, another in India – have awarded the new technopolymer-based formwork with corresponding innovation prizes. >more
New Dates for ConMin West Africa ABUJA/NIGERIA, January 31, 2017 – The ConMin West Africa, International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Mining and Building Materials, has changed dates to June 2017. Due to runway renovations, the Abuja airport in Nigeria will be closed down during March/April – the ConMin West Africa 2017 is now scheduled to take place from 13 to 15 June 2017 in Abuja. >more
400 Billion US Dollars worth of Construction Projects ongoing in Dubai DUBAI/UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, September 12, 2016 – Dubai’s construction industry knows no standstill. According to BNC’s “Dubai Construction Market 2016” report commissioned by The Big 5, the largest construction industry event in the Middle East, over 3,700 projects are currently ongoing across the Emirate. Their total value is estimated around 400 billion US dollars. >more
Four Sennebogen Cranes in Use in Algeria ALGIERS/ALGERIA, August 1, 2016 – Algerian customer Sapta, a specialist in bridge construction, is currently using four Sennebogen cranes near Algiers. The crawler and telescopic cranes lift heavy construction parts weighing up to 60 tonnes. The latest of these cranes is a Sennebogen 6113 telescopic crawler crane with a capacity for 120 tonnes. >more
Putzmeister showcasing at IFAT 2016: Turning Waste into Fuels using efficient, environmentally friendly System Solutions AICHTAL/GERMANY, May 24, 2016 – Putzmeister Holding – operator in the field of concrete, mortar, solids pumps and underground concreting – will exhibit solutions for environmental technology at IFAT 2016. The trade fair for water, sewage, waste and raw materials management will take place at the Messe München exhibition center from May 30 to June 3. >more
Manitowoc Cranes help build one of Europe’s most expensive Roads in La Réunion LA RÉUNION/FRANCE, May 4, 2016 – A team of 16 Manitowoc, Grove and Potain cranes are working together to help build a 1.7 billion Euros coastal road around France’s Reunion Island. The 12.3 km highway will have three lanes in each direction. The cranes will remain on the project for two years. >more
Far from the madding crowd – Volvo Machines working at a Madagascan Chromite Mine BRIEVILLE/MADAGASCAR, March 8, 2016 – Rich in natural resources, but poor in the infrastructure needed to extract, refine and export them, Madagascar’s resurgent resource sector is helping to power its economic growth and future prosperity – with Volvo Construction Equipment playing a key role. >more
Kobelco unveils redesigned Website ALMERE/THE NETHERLANDS, November 30, 2015 - Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe B.V. (KCME) announced the launch of its all-new website, Key features of the redesigned site include optimised access. Responsive design elements built into the new website allows user-friendly interaction on all media portals (smartphone, tablet and desktop). >more
Successful seccond edition of the Bauma Conexpo Africa JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 6, 2015 - The second edition of the Bauma Conexpo Africa took place from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre with 14,300 visitors from 75 countries. >more
IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa had its premiere in Johannesburg JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 2, 2015 - IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa successfully celebrated its premiere from September 15 to 18, 2015 in the Johannesburg Expo Centre with 116 exhibitors from 13 countries, over 2,000 visitors from 42 countries and 4,500 square meters of exhibition space. >more
Manitowoc and partners showcase new products at BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, September 29, 2015 - The annual equipment tradeshow took place from September 15 – 18 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Manitowoc and some of its partners in the region presenting a selection of cranes for the african market. >more
LiuGong Wins Eritrea Government Procurement Project LIUZHOU/CHINA, September 25, 2015 – Chinese construction equipment manufacturer LiuGong has won a large equipment procurement project tendered by the government of Eritrea. It’s the third time LiuGong is awarded a procurement tender in Eritrea. >more
Chinese Company Supplies Road Building Machines in Ethiopian Road Project ADDIS ABABA/ETHOPIA, August 24, 2015 – Ethiopia is undergoing a massive construction spree in the infrastructure space. Construction equipment providers are making a beeline to take advantage of the massive construction exercise in the rapidly developing country. >more
Egypt: Massive Deal for Chinese Infrastructure Development Company CAIRO/EGYPT, July 22, 2015 – Coming out of shadows of political uprisings and turmoil, Egypt is on a massive reconstruction spree. In one such instance, the Egyptian government enters into a contract with a Chinese infrastructure development company. >more
European Investment Bank Helps Overcome Water Shortages in Malawi LILONGWE/MALAWI, July 7, 2015 – The European Investment bank will support water infrastructure construction in Malawi with 50 million euro. As the urban population is on the rise, these measures are critical to provide hundreds of thousands of inhabitants of Malawi’s capital Lilongwe who are suffering from water rationing. >more
Angola: Challenging Dam for Tower Cranes SAMORA CORREIA/PORTUGAL, July 6, 2015 – Complex construction often poses multiple challenges to construction companies. The power station expansion exercise in Anglo’s capital is one such job. Linden Comansa cranes helped to overcome these difficulties. >more
Jeddah Twin Towers Go Big on Safety JEDDAH/SAUDI ARABIA, May 29, 2015 – Worker’s safety on construction sites is an increasingly important topic, especially at prestigious landmark projects. In this case, no news of accidents is good news. In Saudi Arabia, two new high-rise towers pose a new challenge for their safety equipment provider. >more
Trimble Introduces New Control System for Dozers SUNNYVALE/USA, May 27, 2015 – Trimble, American expert for location-based solutions for machinery in various industries, claims to improve productivity and performance of dozers massively. Its sensors are much more sensitive than any human operator can be and allow up to 40% faster grading, says Trimble. >more
LiuGong is Challenging the Slowdown PARIS/FRANCE, May 21, 2015 – After three years of successive contraction of the global construction machinery markets, LiuGong is not willing to accept this as the “new normality”. Instead, the earth moving specialist proclaims a new era, which leaves one full of expectation. >more
Jordan’s Minister for Water and Irrigation: “Germany is our most important partner” BERLIN/GERMANY, April 29, 2015 - At the Wasser Berlin International, bi-ConstructionNews partner bi-UmweltBau had the chance to interview Jordan’s minister for water and irrigation, Dr. Hazim El-Naser. He commented on the current water supply situation in his country and spoke about the value of know how and technology from Germany to tackle these issues of vital importance for the population. >more
Innovative Transport in Tunnels: CargoCap Presented at the United Nations GENEVA/SWITZERLAND, April 07, 2015 – Have you ever considered sending your cargo underground instead of over ground? The innovative idea of transport pipelines dates back to the 90s. >more
Would the outcome of the presidential election in Nigeria have a major impact on foreign construction companies? ABUJA/NIGERIA, April 01, 2015 - The new elected president of Nigeria is General Muhammadu Buhari. The former military head of state has won the presidential election against Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan by winning more than 25% of votes in 27 states with an overall result of 52%. >more
Egypt Aims at New Capital City Built from Scratch SHARM EL-SHEIKH/EGYPT, March 25, 2015 – Egypt’s president Al-Sisi has announced the country will build a new capital city in the desert east of Cairo. While the dimensions and aspirations with regards to quality of life are ambitious, serious questions concerning the feasibility of the project stay unanswered. Funding and sustainable economic success remain doubtful. >more
Treatment Technology for South African mine water JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, January 15, 2015 - Water and in particular waste water are environmental themes of great importance in mining in South Africa. These vital aspects are being addressed by IFAT Environmental Technology Forum Africa, the premiere of which takes place from September 15 to 18, 2015 at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. This new sector platform brings together suppliers and users of innovative solutions and technologies for water, waste water, refuse and recycling, it is being held in a market that presents great opportunities. >more
Foreign Construction Companies vs Ebola and other nightmares KIEL/GERMANY, November 18, 2014 - The outbreak of Ebola, Boko Haram rampaging, political unrest, expatriates being killed or kidnapped – while Sub Sahara African economies are fast growing, crisis management of foreign construction companies participating in the region is at its peak. >more
Cat 825K combines Strength with Intelligence and Efficiency DESFORD(UK), November 17, 2014 - The new four-drum Cat® 825K compactor incorporates Caterpillar’s Machine Drive Power (MDP) system—an exclusive feature that enables operators to consistently attain compaction specifications with minimal passes, yielding low operating costs by saving time, fuel, rework expense, and machine hours. >more
BASF opens concrete admixture production facility in Nairobi NAIROBI/KENYA, September 9, 2014 - BASF yesterday inaugurated its new production plant for concrete admixtures in Nairobi. The production site will allow BASF to better meet the increasing demand for construction chemicals of customers in Eastern Africa. >more
Bauma Conexpo Africa to move to a 3-year Cycle after 2015 JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, August 27, 2014 - Africa's largest trade fair for the construction machinery and mining industry celebrated its premiere in 2013. The next BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA takes place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) from September 15 to 18, 2015. >more
No Material Spillage along the Way ROSENFELD/GERMANY, August 6, 2014 - Loss of material can be expensive in the long term for operators of conveyor systems such as those used in coal mining, underground mining or in gravel plants. The energy of impact during transfer is a frequent reason for the loss. Flexco Europe GmbH supplies and installs impact beds that slow down the speed at which the bulk material falls. >more
Sonae Sierra will develop Zenata Shopping Centre LISBON/PORTUGAL, May 21, 2014 - Sonae Sierra, the international shopping centre specialist, in a partnership with Marjane, Al Futtaim and Société d'Amenagement de Zenata (Groupe CDG), will develop Zenata shopping centre, a €100 million investment located in Mohammedia, Casablanca. >more
Caterpillar to Establish Regional Training Center in Dubai DUBAI/UAE, May 19, 2015 – The technical and sales training center will support over 7,000 Cat dealer technicians in the Africa and Middle East region. Cat’s Vice President names Africa and Middle East an important region for the company. >more
IFAT more successful than ever before MUNICH/GERMANY, May 13, 2014 – IFAT 2014, five-day showcase of environmental technology in Munich, has come to an end and Eugen Egetenmeir, Managing Director of Messe München, was overwhelmed with the response: “IFAT has broken all previous records. We were able to welcome more than 135,000 visitors from all over the world to this event. That is impressive.” >more
Two Liebherr cranes involved in remarkable Construction Project on Saint Helena NENZING/AUSTRIA, May 5, 2014 - Two Liebherr machines, one LR 1200 crawler crane and one HS 895 HD duty cycle crawler crane, are currently employed in the construction of an international airport on Saint Helena. The island’s seclusion poses a particular challenge for this project. >more
Nigeria’s very own Atlantis LAGOS/NIGERIA, April 29, 2014 - About 50 Volvo machines are being used in Nigeria to work on the Eko Atlantic Project - the biggest land reclamation project in the world. >more
BGV-Managing Director Rittmann as Expert at great EU-Africa-Forum DUSSELDORF/GERMANY, April 9, 2014 - Economic growth and increasing cooperation between Europe and Africa were then main topics during the 5. EU-Africa Business Forum held at Brussels. The deputy chief executive officer of the Baugewerbliche Verbände and managing director of the Deutsche Auslandsbau-Verband, Heinz G. Rittmann, rated among the 450 participants. >more
Eko Atlantic – An ingenious Engineering Thing LAGOS/NIGERIA, February 19, 2014 - An ultra futuristic city is being built on the shores of Victoria Island in Lagos, Nigeria. Under the project management of David Frame, the British lead engineer and Managing Director of South Energyx Nigeria Ltd., a subsidiary of Chagoury Group, Eko Atlantic City is being constructed on 9 million square metres of reclaimed land from the sea and protruding 2.5 kilometres into the Atlantic Ocean. >more
Ritchie Bros. completes final Auctions of 2013 VANCOUVER/CANADA, January 13, 2014 - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold approximately $3.8 billion of equipment at 356 unreserved auctions around the world in 2013. This represents a 3% decrease in gross auction proceeds (GAP) compared to the record GAP the Company generated last year. >more
Driving a Highway through the Desert RUB’ AL KHALI DESERT/SAUDI ARABIA, January 7, 2014 - Saudi Arabia has built the first ever highway through the world’s largest and most barren desert – the Empty Quarter – built with the help of a fleet of 95 Volvo machines. >more
Building Houses from Plastic Waste STUTTGART/GERMANY, December 16, 2013 - Low-cost dwellings made from a wire mesh framework filled with recycling material are the latest project to be developed by international installation artist, Markus Heinsdorff, as a vision for developing countries. His new concept is currently on show at the Haus der Architektur in Munich as part of the "Low Cost Houses and Pavilions” exhibition. >more
Successful Use of Formwork in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia MEDINA/SAUDI ARABIA, December 4, 2013 - After Mecca, the City of Medina (Al Madinah Al Munawwarah – which non-Muslims are prohibited from entering) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is regarded as the second most important city in all of Islam. It is an up and coming metropolis of 1.7 million residents. As a means to protect the environment, the City is building a sewage treatment plant for 1 million people. It cleans waste water in three steps to a level of clarity that permits the use of the water for agricultural irrigation. The project is budgeted at 300 million Riyal (61 million Euros). It is the largest sewage treatment plant planned in all of Saudi Arabia. >more
Neo-Involvement of European Companies in Africa KIEL/GERMANY, November 14, 2013 - The initial reluctance of being frontrunners put up by European companies towards the emerging markets of Africa seem to be subsiding. Wacker Neuson, Herrenknecht, Sandvik, Doka, Geda, Goldhofer or Bauer – European construction companies are gaining grounds on the African Continent. >more
Wacker Neuson reports highest 9M Revenue since the Merger MUNICH/GERMANY, November 13, 2013 - Despite the difficult economic climate, Munich-based light and compact equipment manufacturer Wacker Neuson reported an upturn in business in the third quarter of 2013. The Group remains committed to its forecast for 2013. >more
Pilosio lands Major Deal in South Africa TAVAGNACCO(UDINE)/ITALY, November 6, 2013 – Pilosio, a company that manufactures scaffolding and formwork for the construction industry with a strong presence on international markets, has announced it has won an order worth around 1.5 million euros with the construction company CMC of Ravenna, which has operated for a long time in South Africa and has branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. >more
Trenchless Pipe Rehabilitation for perfect Drinking Water Pipes SCHIEDER-SCHWALENBERG/GERMANY, October 29, 2013 – The quality and availability of water is essential for human health and the ecological system, and it is a basis for economic growth and development. Every year about 3.5 million people die as a result of poor water supply – and the world population is steadily growing. In addition to the challenges which water management faces in regard to the increasing demand for water, this year's United Nations international year of water cooperation has also pushed questions to the foreground concerning the accessibility and distribution of water, as well as water services. >more
bauma Africa opens new Doors for Linden Comansa and Tower Crane Services JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, October 25, 2013 - Linden Comansa has closed the first edition of the bauma Africa tradeshow with a good feeling. "The quality and quantity of the visitors have been better than expected, and we have made many new contacts with African companies and contractors. It has been our first participation in a tradeshow with our distributor Tower Crane Services and the experience has been very positive, as it allowed us to strengthen ties with our customers in the area as well as to meet new potential customers", said Martín Echevarría, Linden Comansa’s Sales Director after his return from Johannesburg, South Africa. >more
Egyptian Minister Abdel Nour on official Visit to Marmomacc VERONA/ITALY, October 14, , 2013 – For his first international mission after the appointment of the new Government, Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour, the Egyptian Minister for Industry and Trade, travelled to Verona to attend Marmomacc, the exhibition dedicated to natural stone and related technologies, and asked for a personal meeting with construction industry entrepreneurs. During this meeting, the Minister clearly explained the political situation in Egypt and the conditions of security and stability essential in the future to attract foreign investments. >more
bauma Africa: A Construction Industry Trade Fair of international Standard JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, OCTOBER 10, 2013 - “Yes, we can!” This must have been the attitude with which the Messe München International decided to organise the first International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles in Africa. 14,700 registered trade visitors from more than 110 countries came to this year’s premiere the trade fair, which took place at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg from September 18 to 21, 2013. All in all, 754 exhibitors – 123 from South Africa and 631 that are headquartered abroad – from 38 countries attended bauma Africa. >more
Intermat 2015 presents new Show Layout and Product Segmentation PARIS/FRANCE, October 1, 2013 - Intermat 2015 is the professionally-backed trade show that builds on its achievements, with a clearly asserted position on EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) markets, representing 82% of its visitors, and offering unparalleled access to the French construction market which is worth €206.6 billion in annual sales*. >more
bauma Africa delights the Industry JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, September 26, 2013 - bauma Africa has impressively entered the African market: The first edition of this International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles took up 60,000 square meters of exhibition space – 40,100 square meters net – which makes it the biggest industry event for the sector in Africa. >more
LiuGong Showcases its Logistics Equipment at Materials Handling Middle East 2013 DUBAI/INDIA, September 17, 2013 – One of Asia’s leading construction and logistic equipment manufacturers, LiuGong Machinery Corp., presents 3 forklifts at Materials Handling Middle East 2013, the only exhibition in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) area focused on materials handling, logistics and supply chain, demonstrating its ambitions in the region. >more
Wacker Neuson at the first bauma Africa MUNICH/GERMANY, JOHANNISBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, September 10, 2013 - Wacker Neuson will be represented at the first Bauma Africa, which will take place from September 18th to 21st 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. >more
EAA puts Extrusion Plant into Operation in South Africa JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, August 30, 2013 - In August Evonik Acrylics Africa (EEA) is to begin producing extruded Plexiglas sheets in Elandsfontein, Johannesburg. With an initial number of 20 employees and a new extrusion facility, some several thousand metric tons of semi-finished material will be produced per year for the African market. The products, which are manufactured in accordance with international quality standards, include standard formats as well as special sizes. >more
WACEE ’13 – Sustainable Energy for West Africa GHANA/WEST AFRICA, August 14, 2013 - The 2nd West African Clean Energy and Environment Exhibition and Conference, WACEE is scheduled to be held from 12 - 14 November 2013 at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. Double-digit growth rates for West African imports of energy and electro technology as well as political stability make Ghana the natural gate towards the high potential West African market. >more
Housing construction Project for Civil War Veterans in Angola ESSEN/GERMANY, July 26, 2013 - A supplier contract between CCC Machinery, an affiliated company of Ferrostaal Equipment Solutions GmbH, and the Angolan engineering company Construções Associadas S.A. has entered into force. The order volume amounts to 52.6 million euros. The contract includes the supply of machines and structural elements for the construction of pre-fabricated houses as part of a housing project initiated by the Angolan Government. The contract also covers the structuring of investment financing via an export financing arrangement. >more
Highline Tours & Travel offer special packages for bauma Africa JOHANNESBURG/SOUTH AFRICA, June 26, 2013 - As the first bauma Africa, International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles, is to take place from 18 to 21 September this year, the organizer and its travel partner, Highline Tours & Travel, have put together several tailor made packages for attendees travelling to Johannesburg for the event. >more
Intermat Middle East 2014 aims to obtain greater Exposure for Exhibitors and Visitors PARIS/FRANCE, June 18, 2013 – Having established itself as the MENA (Middle East and North Africa), building machinery and conregion’s leading exhibition and conference for construction infrastructure project materials, the next edition of Intermat Middle East will take place in 2014 providing exhibitors with greater exposure to key senior level executives and decision makers from leading construction companies across the region. >more
Atlas Copco: High-Speed pile driving in South Africa with HB 2000 hydraulic breakers ESSEN/GERMANY, June 13, 2013 - It has been said that the levels of solar radiation in South Africa are the best in the world, and the country has a rapidly emerging solar energy industry with a number of project sites in the Northern Cape. Geopile Africa is currently installing piles at sites for solar projects in the region using the Duktus piling system in combination with Atlas Copco HB 2000 hydraulic breakers. >more
MS & Africa Middle East 2013 CAIRO/EGYPT, June 10, 2013 - MS Africa & Middle East – The International Trade Fair for Stone Design, Technology, Earthmoving and Building Machinery, is the start-up event launched by Veronafiere and scheduled in the Egyptian capital 9-12 December 2013. The event "merges" Marmomacc and Samoter, Veronafiere's best known brands in the construction sector. The aim is to strengthen internationalisation and improve penetration into neighbouring markets in Africa and the Middle East. >more
Visitor pre-registration opens for fully booked bauma Africa MUNICH/GERMANY, May 27, 2013 - The rising importance of Africa in the world's construction and mining markets is taking center stage at this year's bauma Africa – the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles which will take place from September 18 to 21 at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. >more
South African cement industry switches to 2 ply bags VIENNA/AUSTRIA, May 16, 2013 In less than a year Mondi Kraft Paper and local converters have successfully encouraged much of the South African cement market to use 2 ply bags made with Mondi high porous paper. >more