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Choosing Modern Kitchen Fittings For A Discerning Home

Africa is ripe for Ready Mix Concrete

The introduction of modern kitchen fittings has revolutionized the African market and made it realize that utility and comfort can be incorporated in the same design.

Reports of buildings collapsing during construction are all too frequent and suspicion is always cast first on the quality of the mix that was applied by the builders on site amongst a plethora of other ills. This has been blamed on failure to use professionals on site, cost cutting efforts to save on resources and outright negligence. The end result is loss of life and damage to property.


To curb this growing menace, in Kenya last year it was reported that a law was being drafted to make it mandatory for builders to use ready mix concrete on site. The reasons were obvious; RMC offers consistency in quality, lowers wastage and offers better control to the developer amongst other benefits.

High performance Lubricants Every maintenance engineer in the continent wants a certain lubricant for a specific job for a piece of

In Africa as a whole the construction industry is fast embracing the use of ready mix concrete given its benefits over the traditional method of mixing concrete on site. In addition, as competition between cement producers intensifies, many of them have opted to establish ready mix concrete product lines in order to establish new revenue streams.

machinery’s vital components and moving parts.

28 Fire Suppression Systems: Mitigating Commercial Kitchen Fire Risks 33 Advertorial: Flowcrete: For the World at Your Feet 34 Piling: Maintanance of a Piling Foundation 36 Advertorial: Hi-Tech Decorative Surfaces For Prestigious Spaces 39 Racking System: Selecting the Right Storage System for your Warehouse 40 Profile: Glass that spells class 42

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As Africa continues to engage in massive infrastructure projects in the near term, the market for ready mix concrete appears to be on an upward trajectory and investment in setting up batching plants to supply RMC is only beginning.

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Board of Registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors (BORAQS) Kenya Architect Nathan Kureba (center) unveils the new Saint-Gobain Experience Centre at 9 Riverside building in Nairobi. With him is SaintGobain Directeur Marketing International Slawomir Szpunar (left) and CFOO Sub-Saharan Africa Denis Simonin (right).

Saint-Gobain opens its experience center in Nairobi Saint Gobain has opened its experience center at its new representative office in Nairobi. More than a mere showroom, this space will enable the visitor to discover and experience how Saint – Gobain building solutions can make a difference in people’s daily life. Whether it is through digital interactive access points or practical experiences around comfort, it aims to be a place for professionals to network and expand their knowledge of building systems and materials. Throughout the year, thematic events will be organized to tackle specific topics within Kenya’s building and construction industry. Experiencing comfort Conceptualized to be informative and engaging, the experience center is fitted with digital access points and practical experiences around comfort. “We invite visitors to feel, touch, see and hear. Through different experiences to explain sound or thermal transmission, we try to demonstrate how our solutions can have an impact on our daily life,” says Sachin Ramkasoon, Business Development Director for East Africa.

Fuchs lubricants opens a new grease plant in South Africa

Low Energy Designs to supply 10,000 LED street lights in Lagos

FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has officially opened a US$ 10m grease plant expansion at its factory in Isando, South Africa.

UK-based Low Energy Designs has signed a contract with the Lagos State government for the supply and installation of energy efficient LED street lights.

Paul Deppe, Managing Director of FUCHS Lubricants South Africa, said the project has been in the making for almost three years with FUCHS investing in a state-of-the-art grease plant that will manufacture a large variety of specialty grease grades.

Under the agreement, Low Energy Designs will provide and install 10,000 street lights in Nigeria’s capital, covering 300km of the roads.

Importance and specialty grease



“FUCHS sees the importance and demand for specialty grease growing significantly and wants to be in a position to support this increase in demand from our customers. But importantly, the reason for building the new grease plant is not only for capacity, but to inject new levels of process excellence and quality into our grease manufacturing,”said Mr. Paul. “As one of the most automated and advanced grease plants in the FUCHS organisation, and indeed the world, we will be looking to export grease from this plant across Africa and to other parts of the world,” he added.

The US $6.9m contract includes the provision of an intelligent control system for real time operation of the LED street lights. The company will also provide its hybrid energy storage system. The street lighting systems used will be based on a combination of three LED products namely the Phoenix ULTRA, SunBURST and Norrsken. The solution provider claims its street lighting technology reduces overall energy consumption, lower carbon emissions and allows the customer to be in control of light intensity.

WACKER presents high performance silicones for the transmission and distribution industry WACKER, the Munich-based chemical company, will make its debut at the 18th African Utility Week (AUW) in Cape Town, South Africa, by introducing several high performance silicones for the transmission and distribution industry.

The product highlights include the silicone rubber compound POWERSIL® 310 MH as well as the silicone coatings POWERSIL® 552, POWERSIL® 567 and POWERSIL® 577 PLUS. African Utility Week, one of the leading trade shows for Africa’s power and energy professionals, will take place from May 15th to 17th.WACKER will be exhibiting its POWERSIL® portfolio for the first time this year.

Products from WACKER chemical company, they produce high-quality silicone coatings for transmission and distribution applications. 4

“Africa has always been an interesting market for us with high potential, especially for the insulator business”, says Cyril Cisinski, Managing Director of Wacker Chemicals Middle East, who also heads the African region.

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The company’s business with local insulator manufacturers has grown rapidly in recent years. “The African Utility Week is a great chance for us to present our comprehensive expertise in high-quality silicone coatings for transmission and distribution applications.”He added. POWERSIL® products WACKER will introduce several POWERSIL® products at AUW, among them the peroxide curing silicone compound POWERSIL® 310 MH. The ready to use silicone cures to an electrically insulating, highly erosion resistant silicone rubber which can be used for all types of outdoor electrical insulating equipment such as composite insulators, arrester housings and bushings.


SAPVIA welcomes signing of the IPP contracts on clean energy The South Africa Photovoltaic Industry Association welcomed the signing of the IPP contracts, saying they will indeed boost and revitalize long-term investor confidence, and add 2, 305MW of capacity to the national grid. Several renewable energy projects are coming online as the government seeks to enhance clean energy production and mitigate the effects of climate change from coal power plant greenhouse gas mission. According to Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa's senior political advisor, given the current renewable energy IPPs that are already in production and in planning including the 27 renewable energy projects that are yet to be signed, at least 100, 000 full-time equivalent jobs would be created, through the current private renewable energy projects alone. DR. Ric Amansure, an expert involved in research about the impact of renewable energy projects on communities, however urged industry officials to keep communities engaged in the status of renewable energy projects. The expert further warned that locations far away from urban centers posed a risk for the developments. "Nobody tells the communities that they are shareholders in these projects; that there is a socio-economic development component to the project and they should benefit for 20 years," Said Amansure

NSE collaborates with the Government on the $500,000 projects for rural areas The NSE, Nigerian Society of Engineers has made a commitment to collaborate with government to deliver selfless engineering services across the country by deploying professional manpower to rural communities with the objective of boosting basic engineering infrastructure through voluntary service in the provision of rural roads, water projects that are guaranteed to foster unity and progress of the country. The identified projects will cost around $500,000. Speaking at a conferment ceremony that saw 21 engineers conferred in the prestigious Fellowship in Abuja, the President of NSE, Adekunle Mokuolu, pointed out that the conferment of the Fellowship on the awardees marks the commencement of a journey of bearing responsibilities on behalf of the Society as they will play a role in the development projects. “You will have the responsibility of being a worthy role model, lending mentorship to our Young Engineers Future Leaders, and even our school children that need your inspiration to join the engineering profession. Membership of the College of Fellows comes with the special privilege of sharing in the Fellows platform of the Society’s dedicated chat group,” he said.

Members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers

HAR declares East Africa as a potential for small hydropower Hydropower Association of Rwanda (HAR) has declared East Africa as where Africa’s small hydropower potential lies by 83% with Kenya and Ethiopia leading the neighboring countries respectively. Speaking at a technical workshop focused on small hydropower

KAM partners with Kenya Power in US $15.5m project to stabilize western Kenya power Kenya Association of Manufactures, KAM has partnered with Electricity distributor, Kenya Power in investing US $15m in a power stabilization project in Nyanza and Western Kenya. The project will involve the installation of additional transformers and repair of existing sub stations to curb power outages that have affected power supply in the regions. Kenya Power managing director Ken Tarus says the investment in the distribution infrastructure will ensure that customers are supplied from various points to minimize outages. Through a partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufactures, Mr Tarus said Kenya Power would regularly engage large power consumers through dedicated channels which include Whatsapp groups. “We will continue engaging with them through the mechanism we have created such as the Whatsapp groups so that every so often we pick up the issues and challenges they experience,” he said. Despite having an installed capacity of 2,650 megawatts, peak demand is estimated at 1,770 megawatts with some manufactures forced to invest in alternative power generation units to guarantee reliable electricity supply. “Industries and domestic customers around this region are not getting what they expected because of the challenge of distribution and transmission lines.” Mr Tarus said.

opportunities hosted at the African Utility Week, in Cape Town, Dan Klinck, the chairperson of the Hydro-power Association of Rwanda and CEO of East African Power, confirmed the reports and added that Africa’s small hydro-power potential is at 7,3GW According to Klinck, the African small hydropower market has great potential with East Africa leading the market by 209MW of installed capacity and a potential of 6,296MW. Following in second place is Central Africa with 76MW installed capacity and 328MW potential.

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5th Annual Affordable Housing Africa

Fire, Security and Safety Expo 2018: Dar es Salaam

5th Annual Affordable Housing Africa returns once again to Cape Town providing a platform for all key stakeholders to engage at a global level, mobile partners to redefine the role of housing in today’s new urban agenda.

Tanzania is witnessing a substantial increase in terms of awareness about fire, security and safety. The rapidly growing demand for fire protection equipment, security products and technologies across the country has significantly contributed towards the growth of the fire, security & safety equipment domains.

Attend this event to examine the critical issues facing the housing industry, explore how the housing sector can grow in the context of an economic crisis and how to deliver more with less, thereby taking advantage of the unprecedented opportunities in this sector. The event will highlight case studies from some of the finest and the same time provide an excellent networking platform for the public and private sectors,global professional and industry leaders.

Construct Ghana 2018

According to research, Africa Fire Safety Systems and Equipment market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 10.2% during 2017-2023.This is because of Fast growing of tourism, construction sectors and others. There is a diverse demand for fire, safety and security equipment, ranging from the smallest of businesses to large corporate and home-users. Fire, Security and Safety Expo 2018: Dar es Salaam will bring together local and international exhibitors who will showcase their avant-garde solutions, specific transverse and latest technologies, cutting edge innovations, costeffective products and services to meet the requirements of governments, businesses, industrial & commercial entities, aviation, construction infrastructure, e.t.c

The 2nd Construct Ghana 2018 will provide an exclusive business platform for companies with the latest technology, equipment and new innovations which would demonstrate its strength and high quality of products across different vertical industries in the construction industry. Machinery and material manufacturers, local and international will meet under one roof to take advantage of new products, to network and meet potential buyers in a professional environment. The exhibits will be represented in the following segments with regards to the market needs of the industry, construction materials, Equipments and

16th - 18th July 2018 Capetown, South Africa

Hardware machinery, Building tools and Technologies, Electrical engineering, lighting and HVAC, Architectural solutions and MEP

Kenya - Architectural Association of Kenya

- Ethiopian Association of Civil Engineers

- Institute of Engineers of Kenya - Association of Consulting Engineers of - Kenya - Association of Professional Societies of East Africa APSEA)

Association Partners



- Association of Consulting Engineers Nigeria - Association of Professional Women

- Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers

- Institution of Surveyors of Kenya

- The Construction Industry Federation of Zimbabwe (Cifoz)


Surveying Profession

Ghana - Ghana Institute of Engineers

Engineers Of Nigeria - Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria - The Nigerian Institute of Architects - American Association of Petroleum Geologists Africa Region

- Khuthaza ( Women for Housing)

- Architects Registration Council

- Concrete Manufacturers Association

- Ghana Institute of Surveyors

- Green Building council of SA

- Ghana Green Builders Association

- South African Property Owners Association

- Ghana Institute of Planners

- Master Builders South Africa

- Association of Building and Civil Engineering

- Building and Construction Skilled Artisans

Contractors of Ghana

Association of Nigeria (BACSAAN)


- Nigeria Society of Engineers - Nigeria Institute of Architects

Institute of Surveyors of Uganda


Uganda Institute of Professional Engineers (UIPE) &

Institute of Namibian Quantity Surveyors


Uganda society of Architects

Association of Consulting Engineers of Namibia

- Zambia Institute of Architects (ZIA)


- Tanzania Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Institute of Botswana Quantity Surveyors 6

- Construction Contractors Association of Ethiopia

- Zimbabwe Institute of Quantity Surveyors

- Kenya Property developers Association

- South African Council for the Quantity

and Quantity Surveyors (AQSRB)

- Association of Ethiopian Architects

- Institute of Quantity Surveyors of Kenya

South Africa - ASAQS

- Tanzania’s Registration Board of Architects



- Construction Regulation Board (CRB)

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- Association of Building and Civil Engineering Contractors (ABCEC).


InteliGen 200: ComAp’s Most Advanced Paralelling Generator Controller Building on the success of the best-selling InteliGen NT and InteliCompact NT controllers, ComAp unveils the InteliGen 200, a new parallel gen-set controller suitable for all standard parallel applications offering a new design, high flexibility and extendibility, whilst maintaining intuitive configuration, operation and compatibility with its predecessors. For over 25 years, ComAp has been leading the way in providing intelligent electronic control products and solutions for power generation and diesel/gas engines that are highly flexible, intuitive and scalable. In order to reflect the needs of our customers, we continue to expand and refine our product portfolio”, says Jiří Dunovský, Director of ComAp’s Industrial Power Generation division. “That is why we have developed a new generation of gen-set controller, the InteliGen 200, that represents a scalable solution bringing the best of state-of- theart technology to our customers in a way that reduces complexity and enables intuitive configuration and operation. Compatibility, Flexibility And Dependability With all basic functions predefined, customers can easily add and configure necessary PLC blocks themselves using the intuitive PLC editor.

Van Dyck Floors introduces New Generation Luxury Vinyl Floors Rococo Xtra, the latest addition to the Rococo suite of luxury vinyl flooring products offered by Van Dyck Floors, was launched in March, offering consumers a new generation product with advanced features. Rococo Xtra offers the same dimensional stability as the rest of the Rococo ranges, which have proven their dimensional stability in South Africa, where temperatures fluctuate. Rococo Xtra will be supplied in an extra length and width format – 1524mm length and 228.6mm width. This coupled with the registered emboss finish and bevelled edges, offers a range that look almost like natural Wood. The larger plank lengths are popular in spacious homes, offices and commercial installations. Because Rococo is water proof, it can be used in kitchens and bathrooms. Available in 5 colours They are available in 5 colours inspired by nature and internationally colour trends, are sure to be well received with both consumers for general renovations and specifiers on larger new developments. Although Rococo Xtra is only 2.0mm in overall thickness, the reenforced surface treatment (AO9), will ensure that the product stands up to the day to day knocks during its lifespan.

Deere introduces new plate compactors for backhoes, compact excavators John Deere has introduced new plate compactors for backhoes and compact excavators which enable them to compact soil at high vibratory and impulse forces. The PC4, PC7 and PC10 each deliver 2,000 revolutions per minute at regulated flow and are geared toward trench, slope and excavation compaction. The compactors are designed with a large eccentric rotating weight positioned farther from the shaft, increasing impulse forces to 4,000 pounds on the PC4, 6,400 pounds on the PC7, and 8,000 pounds on the PC10. The weight’s positioning also leads to better compaction rates in compact granular soils, the company says. Deere placed the motor inside the compactors’ frame to protect it. The compactors feature oil-splash lubrication for the hydraulic motor bearings, and sealed eccentric bearings, which the company says provides maintenance-free operation.

Dynapac Construction Equipment introduces full range of Light Compaction equipment to Africa Dynapac Construction Equipment announces its extended product offering by introducing a full range of Light Compaction equipment. The range, including rammers, forward and reversible plates, walk behind and articulated utility rollers, will widen the Dynapac portfolio and offering to its customers. “It’s great to announce to our customers who were eagerly awaiting the introduction of Dynapac light equipment to the market”, says Seby Joseph, Marketing Manager Light Equipment. He continues, “Our new light compaction range is based on well-known and high quality technology, adding tremendous value to our customers”.

The compactors are compatible with these Deere backhoe models: 310L, 310L EP, 310SL, 310SL HL, 315SL and 410L. And these Deere compact excavators: 26G, 30G, 35G, 50G, 60G. The company says they are also compatible with most competitors’ models. The compactors are available in the following widths: PC4, 13 inches; PC7, 18 inches; and PC10, 24 inches. They are the most recent additions to Deere’s Worksite Pro Attachments lineup.

The global Dynapac sales and after-market sales network will fully support customers with technical service, training, parts and warranty support.

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all protection and safety is a major concern on construction sites. Whether it’s repairing a roof, building a new home, or constructing the next skyscraper, there are many ways in which workers can be injured. Safety precautions and procedures need to be established to safeguard the lives of your workers — especially when it comes to fall safety. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 20.5% of the 4,251 worker fatalities in the private sector in 2014 were in construction, and falls are the leading cause of death in construction. Falls from ladders, scaffolds, roofs, and other elevated workspaces are preventable. Learn how you can prevent these accidents and protect your workers with our 5 safety tips:

Provide proper equipment

Provide a safe work space

Train your employees

Hard hats, protective eyeglasses, safety-toed footwear, and gloves are personal protective equipment that your workers should wear at all times while on the job. Equipment, such as ladders, that your workers will be using on a daily basis should be safe and up to code. Falls from ladders are all too common on construction sites and can be prevented with the proper inspections and safety practices. Your employees should take the following precautions when using a ladder:

Consider this scenario: Your workers are building a new home and putting the shingles on the roof. Their power cords and tools are being used in the process.

Falls and falling objects usually result from unstable working surfaces that are not securely positioned.

Inspect ladders for cracked, broken, or defective parts prior to each use.

Safely position portable ladders so the side rails extend at least three feet above the landing.

Secure side rails of the ladder at the top to a sturdy support and use a grab device when three-foot extension is not possible.

When carrying tools, carry them in a belt or consider raising them with a rope.

Never use the top three rungs, or top two steps of the ladder.

Have another employee on the ground who can monitor the ladder and worker.

One of the workers is walking across the roof, slips on a cord, and tumbles to the edge of the roof. Instead of a fatal fall happening, the worker is saved by the safety harness and lanyard that he is wearing. By making it mandatory for workers to wear a safety harness, you can promote a safe workspace and prevent fatal injuries. Almost all sites have unprotected openings, sides and edges, or floor holes at some point during construction. If these sides and openings are not protected, injuries from falls or falling objects may result. Use at least one of the following whenever you are exposed to a fall of six feet or more above a lower level:

• • •

Guardrail systems Safety net systems Fall arrest systems

A full, fall prevention and safety plan should be created and implemented before any construction begins on your projects.

By training your employees on how to properly use their tools, equipment, and machinery, you will help decrease the risk of injuries. It is also important to train them on the various safety requirements and procedures as included in your safety plan. Audio and visual presentations can be given to educate employees on the importance of fall protection and procedures. In addition, weekly toolbox meetings with management and workers can be scheduled to keep training and communication ongoing about these safety practices. Communication is key to fall prevention!

Clean up site daily A clean space is a safe space. Cleaning should be an integral duty of your workers and management team. Work areas should be clean and hazard-free at all times and a clean-up of the entire site should happen at the end of each day. This will help prevent any unexpected accidents due to negligence. For example, if someone falls over debris left around the construction site and is injured, you may be liable to cover costs associated with the injury.

Inspect equipments daily Before the workday begins, the site manager or other qualified personnel should inspect all machines, tools, and protective equipment at the construction site. Extension cords, drop cords, and electrical tools should be checked and properly grounded. Check scaffoldings and ladders as well to make sure they are secure to climb and use by your workers. Before workers begin their day, examine their personal protection equipment to ensure that it is properly secured, especially if they will be working at great heights. 8

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Future of Surveying Equipment in Africa

Dave Beattie, the Managing Director of Autobuild Africa (Pty) Ltd

Dave Beattie is the Managing Director of Autobuild Africa (Pty) Ltd which distributes a wide range of trusted surveying equipment. The company is the leading distributor in South Africa of levels, theodolites and surveying accessories. They supply COMNAV, GNSS, Optech Lidar Scanners, Hexcel Heron mobile scanners, Geoallen Total Stations, Precision levels, Theodolites, Lasers and Rotosure measuring wheels. The company roots go back to P J Yelland (Pty) Ltd which was founded in Durban in 1929. Autobuild Africa (Pty) Ltd has supported the South African Surveying Community with great customer service and reliable instruments.

CR: How does Autobuild Africa see the

the UAV is launched, flies the area taking aerial

African drones in construction market?

photos, and returns. The software then produces

Dave: Drones (correct name UAV’s) are playing a bigger role in the construction market.

Most UAV’s used for surveying do not have

UAV’s are becoming easier to operate, more

accurate GPS boards, and so prior to flying, a

affordable and they will soon be a feature on

surveyor needs to place highly visible targets,

most construction sites. They can be used in

and , using a survey GNSS determine the exact

all phases of construction. When planning the

co-ordinates of the targets. These targets are

construction, be it a road, a bridge or a building,

then identified from the photos and used to

the existing ground needs to be surveyed to

adjust the resultant maps for scale, tilt etc.

assist with planning and design.

boards can be carried by the drone, and used

be measured, cut and fill volumes determined

to determine highly accurate positioning of the

on an ongoing basis. During the erection and

UAV at the time of each photo.

taken by UAV can be really useful, to monitor progress and for marketing purposes.

The other technology is to mount a tiny 3D laser scanner on the UAV, which measures millions of points on the ground, which are similarly

In most parts of the world the use of UAV’s are

used to produce maps. This technology is still

strictly controlled, and one needs a qualified

relatively expensive.

UAV pilot to operate them. In practice however, and especially in Africa, UAV’s are already


Nowadays, sophisticated small GPS PC

Then when earthworks start the progress can

at completion of the project, photos and videos

Drones are playing a bigger role in the construction market and they will soon be a feature on most construction sites.

a map of the area with contours.

been used extensively, and in many cases regulations do not exist or are ignored. Producing maps from UAV’s is made relatively simple by the software supplied. On a PC tablet using Google Earth one defines the area to be mapped. The software then plans a flight path,

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CR: Which are the most popular survey technologies being applied in Africa currently? Dave: Conventional surveying using total stations and GNSS are still by far the most used technologies. Both these technologies are improving all the time, and becoming more affordable.

3D laser scanning requires a larger initial

challenges. Often a surveyor may experience a

I have found that prices of products increase

outlay, but in many instances, for specific

problem that requires immediate support from

rapidly once they leave South African borders.

purposes it can be cost effective. For example

the equipment supplier, but has no cellphone or

As buyers become more astute this will

Gexcel, a research and development company

internet access. The lack of local representation

improve and competition will ensure that

in Europe, has developed a wearable 3D

and support also gives its own challenges.

prices reduce.

CR: What do you think can be done to

CR: How is the future of survey in

overcome these challenges?

construction in Africa looking?

area, and in real time, on a tablet held by the

Dave: Many of these challenges cannot be

Dave: There is so much development still

operator, one can see all changes to the area

overcome without massive investments. Most

needed and taking place. Although the

– movement of soil, construction progress etc

importers and suppliers who are based in South

construction market in South Africa is slow


Africa are now expanding their footprint north

but stable, there are huge opportunities in other

into Africa. Autobuild Africa now gets over

African countries.

mobile scanner, that can give an accurate 3D plan in real time. So one can for example scan an area 1 day, then a week later scan the same

CR: What are the challenges in the African market in terms of application and maintenance?

50% of our sales from outside South Africa. Due to the distances involved it is important to train users of equipment well to minimize

Dave: Access to the internet, poor roads to

problems and resultant downtime. One

remote sites, and logistics are some major

challenge close to my heart is affordability.

As communications – internet and travel improve, so will surveying become easier and more affordable.

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oncrete batching plants in Africa are fast gaining popularity as evidenced by the increase in the use of ready mix concrete supplied to construction sites. The

need to control costs, increase delivery times as well as the need for consistency of each concrete batch are just some of the needs that have driven demand.The growth in the concrete batching plant market has been driven primarily by large infrastructural projects but in addition to this there is a growing use of medium sized batching plants in building projects as the need for housing has taken centre-stage in Africa. Batching plants can today be seen dotting virtually all large infrastructure projects but in addition to this are businesses that have been setup around exclusively providing ready mix concrete to meet the demand from a growing number of office block and housing projects in urban areas. Contractors have come to the realization that costs can be reduced by outsourcing this function and simply ordering ready mix concrete rather than going the more traditional labor intensive way of concrete production onsite. This shift towards outsourcing has been driven by several advantages that are not easy to ignore especially as profit margins in development projects have become leaner. When Construction Review talked to Solomon Mungai a director of Rhombus Concrete Ltd a Kenyan supplier of ready mix concrete it was evident that the construction industry is trending towards the use of batching plants to supply ready mix concrete to sites as greater awareness of the benefits becomes more appreciated. Consistency One of the reasons that we constantly read about buildings collapsing while under construction is due to poor concrete mixes. This is all too prevalent when you consider the number of reported


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collapses of projects in the daily papers. One of the main culprits has been failure to allow the concrete enough time to cure, human error on the part of the contractor mixing the concrete on site to the more devious practice of cutting back on the required quantities in the mix by an unscrupulous contractor. For the developer it means costly remedial action and even prosecution in court for negligence especially if there is injury or fatalities involved. Land


As the value of land grows, so is the final cost of a development project and in order to remain viable it has meant that a developer needs to utilize every square inch of land on a project efficiently. This means that there is no luxury to provide space on site for


trucking in sand, aggregate and stocking cement for laborers to mix concrete. The more attractive alternative has become ordering


concrete which is delivered to the site on mobile concrete mixers that drive in, and pump the concrete into the required location an activity that is competed in a matter of hours so that sites can remain relatively clutter free. Pilferage In a traditional site, pilferage is always a reality. Theft of cement, delivery of less supplies of sand and aggregate by profiteering truckers occurs more often that is realized. To provide a more reliable concrete mix the use of supplies provided by a batching plant means greater consistency in the mix throughout at a predetermined fixed cost. It also helps do away with


pilferage that is all too rampant when you have cement bags stored on site. Wastage “There is virtually no wastage when it comes to the supply of ready mix concrete�. Stressed Mr.Mwangi the Business Development Manager for Rhombus whom we also spoke to.


Mixing concrete on site results in a high level of wastage of material whether it is as a result of torn bags of cement or aggregate and sand spilt haphazardly during delivery. This is something that is the bane of any developer who has to foot the cost of such wastage. Concrete produced in a batching plant ensures no wastage and the client only pays for what he ordered. Meeting Exact Specification Testing of the concrete at the batching plant ensures that what is delivered to site is of consistent quality and according to

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time or waterproofing characteristics. Any requirement can be met reliably and consistently for the contractor to ensure that the project is not affected negatively by poor concrete mixes. Pollution Concrete batching plants that supply ready mix concrete to sites have meant that there is less pollution of the environment with respect to noise produced by rumbling concrete mixers and the sites are relatively neater having eliminated bags of cement and heaps of sand and aggregate lying around the site.

Batching plants can today be seen dotting virtually all large infrastructure projects.

Setting Up A Batching Plant Installing a batching plant requires various activities to take part. These include having a main plant structure, concrete mixer, cement silos screw conveyor, belt conveyor, weighing system, dust removing system, and a control room. Having a main plant entails construction of a batching plant foundation whereby the installation of the concrete batching

The growth in the concrete batching plant market has been driven primarily by large infrastructural projects.

plant is assembled in line with the drawing requirements as per the clients request and the construction works cooperate with each other in the installation process. The concrete mixer installation takes into consideration ancillary projects like power, water rainproof measures and transport corridors of the materials sites to meet the mix requirements to reduce later alteration. Cement silo, through a crane then is hoisted vertically to the foot of the silo foundation to put it in place after which the crane is gradually loosened until it reaches the flat surface of the embedded part. Installation of screw conveyor follows suit whereby the entrance part of the screw conveyor nears the end of the monitor, fixing the conveyor preliminary according to the import and export position to keep the interface tube in a vertical position.


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The concrete mixer installation takes into consideration of ancillary projects to meet the mix requirements.



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pecifications. The one word that defines the route-map towards the


transformation of a professionals

dream into reality. They define how to




harness diverse interests – some aligned and some competing – on a project


Corrosiveness &

Steel coating class & protection, design,

harmoniously. From aesthetics, to form,

(e.g Coastal/

related conditions

warranties & periodic maintenance regime

to function and adherence to standards.


The project team uses them to talk to

e.g. MRM’s AZ150, Colourplus PVDF roofing in corrosive marine / industrial

each other and to align their individual


mandates into a coherent, living whole. Clear, updated and well written


specifications go to the heart of a building industry professional

Wind-loading &

Structural design, building orientation,

weather -tightness

form & roof slope, choice of profile,


fasteners & method of installation. e.g. MRM’s 0.6mm SAFLOK700 installed


as using the High-Wind Load (HWL)

responsibility on a project and when

system in severe wind zones

absent can lead to liability. Coupled with actual execution oversight, good specifications are often times the


difference between great architecture

Fastener performance

Choice & application of fasteners

& compatibility issues

e.g. MRM’s Class4 FIXTITE fasteners in marine zones

and the rabbit hole that is failed projects, endless litigation, costs,

Effective water

Choice & application of fasteners

professional embarrassment, revisions

shedding vs min. slope/

e.g. MRM’s Class4 FIXTITE fasteners in

and variations.


marine zones

Load bearing

Choice of profile & design, fixing

attributes, thermal

method of on-roof attachments, budget

expansion, on-

vs performance considerations

roof installations

e.g. Aluminium has 35% the carrying

the elements, the roof is often a key

compatibility – e.g.

capacity of MRM’s AZ-coated Steel &

design item that defines form and gives


twice the thermal expansion.


Thermal & “cool”

Choice of finish, “green” design, allied


roof consideration/




e.g. MRM’s 0.5mm NEWLOK in Colorplus

The same applies when it comes to that common crowning glory of every building, the roof! Besides the roof’s core functionality of protection from




character to a building. The choice and application of the roofing solution must therefore be informed and deliberate; then meticulously applied as per specifications and best practices. Out of world-wide experiences, steel industry experts have defined the nine core parameters and considerations involved in defining and specifying a steel roofing

metallic Lilac Haze with a Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 75

performance of a building. In this

solution as per table to the right.

regard, the professionals’ role is

This is apt demonstration that the

non-aligned design challenges using

roof has cross-cutting implications on the structural, environmentalsoundness, aesthetics and even

therefore to meet each of these often specifications that yield a coherent whole. The best specifications should transcend generalities to encompass

cultural-fit (i.e. design-language)

standards and applicable tests, design

As the great American-German architect,

criteria and minimum performance

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe aptly noted,

including warranties and product

“GOD IS IN THE DETAILS”. Each and every

identifiers. They may even define the


installer’s competence and support documentation thereof. They must guarantee results and clearly document deliverables. Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd (MRM) continues to engage all industry players towards a culture of excellence in specifications in roofing and allied building solutions. Experiences gathered over the 12


African countries in which it’s holding arm, SAFAL Group, operates have enriched it’s product and service development to allow it respond to the most demanding challenges for roofing and allied building solutions. A variety of recently introduced innovations include

LIGHT GAUGE STEEL TRUSSES Our Pre engineered cold formed steel roof trusses manufactured from tensile ZincAl steel of thickness 0.5mm to 2.0mm. The Light gauge steel truss system is an advanced engineered solution which is quick & easy to deliver and assemble on site. It offers durability, strength & structural stability.

superior metallic paints to avail cool and more robustly-performing roofs and NEWLOK, a standing seam that is the ultimate in concealed-fix, super lowpitched, on-site profiled long-span roof options. The offering to environmental design enthusiasts includes customlouvres, ridge vents, underlay insulation, sky-lighting and light domes, Ultraspan structures plus roof attachment brackets and rail systems to secure solar solutions or any other on-roof installations all under one roof with full technical and installation support. We are continuously engaging the industry to realize the immense

Easy to Construct Easy and quick to assemble and erect on site. Ultimate Design Flexibility

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Higher Spanning capabilities, greater design flexibility for bespoke shapes, superior aesthetics. Ultraspan is compatible with typically all kinds of roof material.

possibilities of all these innovations through correct specifications. MRM remains an avowed optimist in the potential of our building industry and our collective ability to harness the best technologies world over to answer our local needs; roofing or otherwise. For the professionals, industry-updated, technically-correct, environmentrespecting, heritage-relevant and contractually enforceable specifications should and must continue to be the epitome.

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Choosing Modern Kitchen Fittings For A Discerning Home


kitchen is the heart of any home which makes it arguably the most important part of the house. It is therefore imperative that the accessories used in the kitchen should be designed for every

aspect of life. Africa being an emerging market, it has started to experience new technologies that embody a modern Kenya. The introduction of modern kitchen fittings has revolutionized the African market and made it realize that utility and comfort can be incorporated in the same design. According to Anna Maliboho of Roco in South Africa, Africa has seen a steady increase in the average consumption of products as more and more customers acquire more information and education on how these systems work and why they should use this technology that is readily available to them. This has been made possible by the advent of the internet which makes information readily available for the consumer; as Mr. Philippe Mammone of Ixina in Germany mentions. However, with every manufacturer looking to capitalize on the emerging African market, the market is now full of products; making the decision to go for a particular product very important. According to Phillip Richards of Blu-

A good kitchen mixer has more to offer than just water, the same applies with kitchen sinks, they should offer you a solution to the mess under your kitchen sink.

Line in South Africa, The key is to consider the functionality and ensure that everything has been thought through. The next step is to consider the materials and textures as you want the materials used to be authentic and offer that element of texture.

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Mr. Mohammed Ataya, Vice President, GROHE Egypt, North and West Africa mentions that, there is a personal style and preference for everyone. “Our faucets from the Allure collection have clean, angular shapes and fit right into the growing fascination for faceted shapes in architecture and industry alike, with its amazing ‘Aqua window’. Each of our product is conceived based on our brand values of quality, technology, design and sustainability. Our state-of-the-art portfolio is developed in an integrated innovation process,” he affirms. Cupboards Advancement in technology has revolutionized how people use the kitchen spaces and furniture. With every home accommodating New kitchen technologies should allow for infinite design options Moreover, Mr. Andrea Giorgini Export sales

According to Emanuela Tavolini, GRAFF

Manager at Veneta Cucine in Italy adds that,

Europe Sales Director, good kitchen faucets

the materials have to match perfectly the style

represent the perfect combination between

of the house, and the designer must have the

design and functionality. “Most of our faucets

ability to enhance the space with the right

are in fact equipped with a revolving spout

colours, finishes and elements.

and a side spray. The faucets and side sprays provide different kind of water jets to make

Kitchen Mixers & Sinks

every day cleaning and rinsing operations

A good kitchen mixer has more to offer than

easier,” she adds.

just water, it can be used for instance as a

According to Leopold Müllner the Export Manager at TZ Austria, there is a market for high end products. “We handle all the requirements from the market in terms of humid and temperature issues. We have a big range of different supporting materials which are moisture and water resistant and also have a UV resistance property,” he adds. Ms. Maliboho of Roco mentions that, recent as controlled movement of cupboard doors,

the cupboard. The same applies with kitchen

closing via a dampening system all further

sinks, they should offer you a solution to

add to the end user’s appeal, from Soft-Close

the mess under your kitchen sink. Mr. Brian

mechanisms that prevent banging of furniture,

Ombego of Hansgrohe in Germany mentions

Door to Door Folding Systems that enable

that, when it comes to selecting the right basin

space saving especially in smaller kitchens,

mixer, quality is essential because you do not

right through to Push- to-Open hinges and

want to replace your mixer every few years.

mechanisms that also allow for one touch

“Functionality is also paramount; like the

opening of furniture; not forgetting the Anti-

select button makes it easier to turn the water

Slam Devices which can be fitted to dampen

on and off, including using the back of your

the force of closing surfaces thus preventing

hand or elbow,” he adds.

damage over time.

Kitchen Faucets

“These Slow-Motion and OneTouch

A kitchen is the environment where both

technologies offer unrivaled efficacy compared

comfort and functionality have to co-exist.

to their counterparts in the market. Although

Therefore, when selecting kitchen faucets, it is

these technologies may not be all new, but the

essential to consult with the designer on which

advancement thereof makes our living spaces

with the design of the furniture and appliances

Quality is essential when selecting kitchen

can match or contrast but always needs to

sinks because you do not want to replace your

follow a rationality.

sink every few years.


effective way of articulating cupboard doors.

innovations in terms of functionality such

pull-out spout to fill pots or water plants on

style to adopt. The choice of materials together

cupboard space, hinges are still the most

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especially our kitchens to be ergonomically functional, preserve the life of the actual units and make use of space efficient and enjoyable,” she affirms.


Blum from Austria has been investigating

Every good kitchen needs great handles. The

the needs of kitchen users around the globe

right handle selection and positioning can

for years and is continuously coming up with

transform the look of your kitchen units, giving

new ideas on how to make modern kitchens

them an ultra-modern look.

even more practical. Blum has identified the three key features of a practical kitchen: good

“When choosing a handle, design certainly

workflows, enough storage space and top

plays a primary role, but other aspects such as

quality motion.

When choosing a handle, design certainly plays a primary role,

ergonomics, ease of grip, solid grip, ease of cleaning and absence of edges, should not be

African designers are constantly looking

underestimated,” mentions Mr. Luca Frigerio

for ways on how to create African designs.

of Citterio Giulio SpA in Italy.

Especially these new technologies allows for infinite design options. According to Johan


Joubert, the Managing Director at Grass in

Kitchens have to withstand the rigours of

South Africa, the first observation in all kitchen

everyday use. So it is important that they not

furniture is that the only moving component in

only look good but are practical too. Modern

your kitchen is the hardware that is used. The

kitchens not only offer trendy features and

cupboard and work surface is stationary, and

sophisticated looks but are also top in terms

do not determine the lifespan or functionality

of functionality. They make everyday kitchen

of the kitchen, but the moving parts give life

use fun. But buying a new kitchen can also be

and character to the kitchen area.

but other aspects such as ergonomics, ease of grip, solid grip, ease of cleaning and absence of edges, should not be underestimated.

a bit of a challenge. The kitchen you decide on will last for 15 years or more, and it is often

“Apart from good design and enough

very difficult to keep an overview of the latest

storage space, when you use quality and well

product innovations.

functional products in the operational side of

drawers. This results in furniture that can be used throughout your whole living area.


Personalised furniture with thin cabinet fronts

Cooking, eating and living spaces are increasingly merging together. Open plan rooms and specially designed furniture are on trend – your own home must reflect your individuality. This is why new design innovations are in high demand! And new design innovations call for elegant solutions. With its Expando T, Blum offers a uniform fixing system for thin cabinet fronts allowing for thicknesses of just 8 mm for lift systems, doors and

More choice of materials: from wood to Corian Fronts with remarkably thin designs, in materials such as wood, concrete, natural stone, ceramic or Corian, can make your dreams come true – meaning your new furniture is modern and tailored to you. All thanks to special fronts and Expando T from Blum. For more information please visit

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the kitchen it enhances and makes the time

parts together to hang the cabinet. According to

indoors should be able to be outdoors.

spent in the working area joyful and exciting,”

Xabier Noguera of Indaux in Spain, apart from

Mr Snehal Bakrania of Hafele East Africa

quality, style and flexibility, hangers also need

Incorporating interior kitchen ideas to your


to have the safety aspect.

outdoor setting is a great way to add versatility, value and fun to your home. With so many

Moreover, Tejash Majmudar of Hettich in


different types of outdoor kitchens, designing

India, further mentions that, the Avantech thin

Hinges are used in every kitchen cupboard.

the best kitchen for your family is very

drawer system with Actro 5D runner is the

There is a huge choice of types and sizes of


latest in cutting edge technology. Drawer sides

hinges that have a variety of uses. Therefore,

of Avantech are just 13mm wide in anodized

before replacing a hinge in your kitchen you

Kitchen Appliances

aluminium with no holes or cover caps

will need to identify the specific hinge that

The speed at which technology is developing

confirming to the puristic design demanded by

you will need. According to Mr. Doğukan

is neck breaking. Everything now is smart, and

discerning architects. 5 dimension adjustments

Çetiner of Samet in Turkey further adds that,

the modern kitchen appliances have not been

can be made without any tools on the specially

North African countries are quite keen on

left behind. According to Valcucine in Italy the

designed Actro 5D runners. “These are the

brand and quality compared to other African

very first technology is still the human power.

only concealed runners in the world to offer

countries. However, Middle and South African

The handmade fittings are comparable to a

up to 80kgs of weight carrying capacity,” he

countries have also started to catch up, adding

real tailoring approach. “In the luxury sector


performance into the mix.

finishings and details are crucial factors to obtain a modern and personal house,” he adds.


Outdoor Kitchen

Hangers are used to speed up the installation

An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a

When it comes to choosing the right kitchen

of drawers in a kitchen. There are different

grill, table and chairs, or as elaborate as a

appliances for your kitchen, Mr. Burçin Girit

configurations of cabinet hangers. They all do

fully outfitted kitchen complete with built-in

of Bosch in Turkey mentions that, the customer

the same thing even though they might look

appliances and seating. However, according

has to look up the market to find out the recent

different. Hangers come in pairs: One side

to Sandra Frylén of Roshults in Sweden, an

trends and their availability.

screws to the cabinet, and one side screws to

outdoor kitchen should be just as functional

the wall. It just a matter of joining the two

as an indoor kitchen. Everything you can have

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hansgrohe – the heart of the bathroom and kitchen


ince 1901 Hansgrohe, leading innovator in technology and design has offered high quality, innovative and award winning design products to make the bathroom more functional, comfortable and

beautiful. With their two brands, hansgrohe and AXOR, they promise to offer premium bathroom solutions that enriches customers lives – not only through the superior quality of the showers and mixers but also with the same quality backup service and technical support. The iF awards is a global ranking system where international companies compete on innovation and design. Hansgrohe is currently ranked sixth globally above world renowned brands like Audi, BMW and Apple. Thus meaning that Hansgrohe as a sanitary ware manufacturer leads the industry and stands out head and shoulders above its competitors. Therefore we pride ourselves in the statement: Made by hansgrohe – designed for life. Leading the industry not only with their designs, but also with innovative technologies like the SelectButton to improve ease of use, the iBox universal basic set making installation and renovation quicker and easier and the EcoSmart technology that requires up to 60% less water – just to name a few. To add a distinctive touch to the bathroom, products are also available in 15 exclusive special finishes in brushed or polished metallic shades. The PVD surface of special finish products is more scratch and detergent resistant emphasizing once again the long-term value of their products. Hansgrohe’s service is world-class, from project consulting, bathroom planning, on-site service through to aftersales service with replacement products always available through our various channels Offering bathroom solutions for 117 years, the same values will now also be transferred to high quality kitchen products. Transforming hansgrohe from only the bathroom specialist to the bathroom specialist AND the kitchen pro. The kitchen has become the heart of every home, the social hub and place


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where families spend a lot of time together. The aforementioned has led to new trends, especially when renovating or building, like the open plan kitchen forming part of the house, more colours and granite becoming more and more popular. Therefore, hansgrohe quickly became the heart of the kitchen with their new offering of kitchen mixers as well as stainless steel and granite sinks. Whether in combination (sink and mixer) or alone it is the perfect product for your dream kitchen. The minimalistic design blends perfectly with the modern kitchen ambience, it is timeless with the wide design and hand-brushed L-shaped basin rim which makes the sink a real eye-catcher. It also offers individualization through choice of various sizes andthree different granite colours: graphite black, stone grey and concrete grey. Two sink combis are available with two different, comfortable and intuitive, control concepts along with its perfect blend of look and function. The stand-alone sinks on the other hand offer different options for installation: build-in, under mount or flush mount and can be combined with any kitchen mixer to suit your needs. Easier control and more freedom of movement is now possible with the new innovative kitchen mixersthat is equipped withthe Select technology and pull-out spout which also include the newest hansgrohe innovation – sBox.It is an inconspicuous flat box, which stows the hoses of the pull-out spray tap, keeping the cabinet under the kitchen sink tidy and adding an extra 20cm to the kitchen mixer hose. “We are very excited about the expansion of our kitchen range, offering our customers not only high quality solutions for their bathrooms but also for their kitchens. The minimalistic design and aesthetic of the stainless steel and granite sinks will fit perfectly in any modern kitchen but still bring individualization. I truly believe that the new products will bring new life to the market.”Brian Ombego, Business Development Manager Africa hansgrohe. Meet the beauty of water.

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Save Operational Expenses With Comap’s Websupervisor 4.0 For more than 25 years, ComAp has been leading the way in providing intelligent electronic control products and solutions for power generation and diesel/gas engines. Now, trying to reflect the needs of the customers, it has completed its offer of genset controllers with a cloud-based system designed for remote monitoring and management of controllers via the internet – WebSupervisor 4.0.


he system offers many beneficial

Analytical and reporting tools for OPEX

features that help optimize revenue

optimization, failure diagnosis or trend

for machinery fleets, be it of rental,


packager, telecom or cogeneration companies.

WebSupervisor4.0 offers equipment owners

Providing an easy and instant access from

many powerful reporting tools. Automated

service data, automatic spare part ordering

PC, tablet or smart phone, WebSupervisor

reports allow for convenient monthly

based on service timers, or alarms or displaying

4.0 enables 1 to 10000+ gensets to be

summary of fleet revenue performance and

data from other systems all inside the

viewed and individually monitored for all

costs. Typically used for produced kWh,

WebSupervisor user interface – all completely

important operation values, bringing to use

engine hours and fuel consumed,the reports

configurable for the customer.

a set of advanced monitoring and control

ensure that maintenance scheduling and asset

management tools (such as uptime monitoring,

utilization can be maximized for individual

Websupervisor 4.0 capabilities proven in

fuel theft monitoring or service scheduling),

equipment and the whole fleet.The information


as well as analytical and reporting tools

generated from each controller can be archived

The undisputed benefits of WebSupervisor 4.0,

(fleet performance overview, efficiency

on the central server for future analysis, failure

and the Lite version, which is complimentary

improvements, and OPEX optimization).

diagnosis, operator usage or trend evaluation

for ComAp customers, have been tested in

(controller history download feature). The

practice and confirmed by number of customers

Immediate access to all important operation

Sampling Period feature then transforms

from around the world, all speaking highly


WebSupervisor from merely a monitoring

about its capabilities.

Using a cloud-based fleet management, the

device to a device with the capacity to log

“Remote monitoring of the equipment is a

customers can monitor their genset fleet

transients and so helps diagnose performance

vital feature for our company and the unique

remotely on-line and receive alarm-generated

and failure modes.

monitoring capabilities of our controllers provided us with significant advantages

SMS or e-mails(based on programmed parameters) that enable them to identify

Specific user access rights to ensure higher

compared to other controllers,“says Amr El

the immediate status of the generator and


Katamy, chairman of El Katamy pumps and

react to the issue within a very short time,

The flexible system provides a high level

generators rental company from Saudi Arabia.

usually within 5 minutes (for example engine

of security, with the central administrator

“Thanks to alarm signals, we know exactly

overloading, insufficient cooling). “Thanks to

able to determine users’ access rights for

what is going on with the generator and can

installed GPS card, the geofencing function

specific equipment within the fleet as well as

send a team to fix it.”

is also available to ensure that the gensets

appropriate information.

Thanks to its unique features, WebSupervisor has been selected also to ensure the reliable

are used only within the predetermined location thus functioning as asset theft

Higher efficiency of admin tasks thanks to

power supply for a night race of Formula One

prevention. Monitoring run-hours, fuel level

data exchange with business systems

Singapore Grand Prix. “We needed a reliable

and overall condition of gensets leads to

Using an application programming interface

control system for all 36 gensets,“says Behadir

reduced maintenance costs and improved fuel

(API), the system enables data exchange with

Celim, managing director of Genpower

management (fuel theft prevention), are also

customer‘s business systems (ERP, CRM,

Generator, a company ensuring power supply

on the list of WebSupervisor’s monitoring

Logistics, BMS, etc.). This can result in the

for the race. “The consequences of failure are

benefits,” says Lukáš Vajnar, ComAp Area

generation of automatic invoicing based on

extremely big. When you have almost 2 billion

Sales Manager.

energy consumed, engine run hours, automatic

watchers all around the world, you really need

deployment of maintenance teams based on

a world class technical equipment.”


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he world of lubrication is one of diversity. Each machine, application and set of operating

conditions demands a particular combination of lubricant properties and functions. These demands create the need for a broad spectrum of lubricant formulations. In Africa lubricants are subjected to greater extremes in operating speeds along with wider temperature ranges. This increases the need for lubricants which can provide long life protection against friction, wear, rust and corrosion. Keeping pace with this technological progress manufacturers succeed where conventional products fail. The result is a full line of products that increase productivity, decrease downtime and extend the life of machinery while providing costeffective and trouble free maintenance. The market constitutes big fleet owners as well as single equipment owners especially from the rental fraternity. Engine lubricants essentially help in reducing friction in engine parts, keep the machinery protected from wear and tear, thus cutting failure and downtime of machinery at job sites. Every maintenance engineer in the continent wants a certain lubricant for a specific job for a piece of machinery’s vital components and moving parts. The lubricant must reduce friction as well as protect against acids, deposits, water contamination and wear in a range of harsh operating conditions. According to Derk Jan van der Veen marketing manager 28

Rewitec Company based in the central Hesse

Engine oil being the blood of your construction

town of Lahnau any engine has metal friction

equipment fleet, long hours and heavy

and by adding an appropriate lubricant you can

loads take toll on the bearings and other

reduce the friction, reduce wear and by that

moving parts in your diesel engines. It pays

save money.

to use the most dependable, highest quality oils, lubricants and coolants to keep your

He also adds that since the future is all about

construction equipment working. Therefore,

environment and cost saving, both should be

according to Jim Girard of Lubriplate from

addressed by the available products in the

Newark NJ, in the US, it is highly advisable


to purchase lubricants that comply with the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM)

Angus Macdonald, Vice President at LE

generic lubricant specifications.

International Ltd mentions that, there are profitable opportunities available in Africa

“Lubricants thickened with either aluminum

for companies interested in investing in high

complex or lithium complex and manufactured

performance lubricants. Substantial savings

with heavy base fluids are the most popular

can be achieved by significantly reducing

products for heavy duty construction

maintenance and operating costs by reducing

equipment. For example, LUBRIPLATE No.

wear, lubricant and energy consumption.

1444 grease is aluminum complex grease with a heavy base fluid and it also contains additive

For example, energy savings of between

to make it very adhesive. This grease seals out

5-10% are possible by converting equipment

dirt, rocks and other airborne contaminants

to a superior lubricant. By extending

hence preventing bearing failures,” he adds.

lubrication intervals and equipment life, as well as significantly reducing wear, energy

Moreover, according to Robert Chaban of

requirements, downtime and maintenance

Sentinel Synthetic Corp from the US, 2nd

costs, the initial cost of LE lubricants is

generation of synthetic lubricants are gaining

recovered many times over.

popularity around the world hence an increase

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The African Wastewater Treatment Market


Leon Du Casse is the Managing Director of Bio Sewage Systems Pty Ltd. The company offers innovative waste water treatment solutions that help you to save water and do your part towards saving the planet. Bio Sewage Systems design, manufacture and commission innovative modular and/or mobile wastewater treatment systems for domestic, commercial or industrial application in Southern Africa and Internationally.

ith almost two decades of

systems deliver effective and economical

Leon: I would think that the most common

experience in supplying waste

sewage treatment.

technology used is Sequential Batch reactors,

water systems to organisations

but there are also many towns that use

across Southern Africa, Bio Sewage Systems

Bio Sewage Systems is not only simple, robust

are now available direct to the end-consumer,

and environmentally friendly, but also has

enabling you to take advantage of proven

numerous benefits which are:

technology that can be installed in almost any location, producing clean, clear, odourless water which is suited to a wide range of

• • •

maturation ponds CR: What are the challenges in the South

low energy consumption,

African market in terms of installation,

low plant maintenance; and

application and maintenance?

production of clean, clear, odourless water, which is safe to be recycled for

Leon: There is no shortage of people to do

purposes of irrigation, watering holes

installations throughout South Africa, but there

They have designed their systems to utilize

for game, to suppress dust and to wash

is a problem with the ongoing maintenance on

simple mechanical processes, thus reducing


these plants


and simplifying maintenance. Most spares parts are available from any hardware store throughout Southern Africa. The secret of their systems efficiency lies in the manipulation of natural processes within the tanks, rather than in expensive and complex pumps and blowers. In the past three years they have installed in

Construction Review Magazine had an interview with Leon Du Casse, Bio Sewage Systems Managing Director concerning wastewater treatment technology in South Africa and this is what he had to say about the industry.

excess of 50 plants throughout Southern Africa,

CR: What do you think can be done to overcome these challenges? Leon: The powers that be need to take responsibility for running and maintaining these facilities to ensure that the treated water meets the required standards and is reused

and each one boasts positive feedback from the

CR: How does Biosewage see the South

satisfied clients.

African wastewater treatment market?

To support their commitment to conserving

Leon: The South African market is very big

energy, helping to keep the environment

and it is getting bigger, with the population

healthy and reducing overall water

growing and municipalities not being able to

Leon: People are starting to realise that water

consumption, the end result of their process

keep up with this expansion on infrastructure

is a very precious resource and we can’t

can be used for irrigation, car washing, game

the smaller wastewater treatment plants are an

survive without clean water, and that we need

watering holes, garden watering and more.

option on solving this

to start to plan for the next fifty years on how

responsibly CR: How is the future of wastewater

Their multi-stage systems are designed to

we are going to keep up with the fast growing

breakdown waste water using mechanisms

CR: Which are the most popular wastewater

inspired by nature, and by using a series of

treatment methods being applied in South

anaerobic, anoxic and aerobic reactors; their

Africa currently?


treatment in South Africa looking?

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populations needs for water and food.


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Acid Brick or Acid Tile Linings

asically, you are building a tank

depending on the recommended Acid Brick /

places where they can be durable in diluted

within a tank, by providing a belt

Tiling system.

acid environment, but, where there is high

and braces system comprising of a

concentrations of acids at high temperatures,

suitable Flexible Membrane (which is in-fact

“Most importantly is the placement of

there is only one long-term solution and that

the Corrosion Protection Layer) and an overlay

expansion joints, we highly recommend the

remains an Acid Brick / Tile Lining system.

of Acid Resistant Bricks or Tiles that are set

Expansion Joints are formed between the bund

and pointed in a suitable acid proof mortar,

wall up-stands, this eliminates expansions

Routine Maintanance

providing mechanical damage protection to

joints on the floors, where the acid spill will

It is important to note, that All Acid Proofing

the Membrane, which is traditionally caused

take place and be left for a considerable period

systems require routine maintenance which

from routine maintenance (dropping of valves,

of time,” she adds.

is extremely important to ensure longevity.

pumps & tools etc.) and forklift / truck traffic.

Expansion joints are the weakest point and Acid Proofing

need to be regularly maintained. Good house-

In simple terms, a typical Acid Brick / Tile

When it comes to Acid Proofing, this always

keeping will ensure the life expectancy of any

Lining system comprises of a suitable flexible

tends to be an oversight from design stage and


membrane 1,5 to 2mm thick, Bedding Mortar

when finally confronted, there is never enough

6 – 8mm thick, Acid Brick / Tile (15, 25, 38,

left in the budget to apply a 100% suitable

VERNI offers the service of regularly

51, 65 & 76mm thick) and a Pointing Mortar

Acid Brick / Tile Lining acid proofing system

inspecting the Acid Proofing together with the

between 4 – 8mm wide.

to accommodate the chemical conditions,

Plant Managers to ensure any damages are

temperatures, mechanical damage and special

identified and repaired ASAP.

detailing required.

Established in 2001, the company specialises

According to Vernon Botha the Managing Directorat Verni, it is highly recommended to

in supply of material and specialist installations

work closely together with the Civil Design

This is when alternate systems are considered,

of acid proofing and corrosion protection

Engineers and Plant Operators to ensure that

namely; Resin Coatings / Resin Screeds and or

systems for concrete, epoxy and polyurethane

the correct information is provided upfront on

FRP (Fibreglass) reinforced Lining systems.

floor coatings, resin screeds, concrete repair

the plant operation and chemical conditions

This is based on the reduced cost /m2, however

and structural carbon fibre reinforcing,

to ensure that a suitable Acid Proofing system

it is not always suitable for long-term solutions

expansion joint bandaging and sealing and

is provided. Then to ensure the correct

where there are concentrated acids. Resin

construction chemicals.Verni’s head office is

Verni Acid Proofing Tpfc.pdf 1 3/28/2018 6:07:03 PM

concrete detailing is followed and catered for,

screeds and FRP Lining systems have their

based in Jet Park, Boksburg, Gauteng.










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Mitigating Commercial Kitchen Fire Risks

Neglecting best practice in fire suppression can lead to a situation like this

By basing the procurement of fire suppression systems for commercial kitchen purely on low cost, a food business owner could end up paying a very high cost. It is prudent to make a decision that prioritises the safety of the equipment above everything else.


hat makes out of control fire in a

is the risk of fire in kitchens can be managed with the

commercial kitchen very hazardous is that

right intervention like fire suppression systems, thanks to

it occurs when least expected. Imagine the

modern technology.

agony of seeing equipment in which you, as a discerning food business owner has invested millions to purchase

Primary sources

and install being gutted, fatalities to employees and

It is only thorough assessment of the risks that a company

diners, loss of potential revenue to a food business.

faces that the correct intervention can be sought.

To add insult to injury, you would bear the burden of

Nonetheless, first, it is important to be aware of potential

expensive unscheduled repair and replacement cost,

causes of kitchen fire.

above and beyond, the prospect of facing litigation for negligence.

In a discussion on how to eliminate fire threats in a commercial kitchen, Kirstie Ricketts of Fireco, a South

The buck stops with the business owner

African fire protection firm, identifies the following as

While the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations

primary sources of blazes in commercial kitchen: the

make installation of fire protection equipment in business

deep fryer, the oven, the trash disposal and the lights.

places obligatory, there is no official law in Africa

Particularly singling out the risk in fryers, he illustrates,

that makes it mandatory to have a kitchen suppression

“Fryers, for example, use flammable cooking oil that can

system in a commercial kitchen. However, the entire

result in grease build-up in hoods and ducts. If that build-

buck stops with the owner of the business to take full

up ignites, it can quickly cause a fire that spreads through

responsibility for consequences of laxity. The good thing

the kitchen and beyond.�

June 2018 | CR


The Dilemma Of Choice

importantly, it is sensible to choose fire suppression solutions that can

What makes fire safety all the more complicated is that there are a

be implemented in commercial kitchens that not only meet the new

variety of appliances and cooking methods typically used in a confined

guidelines, but also are fit for purpose.

space. As a result of this situation, clients are faced with the dilemma of choosing a right solution.

The Convenience Of One Service Provider Rickets recommends getting all services from one service provider,

The Priority

encompassing design, installation and servicing of kitchen fire-

In its guidance on fire systems, Advanced Fire Suppression Technologies

suppression systems, is very convenient. Indeed, considering the level of

advises: “Normally the first step when selecting a fire system to protect

risks in a typical commercial kitchen, the business would need expertise

your assets will be to perform a hazard analysis, and identify the

in consistent hazard classification, performance testing, and service and

equipment to be protected.�

maintenance guidance.

Then, the next step is to find suitable fire suppression equipment and

Demand Set To Grow

establish whether it meets the required standards. It is worthwhile to

Given increasing level of awareness about fire suppression from kitchen

purchase the best products, not necessarily the cheapest product. In fact,

owners, coupled with increased vigilance from authorities, one can

price should not be the sole determining factor. The initial investment

put their wager on the demand for fire suppression in the commercial

in effective fire suppression equipment might appear forbiddingly high,

kitchen market niche growing in the coming years.

but the long-term gains are immense, when downtime costs and loss of revenue are taken into consideration.

Relating to demand, one big factor is the modern shopping malls are being built in African countries, in which popular food franchise

Current Preference

businesses are among the anchor tenants. Hopefully, this will occasion

While preferences vary, indisputably, pre-engineered automatic systems

increase in the demand for fire suppression equipment.

that can both rapidly detect and suppress a kitchen fire before it rages, FSD Defender Hpfc.pdf 1 5/15/2018 1:03:06 PM

without manual intervention, are considered most effective. Most










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Their research and development laboratories are constantly innovating


new products and improving existing ones to ensure that our clients

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ith manufacturing and commercial centres in Durban,

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The manufacturer's commitment is to pioneer greener flooring products

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oundations provide support for

a column can be constructed. The load of this

structures, transferring their load

column is then distributed to all the piles in the

to layers of soil or rock that have


sufficient bearing capacity and suitable settlement characteristics. There are a very

Pile foundation rigs can be 120 tones in weight

wide range of foundation types available,

and 44 meters high, it is critical the rig remains

suitable for different applications.

stable while operating and during movement. To ensure rig stability a competent person,

Pile foundations are deep foundations formed

engineer should inspect the platform after it

by long, slender, columnar elements typically

has been cWonstructed and approve it for use.

made from steel or reinforced concrete, or

The competent person should state in writing

sometimes timber. A foundation is described as

the platform’s maximum plant loading capacity

'piled' when its depth is more than three times

and/or the specific equipment that it has been

its breadth.

designed to support (see appendix B for a working platform certificate example).

Pile foundations are principally used to transfer the loads from superstructures, through weak,

Before using another rig other than the one

compressible strata or water onto stronger,

designed for that platform, verify the rig is

more compact, less compressible and stiffer

suitable for the platform. Due to weight to

soil or rock at depth, increasing the effective

track area ratios, smaller rigs often have higher

size of a foundation and resisting horizontal

bearing pressures than larger rigs. Ensure no

"Pile foundations work can

loads. They are typically used for large

pile foundation works occur in areas where

only occur in the affected

structures, and in situations where soil is not

other site activities for instance trenching

suitable to prevent excessive settlement.

have affected the integrity of the platform.

area when the platform has been fully reinstated and approved for use by a competent person."

PF work can only occur in the affected area Maintenance

when the platform has been fully reinstated

As pile foundations carry a lot of load, they

and approved for use by a competent person.

must be designed very carefully. A good study

The working platform should be monitored and

of the soil the piles are placed in to ensure that

maintained for the duration of the piling work

the soil is not overloaded beyond its bearing

to ensure it does not deteriorate and continues

capacity must be carried out.

to function as originally designed.

Every pile has a zone of influence on the soil

Additionally piling foundation rig should

around it. Care must be taken to space the piles

be inspected at least once a year to identify

far enough apart so that loads are distributed

defects and faults. To ensure the PF rig is safe

evenly over the entire bulb of soil that carries

for continued operation it should be inspected

them, and not concentrated into a few areas.

and tested based on the rig’s age, usage and known critical wear areas or components.


It is recommended to usually group a few piles

In the absence of verifiable records of

together, and top them with a pile cap ,a very

previous maintenance, inspection repairs or

thick cap of concrete that extends over a small

modifications, the PF rig should be assessed to

group of piles, and serves as a base on which

its suitability from continued service.

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into beautiful, durable and colorful surfaces.

cost projects with ugly projects.

of high quality and technologically innovative

All this is possible reducing up to 90% of

Why can’t a low-cost solution be

systems, Ideal Work offers the possibility

the costs, creating skilled labor in Africa and

to create luxurious wall and floor finishes

giving architects the ability to customize

for both interiors and exteriors: residential,

projects in both form and color.


Ideal Work mission is to create beautiful and

tourist, hospitality, commercial, public, private,

innovative surfaces at an affordable price.

institutional or cultural.

Through passion and know-how, Ideal Work

Having completed impressive projects in

has been able to transform cement that

over 80 countries world-wide, they are very

The decorative concrete is a perfect example.

most industrial of materials, into a versatile,

convinced that it is possible to plan projects

Instead of selling a ready-to-use surface as

adaptable and attractive option for creating

with a modern and pleasant design without

ceramic tiles manufactured in Europe or in

very aesthetically pleasing yet durable finishes.

increasing the budget.

China, it is possible to use local and low cost

Ideal Work also offers certified application

material as concrete, then train local workers

skills training and has a full technical and sales

Ideal Work is a European leader in the

with modern techniques, at the end thanks to

support structure for its clients.

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Selecting the Right



for your Warehouse or Cold Store

By Alan Moule and Ron Bonthuys


his can often be perplexing, with personal experience (or lack thereof), advertising, word-of -mouth

Proper planning should be made in the construction of storage systems for warehouses or cold storages. for order picking of individual items and to

Narrow Aisle,VNA rack systems, which can

what extent, and many others.

be up to 30metres tall. This is fairly efficient in terms of space utilisation, and moreover allows

How essential is it that you make optimum use

selective access to every individual pallet.

salesmen, and many other influences at work.

of available space?

However, flexibility is compromised when the

This refers to volume and not just the square

racks are used as the support structure for the

For the sake of this article we will consider

area. If you have very little product, and huge

building, an increasingly popular application

areas to store it, then the simplest solution is

and once built the system is restricted to only

to just dump it on the floor. This of course is

the specific size and weight of the loads it was

apply to bulk, cartons, small parts, etc.

hugely wasteful and inefficient by any measure

originally designed for.


applicable, is to use racking of some kind.

Such systems are also costly, and involve

This is where analysis and application of the

lengthy construction times, specialised

relevant data is required.

handling equipment, and a high level of

Virtually every new facility is required to

automation to work really well.

squeeze in as much product as possible for

There are medium high systems, up to

obvious reasons and to meet this criteria, there

maximum 15metre high, and operable with

are multiple choices of ‘hi-density’ racking

free-ranging equipment such as Reach-trucks.

systems available on the market.

These include:

How high should you make your building?

Bear in mind, when doing your financial sums,

This system is very popular in USA and

that it is volume you need to consider, not just

Australia but is hardly ever used in South

within the limitations mentioned.

area, since this is what you’ll ultimately be

Africa, due to the specialised handling

paying for, especially in the case of cold and

arrangements needed, the slow and unwieldy

The first question to ask is whether the product

freezer stores.The higher the better, from a

operation, and the fact that every second pallet

cost-per-pallet stored perspective.

is behind another one and thus inaccessible

recommendations from others including

only unit-load storage ie. Palletised goods, although some of the comments will equally

The first major consideration to take is whether you will be making due with existing premises, or do you have the freedom to build a new facility from scratch. If the former, then you are clearly limited to working within the confines and limitations of such premises. With a new build you have the opportunity to plan it right from the start. Huge advantage. We will assume the latter, although the following will also apply to existing buildings

is to be stored at ambient temperature, or chilled, or frozen? Other important considerations are type of product, product mix (number of different items, or SKUs), shelf-life or importance of stock rotation, susceptibility to damage, need 40

you apply. So the next step, almost invariably

Double-deep racking

until having removed the front one. First-in, Common Preferences

first-out (FIFO) is made far more difficult to

The following are some of the systems


commonly considered:

High Bay systems

Many stores around the world use hi-bay Very

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Drive-in racking

This is commonly used in South Africa for

products where multiple pallets of the same product can be stored with one behind the other in deep lanes on longitudinal rails instead of lateral beams, with little regard for selectivity or product rotation. Theoretically, it is efficient in terms of space utilisation, in practice drive-in racks are usually ‘honey-combed’ with empty pallet spaces in attempts to respect the need for product or batch rotation.Operation is usually slow and cumbersome with FLT drivers needing to negotiate their way down the narrow lanes, and rack and product damage is high. As above, FIFO is simply not possible.

Radio Shuttle systems

These are very similar in structural appearance with drive in tracks, consisting of deep lanes to store the pallets on rails, but instead of FLTs needing to drive into the rack, the system function is carried out by remotely controllable trolley-like shuttles which pick the pallet up and transports it as far back into the rack as possible. Huge advantages over Drive-in are that each level can be a different product, and FIFO is easily achieved by inserting pallets in on one side and out on the other. ‘Honey-combing’ is also avoided by programming the shuttle to ‘shuttle’ pallets forward in the system during downtime ready for extraction at the other end. Shuttle storage is incomparably faster in operation than Drive-in.

Powered Mobile racking

In this case, conventional adjustable pallet racking is mounted onto electrically powered mobile bases which run on steel rails precision laid and embedded into the floor. The racks are moved laterally by local or remote command to open up an access aisle for the handling equipment only where and when needed. This obviates the need for multiple aisles, which are just wasted space when not being actually used. A vast advantage over other systems mentioned is the ability to access any


single pallet individually at any time anywhere in the system. Moreover the systems remain flexible in terms of adjusting to suit changing needs, and can be used to store virtually any kind of product. Other options We have restricted ourselves to the foregoing main methods of rack storage, but those who are familiar with racking systems will be aware that there are other options available such as push-back racking, gravity flow or ‘live’ racks, and others. These however tend to be highly specific in terms of application, can work at only limited heights, seriously restrict product rotation, and are very expensive both to install and maintain. Alan Moule is an expert from BARPRO and Ron Bonthuys is from SOUTHERN STORAGE-DEXION. Barpro’s and Southern StorageDexion’s experienced professionals are available to advise on all these, and other systems.

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Impala Glass Industries possesses both the industry experience and skill to retain a leading position in the industry across East and Central Africa. By enabling a strong network of glass industry specialists, they have developed a reputation that has made it a household name. rom a geographical standpoint, Impala

awareness,” explains Husein Hebatullah,

there was a major installation for Impala

Glass Industries Ltd has fostered a

Managing Director at Impala Glass Industries

Glass of toughening glass and automatic

wide reach across East and Central

Ltd. “In order to achieve that, we often

mirror manufacturing plants. The two plants

Africa, and by working with professionals in

participate in exhibitions and events for

were the first in Kenya, as well as East and

the architectural construction sector - such as

professionals in our industry such as Architects

Central Africa and aided the developments

architects, consultants, interior designers and

Meet and many similar both locally and

which would eventually lead to it becoming a

fabricators - the Company is ensuring an even


household name.

“These events are interactive like seminars

“Once we were firmly in the market, it was

Due to the Company’s strong network of

based on marketing through training approach,

all about looking ahead to build on our

industry professionals, its respected status

as well as trying to connect through social

Kenyan industrial base. We moved into the

continues to manifest in new business

media with our target audience which has

realm of automotive products manufacturing

opportunities on the solid references of existing

been quite successful for us over last couple of

in 1974 and by the turn of the century, the



Company was ready and waiting with the latest

“We ensure that all of our activities in these

The company began humbly in 1958, opening

glass processor in Kenya,”adds Hebatullah.

various regions are in keeping with what

with a small mirror manufacturing plant

Impala Glass’ growth has largely been made

we are trying to achieve with Impala brand

and facilities for glass processing. In 1967

possible through a well-trained and sincere

more broadened footprint in the future.

technology and skills needed to be the leading


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Technological Improvements Such continuous improvement strategies have been pivotal to the success of Impala Glass during its many years operating within the industry. “We ensure that our teams are completely up-to-date with the latest technological advancements that we should be aware of. Intertwined with our improvement strategies is the need to monitor the ‘learning and development’ of both management and workforce teams, all of The company’s ability to meet complex specifications and quality is wellrenowned workforce over the years, committed to the production of quality products to meet customers’ needs. “Alongside our exceptional employees, our success is intertwined with the support we receive from our dedicated dealers and customers. Combining that with our exceptional new product introduction skills over the years, we have proudly become one of the leading Kenyan brand in the region,” affirms the Managing Director. Quality Requirements As a family-owned Company, Impala Glass still retains its family-run

which adds to the culture of excellence that we have successfully developed at Impala Glass,” he says. When it comes to successful overall Company development, Impala’s experience over the years has ensured the creation of a competent and efficient team to carry forward its renowned reputation. In order to select the correct talent and subsequently retain these members of staff, there are a number of processes in place in its HR department. “At our company, we believe that knowledge is at the centre of everything we do, and because of that we train our management team to derive knowledge from data and market-specific information that they can implement into their work. They know how to then create plans that will be both sustainable and cost-effective within our

feel and is managed by a strong team of professionals that operate under the leadership of Chairman, Mr.Saifuddin Hebatullah. “We have developed ourselves over the years to provide a range of architectural glass offering, spanning across laminated, acoustic, energy efficient and bullet-resistant options” continues the Managing Director. “Our team works closely with architects, consultants and contractors in order to ensure that supplies are in line with the specifications and quality for each project we undertake.The aforementioned product range is created through the support of our specialist professional services, including application design support and installation,” adds Hebatullah. He further states that, they most recently obtained a complete solution from design to production and installation of art glass, all found in their Estillo range. The company’s ability to meet complex specifications and quality is well-renowned, with the Impala automotive manufacturing plant producing windscreens for anything from small cars to huge trucks. Currently its ranges cover more than 700 different windscreens, alongside products that include emergency door and side glasses. “In order to achieve the best for our brand, we have a continuous improvement process for upgrading our machines and production processes. This includes the addition of new products to our portfolio, such as shower cubicles and a range of office and residential glass furniture,” asserts Mr Hebatullah. 44

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“We have instilled these values into each of our employees and this is how we like to do business. It is important to remember that none of our processes would work without the teamwork that holds us together, a factor that I believe also differentiates us in the market,” affirms the Managing Director. According to Mr Hebatullah the company’s vision for the future is to continue with their employee-driven process, introducing the best technology and creating quality products for many years to come. Impala Glass’ growth has largely been made possible through a well-trained and sincere workforce over the years. markets of operation, meeting budget targets and at the same time encouraging innovation within our Company,” affirms Hebatullah. Market Relevance The innate ability of the company to consistently better itself and its products comes from a policy of investing as much as possible in order to be both, competitive and relevant in the industry. Within Impala Glass, there is a wellestablished, supply chain management process. Mr Hebatullah mentions that this has immensely assisted in the successful running of the operations and has allowed them to sustain to the promises made to the customer

Project: Mashiara Park in Loresho

base in both Kenya and regionally. “Without a successful supply chain, our processes could easily halt at ground level and ultimately bring down our performance when it comes to meeting our customers’ needs,” he adds. The Company is incredibly proud of its internally developed supply chain management processes, having gone through a journey of continuous improvement from its early days with a pencil and paper based system, to a data-driven and ever-evolving. The team at Impala Glass demonstrates competence, courtesy, credibility, reliability, quality, value for money and perhaps most importantly, responsiveness to market needs.

Project: Eton Interiors in Parklands. June 2018 | CR


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Dealers in: Building Glass,

Mirrors, Figured Glass, Tinted Glass, Oneway Reflective Glass, Louvre Glass & Frames, Toughened Glass, Frameless Toughened Glass Doors, Frameless Shower Cubicles, Laminated Glass, Anti-bandit & Bullet Proof Glass, Perspex Sheets, Polycarbonated Roofing Sheets, Picture frames, Putty, Double glazed units for sound proofing.

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Mirrors & Bevelled mirrors

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Congratulations Impala Glass Industries Ltd on your 60th Anniversary! We are proud to be associated with you.

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