Construction World April 2016




As part of its automated brick, block and paving manufacturing equipment, PMSA also offers locally-developed automation and handling systems for large- scale brick and block plants to increase productivity and im prove the end quality of the final products. “We have been building on our tech- nology, leadership, expertise and experience in the concrete products sector for the past 40 years and have an array of options to suit all client needs without compro- mising on end product quality,” MD Walter Ebeling comments. An example of PMSA’s ongoing product development is its new Eco range of auto- mated handling systems, which will be officially unveiled at Totally Concrete 2016. This latest technology gives customers the option of auto- mated handling plants at a far more affordable price compared to the more costly top-of-the- range systems. The new Eco range of handling systems includes forklift options as opposed to more conventional but higher-cost finger and transfer car systems. “With the building and construction sector in particular facing pressure from reduced margins and a dearth of new products, PMSA is ideally positioned to help its customers fine-tune their existing assets in order to boost productivity and final quality,” Ebeling stresses. “We are unique in the industry in being a specialist manufacturer that is able to cover the >

Silver Sponsor PMSA will use Totally Concrete 2016 as a plat- form to launch a range of new products and technologies.

entire business spectrum, from establishing a business to boosting the bottom line through the application of appropriate technology.” PMSA will use Totally Concrete 2016 as a showcase to launch various new products, including a new range of vibrators for its entire range of brick-and-block machinery. These vibrators are subject to arduous working condi- tions and resultant high fatigue, which reduces the lifespan of the bearings. “Our new vibrators, all designed and built locally, will be sealed units with a three-year lifespan, thus enabling us to offer an extended warranty on our manufacturing equipment, thereby giving our customers even greater peace of mind,” Quintin Booysen, sales and marketing manager at PMSA, comments.

Booysen adds that Totally Concrete 2016 provides an important platform for PMSA, a Silver Sponsor of this flagship expo, to showcase both its technology and customised solutions for the African continent. Co-located with African Construction, Totally Concrete 2016 is an all-encompassing cement, concrete and construction event in Africa that not only focuses on innovation, but how to achieve sufficient return on investment with existing products and customisable solutions. The expo takes place against a background of the subcontinent requiring 40 million tonnes of new cement capacity to meet rising urbanisa- tion and growth rates. The region’s population is expected to grow from 1,1 billion people on 2013 to 2,4 billion by 2050. because the grass does not need to be cut or tended to in any way,” explained Mehran. “Common areas at hotels and estates are used often, and lawn tends to get worn away quickly, whereas Easigrass™ will retain its fresh look for years.” Zarrebini said that the severe ongoing drought being experienced across the country, with areas such as the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast being particularly hard-hit, many people were opting for Easigrass™. Easigrass™ Durban is currently installing Easigrass™ at The Maharani Hotel on their rooftop garden for that beautiful-looking grass finish. There are so many uses for artificial grass, ranging from garden landscaping to multi- playing sports’ fields, boardrooms and display areas, the possibilities are endless. All Easigrass™ products have been designed and built to last for several years and the product is completely environmentally friendly. Easigrass™ comes with an eight-year warranty backed by Van Dyck Carpets, specialists in flooring for more than 68 years.


LONG LASTING AND EFFICIENT The 5-star resort, Fairmont Zimbali Lodge, on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast chose to install the natural-looking Easigrass™ in shaded areas around the pool to accommodate guests looking to relax in comfort.

Easigrass™ is the world’s leading artificial turf brand with headquarters based in London. The South African branch of Easigrass™ forms a unique brand within Durban- based Van Dyck Carpets’ portfolio, part of the PFE International Inc. Group of Companies. Commenting on the decision to use Easigrass™, director of operations for Fairmont >

Zimbali Resort, Evan Harrington, said: “We wanted to investigate the use of artificial grass due to the difficulties our landscaping teamwas experiencing in getting grass to grow lushly within the shaded areas surrounding our main swimming pool. Fairmont had 170m 2 of Easigrass™ installed – in only three days – because of its many associated benefits including longevity and minimal maintenance. Mehran Zarrebini, head of Easigrass™ South Africa, said they were seeing more hotels and upmarket estates opting for Easigrass™ over lawn, particularly in the common areas such as pools and children’s play areas. “There are infinite cost-saving benefits

The Pool area at the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge’s Easigrass.


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