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[Johannesburg, 29 January 2019]: Long established as the gateway to Africa’s timber trade, WoodEX for Africa’s milestone fifth edition, which took place from 11-13 July 2018 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg, alongside the inaugural Deck & Flooring Expo, was a resounding success for all stakeholders and bodes well for the show’s next instalment coming up in 2020.

A dynamic and lucrative platform in Africa for the public and industry to connect with specialised dealers, stay abreast of the latest industry trends and innovations, secure new business contacts and compare the best deals in the timber trade, WoodEX for Africa 2018 showed near on 100% growth in its exhibitors and brands on show compared with 2016.

Dawood Vawda, a well-known entrepreneur in the North-West of KZN. Owning two Mica stores in Estcourt and Ladysmith is now opening The Square Shopping Centre in Ladysmith where his third Mica franchise will also be opened. As the developer and owner of The Square Shopping Centre, Vader had a vested interested in the overall project and ensured premium products were used both in the construction and finishing touches.

Sika has recently launched a brand new tile adhesive range, including a porcelain adhesive product suitable for applying the porcelain tile finish to both the walls and the floors of the Shopping. Sika’s Regional Manager, Mervyn Naidoo, was on site to offer sound advice on correct applications and products for the specified requirements. This is the largest tile adhesive project for Sika SA to date, completing a total of 11880m² of floor and wall tile area of the mall.

[Johannesburg, 5 July 2016]: The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.
The roof structure is arguably one of the most important construction elements of any residential building to be constructed, as it protects the occupier’s property, finishes and inhabitants from the elements. It is also one of the largest, heaviest and most costly structural components in any home design.

Therefore, it is logical to expect that much planning, design and know-how would be invested in the project in order to create an aesthetically pleasing, sound structure that can safely carry the induced loading as well as offer acceptable longevity and aesthetic appeal for the lifespan of the building.

1. What is Hydroponics?

Hydro from the Greek meaning ‘water’ and ‘ponos’ from the Greek meaning ‘work’ gives us the meaning to work in water. Hydroponics is the growing of plants without soil. The plant nutrition, instead of being supplied by the soil is supplied by water soluble nutrients dissolved in the water. This gives this method of growing many advantages over growing in soil. The nutrients in soil are not evenly dispersed; very often they are lacking and need to be added; soil is a harbinger of insects, worms, larvae, and nematodes etc. all of which play havoc with the quality of the plant’s growth. Very often the vitamins and minerals in a plant grown in hydroponics surpass that of the plant grown in soil because of the perfect nutrition it received during its life.

Summer is just around the corner which means we'll soon be looking for ways to cool down as the temperature rises. Eurolux has an impressive selection of ceiling fans to choose from this season, so why not incorporate one or two into your home's design and reap the benefits that go far beyond just cooling off a room.

These new super-efficient, reliable mixing/stirrers are the ideal product for processing paint, plaster, and filler.

The importance of correctly mixing materials in powder form is often underestimated. Philipp Stahl, expert painter, and application engineer at Festool, describes why this process is so crucial. The combination of stirrer and stirring rod also plays an important role in mixing and stirring and needs to be tailored to the relevant material on a case-by-case basis.

Painters encounter a multitude of different materials in their everyday working life: Various types of plaster, filler, paint, wallpaper paste, clear coat, reinforcement adhesive, varnish, and two-component coating systems. As a rule, these materials each require a different choice of stirring rod. In everyday work, painters often use the same stirring rod for different materials. The result is that the materials are often mixed incorrectly. This could lead to the need for rework, additional costs or even the formation of structural damage. What is particularly aggravating is that the material manufacturer's warranty could also be rendered void due to incorrect application. For the painter, this usually ends in substantial follow-up costs and potential compensation demands from the customer. This risk can be easily avoided by simply using the correct stirrer, stirring rod and settings in accordance with material manufacturer specifications.

The new Kreg® Track Horse makes it easy to set up a sturdy work support anywhere to make any place your workspace. The sturdy steel and aluminium Track Horse goes beyond the capabilities of an ordinary sawhorse, thanks to dual-mode clamping with an included Kreg Bench Clamp, adjustable legs, and the ability to accept a sacrificial cutting surface. The Track Horse is portable, and expandable by pairing with a second Track Horse, or with a Kreg Mobile Project Centre to create a large work surface or cutting platform.

- by: Reinier van Den Bergh (Essential Group)

 

The property Sector


According to a 2016 PWC Report, the world, including sub-Saharan Africa, is undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in history. More than half of the world’s population now lives in towns and cities, and by 2030 this number will swell to about 5 billion. Much of this urbanisation will unfold in Africa, bringing huge social, economic and environmental transformations. This will of course lead to a growth in property development and focussed retail requirements. Former Finance Ministers have opened the door for business during budget speeches, showing that there is hope for the way forward in areas such as the property sector, which is critical to the various Essential Group Members’ target market. Positive aspects from the budget speech laid out specific plans relating to property, which include amongst others:

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LEROY MERLIN, part of ADEO, is the leading home improvement retailer in Europe and the third largest worldwide with a presence in 14 countries (France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Cyprus and China). And is now gearing up to open its first store on the African continent in Edenvale, Gauteng on Friday 28 September 2018.Kitchen showroom 3N0A7734

The first LEROY MERLIN store, Stoneridge Centre, Greenstone Hill
The store has a total surface area of 17,000m2 in which to offer the South African DIY retail market the widest selection of construction, home improvement, home decor products and tools. And with more than 50,000 references in large quantities and ample stock availability, customers will be spoiled for choice. LEROY MERLIN ensures that each customer has everything they need to build their dream home, as they will be able to shop from many departments including construction –with a very efficient drive thru– bathroom, kitchen, home decor, garden, hardware, electrical, carpentry, plumbing, tools, fix&fasten, storage and lighting. Products range from the best locally produced brands and products, to the most superior internationally sourced items, 40% of which are imported from Europe.

1 October 2018: A new Taper-Tech® brass compression cable gland for all circular unarmoured cable has been launched by Pratley. This latest technology eliminates the need for cable-damaging, weak-back bushes. Each gland size can also accommodate an unmatched range of cable sizes and withstand a whopping 150 m of water head pressure – an industry first.

The unique Taper-Tech® clamping system features a differential taper design. Using specially-formulated, high-performance, compression-set resistant rubber, the gripping force of the bush increases proportionally with the axial load on the cable. This means that the cable remains safely secured, even at very high pull-out loads, without damaging the cable.

For clean, streak-free shine


South Africa, August 2018 – With the WVP 10, Kärcher has developed a new window vac to meet the requirements of commercial operators. The machine is a practical addition for manual cleaning, for example, of glass doors, mirrors, smooth tables, windows and tiles. With the WVP 10, dirty water remaining on surfaces after cleaning is vacuumed away – streak-free and without residues. This machine is used by building service contractors, in shops, public facilities, hotels and restaurants or at petrol stations.

 

Much like the kitchen, the dining room is a space where family and friends get together to eat, entertain, chat and share special memories. A room with so many applications needs flexible lighting that can be both functional and ambient, depending on a given use of the space. The ambiance of the space is largely determined by the colour and light in the room.

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1. Chandeliers are not exclusively reserved for the dining room so don’t be discouraged from placing them throughout your house. Just be sure to consider the size of the room and the overall look you’re trying to achieve. For example, an elaborate chandelier would work best in a large entrance hall, while a mini chandelier would be a good option for the bathroom.

2. Consider the dimensions of the room to determine the best size chandelier for the space. To work out the ideal chandelier diameter, add the room’s width and height together (in metres) and times that number by 10. To work out the ideal height for the chandelier, measure the room height in centimetres and divide that number by 4. With those measurements in mind, you can now shop with a clearer idea of what will work in your space.

Trend identification is a tricky business. Supply chain trends make it yet more complex because they represent the intersections of so many different domains.

What is a supply chain trend-spotter to do? Some pick out particular statistics to make precise, but meaningless forecasts. Others wave their hands and announce sweeping megatrends that sound impressive, but that lack supporting data.