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Right-first-time Construction

January 2017


The competitive construction market demands quality results – first time around – to keep clients happy and business profitable. Gauteng-based contractor Probuild has its own proprietary quality management software to make sure this happens. Read full article

SA French Supplies Saltec Passenger Hoists to Zambian Mines

November 2016


Safety and operational reliability are key for equipment that operates on mines, and even more so when this machinery is responsible for the vertical movement of personnel. Read full article

New Luffing Jib Crane Offers Fast Lifting Speeds

October 2016


The Potain MR 418 is the first in an updated line of luffing jib cranes, each of which is equipped with full frequency-controlled mechanisms for precision control. Maximum capacity for the crane is 24 t and the maximum jib length is 60 m. Read full article

Manitowoc Launches Pioneering Potain Hup 40-30 Self-Erecting Crane

October 2016


SA French, the southern African Potain tower crane distributor, reports that Manitowoc has officially launched the Hup 40-30, the second model from the new Potain Hup range. The pioneering self-erecting tower crane, which was first shown as a prototype at bauma 2016, boasts a range of innovative design and technology features. The crane was unveiled during an event at Manitowoc’s factory in Niella Tanaro, Italy, with more than 320 guests in attendance. Read full article

Potain Looms Large Over Village Walk

September 2016


The five cranes strategically positioned between the high rise buildings at the Village Walk give an indication of the sheer extent of another important building project under way in Sandton. Read full article

SA French Helps M&D Construction Lift Northern Cape Skills

August 2016


Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley is currently a hive of construction activity with three building contractors expanding this institution of higher learning that first opened its doors to students in 2014. Read full article

Potain Helps Barrow Construction Raise Property Value

August 2016


A large commercial property development has rapidly climbed out of the ground on the corner of Oxford and Glenhove Roads in Rosebank, Gauteng, since earthworks started on the site in July 2015. Read full article

SA French Gives African Tower Crane Users a Lift

June 2016


With the backing of its parent company, Torre Industries, SA French is growing the popularity of the Potain tower cranes in sub-Saharan African countries. Read full article

Crane Expert Calls for Infrastructure Spending

May 2016


While South Africa has enjoyed a period of sound private investment into large building projects, focus also needs to be placed on the civil infrastructure that is needed to support them. This is the view of SA French’s managing director, Quentin van Breda, who is concerned that spending on important services has struck worrying lows in the country, and that this will eventually thwart existing and future building projects in the country. Read full article

Fast-track Projects Receive a Lift From Potain

April 2016


It is easy to recognise a Madison Construction site in the country. Apart from the quick rate in which its buildings go up, all of the building contractor’s sites feature at least one Potain crane. This is the only tower crane brand that the building arm of Stor-Age, a specialist storage property developer, uses for all its lifting requirements. Read full article

Demand for Potain Tower Crane Rental Units Increases

March 2016


Increased demand for tower crane rental units is set to continue as contractors see this as a more cost effective option given the cost of construction equipment ownership which has been exacerbated by the declining rand/euro exchange rate. Read full article

Potain Tower Cranes set the pace for contractors

By: on October 2015


Although the majority of contractors see a tower crane as simply another piece of materials handling equipment, this is not how Manitowoc views this vital tool which is a common fixture on most construction sites around the world. Tower cranes are often the determinant factor when it comes to productivity on a construction site, and ongoing product development by Manitowoc is aimed specifically at enhancing the return on investment (ROI) for customers. David Semple, Manitowoc VP Sales Middle East & Africa, explains that there are a number of things which define the ROI on a tower crane and chief amongst these is the productivity of the machine. Read full article

Comprehensive Torre Lifting Solutions offerings on show at Bauma

By: on July 15, 2015


Torre Lifting Solutions will use its presence on the Torre Industries stand at Bauma to showcase its comprehensive lifting solutions to the local and African market. Incorporating SA French and Elephant Lifting Equipment, Torre Lifting Solutions offers a large and diverse footprint of customised lifting and materials handling solutions from respected leading brands. Read full article


Potain Gives Clanwilliam Dam a Lift

By: on July 01, 2015


Potain tower cranes have been supplied to the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) to raise the clanwilliam dam wall. SA French, a division of Torre Industrial Holdings, will supply a Potain MD 485 tower crane and a Potain MC310 crane to the project. Read full article


SA French Supplies Tower Cranes For Major South African Dam Project

By: on April 22, 2015


Torre Company Announcement - Potain tower cranes will dominate the horizon on a major project by the Department of Water and Sanitation to raise the Clanwilliam Dam wall. This will be the largest dam construction project undertaken by DWS after the De Hoop Dam project, where Potain tower cranes were also deployed. The latest project is a showcase for local supplier SA French in using tower cranes for such complex civil engineering projects. Read full article


Torre Industries acquires Elephant Lifting Equipment

By: on February 12, 2015


Torre Industries is adding Elephant Lifting Equipment to the Plant and Equipment Division of its group of companies, along with SA French, Manhand and Kanu Equipment. The ultimate aim is to combine SA French and Elephant Lifting Equipment under the umbrella brand 'Torre Heavy Lifting' which, combined with the extensive distribution network of the Torre group, will allow Torre to offer a total lifting solution from consumables to tower cranes to its customers across Africa. Read full article