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26 February 2010
urray & Roberts has merged the operations of two of its specialised building products manufacturing companies, Technicrete and Oconbrick. The move is aimed at exploring wider marketing opportunities in the construction industry and improving overall financial performance, according to a company statement.
Headed by Technicrete managing director Paul Deppe, the newly aligned company – named Murray & Roberts Building Products – will however continue to market the individual Technicrete and Oconbrick brand-name products.
Technicrete is one of the largest manufacturers of concrete products in South Africa, producing a broad range of products at 12 manufacturing plants in six provinces. Its product range includes paving, roof tiles, kerbing, masonry, drainage and erosion-protection systems and retaining wall blocks. It also manufactures specialised mining stope-support systems and pre-bagged products.
Founded in 1982, Vereeniging-based Oconbrick is a leading Gauteng manufacturer of high quality clay stock bricks and semi-face bricks, and has been a preferred supplier to major landmark developments in Johannesburg and the surrounding province. These include the Constitutional Court, Montecasino, Tsogo Sun, the Palace of the Lost City, Sandton City and Sandton Square shopping and office malls and the 146m-high Michelangelo Tower hotel.
Announcing the merger, Deppe said: “Technicrete and Oconbrick have been working closely together since last September, and it has now been decided to align the two companies so that we can explore opportunities to improve synergies and financial performance.
“The Technicrete and Oconbrick brands have a strong and well-established presence in the market, and this position will remain. Concrete products will continue to be sold under the Technicrete brand and clay products under the Oconbrick name.”