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20 March 2012
roduction line cost efficiencies combined with the achievement of new quality levels have put building products manufacturer Technicrete in the front line to meet demand expected to be generated by massive government spending on national infrastructure projects.
A multi-billion rand “shopping list” announced in President Zuma’s State of the Nation address, and echoed in the recent 2012 Budget, is good news for the construction industry - both construction companies and their materials suppliers.
“As a result of a comprehensive internal streamlining of management and production and quality control systems, Technicrete plants are running at full efficiency and we are all well positioned to deliver on government requirements,” says Technicrete MD Albert Weber. “In fact, we are better geared than ever to play our part.”
Technicrete is a member of the Murray & Roberts Building Products group and is one of the country’s largest producers of concrete building products, with eight strategically located manufacturing plants in Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and Northwest. They produce an extensive range of concrete paving blocks and kerbing for heavy- and light-duty duty roads, pedestrian routes, retaining wall systems, roof tiles, advanced erosion-protection systems, as well as mining products.
Aiding emerging companies
Weber says Technicrete already has an impressive record in infrastructural growth, having contributed significantly to improving the quality of life for many thousands of people in rural areas. “In recent years, we have manufactured tens of thousands of paving blocks and kerbing in projects to upgrade hundreds of kilometers of roads and pedestrian routes - in some cases where no decent routes previously existed.”
A feature of Technicrete’s operations - especially in rural areas – is its close collaboration with emerging construction companies, he adds.
“These growing companies are benefiting greatly from Technicrete’s experience, technical know-how and training backup. We like to think of ourselves as partners in these upgrading projects, and our responsibility does not end with delivering the goods.”
Discussing the government’s latest infrastructural spending blueprint, Weber adds, “We are encouraged to hope that the government will really make it work, and that the building and construction industry will see money flowing in to create more jobs, to the benefit of the construction industry generally.”