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The Manufacture of Clay and Concrete Bricks Updated Report Available
BY Marc Bosman
South Africa
31 May 2016
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The Manufacture of Clay Bricks and Concrete Masonry Units


This report focuses on the manufacture of clay bricks and concrete masonry units, an important component of the building and construction industry. Statistics South Africa (StatsSA) figures show that the building and construction industry recorded an income of R395bn in 2014 and that the formal and informal clay brick sectors employed approximately 20,000 people. With proposed government infrastructure spending of R816bn on various construction projects as well as the need for more than 1.5 million RDP houses between 2016 and 2020 at a cost of R30bn per annum, positive growth and significant demand for bricks are expected.


A Varied Sector


There are an estimated 112 formal industrialised clay brick making units that operate in the major urban areas each producing between 0.5 million and 60 million bricks per month. There are also a large number of small to medium players with easy to use, entry-level brick machines designed for operation by unskilled labourers, particularly in rural and informal settlement areas. In the concrete masonry unit sector, 69 manufacturers located throughout the country produce concrete bricks and slabs. As far as specialised prefabricated concrete products are concerned, there is increased demand for prestressed precast hollowcore slabs, which are lighter than those produced on site and which reduce construction time by several weeks.


Report Coverage


The Manufacture of Clay Bricks and Concrete Masonry Units describes the industry in South Africa, highlights current conditions and discusses the factors influencing the success of the sector. Twenty eight industry players are profiled, including leaders in the concrete sector Aveng Africa (Pty) Ltd which manufactures 55 million paving blocks per annum and the Echo Group, the market leader in volume and sales of prestressed precast hollowcore slabs. Also profiled is clay brick maker Corobrik (Pty) Ltd, which employs 2,550 people and manufactures 820 million bricks per annum, and small enterprise, A B Brickworks (Pty) Ltd which employs 50 people at its plant in Gauteng


Page
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 4
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 5
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 16
4.1.2. Regulations 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 19
4.2. Continental 20
4.3. International 22
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 23
5.1. Increasing Urbanisation and the Need for Housing 23
5.2. Government Intervention 24
5.3. Rising Input Costs 25
5.4. Labour 27
5.5. Cyclicality 29
5.6. Economic Environment 30
5.7. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 30
5.8. Environmental Concerns 32
6. COMPETITION 34
6.1. Barriers to Entry 36
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 37
8. OUTLOOK 37
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
10. REFERENCES 39
10.1. Publications 39
10.2. Websites 40
COMPANY PROFILES 42
A B Brickworks (Pty) Ltd 42
Afrimat Ltd 43
Apollo Brick (Pty) Ltd 49
Aveng Africa (Pty) Ltd 52
Cape Concrete Works (Pty) Ltd 58
Corobrik (Pty) Ltd 59
Deranco Blocks (Pty) Ltd 63
Echo Floors (Pty) Ltd 65
Echo Prestress (Durban) (Pty) Ltd 67
Echo Prestress (Pty) Ltd 69
Elematic SA (Pty) Ltd 71
Grahamstown Brick (Pty) Ltd 73
Good Hope Brick (Pty) Ltd 75
Infrastructure Specialist Group (Pty) Ltd 79
J J Bricks (Pty) Ltd 82
Langkloof Steenwerwe (Pty) Ltd 85
Ngqura Brick (Pty) Ltd 90
Rheebok Brick Operations (Pty) Ltd 94
West End Claybrick (Pty) Ltd 102
Worcester Bakstene (Pty) Ltd 104