Business boost for local firm

2008-07-15 00:00

The acquisition of an imported concrete boom pump and additions to the truck fleet have cemented Maritzburg Mixed Concrete’s transition to a self-sufficient and complete manufacturer and supplier of ready-mixed concrete.

The multi-million-rand pump, which was imported from Germany, can put out about 90 cubic metres of concrete per hour.

“This major investment completes our business because we are independent of recognised concrete suppliers. This makes us a proudly local manufacturer and supplier of bulk ready-mix concrete,” said co-owner Collin Munsamy.

Besides this R4 million investment, Munsamy and his partner, Loganathan Reddy, have added several new trucks to their fleet.

“We had to undertake larger, high-profile developments involving major companies such as Group 5 Civils and Building, Commercial and Domestic, Steffanuti & Bressan, F. Verbaan Builders, Sanmay Construction and Gonal Construction, and F.C. Consulting Engineers,” Munsamy said.

He added that the pump enhances efficiency by several hundred percent because the company previously used cranes and conveyors, and it would take about a day to complete a job.

“This places less reliance on the labour force, and one must remember that skilled labour is hard to come by.”

Woodlands-based Maritzburg Mixed Concrete was established 15 years ago, and now boasts a significant operation, employing 26 staff members.

It has supplied several major projects, including the Victoria Country Club Estate development, the Umgeni Water pipeline project, Garlington Estate in Hilton and phase two of the Liberty Midlands Mall.

“Most of our work is in industrial and commercial private sector developments. There are a number of noteworthy developments taking place in and around the city, notwithstanding the current economic challenges. Due to the limited availability of land and the scale of developments, we are now heading toward multi-storey complexes, in line with the landscape of other cities such as Durban,” Munsamy said.

kavith@witness.co.za

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