The Concrete Manufacturers Association (CMA) has signed on 17 new members: Afrisam; ASPASA (Aggregate and Sand Producers of Southern Africa); Bass Beams; British Precast (UK); Colonial Stone; Delta Bloc; Dick King Labs; FastDeck (Botswana); Kavango Block Brick (Nambia); Namib Roof Tile Company (Namibia); PPC Ltd; Savanna Bricks and Paving; SARMA (The Southern African Ready Mix Association); Style Décor; Tjeka Training Matters; The Concrete Society; and Vaka Concrete (Zimbabwe). The CMA has cross membership with four of the new members: ASPASA; British Precast; SARMA and The Concrete Society.
CMA executive director, Wally Armstrong, says that the growth in membership stems from broader qualification criteria.
“The Association has been streamlined into two operating pillars, Precast Building and Precast Infrastructure. Unlike in the past when membership was dependent on fitting in with one of the former six product categories, it is now open to any precast manufacturer, provided certain quality-based criteria are met. And although our membership has always been open to companies north of the Limpopo we are now actively recruiting members from countries such as Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and we even hosted a delegation from Kenya recently.
“As indicated above, five of our new members are based north of the border. The main reason why we are successfully recruiting new members from that quarter is that southern Africa looks to South Africa and the CMA as world-class experts in precast concrete. And in recognition of our expanding African footprint, we have redesigned our branding to include the flags of all member countries.
“We are the voice of the precast concrete industry in southern Africa and the CMA logo is a widely respected brand and a recognised badge of quality. Many construction professionals in the private and government sectors insist on CMA members’ products and we engage with national and local government bodies and lobby for the greater use of precast concrete.
“Some of our other current initiatives include training and the maintenance and setting of national standards through the SABS. We are also encouraging emerging manufacturers to join the Association, as we believe existing members can assist them in becoming first-class precast concrete manufacturers,” says Armstrong.
Armstrong says the CMA has done much to grow the precast concrete industry since its inception 41 years ago.
“We know that the future opportunities for growth in southern Africa are huge. We intend unlocking this potential over the coming years and believe that other manufacturers will join us in this process.”