R25m plant to double firm's output volumes

8th July 2005 By: elizabeth rebelo

The official launch of Chryso SA’s new R25-million plant and South African head office in Jet Park, on the East Rand, will allow the company to double its current production volumes.

The company, which produces chemical admixtures for concrete and cement production, opened the new facility at the end of last month.

The 10 000 m2 site includes new manu- facturing and storage facilities as well as a substantially-expanded laboratory and new state-of-the-art production equipment.

Chryso SA MD Norman Seymore tells Engineering News that the head office, previously based in Boksburg, ran out of capacity, as demand has doubled over the last two years.

He attributes the growth to new technology and products, as well as emerging-market requirements.

The company has seen growth in the cement-grinding business, which has been augmented by the introduction of new products for the enhancement of concrete performance, he explains.

Exports currently represent 10% of turn-over. However, the company plans to use the new facility as a platform to double its exports within the next three years.

The company will soon be introducing new products to its existing range, one of which will be a new admixture, specially for the precast industry.

Chryso SA will also be signing a distri- bution agreement for colouring agents in concrete within a month.

The company is part of Chryso SAS France, which, in turn, is a subsidiary of the Materis Group – formerly Lafarge Speciality Materials.

The group has operations in 12 countries and employs more than 300 people.