Job creation, skills development and the economy are boosted by an expanding tile manufacturer’s operations in Bronkhorstspruit.
Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd has brought beauty and character to the South African roofscape, together with big expectations for both the company and the country. This roof and floor tile manufacturer in Bronkhorstspruit is planning to expand its operations and introduce three to four more production lines, simultaneously tripling its workforce between 2015 and 2016, with a total investment of R600 million.
The announcement was made by the company’s executive director, John Zhu, during a visit by the deputy-minister of trade and industry (DTI), Elizabeth Thabethe, earlier this year.
Thabethe welcomed the company’s investment of more than R300 million in South Africa so far and said it is a sign that the government’s strategy to attract foreign direct investment is having a positive effect. She added that if South Africa can attract more foreign direct investors such as Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd, it will also lead to the realisation of the goal to create more jobs.
Operation benefiting locals
Having started production in June 2013, Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd currently employs over 300 people, including 80 Chinese nationals and 230 South Africans from the neighbouring Ekangala, Rethabiseng and Zithobeni Townships in order to supply tiles to Tile Africa, Builders Warehouse, and Ceramic Tile Market (CTM).
“We produce both roof tiles and floor tiles with the existing production line and are the first and only factory making 600 x 600mm Grey hard-body porcelain stoneware floor and roof tiles in South Africa,” states Zhu.
“We are currently manufacturing 11 000 square metres per day, it can easily increase to 15 000 square meter per day and full implementation of our business model will see us increase our total workforce to between 800 and 1 000,” he added.
Efficient and long-lasting
According to Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd, the roof tiles manufactured at the company’s site in Bronkhorstspruit are lightweight and therefore help to reduce transport costs, which are a big part of overall building costs, with as much as 40%. This in turn contributes to the energy-efficiency of buildings’ construction.
Once roof tiles have been properly installed, they also have negligible maintenance requirements for the life of the roof. Its colour-fast properties ensure minimal upkeep over time and the under-structure can also help to reduce design and material costs significantly.
Unlike other materials, roofing tiles retains their appearance with age and therefore maintains the aesthetic appearance of the building over time. Each tile has a vitrified body that makes it impervious to air and waterborne pollutants, and able to withstand exposure to harsh UV light without breaking down. They are manufactured to last and the result is beautiful and hardwearing roofs for homes and other buildings.
Keeping up with the trends
Glazed porcelain roof tiles first made their appearance in the second half of the 1990s and are gaining popularity because of their unique advantages. Crafted from selected natural clays that is kiln-fired at temperatures of 1 100°C, the glazed tile as alternative to the matt finish can be polished to enhance the quality and aesthetics.
A key practical implication is that the low porosity of porcelain roof tiles makes them frost-resistant. In addition, the higher quality composition and surface require the minimum amount of glaze.
Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd also keeps abreast of market research and says that although the Tuscan look and feel has dominated roof design for many years, the new generation of South African architects and homeowners are ready for new, innovative and creative ideas that will stretch the imagination beyond style and comfort in roof covering materials and design.
Rayal Trading (Pty) Ltd
Tel: 013 933 3516 / 933 3846