Building material powerhouse sets its sights on Africa

by Darren
Building material powerhouse sets its sights on africa MARLEY

Etex subsidiary, Marley Building Systems, is focusing on strengthening its position in Africa.

Marley Building Systems is the South African subsidiary of the global Belgian industrial group, Etex, a leader in building materials.

Backed by a long history of focused growth and a solid track-record of successful acquisitions across the globe, the group is looking to strengthen its position in Africa with hubs in Nigeria and South Africa, respectively the first- and third-largest economies on the continent. The company also has a presence in Mozambique, Namibia and Botswana.

The company’s acquisition of the Gypsum business in November 2015 was therefore a solid investment in the South African operations and in line with Etex’s African vision. The local hub brings strong local brands and superior market knowledge to the table, from where the Marley Building Systems footprint can extend beyond borders to meet growing needs in Africa.

Sustainable compliance
Driving innovation to generate new products and solutions across diverse global markets, Marley Building Systems offers affordable and sustainable building solutions for construction across Southern Africa.

According to Seseselelo Matlapeng, marketing manager at Marley Building Systems South Africa, sustainability is an important part of the business. Marley Building Systems continues to seek ways to reduce the amounts of raw materials, water and energy used in the manufacturing and distribution of its products.

Its focus on innovation has also adequately prepared the company for the changing regulatory regime in South Africa. Marley Building Systems ensures that its products are in line with industry requirements, thus meeting and at times exceeding quality standards such as SANS 204 for Energy Efficiency in Buildings, SANS 517 for Light Steel Frame Building (LSFB) and SANS 266 for Plasterboards.

“This helps our customers and specifiers alike to comply with building standards and codes, whilst advancing our sustainability objectives,” says Matlapeng.

Changing building solutions as we know it
The company also envisages growth in the uptake of alternative building methods to meet the growing housing demand and unique requirements. This puts Marley Building Systems in a unique position to respond to construction needs across the African continent.

Marley Building Systems
Tel: 011 316 2121
Website: www.marleybuildingsystems.co.za

Innovative, sustainable and complete solutions

Marley Building Systems brings globally proven innovations and sustainability know-how to the market, as well as product solutions that are eco-friendly, energy-efficient and perform effectively in terms of thermal capacity, fire protection and acoustics. The company currently has four product brands in the local market.

•    Plasterboard
Siniat is the plasterboard solutions brand listed on Ecospecifier. This plasterboard range has been awarded the Global Green Tag GBCSA Level B and LC Rate Bronze certification. They remain the only local manufacturer with the SANS 266 SABS mark for all their plasterboards.

•    Fibre-cement boards
The Kalsi brand offers a range of fibre-cement ceiling and cladding solutions, with flat sheets that adhere to SABS 803.

•    Facade cladding
Equitone is the premium brand that offers fibre-cement cladding facade solutions. The Equitone panels are manufactured in accordance with the requirements of EN12467.

•    Roofing materials
Lastly, the award-winning Marley Roofing brand presents clay, concrete and fibre-cement roof tiles. Marley Building Systems’ fibre-cement roofing materials also adhere to SANS 10409.

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