Putzmeister, South Africa is a reliable provider of one-stop concrete solutions to construction sites in sub-Saharan African countries. Driven by the philosophy “African solutions for African needs”, Putzmeister is able to meet the exact requirements of mega infrastructure projects in sub-Saharan Africa sufficiently. While most South African suppliers engage local agents, Putzmeister South Africa’s Managing Director, Ludwig Geyser, revealed that his organisation works more efficiently by dealing with sub-Saharan Africa clients directly from South Africa.
Putzmeister offers a comprehensive after-sale service to its customers in Africa and its warehouse in Honeydew, Johannesburg has a steady supply of replacement parts. Through experience, Putzmeister has succeeded in developing a market outside South Africa, says Geyser.
They have developed low tech Africa-specific machines with simplified hydraulics and electronics making fault finding easier. The products are simple, manually operated. Furthermore, they are mainly diesel-driven, convenient for most parts of Africa which have little or no access to electricity,” he explains, adding that although low-tech, the products are made to Germany quality specifications in accordance with ISO 9001 standards.
With guaranteed availability of machines and spares from its factories, Putzmeister is able to meet demand in any country within their allocated region. Their unique approach to African needs can also be reflected in the turnkey package tailored made for customers, and this has paid off substantially, with tremendous growth experienced in countries such as Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Its recent supply contracts include Dar Es Salaam-based projects, the Pension Towers and the Port Authority in Gaborone, Botswana, and the expansion of various mines in the DRC and Zambia.
Putzmeister South Africa supplies the batching plants where concrete is produced, truck-mounted and trailer-mounted concrete pumps, concrete mixers for a complete concrete solution. “With regards to Africa, we have had to diversify and broaden our horizons in terms of product spectrum to create a convenient one-stop shop kind of service,” explains Geyser. Putzmeister hopes to capitalise on steady demand for complete concrete solutions in sub-Saharan Africa.