MANUFACTURING: Duro's Springboard In The W Cape
Recent Western Cape Business News
DURO Pressings, South Africa’s largest manufacturer and distributor of steel and aluminium windows, doors and allied building products, has established a R3 million new aluminium window production facility in the Western Cape.
Located at Kuils River, and operated under the umbrella of Duro’s aluminium product division, Richards and Barlow (R&B), the project was commissioned late last month, says R&B commercial manager Stephan Marckx.
The investment by Duro shows some confidence in the Western Cape’s building, construction and home improvement sector at a time when it is still shaking off the effects of the worst recession in almost two decades.
The Kuils Rivier window manufacturing facility dovetails on the same site with R&B’s Western Cape distribution centre.
“The project provides a platform from which we will launch a range of new aluminium products – particularly in shower doors and in double glazed lines,” says Marckx.
The R&B aluminium product range is now marketed under two consumer brands - ‘Como’ (windows and doors) and ‘Bellagio’ (shower doors and other bathroom accessories).
“Our distribution infrastructure at Kuils Rivier covers not only the Peninsula and the Western Cape but also reaches into the Northern Cape – as far as Kakamas in Namaqualand – as well as into Namibia…..giving the two brands a strong footprint in the region,” Marckx says.
Established 54 years ago, Duro Pressings is a family-founded-and-controlled enterprise in which a significant strategic minority stake is held jointly by Metropolitan (through its African Wealth Creator fund) and the Molash group.
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