Hydraform Company Profile

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

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HYDRAFORM M9 BUSINESS ON A TRAILER GAME CHANGER FOR MOBILE CONSTRUCTION

[Johannesburg, 12 June 2017]: Hydraform International, the leading alternative building technology company in the developing world since 1988, recently launched the M9 Business on a Trailer, a roadworthy trailer complete with block-making plant, equipment and tools for on-site block production and construction.

Recently launched to an overwhelmingly positive reception at the NAMPO Agricultural Show in Bothaville earlier this year, the new M9 Business on a Trailer from Hydraform is a trailer-based system that allows for mobile block-making in urban and rural areas. Designed to facilitate mobile business, the machine and block-making components are fitted to a removable skid, so the trailer can be used separately, doubling up on its benefits and versatility.

“The M9 Business on a Trailer allows for the set up of temporary block yards as and when needed,” says Nazlie Dickson, Hydraform Sales Director. “The entire system can be packed up in 15 minutes and moved, allowing high mobility and on-demand production in a block-making and construction business. Furthermore, the system’s compact design and mobility makes it easy to store securely when manufacturing blocks in rural settings or where security is a concern,” she adds.

An ABT on wheels

While the demand for construction in Africa is immense, the accompanying costs are often prohibitively expensive, making home construction unaffordable and inaccessible to a large portion of the population.

The Hydraform interlocking building block remains one of the most viable Alternative Building Technology (ABT) solutions in the market due to the lower cost of construction and longevity of the high quality block that is produced. The building system is also extremely versatile and is used from low-cost and rural developments to upmarket urban housing.

The Hydraform interlocking system is popular due it its ability to reduce construction costs and deliver housing faster; two of the main advantages of the system. “The market often turns to smaller contractors for their construction needs, which makes for fantastic business opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to enter and grow in the construction sector,” Dickson says.

Rands and cents of mobile construction

The M9 Business on a Trailer from Hydraform is rated at 1.6 tons and can manufacture up to 500 interlocking blocks per day. The system is fitted with a 7.5 kW diesel Hoffman generator and comes complete with: a 500 litre water tank; water pump; block yard tools; tool box; break-neck trailer; two block moulds; lintel mould (for up to 2.4 metres); two sieves; and two weeks’ intensive on-site training.

The system can support an entire mobile block-making enterprise using materials sourced locally. The final product, the ever-popular Hydraform dry-stacking interlocking block, makes for faster construction compared to traditional brick and mortar methods and reduces costs, as the interlocking blocks minimizes the need for mortar by up to 70%.

The initial capital outlay for the Hydraform M9 Business on a Trailer is roughly R205 000 including VAT; a reasonable investment considering that all the equipment needed for this business opportunity is supplied.

“To put into perspective the value it brings, the M9 Business on a Trailer can manufacture enough blocks to build a dwelling of 45 m2 in nine days. Houses built using the Hydraform system can be built faster than with conventional methods, which means that a contractor with a small team can build up to two houses a month, which can be sold in line with market value and at a fair profit for the builder,” Dickson explains. “From a business perspective, the potential return on investment is high,” she adds.

Hydraform original equipment manufacturer

Developed in South Africa, where all original Hydraform equipment is manufactured, the M9 Business on a Trailer is the product of intense research and development by Hydraform’s dedicated R&D department and manufactured in Hydraform’s Durban-based factory.

Having undergone stringent testing at the South Africa Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the system has been approved by Agrément SA, the governing body for all alternative building technologies. “This testing and approval is necessary to ensure that technologies brought to market conform to approved standards for construction purposes,” remarks Dickson, adding, “Hydraform tests its products through Agrément SA on a regular basis and has also formed a close relationship with the University of the Witwatersrand for further research and development purposes.”

Hydraform boasts a dedicated after-sales and spares department, and with the focus on local manufacturing, spare part access and delivery to site is both quick and hassle free.

“The Hydraform M9 Business on a Trailer concept is unique in the sense that an entire business can be operated and transported from it. Many small contractors are heavily reliant on suppliers for bricks and blocks, which often translates to high delivery costs, having to liaise with unreliable suppliers and navigating quality control issues, which all detract from a healthy bottom line,” Dickson explains, concluding, “The trailer-based business afforded by the Hydraform M9 Business on a Trailer helps cut down on delivery costs and puts the contactor in charge of his or her own supply chain, increasing profits and becoming a real contender in a burgeoning African market.”

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Nazlie Dickson
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za





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LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY FOR SUSTAINED SOCIO-ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

[Johannesburg, 29 May 2017]: Hydraform International, the leading alternative building technology company in the developing world since 1988, is well known for its unique interlocking building system which eliminates the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure. Thanks to its mobility, the system has global appeal in developing communities and serious buy-in from both public and private entities committed to economic empowerment.

Making use of the oldest known building material, earth, to produce interlocking soil-cement blocks, Hydraform’s innovative and sustainable building technology is used to build a wide range of buildings, including upmarket housing, low-cost housing, estates, schools, universities, clinics and commercial structures across the world.

Production & construction benefits

This Alternative Building Technology (ABT) makes use of natural raw material (earth) to manufacture a building block stabilised with just 10% cement. The blocks are interlocking, thus eliminating the need for mortar joints in 70% of the structure. This innovation in construction has resulted in an extremely competitive building system suitable for any type of construction and has been approved and used by relevant authorities in South Africa.

The blocks are manufactured by mobile or static blockmaking machines. The added advantage these machines bring to the Hydraform value proposition is that the blocks can be produced on site, resulting in reduced transport costs. The use of local soils also helps reduce costs and increases local impact. The business value proposition speaks highly to the current demands and objectives of government at both local and national level, since the impacts are not only financial but socio-economic.

The system differs from conventional bricks in that it replaces the traditional ‘brick and mortar’ type building with interlocking, dry-stacked blocks. With the potential to save up to 30% on general construction costs, the Hydraform system is simple enough to be used by unskilled persons. Each Hydraform interlocking block consists of 90% soil (which can be sourced on site) and only 10% cement, and makes for faster, easier, more cost-effective construction.

The Hydraform interlocking block making system comes with a host of construction benefits that make it well positioned to serve communities in the developing world. As a dry-stacking interlocking system, no mortar is required and the end result leaves a high quality face brick finish that can readily accept a painted finish if desired.

A win for the block yard entrepreneur

A block yard can easily be established on any suitable land space, making block production using Hydraform technology a viable and potentially lucrative entrepreneurial endeavour. More so, an active block yard using the system has the potential to make a significant socio-economic impact on the surrounding community which stands to benefit from job opportunities and skills development; approximately 30 to 40 direct jobs in block and paving production are possible through a commercial or community-driven block yard.

A block yard powered by Hydraform technology is capable of producing 3000 blocks per day using the Hydraform M7MI Super Auto, which translates to nearly 500 000 blocks manufactured annually. Even more impressively, 5000 interlocking pavers can be manufactured daily using the Hydraform V3SE, which is roughly over 1 million pavers produced per year.

To put this rate of production into perspective, a Hydraform block yard can supply enough bricks for 13 000 m2 of walling, around 90 houses of 50 m2 each, 60 school classrooms, or 30 upmarket houses of 100 m2 each.

Transforming lives through job creation & empowerment

Hydraform technology is a catalyst for economic empowerment across Africa and the rest of the developing world. The impact of the Hydraform ABT helps provide the building blocks for houses, schools, community buildings and hospitals, the technology leaves a profound legacy of skills development and economic upliftment in its wake.

The Hydraform Building System has the potential through its many benefits to empower unskilled men and women to become active participants and agents for change in their own communities by gaining practical skills and experience in brick and block making as well as construction. These new skills and job opportunities have far reaching consequences in the line of contributing towards housing delivery and the stimulation of the local economy. Small business and craftsmen who supply services to the new industry, such as roofing, construction labour, cement supply, food, etc. also benefit.

The benefits that come with using Hydraform technology to build communities are manifold. The technology has the potential to serve the whole community, who are trained in construction, brick and block production as well as building management. The community saves a great deal on building costs by using mobile machines and local soil to produce bricks and blocks on site for construction that is environmentally friendly, thermally efficient and low maintenance.

Hydraform prides itself on providing world class training either on site or at their Training Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. Vital to ensuring skills development and transfer, Hydraform’s training covers quality brick and block production as well as construction. Technical assistance is also available whenever and wherever it is needed.

Hydraform machinery is available either locally of through trusted agents across Africa, in Central America, South America, India, Turkey and the Philippines. The system is used and trusted by NGOs, governments, private investors, property developers, international agencies, mining operations and entrepreneurs.

Why the Hydraform system?

• Only 8% cement per 7MPa block
• Local soil used from project site
• Save on transport costs
• Simplicity: Easy for local communities to manufacture blocks and build with them
• Proven and tested
• Employment: Provides unskilled people from the community meaningful work
• Empowerment of unskilled people, including women
• Cost savings in construction
• Bricks are made where they are needed
• Customer support and training readily available
• Global network of outlets and agents

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Ryno Saayman | Marketing Coordinator
Tel: +27 11 913 1449
Cell: +27 84 840 3265
Skype: ryno.saayman1
Email: ryno@hydraform.com

Media contact:

Sabelo Nkuta
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 79 5494
Cell: +27 (0)83 621 5176
Email: sabelo@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za







Hydraform blocks for 7.3 million USD affordable housing project in Tanzania

[Johannesburg, 25 May 2017]: Hydraform International, the leading alternative building technology company in the developing world, enabled the efficient delivery of 214-unit affordable housing project valued at TZS 15.8 BN in Tanzania using the Hydraform Interlocking building technology.

Constructed under the auspices of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) in Tanzania, with the main project stakeholders being the NHC, Flintstone Engineering, Pioneer Builders Limited, Herkin Builders Limited and Temeke Municipality, the project scope extends to building of 25 blocks of residential town house apartments and 56 semi-detached single-storey buildings in Mwongozo , Kigamboni, district of Dar es Salaam.

Nazlie Dickson, Marketing Director at Hydraform, comments, “As a unique alternative building technology (ABT), the Hydraform interlocking building system was selected by the NHC to be implemented to this project as part of the Corporation’s innovative housing policies with which Hydraform’s values are well aligned,” she adds.

From the ground up

Hydraform supplied NHC with the M7MI machines because of their versatility and suitability to the varying ground conditions and the scope of the project deliverables. What makes Hydraform the leader in both our technology and our equipment is the understanding of the environment and conditions on construction sites. The units supplied have are diesel operated for independent power, are mobile so can be transported to sites across the country and have a high volume production.

“The client’s experience using Hydraform machinery on site was a very positive one and they have reported that the machinery has made the construction process simple, fast and affordable, especially since much of the raw material used to manufacture the blocks was sourced around the same area,” remarks Dickson.

From inception to completion of this project, it has created jobs for about 350 people, including both unskilled labour and specialised labour, artisans, engineers, architects, quantity surveyors and technicians, many of whom are from Tanzania.

“The NHC’s vision to supply housing to the region in a way that makes a lasting impact through the use of an ABT, with thought to sustainability, and in support of the local economy, directly mirrors that of the Hydraform brand,” comments Dickson, concluding, “Hydraform is thus proud to have supplied its machinery to a project such as this that mindfully goes beyond construction.”

Ground broke on the Mwongozo Affordable housing project was in March 2014 and with eight months to complete the sub-structure, a year to complete the super-structure and another year for finishing, the project is due for completion at the end of February 2017.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Nazlie Dickson
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Boitumelo Mogano
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)76 733 2615
Email: boitumelo@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za









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FARMER FIRST FOR HYDRAFORM AT NAMPO 2017

[Johannesburg, 13 April 2017]: Grain SA’s NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show is a staple on the calendar of the South African agricultural community and those who serve it. Hydraform International, leading alternative building technology company in the developing world, will have the agricultural sector top of mind as it exhibits and demonstrates its brick and block making machinery at the show for the 21st consecutive year.

NAMPO, the largest agricultural show in the southern hemisphere, is attended by the agricultural community from across the African continent. As such, it offers exhibitors direct access to the who’s who of the agricultural sector and a platform for networking not only within this industry, but with the many other businesses that are critical to its success.

“The products and innovations on display at NAMPO are of a world class standard,” remarks, Nazlie Dickson, Hydraform Sales and Marketing Director, adding, “The show facilitates the demonstration of all the latest technologies available to the sector, not only to grow this market, but to play their part in facilitating the constant improvement of the quality of produce. NAMPO is thus an ideal platform for suppliers and manufacturers to access invaluable direct market input from their customer base and vice versa and, with the show’s new international pavilion, the enterprise is growing its international visitor and exhibitor base tremendously.”

Food on the table

As a sector vital to the economy and the food security of South Africans, the farmer’s practice is a fragile one contingent upon unpredictable variables like the weather, pestilence and the instability of the labour market. Nazlie Dickson remarks, “The local agricultural sector has faced a number of obstacles of late, due to the drought and more recently, the outbreak of the ‘Fall Armyworm’ in Limpopo and the North West Province,” adding, “And although there is an estimated 80% growth in maize production compared to last year, many farmers may still struggle, since the maize price is expected to be much lower and catching up to losses will still prove to be difficult.”

Another challenge in the sector is the development of emerging farmers’ operations. Comments Dickson, “Unfortunately, over the course of the last two years or so, farmers have had many factors with which to contend and spending has been restricted to other areas,” adding, “It is essential that emerging farmers are developed and equipped to set up and run sustainable farming that can positively contribute to our country’s economy. These farmers are hardest hit by drought and other natural disasters due to the lack of insurance and savings, which makes the topic of agricultural training and planning for various natural occurrences that could influence farming activities top of mind at the show.”

A growing partnership

Hydraform has a long and successful relationship with the agricultural community, which is underpinned by the quality and toughness of its machinery which is used to build anything from staff housing, storage facilities, lodges and other buildings needed on farms. “The challenges of the farmer represent opportunities within the sector and the manufacture of quality bricks and blocks has proven to be a viable business opportunity, not only in the construction of farm buildings, but in supplying bricks and blocks commercially,” Dickson notes, adding, “This is why we’ll be launching our new Hydraform HP1 block making machine at NAMPO, which will be demonstrated to the public for the first time at the show,” she adds.

The Hydraform HP1 is an entry-level block making machine that is aimed at small projects and has the agricultural sector in mind. The machine does not require diesel or electricity to operate and is done completely manually, without compromising on block quality. Being a Hydraform machine, it remains true to the original concept of manufacturing quality interlocking building blocks from soil-cement technology.

“By nature, the successful farmer is an innovator whose survival depends on finding solutions to his day-to-day challenges, making Hydraform technology an ideal companion for the players in this field,” says Dickson, concluding, “We are thus proud to have been associated with the NAMPO event for so long and are grateful to the growing enterprise for its support in connecting the agricultural industry with the tools it needs not only to survive, but to thrive.”

Hydraform will be exhibiting at NAMPO from 16-19 May 2017. Visit us at stand 65c and learn more about Hydraform’s brick and block making machinery and how it supports the farmer and the developing world.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Moabi Rakosa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za





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HYDRAFORM INFRASTRUCTURE FOR ZIMBABWE SCHOOL FOR BOYS

[Johannesburg, 28 March 2017]: Knowstics Academy, an independent school for boys based in Bonda, Manicaland in Zimbabwe, has found an alternative to property rental and, with the help of Hydraform’s interlocking block making technology, is literally building its new premises from the ground up.

Boasting a consistently high pass rate and a push to prepare its students for life beyond school, the privately-owned institution started with an all-girls academy, which was established in 2009 and offers tuition for forms one to six. Knowstics Academy is also registered with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and offers exams for both the University of Cambridge and ZIMSEC (Zimbabwe School Examinations Council).1 The Knowstics Academy for boys, which is currently being built using the Hydraform system, is poised to follow suit with the same available education levels and accreditation on offer.

Previously, the academy had rented premises from which to operate, but recently arrived at the decision to build two new schools of its own – separately for boys and girls. The project, which commenced in September 2016 and is expected to conclude in mid-2017, includes classrooms, offices, laboratories, boundary walls and housing for both staff and students.

The project called for the use of Hydraform’s interlocking block making machinery, including the M7MI Super, M7S2E and the M7S1E. “The M7MI Super is our best selling machine, producing 2200 blocks in an 8 hour shift. Being robust and very mobile, it’s ideal for remote sites and even on sites without any electricity available, which made it an ideal workhorse for the Knowstics Academy project,” remarks Nazlie Dickson, Hydraform Sales and Marketing Director, who adds, “In addition to the M7S2E, which works at a rate of about 3000 blocks per shift, thanks to its twin compression chambers, and the M7S1E, another solid staple in Hydraform’s range of machinery, this trio of machines makes for a formidable production combination on site.”

“Our machinery was slated for this unique project because of the speed of construction it offers, reliability of the machinery and great quality building finish,” says Dickson. “This is the first Hydraform-supported project of both its kind and magnitude in Zimbabwe, and it will be fully realized in the coming months, thanks to the forward-thinking approach and high standards of the Knowstics Academy, which are so well in tune with those of Hydraform. This project is a Zimbabwean success story in the making and we’re proud to be providing the building blocks for this exciting new narrative,” Dickson concludes.

The Knowstics Academy project, which is currently under way, employs the specialized skills of architects and civil engineers, and has created work opportunities for over 200 local community members.

Reference:

Mtisi, M. ‘Knowstics Academy, attracting world attention.’ The Manica Post. http://manicapost.co.zw/knowstics-academy-attracting-world-attention/ Accessed: 14 February 2017.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Moabi Rakosa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Boitumelo Mogano
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)76 733 2615
Email: boitumelo@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za









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HANDOVER OF HYDRAFORM MACHINERY DONATED BY MTN TO RATLOU COMMUNITY

[Johannesburg, 06 February 2017] There was huge excitement in Logagane Village on Tuesday, 31 January 2017 for community members of the Ratlou Municipality, as Social Development Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, handed over Hydraform International interlocking brick and blockmaking machinery, donated by the MTN Foundation and valued at R1.2 million.

Bogopane-Zulu challenged Ratlou community members with mud homes to take every opportunity of using the Hydraform brick and block machinery as a means of eliminating poverty, inequality and unemployment. She added, “Community members will be able to make bricks and build their own houses. The initiative will reduce unemployment. However, we want them to understand the do-it-yourself (DIY) initiative. More people will be employed in this project after we have registered it as a non-profit organisation (NPO).”

“Those who will be working here will receive a stipend. However, the main objective is to ensure that the community stops relying on the government for RDP houses. The project will assist them to build decent houses. We have provided training and skills development to members of the cooperative and we will also monitor the project,” said Bogopane-Zulu. “We will ensure the project benefits the communities across Ratlou,” said Tebogo Modise, Mayor of Ratlou Municipality. “The project came about after the discovery of more than 3000 teenage mothers in the area. We want to address socio-economic issues and unemployment.”

Executive Manager of the MTN Foundation, Graham de Vries, said, “Our partnership started in 2012 and we will continue to support the social development initiative. We will provide training for the Hydraform machinery.”

Hydraform International’s Sales Executive, Lusanda Zimase, attended the handover event in Logagane Village and said, “Hydraform’s building system is different to the normal bricks that we know, in that it replaces regularly used bricks and cement with Hydraform blocks that interlock and are dry-stacked. A unique feature of the building system is that it uses soil, to produce an interlocking soil and cement block. By taking the world’s oldest known building material, earth (soil) and giving it form and durability through Hydraform’s innovative technology, the company has developed an earth brick that can reduce costs and construction times. Not only is Hydraform’s building system proven and tested, it also boasts various other benefits such as: cost savings in construction, empowerment of unskilled people (including women), a simple building system, thermal insulation qualities, being three times as efficient as concrete block and twice as efficient as fired clay bricks, reduced transport costs, local soil used from project sites and bricks made where and when needed.”

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Moabi Rakosa
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0) 11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za











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HYDRAFORM TO HIGHLIGHT AGRICULTURAL OFFERING AT NAMPO 2016

[Johannesburg, 25 April 2016]:Hydraform International, leaders in brick- and block-making machinery since 1988 will, for the 20th year running, be exhibiting at Grain SA’s 50th NAMPO Harvest Day taking place outside Bothaville in the Free State from 17-20 May.

Having exhibited NAMPO for the past 19 years, Hydraform is a well-known brand among the farmers in attendance as well as the southern African agricultural community at large.

Through challenging economic times and the unpredictable consequences of climate change, it is more important now than ever that farmers are able to be adaptable, flexible and creative in securing their income. HydraformSales and Marketing Director, Nazlie Dickson comments, “We’ve found more and more that farmers and owners of large properties are exploring different ways of earning an income – something Hydraform technology is built to do.” She adds, “This is why we’ll be placing emphasis on some of our bigger machines that align well with the needs of the farmer at NAMPO 2016.”

“Hydraform technology suits farmers perfectly because of the use of soil (arable and non-arable) amply available on their farms that can be turned into building blocks. With Hydraform technology, this resource can easily be put to use in building structures needed on their farms, like barns, stables, storage space and even housing for employees.”

Alongside their available machinery, Hydraform will also be highlighting their training services at NAMPO. “Due to the mobility of our machinery, we are able to offer training to workers on site so that during the farmers’ off-season, by using available land and soil, workers can produce blocks, erect structures and go on earning an income,” comments Dickson.

Due to the changing and growing agricultural market, NAMPO is enjoying a wider and growing international audience as well. Says Dickson, “NAMPO has grown tremendously over the years, giving more players in the market the opportunity to showcase their products. Hydraform has developed a strong presence at the show, which has helped us to build the farmer’s trust in our products and services. We also have a great many outstanding projects that have used Hydraform technology that stand testament to the reliability of the brand.”

“As a key event on the southern African agricultural trade calendar, Hydraform has found great value in attending NAMPO over the years and is proud to mark its 20th year of attendance in the event’s 50th year,” says Dickson, concluding,“With an abundance of potential in the South African agricultural sector, NAMPO provides fertile ground for connecting the farmer with machinery specifically developed to secure the future– by unlocking the potential of soil and space.”

Visit Hydraform at stand 65C at Grain SA’s NAMPO Harvest Day running from 17-20 May in Bothaville, Free State, and talk to our representatives about our customised packages tailored to each farmer and/or project.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Nazlie Dickson
Sales & Marketing Director
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: marketing@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za



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HYDRAFORM TECHNOLOGY HELPS UGANDANS DISPLACED BY LANDSLIDE REBUILD THEIR LIVES

[Johannesburg, 14 March 2016]:In 2010, a landslide in rural Bududa in eastern Uganda resulted in some 2000 people being displaced, after which the governmentresolved to relocate survivors to areas where access to relief supplies, health services and education facilities would be easy.

In response to this tragedy, the Office of the Prime Minister of the Government of Uganda contracted Hydraform International to build 60 low cost homes with the involvement of the community in Kiryandongo, where some of the displaced people have been settled.

The Bududa project, which was implemented over 11 months from December 2014 to November 2015, is an example of the Government of Uganda’s multi-faceted strategy around housing delivery. The project’s directive was not only to deliver low cost homes, but to do this in such a way as to empower the community through skills development and local participation.

Nazlie Dickson, Sales and Marketing Director for Hydraform remarks, “The directive of the Government of Uganda to deliver these low cost homes, but with an emphasis on community building as well, meant that Hydraform was a great fit for this project. The HydraformBuilding System, along with the training we have on offer, can be put to use to build all types of projects, but this project highlights that it is especially well suited to empowering rural communities with both a sense of ownership of their own homes as well as with skills that make a long-term economic impact.”

Building a community

Hydraform machinery was taken to site, where the community were taught both to use the Hydraform Interlocking Building System as well as build with the end product. Comments Dickson, “The Hydraform system, including both the blockmaking and construction, boasts a high ratio (over 60%) of value-added to total gross outlay. This means that a high percentage of the gross outlay for the project was available to pay wages and salaries – a double benefit to the community.”

Three mini blockyards were set up and a site office was built. Block production was eventually ramped up to 9000 per day. This was made possible with extra shifts and a steady supply of all necessary materials and inputs, likemurram, tools, water(supplied via a water tanker), cement (230 bags daily), all put in place to achieve the daily production requirement.

Hydraform built 60 single stance pit latrines and each house had a 1000 litre rain water harvesting system installed. The site office is currently being used as a community centre now that the project is finished.

Making an impact

Making use of the Hydraform system, the Bududa project saw a great number of positive impacts that arose not only once the project was completed, but during its construction.

As construction on the Bududa project commenced, skilled employment opportunities in the line of construction work, equipment operation, plumbing and carpentry became available, creating work opportunities for people living in the area and great motivation for people unskilled in construction and related professions to take an interest and learn a trade. The local ladies also earnedmoney by bringing water onto site and helping with supplying the workers with lunch.

Furthermore, the Bududa project also relied on services and products procured locally. Construction materials, labour as well as transportation of goods from source to site were provided by people in the community as far as possible. Some products were sourced directly from the manufacturers, but more than 65% of them were purchased from local businesses.

The infrastructure provided to the project, such as roads, borehole rehabilitation and other access routes, laid the foundation for improved accessibility for trucks during harvest seasons, making agriculture in the area less challenging and more productive.

Building a local economy

A lasting consequence of the Bududa project was that construction workers, who generally lived close to the site, would spend a notable portion of their wages in the local community, therefore benefiting local businesses, which in turn could employ more people from the area and purchase more stock from other local concerns.

Furthermore, the residents’ involvement in the construction of their own homes has instilled in them a sense of pride in where they live. This will, in turn, extend to a sense of responsibility to take good care of their homes and to engage in economic activities, like the purchase of goods and services, to complement them. These self-started initiatives, like landscaping or extensions encourage other members of the community to do the same, resulting in an uplifted community, social stability and even a reduction in crime.

The Bududa housing project is a government initiative that has delivered more than housing. The project’s economic impact has gone beyond the final stages of construction and is projected to make a real economic impact on its beneficiaries far into the future. “It is initiatives such as this that strike a chord with Hydraform, because the intention set out by the Government of Uganda in delivering more than just homes is well aligned with our inherent values. The Hydraform Building System is built on training, skills development and on building localised legacies. Along with the Government of Uganda, the people of Bududa, who have taken action to reverse their displacement, we have helped built a project in service of its people, one that will give back for years to come,” concludes Dickson.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Nazlie Dickson
Sales & Marketing Director
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: marketing@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
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HYDRAFORM, THROUGH DEPT. OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT, HELPS BUILD A LEGACY AT RADWAY GREEN FARM AGRI-VILLAGE

[Johannesburg, 9 February 2016]: As one of the first Alternative Building Technologies (ABTs) available since 1988, Hydraform International has left an indelible mark on the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village just outside of Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

The official handover of the 27 affordable homes by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, built using Hydraform’s interlocking block-making technology, took place in mid-December last year in a ceremony that saw the Radway Green Farm dwellers addressed by Minister, Gugile Nkwinti. This handover represented the end of a long and difficult journey for the Radway Green Farm community who have waited no less than eight years for a place to call home.

The Department, who bought the 53ha Radway Green Farm land some five years ago, resolved to use the space for new housing for the community. In pursuit of this mandate, the Department contracted Hydraform to undertake the construction of this project for the benefit of the community.

Hydraform on the move

Comments Nazlie Dickson, Sales and Marketing Director for Hydraform, “Hydraform’s role in the Radway Green Farm project was a dynamic one. While we supplied the block-making machinery to the project, we also engaged with the community, teaching them how to use the machinery and employing them for the duration of the project.”

The Hydraform block-making machinery was transported to site, offering the community full and direct access the manufacturing technology. While the machinery’s mobility bodes well for convenience, the on-site set-up also means that the project doesn’t need to bear the cost of transporting bulk materials to site and the final product does not carry the additional embodied energy associated with heavy transport.

“Hydraform’s innovative dry-stacking method also means that the bricks and blocks have a lower embodied energy than traditional bricks and blocks,” remarks Dickson, who adds, “Hydraform blocks aren’t baked or fired, which saves on energy, construction time, cement costs and contributes to the overall sustainability of the project. These benefits really took centre stage on site, a rural setting without any formal water or power facilities or supply, and the machinery didn’t skip a beat.”

Neither did the Radway Green Farm community members who readily took to the opportunity to learn new skills and earn an income, all while contributing to the construction of their own homes. “It was important to us to ensure that the community were trained in both block-making and construction as part of the project’s skills development drive as set out by the Department. The community produced the 130 000 blocks that went into building their homes,” Dickson says.

Leaving a legacy

The Radway Green Farm Agri-Village is a self-sustaining, independent development that will support its residents through a host of features, including solar geysers, solar power units, sanitation systems and rainwater harvesting tanks as well as access to borehole water. Hydraform even left a brick-making machine on site, giving the community the agency to manufacture their own bricks and blocks, and to apply the skills they learned during the project in future community projects.

Hydraform has not only helped to deliver a housing project while training skills and through the heaviest rain season in years, but has also left a left a meaningful legacy at the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village: 27 families each received a home of 64m2; one family member from each of these homes was employed for the duration of the project, earning in excess of R25 000 per household; and 35 people from the local community were given employment opportunities, which translated into a total income in excess of R700 000 for the project’s duration. Dickson adds, “Throughout the project, Hydraform sought to encourage local economic empowerment by engaging with 13 small local businesses which were used in the delivery of services and material. To this end, over R5 million was retained by Grahamstown.”

“The Radway Green Farm Agri-Village is a community project that has made a real and immediate impact, but it also embodies both the Department’s and Hydraform’s long-term vision for a housing project that is sustainable and that will give back to its inhabitants for years to come,” says Dickson.
“With these successes and positive outcomes in mind, the Radway Green Farm Agri-Village stands testament to the work being done by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform in creating homes, while fulfilling the government’s objective to support local business, create local economic wealth as well as sustainable jobs through skills development. Hydraform is proud to have been a part of that,” Dickson concludes.

The Radway Green Farm Agri-Village forms part of the Department’s mandate, through its Comprehensive Rural Development Programme, to facilitate development and foster social cohesion in rural areas. The project was completed in December 2015.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Nazlie Dickson
Sales & Marketing Director
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: marketing@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za









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HYDRAFORM TO PROVIDE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR IVORIAN HEALTH SYSTEMS

[Johannesburg, 18 January 2016]Hydraform, South African leader in brick- and block-making machinery since 1988,was first choice in providing construction materials for the first phase of a hospital complex in the Agneby-Tiassale region of Côte d’Ivoire.

Hospital Jean-Baptiste, inaugurated in April 2015 by the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, represents the starting point for a wider initiative jointly funded by the Ordre de Malte and SCB (Sociétéd’étude et de Développement de la culture Bananière). The initiative aims to give back to the local community in the order of job creation in the process of facilitating the provision of healthcare.

The imperative for job creation in this project made the Hydraform Building System the obvious choice. According to Nazlie Dickson, Sales and Marketing Director forHydraform, “The organisations involved in the project were looking for a product or technology that could be used or operated by local labour, provide skills development and also use local materials as far as possible, without compromising on quality or aesthetics,” adding, “Hydraform had already been used by others in the region and therefore ‘tried and tested’ in a similar context, which also made it a highly attractive option for the project.”

Further benefits of the Hydraform Building System include better energy efficiency than other similar products.Notes Dickson, “Hydraform block-making machinery is the smart solution to logistical challenges that come with building remotely. Manufactured on site, which cuts down tremendously on material transport costs, and the blocks are not fired or baked, which also saves on energy. The dry-stack interlocking technology also saves on build time and cement costs and the speed of construction made possible with the system makes it not only viable, but highly beneficial tool for developers working towards a deadline.”

“And of course, clever design also contributes to the structure’s overall energy efficiency. A small gap between the roof and brick structure was designed for optimal airflow between the roof and ceiling. Together with the thermal properties of the Hydraform blocks, the airflow gap helps moderate internal temperatures, so that only one air-conditioner is needed to cool each building,” comments Dickson.

The project is a result of two organisations’support for the government’s decentralisation policy for socio-economic infrastructure, which includes the provision of healthcare, a wider plan that will see Hospital Jean Baptiste developed into a major centre equipped to service the whole of theAgnebyTiassale region.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za









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THE RANDS AND CENTS OF SMART STORAGE

[Johannesburg, 01 November 2015] South African leader in brick- and block-making machinery since 1988, Hydraform has proven its mettle in yet another unique South African project. This time, the Hydraform Building System is being put to use to build much-needed storage space just north of Johannesburg.

Local businessman, Gavin Stanton of Stanton Properties, who owns a parcel of land near Lonehill,found a niche in the market for storage space in the affluent northern suburbs of Johannesburg. With its high land prices, the area has a severe shortage of space for this purpose, so he married circumstance with opportunity and set out to start his own storage business.

However, the costs associated with building the sheer volume of storage units he had envisioned were prohibitively high and at first glance, made the project less than feasible. “The cost of transporting raw materials or even bulk purchases always impacted on the viability of the project,” says Stanton. But he soon came upon a solution that could help make the project a reality.

Stanton invested in a single Hydraform block-making machine and a few bags of cement. He used this with the soil and water from his own building site to manufacture his own dry-stacking interlocking blocks and the project was soon well under way. “We looked at several options for sourcing material and equipment to reduce the costs, but the Hydraform system made total sense,” remarks Stanton, who continues,“It gives economy of scale by using the soil on my own property and alsogives me full control over the quality of the bricks I manufacture. The system negates excessive transport costs, can be used by unskilled labourers and the speed of construction using dry-stacking blocks is truly impressive, not to mention the low cost.”

The first storage building, containing 57 individual storage units, was completed after only 18 months, a timeframe which included training unskilled labour to use the Hydraform equipment and also establishing a ‘brickyard’ in close proximity for curing the blocks. Once the project is complete, the storage complex will include four double-storey buildings, each measuring in at 16 by 36 metres, and will be roofed with a waterproofed concrete slab for extra security. Solar panels will cap all four of the buildings, which will help mitigate up to 17.5 kW hours of electricity against the building’s total energy usage.

A boundary wall and guardhouse as well as control room for a cellular phone base tower, which is also part of the site, will all soon be completed using Hydraform technology for a consistent look and feel.

“At the current speed of construction, I expect the remaining three units will be completed in about two years. After that, the equipment will be put to further good use on a few other projects I have in mind that could do with the Hydraform touch,” he concludes.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
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HYDRAFORM TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS HOUSING DELIVERY IN TANZANIA

[Johannesburg, 13 October 2015] South African leader in brick- and block-making machinery for over two decades, Hydraform International is playing a pivotal role in supporting the work of the National Housing Corporation of Tanzania (NHC).

The NHC of Tanzania is a public body entrusted with the undertaking of a variety of projects in service of the people of Tanzania. Included in this mandate are property management, planning, as well as the construction and provision of houses and other buildings. These buildings areintended for residential use by members of the public, and their construction is also aimed at creating opportunities for gainful employment and skills transfer.

According to Nazlie Dickson, Sales and Marketing Director for Hydraform, “The NHC has developed a five-year strategic plan to build and deliver a minimum of 15000 houses for sale and lease across the country. This impressive directive will be achieved through a spectrum of approaches that include public-private partnerships (PPPs) as well as various alternative building technologies and materials for the construction of quality affordable housing units and homes for low-income earners.”

As part of its vision to achieve the objective of delivering affordable housing that is not only legitimately affordable, but also of a high standard, NHC partnered with Hydraform and has actively been implementing this technology in its housing projects. Currently, more than 20 of theprojects, with units ranging from 50 to 200, are being constructed under the auspices of the NHC in Tanzania usingHydraform technology.

“As part of this partnership, Hydraform delivered the machines and provided training to the NHC engineers and project managers, who have subsequently reported cost savings of between 15 and 30% using Hydraform technology as compared with using conventional building methods,” comments Dickson, adding, “A prominent advantage of the Hydraform system, according to the NHC representatives, is that local raw materials are used to make the bricks and blocks on site, which renders mass scale housing delivery a viable and replicable undertaking.”

These projects signify almost 500 houses, over 20 building sites across the country and hundreds of meaningful jobs towards the NHC’s drive to deliver mass housing across Tanzania. While the volume and reach of these projects is vast, they all represent the success of a singular purpose-driven mandate to not only create affordable housing for deserving citizens, but to do so in a holistic way that creates opportunity for employment as well as learning.

“It’s no surprise, then, that Hydraform technology is being used in each and every one of these projects. Training people to use our machinery correctly and effectively is an essential part of what we do and rounds off our product offering. This means that with Hydraform technology comes the capacity to enrich lives not only through quality affordable housing, but through skills development and employment opportunities,” says Dickson, concluding,“Harnessed by housing bodies like the NHC, this capacity can enhance housing delivery with a smarter, more thoughtful ‘people-centred’ approach – delivering more.”

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za








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HYDRAFORM SET FOR BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA 2015


[Johannesburg, 19 August 2015]Hydraform, South African leader in brick- and block-making machinery since 1988, is ready for Bauma Conexpo Africa taking place from 15-18 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre.

An international trade fair specifically geared to showcase construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines and construction vehicles, Bauma Conexpo Africa is a niche event for the construction and mining sectors to exhibit their offerings and connect with their respective markets.

Steven Tucker, Sales Manager for Hydraform says, “We are looking forward to attending the Bauma Conexpo this year, because of the great market we hope to attract there. In attendance will be business people from various sectors, entrepreneurs and contractors, all of whom will find great value and potential in our unique market offering.” He adds,“This expo is an ideal platform for us to exhibit our latest products and demonstrate our interlocking building system to a captive and relevant audience. Bauma has a solid, global reputation for connecting exhibitors with their target market, which aligns with our mandate to grow our presence both in South Africa and internationally.”

Hydraform will be exhibiting a comprehensive range of its products, including the V4, the latest addition to its conventional range of brick, block and paving production machinery, the M7Mi Super Interlocking Block-making Machines as well as complementary accessory products. The Hydraform Interlocking Building System will complete the exhibit.

“This is all about educating the market on the Hydraform interlocking building system, meeting existing and prospective clients, and also networking with key decision-makers and role players in the affordable housing market,” notes Tucker. He adds, “Hydraform is in a unique position to provide a fresh and exciting look at housing, not only with its technical expertise on the workings of the machinery, but also with its knowledge of, and available training for, the use of an economically viable, durable construction method that uses locally available material.”

The construction sector is one that is constantly changing and developing, and in South Africa and Africa at large, it is fast-modernising. “However, modernising too quickly can cause complexities and often does not work successfully in the rural context. Hydraform has a firm grasp of this contextual conundrum and is able to answer to it with its highly adaptable machinery and systems,” says Tucker.

Demand for Hydraform’s products has shown measurable growth over the past few years and the company has remained steadfast in its offering despite the economic challenges that have faced the construction industry. Notes Tucker, “Despite these challenges, Hydraform has seen an uptake in its offering for the affordable housing market. A prominent highlight for us was winning a contract to supply and build a turnkey housing project for a municipality in the Eastern Cape. We are in the process of completing the project in good time, providing homes for 27 families, a remarkable showcase of what the Hydraform system is capable.”

Looking ahead to the event’s discussion topics, Tucker is confident of a few making the list: “Alternative Building Technologies (ABTs) as well as rural and low-cost housing solutions in support of housing delivery are relevant and necessary topics for discussion. Another potential point could address the many ‘copy products’ making their way to South Africa and how the market can guard against using untested and/or unsafe products. We also look forward to participating in an ongoing dialogue around promoting local manufacturing and how to navigate a tough export market.”

“Bauma Conexpo is known worldwide as the building expo to attend and it couldn’t be better located. We look forward to showing leaders in the local and broader African construction and infrastructure fields just what Hydraform can do and how it represents a firm solution for the global challenge of housing delivery,” concludes Tucker.

Hydraform will be exhibiting at the Bauma Conexpo Africa 2015, which takes place from 15-18 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre. Visit Hydraform inside Hall 5 at stand A30 and outside at stand ES220 (just outside Hall 5) to talk with our representatives and to learn more about our products and systems.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 27years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Tel: +27 (0)11 079 5494
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za
Web: www.moondawnmedia.co.za





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HYDRAFORM TRAINING SEMINAR TO CEMENT INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE OF PROVEN IBT

[Johannesburg, 27 July 2015]Back by popular demand, Hydraform, South African leader in brick- and block-making machinery since 1988, will be hosting its much-anticipated one week training seminar in Boksburg from 24-28 August.

Hydraform has been involved in the supply of sustainable building solutions for nearly three decades and has established itself as a global leader in soil-cement technology. Says Henry Cockcroft, Hydraform Senior Lecturer, “Hydraform’s unique technology has been embraced both internationally and at home, and training offered all over the world has proven hugely successful, not only for the company’s growth but for that of its clients. We now see the need to penetrate the local market further and to continue to highlight Hydraform’s available technology and expertise as an Innovative Building Technology (IBT) to the construction sector.”

Hydraform developed its interlocking building system 27 years ago and achieved its Agrément certificate in 1996 as an alternative building system. Given the urgent need to address the housing deficit in South Africa and the government’s commitment to the use of IBTs, the training seminar represents the perfect opportunity to learn more about Hydraform technology. The aim of the seminar is to ensure that all clients using the Hydraform building system are able to achieve high quality standards and return on investment as they grow their businesses.

Tried and tested

While Hydraform’s international training has been in place for as long as the company has been operating, the South African Academy has been running for four years. The local seminars are held at the company’s premises in Boksburg, but because of the mobility of the machinery for practical training, the academy can be replicated anywhere in South Africa.

“We adapt our training content to the type of group we are hosting and we can also tailor the training to suit the specific needs of a region, company, or group of individuals with regards to content and duration. Basic requirements would be reading and writing skills with elementary mathematical skills, and attendees could include labourers, masons, site foremen, managers, architects, engineers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and CFOs,” notes Cockcroft.
The training consists of about 30% theory and the remaining 70% will offer practical scenarios where the trainees participate in the construction of a small simulation building. Topics covered include:

• Major aspects of Hydraform interlocking block-making and construction
• Demonstration of theHydraform interlocking machine
• Machine operation and maintenance
• Material selection
• Cement theory and mix design
• Soil and block tests
• Practical block- and brick-making
• Curing of blocks and bricks
• Building the substructure
• Setting out a building and laying foundations (retain)
• Building a superstructure (practical)
• Building the ring beam (practical)
• The addition of services
• Pointing and plastering

Course material will be supplied in the form of a comprehensive manual and stationery will also be supplied. Protective clothing will be provided (trainee to supply his/her own safety shoes). On full participation and successful completion of an exam, a Hydraform Level 2 Certificate will be issued. The training package includes accommodation for the duration of the course with meals included. Light snacks will be provided for the duration of the course.

The Hydraform training seminar not only opens up a world of possibilities in construction, but it also aims to solidify knowledge and understanding of the technology and its applications. This notwithstanding the very real impact that the training has in contributing to job creation, skills transfer, community upliftment, and the creation of sustainable socio-economic environments.

“Hydraform’s technology offers innovative solutions to very relevant challenges in the building trade. The training we offer reveals a fresh approach to construction, encouraging lateral thinking in terms of current markets, touching on aspects of new business opportunities and of wealth creation in existing businesses made possible with the technology,” concludes Cockcroft.

The Hydraform training seminar will run from 24-28 August 2015 at a cost of R9950 for the week. For more information about the seminar or to book your spot, please call Nicole Kofahl on +27 (0)11 913 1449 or email training@hydraform.com.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com







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HYDRAFORM SHOWCASES SOLID OFFERING AT NAMPO 2015

[Johannesburg, 27 May 2015] Hydraform – South African leaders in brick- and block-making machines since 1988 – recently showcased its innovative technology at Grain SA’s NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show outside Bothaville in the Free State from 12-15 May.

According to Nazlie Dickson, Sales and Marketing Director for Hydraform, “Wehave a long-standing history with the South African agriculture sector and, because this trade show is such a good fit for our range of products and continues to show noticeable growth, we have been in attendance every year for just short of 20 years.”

The NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show offers a highly targeted and dynamic platform for farmers and the public alike to network and learn more about trends in the agricultural market. Hydraform exhibited its brick- and block-making solutions for constructing smaller infrastructure on agricultural estates, such as lodges, sheds, housing for workers, stalls, walling solutions and animal enclosures among others.

“We met many interesting first-time visitors to the NAMPO show who were not yet familiar with our products and technology. This indicated to us a positive growth trend both in the market and the show,” says Dickson. “There are many African farmers looking for products to extend their farm infrastructure in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. We also had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Vincent Karega, High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda, who paid a visit to the Hydraform stand to see the latest developments by the company,” she adds.

Farmers need to maximize their resources and adapt not only to markets, but to the seasons which dictate the success of their crops. Hydraform has the answer:
The vast majority of South African farmers have ample non-arable soil at their disposal, which can easily be used to make bricks or interlocking building blocks. “Using the Hydraform system is easy and cost-effective and will save farmers significant costs. It also presents an opportunity to upskill their labour force,” says Dickson.

The general feedback from visitors to the show was overwhelmingly positive, and highlighted in no short measure that farmers large and small are actively seeking out innovative technologies that can adapt to their seasonally dependent circumstances. “The farming market is excited about our products, because not only are these beautifully positioned to develop their estates, farmers can also capitalize on our technology to build on infrastructure and keep their staff in work during downtimes,” says Dickson, adding, “Hydraform technologies are well known in most African, South American, Canadian and other developing countries around the world. Our products have been operating on many commercial farms in Liberia, Benin, Zambia and Malawi to construct buildings like staff housing, sheds, stalls, and schools, proving thatour products are of exceptional quality and are robust enough to operate under the harshest conditions Africa has to offer.”

Looking ahead, and with the solid backing of nearly thirty successful years in business, Hydraform has a bright future outlook. “We look forward to setting up our new products for our clients all around the world, so that they, too, can produce and build with Hydraform. We don’t only sell quality machinery to the market – we are also all about supporting our clients in growing their own businesses to be more successful and profitable.”

NAMPO is a key event on the local and African agricultural community’s calendar, providing a networking opportunity like no other for industry stakeholders to come together and share their ideas and innovations. “NAMPO has and will continue to play a significant role in how we engage with and grow our agricultural customers. We’re already looking forward to NAMPO 2016.” Dickson concludes.

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About Hydraform:
Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Ryno Saayman
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media & Communications
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za



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HYDRAFORM’S ROCK SOLID OFFERING ON SHOW AT TOTALLY CONCRETE EXPO 2015

[Johannesburg, 22 May 2015] Hydraform – South African leaders in brick- and block-making machines since 1988 – successfully showcased their world-class machinery and comprehensive training and support services at the ever-popular Totally Concrete Expo, which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 12-14 May 2015.

With a dynamic approach to showcasing its product and service offering, Hydraform was a firm favourite among visitors and delegates alike. Accordingto Nazlie Dickson,Sales and Marketing Director for Hydraform, “We had the opportunity to host our workshop, ‘Engineered to Create Possibilities’, which covered the basics of building using our unique Hydraform Interlocking Building System, which proved very informative and interesting to clients, both old and new.” She adds, “The blocks are produced using soil, some cement and water, after which they are dry-stacked and interlocked from top to bottom and back to front. The system saves time and money, and is ideal for business owners and entrepreneurs looking to expand their offering to the construction market.”

With innumerable opportunities available in South Africa and beyond, the construction trade and exchange, both locally and abroad, are in a period of burgeoning growth and activity which looks set to stay.However, Hydraform is no stranger to taking opportunities across borders and has had the African market as part of its designs since its foundation in the late ‘80s. Says Dickson, “We are well known in most African, South American, Canadian and other developing countries around the world. Our products are of exceptional quality and are robust enough to operate in the harshest conditions that Africa, and other countries, has to offer.” She adds, “The infrastructural deficit in developing countries is no secret to the world and the opportunities to develop and empower these countries and their people are truly endless.”

Hydraform’s product offering is uniquely positioned to serve developing countries in their quest for infrastructure development and stability due to its inherent adaptability. “Our products are able to work around infrastructural constraints and still deliver housing, public buildings, clinics and schools – even in the most remote areas in Africa,” says Dickson, adding, “Doing business in Africa has a lot to do with making the time and effort to foster the right relationships, underpinned by trust, in key localities.”

Looking ahead,with the solid backing of nearly three decades in the construction trade, Hydraform has its feet firmly planted in the present and a bright future outlook with no less than two new products just recently launched into the market.

“We look forward to setting up these fantastic new products for our clients all around the world, so that they, too, can produce and build with Hydraform. We don’t only sell quality machinery to the market – we are also all about supporting our clients in growing their own businesses to be more successful and profitable.”

Dickson concludes, “Totally Concrete 2015 represented for us an exclusive opportunity to meet with the movers and shakers of our industry and to showcase how an innovative mix of materials, coupled with world-class machinery, can offer a quality solution to housing and infrastructure needs – both locally andglobally.”

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About Hydraform:

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com
Web: www.hydraform.com

Media contact:

Bridgette Macheke
MoonDawn Media& Communications
Cell: +27 (0)73 400 1549
Email: bridgette@moondawnmedia.co.za



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HYDRAFORM LAUNCHES PROUDLY SOUTH-AFRICAN, AUTOMATED BLOCK-MAKING MACHINES

[Johannesburg, 13 May 2015] Hydraform – a leading South African manufacturer of brick and block-making machines – have launched two new products to the South African building and construction market.

The products have been in the research and development (R&D) phase for the last 15 months, and will add significant value to Hydraform’s existing product portfolio.The new machines will be fully automated – making them safer to operate, and reducing labour requirements for production.

The machines have been designed, developed and manufactured on local turf. All Hydraform’s equipment is produced at its world-class facilities in Durban by a group of highly trained engineers, technicians and artisans.

The newM7A2 chute and automated block-makingmachine produces building material such as standard dry-stacked, interlocking blocks, suitable for load bearing construction, boundary walling and other building purposes.

The machine comprises a hydraulically operated hopper loading system, three-phase electrical operation, a loading platform and 300 litre pan mixer.

“The M7A2 interlocking block-making machine requiresa workforce of only six to eight people to operate, and produces a staggering 6000 blocks per day,” says Nazlie Dickson, sales and marketing director for Hydraform. “It is a two chamber system, operated individually by two separate teams”.

Hydraform’s second product – the conventional V4 hydraulic paving and block-makingmachine will only require two operators, which is significantly lower than Hydraform’s previous machines (excluding mixers and block carriers).

A fully functional block yard can produce up to 9600 blocks per day, depending on the type of block produced.

The machine produces 120 drops per hour, and comprises a double vibration motor for high compaction and increased quality, a three-phase electric system fitted on a static frame and an integrated 300 litre pan mixer and skip chute mounted on a platform. Fitted with interchangeable moulds, the machine is ideal for medium to large block yards.

“We realised our machines could be improved to push block production for new markets and current clients,” says Dickson. “Both these machines have reduced labour requirements that ultimately result in a more cost-effective block being produced”.

In terms of technical support, a dedicated after-sales support and training department assists clients to utilise the Hydraform product range effectively, and ensures that equipment functions optimally and projects are executed successfully.

“The biggest challenge was to develop an automated machine that had the ability to work and be fixed in diverse locations – from major cities to rural areas,” says Dixon. “By roping in the experts on the automation and programming stages, we have managed to overcome these challenge and we now produce a simple, versatile block-making solution that – despite the use of automated technology – is easy to fix, even in remote locations,” Dixon continues.

“In our markets, construction is a key component to developing and improving the lives of people, communities and businesses. We are confident that our new products will enable this objective and make it easier for clients to deliver building solutions, wherever there is a need,” Dixon concludes.

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About Hydraform

Hydraform has dedicated its more than 25 years of experience in alternative building technologies to developing the Hydraform interlocking building system. Through continuous research and development with leading institutions, the company has developed a dry-stack interlocking building block, eliminating the use of mortar in 70% of the building structure with no need for concrete or steel columns – saving money and delivering exceptional quality.

Hydraform contact:

Welmarié Pereira
Marketing Manager
Tel: +27 (0) 11 913 1449
Email: sales@hydraform.com





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