Duro Pressings is gearing up to meet the expected upturn in demand for its range of steel windows and doors that have been developed specifically for the economic housing sector.
These products include the Cliscoe window which is designed to fit into any standard-size window block. Easy to install, Cliscoe offers significant cost reductions by eliminating the need for lintels, sills and reveals.
Another product is the Duro-patented Cliplock doorframe, an innovative, easy to install, self-assembly frame that fits all standard door openings.
As a leading manufacturer and distributor of steel and aluminium windows, doors and allied building products, Duro Pressings has welcomed the news that government is turning up the tempo on low cost housing provision.
Group managing director, Hilton Rogoff, says, “Duro has a substantial investment in facilities, plant and equipment to produce steel windows and doors for the economic housing sector.
“The Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, has said that state spending on building new houses and human settlements for the poor will total R16 billion in 2010/11. Deputy Minister, Zou Kota-Fredericks, has reinforced this, saying that government is intent on delivering 600 000 houses in the next three years. This will give clear direction to companies that play a key supply role in low cost housing delivery,” says Rogoff.
In his statement, Minister Sexwale pointed out that, since 1994, government has delivered more than 2.3 million housing units for nearly 11 million people. However, South Africa’s current economic housing backlog is officially estimated at 2.1 million units – which would provide homes for some 10 million people. Clearly, the need for effective housing delivery remains high.
In a separate development, Vela Steel Building Systems, a well established manufacturer of lightweight steel roof trusses and associated building components, has sold a 50.1% equity stake in the company to Duro Pressings.
This deal was announced recently by Brent Harris, founder and managing director of Vela. “The deal with Duro will help fund our broader penetration of the national roof truss market, which is currently valued at R2 billion a year, as well as our planned growth with Vela’s new modular building system,” says Harris.
Apart from the synergy these two manufacturers of steel home-building products share in the domestic market, they are also looking at a joint approach to providing solutions for low cost housing across Africa, which currently faces an estimated shortfall of 25 million homes.