Kwikbuild Cement is proud to introduce it’s tile adhesive range to the market – KWIKtile. Through in depth research and testing, Kwikbuild focused on developing a range of adhesive products to suit the requirements of various applications at an affordable cost.
Tile adhesives need to propose specific properties to meet the requirements for different tile types and setting demands. Not all tiles are restricted to porcelain and ceramic materials, KWIKtile also provides for natural stone applications whereby contractors and households will be able to choose from a range of four different KWIKtile products to cater for certain site conditions and early set requirements.
KWIKTILE HITS THE MARKET
KWIKtile6 Rapid set technology
Cement based, high strength, rapid setting tile adhesive for fixing ceramic,
porcelain, granite, marble, natural stone and clay tiles to walls and floors.
KWIKtile12 Quick set
Cement based, high strength, quick setting tile adhesive for fixing ceramic,
porcelain, granite, marble, natural stone and clay tiles to walls and floors where high traffic is expected shortly after installation.
KWIKtile18 Advanced tile adhesive
Cement based, advanced high strength for fixing of ceramic tiles to walls and floors. It is specifically formulated for the contractor to grout the following morning.
KWIKtile24 Contractors adhesive
General purpose cement based powder for fixing ceramic tiles to walls and floors. This product is Ideal for the DIY market.
The entrance of two of the world’s major cement producers into the South African cement market has led to the historical bullish cement producers to come under severe pressure, with the contest for market share at the center.
The cement industry over 2015 was a year governed by change. Change in how business among the likes of PPC, AfriSam and Lafarge was conducted. Since 1932 the SA Cement industry had little competition and prices increased at about an average of 9% year on year. Since the introduction of Sephaku holdings in the later part of 2013 and Mamba Cement in Q4 of 2015, cement prices have dropped by about 20%. The two new entrants are expected to grow local capacity up to around the 19 million tons per annum excluding imports coming in mainly from Pakistan, with the current cement demand around 14 million tons per annum. The market looks set to have excess capacity for several years to come and hence competition for market share will be fierce. The anti-dumping laws posed in May 2015 on imported cement from Pakistan, have improved operating conditions in coastal areas and have seen a 30% decrease in imported cement year on year. However the SABS (South African Bureau of standards) recently announced that LongKou Fanlin, a Chinese based company has been given the approval of the SABS in that the product is in line with the South African compulsory specification and can be sold in the domestic market. Will the same anti-dumping laws apply to our & BRICS counterpart?
Added to this is the country’s absence of infrastructure development and construction ventures. The industry relies heavily on private sector investment projects to accommodate supply. An over supplied market, in a stagnant economy, has made trading conditions extremely difficult. Price wars are at the forefront with strategic moves being made by the now, five major cement producers, and are reshaping the market like never seen before. The links between AfriSam and PPC on a possible merger have gone quiet, but more innovative ways have been undertaken by the major players within the private sector to gain market share and block major cement off-takes to their competitors. AfriSam have partnered with Concrete Laser Flooring and Concrete 4 U with PPC having recently announced their intention to acquire a stake in 3Q concrete in order to grow their Ready Mix Concrete division to a multinational level. Lafarge merged with Holcim in 2015, and are now the world’s largest cement producer and there is little doubt that they will expand their capacity within the SA market in the upcoming year.
Looking forward, 2016 will prove to be another difficult year for all involved in the cement industry. It will be a year for enormous consolidation across the entire industry in order to survive the turbulent trading conditions together with the recessing economic climate.