Salberg Concrete Products and Ubuntu Precast
In an exciting moment in South African pre-cast concrete history, Salberg Concrete Products, one of the oldest companies in the industry, has merged with Ubuntu Pre-cast, one of the youngest, in what promises to be a shakeup of who’s who in the market.
In an industry where the barriers to entry are vast the merging of these two companies is seen as a clever marriage of two entrepreneurial organisations with proven track records of operational excellence to produce one sleek highly efficient competitor ready to stake its claim in the pre-cast concrete market.
Together the organisations have complementary assets which is seen to create a single high performance company in the pre-cast concrete space. When asked what brought about the coming together of these two family businesses, the newly invested CEO Russel Samuels said ‘family businesses have unique dynamics that the Salberg and Samuels companies share.
This has contributed enormously to the compatibility of culture and values between the two organisations’. Both companies share a strong entrepreneurial and service driven business ethos; they both share an understanding and excitement about the opportunities and growth prospects within the pre-cast concrete industry; and finally they both share a profound recognition of the value of diversity.
Russel Samuels (CEO) “We will continue to grow through service delivery excellence”
Considering the future of Salberg, Russel says there are two clear actions:
Developing a growth path in which Salberg will be equal to or greater than the major players
Gaining market share through service delivery excellence
Salberg Concrete Products is now the only BEE / AA led company in the pre-cast concrete industry, in the form of CEO, Russel Samuels and Chairperson, Barbara Parker
Blast-resistant ATM enclosure fights crime, wins award
A bomb-resistant ATM surround developed by Salberg Concrete Products and ATM Solutions, both of South Africa, recently took top honors in the innovation category of the 2012 Concrete Manufacturers Association awards.
ATM bombings are on the rise in South Africa; 2011 statistics from SABS News showed a 61 percent increase year-over-year, the award announcement said. To combat bombers, South African firms Salberg Concrete Products and ATM Solutions developed their own blast-resistant ATM surround. Recently their solution was recognized with top honors in the innovation category of the 2012 Concrete Manufacturers Association Awards.
Salberg worked closely with ATM Solutions and the South African Police Services on he multi-million rand (1 rand = US11 cents) project. From inception to successful testing in real world conditions, the project took 37 months to complete.
"The project required innovative thinking and creativity to develop a state-of-the-art solution that generates positive guaranteed results," said Salberg CEO Dr. Rudy Absil. "The … solution is an industry first and sets new standards of excellence."
The blast-proof ATM casing maintains its frame during an explosion, protecting the money vault and ensuring minimal damage to the machine. Designers also took care to ensure that the structure would be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional.
The housing is made up of lightweight concrete units with built-in lifting hooks and levelling devices to allow easy transportation and installation. These features have enabled ATM Solutions to expand into rural areas where an ATM can be "dropped down" with the only requirement being an electrical outlet.
"This project demonstrates how clients and suppliers can develop solutions in innovative ways," said Frans Swanepoel, operations director at ATM Solutions. "Since January 2012, ATM Solutions has deployed over 100 of the units throughout South Africa, and particularly in rural areas where explosive resistant ATM structures are in demand."
Award recognises value of blast resistant ATM units
For its unique blast resistant unit for standalone ATMs, Salberg Concrete Products and its client, ATM Solutions won the 2012 Concrete Manufacturers Association's (CMA) Innovation Category.
Statistics released in 2011, by SABS News Online, showed that the prevalence of ATM bombings increased by 61% against previous years and over 300 cases were reported in Gauteng and North West provinces.
In an effort to combat crime of this nature, Salberg, a supplier of precast concrete products developed an innovative bomb resistant housing structure, making ATMs increasingly difficult to target. The multi-million rand project took 37 months to complete from the inception of the concept in April 2008. During this time, the team and staff worked closely with ATM Solutions and with the South African Police Services. Tested in real conditions, the blast resistant structure passed with a bang.
Dr Rudy Absil, Salberg CEO says, "The project required innovative thinking and creativity to develop a state of the art solution that generates positive guaranteed results. The company takes pride in its team who are able to think 'out of the box' and who enjoy challenges. The solution is an industry first and sets new standards of excellence."
"Our team invests an immense amount of emotional, intellectual and psychological energy in developing products that set new standards of excellence for innovation in our industry," adds sales manager, Annemerie Hilhorst, project owner of the groundbreaking design.
The robust material and structure of the blast proof casing maintains its frame during an explosion, protecting the money vault and ensuring minimal damage to the ATM unit. In addition, attention has been given to the external structure to ensure it is aesthetically pleasing and functional. The housing is made up of lightweight units with built-in lifting hooks and levelling devices for easy transportation and installation. These housing blocks have enabled ATM Solutions to expand their network of installations into rural areas where an ATM can simply be "dropped down" with the only requirement being a plug point.
"This project demonstrates how clients and suppliers can develop solutions in innovative ways and we are proud to have reached the forefront of ATM security in South Africa. Since January 2012, the company has deployed over 100 of the units throughout South Africa, particularly in rural areas where explosive resistant ATM structures are in demand," explains Frans Swanepoel, operations director at ATM Solutions