AAC India Goes to South Africa

We at AAC India constantly come up with new ideas to create awareness about AAC industry and products across the globe. In this post we discuss how we helped a buyer from South Africa connect to a supplier from India to purchase AAC blocks. While we focus on existing markets, majority of our efforts are dedicated to creating awareness about AAC products in new areas. Due to our efforts, we came in contact with a client from South Africa who wanted to use sand based AAC blocks for designer homes. As some of the readers may be aware, there is no operational AAC factory in South Africa at present.

Client is from Germany and involved in construction activity in South Africa. Client wanted to import good quality AAC blocks at a reasonable price from an Asian country. His primary concern was quality of AAC blocks rather than pricing.

Client requirement asked for sand based AAC blocks. Client had specific requirement in terms of product size. Client’s specification called for two sizes – 600 x 200 x 240 mm and 600 x 200 x 125 mm. Many of you might be aware that 600 x 200 x 125 mm is not a regular size.

After endless email exchanges and hours of conversations with AAC blocks manufacturers across the globe, we finally found a manufacturing partner who was willing to meet our requirements. We finally decided to designate Pravin Buildtech Pvt. Ltd., of Morbi, India as our manufacturing partner. Pravin Buildtech produces AAC blocks made from fly ash as well as sand. Client was impressed by their product quality and pricing.

Although product specifications required by client are odd specifications for Indian market, management and production team of Pravin Buildtech showed their willingness to deliver products as per client specifications.

First task executed by teams from AAC India and Pravin Buildtech was to draw up a packing plan for AAC blocks to be sent to South Africa. Since client had opted for bulk packing, a packing plan was absolutely necessary to ensure optimum usage of volume and to ensure structural integrity of AAC blocks.

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One of the directors from Pravin Buildtech with me

Containers for carrying AAC blocks were supposed to arrive on 2nd May. Production run for this particular lot was completed on 30th April and blocks were left to ‘breath’ so that all moisture evaporated. Before stuffing containers, AAC blocks were sorted by AAC India team to remove blocks with even minor cracks or damage. Surprisingly number of damaged blocks was really small – a result of attention to details emphasized by Pravin Buildtech team. On 2nd May all blocks were carefully stuffed inside containers in spite of scorching heat. By the time sun went down, all containers were stuffed, sealed and all paperwork in place. Although this might sound routine to many of you, you need to keep in mind that this was the first time that AAC blocks are exported to African continent from India.

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AAC blocks with AAC INDIA embossed

We would like to thank all team members and partners who made this order possible and ensured that AAC blocks reached South Africa safely without requirement of extra packaging. Keeping old adage – “a picture is worth thousand words” – we have shared some pictures for all of you.

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AAC India goes to South Africa

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AAC India goes to South Africa – loading operation

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AAC blocks being unloaded at client site in South Africa

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AAC blocks being unloaded at client site in South Africa

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AAC blocks being used for construction at client site in South Africa

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AAC blocks being used for construction at client site in South Africa



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