Hydraform the leaders in building technology

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Since its inception more than 30 years ago, Hydraform has been at the forefront of soil-cement technology. The company name stems from – Hydraulic + Formation = ‘Hydraform’.

Hydraform, like all great companies, started business based out of Jochen Kofahl’s garage, back in 1988. Jochen had a dream that high-quality bricks could be created with nothing more than a 20-percent addition of building cement to soil, formed in a machine under hydraulic pressure. That dream gave rise to South Africa’s first brickmaking company that designed, developed and marketed a patented brick-making machine that was truly portable and operated on-site. Just nine months after Jochen started his company, he was joined by business partner, Robert Plattner. Together, they created the M1 machine, which was used to create the very first home built with Hydraform blocks, in Witbank.

The unique interlocking, mortarless design means significant reductions in building costs, and is backed by Agrement Certificate 96/237 that is issued by the CSIR in Pretoria.


Today, Hydraform have developed a range of machines that offer a full turnkey functionality. From our flagship

  • Interlocking block-making machines
  • equipment that produces various types of pavers
  • rooftile machines
  • soil-sifting rotary screen
  • accessories to improve production on site
  • after sales support and training


Hydraform machines are used in over 40 different countries all across Africa and the world, and are used to build homes, universities, schools, churches, museums and many other developments.

Hydraform continues to be run on the founding principles of fair business practice, ethical, open and honest dealings with customers, and a willingness to see our customer’s business grow, empowering our customers with the skills and knowledge to run a profitable business, using our machines

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