Africa continues to embrace new building technologies that promote faster, simpler and cost effective construction as development continues its rapid growth. Some markets are looking at prefab structures or concrete panels or similar for low cost housing. However, according to Nazlie Dickson Hydraform the longest standing provider of the interlocking stabilized soil-cement blocks from South Africa, there has been a large resistance for prefab structures due to several reasons:

  • The panels must be manufactured in a factory usually in a large metropole but the transport cost to location is exorbitant and any potential cost saving is reduced in transport.
  • The panel systems do not allow for flexibility of structure so any onsite modifications or desired changes are not possible.
  • There is very little local benefaction since only 1 or 2 local people will be used for menial non-skill developing work.

Investing in a brick and block making machine is a smart decision for any business that is looking to get off the ground quickly by producing high-quality products with a low-cost. For instance the Interlock Block Making Machine from Sadhana in India which is a novel concept in the present construction industry. They are very cost effective for construction since the use of sand and cement for plastering are minimized to the maximum extent possible. Once the initial purchase of the machine is made, you will find that the individual component parts are surprisingly affordable, and the profit margins can be very respectable indeed once you have everything worked out.

Of course, finding a suitable place to buy a brick and block making machine is not always easy, and it is safe to say you cannot pick one up from your local hardware store.

“There are now many cheap copies in the market and many Chinese companies are claiming to be authorized manufacturers or supplying the same. This is simply not true. It is easy to copy physical features of a brick and block making machine but the know-how in how to produce quality bricks is not copied and we are seeing many bad bricks and structures in the field as a result. Many clients have purchased these fakes and either been robbed of their money or if they receive goods they do not work. We are often asked to repair or fix these poor machines and clients lose their hard earned money,” Ms. Dickson says.

Referrals and Certifications

Ms. Dickson advises that, clients should ask for successful referrals from other happy clients. They should ask for the supplier’s approvals and certifications from the local authorities both on the equipment and their bricks. “They should also check to see if the provided information is verifiable so  for example if you watch some of the videos of the equipment, there are clever edits to cover problems or if you time the production, it cannot meet what their specifications say,” she adds.

Most importantly, Mr. Andrew Dunn of Brick Management & Manufacturing Suppliers experts in clay brick making equipment in South Africa mentions that, another important factor that needs to be considered when starting a Brick Making Plant is the legislation around applying for an operational permit.

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Technical details

According to Gulnara of Betonsen a supplier of block making machinery from Turkey, technical details are also very important when buying brick making machinery. “Technical details like electrical and mechanical parts, are quite essential if the brick and block making machine machine is to operate in its full potential and also last for a long time. These parts should be manufactured with renowned manufactures for the sake of spare parts availability and maintenance,” he adds.

Additionally, according to Alexander Ebener of Zenith one of the world market leaders in equipment for the concrete block/paver industry from Germany, it is highly recommended to have a service engineer present during installation and commissioning of the machine so that you can be trained properly on how to work the machine.

Mr. Finn Christensen the Managing Director at Stonemaker in Canada recapitulates that, reliability and quality of the machine, variety of products that can be produced, ability of the machine to provide digital production report on the number of production cycles by hour and date provides the owner with control of the production work.

The steel

Peter Ortmann of Knauer in Germany mentions that, it is paramount to look at the steel that was used to make the machine because it will determine the life of the machine. “Our machines are very robust and long lasting and produce high quality products. We have a lot of machines which are 30-40 years old and still in operation,” he adds.

The pressure system

The pressure system should be strong and well built in order to produce blocks with high quality. According to Tolga of Bess a manufacturer of quality concrete block Machines, hollow Block machines and concrete mould machines from Turkey, when the pressure system is not so good and quality, blocks can be cracked and collapsed.

Concrete mixing unit

The block making machine is the brain but the concrete mixing unit is the heart; if your heart is not pumping very well your brain will not work well. Therefore,  according to Mr. Andreas Suleyman of Pres Makina a designer and manufacturer of block making machines from Turkey, the mixing unit is a very important thing in block making. “The other important aspect is the vibration frequency and hydraulic pressure. Most production lines in Africa work under difficult weather conditions hence the production line must be very robust and easy to use,” he adds.

Have a plan for the machine

According to Dion Mostert of Zhauns a manufacturer of brick and block making machinery from South Africa, always do your homework on any product you buy, ensure you have a business plan, be realistic in your expectations and be prepared to work hard- nothing good comes free or easy.

Mr. Ugo Gentilini of Lorev in Italy adds that the customer should know the brick and block machinery capacity, the time period it takes from the mixture to the laying of the bricks, know how you are going to transport the bricks, understand the purpose of the specific brick as there are different bricks for different purposes and different moulds that manufacture different bricks.

Knowing what you want to produce and the output of the particular machine in 8 hours is also quite important, as Leonhard Lückl the Sales Director at AME Gmbh one of the leading manufacturers in Europe of machinery and equipment for the production of concrete hollow block stones, full blocks, paving stones and curb stones in Germany alludes to.

Moreover, Mr. Dane Doubell of Doubell Machines a manufacturer of brick and block making machinery for 35 years from South Africa, adds that the community demand must be assessed first – is there a local need for the bricks or blocks? This is easily determined by the local selling price and the waiting period from suppliers.

“Secondly, the proposed site must be inspected – what limitations are there? You need a flat surface for an egg-layer or wooden boards for a static machine – but generally you need 450m² space for 1500 blocks a day. The concrete products set after 6 hours, but should only be moved after 24 hours. They must be watered daily for the hardening process to occur – this is a common mistake made. Make sure there is an available water source, no matter what machinery you buy,” he affirms.

Ms. Paola Cadonà of Cadona srl a company with excellent experience in the production of block machines and moulds mentions that, before you fall in love with a wonderful huge machine, make sure there is enough power in your area to cater for the power needs of the machine.

After Sale Service

The African block making machine market is growing up more and more with the new construction technologies; therefore according to Ms. Nicola Tani of TBLOC Srl in Italy, it is important to choose a serious company, with a long history and many years of experience which is able to follow the customer during the whole shipping process and also offer local personnel training.

TBLOC Srl – Italy

Moreover according to Katie Sweetman of Coote Engineering in the UK, it is paramount you as the customer ask yourself if the company providing your machine offer the opportunity to undertake a service contract for routine maintenance; because this will help to increase the lifespan of your machine and minimize the risk of time loss as a result of breakdowns.

According to Chiara Basso of Rieter Morando a company that produces technological solution for the production of heavy clay products, they regularly visit their clients and new potential investors through their network of Sales and Service Managers and our local Agents in East and South Africa.

One of Rieter Morando’s roller mill type TITAN

The company based in Europe with the Headquarter in Asti and a branch installed in Germany has been in business for over 100 years and has installed thousands of machines in Africa which has granted Rieter Morando a huge experience and the know-how to work with the local Companies.

Contact our contributors

(South Africa)

Hydraform

(South Africa)

Sadhana 

India

CSC Brick and Block

(South Africa)

Zhauns

(South Africa)

AME Gmbh

Germany

Bess

(Turkey)

TBLOC Srl

(Italy)

Prensoland

(Spain)

Zenith

Germany

 Coote

UK

Stonemaker

Canada

Pres Makina

Turkey

BMMS

South Africa

Cadona srl

Italy

Lorev

Italy

Knauer

Germany

38 COMMENTS

  1. My block making industry is located in Ibadan,Nigeria. I’m interested in these products.Where in Nigeria can we order for these products,to know the price,to have the proper training on its maintainance and durability. Urgent please.

  2. Hi there please kindly send me the details of price and the shipping from China to Nigeria

  3. good morning `

    i will like to know if you have a branch in Ghana , I will like to meet a representative or go to the site in Ghana to learn more

  4. I need a block making machine with 6″ and 9″ mold. Also with the capacity of having an enterlocks mold.

  5. Please send me quotation on the block making you make and also give details of all product you make

  6. Hi my name is Richard. Am looking at setting up a block molding factory in Ghana. Please do you have your subsidiary offices set up in Ghana where I can visit to know more about the equipment you have for me to buy.

  7. Hello, if you have any branch in Nigeria kindly send the address and phone numbers thank you!

  8. Thank you. Clay brick making machine is ver good it increase the productivity of brick which can be burn to be the best quality.I am interested in buying brick making machine which can make 21cmx6cmx5cm.Do you have your agentes in Sudan,Uganda Kenya or South Sudan? I need to buy some ASAP for my Enterprise. Send me your WhatsApp as soon as possible.

  9. Very good brick making machine. How can I have one because I would like to have it in my future

  10. Am in Tanzania, I have been searching for a company that dye clay bricks or interlocking bricks without success. I have also visited Nairobi and made contacts with some companies there that produce and construct interlocking brick houses but they don’t do dying. The dye powder or liquid are also not available readily. Can someone who knows where I can find these products including the applicator equipments tell me or give the link

  11. Hello, for all that are interested in purchasing the block making machines, kindly contact the companies mentioned in this article and they will give you a quote or assist you where necessary. Please click on the link (name of the company) and it will direct you to their website. All the best:)

  12. about the quality
    it seems ok but is it the only quality you offer or there are higher and lower qualities too?

  13. Hello, i am looking for a brick making machine to buy. Do you have this items in where in UK?

    Can you tell me where i can buy the brick making machine in UK

  14. I am interested in buying block making machines that can make 9×9 and 6×6 blocks in Nigeria. In case you have a branch in Nigeria, please let me know.

  15. The article is very nice, thanks for your sharing. When I see the block machine in this article, which talked about the Mobile hollow block machine. As you know, the hollow block is just one of type concrete blocks and there are other blocks can be produced by the other block machine. Such as pavement block, color pavement blocks, solid blocks and AAC blocks.
    The block machine is also have many types, which include small block machine, automatic block production line, AAC Block production line, Interlocking Clay brick machine and so on.

  16. Thanks!
    But in this article no information about producing large block by egg-layer technology. We create special concrete block making machine which can make block 2400mm x 600mm x 580mm in 3-4 minutes (fast demoulding)

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