For the past decade, Turnall has been exporting into the SADC region with 95%
of exports going into the RSA.
In 2003, a deliberate position was taken to grow other markets outside RSA and
significant inroads have been made into the other markets.
The following are the key markets of focus and their respective contributions.
The key export market contributing 87% of the total export business. The future, will see the market generating 80% with a growth of 15% in market share. This is reflecting a positive real growth and efforts are underway to sustain this growth.
Itís a key strategic target market Turnall has made significant inroads into this market and has managed to build strong relationships based on highly effective delivery and customer service in 2005. The market contributed 11% of the total export business which was achieved during the 2nd half of the year.
Focus for future will aim to grow the business by an ambitious figure of 94% and contribution to 15% of the whole export business. Focus is also on maintaining the high level of customer service and take advantage of our SABS accreditation, which is our most powerful unique selling point in this particular market.
The year 2005 focused mainly on building strategic relationships which we managed to achieve though still a relatively virgin market, Malawi has received our product and it has done reasonably well on the market. 2006 will focus on consolidating the relationships and making sure that reasonable volumes are realized during this year. Overally Malawi will contribute 2% to the export business.
Although still a virgin market, again focus will be on consolidating the relationships developed in 2005, and start realizing significant volumes. The strategy will focus on addressing anti-asbestosis issues targeting particularly the NGOs who do not want to use A.C based products.
Turnall has supplied reputable and huge projects in Namibia.
Focus for 2006 will be to identify strategic partners to work on upcoming sewer and water reticulation projects across Namibia.
Our product range on offer includes the following:
i) Turnall Ceiling Boards
These are manufactured to various sizes and thickness.
The product has a wide range of application for use in the interiors of residential, commercial and industrial properties.
It can also be used for wall partitioning, paneling and wall turnings.
ii) Straight Endurite Sheeting
These are corrugated roofing sheets made in the following sizes, 1.2m, 1.5m, 1.8m, 2.1m, 2.4m, 2.7m, 3.0m, 3.3m, 3.6m.
The sheets have been on most roofs across Southern Africa for over half a century and proves how strong and durable the product is.
iii) Building Columns
These are manufactured in various sizes and specifically Turnall is the sole supplier of this product in Southern Africa.
vi) Piping Products
Turnall has supplied for the past half a century both sewer and pressure pipes. The pipes are tried and tested to prove a long life span. In actual fact our range of pipes are tested twice to the working pressure. Pipes have been supplied to all countries in the Southern Africa, Mozambique, RSA, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi.
vii) Fascia Boards
Turnall manufactures the best of strong, durable and long life fascia boards. These are found in a wide range of sizes and thickness to suit customersí needs and specifications.
Turnall bargeboard has been on most exquisite homes across southern Africa for decades. Its strong, durable and dependable and again can be manufactured to suit your needs. The most common standard size being the 80x200x3000. Other sizes can be made on request
Turnall Fibre Cement boasts a rich history in International Trade having started exports into South Africa, Mauritius, Malawi and Mozambique from as early as mid 60ís.
The main product line that exported then was sewer piping.
The momentum in exports increased with time to include the USA, Botswana, and Namibia with the product portifolio growing to include water pipes, rainwater goods as well as barge boards, tapboards and roofing sheets.
Turnall uses two basic locally produced raw materials, asbestos fibre and cement. Asbestos fibre is supplied by African Associated Mines ("AAM") which has mines in the Mashaba and Zvishavane areas. AAM, which is a division of SMM Holdings, supplies 18% of the World's requirement and is ranked the third largest producer in the world. Turnall purchases from SMM Holdings on an arms length basis at market prices.
Turnall is one of Circle Cement and United Portland Cement's largest customers and consumes approximately 10% of Zimbabwe's cement production. However, in the short term, cement supplies are regarded as a potential constraint to growth as the cement manufacturers struggle to meet demand. This situation has been taken into account in TFC's forecasts. Additional cement
capacity is scheduled to be available from 2002.
Production capacity is approximately 115 000 tonnes of sheets and 25 000 tonnes of pipes per year.