Gypsum industry news
Brazil: Saint-Gobain has finalised its purchase of the distribution network of Tumelero Materiais de Construção sales outlets in Rio Grande do Sul. The distribution company operates a portfolio of building materials and services for the construction industry including 29 sales outlets and nearly 1000 staff.
Following the acquisition Saint-Gobain says it will run the country's largest network of distribution sales outlets for home improvement products and services in Brazil with a total of 70 outlets operating under the Telhanorte, Telhanorte Conceito, Pro Telhanorte and Tumelero brands in 46 cities in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul states. The transaction has been approved by the Brazilian competition regulator CADE.
Vietnam: Knauf Vietnam has signed a strategic cooperation agreement for the distribution of gypsum wallboard with Zinca Vietnam. A ceremony marking the signing was held on 12 March 2016 and attended by about 300 guests, including gypsum wallboard distributors, dealers, contractors, developers, and architects, according to local press.
"I believe this remarkable milestone will help us strengthen our nationwide coverage and promote brand awareness," said David Thomas, General Director of Knauf Vietnam. He added that the company's 20Mm2 wallboard plant in Hai Phong has started commissioning and is due to started selling commercial products by May 2016.
Knauf Vietnam was licensed in 2013 to build a gypsum wallboard plant. It has since established offices in Hai Phong, Hanoi, and Ho Chi Minh City and has been developing a distribution network throughout the country. In the meantime it has been selling products locally including StandardShield, MoistShield, FireShield, Knauf Danoline and Cleaneo.
Zinca Vietnam is a Vietnamese building materials manufacturer and distributor that was founded in 1995. It previously signed a cooperation deal with Saint-Gobain in 2007 to distribute Gyproc branded products in the country.
New Zealand: Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has officially opened a distribution centre for Knauf Plasterboard in Christchurch. Kanuf's distribution centres in Christchurch and Auckland consists of a 5000m2 warehouse, showrooms and offices.
"Knauf Plasterboard is a competitive supplier to be reckoned with having significant scale and resource to enter a dominated market. An impressive worldwide operation, with two manufacturing facilities on Australia's eastern seaboard and superior technical expertise, puts Knauf Plasterboard in a strong position to service the growing needs of New Zealand's housing and commercial market," said Mark Norris, Managing Director, Knauf Plasterboard, Australia & New Zealand.
Norris also revealed that Knauf's rollout plans will include a network of independently-owned PlastaLink Trade Centres to sell Knauf products across New Zealand. The company was selected as a partner for the New Zealand government to rebuild Christchurch in January 2013 following the earthquake in 2011.