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Block Factories Are Faced With A Myriad Of Challenges- Manufacturer

Block Factories Are Faced With A Myriad Of Challenges- Manufacturer

The history of building is marked by a number of trends. The first is the increasing durability of the materials used. Perishable building materials such as leaves, branches, and animal hides were used in the era when the human race first thought of the functional need for a controlled environment to moderate the effects of the climate.

However, a quest for buildings of ever greater height and span was made possible by the development of stronger materials to replace the simple and perhaps short-lived ones relied upon in the past for human shelter.

Blocks, one of the most basic building components, have long provided a solid foundation for buildings. Many builders rely on the assurance of its structural integrity provides, walls, pillars, etc. blocks offer the firmness builder dream for. Its production in the built industry is a source of employment for many around the globe.

However, producers in Ghana are faced with some biting challenges which sometimes threaten the existence of several block factories. The increasing cost of sand stone, cement, fuel, and labor to highlight a few, has become a headache for owners’ block factories.

Real estate times Africa's tour of some block factories to assess their challenges revealed that the labour force in these factories remains casual, as many of the youth who fall on the factories for employment only do so on a short-term basis.

At Dansiam and Sons Limited in Accra, one of the biggest block factories in Accra, the CEO, Mr. Dan Siam, the block-maker cited labour as his biggest challenge, adding the problem of power outages in the country that almost collapsed his company in 2014. This company used to be very big, but then the recent power outage made us lose a lot in the company. The machines used in the manufacturing of the blocks got spoilt, and we lost workers who couldn’t handle the traditional way of making blocks.

Business is returning to normalcy as his outfit is experiencing stability in power supply.

Business is getting better now since the power outage problem is getting better by the day. I am pleading with the ECG people to maintain it for us.

He described recent hikes in building materials prices, as a ‘hunting ghost" for his business, saying production costs have shot up, forcing the unit price of blocks to also go up.

He called on the government to take economic measures to address the situation in order to arrest any potential threat to the survival of their businesses.

 

Source: Catherine Naa Adjorkor Adjei (Real Estate Times Africa)

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