PHOTO: JoJo’s new plant at Klerksoord near Rosslyn has ample space for tank storage, which is a big factor in the roto sector. JoJo is the biggest manufacturer of roto tanks in SA and probably in Africa (it also operates a plant in Zimbabwe) and maintaining stock is very necessary to cater for sometimes unexpected demand surges
JOJO Tanks opened its most modern plant to date at Klerksoord, north of Pretoria, in March and the fact that it was raining steadily on the day did not dampen the occasion. Guests were briefly introduced to JoJo Tanks and provided context with an opening address and corporate video.
Guests were then taken on a plant tour in smaller groups while lunch was served. The new ovens were not running on the day for noise and safety reasons, however, guests were able to get a good view of the technology that has made JoJo the leading tank producer in South Africa, and probably the whole of Africa.
The event was closed by outgoing MD, Rod Cairns, who thanked the numerous contributors to the project’s success, followed by a corporate video detailing some of the CSI projects JoJo has been involved in over the recent past.
The new site replaces the Donkerhoek factory in Pretoria East and extends JoJo’s coverage of the country. With roto water tanks already widely referred to as JoJo’s (which rival tank manufacturers have by now come to terms with), the new plant expands JoJo’s coverage well into North-West and Limpopo. However, the main market for the venture may be right on its doorstep: water tanks have recently begun selling far more rapidly into the urban sector and the plant is thus well positioned to service the Gauteng market – SA’s largest metropole.
JoJo’s managing director, Grant Neser, said that the Klerksoord site was bought in 2013 and was “a project that has been many years in the making”. The new factory has been purpose-built for efficient process flow and ergonomics and additional and more efficient capacity has been installed.
“It is a state-of-the-art facility, with our latest in-house designed Rock and Roll ovens. These ovens are designed to make tanks effectively as they are very energy-efficient, labour-efficient, robust and easy to maintain. We are satisfied that in the manufacture of tanks these ovens will outperform much more expensive commercially available alternatives,” said JoJo’s managing director, Grant Neser.
The factory, when complete, will house seven ovens, three 2 500-litre R&R ovens, two 5 000-litre R&R ovens and one 10 000-litre R&R oven, as well as one 1 500-litre carousel oven. All ovens are designed and manufactured in-house at JoJo.
The largest tank that can be produced at Klerksoord is a 10 000-litre tank, although JoJo do produce a 20 000-litre tank at their Groblersdal site.
JoJo has plants at Groblersdal (Limpopo), Camperdown (KZN), Glencoe (near Dundee, KZN), East London, Hopetown (Northern Cape), Pretoria (Klerksoord), Uitenhage (E Cape) and Worcester (W Cape) and in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.