Early 2018 Afriq Water Management identified the need for more water wise irrigation, for which dripline is the perfect solution. Afriq Water started to import dripline and dripline fittings, which addressed a specific need in a region where water scarcity is a huge issue.
The continued volatility in the Rand/Dollar exchange rate led the company to investigate the possibility of local manufacturing. After extensive research, the Company decided to import a dripline and HDPE manufacturing machine. From September 2020 the Company will manufacture their own pipes in Gauteng through their sister company Afriq Irripipe. This will allow Afriq Irripipe to source quality virgin raw materials from as far as Jordania as well as from local suppliers to manufacture world class products with technologically advanced state of the art machinery.
The results of moving into manufacturing have numerous benefits, with the most important benefit being availability of stock. Where there have previously been long lead times with imports, the company will now have standard stock items, and will be able to manufacture on demand with a short lead time.