The market for treated poles is predominantly split into two sectors- the building & fencing market and then the utility pole market. The two markets work hand in hand as we are able to sell the full range of sizes from small poles to really big poles. The future growth however is in utility poles as the demand from our national power utility, Eskom, and the many power companies throughout Africa is high. To carry power you need poles so you can only imagine what the future holds for our product. Currently we are supplying throughout South Africa and many African countries- Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Namibia, Benin, Angola, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Swaziland, Lesotho, Ethiopia. We have the capacity and capabilities to export utility poles throughout the globe.
Utility Poles, also known as transmission poles, support overhead power lines and various other public utilities, such as cable, fibre optic cable, and related equipment such as transformers and street lights. It can be referred to as a transmission pole, telephone pole, telecommunication pole, power pole, hydro pole, telegraph pole, or telegraph post, depending on its application. R&B Group is a timber business that harvests, processes and pressure treats wooden poles for the domestic and international markets. The company has grown considerably over the years to the extent that we now own two treating plants, situated in Harding and Richmond, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal. The treatment plants are ideally situated in the heart of the 'green belt' which is timber land that stretches from Harding right through to Pietermaritzburg. HTT is SABS certified and NFP is SATAS certified. Altogether the R&B Group Comprises of 19 Separate Entities. Which are made up of Timber Treatment Plants, Value Adding Factories, Farms, and Retail Outlets.