Key competence of Masa is the development, manufacture and installation of complete production lines and individual components for the building materials industry e.g. high-performance machines for the manufacture of concrete blocks and slabs, sand-lime bricks or AAC products.
Goal: individual solutions for machines that produce consistent, high-quality, concrete products in plants optimized for maximum yield. Product range: dosing and mixing plants, hollow block and paving stone machines, hermetic presses, cubers, finger cars and transport carriages, control systems, splitters and tumblers, AAC transport systems, cutting lines, separating tables, Sand lime brick presses and packaging lines.
Careful planning is decisive for the economic success of a concrete block making plant. The planning should consider the production requirements and site specific possibilities, as well as the longer-term growth impact. To meet these broad scope parameters, our team of planners define capacities, machine designs, and arrange processes and flows to fit the available site.
The quality of the finished sand lime products principally depends on the storage, mixing and dosing of the sand and lime raw materials. Masa can supply all the necessary components to ensure the best
possible layout of the plant.
The manufacture of AAC products demands high standards for mixing and dosing of the aggregates, the control of the fermentation process and the control of each production step. Masa's AAC plants are technically mature and designed according to the individual requirements of our customers to produce AAC blocks and/or reinforced aerated concrete products. Our solutions for optimized yield, consistent final product quality.
Recipe and process data loss due to Hard disk failure. Have you ever thought about this? Do not risk your development work of the past years. In case of a hard disk failure, nowadays there is no need to lose any recipes or process data that you have developed intensively. The Masa solution for this worst case scenario is Masa Smart BackUp...
Digital and on-site strategies for maintenance
Preventive and predictive maintenance strategies are playing an increasingly important role in achieving maintenance goals in modern concrete block production plants. Instead of carrying out maintenance reactively after damage occurred, it can be done preventively or proactively.
With digital backup and monitoring solutions, Masa offers several tools to quickly diagnose the causes of actual failures, as well as predictive detection of potential failures.
Masa Smart Backup
For example, one of the possible causes of failure in industrial computers is the failure of hard disks. To reduce the associated loss of data, Masa is integrating so-called NAS (Network Attached Storage) systems into production plants. The system, named Smart Backup, is a backup station equipped with four NAS hard drives. The desired data redundancy is achieved by backing up all relevant plant data on two pairs of hard disks each. In the event of a hard disk failure, the data can be restored from the other hard disks.
The German engineering company Masa GmbH has gained an internationally acknowledged reputation as a supplier of machines and equipment for the manufacture of products of aerated concrete, sand lime and concrete. One of the latest projects illustrates that Masa together with their business partner think outside the engineering box and is also able to structure investment financing for the customer.
On the basis of one of the central elements of foreign trade promotion of the Federal Republic of Germany, Masa, in cooperation with DZ BANK, developed a future-proof, tailor-made solution for the largest Uzbek private enterprise, AKFA Group.
With approx. 33 million inhabitants, Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia. Since the election of the new president, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in 2016, the country is passing through an extensive wave of liberalization and reform targeting on the creation of convenient frame conditions for a growth-oriented economy. This makes the country attractive for investment and commerce. Even in the di!cult year 2020, the Uzbek economy showed a remarkable resilience to crisis. According to the International Monetary Fund, the GDP grew by 0.7%.
2020 also marked the starting point for the business relationship between AKFA Group and Masa. German machines and equipment traditionally have a high reputation in Uzbekistan. Therefore, it is not astonishing that AKFA approached Masa during the UzBuild in Tashkent. The AKFA Group, in the market since 2000, is the largest private enterprise in Uzbekistan. Presently, the company runs 20 modern production plants for the manufacture of various products, such as windows, doors, heating elements, solutions for residential building, and building materials. The products are exported to more than 20 countries.
AKFA had gone through many internal decision-making processes beforehand, as the management does not leave anything to chance. A highly efficient business division that is part of the R & D Department had thoroughly researched market trends and recognized the potential of autoclaved aerated concrete products in Uzbekistan. The R & D Department developed a structured business plan that also comprised potential and particularly capable suppliers. Masa did not disappoint these expectations. Following the UzBuild, AKFA visited several factories to get an idea of the reliability, the technical sophistication and e!ciency of Masa autoclaved aerated concrete plants. The factory tours organized, arranged and accompanied by the Masa team convinced AKFA of the high degree of professionalism of the individual project managers as well as Masa a whole. This positive personal impression as well as the stability of the autoclaved aerated concrete production shift by shift and, last but not least, the excellent quality of the end products convinced AKFA to assign the investment in a production plant with a planned capacity of 1500 m³ of autoclaved aerated concrete per day to Masa.
Already now, Uzbekistan is regarded as a very important business partner for Germany in Central Asia. As more and more foreign investors and companies come to the country, the demand for loans is rising considerably. Generally, the growing demand for loans and financing cannot be covered by the local banks of the Central Asian republic alone. Because of their relatively small sizes and balance sheet totals, the banks reach their limits soon. However, for Uzbek companies with a su!cient financial standing that can be proven by annual financial statements according to international standards, it is possible to successfully conclude a contract with the help of a financing model that is covered by a public export credit insurance (ECA). The German supplier on the other hand has to prove the eligibility of the export transaction. This means, among others, that the export transaction has to create value for Germany, secure or generate jobs in Germany, promote German small and medium-sized businesses and to comply with international environmental and social standards. Masa as a medium-sized engineering company with two production sites in Germany (Andernach and Porta Westfalica) and a high value creation in Germany satisfies these requirements. For good reason, the long-established company has for many years pursued the philosophy "Engineered and made in Germany". German craftsmanship still is a serious promise for the global player Masa.
AKFA Group has an excellent reputation as supplier of building elements and building materials far beyond the Uzbek borders. Looking for a cost-efficient and risk-minimized possibility to finance this ambitious project, it was soon clear for the Masa project managers that AKFA might well be qualified for an ECA-covered financing model. Parallel to the preparation of the technical layout of the plant by the Technical Department, the financing structure was worked out by the Commercial Department thus. The considered model for this case was based on a financing by means of a supplier's credit in combination with a public export credit guarantee of the Federal Republic of Germany and the forfeiting of the same.
Due to Masa's decades of experience with sales financing by means of publicly secured supplier's and also buyer's credits, it was possible – thanks to the excellent cooperation with DZ BANK – to ensure the refunding of the supplier's credit at the same time. An alternative, the so-called "covered buyer's credit", would also have been possible, but was not pursued any further in the course of negotiations between Masa and AKFA Group. In the course of the financing application procedure, the responsible persons of AKFA and Masa GmbH collected and compiled the required documents for the financing model to comply with the requirements of the public credit securing agency. In December 2020, Euler Hermes gave the go-ahead for the application – the project "AAC production plant in Tashkent" could be started. Since mid-2021, the progress of the project can be watched on the building site every day.
Mr. Volker Zurheide, CFO of Masa GmbH, appeared to be very pleased: "We are looking forward to the cooperative business relationship to AKFA Group and are proud that we could convince this important new customer with our technology and the tailor-made financing solution. I thank AKFA Group for their trust in us. We will do our utmost to fulfill their expectations. Last but not least I thank all colleagues involved in this project as well as DZ BANK for their – not for the first time – successful structuring of the "Hermes financing", in particular Mr. Michael Böken."