Distribution and Warehousing Network Limited (DAWN) is listed in the Construction and Materials – Building Materials and Fixtures sector of the JSE Limited and its head office is based in Germiston.
The Group manufactures and distributes quality branded hardware, sanitaryware, plumbing, kitchen, engineering and civil products through a national, strategically positioned branch network in South Africa, as well as in selected countries in the rest of Africa and Mauritius.
DAWN has significant proprietary brands and agency agreements with prominent suppliers internationally and also sources branded products from a well-established supplier network.
The Group has two main operating segments, namely Building and Infrastructure, both being supported by the Solutions segment.
A focused cluster approach allows for the benefits of synergies and cost reduction, while capacity is optimised at cluster operations. The Group’s Solutions segment provides a crucial competitive advantage, enabling distribution costs which are significantly below the logistics industry average. It also assists the Group to contain costs across all businesses and to significantly reduce stock losses.
DAWN distributes approximately 40 000 products sourced through more than 2 500 suppliers to over 12 000 customers in the building and infrastructure sectors. DAWN Logistics offers just-in-time break-bulk distribution through its fleet of more than 140 vehicles on a national basis with over-border deliveries to Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho.
Products are distributed through a national, strategically positioned distribution network in South Africa as well as in sub-Saharan African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Manufacturing operations are located in Botswana and Namibia with joint venture manufacturing operations in Mauritius and Tanzania and an associate in Angola.
DAWN’s reach extends way beyond these borders through its products that are exported to about 50 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand and South America.
The scale of DAWN is reflected in the annual financial statements which are published on the Group’s website at www.dawnltd.co.za.
There were no significant changes which occurred during the year in the DAWN Group. The Group acquired a majority interest in Apex Valves (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd, a company in which the Group held a 49% equity interest. DAWN now holds 60,5% in this business. On 1 March 2013, DAWN acquired 51% of the voting interest in Ubuntu Plastics (Pty) Ltd, a business principally involved in the manufacturing of PVC and HDPE pipe fittings. Subsequent to the reporting date, a 51% holding was acquired in Swan Plastics (Pty) Ltd, a manufacturer of PVC pipes and fittings.