Company History

BMI Coverland is the South African brand of the worldwide BMI Group. BMI Coverland history dates back to 1949 when the company, then known as Vereeniging Tiles Ltd, installed the first double action line production tile machine. Over the years Vereeniging Tiles Ltd expanded dramatically and Coverland Roof Tiles was formed in 1976 by the merger of four major concrete roof tile manufacturers.

In December 1998 Coverland Roof Tiles joined forces with Lafarge Roofing. In 2006 Lafarge Roofing acquired 100% of the Kulu Group business, the third largest concrete tile producer in South Africa. Lafarge sold Lafarge Roofing to private investors. The business began operations as an independent company, under the name MONIER Ltd. MONIER Roofing South Africa operates under the brand name Coverland. The Braas Monier Building Group was acquired by Standard Industries in 2017 and now falls under BMI.

Today, with 70 years of roofing experience under the belt, BMI Coverland remains the leading concrete roofing material supplier in South Africa. A national footprint of 9 production facilities and 3 depots and ensures that product is readily available to customers throughout Southern Africa. 




Redland is founded as Redhill Tile Company.


Company name changes to Redland Tiles.


Redland expands to South Africa (Vereeniging Tiles Ltd) and Australia.


Redland acquires a majority stakeholding in Braas, Germany. Production begins at the Heusenstamm plant.


Bramac is founded in Austria by Braas and Ebenseer Betonwerke.


Redland acquires Monier Ltd. in Australia. Further expansion begins in Southeast Asia, e.g. Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and later the US.


Coverland Roof Tiles forms by merger of Vereeniging Tiles Limited, Tongaat Corogroup Ltd, Vereeniging Refractories Ltd and Redland Rooftiles of the UK


Braas acquires the Schiedel Group, a producer of chimney systems.


Lafarge acquires Redland. Consequently Redland takes over the roofing part of the business, and becomes a majority stakeholder in Braas; the Roofing Division of Lafarge is founded.


Lafarge acquires the remaining stakes of Braas.


Lafarge Roofing acquires Klöber and Swedish metal pan tile manufacturer Kami. Heavy expansion begins with the entrance into new countries and an extension of the global plant network to more than 200 plants.


Business activities expand in the USA with the construction of a new concrete roof tile plant in Denver, Colorado. A joint venture in clay roof tile production is launched in Thailand.


The first Indian concrete roof tile plant opens in Bangalore. Chimney manufacturers Rite-Vent (UK) and Bemal (Belgium) are acquired.


Building begins on seventh concrete roof tile plant in China. Lafarge Roofing purchases and refits a concrete roof tile plant in Krasnodar, Russia.


Schiedel steps into the US market with the acquisition of a stake in Earthcore Inc. Kulu is acquired, the third largest concrete tile producer in South Africa.

2007Lafarge sells Lafarge Roofing to PAI partners. European accessories producer, Hausprofi, is acquired.

Lafarge Roofing becomes Monier Ltd. 2008 sees the return of the respected Redland Brand in the UK. Fully integrated and guaranteed Solar Water Heating System launched.


Financial restructuring successfully completed: former senior lenders are the new owners of the Monier Group. Redland celebrates its 90th anniversary, also marking the founding of Monier.


Monier divests its concrete tile business Tegula in Brazil Monier Group sells stake in MonierLifetile in the USA and Mexico.


Monier Group strengthens presence in South-Eastern Europe by acquiring 100% ownership of Bramac.


Monier Group is renamed The Braas Building Group. Coverland celebrates 65 years of roofing excellence.


Launch of Polokwane Depot


Braas Monier Building Group acquired by Standard Industries, becoming part of BMI (Braas Monier Icopal)