1950s & 60s
Dr Lui Che-woo founded the first company of K. Wah Group in 1955 and implemented automation equipment in the quarry, where work had been manually done. It marked the start of safe and efficient quarrying in Hong Kong, laying solid foundations for the company to excel in the construction material industry.


In 1964, K. Wah Group was the first private enterprise to obtain a quarrying rights contract in Hong Kong, at Anderson Road Quarry 1, and in no time joined the ranks of the suppliers of aggregate in Hong Kong.


Anderson Road Quarry 1



Introducing mechanization in quarrying

1970s
K. Wah’s quarrying business climbed to another level upon the obtaining of the quarrying rights of the Anderson Road Quarry 1 and 2. As K. Wah matured with its Anderson Road Quarry possessing the state-of-the-art technologies and modernized facilities, it worked on consolidating its core construction materials business by introducing the novel technology of producing ready-mixed concrete and precast concrete products with a view to enhancing the capacity and the security. K. Wah also supplied quality aggregate to the government for various infrastructure projects and public estates and in turn became the major supplier of aggregate and concrete in Hong Kong.

 


Anderson Road Quarry



Exploring overseas technology of producing precast concrete products



Supplying quality aggregate with the latest technologies and modernized facilities

1980s
Established in 1983, K. Wah Concrete Company Limited symbolized K. Wah’s accomplishment as a vertically integrated supplier of construction materials which had undergone a full expansion of its production business encompassing quarrying and production of aggregate products, asphalt, concrete and precast concrete products and had been supplying construction materials to the government for large-scale infrastructure projects. By setting up production bases in Hong Kong and various strategic locations in China for investment projects in relation to construction materials, K. Wah was among the first batch of Hong Kong companies investing in the Mainland China.

K. Wah Stones (Holdings) Limited (later known as “K. Wah International Holdings Limited”) was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (stock code: 0173) in 1987. Since then, the Group focused on its business development in Mainland China and invested in the construction materials projects in various regions such as Shenzhen, Guangzhou and the Eastern China, which further extended its coverage to the Mainland China and laid a foundation for its vertically integrated construction materials production business.

 


K. Wah Concrete Co. Ltd. was established in 1983

Blasting process in the 1980s


K. Wah Stones (Holdings) Limited (currently known as K. Wah International Holdings Limited, stock code: 0173) went public in 1987

1990s
Listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1991, K. Wah Construction Materials Limited (formerly known as “International Pipe Limited”, stock code: 0027) turned itself into a sizable one-stop construction materials producer in Hong Kong and continued to expand its business in Mainland China and Hong Kong proactively. Such efforts included (among which) the construction of Huangpi Quarry, the largest quarry in Guangzhou, in 1993 and the entering of an agreement with the Hong Kong government for the 17-year span rehabilitation programme of Anderson Road Quarry in 1997 to transform the quarry into a multi-purpose land tract. While making joint investments with a number of organizations in the major cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou, the Group maintained Hong Kong as its primary place of business. As part of its strategic deployment in the Eastern China, K. Wah Construction Materials invested in several concrete batching companies in Shanghai and established Shanghai K. Wah Concrete Co. Ltd. for coordination.


The 17-year span Anderson Road Quarry Rehabilitation Programme commenced since 1997

2000s
Galaxy Entertainment Group acquired the gaming and entertainment business in Macau in 2005 whereupon K. Wah Construction Materials became its wholly owned subsidiary. Over a decade, K. Wah Construction Materials has transformed from a traditional construction materials supplier operating on a vertically integrated model to a one-stop integrated enterprise offering environmental and value-added solutions; meanwhile it has also grown in line with the state policies by establishing strategic partnership with renowned iron and steel enterprises, including Beijing Shougang Group, Kunming Iron & Steel Group, Anhui Maanshan Iron & Steel Group, Nanjing Iron and Steel Group, Hubei Echeng Iron & Steel Co., Guangdong Shaoguan Iron & Steel Group and Guizhou Shougang Shuicheng Iron & Steel Group. Under the partnership and the ideal of Greater China, eco-friendly products like Ground Granulated Blastfurnace Slag (GGBS) are manufactured by making use of the waste water recycled from steel plants through innovative technology and are then supplied to the Mainland China for the use of large-scale infrastructure projects. Setting its foothold in Hong Kong, K. Wah sped up its development in Asia and followed the national goal of sustainability to give a full play to its strength.

K. Wah Construction Materials established strategic partnership with Kungang Cement Building Materials Co. Ltd. since 2005, and started its cement business with the follow of national economic policies and urbanization.


KWCM established strategic partnership with renowned iron and steel enterprises in Mainland China

2010s
With its collaboration with leading iron and steel enterprises strengthened and an annual production capacity exceeding 14 million tonnes, K. Wah Construction Materials has developed into one of the largest Ground Granulated Blastfurnance Slag (GGBS) manufacturers in Mainland China with a sales network covering a dozen cities. In line with the national policy of eco-friendliness, K. Wah’s cement production lines in the Mainland are equipped with advanced waste-recovery systems to achieve energy saving and emission reduction, with an annual production capacity exceeding 12 million tonnes. KWCM established a green mega quarry in Huidong, Guangdong Province with annual production capacity of 4.3 million tonnes, supplying quality aggregates to Hong Kong. The advanced management, technology and successful experiences of the Anderson Road Quarry are also applied in Huidong to achieve environmental quarrying. In 2017, the rehabilitation of Anderson Road Quarry finally came to an end and was returned to the HKSAR Government in July. Apart from restoring the natural habitat of the quarry, the project created a site of about 40 hectares for urban development, laying the foundation for the future development of the new community in East Kowloon. 


Huidong Quarry