Corobrik's roots reach way back 110 years. From small beginnings in KwaZulu-Natal Corobrik has evolved into a substantive South African masonry, paver and concrete earth retaining systems manufacturer and marketer with a footprint in all major centres throughout South Africa.
Corobrik has its head office in Durban, with three regional offices in Durban, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch, and 28 Corobrik Centres located countrywide, which together with Corobrik's extensive network of independent accredited distributors, provides Corobrik with a national presence to serve the needs of its target markets.
Corobrik presently operates 15 factories geared to distribute in excess of four million products per working day.
Corobrik is a BEE compliant company. On the 18th March 2012, Empowerdex confirmed Corobrik's enhanced BBBEE status as a Level Three Contributor at a 110% BEE procurement recognition level with share equity under the control of historically disadvantaged South Africans (HDSA) at 40.73%.
The Corobrik Staff Trust, a HDSA entity where each employee beneficiary has one vote, controls 26% of the issued share capital of Corobrik for the benefit of all employees. Unique, is a provision of the Staff Trust for two trustees to represent the Trustees on the Corobrik Board. The two current Directors are black females who have risen through the ranks to Centre Manager and Factory Manager positions.
Key activities Corobrik is focusing on to underpin its market position and support the environmental and social imperatives of the times, includes:
Corobrik, while supporting the developmental imperative of the South African economy, is committed to doing so, within a sustainable development framework that includes:
Social and labour plans formulated for all quarrying and manufacturing operations within the framework of the New Order Mining Rights.
Quarrying and manufacturing operations being undertaken within the parameters and requirements of an approved Environmental Management Plan for each quarry and process. Such plans provide for the rehabilitation and the reuse of quarries and factory sites as nature reserves around pollution free dams, recreational areas, farm land and/ or land for commercial/ residential developments.
The recycling of brick waste back into the brick making process.
Where possible the use of waste streams from non brick making processes to close the waste loops in the broader industrial ecology.
Commissioning of independent research into building envelopes appropriate for achieving sustainable built and natural environments.
Achieving SANS 14001 accreditation at Corobrik SANS 9001:2008 certificated factories during 2012.
Reducing Energy Usage and Corobrik's Carbon Footprint
The more effective use of energy, the wider use of cleaner burning fuels, and incremental reductions to Corobrik's carbon footprint at time of manufacture and during delivery of its products to sites are key operational objectives.
A manifestation of this commitment are the certificates of 'Certified Emissions Reduction' awarded to Corobrik by the United Nations Clean Development Mechanism Committee on the 13th June 2008 for Corobrik's Lawley factory fuel switch conversion project, this making Corobrik the first company in South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa to be awarded such certificates.
Corobrik now has six factories being fired on natural gas with further conversions to natural gas under investigation.
Dematerialisation and Systematic Product Enhancement
Product development is systematically pursued to afford customers enhanced product quality and products with performance attributes in line with changing design trends and new innovative applications.
Over the recent past successful dematerialisation has been achieved with the roll out of new extrusion technology at all Corobrik operations resulting in further energy reductions, a lower carbon footprint with enhanced product economies in
Consistent product quality is at the heart of Corobrik's product strategy. Corobrik presently has six factories with ISO 9001:2008 Certification and with other factories busy with the certification process.
All production facilities are operated in accordance with international best practice. Quality Assurance and Product Development Programmes as formalised for each factory, are coordinated through Corobrik's ISO IEC 17025 Certified Central
Laboratory to ensure that all products comply with industry standards and the classification against which Corobrik's different products are manufactured and sold.
The economic upliftment and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and individuals are high on Corobrik's sustainability agenda. The corporate social investment programme includes: Local Economic Development projects;
Empowerment through Education, Training and Skills Development; External and Internal Bursary Schemes; Corobrik Building Training Centres; Sponsorships.
Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Programme
The sponsorship of the Regional and National Architectural Student of the Year Award Programme, now in its 26th year, involves seven major Universities and Universities of Technology throughout South Africa.
The programme is pursued to recognise the best emerging architectural talent able to make a meaningful contribution to the integrity and sustainability of South Africa's built and natural environments.
Corobrik's donation policy focuses mainly on the donation of building materials (that Corobrik manufactures) to causes within previously disadvantaged communities in and around Corobrik's operations and financial contributions to charities
supporting the needy.
Nature of Business: Manufacturing, marketing
Services / Products: Clay Face Bricks, Clay Non
Face Bricks, Clay Pavers, Concrete Masonry
and Pavers, and Earth Retaining Systems.
Date Established: 1902
Customer Base: Developers, architects,
designers, quantity surveyors and engineers
in the private and public sectors, building
and paving contractors, the public.
Turnover: R2,0 billion
No. of Employees: 2800
Auditors, Accountants: BDO South Africa
Advertising Agency: FCB
Public Relations Agency: FCB
Chairman: Peter du Trevou
Managing Director: Dirk Meyer
Sales Director: Chris Dickinson
Financial Director: Joshua Thessal
Human Resources Director: Sthe Sosibo
CONTA CT DETAILS
Physical Address: 20 Toncoro Road, Avoca,
Postal Address: PO Box 201367, Durban North,
Tel: +27 (0)31 560 3111
Fax: +27 (0)31 565 1532
Regional Offices: Corobrik Avoca in Durban,
Edenvale in Gauteng and Stellenbosch in the
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