Corobrik is on a mission to build the continent’s largest and most environmentally friendly brick factory. Construction of the R800 million facility began in July last year and it is expected to be completed by end-2019. Corobik currently operates 13 factories and 14 kilns around SA.
One million bricks will be used in the construction of the mega factory, which is being built next to an existing Corobrik facility in Driefontein, Gauteng. In addition to its sheer size, it will have an impressive green cred too. The new facility will produce 100 million bricks per annum – double the capacity of the existing Driefontein facility – and generate zero waste.
According to the company, ‘all surface water will be channelled into one of the existing quarry dams and then reused as process’, and an effluent treatment plant will also be constructed. The new factory will use considerably less energy than the existing facility, firing bricks ‘at an average natural gas consumption at less than 40% of the current facility consumption’.
In addition, the building will feature a solar PV installation that will supply around 10% of the factory’s daytime energy requirements.
In the build-up to the factory completion date, Corobrik is also celebrating its ninth consecutive win in the PMR Africa Diamond Arrow awards, which recognise excellence across different sectors. ‘Our approach to doing business is a holistic one,’ says Musa Shangase, Corobrik commercial director. ‘It is based on the three pillars of sustainability – economic, environmental and social.’