Corobrik’s new R800 million factory in Driefontein has produced its first bricks, with full production expected by November this year, when both kilns will be in operation.
The Kwastina plant (or Home of the Brick) is fully automated, from the mixing of raw materials to the end product. With the capacity to produce 100 million bricks per year, it will also be able to meet larger-volumes orders, ‘especially for the major construction and infrastructure projects anticipated in the government’s R100 billion Infrastructure Fund’, according to the company.
Corobrik adds that Kwastina is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly brick-manufacturing plant in Africa, and that it will consume 70% less gas. ‘It will [also] slash brick-manufacturing costs by 50%, making it much more cost-effective for end-users.’