Corobrik was honoured with the PMR.africa Diamond Arrow Award.
PMR.africa presented the Diamond Arrow Award to Corobrik for the fourth year running for achieving the highest score among brick suppliers to the South African construction industry in its annual national survey.
The survey was conducted from October 2013 to January 2014, using a random national sample of 120 representatives from construction companies and building materials retailers. They rated brick suppliers in eleven categories ranging from the ability to meet orders, flexibility and competitive pricing to the quality and variety of products on offer.
Respondents were also asked whether promised delivery times were met, how the companies responded to queries and about their perception of the firms’ brand and integrity, as well as their BEE and corporate social investment practices.
Corobrik’s commercial director, Musa Shangase, says the company is proud to have received 4,17 out of a possible 5,00, and that striving to be the best brick supplier in the country is an ongoing objective. The company, with a workforce of over 2 000 people, has the largest distribution network in the country and distributes more than five million bricks to different sites across South Africa every day.
“We pride ourselves on our logistics capabilities to consistently get the right products to the right places at the right times,” he states.
“Another category which contributed to our success, was environmentally-friendly solutions,” he notes. “Green production and sustainability are an integral part of Corobrik’s culture. We invest in ongoing research with the aim of minimising the environmental impact of our products and the energy usage in the buildings where they are used.
“Virtually all the manufacturing stages and processes for producing our clay bricks conform to stringent local and international codes,” he continues. “Five of our 15 factories have attained SANS 14 001 Environmental Management System accreditation, with a further two expected this year, and the rollout will continue until all our operations have reached this goal.
“From a quality point of view, eight Corobrik factories have been awarded ISO 9001 quality management systems certification last year and we expect to increase that number to 13 this year, with the balance reaching this standard in early 2015,” Shangase points out.
“Looking to the future, capital has been committed to several projects to upgrade facilities and drive efficiencies, whilst being keenly aware of the investment that our employees have in the business and of our place in the external socio-economic environment.”
The purpose of the annual PMR.africa Awards is to celebrate excellence, to acknowledge achievements and to set a benchmark for others to aspire to.
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