Engobe bricks allows colour matching to client spec, within reason.

Adding to its existing product range, leading clay-brick and paving manufacturer, Corobrik, introduced three exciting new face-brick products with its “white” brick range. The range is in response to local and global trends.

“We take cues from around the world and from our own market,” says Corobrik’s sales director, Ockert van Heerden.

First “white” bricks

The first ever so-called “white” brick available in South Africa is Vanilla Travertine. The range also includes Vanilla and Honey face bricks, with an artisanal finish that gives the appearance of a handmade texture. The design potential of the white brick makes it ideal to be used in conjunction with a white mortar for a completely different look and feel.

With the launch of this new range, Corobrik hopes to encourage and excite architects and designers with what is possible.

Colour inspiration

White bricks are popular in residential developments in Europe and the United States of America, while the Vanilla and Honey face bricks are influenced by the European trend for a heritage look, supplemented by the unique artisanal finish.

It is traditionally difficult to achieve these colours with a full body product. However, Van Heerden says they felt that the white bricks would complement the existing mono-coloured range, including Corobrik’s latest black brick.

Engobe bricks allows for new colour palette

These are the first engobe bricks produced at the Kwastina factory in Carletonville. The colour options available with engobe are entirely up to the imagination of the architect. The new range allows Corobrik to start a discussion about innovation and trends, and for architects to approach it with any bespoke or unique requirements.

“It is quite difficult to replicate all sorts of colours in the traditional clay-brick manufacturing process, whereas engobe allows us to match the colour preference as close as possible to whatever the customer is looking for,” says Van Heerden.

Flexible manufacturing

When architects prefer other colours, Corobrik’s flexibility allows it to accommodate both mega or high-volume developments to smaller orders, for a section or even a portion of a house. “This is the beauty of engobe. Our flexibility means we do not have to hold significant stock of these line items and can make according to the order,” concludes Van Heerden.

For more information, contact Corobrik:
Tel: +27 11 871 8610
Website: www.corobrik.co.za

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