Tiles truly born from SA soil

by Ofentse Sefolo
Tiles truly born from SA soil

While many products claim to be proudly South African, very few are truly born of South African soil. For over four decades, Ceramic Industries has been producing such a product – tiles quarried from local sources and produced in local factories.

The technology to manufacture tiles continues to change, but the basic ingredients stay the same: Clay, fire, water and air. Ceramic Industries combines these four natural elements to produce fashionable, resilient, safe and long-lasting products that have been used across all industries across the continent.

While the company uses some of the most advanced Italian machinery, it attributes its success to its local knowledge about the technical requirements of projects and particular tastes of the South African market. According to Ceramic Industries, one out of every two ceramic tiles bought in the country originates in one of their factories.

History and employment
The company began in 1976 and today it employs over 1 100 people in seven local factories. Teamwork and ongoing training make it an attractive place to work for those who are looking to work in a field that offers many opportunities and combines science, engineering and design.

Modern minimalistic scandinavian style based interior.

Giving back
The company is involved in the communities in which it operates, with several outreach programmes ranging from upgrading day-care centres, offering knowledge sharing at schools, neighbourhood clean-ups, hosting sports days and more. Many employees are involved in these initiatives and there is even a monthly newsletter to cover it all.

The investment in machinery has made their factories more environmentally friendly by reducing emissions and water use during production. Heat from the kilns at most factories is now recycled for use in other processes, while water is recycled for use in as many applications as possible. The quarries they use as a source of their raw materials are also restored to their original state as far as possible.

Ceramic Industries
Tel: 016 930 3600
Website: www.ceramic.co.za


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