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Corobrik is rated best brick supplier in SA for the fourth consecutive year

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PMR.africa presented the Diamond Arrow Award to Corobrik for the fourth year running for achieving the highest score in its annual national survey on brick suppliers to the South African construction industry at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Johannesburg on 16 April 2014. 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 the brick suppliers in 11 categories ranging from the ability to meet orders, flexibility and competitive pricing to the quality and variety of products on offer. Respondents were 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, said that the company was proud to have received the highest rating of 4.17 out of a possible 5.00 and that striving to be the best brick supplier in the country was an ongoing objective. The company, with a workforce of over two thousand people, has the largest distribution network in the country and distributes more than 5 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," Shangase said. "Another survey category which contributed to our success was environment-friendly solutions, Shangase said. Green production and sustainability are an integral part of Corobrik's culture. We believe that this involves the total environmental impact of a product, from manufacture to use, maintenance and ultimate reuse or recycling. 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. 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 said. "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 bench mark for others to aspire to. Corobrik's wide range of eco-friendly clay pavers, clay face and non-face bricks, covering the full spectrum of applications, are readily available throughout South Africa - via three regional offices and 28 Corobrik Centres and a host of independent distributers. Caption: Musa Shangase, Corobrik's commercial director, displays the PMR Diamond Arrow award for top-rated brick supplier in South Africa at the PMR.africa award ceremony in Johannesburg in April.