Our Heritage

Heritage

Corobrik's Heritage

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd was established in Durban in 1902. Corobrik has grown to be the leading brick manufacturer, distributor and marketer of clay bricks, clay pavers and associated allied building products in South Africa. Corobrik achieved this by using expertise gained over more than 110 years in the brick business, superior technology, manufacturing practices, distribution network and logistic capabilities.

Corobrik’s head office is in Durban, with three regional offices in Durban, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch (Cape Town), and Corobrik centres located in major cities country-wide.

Corobrik currently operates 15 factories, which together with Corobrik's alliance partners, permits the company to offer to its valued customers a complete spectrum of brick and paver options.

1898

Clairwood Flats in Durban

Robert Storm discovers clay deposits on Clairwood Flats in Durban, and the Storm brothers establish their first brickmaking plant.

1902

The Storm Brothers Brick Works

The Storm Brothers Brick Works was established.

1905

Kimberley Magistrates Court

The first phase of building of the Kimberly Magistrates Court was completed.

1915

Electrically-driven brickmaking

The company’s first electrically-driven brickmaking machines and grinders are installed.

1916

Coronation Brick and Tile Company Limited

The Storm Brothers amalgamation with the Greenwood Park Brick Co. Limited occurred, and the Coronation Brick and Tile Company Limited is formed.

1917

Roof and floor tiles

Coronation diversifies into roof and floor tile manufacture.

1948

Effingham Factory

Increase demand leads to new plant in Effingham Durban with a capacity of 110 million bricks per year.

1968

Corocrete (Pty) Limited is established

Corocrete (Pty) Limited is established, manufacturing a range of pre-cast concrete products and later building blocks, decorative panels and more.

1969

Coronation Industrials is formed

The Tongaat Group Limited acquires a controlling interest in the Coronation Group and Coronation Industrials is formed. Corofill, Corocrete’s lightweight filler block, is launched and becomes a market leader.

1972

42 million bricks a year

South Africa’s most modern face brick factory is opened in Avoca, Durban. Designed to produce 42 million bricks a year, the bricks are handled automatically from extruder to dryer.

1975

75 million bricks per year

A new factory is built at Glencoe, with an annual output of 75 million bricks per year.

1976

New Durban factory

A new factory is constructed in Durban to produce calcium silicate face bricks from stone aggregate and lime.

1977

Corobrik brand is launched

Coronation Brick & Tile is renamed Corobrik and the Corobrik brand is launched.

1978

Tongaat Corogroup Limited

The Tongaat Group Limited acquires control of Primrose Industrial Holdings, followed by a reverse takeover and the name change to Tongaat Corogroup Limited.

1980

Port Elizabeth Brick Company

Acquisition of Port Elizabeth Brick Company.

1981

Vryheid Brick Company

Acquisition of Vryheid Brick Company.

1982

Tongaat Hulett Group Limited

The Tongaat Group Limited merges with Huletts Corporation to form the Tongaat Hulett Group Limited, one of South Africa’s largest industrial groups.

1988

Corobrik acquired the Springs II

Corobrik acquired the Springs II from Vereeniging Refractories with line capacity of 48 million bricks per year.

1998

Patron of Architecture

The South African Institute of Architects awarded Corobrik the Patron of Architecture for its involvement in and commitment to the promotion of architecture in South Africa.

1999

Corobrik acquires Midrand Factory

Corobrik acquires Midrand Factory from Cullinan Holdings introducing to the Corobrik stable a fully mechanised facility and laboratory.

2001

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd is acquired from the Tongaat Hulett Group Ltd

Corobrik (Pty) Ltd is acquired from the Tongaat Hulett Group Ltd via Management buyout and private investors including Scandinavian Building Materials.

2003

BEE ownership changes

Ownership of Corobrik (Pty) Ltd changes with BEE Entity AKA Capital (Pty) Ltd acquiring 25% of the share capital of the company.

2004

Natural gas firing systems

Corobrik starts its coal to natural gas Fuel Switch Programme at Lawley Factory.

2005

Gauteng Institute for Architects merit award

Vaal Triangle Technikon Residence was completed and Corobrik won a merit award from the Gauteng Institute for Architects for blending two similar coloured bricks for an innovative finish.

Investec shareholding

Investec acquires a major shareholding in Corobrik.

2007

Most technically advanced

The Corobrik Rietvlei factory becomes the most technically advanced and fuel efficient clay brick making operation in South Africa.

Corobrik training courses

Corobrik selected and sponsored by the Department of Labour to develop courses in bricklaying, plastering, tiling, painting and carpentry.

2008

First in Africa to sell carbon credits

Corobrik becomes the first company in Africa to begin selling carbon credits, gained from their savings in carbon emissions due to Lawly factory’s fuel switch programme.

Corobrik Staff Trust

Corobrik was re-organised to facilitate the allocation of 26% of the share capital to the Corobrik Staff Trust for the benefits of all employees.

2009

Construction Centre of Excellence

The Corobrik KZN Building Training Centre was appointed a Construction Centre of Excellence by the Construction Education and Training authority (CETA).

Driefontein factory fuel switch programme

The Corobrik Driefontein factory was awarded its first carbon credits for its fuel switch programme.

2010

42 students get bricklaying and paving skills

The Corobrik Building Training Centre in the Western Cape was sponsored by the Department of Public Works to provide 42 students with bricklaying and paving skills.

2013

KZN Top Business Award

Corobrik is rated the top company in the Mining Category for the FNB KZN Top Business Award. Corobrik is also awarded Level 4 BEE status at 100% procurement recognition level.

2015

Empowerdex Level Three Contributor

Empowerdex Economic Empowerment Rating Agency verified Corobrik as a Level Three Contributor at a 110% Procurement Recognition Level.