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16 May 2012
Concrete building products manufacturer Technicrete has been awarded SABS Mark certification for its entire range off precast concrete kerbing, confirming the efficiency of the company’s quality management systems which have been in place for over 20 years.
Technicrete’s Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, manufacturing plant every day turns out more than one kilometre of a wide variety of concrete kerbing profiles for both bitumen and paved road-building projects currently under way in several provinces.
SABS auditors inspected the Olifantsfontein factory’s machine-operating system to study monitoring and testing procedures and took away selected examples of kerbing for laboratory tests against SABS standards.
“They found our kerbs fully met SABS standards,” says Technicrete Quality Assurance Manager Louis Orffer. “We had no doubt that they would.”
He added: “As a matter of fact there was really nothing we needed to do to change the existing manufacturing and quality control processes. We’ve had a quality management system in place for twenty years or more and it’s been an ongoing process of refinement of these management systems which has enabled us to continue manufacturing concrete kerbing of exceptional quality.”
Technicrete, a member of the Murray & Roberts Building Products group, is an ISO 9001:2000 certified company and has a multi-site listing with the SABS. All generic Technicrete products now carry the SABS Mark certification. In addition to Gauteng, the company has strategically located concrete building products manufacturing plants in the Free State, Northwest, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.
Orffer said that despite the known quality of Technicrete kerbing, and its already widespread use in infrastructural road-building projects, the government was tending to specify SABS-certified products. “We have noted this trend, and this has been our answer.”
He added that SABS Mark accreditation would give Technicrete further advantages in the marketplace, where kerbing blocks were becoming more popular than concrete beam kerbing. This was because it was easier to install and much more affordable to maintain than concrete beam kerbing.
“Every contractor knows it’s a great deal more simple – and a lot quicker - to replace a damaged kerbing block than a length of damaged concrete beam kerbing.”