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Upgrading of our Firing Technology

Energy being nearly 40% of our cost, management is continuously focusing on reducing this cost by upgrading our firing technology. Not only do we save on fuel, but assure less greenhouse gas emissions through improved combustion.

Two sets of burners were replaced with state-of -the -art burners from Bernini Impianti – Bologna, Italy. These burners were installed on zones 1 and 2 where we have the most fuel consumption. At a cost of nearly R 900’000.00, these new burners will improve the product yield, decrease our fuel consumption as well as reduce our greenhouse gas emissions significantly.

Algoa Brick is proud to announce that the installation in January 2017...

Algoa Brick acquired two new 4 Ton Forklifts with Meyer Fork attachments

Algoa Brick recently acquired two new 4 ton forklifts from Linde. These two new forklifts will add to Algoa brick’s fleet of new and modern machines. With energy cost (including fuel) being the greatest cost of the plant, management continuously look at ways and means to save on fuel. Adding these two new machines with modern technology motors would reduce emissions as well as fuel consumption. What makes these machines special is that they are both fitted with Meyer fork attachments that can enable the operator to work...

Algoa Brick keep Mobile Plant Fleet Modern and Energy Efficient

Algoa Brick strive to keep its mobile fleet modern and fuel efficient at all times to cope with the daily challenges of a Clay Brick plant. Here Nico Mienie – Managing Director and Odwa Sanda – Mechanic hand-over the keys to Mandisi Mqondeki - Driver. The existing New Holland TD 80, which gave the...

Algoa sponsors Construction Student Golf Day

In April 2015, Algoa Brick co-sponsored the annual “Construction Management Student Society / Chartered Institute of Building” golf day held at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club. This event is part of Algoa Brick’s ongoing commitment in establishing and maintaining a relationship with the Nelson Mandela Metropole University and its staff and students.

Talking to the build environment students and staff of the university ensure their better understanding of the benefits of clay bricks and pavers as well as...

Algoa Brick in support of the CANSA walk (over 12 hour's)

On Friday evening the 6th March, Algoa Brick participated in a 12 hour walk in aid of cancer. Our team
of 15 were just one of many teams who walked from 18h00 to 06h00 the next morning.
The event was held at Victoria Park School in Port Elizabeth.
Allistair Galloway, as team captain organised the Algoa team into a sleek, mean walking machine,who did not give up.

Well done to all the participants and thanks for the support we received from our staff, suppliers and
customers. Every rand we received as donations will be paid over to the cancer association of SA.

Mark and Heidi prepared curry for the evening and the proceeds also went to CANSA. Well...

Makana Brick Distributors Workshop

At a recent Makana Brick Distributors Workshop held at the Fishriver Sun, Algoa Brick was awarded the
main prize of the day, that is "Biggest Distributor for Makana Brick".
After ending second last year, sales staff and support staff went the extra mile in ensuring we sell themost Face Bricks in our area as agent of Makana Brick. All credit to Mark Hunter-Smith and his team for the exceptional effort in achieving yet another goal set by the Algoa Brick executive management.

A special reward was also handed to Rowan Roux for his contribution in the industry by Makana Brick.
Rowan remains a legend in the brick industry. I am very proud to have known and worked with...

Algoa delivers keynote address at Construction Management conference

Professor Smallwood invited Algoa Brick to deliver the key-note address at the gala dinner of the 3rd annual Construction Management Conference held at the Marine Protea Hotel in Port Elizabeth.

Nico Mienie and Mark Hunter-Smith attended the occasion, with Mark delivering the Keynote address on behalf of Algoa Brick. The event boasted delegates from all across South Africa including industry professionals and academics. Proff Smallwood is the Head of Department, BSc Construction Management at NMMU.

Mark's address covered the latest research done by the CBA on the benefits of Clay Bricks, as well as throwing out a teaser on the upcoming LCA and SE-LCA studies. He went...

Algoa at NMMU

Algoa Brick sponsored the quarterly Industry-student liaison gathering in September at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). This is a forum where all Building Science students at the university as well as representatives from the relevant industries get together and exchange information.

Mark Hunter-Smith of Algoa presented an overview of brickmaking processes to the audience, the results of the Life Cycle Assessment research, the benefits of clay brick as well as health aspects of clay brick buildings.

Reducing Energy Consumption

Algoa Brick is committed in reducing the total energy consumption of the business. This to be able to improve and sell Energy Efficient Clay Brick(EECB) into the market. The company has embarked on various energy saving methods. Slowly but surely we are replacing all electrical motors in the two plants with "Energy Efficient Electric motors".

The company has also already replaced all lighting inside and outside with "Energy Efficient Light Bulbs" Obtaining these 4 new Linde 2,5 Diesel forklifts was in line with the company's strategy to only purchase energy efficient equipment. The company currently runs a fleet of 13 Linde forklifts and the 4 new trucks is...