Concrete building products manufacturer Technicrete has been awarded the SABS mark for its entire range of precast concrete kerbing. This confirms the effectiveness of the company’s quality management systems which have been in place for over 20 years.
Every day Technicrete’s Olifantsfontein, Gauteng, manufacturing plant turns out more than one kilometre of various 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 the monitoring and testing procedures in place and they took away samples of kerbing for laboratory testing 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.
“There was nothing we needed to do to change the existing manufacturing and quality control processes. We’ve had a quality management system in place for 20 years or more and it’s been an ongoing process of refinement of these management systems that 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 multisite listing with the SABS. All generic Technicrete products now carry the certified SABS mark. In addition to its manufacturing plant in Gauteng, the company has manufacturing facilities in the Free State, North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
Orffer said that although Technicrete kerbing is known for its quality and is already widely used in infrastructural road-building projects, the government is tending to specify SABS-certified products. “We therefore saw it as important for us to obtain the SABS certification for our products.”
He added that the SABS mark would give Technicrete further advantages in the marketplace, where kerbing blocks are becoming more popular than concrete beam kerbing. Kerbing blocks are easier to install and much more affordable to maintain than concrete beam kerbing.
“Every contractor knows it’s a great deal simpler – and a lot quicker – to replace a damaged kerbing block than a length of damaged concrete beam kerbing.”