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8th of December 2016

ACO is pleased to announce the acquisition of ROFO ENGINEERING

The ACO Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of Rofo Engineering, a leading manufacturer and supplier of stainless steel drainage systems and grease traps in South Africa.

The ACO Group is the world market leader in drainage technology. With its integrated approach, ACO stands for professional drainage, efficient cleaning, and the controlled discharge or reuse of water. Products include drainage channels and floor drains, oil and grease separators, manhole covers, roof drainage systems and stainless steel pipes. The family-owned company headquartered in Rendsburg/Büdelsdorf, Germany, was founded in 1946. The major innovation strength of the ACO Group is built on intense research and development, and its technical expertise in processing polymer concrete, plastic, cast iron, stainless steel and reinforced concrete. ACO has a presence in over 40 countries, with a total of 30 production sites on all continents, with a global workforce of 4,200, the company generated sales of Euro 705 million in 2015.

Rofo Engineering has a history of more than 30 years of successful presence in the Southern African market. Well established and specialized in designing and manufacturing in stainless steel and grease traps, Rofo offers an intimate knowledge, experience and understanding of stainless steel fabrication. Rofo Engineering will continue to offer designing, manufacturing and distribution of high quality products to its customers. The former owner of Rofo Engineering cc, Mr. Jovo Bardak, will continue to work as Operations Director of Rofo Engineering (Pty) Ltd.

ACO Systems and Rofo Engineering will gladly assist you with any technical or commercial query, more information about our products are on our websites and

ACO Systems (Pty) Ltd
Route 21 Corporate
Business Park
Dunham Bush House
57 Sovereign Drive
PostNet Suite 406
Private Bag X8
Nedbank Ltd
Account Number: 1026074800
Branch Code: 12840500
Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ
Registration No: 2012/065757/07
VAT No: 4960262071
Jens-Uwe Paasch
Dieter Karl-Heinz Strich
Giorgio Pestarino
Tel: (+27) 12 941 0521
Fax: (+27) 86 548 9343

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Corobrik launches smartphone app

Five years ago, the only tablets you found on a building site were the occasional Panado to cure jackhammer-induced headaches. Today, however, the way architects and construction teams work has morphed dramatically. It is estimated that there are now over 29 million cell phones in South Africa (compared to just five million landlines), meaning that more South Africans have access to mobile phones than clean water. Smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of day-to-day business across the world, and the building sector is no different.

After months in development, Corobrik have become one of the first building materials suppliers in South Africa to launch a dedicated app for the specification and application of its bricks and pavers. Available from iTunes, the comprehensive, interactive Corobrik app allows users to access the expertise of Corobrik at their fingertips.

Designed to make your life easier, the easily navigated app is loaded with many handy features. You can say goodbye to your pen and paper and keep your notes in one place with the Notebook section where you can file all your relevant project information – accessible whenever you need it, while the Weather Forecaster helps you plan your build days better.

The Pocket Manual is a wealth of technical expertise; simply choose the topic you need help with and read or download the relevant section. Divided into the following seven sections, the Pocket Manual features answers to a comprehensive list of queries – Section A: Foundations, Section B: Surface Beds, Section C: Brickwork, Section D: Waterproofing, Section E: Clay Paving, Section F: Site Organisation, and Section G: Compliance. Information for designing and specifying our bricks in compliance with SANS 10400 Building Regulations and SANS 204 Energy Standards is set to follow.

If you have seen a brick you like, then try the Brick Matcher which offers you a selection of Corobrik bricks that best match what you’re after. Simply take a photograph of the brick you like or select one from your gallery and swipe through the brick colours provided to find the brick that best suits you and click on it to be taken through to the product guise – it is as simple as that. Furthermore, the included gallery is filled with inspiring ideas, showing you a world of possibility that you can create with Corobrik’s quality products. You can then get in contact with your nearest Corobrik Centre by using the convenient Store Locator.

A handy Brick Calculator also allows you to plan the quantity of bricks or pavers needed for a specific project. Not only will the Brick Calculator give you an accurate estimation of how many bricks or pavers your project will need, it will also calculate the amount of sand and cement needed for the job as well. Over and above this, the brick calculator will also determine how thick the plaster needs to be, and will revert with the quantities of sand and cement needed to mix it to the correct consistency. Along with the Weather Forecaster, under the utilities section you’ll also find a handy Flashlight and a Spirit Level. Whether you’re a DIY’er, builder, decorator, hard landscaper or architect, you’ll find the free, easy-to-use app extremely useful.

Peter Kidger, Corobrik’s Director of Marketing, says that using the available technology to make life easier and more efficient in this day and age makes a lot of sense. “We envision that the primary users of the Corobrik app will be builders and paving contractors, although it should prove a useful tool, both in the office and on site, for architects, quantity surveyors and others working in the building industry,” he says. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android Smartphones.

Compiled and distributed on behalf of Corobrik(Pty) Ltd
For more information contact Peter Kidger on 031 560 3233.

Distributed by Shirley Williams – call 083 303 1663 or


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