The competition “The Best Producer of Building Materials” was held for the twelfth time this year. The competition is organized for all producers of building materials who operate in the Czech Republic. The two competition categories were: companies employing no more than 300 workers and companies that employ more than 300 workers. The celebratory meeting of companies with the award of prizes to the nominated firms was hosted in the beautiful and dignified environment of the Benedictine Emmaus Monastery in Prague on 25 September 2019. The plants and establishments operating in building material industry enrolled in the competition were assessed by the jury of experts, mainly based on the criteria of quality, economic success, strong market position, energy performance of production, improvement of the environment and waste management solutions, introduction of quality management systems, investments in production facilities in the preceding three years, the level of productivity achieved and employment. The following firms were declared the best producers of building materials in 2018:
- category of companies with up to 300 employees: HELUZ cihlářský průmysl v.o.s.
- category of companies with more than 300 employees: P-D Refractories CZ, a.s.
The ceremonious nomination afternoon saw the award of other prizes as well, and the “Special Prize of the Jury” was given to Kámen a písek, spol. s r.o., seated at Český Krumlov. The jury explained its decision as follows: The company is a traditional as well as the largest producer of crushed aggregates in the South Bohemian Region, ranking among the 5 largest producers of aggregates in the Czech Republic. The company is an exemplary representative of mining industry for building materials. Thanks to its operability and customer focus, the company is able to respond to irregular requirements of the market, especially as regards important infrastructure constructions. Last year, the company sold 2.5 million tons of aggregates, out of which 600 thousand from quarry Ševětín was produced and delivered for the construction of motorway D3 from Veselín nad Lužnicí all to way to České Budějovice. As an example worth following, we can mention the currently developed bypass around the township of Ševětín costing CZK 18 million, which will lead all traffic from the quarry away from the urban area of the little town and the road will then be transferred to the South Bohemian road network for no consideration. The company’s motto: The customer must be confident that the company will meet all his/her requirements – both for quality and quantity – without reservations. The prize was given to Ing. Pavel Fučík, Managing Director and Executive Director by Pavel Malinský. Other special prizes were bestowed on companies BAUMIT, LAUFEN CZ, SEMMELROCK STEIN+DESIGN. Company Kámen a písek considers this award as another token of appreciation of its many-year reliable and innovative work and as confirmation of the right path leading to a position of a socially responsible company.