Boral and CSR's brick making joint venture kicked off on Friday, with the capability of producing 600 million bricks across 12 operations on Australia's east coast.

After nine months of deliberations, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims approved the merger in December 2014 despite initial concerns about the reduction of competition. ASX-listed Brickworks is now the only other major brick maker in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. Brickworks, CSR and Boral have all complained about the structural…