Our focus on quality during the design and manufacture of the cladding projects we are involved with ensures that we are able deliver the best standards in the African cladding industry.
Aside from being one of the few cladding businesses to hold ISO9001:2008 certification, we employ more skilled technicians and graduates than anyone else in the African cladding and signage sector.
In addition to supplying cladding, we are able to support our clients with a variety of services that include the design, cutting, installation and maintenance of composite ACM cladding products alongside engineering and project management services.
With all of the cladding projects we’re involved requiring an absolute focus on detail, it is critical that requirements are accurately identified before we begin to prototype or manufacture.
The analysis phase of a project allows us to sit down with our clients (who can be the end customer, but more frequently are the architects and consulting engineers) to discuss their needs and find the most appropriate solution. This will normally involve scrutinising the interior or exterior design aesthetics and reviewing how cladding can be put to best effect to enhance their building.
As part of the process we frequently introduce clients to new technologies and innovations in cladding. ACM materials and products such as ALPOLIC® have revolutionised the cladding market and we are constantly on the lookout for new applications and materials that will help enhance building design while continuing to deliver environmentally sound construction practices.
Once the analysis process has been completed and a project blueprint has been drawn up, the project can be priced accurately and the concepts can be passed to the design and engineering team.
Very few cladding distributors employ teams of engineers to design and specify cladding installations. At AfriClad we are able to draw on the resources of First African Holdings’ team of engineers to ensure that all the ACM cladding produced in our manufacturing facility is made to the right specifications.
Designing and fitting architectural cladding is rarely a simple process. Very few buildings have straight lines and will accommodate standard sized cladding panels so our engineers use sophisticated 3D modelling software to conceptualise how a building will appear once it has been fitted with ACM cladding.
This allows us to review every aspect of a building’s requirements – from standard fascia to slatted feature walls – and ensure that each panel is correctly specified before it is passed to the manufacturing team.
Once colours have been specified and panel sizes defined, the design blueprint created for each cladding project is passed to the factory where prototypes are made and the ACM panels are cut to size.
With over 4000m2 of floor space we are able to operate a large and sophisticated manufacturing process. ACM panels such as the APLOLIC® and HulaBond products we work with come in a variety of sizes and can be cut, bent or sculpted to any shape.
In most instances, we will cut and dispatch all the ACM cladding sheets before a project initiates, however, with some building cladding operations such as the ABSA data centre in Cresta, we needed to install standard panels before we could measure and specify the exact dimensions of filler units which were then cut to size and dispatched to Johannesburg to complete the project.
ACM is the ultimate flat pack product which makes shipping cladding panels from our factory to site a straightforward and cost effective process.
For installations in South Africa, we will generally use road freight to transport. For sites further into Africa our Cape Town location gives us quick access to shipping routes.
Although our cladding is exceptionally durable, products are securely wrapped and packaged before being loaded into containers for road or sea shipping.
Once product arrives on site our rigging team is available to assist with installation. Installing ACM cladding is a relatively straightforward process. Its lightweight composition means panels can be lifted by crane and installed from inside a building, thus speeding up the building process and in many cases removing the need for scaffolding.