We have worked with General Motors dealerships in Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.
In Mpumalanga, the Nelspruit and Secunda branches had to upgrade their sites with the new blue colour scheme of the General Motors Group. This had to be done by means of an architectural ACM cladding solution, and on both projects we supplied a range of ALPOLIC© panels that were manufactured to size in our factory. After production, they were shipped to the sites for installation.
The Bellville General Motors dealership required our attention in the Western Cape and it was a deal that turned out to be yet another challenge in the pursuit of the ideal cladding solution. There were two options available to us – we could stick to the norm of having only panels of one square meter to ensure rigidity, or we could design a product that is both aesthetically pleasing and durable enough to withstand the toughest conditions; even the mighty “Cape Doctor”.
As usual, we were up for a challenge and chose to pursue the latter option. By using the full sheet of 3.2m x 1.2m, and employing our simple but very efficient fixing method and purposefully bent up sheets, we successfully created a 95m cladding wall that was both long-lasting and pleasing to the eye. As with the Mpumalanga dealerships, the Bellville one had to be updated with the new GM blue. This was achieved by manually painting the ALPOLIC© panels in the correct shade.
A minor hiccup was experienced when the signage company that installed the General Motors signs damaged five panels which then had to be replaced. Luckily we pride ourselves on having detailed designs and drawings of each and every item manufactured for our customers, so we were able to send the drawing for the General Motors project to the workshop immediately. A few days later, the panels were replaced, without the need for the usual site measurements to take place.
The end result – another satisfied customer!
When newly appointed General Manager of First African Claddings (FAC), Van Heerden de Wet, started at the company 20 years ago, the parent company Helderberg Technology Holdings, was still called Aerodyne Technology. When he accepted a job offer,