From humble beginnings catering to local demand for better and more durable decking products in South Africa, Eva-Last® has grown to become one of the world’s leading building materials groups with a catalogue of innovative class-leading patents that are fuelling further growth.
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A quick glance at the key environmental statistics provided by the United Nations’ Statistics Division shows that despite our best efforts to get one crisis under control, a far more threatening crisis continues to build quietly.
The technology behind beautiful natural-looking cladding materials has evolved quickly in the last five years thanks to a series of patents from global building materials group Eva-Last®.
As far back as the Dark Ages cladding – then known as “weatherboarding”, using what were called clapboards – has been used in architecture to beautify building exteriors. Originally mostly made of split boards from oak or elm trees, cladding was soon in vogue across Europe and purpose-sawn cladding boards were being sold to create attractive natural aesthetic appeal for structures of all kinds.
John McCluskey, former executive director at Franke Kitchens, has joined global building products group Eva-Last® as Director: Warehouse Operations & Inventory Management. McCluskey’s appointment bolsters the South Africa-based group’s expansion drive as it seeks to increase global market share.
South Africans love being outdoors. The country’s climate is well suited to a lifestyle that takes advantage of hot, sunny days and beautiful natural surroundings. Adapting our living and working spaces to this nature-loving lifestyle has frequently employed timber products as decking, cladding and decorative features. However, although natural timber provides desirable aesthetic benefits, wood requires constant upkeep and replacement because it struggles to maintain its original finish when exposed to climatic conditions.
This project represented the first residential installation of the Apex® product range and first use of the new Brazilian teak L-finish in South Africa. Specified by the architects for use as the primary look and feel of the client’s outdoor entertainment area, Apex® was selected for its ease of installation, long-term performance and high fire and slip ratings, especially critical given the client’s brief for landscaping features.
International home improvement, gardening and DIY retailer Leroy Merlin began rolling out retail stores in Johannesburg, South Africa, but found that the timber products deployed in the creation of a façade to support its primary branding were weathering, tarnishing and discolouring after a short period. VistaClad™ and Lifespan™ support beams by Eva-Last® were selected by Leroy Merlin to replace the timber products to increase the longevity, performance and consistency of the brand’s look and feel.
With the introduction of the Fortress® Railing Al13 Home Range in 2020, leading international building products group Eva-Last® is changing the game by making customisable aluminium railings available at affordable prices.
For centuries timber products have provided a decorative touch when used as building materials, bringing their own special aesthetic character to architectural designs. As the world’s hardwood resources have come under increasing pressure and as the natural drawbacks of timber became more widely known, the composite building material industry began to search for ways to match the performance and look of natural timber while exceeding its all-weather performance.