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.
Eva-Last’s market-leading ClipClad system set the standard for durable, low-maintenance composite cladding materials by revolutionising the way cladding worked – from easy installation to maintenance-free long-term performance.
Now, this innovative cladding system is undergoing the next phase of its evolution, including a change in name to VistaClad™
Constant innovation continues to drive change in building materials and how they are used. The destruction of forests for timber – particularly tropical hardwoods – is behind adaptation of other materials which can both resemble attractive wood finishes aesthetically but outperform timber in building applications.
Yum!, the owner of the KFC franchise rights in Africa, sought high-performance décor and architectural materials in complying with a worldwide update of the brand’s outlet specifications. As the franchise coordinator, Yum! required a solution which would accurately match global look and feel specifications while reducing maintenance and related costs for individual franchise owners to a minimum.