VENTURES: Brick Mould Innovation
Recent Western Cape Business News
BRICK mould manufacturer Lenwalt Engineering has formed an alliance with Pegaso Stampi, an Italian company, to specify and construct brick moulds of superior quality. The products, made from cores and shoes produced in Italy, will be sold under the Stampi Formworks brand.
Gerrie Buekes, owner of Lenwalt Engineering and long-time member of the brick mould industry, conceived the idea while researching longer lasting alternatives to local paving moulds. “We don’t have the expertise locally or the material quality to manufacture paving cores and shoes to international standards, in terms of life span. While researching on the internet we came across Pegaso Stampi and immediately saw the possibilities,” Beukes says.
The idea was ingenious: to take the measurements locally, specify meticulously, and have the shoes and cores made up at the Pegaso Stampi factory.
The details were finalised during a visit to South Africa by Stefano Viciani of Pegaso Stampi in May. The first order was taken while the sole distribution agreement was finalised between the two companies.
The parties set about immediately improving on the standard mould methodology, using bolts where possible to replace any welding in rails and wear plates. By thus reinforcing the strength of the shoes and cores, and therefore extending the life of the mould, the cost per brick or paving stone is reduced.
“Our aim is to achieve a turn-around time of six weeks – less than half the time required by competitor agencies. This makes Stampi Formworks competitive indeed.”
“Because the orders are taken by the local Stampi team, specified by Beukes, and constructed locally, any design is possible, including detailed work such as slate tone profile. A standard range of designs will be available for those who wish to expedite ordering, while Lenwalt Engineering will continue to make moulds from components available locally,” according to Beukes.
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