In 2009, Cobute's Director Attilio Angelucci was appointed General Manager of the newly established Geoplast South Africa, Geoplast SpA's agency responsible for the SADC countries.
Geoplast S.p.A is the leading industrial group specialised in the design, manufacture and distribution of permanent and reusable, modular formwork in recycled polypropylene for the built environment, with applications that range from permanent formwork for Foundations, Slabs, Green (roof/vertical garden, grass grids), Water Management (storage, attenuation and dispersion solutions), Sport Flooring, and Reusable Formwork for the creation of round and square columns, walls and shutter to foundations. This line of formwork can be re-used at least 100 times, when properly looked after.
The permanent formwork for ventilated foundations, Modulo, and the reusable formwork for walls, Geopanel, are Agrèment certified as innovative building technologies. Founded in Italy in 1974,Geoplast is present in more than 60 countries worldwide; the South African branch is active in other Southern African countries with an office in Namibia and projects carried out in Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana, responding to a growing need for innovative, sustainable solutions for the built environment.
Geoplast's technologies are produced as environmentally-friendly (from 50% commercial and 50% residential high and low density polypropylene plastic) and offer great structural advantages on site alongside dramatic savings of concrete and steel, ensuring an efficient use of natural resources; lastly, these solutions favour easy and intuitive installation on site, with transfer of skills. These aspects responded to Cobute's wish to increase its offer range to cater for innovative solutions that require easy implementation while increasing the quality of the structures built, from affordable housing to commercial developments.
WHY ABS AND RECYCLED POLYPROPYLENE?
Compared to traditional formwork, Geoplast selected special materials for its solutions for the following reasons:
- resistant and tough, very good shock absorbance
- mechanically stable under loads
- very smooth and impervious surface
- temperature tolerant
- fully recyclable
- light, allowing high-speed installation (no crane required)
- low maintenance and transport costs (elements are stack able)
- no jobsite waste
Since 2009, the Geoplast SA team has worked with some of the finest Engineer, Architect, Quantity Surveyors studios and Property Developers. Get in touch to receive technical details on these groundbreaking solutions, visit the showroom, arrange a presentation at your studios or start collaborating.