Sparcraft Masts South Africa (SCM) recorded a 27% increase in production for the past financial year, with a projected 35% increase projected for the year ahead, the company said this week. The Cape Town-based business was recently sold by Southern Spars and merged with Durban-based G-Wind Spars. It is now southern Africa’s only mast manufacturer.
The new-look company is also set to move into an expanded Cape Town facility later this year, according to owner Craig Hulbert. He said the new plant would feature increased floor space, dedicated spray booths, a machine shop, a mezzanine rigging division with furler assembly station, and dedicated stores for different product lines.
“Once the move has been completed, a new 3m x 2m CNC router will be commissioned for cutting components used in mast manufacture,” the company said in a statement. “The outlook is very positive, business confidence in America and Europe is on the increase, with more disposable income available for the new boating market, we expect exports to grow. Fleet replacements are starting to take place since the Hurricane Irma carnage in the Caribbean and are expected to continue for at least the next three years,” the company said.
SCM also intends to produce carbon masts for the South African market later this year in collaboration with a carbon mast builder in France. “The market in SA is not large enough to warrant the tubes being manufactured locally, so SCM will import blank tubes from the high-volume French factory then finish them locally, providing a quality product at a reasonable price,” the statement said.