110 BEKA SCHRÉDER Product Catalogue

In the late Seventies, BEKA Schréder was approached

by the authorities in Namibia to find a solution to the

corrosion which was damaging the then conventional

materials used for lighting poles, like steel, wood and


Namibia is not only one of the world s most

atmospherically corrosive environments, but it also has

large tracts of land with highly corrosive soils.

The resulting research into non-corrosive materials has

culminated in the choice of the glassfibre reinforced

polyester (GRP) pole. This material exceeded the

expectations of the authorities, as it not only offered

the answer to the excessive corrosion, but also offered

convincing strength properties combined with an

appealing finish and design.

BEKA Schréder subsequently bought the expertise

and machinery for the manufacture of filament wound

GRP poles from a leading German manufacturer and,

since commencement of production in July 1978, has

manufactured several hundreds of thousands of GRP

poles for the African subcontinent and beyond.

BEKA Schréder has perfected the process by adopting the

latest technology.

In 1989 BEKA Schréder became the first manufacturer

to be awarded the ISO 9002 accreditation for its quality

management of its pole and luminaire manufacturing

plant. BEKA Schréder s production is constantly subjected

to the stringent quality demands which this accreditation


Through its commitment to consistent quality, BEKA

Schréder has become one of the world s leading

manufacturers of GRP poles. BEKA Schréder s GRP poles

are used for highways, main roads, residential streets,

sportsfields, decorative lighting, area lighting, post-top

lighting, perimeter security, parks and gardens, as well as

for flag poles.




The BEKAPOLE, as it became known, is used not only for

its resistance to corrosion, but is preferred by architects,

developers and local authorities for its aesthetic

appearance, strength, ease of installation and inherent

safety for road users.