As a truly South African company, Allbro has been at the forefront of addressing some of the unique challenges associated with local electrification.
Connecting more than 12 million homes to the grid, across what is often a very challenging landscape, resulted in the creation of solutions that were unique and in some cases global firsts.
The additional challenge associated with many of the regions having harsh climates contributed to the development of robust and durable solutions that are different from those typically found in Europe, where our local standards originated. Split metering and pre-paid electricity were local innovations that required housings, which would address these environmental challenges in a cost effective manner.
Allbro is the largest producer of Ready Boards and Weatherproof pole top boxes in the world. The latest innovation, which is also a world first, is a new generation of expandable ready boards. The extremely basic single electricity point that was the standard over the last 20 years, although effective, did not allow for expansion into multiple rooms.
The latest ready board has a port that allows for a ‘Room Extender’ to be safely and simply deployed in a chain for up to four rooms where a light and two sockets are then available. The room extender can be provided by the utility, or can be purchased in an after market scenario by the consumer and easily fitted as a sort of appliance.
Another innovation that has captured tremendous attention since its release in 2018 is AllVault. This ‘vault like’ high security box can withstand very high levels of abuse. As the value and complexity of equipment being deployed across vast geographical areas has increased there has been a corresponding increased need to protect the function of these networks and devices.
Lost revenues due to bypassing of meters amounts to vast sums of money that dwarf the cost of the physical infrastructure. AllVault is designed to withstand high degrees of abuse. The unique composite material was developed locally for manhole systems and is able to absorb the impact of hammers, chisels and axes among other things. The intelligent locking systems allow the utility to monitor the behaviour of the technicians maintaining the network, further improving the integrity of the network and the security of the revenue.
Allbro employs over 800 people and has factory space of close to 20,000 m2. Competencies include:
1. Raw Material compounding – 3,900 tonnes of raw material produced annually.
2. Design and development – Products are designed by our own team of mechanical engineers using the latest design tools.
3. Tool Making – Moulds are made on site (some as large as 8 tonnes).
4. Manufacturing to global quality standards ISO 9001.
5. Testing – Laboratory on site to verify ongoing compliance.