Our BEKAPOLE Success Story

The BEKAPOLE glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) pole range has been part of our success story since BEKA Schréder has been founded in 1978. By adopting the latest filament winding technology, we ensure to stay at the forefront of pole innovation and continue to provide our customers with durable, high-performance solutions for their lighting and infrastructure needs.

We invite you to view this video which tells you more about our BEKAPOLE:

Durable and high-performance BEKAPOLE glass fibre reinforced polyester (GRP) pole

Why use a BEKAPOLE?

Our BEKAPOLE is 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 is manufactured through the filament winding process whereby continuous glass rovings are fed through a polyester resin bath and wound at an even tension onto a rotating mandrel, resulting in a mass to resin ratio of 70:30 and making full use of the tensile strength of the glass filament which is more than that of steel.

The BEKAPOLE is preferred by architects, developers and local authorities for its aesthetic appearance, strength, ease of installation and inherent safety for road users.

Advantages of the BEKAPOLE include:

  • Sustainable:
    • The manufacturing process for glass fibre poles is much kinder to the environment than metal or concrete products.
  • Light Weight: 
    • The low mass saves handling, transport and erection costs during installation:
      • Low handling costs: No extra equipment needed to load or offload the poles
      • Low transport costs: Save on transport costs due to the poles' low weight and the higher stacking height on road freight
      • Low installation costs: No extra equipment is needed to erect the poles
  • Vandal Resistant:
    • High impact strength of polyester gel coat and glass filament wound structure and material offering no scrap value, therefore very low risk of theft.
  • Non-Corrosive: 
    • No above- or below-ground corrosion in salt climates or acid soil.
  • Maintenance-Free:
    • No corrosion or decay ensures that the surface coat of the pole will not require maintenance.
  • Longevity:
    • Over time, BEKA Schréder fibreglass poles will outlast wood, concrete, steel and aluminium under similar climatic conditions.
  • Versatility:
    • A wide range of spigots, floodlight mountings, baseplates and decorative arrangements ensure a product for almost every application.
  • Non-Conductive:
    • Perfect electrical insulation prevents accidental electrocution by faulty wiring.
  • Low Inertia:
    • A reduction in personal injury and damage to vehicles in road accidents.
  • High Bending Strength:
    • Engineered to withstand a wind pressure of 500 Pa inclusive of 0.20m2 luminaire area with less than a 5% deflection of the mounting height. This relates to a wind speed of 103.9km/h. Any higher wind speeds must be calculated separately.
BEKAPOLE is used for highways, main roads, residential streets, sportsfields, decorative lighting ans many more

Our Success Story

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, such as steel, wood and concrete. 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.

Durable and high-performance BEKAPOLE

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.

Through its commitment to consistent quality, BEKA Schréder has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of GRP poles. Since then, BEKA Schréder has perfected the process by adopting the latest technology.

For more information, visit the BEKAPOLE webpage and contact our sales team!