3 December, 2020
Meet family business Fynbos Poles - environmental entrepreneurs commited to quality
Bay's new client Fynbos Poles is a family
business of environmental entrepreneurs who
took time to ensure that every aspect of
their refurbished treatment plant meets the
and Elana Le Grange, with their son Rudi and
daughter Leani, run a diverse group of
businesses that includes a sawmill between
Elim and Bredasdorp in the Western Cape and
pole depots in Bredasdorp and Hermanus. They
also grow fynbos flowers and Honeybush tea.
company is the biggest alien clearing
company in the Overberg, converting the
timber into usable products, said Leani, who
is the Marketing and Sales Manager for
strive to deliver quality products at the
promised delivery times."
family bought a second-hand timber treatment
plant from Dolphin Bay.
Poles' first SATAS audit was successfully
completed on November 1 and their CCA
treatment is now swinging along at a pace.
Bay helped Fynbos Poles with the layout of
the plant, its start-up, training the
operators, and ensuring the plant complied
with the standards governing timber
treatment," said our Senior Technical
Advisor Gareth Jantjies. "This work is part
of the service we offer to all our business
is always a unique relationship between any
treatment plant and the timber they're
treating, explained Gareth. Interestingly,
this project surprised us from a technical
perspective: it is the first situation we
have come across in which a client can use
the same solution strength for two different
pointed out that Fynbos Poles only need one
solution strength as they are treating Pinus
pinaster, a very hard pine species, and
Eucalyptus gum poles which are hard too."
Poles has signed a three-year sole supplier
agreement with Dolphin Bay, and we have
delivered their first consignment of CCA for
many of our business relationships, this one
developed over time. The Le Grange family
contacted us 12 years ago seeking a plant.
Having used another company to treat their
timber for many years, they eventually
decided to do the job themselves.
pressure-tested the plant in-house to show
that the vessel itself is still in a good
condition," said Dolphin Bay Sales
Executive, Braam Rust. "Leon and Elana came
out and observed the positive outcome of the
pressure test and the condition of plant."
added that it had been a good learning curve
to start from scratch with somebody who was
new in the treatment side of the business
but experienced in the pole business.
said the company had decided to go with
Dolphin Bay because we are well-known for
quality service with regards to training,
prompt deliveries, and reliability.
had taken three years to overcome hurdles in
the set-up of the treatment plant, "but we
managed to make it work with the help of the
Dolphin Bay team," Leani said.
added: "Our delivery time to customers will
be even faster now because we are no longer
dependent on a third party for treatment. We
will be able to work in a way that is much
more focussed, and our production volumes
will automatically increase.
"The installation of our treatment
tank is definitely one of Fynbos Poles'
Source: Dolphin Bay Chemical