There are not many companies in South Africa that can produce upwards of 6 000 complete sets of fully fitted kitchen cabinets in a year, but Alto Kitchens in Brakpan, Gauteng, is one of them.
Alto Kitchens specialises in the design, manufacturing and installation of kitchens, built-in cupboards, vanities and shopfitting and has been doing so since the company was first established in 2008.
Founder and MD, Leon Grobler, says that the company has long understood that this is what differentiates them – being able to create quality kitchen cupboards at pace. “Lots of people can do quality, but not a lot of people can produce between 10 and 15 complete units a day,” he says.
The reason Alto Kitchens is able to do this is because of its 3 500m2 state-of-the-art factory, which makes use of high-tech software and machinery to ensure precision at all times. All doors are pre-drilled for handles and Alto Kitchens uses a screwless installation system.
Units are manufactured at the factory, and then packed and delivered to customers throughout South Africa and beyond. “We have supplied units for projects in Zambia and Mozambique, and we’re starting in Mauritius in 2020,” says Leon. “Most of our work is for big residential developments and we tend to take on projects that have 50 or more units. Generally, between 80 and 90% of our business is residential, but we’re also growing our shopfitting business. We do the occasional private house, as well as other projects, like the Steyn City Secondary School.”
One of the recent stand-out projects that Alto Kitchens was involved in was the high-end residential units for Park Central in Rosebank, where the company created all the cabinetry for the 168 upmarket units.
There are several benefits to developers, architects and contractors of partnering with Alto Kitchens. The company’s capacity means it can deliver on deadlines, and its end-to-end solution that encompasses everything from design to manufacturing, delivery and installation means there’s a single point f contact on a project for all cabinetry requirements.
“I’d say that roughly 80% of the boards we use are PG Bison, and that’s specified by the architects on the developments,” says Leon. “It’s a well-known and trusted brand in the industry.”
Here’s a look inside Alto Kitchens’ factory and processes: