Bespoke steel planters can be made in all shapes and sizes, to suit a huge variety of settings and applications. Drawing on specialist product knowledge, design expertise and manufacturing processes means that a solution can be found however complex the brief.
The following manufacturing process is used for galvanised steel as well as other metals. Material selection may vary on the plant species intended to be used, the setting and the overall effect required.
Designs can be worked up from simple sketches, an artist’s impression, full engineering drawings, or just an idea. Design and drawing software is used to create a complete 3D, CGI model of the project. This ensures that all aspects can be proved, demonstrates exactly what it will look like in situ and allows client approval. Read more
Manufacturing starts with the punching of the planter's individual parts. Shapes and holes are added, based on the original 3D model.
Machines punch at a rate of 900 holes per minute to tolerances of +/- 0.2mm, ensuring that the parts are perfectly accurate. Read more
The individual parts are folded in a press brake machine. 160 tons of pressure forces the material into the desired folded shape. Details are folded into the steel forming the ends, base and lip of the planter. Read more
At this stage, the planter is recognisable but still in component format, typically made up of sides, ends, base and feet. The assembly of the parts is carried out by highly experienced welders.
Once welded, the joins are ground and polished. Achieving a beautiful seamless finish is difficult - spending more time here creates a real difference aesthetically. Read more
The fabrication process is now complete. Prior to painting, a thorough inspection is carreid out to ensure that it meets the required standards. Read more
In most cases, each planter will go through a chemical cleaning and preparation process prior to being painted in a polyester powder coat finish. This can be done in any RAL colour in almost any gloss level, or alternatively colours can be specifically matched to the client's requirements. Read more
The planter is now finished but before it can be dispatched, a thorough final inspection is undertaken to catch any flaws or defects. Read more