Abel or Alstons Building Enterprises Limited is a member of the ANSA McAL Group of Companies. It is the largest manufacturer of clay building blocks, Metpro steel and aluminium windows and doors and Astralite Vantage windows and doors in the English-speaking Caribbean. For over 60 years, ABEL has been at the forefront of the buildings material industry and has earned a reputation for quality, variety and innovation.
In 2005, the air conditioning division of the ANSA McAL Group was brought under the ABS umbrella. It provides a full range of air conditioning equipment and services to the commercial and residential market locally and regionally. As the authorized dealer for Carrier equipment in this market, ABEL represents the oldest and most respected air conditioning brand in the world.
In 2007, ABEL Air Conditioning Division expanded its product line by introducing the Katashi range of air conditioners. In May 2007, it added the Carrier Generators to its product mix. Among its achievements in the recent past are air conditioning works at West Mall, ANSA Finance Building, Unicell Paper Mills and Park Court.
The Birth of ABEL Building Solutions (ABS)
Combined, there are four divisions under the ABEL/Bestcrete Divisions – ABEL Clay, Metpro, Air Condition Division and Engineered Systems and Bestcrete. Whilst there is one Board of Directors and one common Management team overseeing the operations of the various Divisions we have traditionally approached the market as separate entities. These divisions however, offer unique complementary products to the market and provide synergies and services that other companies do not.
As such, driven by the Managing Director and supported by the Executive Board of ANSA McAL, an initiative was undertaken to bring all the various sales, marketing and technical expertise under one umbrella, hence, the birth of ABEL Building Solutions. Thus, this organization is in essence, a “one-stop shop”. Customers can source many of their building needs, from flooring systems to roofing systems and everything in-between.
Products and Services
ABEL CLAY: Building Blocks, Roofing Tiles
Bestcrete: Building Blocks, Decorative and Grille Blocks, Interlocking and Grass Pavers, Omnia Flooring System, Allan Block Landscaping and Retaining Wall System
Metpro and Astralite Vantage: Aluminium Windows, Arches and Doors, Steel Windows, Arches and Doors, Also stock imported Guyanese Hardwood Doors, Vinyl Windows and Doors
Air Condition and HVAC Systems: Residential and Commercial Air Condition Units – Katashi & Carrier, Engineered Systems: Curtain Wall, Composite Panels, Shop Front, Commercial Entrance Doors, Elevators and Industria/ Commercial Fans
In 2012 ABS ventured into a new line of technology – vertical transportation. Installing 4-car lifts in BMW and Jaguar; also refitting and installing three new ThyssenKrupp elevators in the TATIL Building. ThyssenKrupp originated in Germany and is the number one Elevator in the US market. ThyssenKrupp has partnered with ABS to enter into the Trinidad Market.
Additionally, in 2013 the Air Condition and Engineered Systems division added yet another big brand in the business – Big Ass Fans: BAF designer fans are geared towards Commercial and or Industrial buildings. ABS is set to launch ABLE Clay’s new Tunnel Kiln.
The ANSA McAL Group has made the largest investment, outside of the energy sector, in the country and region. This new Clay Plant, is state of the art Italian made, is poised to revolutionise the construction sector. The capacity and throughput of TK4, as it is called, will give ABEL the ability to consistently supply the market with a variety of high quality blocks and innovative clay products.