History & Timeline
GAST, was founded in 1961 by Peter Solomon Gast, which had it's roots in the chemical industry. This included specialist chemicals for the cosmetic and industrial markets including paint coatings, formulas and waterproofing compounds. The Gast family, originally of Prussian descent, began spreading their wings shortly before the Second World War afar a field as the USA and Africa.
GAST Paints have been around since the late 60's with various paint formulations which are still used today. By the late 70's the company introduced a Commercial GAST Paint to the market.
GAST commercially starts installing GAST DAMSEAL which was a revolutionary product to assist with the soil stabilization and plasticizing of soil, leaving a waterproofed substrate.
In 1983 the second eldest son of Peter Solomon Gast namely Dr. Kevin Gast became CEO of GAST, who was largely responsible for expanding GAST to a multifaceted operating entity encompassing various fields from Waterproofing, Painting, Geosynthetics, Construction, Civil & Consulting.
Lambertus Gast, who originally emigrated from Prussia, had a passion for what he termed “simple engineering truth“. This principle was instilled and today lives on within the GAST lineage. In the early 1980's GAST patented the first dam lining which at the time relied on a technology which GAST had perfected, which made the “plasticisation“ of soil possible for the first time in the world. Research specialising in polymer & plasticiser technologies resulted in various additional technologies being developed for the coatings, mining, waterproofing and dam lining industries. Including significant advancements of water purification technologies now known today as Clearwater Technologies.
As GAST progressed through the years from Paint manufacturing to Waterproofing manufacturing, it was inevitable that the company would start doing renovations & refurbishments. In 1988 GAST started a large renovation project.
GAST Management signs quality pledge to its customers to ensure GAST's high quality standards of its products & services are upheld. A pledge GAST still follows to this day.
As GAST started refining its refurbishment and renovation division, its clients grew more confident with GAST's capabilities and GAST started with fully fledged large construction projects.
GAST established numerous offices in Africa from Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Mozambique, Ghana to various other offices and operations.
GAST developed an 8 step system for quality management of Waterproofing systems to minimize potential unwanted waterproofing damage.
GAST spent close to 15 months developing new Head Offices in Centurion, South Africa, which was custom designed and purpose built for all GAST's needs.
ABX Pharma is born with its world revolutionary bio-nano technology which is programmable and seen as a world first. ABX Pharma has developed numerous products for human and veterinary application which include treatments for IBS, diarrhea, over indulgence and many more.
In 2006 Dr. Gast’s son, Mr. Kevin Gast, was appointed as CEO to handle the day-to-day operations while Dr. Gast took over the role as Chairman of the Board. Mr. Gast with various executive entrepreneurial experiences, has been at the forefront of the modern organization GAST is today. GAST has grown over the last 60 years to a truly international entity, operating in over 28 countries worldwide with over 3 generations of family members still involved in the day-to-day running of the business.
GAST makes its technology that was developed in the 80's commercially available called Clearwater Lagoons™ & Clearwater Technologies. This is specifically focused on the recovering and recycling of different waters, one of our most precious resources on Earth. Our technology is modular and allows us to adapt to property developers’ requirements in designing and implementing the Clearwater Lagoon™ technology, resulting in crystalline waters for inland beaches, public aquatic facilities and other large bodies of water. The technology also enables us to do sophisticated water purifications.
GAST secures numerous large Civil contracts in Africa ranging from 100mil to 300mil, providing significant impetus to its further global expansion program.
As the 4th Industrial Revolution started breaking ground, GAST started heavily investing in A.I., UAV and numerous other advanced technologies, to not only improve our product & service offering, but also for increased efficiency & effectiveness for the benefit of its clients.
Taking their success across the globe, GAST expands into the North American market with the establishment of GAST USA. Which include providing solutions to our customers from our Clearwater Lagoons™ to GAST Pharmaceutical products and Geosynthetics.
GAST upholding to their 2030 future global plan, shifts its entire holding structure to Dublin, Ireland which in turn holds all majority shareholding into newly formed 8 Regional Offices to be launched in 2020.
GAST officially operates in over 32 different countries worldwide, with various offices, satellite offices and representatives. GAST restructures its global operations, amid COVID-19 to 8 new Regional Offices namely: Ireland, South Africa, USA, Canada, Australia, Russia, Japan, Cyprus and the UAE to better service our customers globally.
GAST envisages a world where the process of waterproofing is entirely automated for incomparable accuracy and efficiency. This begins with submitting a form online and a drone (UAV) is automatically deployed to survey the client's home or building and identify potential problems / leak points, which a quote is then automatically created through our A.I. Once the client accepts the quote, another drone is deployed which sprays the roof with GAST's patented self healing liquid waterproofing system, which can be ordered in any color the client chooses, immediately leaving the building sealed, leak free and guaranteed for up to 10 years.