Our production facilities around the world use the finest equipment available, ensuring quality, consistency and durability.
Ullman Sails Whitsunday Loft sewing sails for a large cruising yacht
The team at Ullman Sails South Africa hard at work
One of our staff in South Africa working on a sail
You can count on Ullman Sails for a well-built product. From the design and engineering through to the finishing detail, our sailmakers are focused on a delivering high quality sails.
SOUTH AFRICAN PRODUCTION – UNLIMITED MANUFACTURING CAPABILITY
Ullman Sails is supported by one of the largest and most technologically advanced production lofts in the world – Ullman Sails South Africa. The loft employees over 120 trained staff members and has manufactured over 100,000 sails in its 30-year history. Recognized worldwide for its quality standards and expertise, it is sought out to produce top projects that range from a Southern Wind 102’ to world championship-winning J/70 sails.
The loft covers four buildings in two cities (Cape Town and Durban) and includes a state-of-the-art membrane plant, and specialized departments for one design, panelled cruising and racing sails, spinnakers and superyachts. The loft also houses research and development facilities for the Ullman Sails group, providing an ideal platform to merge manufacturing know-how with design, materials and technical development.
The small arm at the lamination plant in Ullman Sails South Africa used to produce FiberPath sails
SUPERIOR MEMBRANE PRODUCTION
Our state-of-the-art membrane facility in Cape Town is internationally recognized for the superior lamination and precise construction. Great care is taken in the selection of our membrane components from the fibers and glue to the Mylars and taffetas. There is no size restriction on membrane production—the loft has two stringing machines including our ‘long-arm’ machine, which enables us to string sails for any size boat.
UNCOMPROMISING STANDARDS & CONSISTENCY
With the experience of our sailmakers from all corners of the globe and decades on the sail loft floor, Ullman Sails has developed a manual of construction standards by which all Ullman Sails are built that covers every aspect of an Ullman Sails sail. These standards are used group-wide, which means that no matter where your sail is built in the Ullman Sails system, your sail is built to the same quality standards.
A graphic rendering of a FiberPath Sail using design software from SMAR Azure.
PARTNERSHIP WITH INDUSTRY LEADERS
Ullman Sails is uncompromising when selecting the materials to engineer our sails. We believe that you must work with the best in order to produce the best. We only use the recognized vendors in the industry: Contender Sailcloth, Dimension-Polyant, Bainbridge International, Challenge Sailcloth, Rutgerson, Antal, C-Tech Battens, RBS Battens, and Sunbrella, just to name a few.
And we never stop looking forward – we continue to research new materials and the latest technological developments to improve our product and better meet the needs of our customers.
In addition to the manufacturing capabilities of Ullman Sails South Africa, our lofts have the flexibility to manufacture in their local loft and source sails from the international Ullman Sails network. This means Ullman Sails delivers to you on all levels – superior product manufacturing, market-leading technology, and capable service and support in your home port.