Macoil Gas Egypt
A prototype gas station created in 5 business days
Macoil International is one of the most reputable bunkering houses in the Mediterranean, with operations in Malta, Egypt and Gibraltar. In 2015, Macoil set out to set up a service station network in Egypt, under the name Macoil Gas. Kouros was there from the very beginning working on all stages of the R&D process, from the concept design through to the development and installation of the prototype RVI in Egypt.
Design & Development
Macoil’s brief was simple: to develop the RVI for a high-profile fuel station network that would stand out from its local competition. We worked on the concept drawings and when Macoil’s management team signed off on the concept, those were passed on to a leading design agency, Impress Me, to further develop the network’s brand and visual identity. When the final designs were approved, the ball was in our court again to turn those into reality.
Directional totem fascia panels during the pre-assembly quality inspection.
Illuminated channel letters
Steel letters manufactured using our cutting-edge, fully-automatic channel letter machine with embossed, illuminated, flush-mounted faces made of acrylic and premium-grade films.
Exit sign detail
Debossed text made of translucent acrylic on a laser-cut, powder-coated aluminium panel.
With the designs approved, we were tasked with an ordinary job but an extraordinary deadline: as Macoil Gas Egypt was bound by a very specific timeline for the transportation and delivery of the equipment, we only had 5 business days to simultaneously develop molds and tooling and manufacture all the elements for the prototype station. Needless to say that the cargo was loaded on time.
9m pylon frame
A unique frame for a unique design. The main pylon’s frame is manufactured out of steel hollow sections, welded and galvanized. The structure and its foundation have been engineered to withstand the region’s wind speeds.
To ensure operation in Egypt’s extreme conditions, we used LED modules and drivers with high temperature limits, IP67-68 ratings and protection against overload, over-temperature and short-circuits.
The final stage in the manufacturing process before the items are packaged and shipped. The illumination equipment is installed and the individual aluminium panels are fixed to the steel frame using hidden fixings.
Working. On our tan.
Well, we actually multitasked and apart from the collateral tan, we worked on installing the entire array of RVI elements required to brand a filling station occupying a 6,000 sq.m. plot. Working during summertime, on the outskirts of the Sahara desert, in extreme humidity and under the scorching hot Egyptian sun was no easy task for our installation team. But with the help of our local partner from Cairo, the installation was complete in under 4 days.
The canopy’s main identifier is a 1.6m-high, illuminated, channel letter set with thermoformed, acrylic faces, decorated with 3M graphics. A green LED channel is installed around the canopy to enhance its visibility at night with minimal energy consumption.
9m highway pylon
The 9m MID is fitted with electronic price displays, translucent logos and service signs and aluminium panels that have been powder-coated for optimal protection against surface wear.
Dispenser flag sign
Illuminated double sided signs that advertise the pump island’s fuel grades are installed over the dispensers.