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The South African Generator and Transformer Industry: This report focuses on the local generator and transformer industry which in the past decade has experienced strong growth as demand for power has outstripped supply, resulting in power supply shortages. This, combined with poorly maintained power infrastructure, unreliable power supply, rapid infrastructure growth, increasing population, the commoditisation of telecommunications devices, and access to data, have contributed to a significant increase in demand for generators and transformers.


Challenges : Demand is expected to continue as a result of Eskom’s planned power expansion projects, capacity added by Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and the eventual implementation of Government’s Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs). Currently South African transformer manufacturers have the capacity to deliver between 50% and 60% of market demand for medium and large power transformers. The balance, along with many other items, has to be imported. Stakeholders believe that cheaper imports, particularly from China and India represent a threat to local manufacturers. As well as receiving manufacturing and export incentives, these countries pay no import duty. In comparison, local manufacturers have to pay duties as high as 40% when exporting to certain countries.


High Quality Local Manufacture: Although there is a critical lack of cost-effective local manufacturing capacity to meet domestic demand, manufacturers emphasise the high quality of locally manufactured products. Local companies continue to innovate, spend on research and development, invest in state of the art manufacturing facilities, manufacture world class products and deliver complex managed integrated solutions. The African export market is becoming increasingly important and South Africa is already the major transformer supplier in Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.



Report Coverage:

This report describes the current situation in the country, examines the increasingly competitive market and focuses on factors influencing the sector’s success. The report also profiles 47 industry players ranging from local manufacturer Powertech Transformers (Pty) Ltd which employs 1,026 people and is one of the market leaders in the transformer sub-sector, to small business, Transformer Manufacturers (Pty) Ltd based in Gauteng, which employs 25 people to service its mining, industrial and parastatal customers.

Table Of Contents

The South African Generator and Transformer Industry in South Africa 2015
1. INTRODUCTION 1
2. DESCRIPTION OF THE INDUSTRY 1
2.1. Industry Value Chain 2
2.2. Geographic Position 3
3. SIZE OF THE INDUSTRY 3
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 10
4.1. Local 10
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 16
4.1.2. Regulations, Standards and Government Programmes 16
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 19
4.2. Continental 20
4.3. International 23
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 24
5.1. Economic Environment 24
5.2. Rising Input Costs 25
5.3. Labour 26
5.4. Information Technology 27
5.5. Technology 27
5.6. Environmental Concerns 27
5.7. Government Support for Infrastructure 29
6. COMPETITION 30
6.1. Barriers to Entry 32
6.2. Research and Development (RandD) 32
6.2.1. Innovation 33
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 34
8. OUTLOOK 35
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 37
10. REFERENCES 37
10.1. Publications 37
10.2. Websites 38
ORGANOGRAM 36100 40
Manufacture of Generators and Transformers 40
COMPANY PROFILES 42
ACTOM (PTY) LTD 42
ALLIED ELECTRONICS CORPORATION LTD 51
ARMCOIL AFRIKA (PTY) LTD 55
CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD 57
ELECTRO INDUCTIVE INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 59
FREE STATE TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 61
POWERTECH TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 63
RELIABLE TRANSFORMERS CC 66
REVIVE ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 67
SIEMENS (PTY) LTD 69
TRANSFORMER MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 73
TSS TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 74
ZEST WEG ELECTRIC (PTY) LTD 76
ORGANOGRAM 61509b 78
Wholesale of Generators 78
COMPANY PROFILES 81
AGGREKO ENERGY RENTAL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 81
ATLAS COPCO SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 83
BARLOWORLD LTD 86
BRIGGS AND STRATTON RSA (PTY) LTD 91
CACO TRADING CC 93
CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD 94
CHANNEL DATA (PTY) LTD 96
CHHC TRADING (PTY) LTD 98
CUMMINS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 101
DIESEL ELECTRIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD 103
DIESEL GEN TECHNOLOGIES CC 105
ELLIES (PTY) LTD 106
GEN MOTION (PTY) LTD 109
GENERATOR KING (PTY) LTD (THE) 111
GENERATOR LOGIC HOLDINGS (PTY) LTD 112
GENPOWER ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS CC 114
GEOMECHANICS (PTY) LTD 116
GOSCOR (PTY) LTD 118
HOFFMANN POWER (PTY) LTD 120
HONDA MOTOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 122
MAGETZ ELECTRICAL CC 124
MARSTON MOOR TECHNOLOGIES CC 126
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 127
MZANSI GENERATORS (PTY) LTD 132
NEW WAY POWER (PTY) LTD 133
PLAN-MY-POWER (PTY) LTD 136
SIEMENS (PTY) LTD 138
SINETECH CC 142
SMITH MINING EQUIPMENT (PTY) LTD 144
STEVENS AND CO (PTY) LTD 146
SUDEN PROCUREMENT CC 148
SUPERWATT (PTY) LTD 150
TUNING FORK (PTY) LTD 152
VR ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD 154
ZEST ENERGY (PTY) LTD 155
ZEST WEG GROUP AFRICA (PTY) LTD 157

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