SEW-Eurodrive’s commitment to South Africa and the continent is underscored by the fact that the bulk of its regional turnover is still generated by the mining and minerals-processing industry. This is because the OEM remains a leading innovator and solutions provider in bulk materials handling and conveying technology.
SEW-Eurodrive president Jürgen Blickle.
Paying a visit to the South African head office in Johannesburg recently, SEW-Eurodrive president and MD Jürgen Blickle commented that, while the mining industry was still in a slump, the company is still very strong in mining. Blickle revealed that the plan is to ramp up local assembly operations, with an expanded assembly facility on the cards.
Another key focus for future growth was boosting the aftermarket sector, which has seen SEW-Eurodrive South Africa establish a new Field Service Department and Repair Centre. “We want to increase the service business; including servicing brands other than our own,” stressed Blickle. “This is an international trend, so we find customers approaching us for this particular service.
“However,” he added “the main focus is still offering complete replacement units wherever possible.”
The company’s success on the continent is indicated by the fact the South African branch celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Blickle explains that the OEM’s manufacturing base is distributed among 15 facilities globally, in addition to 75 assembly facilities, including Johannesburg.
In South Africa, the Johannesburg assembly facility has invested significantly in installing the latest assembly islands to streamline production and reduce waste, an upgrade that will be carried through to the local branches in Nelspruit, Durban, Port Elizabeth, and Cape Town.