The acquisition by K-TEK Corporation USA of South Africa’s KAB Instruments and Laser Measurement has resulted in the formation of a new company operating under the K-TEK Africa banner. This new business is now able to extend its range and offer customers unmatched expertise in ultrasonic, laser, radar, magnetostrictive and other level measuring technologies.
K-TEK was founded in 1975 and is now a global manufacturer of level instrumentation for liquid and bulk solids detection. The company has over 300 000 installations worldwide in such applications as oil and gas production, chemical processing, pulp and paper processing, mining and construction, food and beverage manufacturing, plastics manufacturing, and power generation. The formation of K-TEK Africa now places the resources and expertise of this global operation at the disposal of its South African and African customers.
And it is not only South African companies that will benefit. The manufacturing operations of both KAB Instruments and Laser Measurement will now be used to expand the offering for K-TEK’s international markets as well. KAB Instruments manufactures ultrasonic level and flow instrumentation. The company has notched up nearly 20 years of experience in designing and manufacturing compact, integral and non-contact ultrasonic level measurement equipment.
Laser Measurement manufactures LaserMeters for level and distance measuring applications. The company was established in 1993 as an innovative, high technology South African company that converts futuristic laser technology into cost-effective products and services.
KAB Instruments and Laser Measurement are both ISO certified companies and are in the process of consolidating their resources under the K-TEK Africa brand. Currently, the operation is split between offices in Midrand and Mondeor, in Gauteng, but the operations will soon be joining forces and moving to new premises.
From these premises, K-TEK Africa will be able to offer customers a complete solution for level applications with direct support from international sales and technical support representatives. The products on offer will range from continuous level, distance and flow instruments using contact and non-contact technologies to switches. The goal is to provide a one-stop shop for all customer requirements, including support and repairs for both laser and ultrasonic equipment – not to mention new products now available from the USA.
The local company is in the process of forging closer ties with its users to ensure their experience with K-TEK products is optimal. This will not impact the business’s commitment to its agents and resellers, but is an effort to ensure the service levels and technical skills available are meeting clients’ needs.
It is also an attempt to protect legitimate agents from those who will cut costs to the bone to try and win a tender and then be in a position where they can not support the products, bringing the whole brand into disrepute. Ironing out these issues has become more important as the sales channels or the companies are merged and K-TEK Africa tries to ensure a standard level of skills in its partner companies.
With the admin and ground work done, K-TEK Africa is now in the position to deliver optimal service and the best products to its market, both in Africa and the world. While the individual companies were able to produce products that could compete anywhere in the world, the K-TEK reach now puts these locally developed solutions in front of a wider audience than ever before.
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