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The South African Generator and Transformer Industry
BY Marc Bosman
South Africa
05 December 2017
R 14 400.00 (ZAR)  
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The South African Generator and Transformer Industry


Since 2015 the South African generator and transformer industry has suffered the effects of an economy weakened by reduced investment in energy and mining, declining manufacturing output and the impact of the drought on the agricultural sector. Above average winter temperatures and rising renewable energy production combined with Eskom’s stabilising of the grid, have resulted in an energy surplus that has negatively affected the growth of the generator industry. Growth in the transformer sector has also slowed because of reduced capital investment. Fraud and corruption remain prevalent and despite an increased focus on localisation, South Africa imported electrical transformers, static converters and inductors to the value of approximately R4.7bn in 2016.


Opportunities


Although markets slowed in 2017, prospects are considered positive on local and African growth in the traditional and renewable electricity sectors. Climate change and the green economy are expected to play vital roles in the adoption of diesel generators in Africa. The implementation of the Carbon Tax in 2018 will impact the generator market and stakeholders believe that manufacturers of reduced noise and emissions level generators are more likely to achieve end-user acceptance.


Report Coverage


The South African Generator and Transformer Industry report describes the current situation in the country, outlines developments in the industry and focuses on factors influencing the sector’s success. The report profiles 50 industry players including Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd t/a Altron which in November 2017 disposed of its 80% interest in the Powertech Transformers Group to a consortium comprising Power Matla (Pty) Ltd., Power Matla Transformers (Pty) Ltd. and SGB-SMIT GmbH. Also profiled is New Way Power which with 10% market share, was the second-largest local manufacturer of Gensets in 2015. During the course of 2017 the company’s share of the market has increased to an estimated 30%.


Page
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 4
4. STATE OF THE INDUSTRY 12
4.1. Local 12
4.1.1. Corporate Actions 16
4.1.2. Regulations 18
4.1.3. Enterprise Development and Social Economic Development 21
4.2. Continental 22
4.3. International 24
5. INFLUENCING FACTORS 26
5.1. Economic Environment 26
5.2. Rising Operating Costs 27
5.3. Labour 27
5.4. Government Initiatives 28
5.5. Eskom and Municipality Debt, Fraud and Corruption 30
5.6. Technology, Research and Development (R&D) and Innovation 31
5.7. Cyclicality 33
5.8. Environmental Concerns 33
6. COMPETITION 34
6.1. Barriers to Entry 36
7. SWOT ANALYSIS 36
8. OUTLOOK 37
9. INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS 38
10. REFERENCES 38
10.1. Publications 38
10.2. Websites 39
APPENDIX 1 41
Indicative Lifespan of Grid Components. 41
COMPANY PROFILES 42
ABB SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 42
ACTOM (PTY) LTD 46
AGGREKO ENERGY RENTAL SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 55
ALLIED ELECTRONICS CORPORATION LTD 57
ARMCOIL AFRIKA (PTY) LTD 61
ATLAS COPCO SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 63
BARLOWORLD LTD 67
BRIGGS AND STRATTON RSA (PTY) LTD 72
CACO TRADING CC 74
CATO RIDGE ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTION (PTY) LTD 76
CHANNEL DATA (PTY) LTD 78
CUMMINS SOUTH AFRICA (PTY) LTD 80
DIESEL ELECTRIC SERVICES (PTY) LTD 82
DIESEL GEN TECHNOLOGIES CC 84
ELB GROUP LTD 85
ELECTRO INDUCTIVE INDUSTRIES (PTY) LTD 89
FREE STATE TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 91
GENERATOR KING (PTY) LTD (THE) 93
GENLOGDORM (PTY) LTD 95
GENPOWER ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS CC 97
GEOMECHANICS (PTY) LTD 99
GOSCOR (PTY) LTD 102
HOFFMANN POWER (PTY) LTD 104
HONDA MOTOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (PTY) LTD 106
MAGETZ ELECTRICAL CC 108
MARSTON MOOR TECHNOLOGIES CC 110
MASSMART HOLDINGS LTD 111
MATASE INDUSTRIAL SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 117
MZANSI GENERATORS (PTY) LTD 118
NEW WAY POWER (PTY) LTD 119
PLAN-MY-POWER (PTY) LTD 121
POWERTECH TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 123
RELIABLE TRANSFORMERS CC 125
REVIVE ELECTRICAL TRANSFORMERS (PTY) LTD 126
SIEMENS (PTY) LTD 128
SINETECH (PTY) LTD 132
SMITH MINING EQUIPMENT (PTY) LTD 135
STEVENS AND CO (PTY) LTD 137
SUDEN PROCUREMENT CC 139
SUPERWATT (PTY) LTD 141
TRAFO POWER SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD 143
TRANS ELECTRON CC 144
TRANSFORMER MANUFACTURERS (PTY) LTD 145
TUNING FORK (PTY) LTD 146
TURNER MORRIS (PTY) LTD 148
VR ENGINEERING (PTY) LTD 150
ZEST ENERGY (PTY) LTD 152
ZEST WEG ELECTRIC (PTY) LTD 154
ZEST WEG GROUP AFRICA (PTY) LTD 156
ZEST WEG MANUFACTURING (PTY) LTD 159