SEW-EURODRIVE Cape Town has invested in new assembly cells for geared motors to speed up production, increase quality and reduce wastage. As part of its ongoing development, the branch also plans a new assembly cell for electronics in the near future.
“We have definitely started to do more business on the electronics side, especially in terms of servo motors and mechatronic units, which combine electronics with mechanical gearing,” comments Branch Manager Byron Griffiths.
He explains that the assembly-cell development embarked upon by the Cape Town branch will increase its flexibility and capability to deliver total solutions for clients. It will also assist in reducing stockholding, as a lot of components are interchangeable, as opposed to having to keep one item in stock in every available size and configuration.
Cape Town is a significant production hub for SEW-EURODRIVE, as it assembles units for other branches, including Nelspruit, Durban, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth. In addition, specific sizes and ranges are only assembled in Cape Town, and distributed to other branches when needed. “For example, a smaller location such as Port Elizabeth will rely on us for its production, from servo motors to geared motors,” Griffiths points out.
He adds that the Western Cape market in particular is showing growth in terms of both volumes and turnover. “The market is definitely on the uptick compared to last year. We are doing surprisingly well, despite the prevailing tough market conditions.”
Griffiths reveals that the food and beverage industry is very stable in the Western Cape, where the large percentage of exports means that OEMs favour energy-efficient equipment such as SEW-EURODRIVE’s IE3-compliant DRN series of asynchronous motors. “One of the main reasons these new motors were launched was to cater specifically for increased export volumes into the US and Europe, where the standard regulations require IE3 compliance.”
Griffiths stresses that what gives SEW-EURODRIVE a competitive edge in the Western Cape market is its quick turnaround and lead times, coupled with excellent customer service and aftermarket support. “We are very fortunate in having such a fantastic assembly facility here, together with a spare-parts inventory, which means we can service our customers comprehensively and in the fastest times possible,” he concludes.