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Combo of Enerpac, Kito makes for unique Mandirk Lifting solutions
24 April 2019
Combo of Enerpac, Kito makes for unique Mandirk Lifting solutions

The combination of being able to offer two world-leading brands locally allows Mandirk Lifting to offer its clients complete solutions and not standalone products. Part of the Mandirk Group, Mandirk Lifting was established recently to extend the group’s total solutions approach.

These two brands are Enerpac, a global leader in high-pressure hydraulic tools, controlled force products, and solutions for precise positioning of heavy loads. The other brand is Kito, a global leader in materials-handling equipment such as hoists and cranes.

Japanese OEM Kito is represented exclusively in the Western and Eastern Cape, as well as in Gauteng, by Mandirk Lifting. Its distributorship is non-exclusive in KwaZulu-Natal, south of the Tugela river. Its representation covers diverse industries such as automotive, food and beverage, fisheries, marine and offshore, paper and pulp, sugar, and even tyre manufacturing.

The key advantage of the Kito products for which Mandirk Lifting enjoys distribution rights is not only that the range carries the SABS permit, but has been tested fully against the SANS standard. “It is unique locally to have such dual accreditation on the unit and load chain. This is testament to the brand’s world-class quality,” Mandirk Lifting GM Jaco Vorster points out.

Established in 1934, Kito has steadily built up a reputation as a global leader in the chain block and lever and electric hoist sectors. “Kito is a premium range, but the total cost of ownership is reduced significantly due to the fact that repairs are rare and maintenance simple. It also guarantees the health and safety of personnel. In addition, every single product is traceable to its manufacturing stage in Japan, which provides direct customer support on a global basis,” Vorster highlights, who himself has received product training in Japan.

Another advantage is that the Japanese OEM manufactures products for all operating environments globally, meaning that products are guaranteed to operate cost-effectively and with maximum uptime in arduous African conditions. While Kito staked its initial reputation in the South African mining industry, where it is an approved product, it applies to a range of industries. These include the automotive industry, where the fact that Kito hoists are inverter-based means they can be incorporated in a ‘smart’ assembly line.

Neil Watson, Commercial Manager for Enerpac Africa, and who has been involved with the Mandirk Group for 25 years, comments that Enerpac, a US-based OEM, is the largest supplier of industrial maintenance and bolting equipment in the world. It has acquired three other leading companies in the last three years, a testament to its ongoing growth and dominance.

“The main industries we focus on are mining and construction, particularly in terms of maintenance of heavy earthmoving equipment. Another area is power generation, where we supply torque wrenches to coal-fired power stations, and bolt-tensioning solutions for nuclear power generation,” Watson explains.

Enerpac-approved Service Centres have been established countrywide to service equipment and bring it back to its original factory condition. Given the current constraints and margin pressure in both mining and construction, Watson adds that the demand for repair and refurbishment is growing steadily.

Apart from hand and electric pumps and cylinders, Enerpac torque wrenches are available from 2 500 Nm up to 45 000 Nm, and cylinders from 5 t up to 1 00 t. A leading innovator, the OEM has an R&D target of introducing five brand-new products a year. “The company also grows organically by means of acquisitions, which allows it to introduce products it currently does not have into the Enerpac catalogue,” Watson explains. The product catalogue has expanded from 160 pages five years ago to nearly 300 at present.

Enerpac even has a heavy lifting division, with its hydraulic skidding systems especially popular in South Africa. A major advantage for customers is the Enerpac Maintenance Programme (EMP), which gives peace of mind that products perform as and when required. Enerpac even offers an exclusive global lifetime warranty, and includes ISO, ATEX, CE, and TÜV approval.

“In terms of the EMP, we recall our products for regular check-ups in our workshops, along with additional testing and servicing. This guarantees that our products are in perfect working order all year round,” Watson stresses. A novel trade-in programme allows for opposition products that have failed to be credited towards the purchase of Enerpac products.

“Whereas competitors only sell chain blocks or crawlers for individual lifts, we offering complete lifting solutions,” Vorster maintains. “This is reinforced by premium brands such as Kito and Enerpac.” He adds that Mandirk Lifting’s strategy going forward is to target Sub-Saharan Africa.

This will build on the network put in place by the Mandirk Group being part of BMG, which in turn is controlled by Invicta Holdings. “Our strategy in Africa is to offer premium products to increase uptime and productivity for our clients,” Vorster concludes.

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