Eqstra Industrial Equipment, a division of JSE listed Eqstra Holdings Limited, recently entered into an agreement with Atlas Copco South Africa’s Multibrand division to distribute the internationally acclaimed class leading ABAC compressor range.

Eqstra Industrial Equipment is an integrated capital equipment and leasing provider of value-added services in industrial, agricultural and materials handling equipment on the African continent and in the UK. The division has exclusive distribution rights in Southern Africa for, amongst others, Toyota Forklilft, BT Warehousing equipment, Konecranes heavy duty forklifts and container equipment, Hako industrial cleaning equipment. The ABAC range now further extends Eqstra’s comprehensive product and service offering.

The company distributes and leases various world class brands and focuses on providing customers with added value through excellent service and best-in-class brands and the extensive, world renowned range of ABAC fits well with the product and service offerings from Eqstra Industrial Power which include batteries, battery bay management and cleaning equipment.

Mariana Pretorius, Director – Eqstra Industrial Power, explains that selective acquisitions within the industrial equipment and materials handling sector, combined with diversification of products and services enable Eqstra Industrial Equipment to provide complete solutions to a wide spectrum of industry in Southern African and other countries on the continent. “The ABAC range of compressors complements Eqstra Industrial Equipment’s current product range and supports our philosophy of providing best in class brands. Atlas Copco’s reputation for marketing superior quality branded compressed air products is in tandem with our philosophy of delivering first class products and value added services,” says Pretorius. “The Eqstra Industrial Equipment strategy is to double in size every five years and we grow organically through selective acquisitions within the industrial equipment and materials handling sector. Through diversification of products and services we provide a complete solution to our customers. Our customers are accustomed to service excellence and we are confident that Atlas Copco Multibrand will meet our product demands on time every time as we share the same service ethic,” continues Pretorius.

The Atlas Copco Multibrand portfolio presents an extensive product range including professional and industrial reciprocating piston compressors, oil lubricated screw compressors (either fixed or variable speed technology), oil-free units, compressor management systems, quality air products (including dryers and air receivers), spares, etc., to satisfy air demands as well as many and varied applications.
The products feature industry-leading low noise levels, reliable, cost effective, energy efficient, easy to install compressed air solutions. Strong, long term business relationships with reputable compressed air companies with solid coverage across the continent, ensure unequalled, round the clock after sales and technical services inline with Atlas Copco’s well known service ethic.

Eqstra, with the largest infrastructure of its kind in the region, has everything in place for distribution of the ABAC compressor range, including parts, services and maintenance. According to Technical Sales Manager, Paul Combe, customers can rely on service excellence and product availability delivered to their doorstep through Eqstra Industrial Equipment’s extensive African footprint of six branches, four depots, and twelve dealers in Southern Africa with representation in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Malawi, Madagascar, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Eqstra group operates from hubs within the various countries where Eqstra is represented, and the benefit of economies of scale is passed on to customers.

In addition to having ready access to a class leading range of compressed air products, mining and other industry can count on skilled technical service and advice from Eqstra’s team of dedicated professionals. “At Eqstra we believe that people are our most important asset and employee skills and knowledge are continuously upgraded through relevant technical and soft skills programs,” continues Combe and adds, “We are committed to increasing the level of technical skills within the company as well as in the country and our current 61 apprenticeships will increase year on year while the accredited Eqstra Technical Training Academy provides the respective businesses within the group with essential skills.”

The company’s ’skills development programmes prepare employees for the challenges presented by within current business and ensure that they are adequately skilled for the expected expansion within Africa and other countries. Eqstra’s holding company has partnered with Wits Business School to provide: one year Certificate Programmes, Advanced Executive Program (AEP), Certificate Programme in Leadership Development, (CPLD), Certificate Programme in Management Development (CPMD) and short courses in Customer Service, Finance for non-financial managers, Emotional Intelligence, Mining Operations.

“Atlas Copco Multibrand is proud to be associated with Eqstra Industrial Equipment and to supply the brilliantly engineered ABAC range to Eqstra,” says Atlas Copco South Africa’s Regional Manager – Multibrand Sub Saharan Africa, Ian Wild. Atlas Copco has sustained reliability, durability and exceptional value through the decades and we look forward to a long term, profitable and mutually satisfying business relationship with the Eqstra team. ABAC is a world renowned and respected compressor range and a brand that we are proud to supply to Eqstra Industrial Equipment” says Wild. “Eqstra has a solid reputation for delivering superior products and value added services and, with the company’s extensive global foot print, industry is assured of a complete solution offering on their doorstep,” concludes Wild.

Atlas Copco Compressor Technique South Africa recognised the opportunities presented by the widely differing, increasingly sophisticated demands of Southern African industry and established Atlas Copco Multibrand in 2004 to market other class leading compressed air products to meet every industry demand for energy efficient, high quality compressed air systems.