Sparks Electrical News May 2018

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ACQUISITION OF CRABTREE

From left: Ralf Gerharz, Jim Currie, Collin Perumal, Steve Richardson, Marius Van Schoor, Henry Woodman and Jannie de Lange

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C rabtree South Africa (Pty) Ltd (a Division of Siemens) has con- cluded the purchase of the Crabtree business and its associat- ed Lesotho operations from Powertech Industries (Proprietary) Limited, a division of Allied Electronics Corporation Limited (Altron). The Crabtree business, originally established in 1947, named Crabtree South Africa (Pty) Ltd, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens (Pty) Ltd, with the day to day management of the business handled by Elec- trium Sales Ltd., a Siemens company. Up until 1989, the Crabtree South African business was part of Crabtree Electrical Industries Limited based in the UK, which now trades in the UK as part of Electrium Sales Ltd, in turn owned by Siemens since 2006. Crabtree is one of South Africa’s chief manufacturers of low voltage wiring accessories, cable systems and power cords and predominantly operates within the South Africa construction market, with some sales to the Sub Saharan Region. “What we have is a business that is really strong when it comes to its people, and their expertise and knowledge. It needs some key investments in new products and equipment to be able to put itself on the front foot in terms of offering a stronger product offering for the South African market,” said Steve Richardson, Integration Manager for the Crabtree acquisition. While business acquisitions often have a negative connotation, this merger is seen in a positive light, with Crabtree South Africa re- joining a larger group, with no plans for absorbtion into the larger group company. “We have already started to invest in the business, and will continue to do so. The main structure of the company will remain in place,” explained Jim Currie, Head of Operation from Electrium. “We will be relying on the experience of the local staff and management team, so there will not be a ‘revolution’, more of an evolution over a period of time.” “We plan to make the changeover as seamless as possible, and we

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