A little over two years ago, the first soil was turned on an open plot of land in Witfontein, Kempton Park, Johannesburg. Today, this 16 000-m2 site hosts the central hub of Africa’s largest hydraulic, pneumatics and automation company, the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies.
Six companies – Hytec, Tectra Automation, Hytec Services Africa, HYSA, Hägglunds and Bosch Rexroth South Africa – relocated to the Rexroth HUBB (Hytec Unified By Bosch) from April to mid-June this year.
With 300 of the Group’s approximately 800 employees located here, and with centralised production, training, engineering, sales and support offices under one roof, a high level of expertise is now concentrated at the Rexroth HUBB.
For our customers, consolidating the Group Companies’ lean assembly, production and logistical capabilities and philosophies within a single location means a reduced number of intralogistical transactions, which streamlines our handling efficiency to supply our technologies to market with even greater speed.
In addition, with Bosch Rexroth’s South African product development and support division also based at the Rexroth HUBB, our network of 40 branches across Africa have greater access to Bosch Rexroth’s R&D and manufacturing centres in Germany than ever before.
Significant expansion of our training facilities across the hydraulics and pneumatics fields, as well as the rapidly developing discipline of mechatronics, will help ensure the Group expands our footprint as a knowledge centre in fluid power and automation technologies.
In addition to allowing the Group to consolidate its own internal business activities, this R200-million investment also demonstrates the confidence and optimism we share for industrial growth and business in South Africa, as well as in the other African markets.
L-R: Mr Stephen Dondolo (CEO African Pioneer Group and Director of Hytec & Bosch Rexroth South Africa); Dr Markus Forschner (Executive President and Chief Financial Officer, Bosch Rexroth AG); Mr Lionel October (Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry); Mr Martin Schäfer (German Ambassador to South Africa); Mr Tillmann Olsen (CEO, Bosch Rexroth South Africa); and Dr Markus Thill (President, Bosch Africa) cut the ribbon, marking the official inauguration of the Rexroth HUBB.
With state-of-the-art facilities tailored to providing solutions for Africa’s industrial markets, the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group of Companies is ready to meet the continent’s requirements for smart, efficient hydraulic, pneumatics and automation technologies.
Aerial view of the Rexroth HUBB