Launch of new transformer company

SGB-SMIT, the pure-play transformer specialist from Europe with the highest customer dedication“ and Power Matla, locally owned black empowered company with investments mainly within the renewable energy, ICT, mining and power utilities markets, are proud to announce the launch of their new company SGB-SMIT Power Matla as of 1 August 2018.

The new company, originally Powertech Transformers (PTT), will continue to operate out of its two factories in Pretoria and Cape Town, South Africa.

“Government has supported the local transformer manufacturing industry by designating the sector through its minimum local content drive for all classes of transformers and reactors. We as PTT had built on that trust by committing to skills transfer and technology through SGB-SMIT whilst answering the call for black industrialisation through Power Matla.  The Level 1 B-BBEE accreditation status achieved in March 2018 will also be maintained in the new company” said Bernard Meyer, SGB-SMIT Power Matla Chief Executive Officer.

SGB-SMIT confirms its continued interest in the local and African market through the purchase of the company Powertech Transformers to ensure the sustainability of locally manufacturing its transformers in the Pretoria West and Cape Town factories. This will allow the new transformer company to maintain its leadership position through full access to SGB-SMIT’s technology for power, distribution and dry-type transformers ranging from 16 kVA to 795 MVA.

Jan Ölscher, CEO of SGB-SMIT, said, “Being close to our customers lies at the heart of SGB-SMIT Group. In this spirit, the investment into Powertech Transformers is a decisive step to extend our global reach and establish a local presence in Southern Africa. With our partner Power Matla, we will strengthen Powertech Transformers as the leading supplier of transformers in the region. We look forward to working with them and continuing our growth story together.”

“Power Matla began its participation in the transformer business as early as 1999 in Desta Power Transformers.  We began this journey with an ambitious goal and a vision to build an African power and energy market leader, focusing on clean energy solutions and complementary products across the sector value chain.  This partnership aligns and supports the Power Matla vision to grow further within the African continent.  We are proud to partner with the global leader of transformer manufacturers. Our journey has not always been an easy one, but we persevered, and it is with pride that we can launch the next phase of our growth path.  We pride ourselves on being active and strategic business partners, winning and achieving success through collaborative combinations and synergies. Power Matla is excited about our new partnership with SGB-SMIT,” said Kgathola Ngoasheng, Power Matla Chief Executive.  ‘’The Powertech Transformer business has a long and successful history spanning more than 70 years.  The strategic partnership with SGB-SMIT is a natural one, given the complimentary synergies and strengths between the companies and the growth opportunities in Africa, using South Africa as the base country.”

“Our JV with SGB-SMIT will deliver the most advanced transformer products that support our customers with superior technical solutions and services, thereby enhancing the company value proposition in an increasingly competitive environment. This partnership will enable the newly relaunched company, SGB-SMIT Power Matla, to deliver on our customer expectations in Africa and beyond.  We look forward to leveraging SGB-SMIT technical capabilities to assist the local company to become more efficient and cost effective. Power Matla will support the new company to grow the business presence in Sub Saharan Africa.  SGB-SMIT Power Matla will continue to serve the African continent with its range of transformers. Its order book reflects the strong position the company has in the market, fully supporting the announced infrastructure spend by the local utility ESKOM and municipalities within South Africa and other customers within the continent.”

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