Group overview

Reunert Limited is listed on the JSE Limited (JSE) in the electronic and electrical equipment sector. It manages a number of businesses focused on electronics and electrical engineering.

Established in 1888 by pioneers Theodore Reunert and Otto Lenz, the group has played a major role in the South African economy for more than a century and its products are leaders in the various markets it serves.

Originally listed in the engineering sector of the JSE in 1948, the company was acquired by Barlow Rand in 1980 and listed on the electronics sector three years later. Reunert was unbundled from Barlows in 1993.

In the late 90s the group, once again, entered a restructuring process streamlining its very diverse businesses into more focused

operations. Since the restructuring began in 1997, various non-core or unprofitable businesses were disposed of or closed.

Today, the companies remaining in the Reunert group are focused specifically on electronics and electrical engineering. Reunert owns Nashua, Nashua Mobile, RC&C Holdings and CBI. Reutech represents the defence electronics business. Reunert holds a 75% share in ATC which includes African Cables and has a 40% stake in Siemens Telecommunications.

Reunert's revenue in 2005 was R7 billion serving local and international markets. Reunert has over 5 000 employees, many of whom are highly qualified and experienced engineers, technicians, research and development experts and field support staff.

REUNERT

ELECTRICAL  
   
   
ELECTRICAL OFFICE
ENGINEERING SYSTEMS
   
   
   
   
Circuit Breaker Industries Nashua 100%
100%  
  Nashua
Cables 75% Finance 100%
• ATC  
• African Cables Nashua
  Kopano 74%
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
8 Reunert Annual Report 2005  

ELECTRONICS

CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Nashua Mobile 100% Saco Systems 100% RC&C Holdings 100%

REUTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS
   
   
   
   
   
Fuchs Siemens
Electronics 100% Telecommunications 40%
   
RDI Acuo Technologies 100%
Communications  
100%  
   
RDL  

Technologies 70%

Reutech Radar Systems 57%

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

CIRCUIT BREAKER INDUSTRIES (CBI)

Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI) designs and manufactures low-voltage switchgear for the protection of installations and equipment from overload and short circuit. Products include a wide range of residual current devices for the protection of people against electrocution.

CBI is the market leader in the manufacture and supply of low-voltage switchgear for electrical installation protection and earth leakage protection and a world leader in the field of hydraulic-magnetic circuit breaker and electronic earth leakage technology. In addition, the company offers a wide range of metering solutions, including prepayment meters and one of the smallest electronic kWh meters in the world.

In July 2004 CBI acquired Heinemann Electric (Pty) Limited giving it a foothold in the Australian market targeting the mining and building construction industries. CBI is also involved in surge and lightning protection and has exclusive distribution rights for Mitsubishi switch gear, motor control gear and factory automation equipment in sub-Saharan Africa.

Export and international sales account for 25% of the manufactured products. The target is to increase these sales to 50% of production over the next few years. CBI has registered its trademarks in several countries where business prospects are pursued. More than 90% of sales of manufactured products originate from technology developed and owned by CBI.

The head office and component manufacturing operations are based in Johannesburg. The company has three assembly plants at QwaQwa in the Free State and one in Lesotho. There are service branches in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. CBI sales offices in Europe and the United States complement these operations. Heinemann Electric (Pty) Limited in Australia, consists of five branches.

Managing director: Circuit Breaker Industries Limited Helmuth Fischer (58)

Dip Ing, Dipl. Wirtsch. Ing.

With CBI since 1984 Internet: www.cbi.co.za www.cbibreakers.com

ATC

Reunert owns 74,9% of ATC which includes African Cables. Powerhouse Utilities (Pty) Limited, a black-owned company, holds the remaining 25,1%.

ATC specialises in the manufacture of copper and optical fibre telecommunication cable for public network operators. The company manufactures an impressive range of measurement, instrumentation, control, data and security cables for use in commerce and industry.

ATC was founded in 1955 by a group of British cable manufacturers as African Telephone Cables. Its factory and head office, based at Brits, north west of Johannesburg, was established in 1972.

Managing director: ATC (Pty) Limited Koos Vorster (55)

BCom, CIS, MBL

First employed by ATC in 1971 Internet: www.atc.co.za

AFRICAN CABLES

African Cables is one of the forerunners in the South African cable industry and is engaged in the design, development, manufacture, installation and maintenance of insulated power cables. The company is based at Vereeniging in Gauteng.

African Cables holds a 72% share in Cafca, a Zimbabwean cable manufacturer. The company is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in Harare, the JSE and the London Stock Exchange.

Managing director: African Cables Limited Ernst Schutte (56)

BSc Eng (Elec)

With the Reunert group since 1999 Internet: www.africancables.co.za

ELECTRONICS

NASHUA

The advancement of digital technology has enabled Nashua Limited to provide document storage, transmission and printing solutions in a networked environment.

Products are sourced predominately from Ricoh, the market leader in Europe, Africa, Asia and Japan. The current product line up includes digital multifunction devices that are able to copy, fax, scan and print. Monochrome and colour networked printers have shown large growth over the past year. Other products in the range include plain paper facsimile, scanners and wide format plan printers.

Nashua continues to develop new-generation software solutions designed to increase the productivity of managed document storage and flow. Nashua has recently entered the Broadband market as a service provider.

Nashua has a well-established network of 56 franchises in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Managing director: Nashua Limited Chris Scoble (44)

BBusSci

With Nashua since 1985 Internet: www.nashua.co.za

 

NASHUA FINANCE

RC&C Finance Company, trading as Nashua Finance, provides asset-based financial solutions to Nashua, Panasonic, Saco Systems and Siemens Telecommunications customers.

The company is based at Midrand in Gauteng.

General manager: RC&C Finance Company Mike Purnell (42)

CA(SA)

With the Reunert group since 1995

NASHUA KOPANO

Kopano Copier Company, trading as Nashua Kopano, was established earlier this year as a black-empowered organisation. Nashua Direct’s sales unit was merged with the former black-owned franchise, Nashua Kopano, who now owns 26% of the new entity.

NASHUA MOBILE

Nashua Mobile is one of South Africa’s largest independent cellular service providers and one of the few to offer consumers the choice of all three networks namely Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.

This impartial, expert view is a key service differentiator in an increasingly complex market place. This is set to increase with greater deregulation, accelerated convergence of voice, data and multimedia as well as the advent of mobile number portability in 2006. Number portability, which will allow consumers to change networks and providers but keep their mobile number, will herald in a new era of service in the mobile industry.

Nashua Mobile, with long-term network agreements, eleven years of customer service experience, valuable partnerships and over 415 000 contract subscribers, is ideally positioned to grow and cement its place as South Africa’s premier service provider.

To that end, the Midrand-based company has been restructured into three separately focussed business units: Corporate and Franchise, Retail and Specialised Services.

The corporate and franchise unit will continue to focus on corporate and medium-sized contract users, offering an array of business solutions.

The retail area is tasked with an aggressive expansion programme, aiming to increase Nashua Mobile’s presence in the retail market, by opening over 50 additional outlets during the next year. Their main focus will be on accessibility for individual, high-value subscribers.

The specialised services unit will continue building on its success in least-cost routing and telemetry, whilst introducing more complex and integrated communications solutions to the market.

All three areas will focus on greater service and on expansion of the current 150 strategically placed Nashua Mobile outlets.

Managing director: Nashua Mobile (Pty) Limited Mark Taylor (42) With the Reunert group since 2002 Internet: www.nashuamobile.com

RC&C HOLDINGS

Reunert Consumer and Commercial Holdings (RC&C) is the exclusive importer and distributor of such well known brands as Panasonic, Futronic, Nintendo and Akai in southern Africa. Panasonic boasts an extensive range of upper end consumer products and business systems products, whereas Futronic and Akai are targeting the value-for-money, entry-level consumer electronics market. Nintendo is the exclusive distributor of Nintendo Games hardware and software.

The consumer is thus offered a wide range of products such as television sets, hi-fi equipment, digital cameras, interactive entertainment products, home appliances and gaming products from the foremost international manufacturers.

A comprehensive range of business systems products such as office automation and information technology equipment, telecommunications products and systems, broadcasting and security systems and airconditioning units are also available for a variety of commercial applications.

Most of these products use leading-edge technology from Matsushita Electric Industrial Corporation (MEI), supplemented, where required, by third-party products or technologies.

Products are distributed through major chain stores, discounters, franchises, independent buying groups and specialised dealers or directly through Pansolutions/Panasonic Business Systems. The head office operations are based at Midrand in Gauteng.

Group managing director: Reunert Consumer and Commercial Holdings Limited Martin Maddox (44)

BA Econ (Hons)

With the Reunert group since 1983 Internet: www.panasonic.co.za www.futronic.co.za www.nintendo.co.za

www.akai.co.za www.rccman.co.za

www.pansolutions.co.za

SACO SYSTEMS

SACO Systems designs and supplies radio frequency identification (RFID) based tag, track and trace solutions to a wide range of industries that need to track assets either inside their companies or over a large geographical area. In addition, SACO combines access control, closed-circuit television (CCTV) technology and time-and-attendance systems in a single resource management solution. SACO is a dominant player in the southern African market and has made significant inroads into the British market for asset tracking and distribution management solutions.

During the past year, SACO developed and took to market a biometric fingerprint recognition system to add an additional level of security to its already wide range of access and time and attendance services.

Asset management of items as diverse as motor vehicles, medical waste containers and livestock has also been implemented.

Managing director: Saco Systems (Pty) Limited Bill Reeler (51)

BSc Eng Elec (Hons)

With the Reunert group since 1981 Internet: www.saco.co.za

 

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

SIEMENS TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Siemens Telecommunications is a leading supplier of fixed and mobile voice and data networks with a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for service providers, enterprise networks and carriers. Reunert holds a 40% stake in Siemens Telecommunications (Pty) Limited, while Siemens Limited holds the remaining 60%.

Siemens is one of the largest players in the global telecommunications industry, offering customers seamless end-to-end solutions through a portfolio ranging from network infrastructure through services, applications and other communication solutions.

Siemens is the innovation leader in convergent technology products, services and solutions for mobile, fixed and enterprise networks. Key clients include Telkom, Vodacom, Cell C, Celtel and other operators in Africa as well as many of the top 100 South African corporates.

Chief executive officer: Siemens Telecommunications (Pty) Limited Dr Jan Mrosik (41)

BAdmin, PhD (Elec)

With Siemens since 1996

ACUO TECHNOLOGIES

Acuo Technologies is a specialist software engineering company providing turnkey software system solutions and software system integration services for the office automation and telecommunications and other markets.

The company provides development services, involving real-time software, mobile distributed systems, remote management and monitoring, as well as transaction management systems. Acuo offers configurable product components including fingerprint biometric, transaction tracking and prepaid billing subsystems.

Being a Microsoft Certified Partner, the company’s areas of development expertise include Microsoft.NET, Biztalk Server, MS CRM and Windows Mobile.

General manager: Acuo Technologies (Pty) Limited Carl Kies (42)

MEng

First employed by the Reunert group in 1988 Internet: www.acuo.co.za

 

REUTECH

Managing director: Reutech Limited Piet Smit (43)

MEng, MBA

With the Reunert group since 1987

FUCHS ELECTRONICS

Fuchs Electronics is recognised and globally respected for its innovation and excellence as a supplier of electronic fuze ordnance, electronic air weapon fuzes and pre-fragmented air weapons.

Its capabilities include design, development and manufacture of:

  • electronic fuze ordnance and associated setting devices for all medium and large calibre tube launched ammunition; and
  • electronic air weapon fuzes and pre-fragmented air weapons.

Fuchs’ product range is suitable for use on naval, artillery, mortar, and rocket and air weapon applications. More than 80% of the company’s revenue is generated through exports to Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. Fuchs Electronics owns the intellectual property of all the products it manufactures and is based at Alberton in Gauteng.

Managing director: Fuchs Electronics (Pty) Limited Mike Tucker (44)

BEng (Elec)

With the Reunert group since 1984 Internet: www.fuchs.co.za

RDI COMMUNICATIONS

RDI Communications, located at Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, specialises in technologically advanced tactical V/UHF communication systems for the defence environment.

  • Tactical airborne V/UHF radio
  • Mobile/static ground based V/UHF radios
  • Tactical ground based V/UHF radios
  • System integration and support

RDI Communications has been a strategic supplier for communication products to the South African Defence Force (SANDF) for almost 40 years. The company is also an approved supplier to many international customers.

Managing director: RDI Communications (Pty) Limited Martin de Beer (40)

BSc Eng (Elec)

With the Reunert group since 1989 Internet: www.rdi.co.za

RDL TECHNOLOGIES

RDL Technologies is a system engineering and support company. The company’s services cover the entire spectrum of installation, logistic support and support of electronic equipment with specific emphasis on telecommunication and radar systems.

RDL develops and manufactures gun and fire control systems for armoured vehicles and naval guns, and supplies and supports Alcatel carrier internet working equipment. RDL also supplies, installs and supports automatic fare collection and control solutions in the transportation marketplace.

 

 

Reunert Limited holds 70% and a black-owned group, Kgorong Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited 30%. RDL is based at Midrand and has support facilities throughout South Africa.

Chief executive officer: RDL Technologies (Pty) Limited Selwyn Newnes (48)

BCompt

With the Reunert group since 1984 Internet: www.rdl.co.za

REUTECH RADAR SYSTEMS

Reunert owns 57% of Reutech Radar Systems (RRS), while the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has 33% and the remaining 10% is held by Kgorong Investment Holdings (Pty) Limited. Based at Stellenbosch in the Western Cape, RRS specialises in ground based and ship-borne radar systems and is active in the air defence, air space control, air traffic control and mining markets. RRS supplies world class products to local and international markets.

Chief executive officer: Reutech Radar Systems (Pty) Limited James Verster (39)

BEng (Elec)

With the Reunert group since 1989 Internet: www.rrs.co.za