South Africa’s electrical manufacturing industry is set to experience measurable future growth after Siemens announced its investment in a local manufacturer of medium power transformers serving utility, industry and municipalities.
The investment will create jobs and bring new technology capability to South African industry. Siemens has signed a local manufacturing agreement with Cape Town-based Electro Inductive Industries (Eii) – a Level 2 B-BBEE black industrialist company that manufactures distribution transformers and miniature substations. The signing event was held at Siemens headquarters in Midrand on 4 April 2017.
The new transformer partnership is a major milestone in the localisation of Siemens medium power transformers assembly, which forms part of the government’s ongoing multi-billion-rand Black Industrialist Programme that focuses on the localisation of electrical products such as transformers.
The manufacturing facility is currently being developed and upgraded in Cape Town, to cater for a new line of Siemens transformers as part of its growth and job creation strategy. Siemens will introduce its new transformer technology by training the local manufacturer, leading to a measurable advancement of the industry and its workforce.
“Siemens experts will begin training Eii staff on the new technology, equipment and quality, thereby equipping them with a new set of internationally-recognised assembly skills and expertise,” said Ronnie Naidoo, Head of Transformers and High Voltage Products, Siemens Southern & Eastern Africa. Downstream benefits of this localisation project will be felt across the entire supply chain through Siemens’ global procurement and enterprise development programme. It incorporates global good governance, compliance and ethical business mentoring.
“Siemens is in Africa for Africa. This new partnership is of immense importance in helping South Africa to achieve its market growth, with benefits to society as a whole, such as an increase in job creation. It also helps Siemens to expand its local portfolio,” said Naidoo.
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