6 February, 2018
‘Uplifting' local industry: Kelmeg's dedication to innovation, quality and customer service
rigging is a fundamental industrial activity, using a wide range of products
throughout all industry sectors.
Services (KLS), founded in 1991, is South Africa's leading specialist in
manufacturing and supplying equipment for lifting, rigging and lashing. With a
proud 26-year track record, the company has grown into a thriving operation.
Its portfolio of products
is marketed throughout South Africa
via an established distribution network.
Manager Rodney Young and his team are extremely passionate about the lifting
industry and their company; which, in 2016, became part of Bidvest Commercial
Products division when the holding company Brandcorp was purchased.
a pivotal focal area for KLS, and has been crucial to its continued success.
Young explains that every year they invest substantially in research and
development (R&D) to further improve their product offering - and to
develop new lifting, rigging and lashing solutions in response to customer requirements.
An example of
Kelmeg's current new product research is analysing ways in which to monitor the
physical location of lifting equipment.
is a vital aspect of supply chain management, and we are therefore evaluating
solutions which will assist in simplifying this requirement," he explains.
There is no
sector of industry that does not need to lift, rig or lash at some stage.
Kelmeg therefore continues to look beyond the industries it traditionally
services, to explore further opportunities where the company could be of
manufactures and supplies standard ranges of products, it is also able provide
customers with solutions which are tailored to their specific requirements.
the lifting solution offered must be manufactured according to the correct and
relevant specification and requirement of the lift," comments Young.
we can consult on the particular requirements of the specific lifting equipment
or tackle. Furthermore, as we manufacture locally at our East Rand facility,
our lead times are very short," he adds.
advantage of this is that we are able to maintain close control over all
aspects of manufacturing and quality," he continues.
"We are ISO
9001:2008 certified and manufacture according to the SANS 94/1 2003 and SANS
94/2 2003 standards," he comments. KLS employs both qualified Lifting Machinery
Inspectors (LMIs) and trained Lifting Tackle Inspectors (LTI's).
qualifications are also recognised by the Engineering
Council of South Africa
(ECSA)," he says.
customer service is a vital consideration in industry sectors when there are
major scheduled maintenance events - for example at oil and gas refineries or
power stations. Kelmeg supplies large
quantities of lifting, rigging and lashing equipment to the sub-contractors
involved in these projects.
"We are very
proactive in our approach to these opportunities, and work hard to ensure the
successful completion of these crucially important maintenance events," he
what our customers' lifting, rigging or lashing requirements are - we are
always able to provide them with the best solution," he concludes.