Thu, 29/03/2018 - 05:05
Current Issue 59
Efficient Engineering’s 50-year evolution in South Africa inevitably alludes towards market-leading industrial capabilities, but also points to a much more socially responsible driving philosophy
Writer: Matthew Staff
Project Manager: Vivek Valmiki
Celebrating 50 years as one of South Africa’s most reliable industry players, Efficient Engineering’s almost 30,000 square metres of facilities across Gauteng and the Western Cape are testament to both the Company’s reputation and its philosophy.
Its ever-expanding and diversifying array of services cater for oil & gas applications, earth moving equipment, materials handling, site fabricated storage tanks, tank manufacturing, equipment design and customisation, and refurbishment and maintenance services; culminating in a one-stop service shop able to bring satisfaction to clients both nationally and internationally.
“We understand that projects are constantly evolving and that clients require a progressive, comprehensive product, systems and service solution,” the Company explains on its website. “As a result, we strive to constantly innovate and diversify our service and product offering. “This offering includes the provision of the latest software solutions, design engineering, industrial IT, project management and multi-disciplined engineering and field solutions, tailored for your company needs.”
All engineering is performed in-house by qualified personnel, facilitating a personable approach which entails ongoing, direct engagement with clients throughout every project.
As such, “we have an extensive working history with all major OEMs and a number of design houses, providing a vast understanding of local conditions, vital to successful project delivery”, the Company adds.
Fit for the world stage
Remaining operational and successful for 50 years is no mean feat, and would certainly have been Giuseppe Cimato’s ambition upon incepting the Company back in 1968.
Back then he envisioned the formation of a dynamic engineering solutions company based in Africa’s economic capital, and as its remit has broadened, this goal has edged closer to, and then beyond, realisation.
The aforementioned selection of markets also include open cast mining, modular solutions, mineral processing and petrochemicals, and each are compounded by an increasingly substantial assortment of equipment at Efficient Engineering’s disposal.
“Key equipment include truck bodies, drag line buckets, bucket wheel reclaimers, thickeners, mills, pressure vessels, heat exchangers, gas storage bullets, storage silos, electro houses and drum reclaimers,” the business lists.
And such scope has inevitably translated into numerous high profile projects, as epitomised by one of its flagship projects, MeerKAT, back in 2016.
The Company describes: “The South African MeerKAT radio telescope, built some 90 kilometres outside the small Northern Cape town of Carnarvon, was a precursor to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope and was integrated into the mid-frequency component of SKA Phase 1. The SKA Project is an international enterprise to build the largest and most sensitive radio telescope in the world, and is located in Africa and Australia.
“Efficient Engineering was proud to have been chosen as one of the local manufacturers tasked with delivering a world-class product showcasing an African product fit for the world stage.”
Uncompromising commitment to health & safety
Across each and every project, Efficient Engineering’s project teams assist clients with whom they have worked for decades, showcasing the scale of loyalty and trust that the Company has managed to foster in a competitive region.
“Often these clients come to us with large, complex and at times challenging projects that we assist in delivering from concept to completion and beyond,” the Company affirms.
And while this is of course due - in some part - to the quality of service provided, it can largely be attributed to the Company’s dedication to continuous improvement, corporate social responsibility, and health & safety.
Regarding the former, the business has implemented quality management systems in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 while it is also an ISO 3834-2 Appendix 10-certified company by SAIW.
CSR-wise, Efficient Engineering is a proud Level One BBBEE contributor boasting more than 55 percent black ownership and significant black woman ownership as well.
And finally, and perhaps most significantly, HSE principles compound and underline everything that is successful and reputable about the Company.
“At Efficient Engineering safety is our number one core value,” the Company details. “We are uncompromising in our commitment to the health & safety of our employees, subcontractors, clients, and community. We continually improve our processes, demonstrate leadership, and promote a comprehensive safety culture. We require individual accountability, expect all employees to adhere to our safety standards, and actively participate in and support the advancement of our health &safety best practices.
“Safety is the responsibility of all employees, including both top management and the individual workers. Everyone is responsible for achieving zero incidents.”
Safety leadership, safety accountability and safety innovation are all achieved as a consequence of this wholesome ethos; subsequently realising a vision of zero harm to people, zero harm to assets, and zero harm to the environment.