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From sugar mills to ports and rail, KZN is a key growth area for BI

The Bearings International (BI) Durban branch stocks a wide range of bearings, electric motors, gearboxes, lubricants, seals, tools, and power transmission products for a range of industries. These include food and beverage, cement and quarries, pulp and paper, port and rail, water and sanitation, sugar mills, mining, petrochemicals, and animal-feed plants.

The main brands showcased are FAG bearings, FIS products, INA, Bauer electric motors and gearboxes, Rocol Lubricants, Cooper split bearings, Senqcia (Hitachi) chain, Ewart Chain, KOYO, Link belt, Dodge, Rexnord, Makita power tools, and Jonnesway professional tools.

Located strategically at 11 Palmfield Road in Springfield Park, just 25 km south of King Shaka International Airport, BI Durban employs ten staff specialising in an array of industries. Nick Allanson, for example, heads up the specialised sugar division for BI, focused on servicing Illovo and Tongaat Hulett throughout Africa with world-class products and services.

The branch is managed by Trevor Veeradu, who has 15 years’ industry experience, starting his industrial engineering degree in 2000 as an instrument fitter at Sappi, and then progressing to sales in the bearing industry at BI.

Veeradu’s engineering expertise has stood him in good stead with regard to industrial gearboxes and conveying systems, specialising in light and heavy duty rubber belting, and thereafter hydraulics and pneumatics.

BI Durban offers support to the entire province, as well as supplying customised solutions for largescale technical projects. “I drive my team to be self-assured and knowledgeable and, most importantly, to add value to our vast customer base, which is my key focus,” Veeradu stresses.

The Durban branch has an in-house division that refurbishes sugar mill carrier and diffuser chains, as well as assembling and supplying new chain. It also manufactures specialised sprockets as per customer requirements.

Additional services encompass bearing inspections and fitments, condition monitoring, customer training, gearbox repairs, technical advice for all projects, from small to large, as well as bearing reconditioning, vibration analysis, specialist manufacture, on-site operations, troubleshooting, 24/7 service, and even design and selection.

Staff are kept up to date by means of ongoing training, which is also offered to customers upon request. “Through our product training courses, we strive to ensure that our customers have optimal understanding of product handling, fitment, and maintenance. In this way, customers are sure to obtain the highest return on their investment,” Veeradu points out.

There are six BI branches that service KwaZulu-Natal, including Durban. These are Richards Bay (managed by Grant Fouche), Isithebe, Pinetown, Pietermaritzburg and Newcastle. Veeradu states that this is proof that KZN remains a key province to the company as a whole, and an important growth area. “BI in KZN strives to offer its customers top-quality products, with the best customer service, which makes for loyal and satisfied customers.

“Our strength lies in our people and knowledge, and our commitment to servicing the customers who have supported us over the last 65 years. We have great plans to extend our product offering even further in the future. As part of the Hudaco Group, our value proposition to our customers is also commensurately larger,” Veeradu concludes.

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