Engineering firm expands

2010-12-30 00:00

WILLOWTON-BASED Anderson Engineering, which is involved in the design and manufacturing of processing equipment — particularly stainless steel — has embarked on an expansion project.

Anderson Engineering’s processing equipment is used in the food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical and personal care industries by major local and international firms.

Management member Hans Coertse explained that an investment in new welding technology forms an integral part of the expansion. The new welding equipment consists of a column and boom automatic plasma welding machine.

He said, “The conscious decision to seek continuous improvement in the business led [to] the process of focusing the entire Anderson Engineering team’s attention on how to become more successful. The result was that we set ourselves an objective of becoming world-class.

“As welding is a key aspect of the fabrication process and impacts on the overall quality of the equipment, we made a decision to invest in equipment that would help to set us apart. The installation of this machine requires us to expand the factory by approximately 20%.”

Coertse said the expansion is centred on meeting the needs of clients, adding that the investment will help foster and strengthen long-term relationships.

Despite the challenges associated with the recession, he said the firm has experienced real growth during this period. The business is also focused on skills development, particularly for turners and boiler makers.

Broad-based black economic empowerment and quality systems and processes remain key focus areas.

Anderson Engineering is ISO 9001-2002 certified.

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