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CBI-ELECTRIC GROUP

What happens when three leaders in their fields combine their expertise while retaining their core values and character?  The power of three when merged into one results in a partner of formidable resources in infrastructure development that is unmatched on the African continent. That is the synergistic result of the grouping together of Reunert companies CBI, ATC and African Cables under the brand name CBI-electric, combining low voltage switchgear, telecom cables and power cables. 

Competition in the global arena requires a concentration of resources that in concert will have more influence than will individual parts. In particular, it positions the organisation to take advantage of the rapidly developing electrical and telecommunications industries. The concentrated power of three highly skilled companies into a single brand will deliver benefits for customers in the form of highly skilled crossover resources. For existing clients there is the reassurance that same people will continue delivering a superior offering.

CBI-ELECTRIC: AFRICAN CABLES

VISION

CBI electric: african cables will be a leading Sub-Saharan Africa supplier of energy infrastructure.
We will deliver customer optimised solutions supported by a self motivated and high performance organisation.
We will foster customer focused relationships and will always place integrity at the centre of our engagement.

MISSION

We provide superior power transfer solutions to Sub Saharan African customers.
We will be our customers’ supplier of choice by providing exceptional customer satisfaction underpinned by a successful financial performance.
We develop mutually beneficial alliances with our partners.
We will be an Employer of Choice supported by high performance employees.
 
Overview
Since 1935, African Cables, now CBI-electric: african cables, has designed and manufactured a comprehensive range of electric power cables at its Vereeniging factory. The growth of its manufacturing facility has consistently met local demand for product, while technological advancement has remained abreast of international trends. Today, the company employs over 600 people and is a leader in the South African cable industry.
 
The main users of the company's products and services have a wide variety of requirements and include Eskom, local municipalities, major players in the Industrial, Mining and Renewable Energy sectors and general electrical contractors.
 
In June of 2006 Reunert redefined the brand identity of its electrical companies under the central brand of CBI-electric.  African Cables, being one of the three subsidiaries, aligned accordingly and is now known as CBI-electric: african cables.
 
CBI-electric: african cables is the only cable manufacturer in Southern Africa to supply a range that meets any user requirement, irrespective of load. Included in this manufactured range are low voltage PVC/XLPE insulated cable; medium voltage XLPE; paper-insulated cable, aerial Bundled Conductor (ABC), ACSR and high voltage XLPE insulated cable.
 
Apart from manufacturing, there is a division within CBI-electric: african cables that specialises in the installation and maintenance of high and medium voltage cable. This division, known as CBI-electric: power installations, is presently the only cable installation company in Southern Africa to be accredited with ISO 9001 and 9EP CIDB rating.  
 
Placing emphasis on technological development and quality delivery, the company creates products that suit any purpose. Specialist designs, which enhance the safety aspects of cable used in mines, have been developed throughout the company's history.
 
This policy of technological innovation and quality delivery sets the company apart from its competitors. The quality of CBI-electric: african cables’ products is a result of the quality delivered in all divisions of the company with accreditation for ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007.
 
CBI-electric: african cables is committed to the South African economic environment and in December 2004 sold 25.1% of its shareholding to a Black Economic Empowered (BEE) partner - Powerhouse Utilities. This sale of equity embraces the government’s BEE policy and demonstrates our commitment to operations within South Africa. CBI-electric: african cables is a Level 3 B-BBEE contributor.
 
This market driven company strives to deliver complete customer satisfaction by creating solutions that make life easier and more productive for the end user.

PRODUCT AND SERVICES

CBI-electric: african cables has the expertise to supply a product range that meets any user requirement, irrespective of load. Included in this manufactured range are:

  • Low Voltage PVC/XLPE insulated cable;
  • Medium Voltage XLPE;
  • Medium Voltage paper-insulated cable,
  • Aerial Bundled Conductor (ABC);
  • Overhead Split Concentric;
  • ACSR and
  • High Voltage XLPE insulated cable.

Technology

CBI-electric: african cables places major emphasis on technological development and quality delivery and the company has a philosophy of being able to create a product that will suit any purpose, while at the same time maximising cost-efficiency in reticulation. A capital investment of R250m was undertaken to ensure that CBI-electric: african cables’ capacity matches expected SA economic growth and the demand in Africa. Specialist designs enhancing the safety aspects of cable used in mines have, in fact, been developed throughout the company’s history. The policy of technological innovation and quality delivery sets the company apart from its competitors and enables product design which meets individual user requirements in a wide variety of applications.

Safety, Health, Quality and Environment

The quality of CBI-electric: african cables’ products is a consequence of the quality delivered in all divisions of the company. CBI-electric: african cables’ commitment to the maintenance of documented procedures and instructions, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001 culminated in the effective implementation of the documented procedures and instructions within the quality system. Further to the emphasis on quality, CBI-electric: african cables recognises its responsibility to the environment and the safe execution of business operations. This has led to the company acquiring both ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditation.

The SABS has further confirmed that CBI-electric: african cables is the first company in the South African Cable Industry (Category SIC 26200) to obtain accreditation for ISO 9001: 2008, ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 simultaneously. In addition, the company is the third in this category to obtain ISO 14001 and the first to obtain the prestigious OHSAS 18001 accreditation

Key Partner to South African Growth

CBI-electric: african cables’ position as a key partner to strategic customers is demonstrated by our role in the large infrastructure development taking place within the country. CBI-electric: african cables was involved and is continuing with key projects, including amongst others:

  • Bulk infrastructure projects for all the 2010 World Cup stadiums
  • Bulk infrastructure roll-out of City Power, Tshwane, Eskom, Ekurhuleni, eThekwini and Cape Town’s high voltage networks;
  • Suppliers of low voltage and medium voltage cables to the Platinum and Gold industry’s new shaft infrastructure developments;
  • The supply of electrical cable to the Gautrain project;
  • Key suppliers into Eskom’s distribution, generation and transmission projects; and
  • Major supplier to Sasol and their major contractors.