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ENGINEERING: Building on An Impressive Track Record


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Metric Automotive Engineering might be a family-owned and-run company, but it has invested the resources and commitment of three generations over a period of forty years to become South Africa’s most comprehensively equipped diesel engine and component re-manufacturer, entering into global partnerships with the likes of IPD and IVECO and winning international awards.

Andrew Yorke, grandson of the founder, Lindsay Yorke, divides the automotive engineering business into two specific categories. “We deal both with complete engines and with component parts,” he explains. “In the first instance, we dismantle the entire engine and then repair and remanufacture components where necessary. Of course, the best time to do this is during our customers’ slow or idle times. Long term advantages to this approach include increased life cycle of the engine and improved availability.

“In the second instance, we remanufacture major components sent to us by customers, returning them for assembly by the customers themselves.”

Metric Automotive Engineering quickly established a reputation in the industry as a company which invests heavily in new machinery and technology, simultaneously ensuring extensive training of technicians to remain abreast of the latest developments in engineering.

As early as 1975, it founded Reef Fuel Injection Services to handle Bosch-approved fuel injection servicing needs and by 1980 undertook its first major upgrade, moving to the industrial heartland in Germiston and securing the work of its first OEM customer, Leyland South Africa.

“The installation of a 700 hp capacity dyna opened the door to other OEM companies like Barloworld Equipment and Komatsu,” Yorke says. Services offered now include cylinder head reworking, line boring, camshaft grinding, crankshaft testing, inspection, grinding, milling and honing, engine assembly and dynamometer testing.

Regular overseas trips have secured the acquisition of some of the most advanced boring, milling and other machinery of its kind. Metric Automotive also offers specialist diagnostics, repairs and rebuilds for all diesel engines and components.

“Metric subsequently became the first company outside North America to be voted ‘Machine Shop of the Year’ by US-based Automotive Rebuilder Magazine in conjunction with the American Engine Rebuilder’s Association,” Yorke continues. “This, probably even more than our ISO 9000 accreditation achieved in 1995, is what drew the attention of IVECO which led to its appointing the company as the country’s only official IVECO engine re-manufacturer.

IVECO, a company in the Fiat Group and a leading global manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines, appoints only one official engine re-manufacturer per region to ensure maximum control of product quality. “The exceptional quality of our work and guarantees, our sophisticated facilities and equipment together with our significant track record with most of the major original equipment manufacturers in this country helped clinched IVECO’s decision,” he believes.

“IVECO was also impressed by the fact that in many instances, OEMs pass on the overflow of work from their own in-house automotive re-engineering facilities to Metric, such is the confidence they have in our capability,” he adds.

Further global recognition came in 2008, when IPD awarded Metric a distributorship for its engine parts. “IPD is a global manufacturing, engineering and distribution company which provides quality components for heavy duty equipment,” Yorke explains. “IPD replacement parts are engineered and manufactured under stringent quality control systems to ensure integrity and optimum performance, and are ISO and Lloyds approved.

“Our aims and those of IPD coincide in that we want to provide quality parts to equipment owners to enable them to save money without sacrificing quality and reliability. Such replacement parts can be substantially cheaper, and these costs are passed on to customers. IPD not only offers products that perform as well as the original, but also works with customers worldwide to find ways to improve engine performance and engine life. This can result in greater savings in long term cost-per-hour for engine owners and customers have the assurance that all parts are covered by IPD’s technical and warranty support programmes.”


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