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ENGINEERING: Metric Automative Engineering Invests in Expansion


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Metric Automotive Engineering, one of South Africa’s most comprehensively equipped diesel engine and component re-manufacturers, has embarked on a refurbishment exercise at its Germiston premises to expand its workshop floor space, equip the workshop with state-of-the-art equipment and extend its admin offices to cope with increased volumes.
Metric Automotive Engineering’s Andrew Yorke says this significant investment in modernising and expanding the company’s premises is the first of a two-phase expansion plan that will ultimately see the company doubling its current floor space through the addition of new buildings to be constructed on a piece of adjacent land, which the company already owns. The extension will include a new component cleaning facility and additional engine performance test benches.

“Our company has occupied these premises for more than 30 years and although many improvements have been introduced over the years, it was time to bring our buildings firmly into the 21st century and up to spec with the world class work we are doing,” Yorke says.
ISO 9000:2000 accredited Metric Automotive Engineering is a family-owned and operated company that remanufactures complete engines and component parts, making regular heavy investments into purchasing the latest machinery and technology, as well as into ongoing technician training to stay abreast of the latest developments in the sector.

In 1975 the company established a subsidiary called Reef Fuel Injection Services (RFIS) to handle Bosch-approved fuel injection servicing needs. Today, RFIS is one of the few Bosch-appointed EDC (electronic diesel control) service centres in South Africa and boasts Denso, Delphi and Standyne accreditation for fuel injection components.

One of the most significant corporate milestones recorded over the years has been Metric Automotive Engineering’s 2008 appointment as the local distributor for IPD engine parts.
“Essentially IPD products are Caterpillar® replacement parts but, unlike parts which are being sourced from the East, IPD parts are manufactured in a Lloyds accredited ISO 9001:2000 quality controlled environment,” Yorke explains.

Concluding the distributor agreement was a proactive move by Metric Automotive Engineering to add value to customers by becoming a single source supplier in terms of engine component rebuild/remanufacturing service and engine parts supply.

“The major advantage for our customers is that they are now able source engine parts from an engineering company – the very parts which we use in the remanufacture of our own engines,” Yorke says. “This, in turn, gives them optimum confidence about the quality and integrity of the parts. We are not simply a parts supplier — as an engine component remanufacturer, we have the necessary expertise and experience to be able to identify quality parts.”

The current product line offers both wide and deep coverage for engines in the older Cat 300 series to the later Cat 3500 series. This coverage helps IPD distributors to competitively offer engine owners overall lower costs.

Regular overseas trips have secured the acquisition of some of the most advanced boring, milling and other machinery of its kind for Metric Automotive Engineering.

Following an audit by an independent verification body, Metric Automotive Engineering was granted a Level 4 BBBEE (Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment) rating in May 2011. This means the company’s customers can now claim 100% black spend for the purpose of their own BBBEE scorecards.

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