MV Protection and Control Divisional News – Hexing appoints ACTOM P&C sole RSA distributor

Hexing appoints ACTOM P&C sole RSA distributor

2011-09-09

Meters supplier Hexing of China appoints ACTOM Protection & Control as sole local distributor

Leading international metering systems supplier Hexing Electrical Co Ltd of China, which has provided metering solutions via ACTOM Protection & Control (P&C) to several organisations and companies in Southern Africa during the past three years, has formally appointed ACTOM as its sole distributor for South Africa and a number of other countries in the region.

The three-year distributorship agreement, which became effective at the beginning of May 2011, is applicable to Hexing’s pre-paid meters and smart metering systems, which are rated among the most advanced and competitively priced in the world.

In terms of the agreement P&C has been designated Hexing’s exclusive distributor in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland and Malawi. Other countries in Southern Africa and elsewhere in Africa where it does not have exclusive distributorship rights but is entitled to market and sell Hexing’s products include Zimbabwe, Zambia, Mozambique, Angola, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

Hexing’s Chairman and CEO, Mr Zhou Liangzhang, visited South Africa in March this year. “During his visit he was taken on a tour of our plant and other operations within the Group, which satisfied him about ACTOM’s business and technical credentials and its standing as a leading player in its field, as well as satisfying him fully about P&C’s expertise and eligibility as the local distributor for Hexing,” commented Martin Kelly, Divisional Chief Executive Officer of ACTOM’s Medium Voltage Equipment & Protection division.

As part of the distributorship arrangements P&C will hold strategic stocks of Hexing meters and associated equipment, as well as providing increased after-sales support to customers.

“Arrangements are also being made for P&C sales and technical personnel to visit Hexing’s headquarters for training. In addition, Hexing will intensify their direct support, both on the marketing side and in their provision of technical expertise and backup,” said Kelly.

Hexing, which is based in Hangzhou City, Zhejiang Province, China, was founded in 1988 and has manufacturing plants at its headquarters, in Indonesia and the Middle East, all of which have international ISO9001 quality and ISO14000 environmental accreditation.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment in South Africa, employing about 6 000 people and with an annual order intake in excess of R5bn. It is a black empowered company with 33 operating units, 27 production facilities and 28 distribution centres throughout South Africa.

ACTOM partners Alstom France for environmental equipment and in serving the maintenance, upgrade and retrofit market for larger boilers, as well as for railway transport activities.

ACTOM holds exclusive distribution, technology and representation rights for Alstom Grid (formerly the Transmission business of Areva T&D) in Southern Africa and maintains management, technical and commercial links to Alstom Grid business units in Europe.

Following the acquisition by Schneider Electric of the global Distribution business of Areva T&D, the distribution, technology and representation agreements that existed between ACTOM and Areva will remain in place until such time as a new agreement has been concluded.

ACTOM formerly traded under the name Alstom South Africa and re-branded to ACTOM in September 2009.

For further information contact Brian van Rensburg, ACTOM Protection & Control
PO Box 13024, Knights 1413
Tel (011) 820-5319 Fax (011) 820-5323
E-mail brian.van-rensburg@actom.co.za

Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
E-mail mwkraftj@mweb.co.za

Date:  September 8, 201