“The company, which was established in 1969 as a modest engine parts agency, selling mainly pistons – was the first acquisition of Arnold Goldstone, CEO of Invicta Holdings Limited, in 1995,” explains John Black, managing director, Autobax. “Autobax, which now forms part of the Engineering Solutions Group (ESG) business segment of Invicta Holdings Limited, has expanded its operation significantly, to become a leading supplier of automotive products and services to vehicle manufacturers and the automotive aftermarket in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Autobax, which has been the preferred Gates service provider locally for over 35 years and the sole country-wide distributor of the Gates range of automotive timing components, is also the exclusive kit packer for Timken products.
“The company’s extensive range of quality-branded automotive parts also encompasses oil pumps, timing chain, bearings and allied products - supplied by leading manufacturers, including MRK, NTN, Europart, STC and NSK.
“Strategies to maintain the company’s leading position in a highly competitive sector include setting benchmarks for the company to meet stringent international standards, regulations, legislation and other applicable obligations, in every aspect of our business.”
An exciting development for Autobax at the end of 2018, was the acquisition of the global Driveshaft Parts Group, which services passenger cars, light commercial, heavy-duty, off-highway and agricultural vehicles, as well as vehicles for industrial sectors, including steel mills, paper mills and marine.
Through this acquisition, the Driveshaft Parts Group is benefitting from valuable synergies that enhance the company’s leading position in the automotive and power transmission component industry.
The Driveshaft Parts Group - with five outlets in South Africa and branches in Poland, Ukraine, Spain and the United Kingdom - specialises in the supply and support of universal and CV joints, propshaft support bearings and all components relating to the repair of driveshafts and complete shafts. Apart from the in-house trademark, key brands include Spicer, Tirsan Kardan and Gewes.
Another recent development for Autobax was the introduction in May this year, of the latest APG brand - AGRI PARTS GLOBAL. This specialist range augments the company’s world-class offering to the agricultural market, both locally and internationally.
The company’s well-planned and carefully implemented expansion programme over 50 years sees the Autobax team continue to expand its product range and solutions-offering, to meet exact market demand.