Efficient Engineering: from humble beginnings to national market leader
From humble beginnings renting a 3 m2 metre bench in Ophirton, Johannesburg in 1968, Giuseppe Cimato officially established Efficient Engineering as a company specialising in the manufacturer of cabs and operator cabins for forklifts and trucks.
Today the company is recognised as an industry-leader in steel fabrication and heavy engineering. Back in the late 1960s; however, the modest one man operation would cut, machine and weld the majority of the components, while grinding tasks had to be contracted out, due to limited capacity.
The small scale engineering firm eventually began to focus its attention on heavy engineering, and established a new factory in Sebenza in 1968, in order to keep up with demand. In 1983, Cimato’s son Tony joined the family business, working hands-on as a boiler maker for more than 16 years. After his father’s retirement in 2000, Tony took over the reins of the up-and-coming manufacturing business.
By 2006, the Sebenza operation eventually grew into a 4 000 m2 facility, however continued demand from major industry players resulted in the need for significantly larger production space. October 2006 saw the development of Phase I of Efficient Engineering’s newly established 6 300 m2 headquarters in Elandsfontein, which allowed the company to manufacture larger components than ever before, while consolidating on its machining blasting, and painting capabilities.
As demand continued to increase over the next two years, this necessitated the construction of the company’s 4 200 m2 Phase II Elandsfontein development by the end of 2008. By March 2009, the company established its 2 000 m2 Phase III development, which is focused on sheet metal fabrications.
Efficient Engineering continues to enjoy an increase in demand, and is currently in the process of constructing Phase IV and V of its operations, with a combined floor space 13 000 m2. The latest state-of-the-art facilities are being constructed as part Efficient Engineering’s overall plans for expansion, which will involve the company profiling its own steel. Phase IV and V are expected to be fully occupied in the first Quarter of 2012.
Efficient Engineering currently boasts a total manufacturing area of 12 500 m2, and the company has developed an unrivalled standard of workmanship that has enabled it to be fully equipped to undertake any engineering job, regardless of its size or complexity.
Operating with more than 230 dedicated employees, who are fully qualified and committed to producing work of outstanding quality, Efficient Engineering can be relied upon to stay at the forefront of engineering innovation, expertise and service long into the foreseeable future.