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The heavy transportation sector is the veritable lifeblood of South Africa's economy, with goods transported daily by thousands of trucking fleets on the country's roads. It is therefore the reliability and safety of these heavy transport vehicles upon which the nation’s future economic growth is predicated. Essential to this reliability and safety is the quality of the aftermarket components with which these vehicles are fitted.

A leading supplier of premier original equipment manufacturer (OEM) aftermarket components to the heavy transport sector for the past 20 years, Johannesburg-based Transportation Components, emphasises the importance of quality, safety and consistency of supply at all times.

OEM aftermarket parts make more cents on the road“From the outset in 1998, we have never sacrificed quality for price. When we look at a new product to add to our range, there are three things we consider: safety, reliability and if there is a consistent supply from the OEM,” explains Transportation Components chief financial officer Andre Gouws.

Currently, Transportation Components’ four main focal areas and relevant OEMs are Cooling (Borg Warner, Kit Masters, Behr); Suspension (SEM Lastik); Friction material/brakes (Duroline, Eren); and Clutch systems (Eaton).  

The business features a complete ‘parts portfolio’ offering in each of these focus areas, with products which are also considered the ‘gold standard’ in their sectors. To ensure optimal availability and the shortest possible lead-times, Transportation Components has developed a comprehensive footprint of distributors and resellers throughout South Africa.

“Even away from the urban centres, wherever there is an aftermarket component requirement, we have someone who can order the part and have it delivered to the customer within 24 hours,” says Gouws.

To ensure consistent quality, Transportation Components’ international OEMs such as Borg Warner, SEM Lastik and Duroline carry out rigorous and routine quality testing, and are ISO-rated. In line with this quality ethos, Transportation Components also has an in-house testing facility and tests components on a regular basis.

However, the heavy transportation industry is very competitive and fleet procurement departments are under fierce pressure to save costs. Nevertheless, Gouws points out that when buying a part for a couple of thousand rands, for a vehicle costing R1,8 million, cost-saving should not be the sole consideration.

“In buying the cheapest component possible, fleet owners need to be aware that they well could be sacrificing quality for price. This not only results in a shorter product lifespan, but also a diminished interval between repairs and costly downtime,” he says.

Inferior quality parts fitted to heavy vehicles are a critical risk factor – as there is the real potential of costly damage to the vehicle as a result of a component failure - or worse still, an accident in which people are critically or fatally injured.”

Gouws adds that Transportation Components has a vital educational and awareness role to play in this regard, within the component supply and heavy transportation sectors.

“Fleet owners need to be made fully aware of the quality of parts that are being fitted to their vehicles; and that they could be paying a premium for lesser quality and safety in the long run,” he says.

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