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BMG, part of Invicta Holdings Limited, held two open days on September 14 and 15 to showcase and unveil its expanded and refurbished BMG World facility in Droste Park, Johannesburg. “The reveal of BMG World is the culmination of a consolidation and supply chain re-engineering strategy, which began nearly ten years ago,” says managing director, Gavin Pelser.

The BMG World facility in Johannesburg consolidates the company’s efforts towards being a leading distribution and engineering facility in Africa. “The company’s R400-million investment to upgrade the existing Droste Park facilities in Johannesburg transforms the facility into a leading-edge distribution centre and centralises functional and support operations onto a single site,” says Pelser.

BMG World expanded 308 000 cubic metre distribution centre

“Through this rationalisation initiative, BMG strives to achieve cost optimisation and to improve regionalised branch office systems, thereby enhancing customer service capability,” he says, adding further: “The BMG World facility reflects the company’s ability to supply world class integrated engineering solutions throughout Africa.”

BMG marked the official opening of the recently upgraded ‘BMG World’ distribution and engineering facility in Johannesburg by hosting a two-day event, which included site tours, product exhibits and working demonstrations showing how BMG integrates its vast product range and extensive technical services into tangible operational efficiencies.

The new facilities contain over 308 000 m3 of warehousing and more than 300 000 line items of product. This enables BMG to continue to provide high levels of operating efficiencies and to deliver services in line with continued growth of the business. Customers now have greater than ever accessibility to BMG’s products, through more than 130 BMG branches and a wide distribution network in South Africa and across borders into Swaziland, Zambia, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania and Ghana.

BMG’s pledge to service excellence is achieved by constantly assessing market requirements and by expanding the company’s solutions’ services, product ranges and branch networks to meet demand. The company has concluded a number of acquisitions and secured the exclusive supply, service and distribution agreements with some of the world’s most respected manufacturers of quality branded engineering components.

The range now encompasses bearings, seals and gaskets, power transmission components, drives, motors and materials handling components. Also in BMG’s extensive product portfolio are hydraulics from BMG Hydraulics and pneumatic systems, fasteners and tools, as well as valves, filtration and lubrication systems.

Reliability engineering

BMG’s technical resources centre focuses on keeping plant in full productive output by ensuring mechanical reliability of plant and machinery. The technical resources team partners each customer to ensure dependable solutions – from the initial design concept and specification all the way through to manufacturing, quality control, commissioning and support of equipment in use.

BMG World is also home to field services. A team of mobile technicians provides specialist skills, complementing the company’s workshop maintenance capability, to ensure highest-possible levels of plant reliability. Specialist services include installation, adjustment and maintenance of components, shaft and pulley alignment, balancing, oil sampling and analysis and critical equipment inspections and lubrication schedules. BMG also offers technical supervision and on-site quality checks.

Maintenance training and fault diagnosis also form an important part of BMG’s field services. BMG’s value-enhancing services provide measurable production efficiencies, which mean competitive advantage and profit maximisation in all industries.

Functional operations at BMG World

BMG World’s product warehouse and distribution centre houses the entire product range, a highly advanced manufacturing centre and the general engineering workshop. There are also specialist assembly and repair workshops for drives, conveyors, hydraulics and pneumatics, as well as electric motors, electronics, gaskets, lubrication systems and filtration.

BMG has invested in the latest materials handling equipment, including high bay reach trucks, to optimise volumetric efficiency. Special machinery at the new facility includes eight dock levellers that will handle approximately 120 containers a month.

BMG is committed to providing 24-hour customer technical support for production efficiency and reliability throughout Africa. This is enhanced by advanced technical and design support across all functional disciplines.

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