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(Virtual Showroom): Sustained five-day factory work weeks during the pandemic, an increasingly strong order book and the recent purchase of BB Cranes in Cape Town all point to the possibility of Condra becoming the first Southern African crane manufacturer.
Industry watchers say that could already be the case if the number of permanent employees is used as a criterion. It follows continued growth resulting from a carefully planned expansion of company capacity and crane design and manufacturing capabilities, automation being one example. There has also been a steady extension throughout Central and Southern Africa of the after-sales service network.
Condra’s automated crane option, available since 2019, represents the culmination of fifteen years of experience in semi-automated installations. By using new developments in sensors, controls and software to precisely control the lifting and positioning of the load in repetitive operations, automation increases productivity and reduces the risk of load damage in applications specific manufacturing and mining operations. The option is available on all three types of Condra cranes: overhead (bridge) designs in single and double girder configurations, gantry (gantry) cranes and jib (cantilever) cranes.
The company also manufactures an extensive range of hoists in two main ranges: the K series and the SH (reduced height) series. In addition there are a variety of modular component sub-assemblies such as crabs, end carriages, bottom blocks and cable loop systems, all manufactured to customer specification from some 200 modular parts produced in large series to obtain competitive prices thanks to economies of scale. . Short lead times are obtained thanks to large stocks.
The endcarriages are configured with standard speed, double speed or variable speed drives, using individual or free drive bogies from 125 to 630 mm in diameter.
Hoists are supplied with capacities of 250 tons and above.
Condra customizes all component sub-assemblies to exact customer requirements, eliminating the time-consuming paperwork of transacting and liaising with many different vendors, and allowing them to focus on end user application.
All components have a standard twelve month warranty.
Condra’s growth was organic until in 2016 the company acquired a majority stake in BB Cranes, one of Cape Town’s leading lifting equipment manufacturers and a long-time customer of Condra hoists and endcarriages, which BB associates with crane beams manufactured in its own factory.
The remaining stake was purchased on March 1 this year, making BB Cranes a wholly owned subsidiary of Condra and allowing it to begin to increase its market share in the Western Cape through expanded manufacturing and refurbishment capabilities and to improved productivity. Immediately after the acquisition was completed, a beam jig was installed at BB’s plant to enable faster and more efficient fabrication of box sections of cambered beams, reducing production time by approximately 75%.
BB Cranes staff and branding remain unchanged. The company is currently working on ISO 9000 certification from which the parent group benefits.
Condra’s growth to a leadership position in overhead cranes and hoists is expected to continue. Significantly large orders have recently been obtained. Details are to be released when production is underway.