Company Profile

We Specialise in Pneumatic, Hydraulic and Industrial automation Systems

About Us

Ernest Lowe was established 123 years ago and developed into one of the leading hydraulic and pneumatic engineering companies in Southern Africa.  We have 14 branches across South Africa for convenient local service.  You will find them here.

We distribute, service and refurbish a wide range of world class Hydraulic and Pneumatic product and component brands.

As an engineering company, we are also one of the largest local manufacturers and reconditioners of Hydraulic and Pneumatic cylinders in the region.  We specialise in the design and manufacture of two of our own ranges of hydraulic cylinders as well as the Martonair brand of pneumatic cylinders for which we have a licence and a patent.  A large part of our production is engaged in manufacture of cylinders to individual customer specifications.

Our Markets

We provide, service and refurbish equipment used in the following industries and sectors:

  • Agricultural
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Electricity, Gas & Water
  • General Industry
  • Machine Builders
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • OEM’s
  • Petrochemical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Pulp and paper
  • Sugar
  • Steel and allied works
  • Transport

Hydraulics Division

We specialise in the supply, repair and refurbishment of a range of hydraulic products. 

We represent the following world class brands:

  • Casappa – Mobile & industrial hydraulic equipment
  • Eaton – Closed & Open Loop Hydraulic Motors and piston pumps
  • Filtration Group – Filtration Solutions
  • IKRON – Filters
  • NACOL – Standard Pulsation & Shock Dampening Equipment
  • Oleostar (Walvoil) – Special Application Valves
  • Pumprite – Grease & Oil Pumps and Hose Reels
  • Tognella – Flow Rate, Control, Check Valves and more
  • Walvoil – Hydraulic equipment & control systems
  • WEBTEC – Hydraulic Measurement and Control Products
  • Yuken – Hydraulic Valves

Hydraulic cylinders

Pneumatics Division

We are pneumatic specialists, focussed on supplying complete solutions from the generation of clean dry compressed air, to the industrial automation on the machine.  These solutions include pneumatic, vacuum, actuation and condensate drain management.

Our agencies of world class products include the following brands:

  • Belef – Pneumatic Actuators
  • BOGE – Compressed Air Systems
  • IMI Norgren – Pneumatic Components
  • IMI Buschjost – Process and fluid control valves
  • IMI FAS – Miniature Solenoid Valve Technology
  • IMI Herion – Pneumatic and hydraulic valves
  • IMI Maxseal – Stainless Steel Solenoid Valves
  • JELPC– Pneumatic Components
  • JORC – Condensate drain management
  • Martonair – Pneumatic Cylinders – manufactured by us
  • Piab – Vacuum Products

Ernest Lowe JELPC Industrial Automation

Services

  • Complete strip and quote on hydraulic and pneumatic components accompanied by a failure report with photos which can be sent to our customers ensuring that they have the ability to make informed decisions on the repairs that are required.
  • Competent team who are able to carry out fault finding on hydraulic and pneumatic components and both types of systems in order to ensure downtime is kept to a minimum.
  • Field Service Vehicles
    • Fully-equipped fleet of service vehicles to ensure we meet your requirements.
    • Complete maintenance and service contracts for small, medium and large hydraulic systems, drive trains, drifters, impact hammers, motors and pumps.
    • Replacement components, calibration, analysis and fault finding.
  • 24 Hour customer support.
Ernest Lowe Services

Hydraulics Division

HERS Drive Train Workshop
We specialise in the supply, repair and refurbishment of a range of hydraulic products. 

We represent the following world class brands:

  • Casappa – Mobile & industrial hydraulic equipment
  • Eaton – Closed & Open Loop Hydraulic Motors and piston pumps
  • Filtration Group – Filtration Solutions
  • NACOL – Standard Pulsation & Shock Dampening Equipment
  • Oleostar (Walvoil) – Special Application Valves
  • Pumprite – Grease & Oil Pumps and Hose Reels
  • Tognella – Flow Rate, Control, Check Valves and more
  • Walvoil – Hydraulic equipment & control systems
  • WEBTEC – Hydraulic Measurement and Control Products
  • Yuken – Hydraulic Valves

Pneumatics Division

HERS Drive Train Workshop
We are pneumatic specialists, focussed on supplying complete solutions from the generation of clean dry compressed air, to the industrial automation on the machine.  These solutions include pneumatic, vacuum, actuation and condensate drain management.

Our agencies of world class products include the following brands:

  • Belef – Pneumatic Actuators
  • BOGE – Compressed Air Systems
  • IMI Norgren – Pneumatic Components
  • IMI Buschjost – Process and fluid control valves
  • IMI FAS – Miniature Solenoid Valve Technology
  • IMI Herion – Pneumatic and hydraulic valves
  • IMI Maxseal – Stainless Steel Solenoid Valves
  • IKRON – Filters
  • JELPC– Pneumatic Components
  • JORC – Condensate drain management
  • Martonair – Pneumatic Cylinders – manufactured by us
  • Piab – Vacuum Products
  • VMECA – Water-free solution offering

Services

HERS Drive Train Workshop

Services

  • Complete strip and quote on hydraulic and pneumatic components accompanied by a failure report with photos which can be sent to our customers ensuring that they have the ability to make informed decisions on the repairs that are required.
  • Competent team who are able to carry out fault finding on hydraulic and pneumatic components and both types of systems in order to ensure downtime is kept to a minimum.
  • Field Service Vehicles
    • Fully-equipped fleet of service vehicles to ensure we meet your requirements.
    • Complete maintenance and service contracts for small, medium and large hydraulic systems, drive trains, drifters, impact hammers, motors and pumps.
    • Replacement components, calibration, analysis and fault finding.
  • 24 Hour customer support.

Engineering

Our Engineering team consist of dedicated individuals who are experienced in all engineering disciplines relating to our portfolio of products.  They take pride in delivering systems which work correctly first time, every time.

We design and build systems according to customer specifications and are capable of handling projects of any size.  We can build products ranging from small one-cylinder pneumatic systems to PLC (programmable logic controlled) sheave wheel compensating hydraulic systems.

The vast majority of the systems we create are designed using a CAD (computer aided design) system which offers benefits like improved manufacturing accuracy and reduced project lead times.

Customers across Africa are using our reliable systems and enjoy the benefits of ease of maintenance and durability.

All systems are manufactured and factory acceptance tested at our Boksburg facility from where they are dispatched for installation and commissioning.  Every project at Ernest Lowe is managed by an Engineer from conception to final completion.  The scope of value-added services offered varies from project to project and includes on-site installation, start up and final commissioning of the project.

Ernest Lowe engineering activity
Ernest Lowe engineering activity

Workshop, Warehouse & Delivery

We have a large workshop and warehouse facilities at our premises in Boksburg, Gauteng, South Africa. We despatch products from there to customers in all parts of Southern Africa.

Our well-equipped facilities includes the following:

  • Hydraulic testing facilities which have the capability to test systems of up to 400bar
  • A honing facility that can hone up to ID:600mm and LG:6m
  • Specialists who custom design and custom manufacturing hydraulic cylinders for the customer’s individual requirements. These include repairs on all makes and functions of Hydraulic Cylinders, Valves, Pumps and Motors

Ernest Lowe Workshop
Ernest Lowe Warehouse

Certifications – ISO & OHSAS

Ernest Lowe has been assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and OHSAS 18001:2007.  We strictly abide by these guidelines in running our daily operations and consulting assignments.  View our certificates here.

Level 4 B-BBEE Compliant

Ernest Lowe, as a member of HUDACO, is a Level 4 Contributor to South Africa’s B-BBEE code of practice.  View our B-BBEE certificate here.

Team work

Our team members have decades of pooled knowledge, expertise and experience. This has resulted in a well-coordinated, supportive and dedicated organisation, driven to satisfy our customers’ needs.

We strive to be more than a supplier but rather a valuable partner in our customers’ supply chain to increase the value to all parties involved.

Our Management Team

Deon Krieger - Managing Director

Deon Krieger

Managing Director

Kavitha Bhawanideen - Financial Director

Kavitha Bhawanideen

Financial Director

Willie Lottering - Operational & SHEQ Manager

Willie Lottering

Operational & SHEQ Manager

Juan Marais - National Sales Manager

Juan Marais

National Sales Manager

Shane Marais - Marketing Manager - Hydraulic Cluster

Shane Marais

Marketing Manager – Hydraulic Cluster

Marius van der Merwe - Engineering Manager

Marius van der Merwe

Engineering Manager

Neil Champion - Business Development Manager - Pneumatics

Neil Champion

Business Unit Manager – Pneumatics, Procurement, Stores

Ramona Mackenzie -Human Resources Manager

Ramona Mackenzie

Human Resources Manager

Dean Vosloo - IT Manager

Dean Vosloo

IT Manager

Deon Krieger - Managing Director

Deon Krieger

Managing Director

Kavitha Bhawanideen - Financial Director

Kavitha Bhawanideen

Financial Director

Willie Lottering - Operational & SHEQ Manager

Willie Lottering

Operational & SHEQ Manager

Juan Marais - National Sales Manager

Juan Marais

National Sales Manager

Shane Marais - Marketing Manager - Hydraulic Cluster

Shane Marais

Marketing Manager – Hydraulic Cluster

Marius van der Merwe - Engineering Manager

Marius van der Merwe

Engineering Manager

Neil Champion - Business Development Manager - Pneumatics

Neil Champion

Business Development Manager – Pneumatics

Ramona Mackenzie -Human Resourses Manager

Ramona Mackenzie

Human Resourses Manager

Dean Vosloo - IT Manager

Dean Vosloo

IT Manager

Our Branch Managers

Chris Pitout - Branch Manager - Potch & Welkom

Chris Pitout

Branch Manager – Potchefstroom & Welkom

Devon Harris -TSR CT

Devon Harris

TSR – Cape Town

Jan Lessing - Branch Manager - West Rand & Vaal

Jan Lessing

Branch Manager – West Rand & Vaal

Jimmy Coulson - Branch Manager - Rustenburg & Thabazimbi

Jimmy Coulson

Branch Manager – Rustenburg & Thabazimbi

Kenny Page - Branch Manager - Nelspruit

Kenny Page

Branch Manager – Nelspruit

Mariska Fink

Branch Manager – Middelburg

Russell Jackson - Branch Manager - Durban & Richards Bay

Russell Jackson

Branch Manager – Durban & Richards Bay

Shaun Killmann - TSR PE

Shaun Killmann

TSR – Port Elizabeth

Chris Pitout - Branch Manager - Potch & Welkom

Chris Pitout

Branch Manager – Potchefstroom & Welkom

Devon Harris -TSR CT

Devon Harris

TSR – Cape Town

Jan Lessing - Branch Manager - West Rand & Vaal

Jan Lessing

Branch Manager – West Rand & Vaal

Jimmy Coulson - Branch Manager - Rustenburg & Thabazimbi

Jimmy Coulson

Branch Manager – Rustenburg & Thabazimbi

Kenny Page - Branch Manager - Nelspruit

Kenny Page

Branch Manager – Nelspruit

Mariska Fink

Branch Manager – Middelburg

Russell Jackson - Branch Manager - Durban & Richards Bay

Russell Jackson

Branch Manager – Durban & Richards Bay

Shaun Killmann - TSR PE

Shaun Killmann

TSR – Port Elizabeth

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