Chassis manufacturer, KLT Group, has announced the acquisition of a new plant, AVMY Steel Science, a state-of-the-art pressing, welding, assembly and e-coating facility located in Brits. The move forms part of KLT Group’s production expansion and diversification programme in South Africa.
Operations at the plant commenced in June 2019 and current customers include Toyota, RG Brose, Ford and MBSA via a (Production Partnership) with Metalsa Germany.
KLT Group Chairman Jubin Thakkar says the new plant brings the number of South African-based KLT Group plants to four, with another plant in East London on the cards for 2021. “The Brits plant is our second Avmy acquisition, with the first – AVMY plant in Linbro Park Johannesburg being steel processing centre & tube manufacturing facility acquired in 2016. The Johannesburg plant manufactures both automotive and non-automotive products.”
KLT Group currently employs about 1,000 people, but the figure is expected to increase to 1,600 by 2022. “Jobs at our plants range from non-skilled to highly skilled blue- and white-collar roles. We employ more than 80 engineers at our four plants throughout the country.” All the South African entities of KLT Group are Level 4 BBBEE Compliant.
With the emphasis on skills development, KLT provides training at a dedicated welding school at its Hammanskraal facility and will roll out artisan training at all of its operations later this year. The group was awarded “Best Foreign Investor Award” in 2014.
The plant in Brits incorporates a press shop with a 300 to 1000-ton Press Capacity plus Welding Assembly Systems capacity, a metrology department, laboratory division and e-coating facility. New Pressing and Welding Modules and Projects are already underway in the newly acquired facility. The plant currently employs more than 80 employees.
KLT Group Director Paul Leonard says the plant will be further geared to produce various Pressing and Welding Sub-Assemblies and Modules for various OEMs. “Since launching our first operation in South Africa eight years ago, we have invested significantly in our South African operations. We expect to broaden our customer footprint extensively in the short and medium term.” KLT Group will be further investing new technologies to suit the requirements and expectations of our valuable Customer base.