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Klinger (Pty) Ltd. South Africa

South Africa

Address: 247 Davidson Road, Wadeville, Germiston, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 1428

Tel: +27(0) 11 842 8300

Web: www.klinger.co.za

Company description

The group of Independent Klinger Companies has its origins in 1886, founded by Austrian engineer Richard Klinger who pioneered compressed asbestos gasket materials. Product innovation and a problem solving philosophy have been the cornerstones of Klinger operating policy since its inception. The constant development of new products and technical services to meet the demand of the Fluid Sealing and Fluid Control industries has resulted in Klinger becoming a global player and market leader in almost every industry sector, with Group sales exceeding €400 million. Today Klinger has production plants and service organisations in almost every industrialized country in the world with extensive research and development facilities in Switzerland and Austria. Dr. Thomas Klinger-Lohr, the Klinger Group Chairman, operating out of the Switzerland Head Office, provides dynamic leadership and strategic direction, which has taken Klinger into the new millennium, firmly entrenched as one of the world’s leading producers of fluid sealing and fluid control products. The Richard Klinger SA (Pty) Limited operation was commissioned in May 1968 to produce sheet jointing for the fast-developing Southern African industrial and mining markets. From humble beginnings, and with National Trading Company (Pty) Limited as their partners, Klinger products soon became synonymous with quality and innovation in the petrochemical, mining, pulp and paper, pharmaceutical, and metal melting industries in the Southern African region. With South Africa becoming part of the global economy after the first democratic elections in 1994, the Directors of both companies saw a need to further develop the product range and capacity of Klinger and so established a joint venture aptly named Klinger NTC (Pty) Limited. At the same time, Klinger’s largest competitor, T & N Industrial Products, was acquired and the entire operation relocated to the 14000m2 premises currently occupied in Wadeville, Gauteng. In January 1999, Klinger exercised its options to repurchase the 50% share owned by National Trading Company in Klinger NTC, thus resulting in Klinger (Pty) Limited becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of the Group of Independent Klinger Companies. This development held a number of lucrative opportunities for the South African subsidiary, not least of which was the opportunity to supply large format sheet jointing to Group companies on a global basis. Today, South Africa also provides gland packings to Klinger group companies internationally and as a result of its export drive, is a net generator of foreign exchange and has witnessed volumes increasing almost two-fold through its Wadeville plant. In support of Government's empowerment drive, Klinger Mzansi was formed in 2003, and is now a level 5 BBBEE accredited company. A further development resulted from a need to differentiate Klinger and Klinger Mzansi from their opposition and to add value to the sales and marketing of their range of products. Customers were demanding a service which inevitably led to the training of end-user staff on gasket installation, best practices and eventually to the supervised fitment of gaskets within bolted connections. Allied to this concept, was the move towards joint integrity management. At this point, Klinger / Klinger Mzansi was fortunate in establishing a mutually beneficial relationship with Hedley Purvis Hydratight of the United Kingdom whose experience in the field of joint integrity has escalated them into the position of world leaders. HP Hydratight have worked closely with the Klinger / Klinger Mzansi personnel to further this concept of joint integrity particularly to the petrochemical and power generation industries in South Africa.

Products and services

Sheeting / Soft Cut Gaskets A comprehensive range of non-asbestos products available in sheet form or cut to customer requirements. Metallic Gaskets A selection of gaskets manufactured to standard flange specifications or special sizes, ranging from spiral wound gaskets, metal reinforced graphite gaskets, jacketed gaskets to metallic ring type joint gaskets. Gland Packing A range of locally manufactured gland packings for rotating, reciprocating and static applications in pumps and valves. Engineering Plastics A wide range of PTFE and other engineering plastics that can be supplied in sheet, rod or billet form and can also be machined to customer specifications. Related Products A selection of sealing products that are available through Klinger Mzansi from companies which have supply agreements with the Klinger Group of Companies Klinger Mzansi offers the following services to customers and to end-users. Joint Integrity Management Teams of specially trained Klinger Mzansi personnel can assist end-users on their sites with gasket installations, flange assembly and bolt tightening. Technical Consultancy Klinger Mzansi's technical sales representatives and engineers are available to assist with a range of gasket and packing related queries, from selection to installation. Training Training sessions, covering gasket and packing selection, installation and best proactive joint assembly are offered to end-users at our facility in Wadeville, Johannesburg or in-house.

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