ENGINEERING: Grinding Away To The Top
Recent Western Cape Business News
GRINDING away to rise above the rest. That more or less sums up the business history of Parow-based Industrial Abrasives, founded in 1980 and now run and owned by Wally Dolinschek. The company has grown to one of Cape Town’s leading industrial and engineering supply companies.
Being in this position puts Industrial Abrasives in close touch with the pulse of the well-being of the manufacturing and engineering sectors of the local economy.
And, says Dolinschek, one could clearly sense the downturn a couple of years ago. Then, towards the end of last year, business changed for the better and the upward trend in activity is still holding good - a development that he trusts will continue for a while to come.
Almost all of industry needs the products and services Industrial Abrasives can supply. It has a comprehensive range of coated abrasives and abrasives products. Its product range is extensive covering hand files, tungsten and HSS rotary burrs, holesaws, abrasive mounted pints, find grinding and polishing tools, diamond precision products, grinding and cut-off wheels, diamond cut-off blades, flexible shaft and pneumatic grinders.
Importantly, the company has a strong position too in specialist products for industry being an approved distributor of major brands of power and hand tools such as Makita, Bosch, Ingersoll-Rand, Atlas Copco, Hitachi, Afrox and Somta, to name just a few. All in all, the total stockholding comes to R5 million.
Interestingly, it is one of Makita Power Tools’ largest industrial power tool distributors in the Western Cape, the sole franchise holder of Bosch specialised equipment for the province and also the sole HIT Airtool stockists in the Cape together with Chicago Pneumatic agency.
One can easily see that with a product ‘menu’ like this, Industrial Abrasives holds the keys to many needs. “But we have to work hard to stay a cut above the rest,” Wally Dolinschek tells CBN. The staff complement of 30 comprises amongst others five sales reps, two internal sales staff, eight on admin, two procurement staff and two storemen.
Four drivers with technical background are available to tend to clients’ needs with their bakkies. In addition, three people are employed in the abrasive belt manufacturing facility while another two technicians are available for repairs and to help solve problems.
“Product availability and service is key to our success. We are fully geared for this,” Dolinschek emphasises.
This is also true for the company’s expertise in cutting and welding, which is an important, and strongly growing, part of its business. Demand comes from a broad spectrum of industrial sectors, especially so boat builders, the truck and trailer sector and boiler makers. All of the activity takes place in Industrial Abrasive’s premises of 1 200sq m in Parow, comprising facilities for sales, manufacturing, repairs and, naturally, administration.
The company may be grinding away continuously, but it has good results to show for it.
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