Bulk Handling Today popped in to visit managing director of Raytoko, Ray Lloyd. Since 1981 the company, as both a manufacturer and supplier of lifting equipment, has catered to the needs of small industrialists through to the large mining houses.
“Despite the zero percent growth rate forecast for the country by economists, we have continued establishing our footprint in providing turnkey solutions for customers,” says Ray. During 2016, the company supplied and installed a 10 tonne double girder Electric Overhead Crane (EOHC) in Namibia; a ten tonne EOHC in Liberia, and manufactured and installed a five tonne single girder EOHC in Sierra Leone and Zambia.
Other operations included the manufacturing and installation of a 25 tonne double girder EOHC for a client in Swaziland.
The company was also instrumental in the manufacture and installation of three five tonne single girder cranes and commissioning a three tonne EOHC. Current projects include installing a 25 tonne EOHC and 3 x 6.3 tonne EOHC as well as a 32 ton and 3.2 ton crane for the granite industry.
“Integrated solutions for the conception, design and manufacturing of lifting equipment are key elements in ensuring we can create turnkey products ideally suited for each of our client’s requirements,” Ray elaborates.
In fact, the company has performed extremely well despite a saturated market in the crane manufacturing sector combined with a slow economic growth outlook.
Countries on the African continent where Raytoko exports its products and services to include: Ghana, the Congo, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Namibia. “This we believe will increase during 2017,” Ray adds.
Never one to rest on his laurels, Ray believes 2017 will continue where 2016 left off. The company is expanding its client base not only in South Africa but throughout the African continent and into Europe. Negotiations are at an advanced stage with companies in Liberia, Spain and Zambia for both the manufacture and installation of various sizes of EOHC and Electric Chain Hoist (ECH) lifting equipment.
“Raytoko has and is enjoying steady growth, locally and also in other African countries. It is our intent to continue this trend of growing our business footprint within Africa. Our discussions with a Spanish company in supplying them with our products and services proves South Africa has both the technology and know-how and can compete with the best Europe has to offer,” Ray concludes on a high note.
Raytoko, Tel: (011) 914-5334, wwwraytoko.co.za