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Wichita Clutch targets South Africa for growth

“Heavy duty clutch and brake specialist Wichita, part of the Altra Industrial Motion group, has appointed Sintech Torque Control as a new distribution partner for South Africa.”

The heavy duty clutch and brake division of Altra Industrial Motion consists of Wichita Clutch USA, Wichita Clutch UK, Twiflex UK, Saftek UK and Industrial Clutch USA, together, this group is a global leader in power transmission for heavy-duty industrial pneumatic and hydraulically actuated clutches and brakes.

Sintech was founded in Johannesburg in 1984 as a specialist supplier of clutches and brakes and has progressed to become one of the country’s most successful suppliers of aftermarket and OEM clutch and brake products. The company has traditionally forged strong alliances with its suppliers and works closely with large scale customers such as Iscor, Anglo American and BHP Billiton.

Sintech Sales Director, David Travers comments, “We pride ourselves on an extremely high level of technical knowledge and application experience, backed-up by excellent service. It is a great vote of confidence that Wichita has chosen Sintech as its distribution partner for South Africa. We see this deal as a great opportunity to consolidate our position within the mining sector and also to grow into other sectors such as general industrial and marine.”

In the mining industry Wichita products are employed in a range of machinery such as lifts, electric shovels, drag lines and grinding mills. In the metal processing industries they are typically used on presses and rolling mills. Sintech will be supplying Wichita braking and tension control systems to existing customers along with technical support, replacement parts from local stock, and ongoing maintenance.

Jonathan Cooksley, Sales Director for Altra Heavy Duty Clutch & Brake (HDCB) Division adds, “We are building upon an existing relationship established with Sintech through our Industrial Clutch brand, which is already stocked and supported by Sintech. As an organisation we have a strong track record of cooperation with the company and regard it as a very stable investment. Sintech have good geographical coverage with offices in Johannesburg and Durban. There are a well trained and highly motivated staff including good quality onsite technicians, extensive stock facilities and a large scale repair workshop, all vital criteria for us as a supplier. The latest appointment should see increased business and significant growth for both parties as South Africa’s economic growth continues.”

In conclusion David Travers adds, “There is a natural synergy between the two companies and the appointment will help both companies to grow and move forward. Wichita products are installed on major equipment such as dredgers, ball mills, grinding mills, which we are highly experienced with. Areas such as tension control systems for paper production and large pumps and winches in marine applications represent something new.  We are also looking at opening a new department for industrial drives which will play a part in future development.”

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Altra Industrial Motion, Inc, is a leading multinational designer, producer and marketer of a wide range of mechanical power transmission products. The company brings together strong brands covering over 40 product lines with production facilities in nine countries and sales coverage in over 70 countries. Altra’s leading brands include Warner Electric, Matrix International Wichita Clutch, Stieber Clutch, Twiflex Limited, Bibby Transmissions, Huco Dynatork, TB Wood's, Formsprag Clutch, Ameridrives Couplings, Industrial Clutch, Boston Gear, Marland Clutch, Nuttall Gear, Inertia Dynamics, Warner Linear and Kilian Manufacturing.

Altra Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIMC), a leading global supplier of clutch brakes, couplings, gearing, belted drives, linear actuators and power transmission components.

For reader enquiries contact:
Jonathan P. Cooksley, Sales Director, Altra Industrial Motion, HDCB Europe.
David Travers Sales Director, Sintech Torque Control, 29 Romeo Road, Hughes X 14, Boksburg, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0)11 823 2359
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