On 1 November 2019, HERS announced that it now boasts an upgraded state of the art drive train test facility, which provides in-house testing capability that supports drive train repairs and which can be used to provide testing capability to third parties. HERS has also diversified its hydraulic product range to now include the supply and repair of drifters and impact hammers, to which end a new test bench was also unveiled and demonstrated.
HERS further announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with Dana to acquire parts directly from DANA and to on-sell parts and components to the market. This agreement was concluded on the backdrop of the South African mining industry looking to simplify procurement processes and a need for economical solutions.
HERS was established in 1996 when the 1971 founding company Hydraulic and Air Services (Pty) Limited changed ownership. In 2015, HERS became a division of Hudaco Trading (Pty) Ltd. Hudaco is a South African group of companies that specialize in the importation and distribution of high quality branded automotive, industrial and electrical consumable products, mainly in South Africa. The product portfolio supplied to the mining industry is vast, as it includes hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders, pumps, hoses, filters, engines and drive train components, to name a few.
According to Erik van der Linde, the Managing Director of HERS, “the company has been a distribution and repair partner to Kessler and Co. GmbH & Co.KG for the past 10 years, so it was logical to expand its product/service offering to include complementary Dana components. This then aligns perfectly to our customer’s needs in that their respective fleets of trackless mining machines invariably contain a mixture of both Kessler and Dana components”.
As a market leader in the manufacturing and repair of hydraulic cylinders and repairer of drive train components, HERS looks forward to continuously supply its customers with quality solutions. As a company, HERS evolved over the past 48 years and is looking forward further evolve into the future by serving its customers with its new and diversified product and service offerings.