For Jet Park-based Killarney Engineering, a subsidiary of Andrew Mentis, 2011 was a watershed year, with a significantly increased order book that included large orders for its unique serrated grating.
In response to the accelerated pace of production required to keep up with the new orders, Killarney Engineering embarked on an upgrade and reconfiguration of its 3 500m2 production facility to create a more streamlined production flow and achieve improved lead times. The company’s premises are also being refurbished, with new corporate signage and vehicle livery.
Newly appointed general manager, Prega Sundran, says the unprecedented upturn in the company’s business can be attributed to repeat orders from loyal longstanding clients, coupled with an influx of big orders from first-time customers.
“For more than 12 years, this business has been built on the twin pillars of service and quality,” Sundran says. “We are a small but highly productive company and we treat all customers with equal attention and commitment. Customers welcome our ability to tailor-make products to suit their specific requirements, at competitive prices and with fast turnaround times. We can offer this price advantage because we source all our raw materials from our parent company, Andrew Mentis, which purchases the materials in bulk for its own product range.”
Killarney Engineering was established on Gauteng’s East Rand as a small grating company that also produced positive die-line safety walkway products. Andrew Mentis purchased the company in 1999 and moved the operation to its current site in Jet Park.
Killarney Engineering is the only company in South Africa that manufactures continuously serrated grating, produced using a unique process that does not generate waste material and results in a consistent and high quality product. The continuously serrated grating creates a slip-free surface which is recommended for any environment where the utmost safety is required.
The company’s KS43 grating is based on the tried and tested production methods used to manufacture the Andrew Mentis RS40, which results in pressure-locked grating of the highest quality standards. This popular product is supported by a range of expanded metal, Interlink handrailing systems and positive die-line safety walkway sections.
The products are manufactured in mild steel, with three optional finishes: uncoated, bitumen dipped and hot dip galvanised.