Leading supplier of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) aftermarket components to the heavy transport sector, Transportation Components, has emphasised the importance of quality, safety and consistency of aftermarket components with which heavy vehicles are fitted.
The Johannesburg-based supplier who has been operating for the past 20 years, said the business features a complete ‘parts portfolio’ offering, with products that are considered the ‘gold standard’ in their sectors.
“From the outset in 1998, we have never sacrificed quality for price. When we look at a new product to add to our range, there are three things we consider: safety, reliability and if there is a consistent supply from the OEM,” explained Andre Gouws, Chief Financial Officer, Transportation Components.
Gouws noted that to ensure optimal availability and the shortest possible lead-times, the supplier has developed a comprehensive footprint of distributors and resellers throughout South Africa.
“Even away from the urban centres, wherever there is an aftermarket component requirement, we have someone who can order the part and have it delivered to the customer within 24 hours,” Gouws explained.
He said to ensure consistent quality, the company’s international OEMs such as Borg Warner, SEM Lastik and Duroline carry out rigorous and routine quality testing, and are ISO-rated.
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In line with the company’s quality ethos, Transportation Components also has an in-house testing facility and tests components on a regular basis.
Gouws added that the heavy transportation industry is very competitive and fleet procurement departments are under fierce pressure to save costs. Nevertheless, he said that when buying a part for a couple of thousand rand, for a vehicle costing R1.8 million, cost-saving should not be the sole consideration.
“In buying the cheapest component possible, fleet owners need to be aware that they well could be sacrificing quality for price. This not only results in a shorter product lifespan, but also a diminished interval between repairs and costly downtime,” he explained.
Gouws noted inferior quality parts fitted to heavy vehicles were a critical risk factor – as there was the real potential of costly damage to the vehicle as a result of a component failure – or worse still, an accident where people could be critically or fatally injured.
Gouws added that Transportation Components had a vital educational and awareness role to play in this regard, within the component supply and heavy transportation sectors.
“Fleet owners need to be made fully aware of the quality of parts that are being fitted to their vehicles; and that they could be paying a premium for lesser quality and safety in the long run,” he concluded.