Company Profile

Hansen Transmissions South Africa

P4 - Industrial Gearboxes
Rexnord Stephan S3 & S4 - Geared Motor Units
Couplings - Flexible & Rigid Flange Range

Core Activities

Application Engineering offering power transmission solutions
Field Service (24-hours, 7 days a week)
Assembly (ISO 9001)
Design & Development (ISO 9001)
Manufacturing (ISO 9001)


CE Hultquist, a division of Wickman, introduced Hansen Transmissions to the South African market in 1969. Today, Hansen Transmissions boasts a 38-year proven track record in the supply of customised tailor-made drive packages to meet specific power transmission requirements in Southern Africa's mining, water treatment, cooling tower, mixer and materials handling industries.

The local company became a subsidiary of Hansen Transmissions International (HTI) in 1976 and was registered as a private company - Hansen Transmissions (Pty) Ltd. The company started assembling gearboxes in Wynberg initially through subcontracting component machining prior to completing the machine shop in 1981.

Hansen Transmissions is proud of its ISO 9001 Quality Certification received in 1984 (then SABS 0157), and was only the third company in South Africa to obtain such accreditation. In January 2004 the ISO 9001 - 2000 accreditation was obtained.

In 1995 Hansen Transmissions moved from Wynberg to larger premises in Jet Park, expanded the machine shop and, in 1996, extended the product portfolio with geared motor units and electric motors to complement the industrial gearbox range.

The introduction of the Invertible Gearbox range to the local market in 1997 earned Hansen Transmissions the CMA Silver Jubilee Product Award of Excellence a year later. This prestigious award recognises the compact, innovative, efficient and versatile local design of the Hansen Invertible Gear Unit - a result of over 30 years of local experience and applications engineering.

When Hansen Transmissions was given the sales responsibility for Rexnord products in South Africa in 2000, the company changed its name to Rexnord-Hansen SA with new Managing Director, Torsten Schultz. It also became a division of Invensys SA (Pty) Ltd, and restructured to become an assembly and sales centre with non-core activities being out-sourced.

In December 2001, holding company Invensys plc, sold its electric motor companies, which lead to the closure of the electric motor division. Following the holding company's decision to put Rexnord on its disposals list, sales responsibilities for these products were handed back to Rexnord.

In 2004 the complete Hansen group was sold by Invensys plc to Alianz Capital Partners. Renamed Hansen Transmissions, the company continues to offer large industrial gearboxes, the Invertible gear unit, geared motors, a comprehensive range of rigid and flexible couplings and complete drive systems. But with each name change Hansen stayed the same company with its loyalty to its customers, its dedication to service and the name Hansen Transmissions never left the market place.

In September during a very busy 2005, bidding Torsten Schultz a fond goodbye as he was on his way heading up North America and Canada branches for the Hansen Group, it was also a new change for Hansen S.A. with the new Managing Director, Fritz Fourie. Fritz was with the company at the time since 2000 as Financial Controller and with his experience and with Fritz at the helm he kicked-off with a positive attitude and confirmed "we have a successful company because of amongst others, our people, a world class product range, superior service, and our great solid customer base."

Fritz predicted that Hansen will have substantial future growth as he and his team have identified the major opportunities in the market for further growth and are determined to position Hansen Transmissions S.A. as a major supplier to this lucrative market very soon.

On 17 March 2006 Hansen Transmissions International announced - Suzlon Engergy Limited has acquired gearbox manufacturer Hansen Transmissions, from Allianz Capital Partners Worldwide. This was a 100% share transfer. Indian SUZLON is the fastest growing Wind Power Company in Asia and its ambition is to become a leading wind turbine manufacturer. The acquisition enables Suzlon to integrate the best GEARBOX TECHNOLOGY worldwide in the development of its wind turbine. The strong presence of Hansen in the industrial drive technology sector is an important dimension that Suzlon will further develop together with Hansen. Hansen is very pleased about the acquisition as it creates possibilities for further development for Hansen Transmissions. We will continue to manage Hansen as an independent business unit and strive to exceed our customer's expectations.

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Mission Statement

Driven by gear technology, Hansen Industrial Transmissions fulfils the needs of its global customer base by offering them reliable mechanical power transmission solutions for demanding industrial applications.

International History

Hansen Transmissions traces back to the formation of "La Mécanique Générale" in 1923, a small workshop in downtown Antwerp producing spare parts for gear units. Gradually, the company's activities shifted towards the production of customised gear units - mainly under the influence of young engineer David Hansen. In 1939, the company relocated to its present location in Edegem, offering a range of possibilities for future expansion.

The big breakthrough came in 1950, when David Hansen invented and later brought to perfection his unique concept for standardisation of gear units. He patented it worldwide under the name "Hansen Patent". For the research and marketing of this concept, the "MGH" (Machinery & Gear Hansen) subsidiary was set up. Until then no more than a manufacturer of gear units, the company was soon recognised as a world leader and trendsetter in industrial power transmission technology.

In 1966, La Mécanique Générale and MGH merged and in 1972, the company name was changed to reflect its international renown and continuing expansion, becoming "Hansen Transmissions International (HTI)". In 1969, the company joined Thomas Tilling Ltd., a London based British holding. This holding company was acquired by BTR plc in 1983. In 1993, the Hansen group merged with the British-based Brook Crompton Group - a world-class manufacturer of electric motors - to form Brook Hansen. In February 1999, BTR Plc and Siebe Plc merged and changed names to Invensys. For a short time, Hansen was part of the Rexnord Product Group within the Invensys Organisation which was later bought by Allianz Capital Partners. Today Hansen Transmissions belongs to Suzlon Energy Limited.

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