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GRW opens R90-m ‘world-leading’ facility

GRW opens R90-m ‘world-leading’ facility
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From the day the company was born in 1996, GRW Engineering, the Worcester-based tanker and trailer manufacturer for the bulk transport market, has never thought ‘small’. This came through once again when ‘herds’ of people from the trucking industry were invited to celebrate the opening of GRW’s new R90-million facility in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng writes Patrick O’Leary.

After the official opening and ribbon cutting ceremony, CEO Gerhard van der Merwe took to the podium and although his speech was well structured covering all the salient points, he was wrong on one of the statements he made. He described the new facility as ‘world-class’. It is not! It is ‘world leading’.

FleetWatch guarantees that if you bring any of the German tanker manufacturers to South Africa and show them around this new facility, their response is going to be: “Vat ees dish? Vee don’t haf anyting like dish in Shermany.”

Bring out the Americans and they will start whoop-whooping; the French will cry with emotion; the Chinese will make drawings to copy it and the Japanese will respectfully bow in honour of its magnificence.

Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mondli Gungubele (left), holds the ribbon as Gerrie van der Merwe, the man who challenged his sons Gerhard and Wentzel, to build a quality tanker many years ago, prepares to cut the ribbon.

On GRW’s website it states: “Today, they (GRW) pride themselves in always exceeding the expectations of even the most demanding customer on the journey to becoming the number one road tanker manufacturer in the world.” Note, not in South or southern Africa but ‘in the world’. And it is certainly heading that way.

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