Wayne Jacobs MD Integrated Air Solutions (left) and Gavin Acar MD Compressor and Engine Engineering shake hands on new business partnership

Compressed air systems specialists, Integrated Air Solutions, has announced the appointment of Compressor & Engine Engineering (CEE) as their exclusive distributor for the ELGi compressor range that is tailored specifically to the local railway industry and allied sectors. 

“The premium ELGi brand positions us as one of the country’s leading suppliers of quality air solutions to an extremely wide  range of market sectors including mining, construction, engineering, cement, pharmaceutical, automotive, food & beverage, agri-processing, water well, and oil & gas exploration,” notes Graham Russell, GiGi CEO.

Harsh conditions

ELGi also offers a range of air compressors that are specially designed and engineered for the railway industry which Integrated Air Solutions is looking to introduce to the local market. These top quality machines, which include compressors suitable for diesel and electric locomotives, supply air for a variety of applications including the powering of braking systems and the positioning of pantographs on the roofs of electric trains. 

“Globally renowned for their robustness and reliability, these compressors are designed to meet the harsh conditions typical of the rail environment,” adds Integrated Air Solutions MD, Wayne Jacobs. “Compressors fitted on the under carriage for example, have to be particularly rugged in order to withstand punishing conditions such as high temperatures, vibration and dust.” 


“As the railway sector is a new market for us, we decided that our best route to market would be to partner with a like-minded company that has a well-established reputation and in-depth experience in this segment,” comments Graham. “CEE, one of our long-standing customers, is a leading manufacturer and refurbisher of components for the locomotives industry, able to conduct 80% of their engineering requirements in-house.”  

CEE specialises in the refurbishment, repair, maintenance and sale of locomotive compressor and vacuum systems for trains operating on mines. The Compressor Division focuses on the sales, service and repair of all makes of rotary screw, rotary vane and reciprocating compressors. Turnkey air services extend to installation and commissioning, scheduled maintenance programmes, compressed air requirement analysis, compressor room layouts and piping installation.  The manufacture of locomotive and vacuum brake components as well as the refurbishment of diesel compressors is handled by the Engineering Division.  


Highlighting a further value add for the distributor partnership Wayne says, “Certain ELGi compressor parts and spares are interchangeable with non-ELGi machines, giving us a definite market edge. If an air compressor has reached its end-of-life, CEE is able to offer the customer a brand new ELGi machine, a win-win for both companies!”

“We are fully on-board with this new partnership which has put us on track to secure a foothold in the railway sector and we look forward to a long and mutually prosperous future with CEE,” concludes Graham.

CEE will initially hold stock of fast moving and critical machines and components with the possibility of future  expansion as determined by emerging trends. The skilled CEE team is responsible for all maintenance and repairs of ELGi Rail compressors.  


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