Habot's establishment in 1984 marked a new era in the field of lubrication in South Africa. Today the company is recognised as the leader in the field of synthetic lubricants in the country and from an unknown commodity at the time, synthetic lubricants have become a household word in the mining industry, industry in general and the automotive world.
From a compamy point of view, the implementation of a changeover to synthetic lubricants presented an exciting business opportunity. Although the products were unknown at the time, the potential market existed. Change requires justification and in South Africa the use of Habot's range of locally produced synthetic lubricants in the place of conventional petroleum products, produced from imported crude oil is justified simply because they are strategic and cost effective. Strategic, because they replace crude oil in large quantities and because they are used in all fighter and commercial jet aircraft and can be locally produced from local raw materials. Cost effective, because they last many times longer than their mineral counterparts, can save up to fifteen percent energy and fuel, one product replaces many, wear (and therefore maintenance cost) is drastically reduced, operate at higher speeds, higher temperatures with higher loads for longer and do not form sludge through oxidation.
The launch of the Habot project in 1984, saw growth way beyond expectation and the construction of the first blending plant for synthetic lubricant manufacture in Africa started in 1987. Products from this manufacturing plant are widely used today and proven by many highly regarded organisations in and around South Africa such as; The SA Antarctic Expedition, Engen, Sasol, The SA Airforce, SA Airways, Aeroflot, Air Botswana, Safair, Transnet, Nissan, Moto Corporation of Botswana and many others.
Today the company produces and markets more than three hundred tons of superior quality synthetic lubricant throughout South Africa and as far abroad as Moscow and Japan. The product list exceeds two hundred and fifty products. A technology transfer agreement with NYCO sa of France is supported by a strong research and development program.
With its head office in Krugersdorp, some twenty kilometers from Johannesburg, Habot maintains an effective link with both Customer and supplier. The company employs fifteen permanent employees and a multitude of distributors and agents throughout the country. Habot offers both national and international marketing opportunities for an extremely highly regarded and sort after synthetic lubricant range.
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As the market leader in synthetic lubricants, we continue our pursuit of redefining the lubricants market.
We accept the challenge of a changing, dynamic new South Africa, contributing our share of wealth creation within the framework of it's peoples, resources and needs.
We win the admiration of our clients and others.
Our focus is on professional and ethical business, and unconditional service and support that create and build competitive advantages for our clients by adding value to their products.
We invest in people by exposing and sharing our expertise and know how with our clients, suppliers, employees and stakeholders.
We promote empathy, concern and an understanding of our world and its fragile environment by encouraging our clients and suppliers to develop and implement environment management systems.
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