Industry Overview

While much of the world staggered in the wake of the global financial meltdown, South Africa has managed to stay on its feet. South Africa’s economy has been traditionally known for its mining sector, which got it worldwide recognition for its rich resources and plentiful reserves.

The country is a leading supplier of a variety of minerals and mineral products that are exported to 87 countries. Each year, approximately 55 different minerals are produced from more than 700 mines, with gold, platinum, coal and diamonds dominating exports and revenue earnings. Mining industry has been facilitating economic development, uplifting society, addressing unemployment, poverty and inequality. But of late the transport industry has also caught up and is contributing in a major way to the GDP and exports.

The contribution of exports of motor vehicle parts & accessories and other transport equipment to South Africa’s merchandise exports to the rest of the world contributed 2.8 per cent in 1994 and currently contributes at 9.2 per cent.

We focus at becoming industry leaders focused on delivering innovative designs, highest levels of customer satisfaction, and changing the transport industry dynamics. The South African transport industry is very diverse requiring equipment of highest quality and durability across transportation, mining and defence. We at Oakbay undertake the practices to deliver the best solutions at affordable prices with faster turnaround times.

VR Laser Services

The VR Laser team has more than 15 years of experience and specialises in the manufacturing of a variety of steel products for a broad range of end-users, including the defence, mining, rail and transport industries.

VR Laser is housed within a facility focused on utilising the latest technology to process steel. It offers a complete range of equipment situated at its 37 000m2 factory located in Boksburg. This facility has some of the latest and most appropriate technology in metal processing. Included amongst the equipment are laser and plasma cutting machines, a variety of bending equipment, a comprehensively equipped machine shop and a complete range of fabrication equipment. It is one of the largest companies, with such a diversified range of equipment and skills, of its type, in South Africa.

VR Laser offers a wide range of services without directly competing with its OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customers. It specialises in, amongst others:

  • Armoured vehicle manufacturing and integration
  • LHD Manufacturing and integration
  • LHD Rebuilds
  • Mining equipment Bucket Manufacturing
  • Tipper(Rear and side) Manufacturing and integration
  • Water Bowser Manufacturing and integration
  • Drill rig manufacturing and integration
  • Cash in transit vehicle manufacturing
  • Bogie, underframe and other fabrications for Locomotives
  • Turret Manufacturing
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