History

History

Theodore Reunert and Otto Lenz establish Reunert & Lenz. The agency business quickly becomes South Africa's leading specialists in the new fields of electric lighting and power transmission, importing and installing engineering equipment.


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Theodore Reunert steps ashore in Cape Town.

Reunert History - 1988
Reunert & Lenz makes a name for itself by constructing a replacement steam-generated power plant for Johannesburg in a miraculous six weeks.
Reunert History - 1888
Reunert & Lenz survives the Great Depressions thanks to its sole agency for Babcock and Wilcox Limited boilers – while all other business is halted, power stations continue to need equipment and spares.
Reunert History - 1929
Reunert History - 1929
During World War II imported goods are scarce and Reunert & Lenz turns to engineering, manufacturing and distribution of local products.
The company lists on the JSE.
The company grows its footprint to over 20 industrial centres. More than 2 500 main line locomotives are supplied to the South African Railways.

Barlow Rand becomes the majority shareholder and “Lenz” is dropped from the company name.

Reunert enters the computer business and Nashua is acquired by the Barlows Group.

Reunert Computers is sold. Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI) becomes a wholly-owned business.

Reunert acquires 50% in Temsa (Telephone Manufacturers of SA).

Barlow Rand restructures and Reutech, together with GEC companies and CBI, forms the Reunert Ltd Group within the Barlow Industries stable.

Reunert acquires defence manufacturer Sandock Austral.

Reunert History - 1990
Reunert and Siemens jointly acquire 67% of African Cables.

African Cables acquires the entire issued capital of Siemens Cables.

Reunert increases its holding in African Cables to 40%.

Reunert History - 1997

Reunert unbundles from Barlows.

Reunert acquires controlling interest in Panasonic, Nashua and Airomatic.

Reunert History - 1993
Reunert History - 1993

Telecommunications division restructures. Reunert transfers its interest in payphones to Temsa and its interests in PABX to Siemens Telecommunications.

Nashua becomes a mobile services provider.

The group diversifies too fast into a variety of non-core operations, negatively affecting profitability.
Reunert History - 1994

Major restructuring transforms Reunert into a focused, competitive organisation. Non-core operations and unprofitable businesses are sold.

Nashua starts offering cellular services to its corporate customers.

Reunert History - 1997
Restructuring continues and Reunert sells its interest in GEC SA and its direct interest in Temsa. Reumech and the 50% stake in Alstom are sold.
Reunert History - 1999
Reunert buys shareholdings in Nedtel Cellular and changes the name to Nashua Mobile.
Reunert buys Australian company Heinemann Electric and incorporates it into CBI. Reunert acquires Pirelli NV’s 50% stake in African Cables Holdings.
Peotona BEE deal is announced.
Reunert and Altron merge their telecom cables businesses.
Nashua begins to buy controlling stakes in strategic franchises.
Reunert exits Panasonic consumer business but acquires 100% of Siemens Enterprise Communications.

The 40% stake in Nokia Siemens Networks is sold.

ECN Telecommunications is acquired to counteract the changing telecommunications landscape.

Reunert acquires SAAB Grintek’s HF tactical radio business.

Reunert’s 100th Annual General Meeting.

Nashua Mobile sells its mobile subscriber bases to MTN, Vodacom and Autopage. The final transfer of the underlying bases took place in November 2014.

Reunert History - 2014
Reunert History - 2014