Bell Equipment has several alliance partners including John Deere in the United States, Hitachi in Asia, Liebherr in Germany and Kato Works in Japan. In 2002 branding deals were concluded with Protec in Germany for compaction rollers and Ausa in Spain for all-terrain forklifts.
Bell Equipment is accredited with the SABS ISO 9001 certification and has the 2000 Quality Management System Certification. We are working towards becoming an A-class World Class Organisation (WCO) status by 2005.
The Company has been the recipient of various export awards in 1990, 1991 and 1994 including being elected as the overall winner of the State President’s Award for Export Achievement in 1991.
In 2001 Bell Equipment won the National Productivity Institute’s Gold Award in the corporate category and the Institute of Marketing Management’s Marketing Organisation of the Year award.
The Company has received numerous prestigious engineering awards including the Shell Design Award in 1987, the SABS Industrial Design Award in 1988, The South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Projects and Systems Award in 1991 and 2002 and the Cullinan Design Award in 1992. In 1996 Bell Equipment was the overall Toma (Outstanding Manufacturer of the Year) winner and was also winner of the Basic Metals, Fabricated Metal Products, Machinery & Equipment category for 1996 and 1997. In 1996 and 1997 Bell Equipment was also a category winner of the Top Products Award, convened jointly by the Engineering Association and Engineering Week. In 2002 Bell Equipment received two awards at the Top Technology 100 Awards, the Autodesk Award for Outstanding Achievement in Design Innovation and the Metals, Machinery, Electrical, Capital Equipment and Construction category award. Last year Bell Equipment also won the SAIME (South African Institute of Mechanical Engineering) Projects and Systems Award in the R2 million to R50 million category.
Today Bell Equipment is a global supplier with more than 19 000 machines operating in over 70 countries around the world.
The Group has nine marketing and support operations outside of South Africa and 95 offshore distribution outlets and dealerships. Locally it has more than 25 distribution outlets.
The Group employs over 2 100 people worldwide.
A high point in the company history was its listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1995. At that time Bell Equipment had an annual revenue of five hundred million Rand and a share price of R3. By 2002 annual revenue increased to R2,3 billion and the share price had risen to over R9 per share.
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