From humble beginnings in 1953 in a small office, in the heart of the Free State gold fields of South Africa, Genrec has grown into one of the largest engineering companies in Africa. The one-man business, with its base in Wadeville provided breakdown and repair services to gold mines, rapidly grew into a vibrant family business throughout the fifties and sixties. Genrec started trading as General Erection, and by 1974 with a good track record Genrec had grown large enough to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, under the name of Genrec.
In the same year, Murray & Roberts, a large engineering and construction Group, decided to diversify its operations, and acquired 30% of Genrec shares. In 1988, Murray & Roberts acquired the controlling share holding and in 1992 Murray & Roberts acquired 100% equity, delisted the Group and split activities into separate profit centers
Genrec has completed an optimising expansion drive to increase all aspects at its current facilities in Wadeville. The total area after the increase amounts to 55 000m2 of undercover workshops and 19 500m2 open areas equipped with the latest systems, CNC equipment, welding processes as well as high volume blasting and painting equipment. Everything from resources, equipment, training and logistics is set to increase capacity from 2 000 tons to about 4 500 tons per months. This is however dependent on steel complexity. One of the key factors of this expansion drive has been the skills development. The new training facility provides development and training of boiler-makers, detailers, computer numerically controlled operators, riggers and inspection personnel. With a drive as extensive as this, Genrec is set to embark on the future.
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