Hydraulic systems & components


Hydrasales turns 30

1st Quarter 2009 Hydraulic systems & components

This year Hydrasales celebrates 30 years of growth, development and innovation. This South African distributor of hydraulic filtration and accessories has withstood the test of time and is proud of its achievements and growth.

Elvira Caripis, general manager, reminisces about Hydrasales’ humble beginnings. She vividly remembers a small shop with no store space, no meeting room or separate offices. “Everyone sat jumbled on top of one another,” she says.

Hydrasales Johannesburg team is ready to celebrate 30 years with clients on 6 March 2009.
From left to right – standing: Haroun Pochee, Reg 
Pretorius, Pumi Maqweta, Emeralda Els, Simon 
Mahlangu and Elvira Caripis. Sitting: Cytnthis Kemeni, Cheryl Johnson, Fatima Ahmed, Sweetness Mashabe and Christina Mathembu
Hydrasales Johannesburg team is ready to celebrate 30 years with clients on 6 March 2009. From left to right – standing: Haroun Pochee, Reg Pretorius, Pumi Maqweta, Emeralda Els, Simon Mahlangu and Elvira Caripis. Sitting: Cytnthis Kemeni, Cheryl Johnson, Fatima Ahmed, Sweetness Mashabe and Christina Mathembu

The company has become a specialist filtration solution provider by expanding its filter body range and element or cartridge range to meet more demanding pressure and mobile system requirements. Managing member Haroun Pochee says that Hydrasales studied the needs of an increasingly sophisticated local manufacturing market and decided to provide solutions in the construction, mining and mobile equipment sectors of the hydraulic industry. The company represents leading international brand, MP Filtri, in Africa and has an established distribution network to reach its markets.

Both Caripis and Pochee believe that the well established team, commitment to service, development and innovation drives the company forward. The support and co-operation from all tiers of staff bear testimony to a team bent on meeting its customers’ needs. There are members of the team who have long service records. In August 2008, Cynthia Kemeni and Simon Mahlangu celebrated 20 years with Hydrasales.

‘Oubaas’ Reg Pretorius, a veteran of the South African hydraulics industry, has been instrumental in training and customer support and his vast experience has helped new entrants into the market and new members of the Hydrasales team. Enrico Brown (Cape Town) and Emeralda Els (Johannesburg) have greatly benefitted from Reg’s experience.

Hydrasales is looking forward to celebrating 50 years of greater growth, development and innovation!

Many happy returns to a team of spirited and dedicated players!!

Hydrasales milestones – a 30-year timeline of achievement and growth

* March 1979; The late Maurice and Sharon Allenby start Hydrasales.

* June 1979: MP Filtri receives first order in Voortrekker Road, Edenvale.

* June 1983: Mike Mound opens Durban branch.

* April 1985: Head office moves to bigger premises in Wilbart, Germiston.

* November 1985: ‘Oubaas’ Reg Pretorius starts Cape Town branch.

* July 1986: MP Filtri makes a first visit to its African partner.

* June 1992: Maurice Allenby retires to England and Hydrasales begins a new era.

* May 1993: Hedland VP marketing, Tom Nelson, makes an African safari.

* April 1994: Enters post-apartheid South Africa with confidence.

* January 1997: Head office expands and moves to bigger premises in Meadowdale.

* October 1997: Wins ‘Best medium-sized stand’ at Fluid Trans Expo in Midrand.

* May 1999: Celebrates 21st Anniversary with a visit by Faster.

* January 2002: Cape Town branch moves to new premises in Milnerton.

* May 2003: Durban branch moves to new premises in Springfield Park.

* March 2004: Celebrates 25 years of supply and service.

* February 2005: Team visits Cape Town.

* April 2005: Nuova Fima’s Franco Satori pays a visit.

* August 2008: Cynthia Kemeni and Simon Mahlangu celebrate 20 years’ service.

* March 2009: Hydrasales turns 30.

For more information contact Haroun Pochee, Hydrasales, +27 (0)11 392 3736, [email protected]



Credit(s)



Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Destructive cavitation in hydraulic systems
Hydrasales Hydraulic systems & components
Cavitation results from excessive vacuum conditions at the inlet to a pump. High vacuum creates vapour bubbles within the oil, which are carried to the discharge (pressure) side. These bubbles then ...

Read more...
Optimising hydraulic controls
Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa Hydraulic systems & components
Parker Hannifin has launched two components − the Parker Automation Controller PAC120 and the electro-hydraulic controller module PACHC − that together offer an innovative solution for the automation ...

Read more...
Concept to solution the short way
Axiom Hydraulics Editor's Choice Hydraulic systems & components
QuickDesign streamlines your custom design process, delivering complete designs in as little as ten minutes.

Read more...
3D printing for hydraulics
Hydraulic systems & components
Hydraulic components are traditionally manufactured through machining or casting. Now hydraulic equipment manufacturers are producing manifolds, servo valves and hydraulic adapter blocks using 3D printing. ...

Read more...
Position sensor detection for hydraulic cylinders: a world first
Instrotech Hydraulic systems & components
Instrotech has on offer SIKO’s SGH wire-actuated encoders that measure the cylinder stroke as well as its speed in the hydraulic cylinder with impressive efficiency, flexibility and robustness. ...

Read more...
Do not neglect to monitor your lube oil system's filtration
Hydrasales Hydraulic systems & components
The viscosity of oil in a lube system can adversely affect the bearings within the system. This is especially so if the maintenance of the hydraulic system is neglected. Failure to filter the oil and ...

Read more...
Safety blocks for hydraulic accumulators
Parker Hannifin - Sales Company South Africa Hydraulic systems & components
Parker Hannifin’s new safety block (SB) series for hydraulic accumulators simplifies the selection, installation and maintenance process of these important system components. Safety blocks enable hydraulic ...

Read more...
Regeneration valve assemblies
Axiom Hydraulics Hydraulic systems & components
Sun regeneration valve assemblies are standard products that are easy to order. Regenerative circuits divert the oil from the rod end of a cylinder back to the bore end, instead of channeling the fluid ...

Read more...
Testing flow and system pressure
Hydrasales Hydraulic systems & components
A Business Day headline recently cried: ‘Oil prices rise as energy markets tighten’. The price of Brent Crude has soared from $20 a barrel in April 2020 to $85 a barrel currently − an increase of 325% ...

Read more...
Goodbye Mr Chips of the hydraulics industry
Hydrasales News & events
Reginald Pretorius, a veteran of the hydraulics industry, recently bade farewell to Hydrasales and the industry after a long and distinguished career. Popularly known as Oom Reg, this jovial personality ...

Read more...