News


Acquisition

Howden to acquire Fancraft (Pty) Ltd to expand services for the South African market


Monday, 07 June 2021

Share

LinkedIn
Twitter
Facebook

MainImage

Howden Group, a leading global provider of mission critical air and gas handling products, technologies and services, has reached an agreement to acquire Fancraft (Pty) Ltd.

Established in 1989 by Andries Gouws and based in Sasolburg, South Africa, Fancraft is an independent aftermarket services company focused on the maintenance, repair and installation of air & gas handling equipment and turbomachinery.

The combination of Fancraft with Howden’s South African business will allow Howden to expand its aftermarket service capabilities, while providing Fancraft customers with access to Howden’s network of technologies and global experts. The acquisition will also accelerate the growth of Howden’s compressors and turbines aftermarket services business and broaden its footprint in Southern Africa. The strong fit between the two companies is underscored by the fact that Fancraft has operated as a qualified service agent for Thomassen compressors and Peter Brotherhood steam turbines, which are both product brands owned by Howden.

We are pleased to welcome the Fancraft team to Howden. This acquisition is well aligned with Howden’s strategy to aggressively expand the aftermarket services we provide to our customers globally. The fact that Fancraft already has strong experience with a variety of Howden technologies, including Thomassen compressors, and also steam turbines from Peter Brotherhood, a company which Howden recently acquired, demonstrates the natural fit of Fancraft within the Howden family.

Ross B Shuster, CEO of Howden

Andries Gouws, founder of Fancraft said: "This deal represents great news for our customers by giving them direct access to the skills and technology of Howden, and the wider global access to services and spares that comes through this network. Fancraft has an established track record of working with Howden, and we are excited by the opportunities this combination brings to our team and our customers across the Southern Africa region."

Howden is focused on helping customers increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their air and gas handling processes enabling them to make sustainable improvements in their environmental impact. Howden Africa designs, manufactures and supplies products, solutions and services for a diverse range of industries including mining and a variety of industrial services in the region.

This agreement to acquire Fancraft follows three other acquisitions made by Howden in 2021: Balcke-Dürr Rothemühle GmBH in Germany; Peter Brotherhood in the U.K.; and Maintenance Partners NV in Belgium.


Latest News

Bright Futures

Earlier this month, the Howden Renfrew site hosted the first event in collaboration with Primary Engineer, where they welcomed over 70 pupils from St Mary’s & St Peter’s Primary School for interactive half day sessions.

Acquisition

On the 9th November 2022, KPS Capital Partners signed a definitive agreement to sell Howden to Chart Industries, Inc.  

Technology

Revolutionising fans for glass quenching and cooling.

Technology

Howden wins Service and Solutions award at the Energy Industries Council Awards

Technology

Howden supplies turbocompressors to the Central Wastewater Treatment Plant, Nashville.

Sustainability

Howden secures compressor contract for INOVYN’s hydrogen production plant.

If you would like to submit an enquiry please get in touch.