In it's heyday ADE sales of engines and components numbered in their tens of thousands.
The 100,000th 300 series engine is produced at ADE
ADE completes an order for the delivery of 10,000 diesel engines into Cuba.
ADE lands contract to supply Mercedes-Benz 140,000 engine blocks.
Formed by the South African government as a defence against UN sanctions, it's goals were to mitigate these effects by:
The first engine rolled off the assembly line in 1981 and the company's business flourished strongly during the next few years. However the lifting of international sanctions in 1994 spelt the end of engine making at Atlantis was on the horizon.
Sadly, a sluggish economic climate with cheaper imports and industrial unrest meant ADE lost it's competitive edge and hundreds of employees lost their jobs as a consequence.
The focus is now on castings, components and machining
"Since the takeover by the Daimler Group in 1999, the Company has gone from strength to strength having increased their casting production from 30,000 to 69,000 net tonnes per year, and Atlantis Foundries are now considered one of the best heavy-duty engine block foundries in the world, employing 1,200 people." enthuses Sally Redshaw of Atlantis Foundries.
"The history of Atlantis Foundries dates back to 1979, when it was started by the South African Government and licensed to manufacture Mercedes Benz and Perkins diesel engines.
In 1985 the Company was incorporated into Atlantis Diesel Engines (ADE), before Daimler/Mercedes-Benz South Africa (then called DaimlerChrysler), took control in 1999, and incorporated Atlantis Foundries into the Daimler Trucks Powertrain business unit."
Continues Sally at Atlantis foundries.
"On 30th June 2015, Atlantis Foundries (Pty) Ltd was sold by Daimler/Mercedes-Benz South Africa, to German metal casting group Neue Halberg-Guss GmbH who has a combined workforce of 2,500 employees in two production facilities based in Saarbrƒ¼cken and Leipzig."
Sally goes on: "We continue to specialize in casting cylinder blocks for commercial vehicles and off-road installations for export to engine manufacturers in the UK, USA, Brazil and China, in addition to our on-site machining facilities. In the past, Atlantis Foundries also produced castings for the passenger car market."
We acknowledge and thank Sally Redshaw, Chief Commercial Officer at Atlantis Foundries, for her contribution to this article and for supplying us with the images.
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