History

1978

June 3, 1978

1978

The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) implemented an initiative to create a national strategic resource to provide diesel engines to the South African market – Atlantis Diesel Engines (ADE).

1979

June 3, 1979

Incorporation of Finesco (Pty) Ltd – the development company tasked with the development of the ADE facility. Construction of ADE in Atlantis begins.

1980

June 3, 1980

1980

ADE Complex comprising of two engine factories completed.

1981

June 4, 1981

Completion of the ADE machining and assembly facility with the first roll-off of “Engine Number 1”, (Picture available) Official opening of ADE Construction of Atlantis Foundry by Ferroform Durban Transport Management Board orders 150 MAN buses powered by ADE 407 engines

1982

June 4, 1982

First castings produced by the Foundry First release of ADE powered ERF model 66 truck

1984

June 4, 1984

Introduction of first Computer Aided Design drafting system Construction of Employee Housing scheme in Robinvale, Atlantis

1985

June 4, 1985

Foundry purchased from Ferroform Group and incorporated into ADE

1986

June 4, 1986

Foundry produces 45,000 castings

1987

June 4, 1987

ADE Sport Complex is opened in Atlantis

1989

June 4, 1989

6-tonne pressure pour furnace installed

1991

June 4, 1991

1991

Construction of employee housing scheme in Westfleur, Atlantis ADE Men’s Choir wins first prize in the annual National Choir Competition held in Cape Town Launch of Bell Equipment’s articulated dump truck powered by the ADE 442 V-block engine

1992

June 4, 1992

Power House Engineering (Pty) Ltd formed as a distributer of ADE products

1994

June 4, 1994

Conversion of petrol-driven mini-bus taxis to diesel-driven engines by Power House Engineering using ADE engines ADE achieves ISO 9001certification ADE purchases ADE Reman from Probuilt NEI Africa to rebuild and recondition ADE engines already in the market

1995

June 4, 1995

ADE assembles tractors for Massey Ferguson The MAN 26.502 truck is named the most powerful truck in South Africa and is powered by an ADE engine

1996

June 4, 1996

Golden Arrow Buses replaces the engines in its 700-strong fleet with ADE 447 engines ADE is appointed as distributor in Southern Africa by Perkins UK

1997

June 4, 1997

100,000th 300 series engine is produced at ADE

1998

June 4, 1998

ADE wins contract to supply 140,000 engine blocks for Mercedes Benz passenger vehicles ADE 447 series engines are selected to power Nissan Diesel Coca Cola Delivery Trucks ADE completes delivery of 10,000 diesel engines to partner company in Cuba

1999

June 4, 1999

1999

The foundry is acquired by DaimlerChrysler and becomes Atlantis Foundries The Foundry has an annual sales tonnage of just over 17,000 tonnes with a workforce of about 550 people

2002

June 4, 2002

DaimlerChrysler purchases the Business Park and the machining facilities

2003

June 4, 2003

3rd 10 tonne induction furnace installed to increase melting capacity

2004

June 4, 2004

Installation of first modern era core shooting machine

2006

June 4, 2006

Commencement of the Atlantis Foundries Expansion Project (AFEX) – a new fettling area, new coreshop and 2nd moulding line

2007

June 4, 2007

Start of production of new multi-stage shot blast machine

2010

June 4, 2010

2010

Construction of the new scrap steel handling facility in Melting

2011

June 4, 2011

Addition of a 4th 10-tonne induction furnace to further increase melting capacity

2012

June 4, 2012

Record year of production to date – 60,000 tonnes cast Incorporation of robotics within the production process with the commissioning of the first two robots ‘Nizaam’, installed in the Reichmann Shotblast machine, and ‘Eben’ for automatization of core dipping

2013

June 4, 2013

Roll-out of plant-wide visual safety program Start of the Mouldline 1 upgrade and next-generation product implementation programs

2014

June 4, 2014

Addition of ‘Scarra’ to the AF robot team, a vent drilling robot on the mouldline

2015

June 4, 2015

Fire stops production for 8 days after technical failure. Nobody was injured as a result of the incident ‘Eben II’ is flown in to replace the original ‘Eben’ Installation of robot ‘Demitri’ on the Mouldline as an additional safety measure to avoid pouring of scrap moulds.

2015

June 28, 2015

Atlantis Foundries sold by Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz South Africa), to Neue Halberg-Guss GmbH

2015

June 29, 2015

79,000 tonnes cast beating the previous record set in 2012 by 19,000 tonnes.

2016

June 4, 2016

Paint for core assemblies is changed from alcohol-based to water-based, improving health and safety of our Employees and the environment

2017

June 4, 2017

Installation of Core Drilling robot ‘Cheslin’, Offloading robot ‘Caster’, and training robot ‘Robbie’ Introduction of the use of Artificial Intelligence in production to help predict and identify scrap and sub-surface defects

2018

June 4, 2018

Implementation of automatic inspection, further utilising Artificial Intelligence to improve the quality process Installation of robot ‘Steven’ to automatically mill front and rear faces of castings, reducing the fettling workload. Robot ‘Siya’ installed to automatically load and unload castings for spotting

2019

May 1, 2019

1 Millionth H-DEP Block sold   ♦ Record molds produced 180k   ♦ Record tons poured 100k   ♦ Record quality at a customer – 2 months with zero scrap   ♦ 4 melting furnaces available simultaneously for the 1st time with the completion of the “Harmonics” project   ♦ New molding line control room introduced in preparation for the switch from S5 to S7 controls   ♦ 5th ABP melting furnace body for quick exchange introduced   ♦ Certified for ISO14000 and ISO18000

2019

April 28, 2020

Foundry of the Year award ♦ Sustainability award

2020

April 28, 2020

2020

Newly renovated offices.