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Reunert’s centenary annual general meeting is scheduled to take place on 17 February.


ECN and Nashua Communications merge to form a converged communications business: Nashua Communications.


The investment in Nokia Siemens Networks is sold.

ECN Telecommunications is acquired to counteract the demise of the least-cost router business in Nashua Mobile.


Reunert exits Panasonic consumer business but retains its interest in PBX and business solutions and acquires 100% of Siemens Enterprise Communications.

The business is subsequently renamed Nashua Communications.


Nashua begins to buy controlling stakes in strategic franchises.


Reunert and Altron merge their telecom cables businesses.


Reunert announces its BEE deal and Peotona and the Rebatona Trust receive a 9,5% shareholding in the company.

The electrical engineering segment is branded CBI-electric.


Reunert buys Australian company Heinemann Electric and incorporates it into CBI.


Reunert buys Nedcor’s and Metropolitan’s shareholding in Nedtel Cellular and subsequently change the name to Nashua Mobile.


Reunert sells its interest in GEC SA and its direct interest in Temsa to Marconi Communications. Reumech is sold to Vickers and the 50% stake in Alstom is sold to parent company Alstom France.


The company is restructured to transform Reunert into a focused, competitive organisation. Non-core operations and unprofitable businesses are sold.

Nashua starts offering cellular services to its corporate customers.


Telecoms restructures following an agreement between Reunert, GEC and Siemens. Reunert transfers its interest in payphones to Temsa and its interests in PBX to Siemens Telecommunications.

Nashua becomes a mobile services provider.

The group diversifies too fast into a variety of non-core operations, negatively affecting profitability.


The group is unbundled from Barlows.

Reunert acquires a controlling interest in Panasonic, Nashua and Airomatic, including Barlow Rand’s interest in the related finance company.


Reunert restructures to create five divisions: Electronics (Reutech), Telecommunications & Resource Monitoring, Electrical Engineering (GEC Alsthom), Cables and Circuit Breakers, and Mechanical (Reumech).

African Cables acquires the entire issued capital of Siemens Cables.

Reunert increases its holding in African Cables to 40%.


Reunert and Siemens jointly acquire 67% of African Cables.


Barlow Rand restructures and Reutech, together with GEC companies and CBI, forms the Reunert Ltd group within the Barlow Industries stable.

Reunert acquires Sandock Austral, manufacturers of driveline and off-road specialist vehicle systems for the mining industry and security forces.


Reunert Computers is sold to Technology Systems International.

The company buys the remaining 30% interest that Heinemann USA held in Circuit Breaker Industries (CBI).

Reunert acquires a 50% interest in Telephone Manufacturers of SA (Temsa), strengthening its telecommunications interests. Reunert now has four divisions: electrical, telecommunications, consumer and commercial, and defence and allied.


Reunert acquires a further 30% shareholding in ATC bringing its stake to 55%.

Heinemann, Fuchs Electrical Industries and Heiqwa are rationalised by merging various operations.


Rivals seek to wrest control from existing shareholders and Barlow Rand is chosen as a majority holder to provide umbrella protection. The name Lenz is dropped, the company is incorporated into Barlows and becomes known as Reunert Limited. The company enters the computer business.

Nashua is acquired by the Barlows Group.


The company has three main business areas: electrical products, distributing the products of Fenner of England, and locomotive equipment.


The company has branches in over 20 industrial centres and over 2 500 mainline locomotives are supplied to the South African Railways.


The company lists on the JSE.


During World War II imported goods are scarce and Reunert & Lenz turns to engineering, manufacturing and distribution of local products.


The Great Depression hits the company hard, but it survives thanks to its sole agency for Babcock and Wilcox Limited boilers – while all other business is halted, power stations continue to need equipment and spares.


The business converts to a company – Reunert & Lenz Limited.


Failure of a gas-engine power scheme in Johannesburg proves to be the perfect opportunity for Reunert & Lenz to make its name by developing a replacement steamgenerated power plant in a miraculous six weeks.


Theodore Reunert and export salesman Otto Lenz form Reunert & Lenz and become agents for John Fowler and Company of Leeds who supply traction engines, ploughs and later locomotives. Over the years Reunert & Lenz acquire many other agencies.

Reunert & Lenz quickly becomes South Africa’s leading specialists in the new fields of electric lighting and power transmission. They bring power to East London, the country’s first town to use alternating current. They also electrify Kimberley and Bloemfontein and stations as far afield as Lourenço Marques (today Maputo).


At the height of the Kimberley diamond rush, Theodore Reunert, an enterprising young engineer from Leeds, steps ashore in Cape Town.