Engineering News – July 2014

Ekurhuleni-Based Bitcon Industries is a designer, manufacturer, supplier and, where applicable, installer of various specialised door.

The 60-employee company, which has been in operation since 1967, initially specialised in the manufacture of door and window frames. It entered the door manufacturing market in 1975, subsequently expanding its product range to include security doors, lead-lined doors for areas exposed to radiation and transformer room doors.

The company, which became a subsidiary of Vitrex in 1998, operates from a 2000 m2 factory at its premises at 9 Jansen road, in Jet Park, near Kempton Park. The main equipment in the factory includes metalwork equipment for fabrication (punching and bending), welding facilities, painting facilities, a specialised batching plant for the preparation of the proprietary Rubidor® Fire-door cores, a lamination line and an essembly section.

Design and drawing facilities in the offices on the same premises provide a relevant technical assistance.
Bitcon it an ISO 9001 – certified company and is working towards ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 certification.

The main input materials used are steel, various minerals used in the preparation of the fire-door cores, veneers and timber edging, and ironmongery.

Bitcon’s major customer in the recent past included electricity utility Eskom’s Kusile and Medupi powerstations; banking group Absa’s Project X, in Pretoria; Netcare hospitals countrywide; the new Alexander Forbes head office, in Sandton; and Rosebank Mall.