Thirty years using Kubota engines…and everything’s still cool


Bill Wilson, owner and director of Transfrig with a Kubota engine.

When it comes to keeping things cool, Transfrig is one of the most reliable in Africa. For almost 40 years this leading supplier of transport refrigeration equipment has offered world class refrigeration equipment along with outstanding after sales service to a wide range of customers.

Having started in South Africa they have expanded into many other countries in Africa and also Australia, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong – and, for the last 30 years, Transfrig has used nothing but Kubota engines to power its refrigeration units of all sizes.

Kubota engines are distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment (SPE), which sells, on average, 50 engines a month to Transfrig.

‘You can’t take chances in our game,’ says Transfrig owner/director Bill Wilson. ‘When a truckload of product worth R2 million or more is being transported over long distances an absolutely reliable refrigeration unit is essential. That’s why we choose Kubota.’

He says that the main criteria for choosing an engine for transport refrigeration are: longevity reliability and world class service. ‘Kubota – we get 15000 hours or more form our Kubota engines – and SPE have come up trumps for us in all three of these criteria over the years,’ says Wilson.

Transfrig’s transport refrigeration equipment is specially designed for all conditions, taking full advantage of its in-house engineering design and expertise. ‘We pride ourselves on our flexibility to meet customer demands and in having spares readily available and a footprint of service providers wherever we operate to ensure our clients keep running optimally. In South Africa, Kubota and SPE have been the perfect partners in our success,’ Wilson says.

Wally Bergmann SPE MD says that Transfrig is one of SPE’s oldest friends. ‘They are a world class company in every sense of the word and we are proud to have been a partner in what is one of this country’s best success stories,’ Bergmann concludes.


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