Who We Are
Upat S.A. (Pty) Ltd, a 100% South African owned business, commenced trading in 1983 as the sole Southern African distributor of the Upat range of construction fasteners (anchor bolts, chemical anchors, nylon plugs etc.)
At the outset, Upat S.A. (Pty) Ltd was committed to the building industry with not only a range of anchor bolts but rotary hammer drilling machines, tungsten tipped masonry drill bits, powder actuated tools and allied building and construction products.
The aim was to supply a range of top quality products at market related prices. This philosophy resulted in Upat S.A. (Pty) Ltd, within ten years of commencing business, becoming one of the market leaders in the industry in Southern Africa.
Building Our Business
In 1992, the world-leader in fixing and fastening solutions, fischer, also of Germany, purchased Upat GmbH and Co. and commenced with the integration of the fischer and Upat product ranges. This full and final integration was realised in 2003 and since then Upat S.A. (Pty) Ltd has been supplying the fischer range of products.
Today, Upat officially represents several International companies in Southern Africa. Such as: STABILA market leader in spirit levels, measuring equipment and latterly construction lasers; Eibenstock German Engineered diamond coring and associated products; Starmix specialised vacuum cleaners for industrial use and Milwaukee, leaders in portable heavy-duty power tools for the professional user.
As the business grew, Upat S.A. (Pty) Ltd opened branches in the following centres : Johannesburg Head Office, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Durban, Cape Town, with distributors in Port Elizabeth, Bloemfontein, Kimberley, Polokwane and George. Additionally, exports are done to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland, Mauritius, Kenya and Tanzania.
The head office in Johannesburg is in its' own building of five stories, including a basement/factory level and the company occupies 4500 square metres in total.
What We Do
In addition to the top quality products offered by these world renowned brands, Upat also provides its customers with the following services and added value benefits:
- Timeous Deliveries: The Company has branches in the top commercial centres around South Africa and operates a fleet of vehicles nationwide, ensuring a 24 hour delivery of stocked items.
- Technical Back-Up: In addition to technical sales guidance, Upat offers qualified Engineering services for on-site testing and application advice.
- On-Site Training: Upat offers free on-site training to all external operators of Upat products.
- In-House Training: All internal technical staff engage in thorough and regular training on all new and existing company products and services.
- Tool Repairs: Qualified technicians are able to repair all tools from the current product range.
- Warranty: All power tools come with a full service warranty valid for one year from date of purchase.
- Professional Counter Sales: Should contractors or end users wish to buy directly from our offices, our professional counter sales representatives will be able to offer advice on the best possible product needed for your application.
- Warehousing: All stock is originally received and warehouse at the Upat Head Office in Johannesburg. As a result, the company has developed intricate operations systems to handle all logistic queries.
POFC (Position, Open, Fix, Close)
Upat SA (Pty) Ltd, is an agent, manufacturer and distributor of premium quality International brands to the construction, mining and DIY trades in Southern Africa. Not only does it supply superior, trustworthy products and services, but it also is able to cater to the four key stages of any building or construction cycle: Positioning, Opening, Fixing and Closing. Consequently, in addition to product classification, Upat has adopted these four stages as its own personal value system too.
For a contractor, Engineer or DIYer, the point of departure for any practical application is to measure - ensuring that what he/she is building or installing, is POSITIONED correctly to complement the surroundings. In line with this, as a company philosophy, Upat POSITIONS itself as such: "As an agent and distributor of premium quality German-engineered brands, Upat aspires to be the supplier of choice to the building, mining and allied trades in Southern Africa".
Upat represents the German brand STABILA, which provides the most extensive range of measuring tools, laser distancers and professional spirit levels in this regard.
Once the position has been established, the building site will need to be OPENED in some way. This is usually done with a power tool of some sort. When communicating, most companies prefer to be OPEN and honest, trustworthy and genuine in the eyes of their stakeholders. That being said, Upat has adopted OPEN as its tone and manner which is: "Clear, informative, sincere and approachable."
Under the product class OPEN, Upat represents the International brands, Milwaukee, DUSS and Eibenstock. Together, these provide customers with expert drilling and percussion drilling machines; rotary, combi and demolition hammers; hand-held coring machines and diamond coring machines, rigs, barrels and blades; a vast range drill bits and accessories; and top world-leading heavy-duty power tools.
Once the position has been established and the appropriate opening has been made, the builder or contractor will need to fix items together. This fixing phase should, if done correctly, make the new modification secure. Upat has FIXed values that are unwavering and has therefore chosen FIX to represent these; which are: "Stable, rewarding working environments; Superior, trustworthy products and services; Accountability; Financial stability; Reliable technical expertise; Social and environmental responsibility."
With the exclusive rights to fischer in South Africa, Upat prides itself on FIXING as our speciality and offers an extensive range of the following: nylon fixings, steel anchors, chemical anchors, screws, pipe clamps, special application fixings, gas nail guns and powder actuated gun tools.
Finally, in order to prevent any unforeseen damage, corrosion or instability, the fixture or opening will need to be closed and sealed. In business, a transaction is CLOSED once a sale has been made, a deal has been done or a message has been conveyed. Similarly Upat has chosen CLOSE to represent its brand essence, which is: "An interlinked approach to enhance and modify everyday surroundings"
BUILD THE BIGGER PICTURE
Upat can therefore offer something for every aspect of your building cycle that is guaranteed to be of the best quality. We also provide you with technical support and expertise too; so if you choose Upat as your supplier of choice, we will help you BUILD THE BIGGER PICTURE.