3rd Edition 2014
60 years of quality manufacturing
It’s important to strategise and look forward to where we want to position ourselves as Bell Equipment, but it is equally important to remember where we come from and the people who made it all happen in those early days.
This year marks our 60th anniversary as a company, and while we won’t be celebrating with an elaborate function, we are putting a great deal of time and effort into refurbishing the original engineering and mechanical repair workshop, on the Bell farm just outside Empangeni, to become our company museum.
Part of this is gathering information and anecdotes to remember our roots and values that where entrenched in those early days on the farm. Sadly some of the main role players, our founders, Irvine and Eunice Bell, Malcolm Campbell and Rob Bell, are no longer with us and we would like to encourage our customers and staff of that time to share their memories.
The visit by the Zululand History Society, which appears in this issue, was a wonderful opportunity to share what we are doing at the workshop. What was apparent from listening to some of the memories shared is that although designing and manufacturing processes have become state-ofthe- art and our company has grown exponentially, the passion to innovate and provide a quality service to our customers is just as strong.
This is perhaps the best tribute to our founders and going forward we are committed to building on their remarkable legacy with the same humble devotion as we have always done.
Group Chief Executive
Hillhead proves the catalyst as Bell UK enjoys strongest month in years - Pg 4
Finlay Screens are real gems for Steyn Diamante - Pg 6
Bo's Hire & Sales (Pty) Ltd sold on Bomag Rollers - Pg 10
History Society reminisces about early days of Bell - Pg 12
Bell scoops 'Best Exhibition' trophy at the Royal Show - Pg 13
Loggers, Loaders and Skidders form backbone of Rance Timbers fleet - Pg 14
Maintaining service levels and strong relationships is key to CMCK’s loyalty - Pg 16
OAS Construction’s Bell fleet moves the earth on Nacala Logistics Corridor - Pg 18
Bell returns to the Thabazimbi Show - Pg 20
Mpumalanga farmer sings praises of new Slew Loader - Pg 22
Broader Bell machine offering matches wider NAMPO audience - Pg 24
Bell fleet delivers high production and reliability for Malelane Stene - Pg 26
Ruttle Plant uses Bell Loaders for ‘toughest ever application' - Pg 28
Bell helps The Benjamin Generation level the playing field for orphans - Pg 30
Fourways Construction counts the benefits of owning a Bell WorkPro - Pg 32