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Chicago Pneumatic expands distributor network in South Africa with appointment of BO’s Hire & Sales


International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic is expanding its footprint and bringing its high quality, high performance range of light compaction, concrete and portable energy equipment ever closer to customers through the appointment of BO’s Hire & Sales (Pty) Ltd as its latest construction equipment distributor throughout South Africa.

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Jacques van der Westhuizen, Business Development for Chicago Pneumatic in Southern Africa, explains that BO’s Hire & Sales has already been highly successful in bringing Chicago Pneumatic’s construction equipment range to the South African market: “BO’s success in growing market share in segments where we would like to gain momentum is a true testament to their commitment to the Chicago Pneumatic brand. In only six months it has become our overall number one distributor in South Africa, with record sales for our light compaction range. This has contributed significantly to the overall growth of Chicago Pneumatic in Southern Africa, and is even more impressive when taken in the context of a virtually stagnant economic climate.”

BO’s is a leading equipment solutions provider headquartered in Durban and supported by an extensive national sales and distribution footprint of twelve outlets strategically located throughout South Africa. The Level 4 B-BBBEE certified company is perfectly positioned to offer one of the largest and most diverse hire equipment ranges, from small to large plant, throughout Southern Africa, ably supported by excellent service delivery.

BO’s Managing Director, Craig Cook and National Equipment Sales Manager, Malcolm Edwards, are extremely upbeat about the recent distributor appointment. “The partnership makes perfect mutual business sense as we share a number of synergies with Chicago Pneumatic in terms of equipment, customers and market sectors. Furthermore, the highly reputable Chicago Pneumatic brand augments our quality equipment solutions, enabling BO’s to make an even bigger impact in the market by broadening our product profile to existing and potential customers. This is also in line with our expansion strategy.”

Over the past two and a half years, BO’s has invested over R34m (€2.27m / $2.53m) in new equipment. Edwards explains that by keeping their equipment fleet young, they are able to offer customers improved reliability, efficiency and profitability. In line with their customer-centric solutions approach, the plant hire specialist is also rolling out a further six new stores located around the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng, with an additonal four earmarked for 2016. ”The new stores, which incorporate a new DIY section, will broaden our footprint to an impressive total of 22 stores, bringing us closer to our customers for the delivery of quality products, expert advice and excellent service,” affirms Edwards.

Cook and Edwards believe that this wide local footprint plays a pivotal role in the customer back up and support that are key to the success of the partnership with Chicago Pneumatic. Their well-stocked branches are able to seamlessly supply customers with what they need, from equipment and parts to after-sales service, maintenance and repair. “We are not a corporate company situated kilometres away. We are in our customers’ backyard so to speak and we pride oursleves on our quick turnaround. There are very few companies, let alone non-franchise companies, that are able to offer such all-encompassing, tailor-made, end-to-end product and service solutions.”

The Chicago Pneumatic range supplied by BO’s includes compaction and concrete equipment, portable generators and light towers, portable diesel compressors, as well as pneumatic and hydraulic demolition and construction equipment. BO’s has an exclusive agreeement for the distribution of Chicago Pneumatic’s light compaction range in South Africa, which currently comprises tampers, pedestrian rollers, floor saws and plate compactors.

“We stock only quality equipment in our hire fleet which makes the incorporation of the Chicago Pneumatic range a no-brainer,” confirms Edwards. ”With a collective experience of over 50 years in the construction and plant hire sector, this vast industry experience gives us a thorough understanding of our market.”

In addition to selling Chicago Pneumatic construction equipment, BO’s personnel receive comprehensive product training from Chicago Pneumatic to ensure that they can meet their customers’ needs through the supply of the right equipment, backed by sound technical advice and service support.

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About Chicago Pneumatic Since 1901, the Chicago Pneumatic name has represented high-performance tools and equipment designed for an extensive range of applications. Chicago Pneumatic offers a wide range of pneumatic, hydraulic and petrol-driven equipment, portable compressors and generators, light towers, rig-mounted attachments, and compaction equipment for the construction and demolition industry. With a global network of distributors, Chicago Pneumatic provides customers with worldwide sales and service support. To learn more about the extensive range of Chicago Pneumatic equipment, please visit