Key Date Timeline


1983 – Swift Heat Heating Elements is founded in Fordsburg, Johannesburg to manufacture Mica Band Heaters and Ceramic Band Heaters for the Plastics industry.

1987 – Swift Heat moves to new premises in Nancefield, Johannesburg.

1991 – World-class Cartridge Heater manufacturing facility is opened.

1995 – Current management acquires Swift Heat and begins implementing a vision to position the company as South Africa’s leading industrial heating element manufacturer.

2002 – Swift Heat acquires Vertex and ANC Temperature Controller Agencies, as well as STS Instrumentation, a market leader in the manufacture of Thermocouples, RTDs  and Thermowells.  The acquisitions highlight Swift Heat’s commitment to a “one-stop shop” service strategy.

2002 – The company trading name is changed to Swift Heat and Control to correctly describe the full scope of the company’s activities and interests.

2003 – Launch of Swift OTS Elements for the metal finishing industry.  The launch ends over 15 years of monopoly supply – giving customers the option to choose a quality alternative.

2005 – Swift Heat relocates to its existing Aeroton plant of over 3 500 square metres.  The move brings the company closer to its customer base.

2005 – Swift Heat receives first ISO 9001:2000 certification from TUV Rheinland – cementing an unwavering commitment to quality and manufacturing excellence.

2006 – Swift Heat acquires Thermacon Manufacturing, further strengthening the company’s position as a market leader in industrial heating elements.

2010 – Swift Heat begins focused sales & marketing into Africa concentrating initially on the SADC countries (Botswana, Namibia, Zambia & Zimbabwe)

2011 – Swift Heat acquires Toroidal Technologies, the sole manufacturer of toroidal transformers in South Africa.

2011 – TUV Rheinland updates Swift Heat’s certification to ISO 9001:2008.

2013 – Export drive into Africa gathers momentum with significant progress made into East Africa (Kenya) and East Africa (DRC, Ghana and Nigeria)