40 years and counting
Building relationships and tankers since 1976
Established in 1976, Tank Clinic began as a general repair and refurbishment business, servicing the broad tanker industry and oil companies across South Africa.
Having built a solid reputation as one of the prominent liquid bulk road tanker producers, Tank Clinic’s professional and quality products have ensured that the company – now 40 years old – is continuing as a market leader.
Tank Clinic founder Nic Gerber, along with the company’s first employee, Manalele Lutholi, ensured that their expertise was recognised and reputable, securing them the company’s first major client, Shell South Africa.
Tank Clinic’s head office is situated in Alrode, south of Johannesburg, where a high tech manufacturing and repair facility incorporates state-of-the-art design and production technology.
The company prides itself on its professionalism, using only the best materials and parts – most of them sourced from South African companies – in order to produce it’s tried and tested range of tankers. Between 25 and 30 tankers are produced each month, some to designed to suit particular customer needs and specifications. All comply with SANS 1518 (ADR), and other statutory requirements.
“Tank Clinic is committed to supporting the South African economy and, as such, all aluminium barrel plate is manufactured locally,” says Brendan Pritchard, the company’s managing director.
Constantly evolving with technological advancements, Tank Clinic is delivering its new 60 000-litre, 27-ton payload LPG semi-trailer tanker to the market. Additionally, the company has recently launched the FMC Multilevel system (Electronic Tanker Gauging Equipment complete with Sealing and Web Monitoring) in an exclusive partnership with JBT Technologies, a system that since launch has, quite literally, taken the market by storm.
Tank Clinic’s philosophy is that, as a company, it is only as great as its employees. Accordingly, it has established the Tank Clinic Employees Trust, which is aimed at empowering employees by entitling them to profit sharing in the form of year end dividends. The Employees Trust currently holds a 20% stake in the company.
Apart from its Johannesburg head office, Tank Clinic boasts facilities in Durban and Cape Town, while the company’s product scope is not only limited to South Africa, but includes cross-border operations as well.
“At present we export our road tankers to the SADEC regions as well as areas outside of this region such as Malawi and Zambia,” says Pritchard. “Our tankers have had an extremely favourable response due to the fact that they have proven to be extremely robust and reliable when travelling over far less than favourable road conditions.
“Our aviation related products – known as refuellers – are currently in service as far afield as the South Pole and Cape Verde off the West Coast of Africa.”
Presently, Tank Clinic caters for a number of prominent oil companies such as Engen, BP, Sasol, Shell, Total, and Chevron. Additionally, transport companies ranging from blue chip entities with large fleets, as well as new entrants with single tankers, fall into Tank Clinic customer scope.
“Our vision has, and always will be, to provide our customers with personalised attention to ensure that we deliver the products that they require, however individual or bespoke they may be,” concludes Pritchard.
Further information on Tank Clinic and the company’s tank solutions may be found at the company’s website www.tankclinic.co.za.