Trust is one of the most important elements in the relationship between a fleet operator and the company chosen to repair vehicles to keep the wheels of business turning profitably and successfully – and it is trust Gearboxes A-Z is promising transport operators.
The transport industry is facing increasingly tough times with the insidious rise in fuel prices allied to an economy that is not performing as well as it should, meaning every cent spent on vehicle repairs needs to be backed up by the repair organisation.
Andre Mills of Gearboxes A-Z is emphatic when he says: “We are not a fly by night organisation and are very proud to offer quality service at an affordable cost.
Also our ethos of ‘doing what needs to be done’ to get the job done to keep customers’ fleets running and our company values of ‘Respect’, ‘Loyalty’ and ‘Trust’ define the way in
which we work.”
Gearboxes A-Z is one of the first privately owned companies to specialise in commercial truck and bus gearboxes and differential repairs in South Africa. It specialises in drivetrain repairs and the supply of serviced exchange units for all makes of trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles.
“The company is run with competent professionalism and a valuable understanding of what is needed in the transportation industry,” says Andre, adding: “Gearboxes A-Z specialises and prides ourselves in providing speedy repairs and qualityservice.”
The company started in 1979, with Andre Mills senior specialising in commercial truck, bus gearboxes and differentials. Working in his father’s workshop at MainStreet-Diesel in
Jeppe the company grew to be one of the leading gearbox repair centres in the country. In 2017 the business was bought by Andre Mills Jnr and moved to its current place of business
in Alberton Gauteng.
Faced with constantly rising costs, transport operators are eking out longer life on the vehicles they own and Andre says Gearboxes A-Z is specifically aimed at transportation
companies and OEM dealers that do not have an in house repair centre.
“We can help any person or organisation that is in need of our services that owns or runs their own trucking or bus fleet.
“We specialise in repairs to all European and Japanese manufacturers such as,ZF, MAN, Mercedes-Benz, Hino, Iveco, DAF, UD, Volkswagen, Eaton, Volvo, Scania and Voith retarders.
“We also do clutch overhauls and supply clutch kits to customers. Gearboxes A-Z supply a full range of WABCO Reman gearbox ECUs and we offer programming for certain models. These are sold on a service exchange basis and are suitable to DAF, MAN and Iveco Commercial and PSV vehicles.”
However, it goes far beyond just having a stock of replacement parts to sell to customers and Andre says: “I have spent countless hours researching and looking ahead to all
new products in the market to ensure we are getting the right suppliers so we can deliver a service and provide solutions to transporters at an affordable price.
“We have maintained a constant knowledge-core in our business over the years and our training and product-knowledge is ever-evolving and growing. We are one of the only
companies in our industry that offer full diagnostic and programming capabilities for the current rage of automated shift gearboxes on the market.
Andre adds: “We solve most problems by keeping to our ethos of ‘Doing what needs to be done’! We pride ourselves on thinking outside the box to come up with solutions that keep our customers’ vehicles on the road.
“To help us do this we have sourced trusted suppliers locally as well as in Europe so we are able to assist our customers with the quickest and most cost effective solutions possible.
“We have support centres across the country so no matter where the customers’ vehicles might be we will be able to assist them.”
Gearboxes A-Z has a combined total of 80 years of industry experience.
“We continuously improve our knowledge and understanding of our industry through product research and training as well as equipping ourselves with the latest equipment
to ensure we can offer a complete service to our customers.
“Our mission is simple - to be a company our customers can trust and know that they are respected and their loyalty will be repaid by a service that is second to none. We
believe our name is synonymous with our three core values of Trust, Respect and Loyalty.”
DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE