International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic has appointed United Sales & Services (USS) as its official distributor in Southern Africa. The company, which operates in South Africa, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, will now supply its customers in the region with Chicago Pneumatic’s complete portfolio of construction equipment and portable energy products, in addition to its range of stationary compressors and handheld power tools. George Wilson, General Manager of USS, commented: “With our serious attitude towards service and Chicago Pneumatic’s tradition for providing robust and reliable products, we see great opportunities to add value to our customer base and raise awareness of the CP brand in Southern Africa.”
Established in Nelspruit, South Africa in July 2011, USS has developed a strong reputation for offering exceptional sales and after-sales service to customers operating in the mining, construction, sugar and forestry industries. In 2013, the company built on this success by forming a strategic alliance with Lusanga Technical Services to open a further branch in Chingola, Zambia to service customers in the country and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo.
Following this expansion, USS began negotiations to become Chicago Pneumatic’s official distributor in Southern Africa. As George Wilson highlights this was an opportunity which USS embraced willingly: “When we were approached by Chicago Pneumatic we grabbed the chance with both hands. When CP puts products in the field you know they are tried and tested, which is a real selling point for our customers. For this reason we see massive potential to support the growth of Chicago Pneumatic’s business, particularly in helping to meet the high demand for light tower products.”
As part of its new distribution agreement with Chicago Pneumatic, USS will have access to the complete CP range of user-friendly and cost-efficient construction and portable energy products, encompassing handheld pneumatic and hydraulic tools, concrete equipment, rig-mounted breakers and compactors, and portable light towers, compressors and generators. In addition, the company will also distribute Chicago Pneumatic’s range of powerful and efficient stationary compressors, including piston and rotary screw models, as well as the complete CP range of handheld power tools.
With a management team boasting a collective experience of over 140 years in the service industry and 75 years in the mechanical engineering field, USS is ideally positioned to support Chicago Pneumatic customers in Southern Africa by offering dedicated mobile field service for maintenance and repairs, as well as operating workshops at its branches in Nelspruit and Chingola. In addition, USS has access to Chicago Pneumatic’s comprehensive after-market parts service, stores, offices and regional workshop depot in Johannesburg.