Group profile

WHO WE ARE

Metair Investments Ltd (Metair) is a publicly-owned company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.  The group is headquartered in Johannesburg and manages an international portfolio of companies that manufacture, distribute and retail products for its energy storage and automotive component verticals, exporting to approximately 46 countries.

The group’s operations manufacture, assemble, distribute and retail energy storage products and automotive components in Africa, Europe, Turkey, the Middle East and Russia.
The redesign of the business over the last ten years has established the strong energy storage vertical.

In prior reporting periods, we disclosed segmental information according to the previously dominant market segments – original equipment, aftermarket, non-automotive and a property segment.  The newly established energy vertical refocussed the way we manage our business and we now disclose segmental information in energy storage and automotive component verticals.

Energy storage

The energy storage segment manufactures batteries for automotive, telecoms, utility, mining, retail and materials/products handling sectors.  Automotive batteries are mainly supplied to the aftermarket through our unique aftermarket distribution channels and franchised retail networks, and are supplied to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

Aftermarket products are also exported to approximately 46 destinations across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and Turkey.  Non-automotive products are mainly sold into
sub-Saharan Africa and Turkey.

Metair supplies batteries to all major OEMs in South Africa, Europe, Romania, Turkey and Russia through subsidiaries in Romania (Rombat), Turkey (Mutlu Akü) and South Africa (FNB).  Key territories include Romania, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and Slovakia.

Automotive components

Automotive components include original equipment (OE) components used in the assembly of new vehicles by OEMs as well as spare parts and other products used in the automotive aftermarket.  These include brake pads, shock absorbers, lights, radiators and air conditioners.  The group also produces generic aftermarket products for use in the increasing number of imported vehicles.