6 May Probe Provides Flexible Solutions to Trucking Challenges May 6, 2019 General Probe understands the robust requirements necessary for heavy-duty vehicles, and serves the heavy and light duty automotive, mining and construction equipment industries through a national dealer network with a comprehensive range of services. This includes the sales and distribution of world-class batteries, alternators, starters and associated spares as well as an expanding product range that includes engine cooling fans, viscous fan clutches and MasterLock systems. As South Africa's largest importer and distributor of premium automotive batteries for over 50 years, and a leader in rotating electrics, Probe understands the robust requirements necessary for heavy-duty vehicles. Probe serves the heavy and light duty automotive, mining and construction equipment industries through a national dealer network with a comprehensive range of services, including the sales and distribution of world-class batteries, alternators, starters and associated spares for American, European and Asian vehicles. An expanding product range includes engine cooling fans, viscous fan clutches and Masterlock systems. Probe is a licensed distributor of top international brands such as Delco Remy, Prestolite/Leece Neville and Horton that have a range of products and accessories able to deliver the optimal performance necessary for heavy-duty vehicles. Demanding trucking conditions Trucks that operate over sustained periods of time and within harsh terrain require engine cooling systems, starters, alternators and batteries that must faultlessly operate to the highest standards. With increasingly stringent global emission standards and low-profile cab designs that reduce air circulation, today’s trucks must operate efficiently while running engines that reach higher temperatures than ever before. Probe meets the increased operating demands on heavy-duty vehicles by supplying the trucking industry with a variety of superior-performance products that provide innovative solutions for heat management and prolonged on-highway durations. In particular, Prestolite alternators and Horton cooling fans are ideal for the African terrain. Prestolite 4000 alternator series adheres to tough operating conditions and are able to withstand today’s hotter temperatures. The 4000 alternator series is designed for reliability in applications where high output at idle is required. Horton engine cooling fans are designed for optimal on-highway use, and are regarded as standard equipment on the premier brands of heavy-duty, long-haul trucks as well as highly-recognised medium-duty truck brands such as panel trucks and utility vehicles. Depending on the environment in which the vehicle operates, Horton provides a variety of fan component materials from nylon or metal, to complex composites. The Probe value-line In addition to distributing top international solutions, Probe produces an in-house range of OEM starters and alternators known as the Probe value-line. Probe is the only local company that effectively remanufactures automotive starters and alternators. These parts offer a cost-effective alternative to their imported counterparts without compromising on quality. Each product is remanufactured following international standards and undergoes stringent quality testing prior to leaving the factory floor. Particularly popular is the universal Lucas alternator, which has a wide variety of applications and is an ideal option for older makes of heavy-duty vehicles such as tractors and certain petrol engine forklifts. Related Articles Probe Air, the Probe range of piston air compressors complements gold-standard line up From DIY enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to small and mid-sized businesses, air compression is often a critical commodity that is integral to the core business offering and as such must be able to perform at optimum levels. Yet in South Africa’s tough economic climate, smaller businesses make air compression choices based on cost, which can ultimately affect the quality of their product offering. Probe, the Power of Heritage Despite a challenging economic climate, Probe, South Africa’s largest importer of automotive and auto electrical components has remained committed to a flexible growth strategy that has sustained the family-owned business for over 50 years. CEO Frank Rovelli contributes Probe’s success to correctly anticipating market demand and providing best-in-class products coupled with solid aftermarket support. Get Under the Hood with Probe at Automechanika Automechanika, South Africa’s leading international trade fair for the automotive service industry, will kick off from 27-30 September at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec. Probe, South Africa’s largest importer of premium, maintenance-free, fit and forget batteries and provider of ‘the complete power package’ in auto electrics, will be packing a powerful punch at this year’s fair. Probe Launches Industrial Technologies Division and Brings Leading SCC Air Compressor to Local Market Probe, South Africa's largest importer of premium, maintenance-free, fit and forget batteries and a leader in rotating electrics, has established Probe Industrial Technologies. The new division is focused on providing quality air, power and safety solutions to industrial clients. Within this division is Air Power Technologies, which primarily distributes SCC compressors, a leading global brand of high quality air compressors. Probe taking the air compressor market by storm Air compression is a necessary aspect of every industry, from mining to medical to hospitality. Until now, the South African market has had limited access to premium, cost competitive and high-quality air compression units and associated products. That is fast changing as Probe, South Africa’s largest leading importer and distributor of premium batteries and auto electrical parts, launches top international air compressor brands into the local market. Probe is in the progress of consolidating its product diversification strategy by developing strong robust business silos in the different segments: automotive, mining and industrial. Probe Corporation Firmly Committed to B-BBEE Through 49.95% Share Acquisition by Thesele Group While many small and medium-sized enterprises race to comply with B-BBEE, Probe Corporation has long committed to inclusive growth. Most recently a partnership with Thesele Group (Pty) Ltd (Thesele), a wholly black-owned investment holding company, has further cemented this with the company acquiring a 49.95% ownership stake in Probe Corporation (Pty) Ltd (Probe).