Sage Parts sets up facility in South Africa
26 July 2013
Sage Parts, a supplier of replacement parts for ground support equipment (GSE), has announced that it has opened a new, stand-alone Sage parts and services facility on-site at O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Mark Pollack, Sage Parts’ CEO, said: “Through our own market research and from the requests of several of our large global customers, we identified a vital need for an industry-benchmark GSE replacement parts facility in South Africa. With the addition of our on-site airport facility in Johannesburg, concurrent with the opening of our new facility in Santiago, Chile, Sage Parts is continuing its strategy of bringing parts and GSE services closer to the point of use.” The new Sage Parts facility at JNB will provide readily available GSE replacement parts, as well as optimal parts quality and consistency, substantially reducing potential equipment downtime while enhancing return on GSE investment. Sage Parts’ facility at O.R. Tambo International Airport will also be an authorized TLD spare parts distributor, the first for a Sage operation. TLD is among the largest manufacturers of ground support equipment in the world, and operators of TLD equipment at JNB and throughout the region will gain the benefit of local parts support as if they were working directly with the OEM. “The new Sage Parts facility at JNB represents a great opportunity for our company to leverage Sage’s incomparable geographic reach and parts expertise, underscored by the advantages of local onsite presence,” said Valentin Schmitt, Regional CEO for TLD. To complement the increased parts support in the region, TLD will also be adding a new field service technician who will be based in South Africa.