Anticipating contemporary economic developments by over 600 years, the Hanseatic trading ports of the Baltic and North Sea were in many ways ahead of their time. Our company’s founder, Karl Friedrich Albrecht, was a member of one of the leading merchant families of the Hanseatic port of Elbing, whose traditions of shipping, manufacture and trading led him to many corners of the world before he settled in South Africa in 1949.
Appreciating that this fast developing young country could benefit from advances made in Europe, the United States and later Japan, a group of companies was formed under KF Albrecht & Co, who based their operation on supplying the up-to-the-minute technology South Africa required.
A very exciting and diverse business period followed. It brought us into contact with South Africa’s pioneering leaders; men who created internationally known companies in Oil from Coal, Tobacco and Fishing Industries. Each time we sought to find solutions to the technological challenges they faced.
Indeed the years have seen our involvement in fishing, shipbuilding, food processing, marine electronics, tobacco and in a broad spectrum of projects such as nuclear energy generation in West Germany, uranium export and oil exploration. We were intimately involved in the beginnings of Sasol – the first 10 lbs of South African coal ever to be liquefied to petroleum passed through our offices.
With the shift in needs of the country and its industries, our Company has adapted itself over the years. From the beginning we acted as importers and exporters fulfilling this role to many industries.
Products such as frozen and canned fish, vegetables, Cape wines, asbestos and even uranium were exported by us, As importers, we represent many leading overseas manufacturers of plant and machinery offering their equipment to diverse industries, backed by local after-sales service, Today we supply complete turn-key plants and project assistance.
Over the past 60 years we have built up specialist companies serving the fishing, shipbuilding, catering, satellite telephone, GPS, marine electronic, laundry equipment as well as food machinery sectors of our economy. Famous company product brands in varying fields were introduced to South Africa by our group of companies:
Fish Processing: Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader, Atlas Stord
Ship machinery: MaK, Tenfjord, Hydraulic Bratvaag, Atlas Copenhagen
Industrial Kitchen equipment: Juno, Senking, Kueppersbusch, AMF
Marine electronic equipment: Elac, Hagenuk, Furuno, Thrane & Thrane, Skanti, Raytheon, Altas Bremen
Gobal Positioning equipment: Garmin, Magellan
Industrial Laundry equipment: Senking, Kannegiesser
As well as the brands represented by Albrecht Machinery today