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Eastern Cape manufacturer goes big

Published 9.07.2015 under General
Eastern Cape manufacturer goes big
Founded in 1990, an enterprising Port Elizabeth based business became the first in South Africa to venture into renewable energy solar components manufacturing – at a time of cheap power when clean energy was not in the vocabulary.
Back then, Microcare set about the manufacture of inverters for the growing solar market. Managing Director, Jimmy Catt, and his team had the drive to pioneer this relatively unknown manufacturing sector in which local staff would build proudly South African products.
Now, 25 years on, they are the only company in South Africa to design, develop, and manufacture solar MPPT regulators, pure sine wave bi-directional inverters, grid tied inverters, and the distinctive grid tied limiter.
Despite pressure from international solar giants flooding the South African market, the company carried on its business of manufacturing and exporting locally-made products from its Neave Industrial plant in Nelson Mandela Bay. The company now has over 50 employees manufacturing 50 products with an exciting five new products that were launched during the first quarter 2015 at the Solar Show in Gauteng (visit,
According to Catt, ‘2015 is a significant year for us. We celebrate 25 years of manufacturing in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. With so many competing products coming into the country from around the world we have stuck to our belief that we have the resources and skills to manufacture solar components and for the community to benefit by keeping the jobs and money in our region. In 2015 we are expanding our team and launching a range of new and updated products. Please continue to engage with us as we strive for excellence and quality in this Proudly South African manufacturing sector. We also wish to thank our customers for their local and loyal support throughout the years.’
Key Microcare services include technical support, led by Scott Soanes, for clients and suppliers around the country. There is also research & development, led by Nelius de Lange, whose team design and develop customised electronic products according to required needs.
Local is a priority at Microcare, with all of the staff including those who manufacture the products, employed from within the community. Internships are offered to graduates from the local university and Microcare offers a free two-day training session for clients twice a month at the factory.
The Eastern Cape has been called the emerging renewable energy capital of South Africa. ‘One thing is for certain, solar component manufacturing has been going strong in this region for 25 years and Microcare plans to continue waving the local flag for a long time to come,’ Catt concludes

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