About Us

Wilec is Africa’s largest manufacturer and supplier of input materials and technical solutions to the electric rotating machine, transformer and general industries.

The company was established in 1953 and has continually evolved to keep pace with changing market trends. There are 3 operating divisions:

Electrical, serving predominantly the motor, generator and transformer industries with conductor, insulating materials and complementary products

Mechanical, providing bearings and ancillary products for motors and general industry; and

Industrial, servicing the DIY, hardware and graphics industries with adhesive tapes and specialty films.

We serve a diverse range of industries with over 6000 products stocked in 5 major Distribution Centres nationally.

Our team of technical specialists ensures that customers not only have up to date technical support, but also have access to the latest technology developments in their specific fields, due to strong links with leading global brands.

Wilec is totally committed to the constant expansion and upgrading of its product range to meet the challenges of a dynamic market. The Head Office and main distribution centre is situated in City Deep, Johannesburg, with the conductor manufacturing site in Olifantsfontein, Midrand. Further stocking and distribution centres are located in Durban, Cape Town, and Middelburg. State of the art logistic and IT systems ensure the highest levels of service in getting the right product to our customers, on time. All sites are ISO9001:2015 certified, and the company is Level 1 BBBEE accredited.

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Quality Control

Through Quality Control Services, Wilec, recognising that the quality of its products is of prime importance to its customers, has integrated quality assurance into each stage of production, processing and control. Raw materials are selected on the basis of quality and are then subject to rigorous incoming inspection before being released for further processing. Each stage of production is monitored by our quality control department with the set-up of each order being approved after extensive testing.

Process control equipment of the highest calibre ensures the production of consistent products, with the quality control department testing each order on each production shift to ensure our standards are maintained. The ISO9002 Quality Management System has been operating since 1988 and is well established and audited on an annual basis. The Transwire copper & aluminium conductor products are accredited with the SABS standardization mark. The company prides itself on the test facilities available which ensure that the highest standards are maintained.


Industries Served

Our products can be used in the following sectors:

transportRail Transportation: Wilec manufactures and distributes a full range of conductors, insulation materials and ancillary products used in AC and DC traction motors, traction transformers and other related components for the rail transportation industry.

powerPower: Wilec is able to supply motor, generator and transformer products to the energy industry. Our engineering department and drawing office caters for both OEM’s and repair companies with our ability to reverse engineer components. Insulation can be supplied in kit form for mass production environments or once-off specialised applications.

steelSteel: In addition to the standard conductor and insulation products supplied to keep steel plants running, Wilec also supplies thermal insulation for the manufacture and repair of electric arc furnaces, widely used in the smelting industry. Insulation can be supplied in kit form for mass production environments or once-off specialised applications.


Mining: Wilec has been supplying conductor and insulation into the South African mining industry since our founding in 1953. Our components are widely utilized in underground and open-cast mining applications, and in plant motors and transformers.

petrochemicalPetrochemical: Similar in application to the mining industry, Wilec supplies a full range of products for the power generation, distribution and drive functions in the petrochemical industry. A recent addition has been the supply of natural ester oil for transformers, greatly reducing fire risk in hazardous applications.

petrochemicalAutomotive: Wilec manufactures and distributes a full range of conductors, insulating material and industrial tapes.

petrochemicalSignage & Graphics: Wilec stocks and converts an extensive range products catering for the signage and graphics industries.

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DISCLAIMER: The technical information contained herein is the result of extensive testing in the manufacturer’s laboratories. In addition any application advice given verbally, in writing or by testing corresponds to the best of our knowledge and belief. Since the use and application of any of our products lies beyond our area of control, it remains the responsibility of the user to verify the product’s suitability for their application.

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