About


Prowalco is the leading local manufacturer and supplier of fuel pumps and dispensers to petroleum companies in South and sub-Saharan Africa.  Prowalco offers comprehensive repair and maintenance services to petroleum companies and have the largest pump service infrastructure in Africa.

The company’s head office is in Alrode, Gauteng and has branches in Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Durban, as well as Swaziland and Lesotho.  Prowalco also operates through wholly owned subsidiaries in Nambia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Kenya.  Prowalco is the only pump supplier whose pumps use up to 74% local content, making us uniquely and proudly South African.

Why Prowalco?

  • Service Delivery
  • Industry Leader
  • Track Record
  • Empowerment
  • Proudly South African
  • Full Range of Products and Services
  • ISO 9001:2000 certification
  • SANS 10378 and SANS 1020 Standards Certification
  • Certified Intrinsic Safe Products

Local Quality

Prowalco designs, assembles, sells, distributes and installs petroleum-dispensing equipment to the retail (garages) and commercial (farms, mines, corporates) markets.

These products have a high local content and assembly takes place at Prowalco’s main facility in Alrode, south of Johannesburg.


History

1962 – Gilbarco Inc. From Greensboro, USA opens a factory in South Africa to perform local assembly of their pumps for the local market and Gilbarco South Africa is formed.

1972 –  After a decade in the industry, Gilbarco SA is the largest provider of pump maintenance services in South Africa.

1985 – Gilbarco SA is sold to the local management team and the company is named AG Walker after its managing director.

1989 – 85% of the shareholding in AG Walker is sold to  Northern Engineering Industries (NEI) and the company is placed in the same division as Propower, the sole distributors for Cummins Diesel.

1993 – AG Walker and Propower’s management make a successful bid to NEI and the company is brought under the umbrella of the newly formed holding company, Prowalco.

1996 – With the approval of Gilbarco Inc., AG Walker changes its name to Gilbarco Africa Sales and Service (GASS).  Trade sanctions are lifted in South Africa and GASS starts to trade in other parts of Africa.

2000 – Gilbarco Inc. changes its name to Marconi Systems and requests GASS to duly change theirs, thus reserving ‘Gilbarco’ as a product name only.  Prowalco Group’s two divisions are sold: Propower to Cummins PLC (UK) and GASS to its management.  GASS adopts the name of its former holding company, Prowalco.

2001 – Prowalco expands its scope of business to include full site-maintenance on all retail and commercial fuel outlets.

2002 – Prowalco Asset Care Division is launched and the company becomes the first in South Africa to be known as the ‘black-owned one-stop-shop’.

Gilbarco Inc. is purchased by Danaher Corporation and the ensuing restructuring forces Prowalco to break all ties with that group.

Prowalco enters into a Distributorship Agreement with Tatsuno Corporation who is the leading fuel dispenser manufacturer in Asia. In terms of this agreement Prowalco are distributors of the cutting edge Tatsuno range of products  and we also use their exceptional high quality hydraulic components in our locally designed and assembled range of products.  The relationship between Prowalco and Tatsuno has strengthened over the years as both companies share the goal to deliver the best quality and most technologically advanced products to the oil industry.