above all – power!

Vexila is a proudly African company

We manufacture high quality products for Africa and the world. With a team of highly qualified and capable people, we design, plan, manufacture and manage complex supply projects.

About us

Safe. Reliable. Power.

Differentiating itself through innovative, quality products, the company has been in existence for more than 45 years, relying on a technologically skilled team. Originally founded as Hardware Assemblies, the acquisition by the German-Swiss PFISTERER Group in 2003 further propelled the research and development at the factory, resulting in an expansion of the comprehensive product range.

Recognising its strategic importance, the South African Thesele Group acquired the business in 2018, strategically rebranding it as VEXILA to position it for continued development and growth from its position as one of the largest manufacturers in the rail, transmission and distribution industry in Africa.

Whether producing its own products or those for its renowned international customers, VEXILA prides itself on operating an innovative, vertically integrated manufacturing facility, equipped with efficient in-house processes and technologically driven equipment.

Key manufacturing facilities, situated in Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa,  include:

  • Silicone rubber injection moulding;
  • Gravity cast aluminium and ductile iron foundries;
  • Helical wireform production plant;
  • Fibreglass reinforced polymer core pultrusion plant; and
  • State of the art tool and die development and manufacturing facility.

The comprehensive in-house expertise and technologies have ensured that VEXILA is the market leader in the field of overhead electrical infrastructure products on the African Continent. The first 100% African company to locally manufacture and supply 400 kV Composite Insulators to African Electrical Utilities including Eskom, as well as successfully exporting its products to Europe and the USA.

The company prides itself on being one of the few international companies able to offer complete string assembly solutions, including hardware components and composite insulators, tested and qualified up to 400 kV system voltage levels.

In keeping with its ongoing drive for innovation, the company is in the final stages of developing another African first: 765 kV composite insulators which are on schedule for final testing to ensure global market readiness in 2020.

VEXILA is an ISO 9001:2015 certified company having gained its initial certification through the German Accreditation Company DQS in 2001. This certification underpins a full complement of engineering personnel and capabilities to design, plan, manufacture, manage and execute complex Overhead Line (OHL) and Overhead Traction Equipment (OHTE) supply projects, providing total solutions to the highest international quality standards.

A Proud member of the Thesele Group