Transfrig Thirty Years using Kubota engines and still cool!

When it comes to keeping things cool, Transfrig is one of the most reliable in Africa! For almost 40 years this leading supplier of transport refrigeration equipment has offered world class refrigeration equipment along with outstanding after sales service to a wide range of customers.

Transfrig director Bill Wilson alongside Kubota engine being assembled in truck refrigeration unit
Transfrig director Bill Wilson alongside Kubota engine being assembled in truck refrigeration unit

Having started in South Africa they have expanded into many other countries in Africa and also Australia, the Middle East, China and Hong Kong – and, for the last 30 years, Tranfrig has used nothing but Kubota engines to power its refrigeration units of all sizes.

Transfrig uses Kubota Diesel Engines

Kubota engines are distributed in South Africa by Smith Power Equipment (SPE) which sells, on average, 50 engines a month to Tranfrig.

You can’t take chances in our game,” says Transfrig owner/director Bill Wilson. “When a truckload of product worth R2 million or more is being transported over long distances an absolutely reliable refrigeration unit is essential. That’s why we choose Kubota.”

Kubota Diesel Z482
Kubota Diesel Z482 Engine

He says that the main criteria for choosing an engine for transport refrigeration are: longevity reliability and world class service. “Kubota – we get 15000 hours or more form our Kubota engines – and SPE have come up trumps for us in all three of these criteria over the years,” says Wilson.

“Kubota perfect partners”

Transfrig’s transport refrigeration equipment is specially designed for all conditions, taking full advantage of its in-house engineering design and expertise. “We pride ourselves on our flexibility to meet customer demands and in having spares readily available and a footprint of service providers wherever we operate to ensure our clients keep running optimally. In South Africa, Kubota and SPE have been the perfect partners in our success,” Wilson says.

Wally Bergmann SPE MD says that Transfrig is one of SPE’s oldest friends. “They are a world class company in every sense of the word and we are proud to have been a partner in what is one of this country’s best success stories,” Bergmann concluded.

You can visit Transfrig’s website [click here]

  • 3 Frankenwald Drive, Linbro Business Park
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Tel: +27 11 608 0462
  • Fax: +27 86 765 0466
  • email:

This article was featured in Supply Chain Today – January 2018.

For more information please contact Smith Power Equipment on 011 284 2000.

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