CatMech was formed by Sean van Heerden in February 1990. Sean van Heerden is a Caterpillar trained mechanic out of the Barlow’s group. The initial business was aimed at the repair of machines on site. This gradually developed into a workshop with the capability of full rebuilds. Main clients were JJ&T, AE&CI, ESP, Dozer, and various Mining houses. Catmech continued to grow and setup workshops in Swaziland and Zimbabwe where contract repairs were carried out for the sugar and petrochemical industry.

Catmech started to buy used machines for components and for rebuilds, some of these units
were kept for own use and a plant hire business was started in 1997 called Edel Plant Hire.

As Catmech was purchasing large amounts of parts locally at high cost, Catmech started
importing it’s own spares, this developed into a separate parts business in 2000.

In 2004 Catmech purchased its first new Daewoo excavator. With this Catmech Plant &
Services was started. The fleet has continued to grow year on year.

All plant is self maintained in our Edenvale premises, Catmech carries a large range of service
Exchange parts for our equipment to minimize down time to the client.