Vision Elevators


A local business that’s on the up...and down Every business experiences its share of ups and downs, but that doesn’t usually bother Nicholas Wareing, since he is in the lift business! He has been involved with Vision Elevators for a number of years, and says he quickly recognised the need for a reliable, affordable South African company to challenge the multinationals in this space. Today, he provides solutions to professionals in the building industry, facility managers, private home owners and a range of entities that require disability solutions. “We provide mobility solutions to corporations and individuals throughout Southern Africa, manufacturing, installing, maintaining and modernising various vertical transportation products including elevators, escalators, platform lifts, goods hoists, dumbwaiters and equipment for disabled access. Basically, our services are suited to anyone who wants to be able to move people and/or goods from one place to another, in order to make their lives easier,” says Nicholas. The company started from humble beginnings, he explains, operating out of his dad’s garage at home and working after school and during weekends to help get the business off the ground. This little company began by manufacturing goods hoists for clients who then sold them on to the multinational companies like Otis and Schindler. Today, it owns its own manufacturing plant, which in turn supports local companies, suppliers and individuals. “We are aiming to increase our market share to 10% in the near term, with the overall goal of becoming the preferred lift company in Southern Africa. We also want to have established partners in other African countries that we are able to sell our locally manufactured products to. We want to further develop the training initiative we have launched, with the aim of producing excellent technicians, and we are also actively searching for a Black Economic Empowerment partner, which will open up business opportunities for us.”

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