Nordland Lighting celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and continues to be a leader in hazardous, industrial and commercial lighting. The company was founded in 1967 and, after being ISO 9000:2008 certified for many years, it achieved ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 18 000 certification early in 2017. It provides project specific engineering design services to all its customers and its light fitting ranges are robust enough to meet the requirements of the mining and other industries in Africa and around the world.
Nordland was originally established as an importer of luminaires from Europe. From the early days, it became apparent that the future lay in local manufacture and the company embarked on a process of import substitution. This ultimately resulted in a large range of explosion proof products for Zone 1 and Zone 2 locations; stainless steel and aluminium product ranges, as well as products in glass fibre-reinforced polyester with polycarbonate lens luminaires.
Great care taken at the design stages of the various light fitting ranges ensures that these ranges are sufficiently robust to meet the requirements of the mining and other industries in Africa, yet acceptable internationally.
In keeping with international requirements, the company also imported from Europe a continuous gasket pouring machine and a silicon sealant robotic machine to ensure that Nordland remains at the forefront of local manufacture.
The company works closely with the South African Bureau of Standards to ensure that all light fittings comply with the relevant specifications. Nordland has been a permit mark holder for its entire range of lighting for use in potentially explosive areas continuously since 1977. Its non-hazardous product types comply with SANS/IEC 60598, and bear the safety mark.
Nordland Lighting provides customers with a free application engineering design service aimed at reducing the risk of implementing inappropriate lighting designs. Its IESSA-accredited professional lighting team combines decades of expertise across all lighting disciplines with the latest lighting software.
The company uses appropriate, proven technologies and methods to provide the customer with engineering-based, bespoke solutions. Its design system complies with all relevant occupational, health and safety regulations, as well as with national standards.
Years of experience in engineering allows Nordland to design, manufacture and supply the best possible solution for each specific application through HID or LED technology.
The company has acquired a 49% share in Ramika Projects late last year as an enterprise development project. Ramika Projects is a black woman-owned company and a leading role player in infrastructure development for previously disadvantaged communities. Modiehi Rampopo, the managing director for Ramika Projects, has been appointed as a local agent for Nordland.
Masakane Close Corporation is a 100% black woman-owned company supported by Nordland as a supplier development project. Three female employees from Nordland were given the opportunity to start their own company under Nordland’s guidance ten years ago. Masakana has a staff compliment of 17 employees and specialises in the assembly of electrical and electronic panels.
Based in Muldersdrift, Gauteng, Nordland Lighting has as regional agents Matelec in Cape Town, Afrilite in Durban, Farad Agencies in East London and Lighting 2000 in the Free State. Purcee Industrial Controls is the Madagascar and DRC agent. The company is represented in Mozambique by Pierlite. Nordland Lighting products are distributed in Jakarta by Raphita.