How we became NEC
NEC started as a family business under the name South West Engineering Company when it was founded in 1958 by Johann Albrecht Brückner. Initially, the company was an engineering sales and services operation for pumping and power generation. In later years, NEC started with renewable energies, mainly for the farming community and the mines.
Over the years the company branched out to steel fabrication and construction. Later, we developed armature rewinding with the customer base again being largely from the mining industry, although quite a few custom-made structures like towers, telescopes bridges (amongst others) have been built for multiple clients. The size and lifting capacity of the steel factory has given NEC a competitive edge in Namibia.
With the unfolding energy crisis, renewable energies have grown in importance over the years and now form a core component of NEC’s business.
In 2007 the company achieved the strategic aim of broadening its capital base, by the Swedish ITTUR group taking up a majority stake in NEC. In 2012 Ittur acquired the remainder of the shares from the Brückner family. At the same time, the group disinvested from the armature rewinding activity.
NEC Power & Pumps resort under Namibian Engineering Corporation (Pty) Ltd. as subsidiaries. Namibian Engineering Corporation (Pty) Ltd holds a 55% shareholding in NEC Power & Pumps, with the remaining 45% being held by the Desert Stone Fund – an Investment trust largely owned by the GIPF (Government Institutions Pension Fund).
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NEC also donated another solar geyser of 300 l to the Women Solidarity of Namibia. It’s a big home based in the centre of Windhoek, they aim to accommodate expectant mothers with unwanted pregnancies, as well as young girls who are victims of domestic violence, rape and molestation. They target women who could resort to “baby-dumping” and take in babies who are not wanted by their mothers at a special “baby drop-off point”.
NEC also gives quarterly contributions to three other organizations, The Young Adults, Prosperity Youth, Rainbow Kindergarden and Zolar’s Kindergarten which is based in Otjiwarongo.
The CATS (Commercial Advanced Training Scheme) is one of the outstanding academic up-upliftment that is aimed at young people who want to acquire business administration skills and fundamental commercial skills. CATS is a German based educational dual system of two years; the theory part is done with the Polytechnic of Namibia, while the practical part is with the participating company. The companies pay the yearly tuition fee for the program and support the individuals throughout the course. NEC has been committed to taking in a trainee every year since 2007, whereby some of the graduates now are full-time employees and two more candidates are enrolled.
One of the most outstanding stepping stones NEC considered is making a remarkable change in the future life of six students from the Namibian Institute of Mining and Technology (NIMT) for internship.
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