Reflections from 2023: A journey of innovation and integration

07 December, 2023

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Dear B2K Community,

As 2023 draws to a close, I’m thrilled to share my reflections on our collective journey at B2K. 

A year of resilience

This year has been a remarkable display of resilience, characterised by consistent growth, strategic endeavors, and the unwavering support of our entire community.

A successful merger in Ggeberha

A highlight of the year was the seamless integration of MCL Engineering into our B2K Gqeberha distribution hub, a move that has significantly strengthened our presence in the Eastern Cape, thanks to our dedicated new team and enhanced stock capabilities.

Our new Durban hub

Our Durban hub has also seen major developments, relocating to a larger facility in Riverhorse Valley, KZN. This strategic shift not only boosts our stock capacity but also creates a safer, more efficient environment for our customers and staff.

Transformations in Johannesburg

In Johannesburg, our Germiston Hub and Head Office have been transformed, featuring a complete office renovation and an ongoing warehouse extension. These changes promise to elevate our stock levels and introduce exciting new product lines, paving the way for further growth in early 2024.

Innovation in action

Our commitment to innovation and efficiency continues with substantial investments in IT and logistics systems. These upgrades aim to streamline our operations, offering an enhanced purchasing experience and raising the bar in customer service. 

Commitment to diversity

Our sustained B-BBEE Level 1 status reflects our ongoing commitment to diversity and empowerment.

Our team, our pride

The true essence of B2K’s success lies in the development of our exceptional team. It’s been a joy to witness the growth of our team members, both individually and collectively. 

The integration of the new staff into our business has been seamless and impressive.

Growth in skills

The B2K Training Academy has been instrumental in providing essential training and insights on the correct use and maintenance of our products, contributing significantly to the skill development of our workforce and customers. 

This aligns perfectly with our mission to ‘simplify industrial supplies’.

Expanding our portfolio

Adapting to market changes, we’ve expanded our power transmission portfolio with the IWIS Drive Systems range. 

Our comprehensive stock, including JWIS, ELITE, and FLEXON brands, along with our investment in an engineering workshop, ensures we’re well-equipped to meet evolving market needs.

As the year ends, I extend my deepest gratitude to our customers for their steadfast support, our suppliers and partners for their collaborative spirit, and most importantly, to our incredible team at Bearings 2000. Your dedication is the foundation of our success.

As we enter the festive season, I wish everyone a time of joy and rejuvenation. For those traveling, please do so safely. 

We look forward to sharing more exciting developments with you in 2024.

May this festive season be filled with happiness, peace, and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

Warm wishes and regards,

Ross Trevelyan

MD, B2K

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