Company Overview

The ELB Group is an internationally recognised holistic engineering solutions provider to the mining, minerals, power, port, construction and industrial sectors in the fields of materials handling, mineral separation, industrial projects and power solutions. This is achieved through ELB-generated innovation, in-house capability and the supply, with world class partners, of equipment and technology. The Group operates predominantly in Africa and Australasia.

The ELB Group is an industry leader in the supply of:

  • Equipment for construction, earthmoving, mining, recycling and quarrying
  • Engineered solutions for bulk materials handling, industrial projects and engineered technologies
  • Underground and utility construction equipment
  • Instrumentation and electrical construction

Offering sustainable, customer-driven solutions to a growing international customer base, the ELB Group offers

  • In-house, multi-disciplinary engineering and project management expertise
  • Optimized discipline interface management, passing on execution efficiencies to the client
  • Partnerships with world class technology partners
  • Solid balance sheet
  • Project bonding capacity.

The ELB Group is wholly South African owned and managed.

History of the Company

The ELB Group Limited (ELB), formerly Edward L Bateman Ltd, a top supplier of engineered products to the infrastructure, mining, processing and construction industries, was established over a century ago.

The ELB Group traces its origins back to the early days of the 20th century and the enthusiasm and foresight of its founder, Edward L. Bateman. The young mechanical engineer emigrated to South Africa from the USA to assist local representative, Herbert Ainsworth, in selling the Allis-Chalmers range of equipment to mines.

In 1919 Bateman bought the business after Ainsworth’s death in 1919 and operated it as a very effective and dynamic one-man operation. In 1925 his eldest son, Glen L Bateman, joined the company.

While the original business of the company to market equipment imported from leading overseas manufacturers continues today, the services provided by the ELB Group have evolved significantly in scope and nature and the group saw unparalleled growth. As a result, the ELB Group Limited was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange since 1951.

This expansion also resulted in circumstances changing within the Group as well as the Bateman family, culminating in a portion of the company, Bateman Project Holdings Limited, being sold to an international consortium in February, 2002.

As part of the restructure, the Edward L Bateman Group of Companies reverted to its former well-established trade name of ELB. The change has, however, not affected the day-to-day business of the company as the management style and culture remains unchanged.

A truly South African dynamic, evolving and growing company, ELB is committed to proactively meeting its clients’ needs, through business principles and values rooted in a proud heritage that spans over more than 95 years.

Mission Statement

The Group’s strategic focus is on being an internationally recognised holistic engineering solutions provider to the mining, minerals, power, port, construction and industrial sectors in the fields of materials handling, mineral separation, industrial projects and power solutions. This is achieved through ELB-generated innovation, in-house capability and the supply, with world class partners, of equipment and technology. The Group operates predominantly in Africa and Australasia.