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  • 2015

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    Competition Commission Approves Bytes People Solutions’ Acquisition of the Business of Inter-Active Technologies

    Bytes Document Solutions (BDS) scoops the Customer Service Excellence Award at Xerox Corporation’s annual partner conference, held in Dubai

    Altron TMT and Altech Multimedia win Technology Top 100 Awards

    Altron TMT wins Frost & Sullivan Competitive Strategy Innovation Award

    Altech Netstar, part of the Altron TMT group, became one of only two telematics companies in South Africa to receive ISO9001:2008 certification after implementing a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) throughout the organisation during 2014

    Altech Fleetcall, South Africa’s leading two-way radio trunking network operator and a division of Altech Radio Holdings, completes the first phase of its digital mobile radio (DMR) network rollout in Gauteng

    Altron announces its intention to restructure and refocus its business

    Altron TMT announces its growth strategy where its key focus will be on joint ventures, key acquisitions, disposals, international expansion and cost savings

    Med-e-Mass, part of the Altron TMT group of companies, acquires Health-Soft, a leading provider of ground-breaking technology services for the South African healthcare industry

  • 2013 - 2014

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    Altron reorganises and rebrands group into two simplified operational areas, Altron TMT (combination of Altech and Bytes) and Altron Power (Powertech businesses)

    Powertech Transformers opens its small power transformer manufacturing facility in February 2014

    Powertech sells its 50% stake in Tridonic

    Altech awarded R1.2 billion Gauteng Broadband network tender

    Bytes receives the Oracle university award for best Oracle Approved Education Centre

    Bytes repurchases 27% of its shares from Kagiso Strategic Investments

    Altech launches Altech node

    Powertech Transformers re-establishes its position as the only South African manufacturer designing, building and testing arc furnace transformers locally

    Altech Collab named Huawei partner with Best Service Capabilities

    Xerox placed by Gartner in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Managed Print and Content Services Worldwide

    Altech wins Africa Best Employer Award 2014

  • 2012 - 2013

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    Powertech Transformers launches R&D project together with CSIR, DST and University of Pretoria

    Altron launches human capital strategy – “Beyond 2012”, a follow-on from its previous Transformation Vision 2012

    The Shandukani Maternal & Child Health Centre in Hillbrow is launched and handed over by its sponsors Altron, Altech and Vodacom Foundation to the Department of Health

    The Shandukani Maternal & Child Health Centre PPP wins Prestigious Colosseum Award for Conservation

    Altron achieves AAA rating for its corporate governance policies, practices and procedures, and is awarded a Platinum Certificate in recognition of this achievement

    Powertech forms a new Powertech System Integrators business through the amalgamation of its three existing businesses, Powertech IST, Strike Technologies and TIS

    Bytes Connect wins Alcatel-Lucent's EMEA growth partner of the year

    Powertech Batteries opens a consolidated distribution centre in Elandsfontein

    Harvard University selects Altron as the focus for one of its business review case studies, which it uses to teach its MBA students

    Powertech Transformers announces that its Transformer Manufacturing and Design training course has been accredited by the South African Institute of Electrical Engineering (SAIEE)

    Bytes acquire Alliance Business Solutions to augment its existing Oracle capabilities

    The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa dismisses, with costs, applications of both the Competition Commission of South Africa and Tracetec (Pty) Ltd against Altech Netstar
    Bytes UK wins the inaugural CRN award for the Best Managed Print Services Sales Team in the UK

    Powertech Batteries appoints its first branded agent in Mozambique

    Bytes UK wins the inaugural CRN award for the Best Managed Print Services Sales Team in the UK

    Arrow Altech Distribution receives the Conlog Supplier of the Year Award for the second consecutive year

    Powertech Batteries wins the AutoZone “Best Supplier” award

    Altron ranked 42nd within the Top 50 in the SA Giants category - Financial Mail Top Companies

    Altron ranked 24th most empowered company in South Africa by Most Empowered Companies Empowerdex Survey

    Altech ranked 23rd most empowered company in South Africa by Most Empowered Companies Empowerdex Survey

    Powertech Transformers completes the manufacturing of two 315MVA 400kV power transformers for the City of Tshwane which are the largest for this municipality

    Powertech acquires majority shareholding in QuadPro, a business established to focus on offering turnkey substation solutions into the South African and African market

    Bytes acquire identity management (IDM) company Brand New Technologies (BNTech)

  • 2010 - 2011

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    Altron is the first JSE-listed company to achieve Platinum status from Corporate Governance Accreditation (Pty) Limited (CGA) for corporate governance policies, practices and procedures

    2010 Xerox Middle East and Africa Partner of the Year (MEA) – Bytes Document Solutions

    Metropolitan Oliver Empowerment Awards First Place (ICT Sector) – Bytes

    2010 Microsoft Partner of the Year (Licensing Solutions, Licence Delivery) – Bytes UK

    Altech and Altron listed in Financial Mail Top 200 Listed Companies in South Africa in 2010 and 2011

    NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) and Bytes Technology Group (Bytes), announced the extension of a five-year agreement that will enable Bytes to offer a much wider range of innovative NCR solutions to its customers in South Africa and its neighbouring countries

    Altech completes a B-BBEE transaction to dispose of 2.5.1% of Altech Netstar’s South African operations to a consortium of Thebe Investment Corporation and identify Capital Partners

    Conclusion of a 25% plus one share B-BBEE transaction between Altech and the Southern Palace Group involving Altech Alcom Matomo, Altech Alcom Radio Distributors and Altech Fleetcall – 09 March 2011

    Altech UEC into an agreement with a B-BBEE consortium led by Power Matla for a 25% plus one share equity holding of the Altech UEC sub-group’s African operations – 18 April 2011

    Altech rated number 1 by Financial Mail Top Companies

    Xerox, Bytes renew exclusive distributorship for next 10 years

    Public Private Partnership to boost inner city health precinct: Hillbrow, Johannesburg

    The 2011 Financial Mail/Empowerdex Top Empowered Companies survey confirms the excellent progress that Altron has made towards its transformation targets

    Altron ranked 25th most empowered company in South Africa, improving from 34th in 2010

    Altron ranked 2nd in the General Industrial category

    Altron ranked 10th overall in terms of Employment Equity

    Altron placed 5th with regards to Enterprise Development

    Powertech announced its entry into the switchgear market with two products in the 11kV Air Insulated Medium Voltage range

    Altech announced the acquisition of 100% of the equity in Swist Technology Solutions (Pty) Ltd (Swisttech)

    Xerox has acquired the assets of WaterWare Internet Services

    Powertech IST Otokon wins Energy Project of the Year award 2011 by Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency (SAEE)

    Altech Autopage Cellular acquires sister company Altech Technology Concepts as part of Altech’s strategy to offer converged communication products and services to retail consumers and small and medium enterprises

    Bytes Technology Group acquires 100% of the issued share capital of Unisys Africa from Unisys Corporation and CyberKnowledge Systems Investments (Pty) Limited, a local empowerment company

    Absa contracts Bytes Technology Group for the replacement of 4 500 ATMs throughout South Africa, over a period of three years

    Bytes Technology Group acquires UK-based IT security specialist, Security Partnerships for an undisclosed sum

    Aberdare Cables improves its BBBEE status to Level 2 (AAA)

    Altron named runner-up in the “Excellence in Sustainability” category of the Anglo American Supplier Awards

    Altech wins the top listed JSE-listed company 2011

  • 2009

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    Bytes Document Solutions announced “Partner of the Year” and wins “Productivity Through Partnerships” award at the XEROX Middle East and Africa Operations Conference held in Dubai

    Altech awarded landmark electronic communications network service (I-ECNS) and electronic communications service (I-ECS) licences

    Bill Venter recognised as SA’s Mr Technology by government and industry for his significant contribution to technology over the past 45 years

    Altech acquires Technology Concepts an internet service provider (ISP) and information technology company

    Bytes Document Solutions upgrades its support structure and presence in Zimbabwe by appointing Document Support Centre as its exclusive distributor in our neighboring country. - June 09

    Intelleca named Genesys partner of the year

    Bytes Outsource Services has clinched a three-year R100 million contract to manage and operate Neotel’s customer care contact centre

    Dr Bill Venter, founder and Chairman, celebrates his 75th birthday and launches his autobiography, In pursuit of a dream “Bill Venter and the Altron story”

    Altech’s KDN acquires 8.5% stake in The East Africa Marine System Limited (TEAMS): for an amount of USD 11 million

    Altech’s Kenya Data Networks lays 1500kms of fibre between Mombasa and Kampala

    Dr Bill Venter receives the “Legend in ICT Award” which was presented by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) during the GovTech 2009 Conference

    Altech and Seacom announce strategic bandwidth alliance

    Bytes Systems Integration awarded the 2009 South African Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) Competitive Strategy award by Frost & Sullivan, an international consulting and research company

    Powertech Transformers expands BEE shareholding and restructures transformer business: Power Matla, chaired by Solly Moloko, takes a 20% equity in the combined Powertech Transformers and Desta Power Matla operations

    The Altech Academy becomes the first corporate university in the local ICT industry to have its higher education training programmes accredited by the Information Systems Electronics and Telecommunications Technologies (ISETT) Seta and Department of Labour

    Altech in one of South Africa’s Top 500 companies

    Altron ranked the 17th best company in South Africa regarding its carbon footprinting initiative and reporting
    Altech announces 25% Black Economic Empowerment deal: Altech announced a 25% + 1 share Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) transaction in relation to three of its subsidiaries, Altech Netstar, Comtech and Altech Netstar Fleet Solutions

  • 2008

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    The acquisition by Powertech of the electrical engineering operations of the IST group for R504 million

    The acquisition by Altron of the minority shareholders in Bytes Technology Group Limited for R1.4 billion. Bytes was de-listed from the JSE Limited

    The acquisition by Altech of ComTech for R53 million

    The purchase by Altron of an additional 3.7% of Altech for R187 million at an average price of R52.14 per share during February 2008, thereby increasing its stake in Altech to 62%

    The acquisition by Powertech of the 25% minority in Cables de Comunicaciones Zaragoza,  for €8 million

    The acquisition by Powertech of Swanib Cables for R43 million

    The acquisition by Altech of 51% of the Sameeer ICT group in Kenya for maximum consideration of US$75 million

    The acquisition by Powertech of the 50% stake it did not own in ABB Powertech Transformers from ABB for R320 million

    The disposal by Powertech of Yelland Control to Omron Europe for R65 million

    The acquisition by Bytes of Intelleca

    The acquisition by Bytes of Nor Paper

    Altech Autopage Cellular and Neotel sign distribution agreement

    The Pretoria High Court rules in favour of Altech Autopage Cellular to the entitlement of an individual electronic communications network service (I-ECNS) license, enabling the group’s telecommunications subsidiary to develop and operate its own telecommunications network

  • 2007

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    Market capitalisation exceeds R13 billion for the first time

    Acquisition of Swanib Cables

    Acquisition of IST, subject to regulatory approval

    Acquisition of Revenues exceed R17 billion

    Empowerment deals at Altech Netstar Fleet Management and Altech Matomo announced.

  • 2006

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    Altron increases shareholding in Bytes to 57.7% by purchasing R100 million of shares on the open market.

    Revenues exceed R14 billion and operating profit exceeds R1 billion for the first time.

    Market capitalisation increases to R8 billion.

    Bytes purchase UK – Vantage and Xclusive (Xerox concessionaires).

    Altech purchases French-based MobiMaster.

  • 2005

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    Altron’s 11 800 employees celebrate its 40th anniversary with an increase in revenues of 22% to R12.2 billion and operating income of 35% to R968 million. Market capitalisation reaches R5 billion.

    Altech exits joint venture with Econet with a R150 million profit.

    Powertech purchases Calidus, a manufacturer and supplier of electrical insulation materials and signs a new 10-year agreement with Von Roll Isola.

    Altron launches its Transformation Vision 2010, an internal Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policy document which includes a group scorecard for Black Economic Empowerment.

    Vodacom and MTN sign long- term agreements with Altech for Altech Autopage Cellular to act as an independent service provider for a minimum of five years

    CS Holdings is successfully integrated into Bytes.

  • 2004

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    Altech repurchases R250 million of its shares in the open market.

    Altech and the Econet Wireless Group announce a R1 billion joint venture.

    Altech acquires NamITech, a manufacturer of smartcards, pre-paid vouchers and a mobile solutions provider and introduces Pamodzi as BEE shareholder in Altech Data and NamITech.

    Aberdare Cables sells 30% to BEE company, Izingwe Capital, founded by Sipho Pityana.

    Bytes purchases CS Holdings as well as 50% of Xerox SA from Xerox International to move to 100% ownership and re-brands Xerox SA as Bytes Document Solutions.

    Altech sponsors inaugural F1X2 international motor racing event.

  • 2002 - 2003

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    Altech Card Solutions (ACS) acquires Cardtronics.

    Altech’s Netstar expands into Malaysia.

    Altron is nominated as one of the Top Ten Companies for 2001/2 with revenues rising by 15% to R11.4 billion and operating income by 20% to R912 million.

    Altech is judged top ICT company in South Africa.

    Fintech launches the first office equipment securitisation in SA.

    Alcom Systems sells 30% of its stake to Motoma ICT Group in a BEE deal.

  • 2002

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    2002 marks the group’s 37th year of growth with revenues of R10 billion and a market capitalisation of R2.2 billion.

    Xerox SA secures the exclusive sub saharan distributorship for Xerox products.

    Altech sells its 40% stake in Alcatel Altech Telecoms for R335 million.

    Powertech and Fintech are delisted and become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Altron.

    Altech is ranked as one of the TOP 20 Companies listed on the JSE Securities Exchange by Financial Mail.

    Altron’s 2001 export sales top R1 billion mark.

    Aberdare Cables, a subsidiary of Powertech, enters into an equity partnership with Corning International Corporation, a world leader in optical fibre technology.

    Another rural school, built by The Bill Venter Foundation, is officially dedicated by former President Nelson Mandela at a ceremony in Elliotdale, in the Eastern Cape.

    Powertech’s shareholding of 30% in Voltex distribution is sold for R130 million to Bidvest.

  • 2000 - 2001

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    With 12 625 employees, Altron revenues in 2000 exceed R7 billion and market capitalisation reaches R1.9 billion.

    Powertech acquires Cables de Comunicaciones SL, a leading Spanish telecom- munications cable manufacturer.

    Two leading healthcare IT companies, PQ Africa’s QEDI and Bytes’ MediSwitch in the medical claims forwarding industry, merge to form an internet healthcare and e-commerce partnership in the form of Digital Healthcare Solutions.

    USKO is re-branded as Bytes Technology Group Limited (Bytes) and the IT interests of Fintech are purchased by BTG to consolidate the group’s IT under Bytes.

    The Altron Chairman and Chief Executive Officer positions (both previously held by Dr Venter) are split. Robert Venter is appointed Chief Executive of Altron,
    with Dr Venter retaining the Chairmanship of the group.

    The Altron Executive Committee is formed with key strategy to simplify group structure, divest non-core operations and focus on core business implemented.

  • 1999 - 2000

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    Autopage Holdings is delisted and Ventron is unbundled.

    Altron’s shareholding in Telemetrix is sold as the group focuses on core assets.

    Powertech acquires Battery Technologies.

    Black Economic Empowerment company, Kwezi Investments Limited, acquires 10% of Aberdare Cables.

    Powertech is rated by Forbes magazine as one of the top 300 smaller companies in the world.

    UEC Technologies develops world-leading digital decoder technology which becomes a household name in SA, Italy, Holland, Cyprus, Greece and the Gulf States.

    Altech enters the smart card field through Altech Smart Card Technologies.

    The group increases its stake to over 50% in subsidiary, USKO through a R228.4 million rights issue.

    Altech, through Alcatel Altech Telecoms, secures the largest ever (R1.2 billion) telecom munications contract placed by Telkom for DECT (digital enhanced cordless telephony) systems.

  • 1997 - 1998

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    Altron exports reach R500 million with a remarkable overall 53% increase in exports in rand value terms.

    Acquisition of Lambda Cables.

    ABB Powertech is restructured to form ABB Powertech Transformers and ABB Powertech Transmission and Distribution.

    Netstar, South Africa’s leading vehicle tracking company, is acquired.

    Powertech acquires Sabat Batteries.

    Powertech acquires the cable manufacturing interests, as well as a 25% stake in the distribution business of Voltex Holdings Limited for R750 million.

    Powertech’s Aberdare Cables is ranked as one of the world’s top 25 cable manufacturers.

    ABB Powertech Transformers secures substantial orders for the supply of transformers for two power plants in Mexico and further power plants in the USA.

  • 1995 - 1996

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    Powertech disposes of its Gentech household appliance business to Whirlpool (USA).

    Altron’s listed subsidiary Autopage, residing under Altech, secures a licence to act as a GSM cellular service provider to both network operators, MTN and Vodacom.

    Altron receives the prestigious President’s Export Award as the nation’s foremost technology exporter from President Nelson Mandela.

    In 1995 The Bill Venter Foundation completes the rebuilding of the Qunu and Nkalane Secondary Schools in Umtata, the alma mater of the former Presiden of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

  • 1991 - 1994

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    Aberdare Cables plays a key role in the electrification of South Africa through innovative product design for Eskom.

    A 50% joint venture is formed with Alcatel France in STC, Altech’s telecommunications subsidiary.

    In 1994 Altron has 14 400 employees, a market capitali- sation of R1.3 billion and its annual revenues exceed R3.2 billion.

    Xerox USA re-enters South Africa in a joint venture with Altron.

    Aberdare Cables acquires Delta Cables thereby further consolidating South Africa’s cable market and enters European markets by acquiring Alcobre in Portugal.

  • 1986 - 1990

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    The JSE-listed Autopage Holdings is purchased and significant growth is recorded in all the group’s acquisitions.

    The group’s thrust into information technology is spearheaded by the listing of Fintech in 1986.

    The group comprises holding company Ventron, with five listed subsidiaries, Altron, Altech, Fintech, Powertech and Autopage Holdings, each operating in a well- defined field of technology.

    In 1987, Fintech acquires Rank Xerox South Africa and Altech acquires UEC Projects.

    In the same year Powertech acquires the remaining shareholding in ASEA Sweden and Stromberg South Africa from Stromberg in Finland.

    In 1989 Fintech acquires a majority shareholding in NCR Corporation of South Africa.

  • 1981 - 1985

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    The Board creates a holding company to control the Altron, Altech, Powertech and Fintech companies, calling it Ventron Corporation.

    In 1982 Altron, through Powertech, acquires 90% of Lascon Lighting Industries.

    In 1983 Powertech acquires former Swedish-owned ASEA Electric which consists of a transformer and cables division.

    Altech assumes sponsorship of the South African Open Tennis Tournament.

    In late 1984 Powertech acquires Scottish Cables from BICC.

    In 1985 Powertech buys a controlling interest in Aberdare Cables and then merges Scottish Cables and ASEA W/Aberdare to form South Africa’s largest cable company trading under the Aberdare brand.

    In 1983 Africa’s largest corporation, Anglo American Corporation, purchases a 20% shareholding in the Ventron Group.

    In 1985 Altron’s revenues reach R320 million with a market capitalisation of R358 million.

  • 1979 - 1980

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    A new holding company, Allied Electronics Corporation (Altron), is created and positions Altech under it as its telecommunications subsidiary and Powertech as the power electronics subsidiary

    Altron has approximately 3 700 employees and annual revenue of R89 million.

    In 1979, Powertech is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

    Powertech acquires the Willard Battery Group from the ESB Group (USA) making Powertech South Africa’s largest auto motive/industrial battery manufacturer.

    Powertech acquires Litemaster, South Africa’s largest manufacturer of electrical accessories as well as Crabtree Electric from the Crabtree Group (UK). 

  • 1974 - 1979

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    After rapid expansion by Allied Electric, one of South Africa’s leading telecommunications manufacturers, STC (UK), is acquired from ITT Corporation (USA), and subsequently Altech (in 1974) becomes the holding company of the group.

    In 1975, Allied Technologies (Altech) is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

  • 1965

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    Allied Electric was founded by Bill Venter, a 33-year old telecoms engineer, and three colleagues. Total staff complement was six people. Founder and chairman of Altron, Dr Bill Venter (left).

    Allied Electric begins business as a designer and manufacturer of semi-conductor rectifier equipment, battery chargers, inverters, variable speed drives, DC motor controls, DC power supplies, electronic signal equipment and transformers. Components are distributed on behalf of leading French, USA and UK principals and manufacturers.