Group strategy

ARB's growth and expansion strategy is focused on the following elements within each division:

ARB Electrical Wholesalers
ARB Connect
ARB Global
CraigCor Distribution Co
CED – CHINT Distributors
GMC Powerlines

ARB Holdings owns 100% of ARB Global, GMC Powerlines and CED and has a 74% interest in ARB Electrical Wholesalers, which in turn owns 75% of CraigCor Distribution Co. ARB Electrical Wholesalers is one of southern Africa’s largest distributors of electrical products. It operates out of 21 branches across South Africa, with a presence in all nine provinces, and provides a wide range of internationally-recognised and SABS-approved products across three main categories:

• power and instrumentation cable;
• overhead line (“OHL”) equipment and conductors;
• general low-voltage products; and
• lighting and renewable energy solutions.

Cathay Lighting
Euro Nouveau

ARB Holdings owns 60% of Eurolux, which in turn owns 100% of Radiant and Cathay Lighting. Eurolux is a leading importer and distributor of a wide range of light fittings and lamps, including energy-saving LED, halogen and fluorescent lamps. The product range also includes electrical accessories, cut cable products and ancillary products, including fans and lighting components. Eurolux markets its products under its own well-known brand, as well as those of Radiant, What4 Electronics, and Euro Nouveau. It operates out of three custom-designed distribution centres, with two in Johannesburg and onein Cape Town and sells to retail chains, independent DIY and hardware chains, as well as to resellers such as specialised lighting shops and electrical wholesalers.

Eurolux acquired Radiant with effect from 1 January 2019. At the date of this report, the operations have been consolidated into the Radiant premises in Johannesburg and the Eurolux premises in Cape Town. The Radiant premises have been acquired and are in the process of being transferred to Eurolux.

ARB Holdings
Xact ERP Solutions

ARB’s property portfolio, which includes 15 properties valued at R326 million, is housed in the corporate division. The division provides strategic leadership to the group and performs the internal audit, secretarial, legal and centralised treasury functions for the underlying operating subsidiaries.

ARB Holdings owns 100% of Xact ERP Solutions, which provides the electrical division and other third-party clients with specialist ERP software and hardware services and support.