Robberts & Sons

Manufacturers of one the most innovative, highest quality geared torque motor on the market.

About Us

Who We Are

Established in 1989 as a small family based business, Robberts and Sons has grown over the years from strength to strength and to date having sold over 51,000 motors both locally and internationally.

Situated in Ashburton, Kwa Zulu Natal, we strive to produce one of the most innovative, highest quality geared torque motor on the market.

The company logo, interlinked gears, mirrors our commitment to partnerships with both our suppliers and customers and the integral team work in the factory.


Our Heritage

Robberts and Sons started by SML Robberts in 1989. The business started in a small factory in Pietermaritzburg, with cutting of gears being the primary function.  An American customer approached the business and asked us to design a boom gate motor.  With a staff complement of 3, the business evolved from cutting gears to manufacturing boom gate motors.

The business traded as a sole proprietor from 1989 until September 2014, when the business was bought out by Alain Robberts ( SML Robberts Son) and Brett Gray, and is now trading as Robberts and Sons Geared Torque Motors (PTY) LTD, with a current staff complement of 10.

Since September 2014, Alain and Brett have spent a lot of time restructuring the staff, hiring additional staff,  ensuring time for in-house training,  and upgrading the manufacturing processes and workflows, which ensures products of the highest quality time after time and are trusted worldwide.


Our Vision

We strive to consistently meet or exceed the reasonable expectations of our customers and continually seek to grow our business to satisfy the demands of our customers and ever-changing demands of the industry.


Our Values


Our Mission Statement

To re-define access control through innovation, precision and excellence.


Our Slogan

Innovation – Precision – Excellence


Our Team

a-robbertsAlain Robberts

Managing Director
N4 – Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Electronics
15 Years Experience


b-grayBrett Gray

Managing Director
National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering ( NDEMC )
18 Years Experience


j-de-wetJohan De Wet

Supervisor
N3 – Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
10 Years Experience


Alain and Brett are supported by 10 staff members in total.  The management team has an accumulative 55 years of experience. The team as a whole all fall in the NQF levels 4-6, averaging at an academic level of an NQF 4.6.  Teamwork is an integral part of the manufacturing process, and strong internal procedures assist with the smooth integration of staff.  Our continuous support of staff and assistance with studying and constant in house training ensures staff individual growth, personal achievements and a highly skilled team.