Isidore Sostak established Wingate Motors on the 1st of April 1960. He served his apprenticeship as a motor mechanic from the age of 16, having participated in, and passed, the first trade test set up by the Motor Industry Apprenticeship Committee. His son Saul, also trained in the automotive industry as well as in electronics, joined the company in 1988. Wingate Motors has since become one of South Africa's largest independent suppliers and re-manufacturer of brake and steering parts, assemblies and accessories to the automotive parts market as well as the OEM market, and has become a significant force in the brake and power steering servicing sectors in South Africa. Wingate Motors has its own registered brand name, ABS. All parts are manufactured to standards that comply with all international market and OEM requirements.
Wingate Motors has a long track record of "firsts". We were the first to introduce the Nu-Tech polymer rebushing system to the marketplace; to start a resleeving program using stainless steel tubing for all types of hydraulic brake cylinders, and to publish the most comprehensive hydraulic brake catalogue, which was the first one African market in ten years.
In the 1970's Wingate Motors introduced the first non-asbestos, semi-metallic type of brake pad to the South African market and is a now a leader in the brake pad market, representing Bendix Australia in South Africa. Wingate Motors was also the first to introduce the Nu-Tech polymer rebushing system to the marketplace; start a resleeving program using stainless steel tubing for all types of hydraulic brake cylinders; publish the most comprehensive hydraulic brake catalogue, the first one in the last ten years for the African Market.
Now, after more than five decades, Wingate Motors is still owned and run by the original father & son team. We carry a stock inventory of around 12,500 part numbers, allowing us to complete any order request to almost 100%, with a cross referencing of ±200,000 part numbers. Wingate Motors has international partners in many countries in the world, and is able to source most parts requested. We will continue to break new ground with innovative product concepts.
In 1972 Wingate Motors was proudly the first company in the Automotive Industry to employ and train a black apprentice who has since retired after having opened his own workshop. Although not BEE rated yet, we have employed and trained black Ladies in the use of computer, bookkeeping and workshop control. Each of our black staff has been personally trained by the Two Members of the company. There is a staff complement of two company members, four black African ladies, one white African lady, four black African men, one Indian man, and one White African man.
Wingate Motors offers ongoing extensive training to its staff in servicing and repairs of brake and steering systems. The training is comprehensive, both technically and administrative.
The remanufacturing facility is for the servicing and reconditioning of brake and power steering systems. Wingate built its reputation on its ability to refurbish brake boosters, brake and clutch master cylinders, wheel cylinder, and calipers. Wingate has also been assisting international governments in the refurbishing and redesigning of brakes on their early model armaments such as troop carriers. The power steering facility re-manufactures rack-and-pinion, steering gears, valves and pumps for all makes of cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles. Spool valve housings are re-sleeved and rack shafts are hard-chromed whenever required. We also specialise in the reconditioning of all Landrover, Landcruiser steering boxes and rack & pinions, Isuzu steering boxes used in underground mining modified. Besides its own in-house made testers, Wingate has the most up-to-date internationally approved Testing Analyser from PS Systems (USA) for testing of power steering rack & pinion, steering boxes, and pumps. Spool valve housings are re-sleeved and rack shafts are hard-chromed whenever required. Wingate has designed the latest brake testers for boosters, master cylinders, wheel cylinders and callipers. Now Wingate Motors have developed a new unniversal Master Vac servo, and have a full range of servo spare parts available to the rebuilder. The electronic picture catalogue is also now available.
The brake cylinder re-sleeving production is an integral part of the remanufacturing facilities. Top quality stainless steel seamless tubing is used. Wingate Motors is able to re-claim all vintage or "hard to find" cylinders and calipers through its re-sleeving division. Truck cylinders are a speciality, e.g. Toyota twin straight and rear hand brake split types. All sleeved cylinders carry a lifetime warranty on the sleeve.
This is an important part of the business providing expert knowledge and assistance, plus the selling of parts and brake accessories at retail, trade and wholesale margins in most instances. The parts counter is also utilised by the trade customers for collection of remanufactured work and buyouts.
This is a major focus of Wingate Motors' business, with an ever-increasing range of products predominantly within the chosen focused area of business. Major fleet operations, general parts retailers and wholesalers, and motor manufacturers (including P & A) are among the customer base. A substantial inventory is held of approximately 60,000 part numbers-- a formidable number if one considers that it mainly services brake and steering components. Wingate Motors is in partnership with the internationally recognised Wrakynson OEM fatory in Spain, and have together developed brake rubber seals and diaphragms for the world market. Wingate Motors also markets and exports into Africa, Australia, USA and the Pacific Rim, and have also partnered IRUNA and StopIberica in Spain on all brake cylinders.
Research & Development:
Although it is not formalised, Wingate Motors has a vigorous R&D facility, which constantly locates innovative products from around the world, and researches solutions to specific braking or steering problems in South Africa. Technology input from around the world is constantly sought and, from time to time, special development procedures are requested from overseas high-tech suppliers. To ensure that Wingate Motors' staff is the best in the business, Wingate Motors offers ongoing extensive training to its staff in servicing and repairs of brake and steering systems. The training is comprehensive, both technically and administrative. We have to ensure that our technicians exceed the required qualifications, which is vital towards ensuring that they are the specialists to the trade.