The History of Combustion Technology

Combustion Technology is the market leader in Oil and Gas Burner and Boiler installations, sales and service in the Southern Hemisphere. We pride ourselves in guaranteeing the delivery of modern, highly efficient solutions to the industry and are the exclusive distributors for Autoflame Combustion Management Systems, Limpsfield Burners, Riello Burners, Unical Boilers, I.VAR Industry Boilers and Cannon Bono Energia Industrial Boilers. With these leading brands as our core products, we provide a professional standard of product delivery. From pre-sales Energy Analysis and installations through to after sales service and spare parts support.

We have offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg, with an extensive dealer network throughout South Africa. This makes us well-positioned to service our large customer base, with projects running throughout Africa and Indian Ocean Islands.

We have been supplying some of our clients exclusively for over 37 years! Our world-renowned products and superior technical expertise are the bedrock of our rapid and consistent growth.

No matter how big or small the task, we are committed to providing you with outstanding service wherever and whenever you need it.

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WHAT OUR CUSTOMERS SAY

Combustion Technology (Pty) Ltd was established in 1987 in Cape Town by Grant Renecle. Today, over 37 years later, this family run business is still operating from Cape Town, with a full branch in Johannesburg.

Cape town branch

Management

Grant Renecle

Grant Renecle

Managing Director

Elmari Renecle

Elmari Renecle

Financial Director

Riaan van Biljon

Riaan van Biljon

Sales Executive

Antonio Renecle

Antonio Renecle

Chief Technology Officer

MSC Theoretical Physics

Rudy Timfat

Rudy Timfat

Autoflame Technical Manager

National Diploma: Mechanical Engineering
(Cape Technikon)

Marco Busi

Marco Busi

Service Engineer

B.Tech: Mech. Eng
Cape Peninsula University of Technology

SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Dale Lottering

Dale Lottering

Service Engineer

Jonathan Louw

Jonathan Louw

Service Engineer

Christiaan Leonard

Christiaan Leonard

Jr Service Engineer

National Diploma in Engineering (Electrical)
Cape Peninsula University Technology

Nicholas Hasse

Nicholas Hasse

Jr Service Engineer

BEng (Mechanical Engineering)
University Pretoria

Matteo Renecle

Matteo Renecle

Jr Service Engineer

BSc (Eng) Mec Engineering, University of Cape Town
(in progress)

STORES & OFFICE STAFF

Kalika Brink

Kalika Brink

Financial Clerk

Bcom Business Management

Caitlin Orgill

Caitlin Orgill

Junior Accountant

Bcom Business Management

Ismé Nel

Ismé Nel

Marketing Coordinator

(Contractor)

Dane Knight

Dane Knight

Store Manager

Macilinio Webber

Macilinio Webber

Stores Assistant

Cilia Jita

Cilia Jita

Receptionist

Sinda Thakathani

Sinda Thakathani

Junior Technical Apprentice

Moeneeb Mosaval

Moeneeb Mosaval

Driver

JOHANNESBURG BRANCH

Management

Dewald Lubbe

Dewald Lubbe

Autoflame Technical Sales Engineer

National Diploma – Mechanical Engineering, Cape Technikon

Richard Mudaka

Richard Mudaka

Project Engineer

BSC Mechanical Engineering
Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Management Development Program (MDP)

Desmond Reddell

Desmond Reddell

Sales Representative

SERVICE DEPARTMENT

Samuel Coetzer

Samuel Coetzer

Qualified Service Technician

Litha Ngodwana

Litha Ngodwana

Service Engineer

BA Tech Engh Mech
Nat Dip Eng Mech

Advice Mathebula

Advice Mathebula

Jr Service Engineer

Electrical Engineering
Vaal University of Technology
ADVDip Electrical Eng 
(in progress)

STORES & OFFICE STAFF

Joseph Mabunda

Joseph Mabunda

Stores Assistant

Roxanne Stewart

Roxanne Stewart

Receptionist

Orderly Ngwenya

Orderly Ngwenya

Service Technician

KEY MILESTONES

1987

Combustion Technology (Pty) Ltd was established in 1987 in Cape Town by Grant Renecle. Brian Barclay receiving a long service award from Grant Renecle.

1987

1987 First offices opening in Cape Town

1988

Manoli Livanos bought the Very first Riello Burner sold into the Bakery Industry in South Africa then his Company was Livanos Brothers and Introduced us to Macadams and a host of other long-standing clients that are still with us today.

Respect for a genuine Supporter of Combustion Technology and our staff.

R.I.P Manoli Livanos (2024)

1990

Combustion Technology is appointed official Exclusive Distributor of Riello burners in South Africa

1998

23 March 1998
Received Riello Award for the excellent results achieved in the period 1996 – 1997

2001

15 November 2001
Riello Burners Dealership Agreement Mauritius signed between Combustion Technology and Rey & Lenferna

2002

22 May 2002
First Autoflame Installation in SA
Glenmore Products

2003

01 July 2003
Combustion Technology is officially assigned as Exclusive Distributor of Autoflame in South Africa

2003

2003 ISH Exhibition Frankfurt
Grant Renecle & Riello General Manager – Mario Generani

2004

2004 Combustion Technology appointed as exclusive distributor of Limpsfield

2006

2006 Garioni Naval Award for High Sales Achieved in 2006

2006

2006 Macadams Acknowledgement of Excellence Award in recognition of 15 years of service excellence

2008

11 March 2008
Riello Burner Award
More than 20 Years of Great and Profitable Cooperation in SA

2008

9 March 2008 Award
Heat Industrial & Marine International Conference
Award for Sales Achievement in 2008

2009

Expanding / Opening JHB offices at Dekama Office Park, Wadeville

2012

25 Year Anniversary in 2012, Spier Wine Estate

Combustion Technology celebrated its 25th birthday and is proud to say that each year just keeps on getting better! We ended a jam-packed year off with a spectacular function at Spier Wine Estate and had loads of fun. Once again, we would like to thank all our loyal customers and suppliers for their support throughout the year – we could not have done it without you.

The following awards were given in 2012:

Best Single Largest Contract: SAB
Best OEM: MacAdams International
Best Support:
Garioni Naval Riello Burners
Autoflame Engineering
Limpsfield Engineering
Best Dealership:
1) Klapmuts Engineering
2) East Cape Engineering
3) Flamerite Engineering
5 Year Service Award:
Shawn Daniels
Dewald Lubbe

The 4-Pillar Award for the Single Largest Contract

1995 Bokomo H. Jorden
1996 Bokomo H. Jorden
1997 Bokomo H. Jorden
1998 United Fishing J. Berthold
1999 John Thompson Africa
2000 John Thompson Africa
2001 EB Cochrane SA (Pty) Ltd
2002 CISCO
2003 ISCOR – ILSP
2004 Babcock Engineering
2005 Stettynskloof Dam
2006 Fenner SA (Pty) Ltd
2007 Epic Foods
2008 Department of public works
2009 Clover Danone
2010 Bliss Chemicals
2011 PQ Silica
2012 SAB
2013 Heartland Leasing
2014 WESTRA
2015 Acacia Operations Services
2016 MPACT PE
2017 SASOL Oil
2018 Gayatri Paper Mills
2019 Oceana Group – Desert Diamond
2020 AECI

2013

26 July 2013
Combustion Technology was awarded the Sales Achievement Award 2010-2013 by Limpsfield. Only three awards were given – the other two has gone to US companies – and we are very proud to be a part of this group! Thank you to all staff for their hard work and dedication that made this possible.

2014

21 July 2014
Proud official affiliation with UNICAL S.P.A Boilers, Italy

2016

Combustion Technology is appointed official Exclusive Distributor of Bonno Energia in South Africa

2017

I.VAR industry re-appoints Combustion Technology as Exclusive Distributor in SA

2018

Elbi S.p.A appoints Combustion Technology as Distributor in South Africa

2023

2023 Boiler World Africa Exhibition, Nairobi, Kenya

2024

2024 Nampo Exhibition, Bothaville, Free State Province, South Africa

AFFILIATIONS

Social Investment

Combustion Technology is committed to contributing to the welfare of our community and proudly supports various organisations with this core function:

NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute)

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is run by 980 highly skilled, unpaid volunteers who are on standby day and night throughout the year. Donations and sponsorships cover their annual running cost of R25m, with the volunteers saving them a salary bill in excess of R250m per annum. The NSRI crews put their lives at risk in order to save the life of stranger and will voluntarily go to sea in the worst conditions, to help anyone in need.

St Luke’s Hospice

St Luke’s Hospice care for about 800 patients on any one day, with more than a quarter of our patients aged between the ages of 20 and 35. There are 12 community hospices spread throughout Cape Town, including almost 200 staff members and more than 650 volunteers. Patients are cared for without cost to the patient (unless the patient has a medical aid) and costs can run over R20 million a year.

The South African Red Cross Society

The South African Red Cross Society is part of the world’s largest humanitarian Movement and is neutral and impartial, providing protection and assistance to people affected by disasters and conflicts. The Movement is made up of almost 97 million volunteers, supporters, and staff in 186 countries. They support communities in becoming stronger and safer through a variety of development projects and humanitarian activities. The Movement also works in cooperation with governments, donors and other aid organizations to assist vulnerable people around the world.

Little Optimist Trust

Inspired by Just Do Good! The Little Optimist Trust was started by the original Little Optimist, Greg Bertish, a man inspired to just do good! H uses a Little Optimist children’s sailing dinghy as a metaphor and a vehicle to connect with kids, to promote positive thinking and belief, and to create a passion and purpose to overcome obstacles in life.
In April 2016 Greg Bertish sailed an 8-foot Children’s Optimist dinghy around the Cape of Storms. He crossed False Bay, rounded Cape Point and headed for Langebaan Lagoon on the wild West Coast. His 200-kilometre journey matched the 200 days he had spent in hospital fighting life-threatening heart infections.

CAREERS

At Combustion Technology, we are passionate about people and are always looking for new ideas, perspectives and extraordinary talent.
If you believe you can make a difference in our company and would like to become part of our dynamic team, please submit your CV to info@combustiontechnology.co.za.

Current Vacancies

We are looking for Service Engineers.
If you have what it takes, click on the link below to start the application process

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