MANUFACTURING SINCE 1966
Maritime Gear Manufacturer
Zero° Industries Capabilities
1966: Company registered.
1970: Zero industries concentrates on diving market.
1972: Imports Poseidon regulators and cylinders. Establish their Cyklon 200 / 300 2nd stage as the bench market regulator for diamond divers on the West Coast through service and constant availability of spare parts.
1973: Modify Mauser 4600 to 2 needle machine, unique!
- Recreational SCUBA divers catching crayfish initiative, rejected by the Department of Fisheries.
- Establish Southern Oceanics with partner David Park Ross, Zero sells it’s shares, the company evolves to Hydra Marine, it’s owners and managers must be saluted they have created a world class hyper baric manufacturing company.
- 12 Caledon Street Cape Town purchased, Ground floor our retail SCUBA store, complete with internal dive tank, lecture room seating for 12, hydrostatic testing station, hardware service and repair facility and a 4 man re-compression chamber!
- 1st floor commercial offices, despatch and warehousing, Engineering (AGA Interspiro, Bristol compressors and Calepda Pumps agents)
- 2nd floor life jacket and clothing manufacture.
- 3rd floor wetsuit gluing and assembly.
- Harrington House top floor, Rebate store, neoprene cutting area.
- Hosted demonstration of SAM 1 atmosphere suit at our building 12 Caledon Street, Cape Town.
- Artificial reef initiative, sinking three ships in Smitswinkel Bay. SA Navy Frigate’s SAS Good Hope and Transvaal,
- later I & J trawler Princess Elizabeth and Oritavia added.
- Life-jackets added to product range.
- Annual treasure dive at the wreck site of the Antipolis.
- Annual canon dive, a rely event “a 300m SCUBA swim with a concrete replicate of an 8 pound English gun.
- A visit to Taiwan, provide technical assistance to build neoprene manufacturing plant.
- Build a skate board park at Kenilworth Shopping Centre, the “KC Skate Board Park”,
- ° added to Zero.
1990: 5000sqm land acquired at Viben Street Stikland Industrial Area for a new factory, a raw chemicals for material to finished garment plant. Acquire “test” scale production machinery: single jersey weaving looms, rubber mixing machinery, 5 platen jump press, bun press, slitting machine, glue applicator, nip roller (made by Match Box South Africa), lamination hot roller. Project shelved due to unstable political environment.
- Factory moves to 7 Loop Street in Maitland.
- Wicht Close Cape Town, a new commission built diving industry facility.
- Ground floor: Retail store and showroom, 20 seat lecture room, air high pressure cascade system 8 x 250L 300 bar banks with 2 x 400L p/m Bristol compressor. Capability to re-charge 4 x 12l 232 bar cylinders simultaneously in 2 minutes, a 4.5m diving tank.
HISTORY FOOTNOTE: there is a 19th century fresh water well in the courtyard, look under the brick paving man-hole cover.
- 396 Voortrekker Road Maitland purchased 2200sqm,
- Ground floor our new venture, Mac Badge and Signs.
- First floor wetsuit life-jacket manufacturer.
- Contribute to the process of getting a special man off an island in middle of the night so he can talk sense to a stubborn man.
1995 – Diving industry peaks
Wetsuit production facility amortizes 10 x 20 foot containers of neoprene per annum: 6 million man hours of work.
Underwaterworld our retail store, sold 11 tons of lead in diver’s weights in 1 financial year.
2005: Life-jacket market prioritize.
2008: Unchecked, rampant abalone poaching combined with unreasonable curtailment of recreation crayfish diving season can be directly attributed to the collapse of the diving industry.
- First LOA for life jackets under new SANISO12402 specifications issued to Zero.
- Factory employment peaked at 52 people with 281 dependents. A survey of our 40 local suppliers, they employed
- 2968 staff, each time somebody bought a Zero° product almost 17’000 lives were enriched.
- With the production capacity to manufacture every single pfd that the South African market could absorb, by end 2014
- the South Africa market had 3 local manufacturers and 28 importers.
- Zero° Industries no longer employees 52 people.
2015: The continued assistance provided by our Department of Trade and Industry EMIA programme has enabled our company to realise the strategic decision: Develop and prefect products in the South African market and then forge relationships with like-minded entities that recognise our capabilities and exclusive capacity.
Contact Us Today
We are constantly looking to improve our products and business and we wouldn’t be able to do that without you, our customers. Feel free to get in touch for purchases, queries and feedback.
082 411 3755
396 Voortrekker Road, Maitland, Western Cape, Republic of South Africa