About Us

We are your partner in HVAC

Founded in 1984 by Bobby Forbes, we’ve been in the industry for over 34 years and have worked on many key projects across the country. We strive to be Southern Africa’s leader in HVAC by providing the best products, excellent workmanship and proactive service to all of our clients.

We currently employ over 335 qualified and semi-qualified staff that continuously undergo assessment and training in our in-house Skills Development Centre, ensuring that all of our employees are highly trained and equipped with the necessary skill sets to do the job right, the first time around.

Our head office is located in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, where we occupy 1400 square metre premises, allowing us to store stock for short lead time projects, do our own compressor re-builds as well as customisations. We also have offices in Cape Town,  Durban and in Botswana.

Our in-house Technology and Communication Centre is operational 24/7, 365 days-a-year, providing peace of mind to our clients who are guaranteed the quickest response to Auto Bleeps and after-hour/emergency call-outs.

We have an internal health and safety department and our safety officers conduct regular site inspections to ensure all work is compliant with regulations, thereby guaranteeing a safe environment for all.

About ENGIE

ENGIE is a global energy company with some 70 offices across the world and its activities in South Africa are currently concentrated on centralised generation assets. This success comes after commissioning of the 670 MW Avon Peaking Power, 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power, 94 MW Aurora Wind Power and the combined 21 MW Aurora-Rietvlei Solar Power and Vredendal Solar Power Park (Photovoltaics), as well as the ongoing construction of the 100 MW Kathu Solar Park (Concentrated Solar Power). ENGIE’s Heating and Cooling divisions currently operate some 250 district heating and cooling plants world-wide, providing space heating and conditioned air to commercial offices, community housing projects, industrial buildings and public facilities. Employing state-of-the-art design and technology, and having access to remarkable R&D facilities, ENGIE’s mission is to drastically reduce global CO² emissions through their energy efficient solutions.

Our History

1984

The Start

Bobby Forbes has been in the HVAC industry for over 40 years and started Ampair Maintenance (Pty) Ltd, after he left Anglo American Properties in 1984. His aim was to create a maintenance company that specialised in HVAC equipment, including controls and electrics. Within a short space of time, he acquired the portfolios of major property companies and property developers.

1985

Introduction of our Engineering division

Based on our policy to provide a fast and reliable service, clients soon requested us to undertake equipment alterations within some of their properties, which brought about the implementation of the Engineering division. Today, the Engineering division specialises in new works, retrofits, design, supply and installations of HVAC.

1999

New Partnership

Bob was joined by Robbie Di Giovampaolo who left Anglo American Properties after 17 years of service. A qualified air-conditioning and refrigeration mechanic, Robbie today is Director at Ampair.

2013

Thermaire Investments becomes a shareholder

Thermaire Investments (Pty) Ltd. bought shares in Ampair when the synergies between the two companies were identified. Thermaire Investments is a leader in the installation of large scale commercial HVAC equipment, but they did not have a dedicated maintenance wing to maintain the equipment for their customers after installation.

2015

Ampair rebrands

2015 saw the re-branding of the company. Not only have we shortened our name to Ampair, but we have also introduced the pay-off line, ‘HVAC Services’, along with a new logo and corporate look.

2018

ENGIE buys 100% Ampair shares

In 2018, global energy giant, ENGIE bought 100% of Ampair’s shares to grow its African presence and take Ampair into the future.

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