The company was established in 1961 by Mr S. Rössler in Walvis Bay,
with main emphasis on Marine Electronics. With the retirement of
Mr S. Rössler in 1992, the company was restructured to a Close
Corporation (c.c.), with the following members:
Mr U.W.H. Eisel, Mr G.B. Heitmann, Mr G.F. Rössler &
Mr L.R.P. Zahradnicky.
At that stage, Namibia attained independence from South Africa, and the
company actively pursued direct representation for overseas
manufacturers, whose products were previously purchased from a
South African importer or distributor.
During the years, the company expanded, and besides for the head office
which is located in Walvis Bay, the main Namibian harbour town, a branch
in Windhoek, the capital city, was also established.
From the Windhoek branch we provide mainly for the Land-mobile
Satellite Communication, Navigation, HF-Radio & Land-mobile Radio
Markets, as well as the provision of a rental service for Satellite
Telephones. A further major component is the provision of high-quality
products for the Alternative Energy and Power Back-up Markets, such as
Inverters, Converters, Battery Chargers and specialised Batteries from Victron Energy B.V. in the Netherlands. The customer base in Windhoek consists mainly of Corporate and Government clients. From there we also conduct limited business with customers from Angola and other neighbouring countries.
During 2014/2015, three of the four members retired, and their shares were taken over by 4 new members:
Mr G.B. Heitmann (existing member), Mr R Rothkegel, Mr J Wormsbacher, Mr H Schrader & Mr F du Toit.
All 5 directors (called members in a c.c.) are working employees of the company, whom now employ a total number of 32 employees.
Today Radio Electronic c.c. specialises in Marine Electronics, Radio and Satellite Communications and in importing and distributing various specialised electronic equipment lines in Namibia.
Radio Electronic is the largest company in Namibia dealing in Marine Electronics, with an estimated market share of 80% and the leader in the provision of Inmarsat Satellite Products and Services and Digital Radio Solutions.
We also provide Regional Radio Communication Services in the Erongo Region, with VHF Radio Community Repeaters strategically located at our own Radio High Sites in Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, on Rössing Mountain and Grootberg Mountain. Numerous corporate, mining, government and utility clients make use of this existing network.
In 2008, the Radio Systems Division was added in order to address the more sophisticated Radio Communication requirements of mining, corporate and government clients all over Namibia. Radio Electronic is continuously engaged in the realisation of local and regional digital radio networks and has qualified and competent staff to realise complex and large projects. We can provide customer-specific solutions based on Digital Radio Technologies, such as TETRA, Motorola MotoTrbo™ or other radio systems. Radio Electronic CC became the largest authorised and accredited Motorola reseller and channel partner in Namibia and holds stock of various equipment’s at its warehouse in Windhoek and Walvis Bay. We are the only Motorola dealer in Namibia that have done the Linked Capacity Plus certification and are able design and implement large trunking system based on the MotoTrbo Topology.
The company places heavy emphasis on technical and service back-up and the workshops are fully equipped to support products that are sold, providing installation, repair and service. For products sold and represented, adequate stock of spare parts and consumables are kept. Through a continuous program of technical training, reliable, efficient and dedicated staff of specialised and experienced technicians and engineers are available to support all the products offered. We are registered with the Namibian and South African Engineering councils and adhere to their professional code of conduct. In addition, we are Affirmative Action compliant in line with the Affirmative Action Act of 1998, Section 41.
The overall customer base is extensive and covers many players in the fishing industry, in government departments down to local authorities, Telecom, Water, Electricity and other utilities, mining, the farming community, commerce, travel and tourism industry and selected re-sellers or dealers for products we import and distribute. We take part in selected local exhibitions from time to time in order to introduce new products and services and also make product presentations from time to time of specific products to selected target groups.
We have in-house IT capabilities and are resellers for computer equipment and accessories; but limit our sales of IT equipment to specialised systems for specific market segments. As an on-going process of diversification, we are continuously engaged in the search for new technologies and products to include in our product portfolio. For this purpose strategic partnerships are being concluded with reputable companies and providers and we aim at establishing ourselves in these markets as knowledgeable and reputable Namibian suppliers and solution providers.
In April 2020, Grupo Arbulu obtained majority shareholding and voting rights in Radio Electronic. Known as being one of the largest marine electronic groups in Spain, and one of the largest in Europe, the partnership promises to open business opportunities that will be beneficial to all.
In line with Grupo Arbulu's principles, Radio Electronic remains completely independently managed.