The Control Instruments Group
Gabriel is a leading brand of Control Instruments Automotive.
Control Instruments Automotive (CI Automotive) sells premium branded products to the automotive aftermarket in sub-Saharan Africa. Its marketing, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations, based in Johannesburg and Cape Town in South Africa, serve a network of wholesale distributors across South Africa and into Africa. CI Automotive is a subsidiary of Control Instruments Group Limited.
Control Instruments Group Limited is an international group. Through its businesses CI Automotive , it provides products, services and components into selected niche segments of the global automotive industry. The Group has been listed on the JSE Limited since 1987.
Gabriel has a proud history of innovation and achievement stretching back to 1907 when Claude Foster – the automotive parts pioneer who founded Gabriel in Cleveland, Ohio, USA – developed and patented the first shock absorber called the “Snubber”.
The company continued to prosper in the suspension business, pioneering many more firsts – the first hydraulic shocks (1918), adjustable shocks (1956 and 1967), position and velocity sensitive shocks (1979), gas-charged twin tube shocks (1983) and velocity sensitive technology for shocks and struts (1996).
Since 2001 innovations include the MaxControl line of monotube shock absorbers for light trucks and SUVs, G-Force technology for ultimate control, performance and safety, and ReadyMount, a preassembled strut that can be easily installed.
Gabriel first came to South Africa in 1935, importing all products from the US. Production in South Africa started in 1962 and some time later, in 1984, Gabriel South Africa made its own contribution to Gabriel’s innovative history with the design and manufacturer of the “gas springs” which were promptly adopted by Gabriel plants worldwide.
A Gabriel print ad from the early 1900′s
Who we are
Today Gabriel South Africa employs nearly 300 staff members at its manufacturing plant in Retreat, Cape Town, producing shock absorbers, MacPherson struts, strut cartridges (pressurised and non-pressurised designs), gas springs (Gabriel Gas Lift) and operated coil springs.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing plant houses its own research and engineering facilities. Prototypes are assembled, tested and re-tested here by qualified engineers under laboratory as well as actual operating conditions.
Our products are distributed nationally to spares shops and workshops through our wholesale network; we also export some of these products internationally. We have trained representatives, based in in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Kwa-Zulu Natal, which service some 1600 retail outlets.
These nationwide retail outlets proudly display the Gabriel name which has become synonymous with the highest standard of quality.