Company History

Echo branded Products have been imported into South Africa for over 30 years.  In April 2004, Wayne Jackaman was approached by the manufacturers of Echo: Kioritz Corpration in Japan, to take over the distribution for South Africa. Wayne, who has  30 years of  retail experience in the Forestry, Agricultural and Mining Industry, together with  Wolfgang Arp – who came to SA from Germany  in 1970 to work in the small agricultural equipment business and Wayne’s father in-law Mr Joof Alberts, a businessman in the fruit processing and agriculture industry, founded Cool Ideas 1496 (Pty) Ltd trading as “Echo Africa”.


2005: The First container arrives with Echo Brand products

2005 to 2007: Echo Africa secures the following additional agencies: 

  • Kaaz -Mitsubishi Power Products  from Japan
  • Dolmar Products from Germany
  • Ikra Products  from Germany
  • Sugihara Guide bars  from  Diatop in Japan
  • Carlton Chain from the USA
  • Blue Bird Augers from Italy

2008:   Wolfgang Arp announces his retirement after nearly 50 years in the industry and Grant Ritchie, who was one of the founding staff members in 2004, is appointed as General Manager. We look to expand our zero-turn ride-on range and become the importers for Hustler Turf Equipment from the USA

2009: In October 2009 ECHO and Shindaiwa merged operations worldwide. The new parent company Yamabiko Corporation then appointed distributors for both brands in all major markets worldwide.  Cool Ideas 1496 (Pty) Ltd was selected as the most appropriate distributor for the South African market.

2012:  The Company name changes to MULTI POWER IMPORTS (PTY) LTD

2013: Grant visits the United States in search for new quality products and MPI‘s product range expands with the addition of the following

  • Kawasaki Engines
  • Bahco Handheld products
  • Billy Goat Turf Products from USA
  • Echo Bearcat Chippers from USA

With the growth in our Product range, we needed to expand and add value to the service of our Dealer network.  In September 2013 Sagie Gounden, with over 25 years’ experience in the Sales and Service Industry, joins the MPI team as National Sales Manager.

Today Multi Power Imports (Pty) Ltd has ten premium brands under its umbrella with a dealer network of over 200 dealers in South Africa, Namibia and Swaziland combined.