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Atlantis Diesel Engines (ADE)
Founded 1979
Headquarters Atlantis, Western Cape, South Africa
Products engines


Atlantis Diesel Engines, or ADE, is an engine manufacturer based in Atlantis, Western Cape, South Africa. Founded in 1979 by the South African government through the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), for the purpose of establishing South African diesel engine production against a background of the threat of trade sanctions against the country due to it's apartheid policies. The purpose was to provide security of supply of diesel engines for both military and civilian (automotive, agricultural and industrial) requirements. It was licensed by Mercedes-Benz and Perkins. The viability of the company was ensured by legislation that imposed onerous penalties on any automotive and agricultural equipment using imported engines.


The forced use of these engines met significant resistance amongst users, however, high quality standards were achieved and maintained. The real cost of the introduction of the engines was significantly affected by the comparatively low deletion allowance overseas manufacturers allowed for the deletion of the original engines from their products. Nevertheless, the keen competition in the now common parts market for spares for these engines made these engines very cheap to maintain. Technical installation prerequisites for warranty maintenance were strictly enforced, guaranteeing installations suited to local conditions. Atlantis Diesel Engines were used in local production of trucks and tractors, including Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Delta (Izuzu), MAN, ERF, AAD, Truckmakers, ACO, Agrico, Bell, Massey Ferguson, John Deere, etc...

After the 1994 democratic elections the company was closed, only to be reopened again in by the current shareholders and the License Agreement with Daimler was terminated. Operating from engineering facilities in Johannesburg and Cape Town with the main focus on supplying the road & transport industry as well as the mining and defense (peace keeping) industry with new & reconditioned engines, parts, components, new sub assemblies and gearboxes including Atego/ Actros/ Axor/ ADE 300 & 400 series, Man & Volvo.

Atlantis Diesel Engineering (PTY) LTD or more commonly known as ADE, is a world renowned brand name with parts/ components & engines being manufactured and remanufactured in South Africa. Additional parts are also imported from our OEM manufacturers in Europe.

Due to the quality of our products, customer service and our willingness to engage ourselves in joint ventures, we are now working in association with leading military, armored & mining industry vehicle manufacturers in South Africa. Our products are used on various applications for the United Nations and Africa Union Peace Keeping Forces. We are currently the leading and preferred supplier to the South African, as well as various other African Countries Transport Industries

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