Over the last few years, Uniekum Landbou Masjiene, established themselves as the potato and onion handling specialists in South Africa. Whether it is about planting, harvesting, transport, sorting or grading: we can assist you to find the right solution for your specific requirements. All our products are designed for local soil- and climate conditions and are manufactured in our factory in Brackenfell, Cape Town.
As the leading manufacturer of potato and onion handling equipment in South Africa, Uniekum remains committed to satisfying the specific needs of individual clients. It is our wish that, through our persistent quest for dedicated solutions, we can only improve on what we have been doing for the last 35 years. We firmly believe that our client orientated approach, our quality products and our excellent after sales service, has won us our unique position in the specialized world of potato and onion handling technology.
In the middle of the 1970’s, Uniekum made a start as a general engineering shop in Salt River in the Western Cape. Born in the Netherlands and with solid experience in potato mechanization, the 'Uniekumers' started off with designing the Uniekum potato planter in 1976. Two years later, the first harvester was built and in January 1979, the first potato sorting machine was installed on a farm in the Ceres district.
The same year Uniekum was registered as a company: Uniekum Landbou Masjiene (Uniekum Agricultural Machinery) (Edms) Bpk. Land was bought and in 1980 a new factory was built in Brackenfell. During the eighties, the company remained fully focused on developing potato handling machinery and equipment.
In the early 1990's, Uniekum developed its first potato washer / dryer; a very important module of modern-day sorting lines. During the same year Uniekum extended its markets to the onion handling industry. In 1993 the first self-propelled potato harvester in South Africa was rolled out of the Uniekum factory, a harvester with which the company had great success.
Today Uniekum distinguishes itself as a potato and onion handling equipment specialist. Through their expertise base, their knowledge-exchange partnerships and co-operation with producers and end-users, Uniekum is committed to satisfying their clients requirements by developing reliable, market-orientated products.