Zimplow Holdings Limited

Zimplow Holdings Limited is a Zimbabwean company listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.The company specialises in farming, infrastructure and mining equipment.


Zimplow Limited, incorporated in 1939, is the largest manufacturer and distributor of farming implements in sub-Saharan Africa and operates through four divisions, namely, Barzem, Mealie Brand, CT Bolts and Farmec.

Zimplow’s registered and branded products are actively marketed and exported to several countries in Africa through a well-established distribution network. The company also manufactures and distributes metal fasteners for the mining, construction and agricultural industries.



The local representative of Caterpillar and Hyster, ‘world-leading’ manufacturers of earth moving equipment and forklift products Barzem Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, as it is named now, was established over 60 years ago as the local Caterpillar Dealer. The company is a joint venture business, 51% owned by Zimplow Holdings Limited and 49% by Barloworld Equipment UK Ltd. Barzem has a dealer representative agreement for Caterpillar and Hyster with Barloworld Equipment, who in turn represent Caterpillar. Caterpillar are the USA based manufacturer of heavy earth moving equipment, and Hyster the USA manufacturer of forklift products.

Barzem is a major supplier of equipment to most strategic sectors and segments of our economy. Our products made by Caterpillar are used mostly in mining operations where we supply bulldozers, wheel loaders, motor graders, excavators, dump trucks, compactors, backhoe loaders and electric power generators amongst a varied list of products. Our Hyster brand of materials handling equipment is comprised of forklifts ranging from 1.5 tonnes to forty-eight tonnes.

Mealie Brand

Manufacturers of quality assured agricultural equipment Mealie Brand is a division of Zimplow Holdings Limited and was incorporated in 1939 under the trading name Zimplow before various mergers and acquisitions were made. It is the largest manufacturer and distributor of farming implements in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mealie Brand is an ISO 9001:2008 accredited company which addresses the needs of farmers, from breaking the soil to planting the crop. Mealie Brand’s registered and branded products are actively marketed and sold to all regions in Zimbabwe and exported to several countries in Sub Saharan Africa through a well-established distribution network. Mealie Brand works closely with agricultural conservation and extension departments in Zimbabwe and endeavours to form similar relationships in the other regional markets in which it operates. These compliment the efforts of Mealie Brand’s regional agents and provide useful forums for the interchange of ideas.

CT Bolts

Largest suppliers of the widest range of competitively-priced quality fasteners Rhobolts, now known as C. T. Bolts was founded in Bulawayo in 1954. From its small beginnings as a machine shop specializing on fasteners for the growing different sectors of the economy, the company expanded and received its major boost when the construction of the Kariba Hydroelectric started in the late 1950’s.

As business grew, a distribution outlet was then was opened in Harare in 1957 to cater for demand in the capital city and was followed in 1962 by the opening of a distribution outlet in Kitwe, Zambia, to capitalize on the mining activity in the Copperbelt. The Zambia outlet continued operating until 1972 when it was closed due to the unstable political situation prevailing in that country at that time.

Throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s the company continued to expand, outgrowing its original premises. As a result of this expansion, a new office, factory and warehouse was built at the corner of Falcon and Wanderer Streets in Belmont Industrial Sites, Bulawayo. The company moved into these new premises and remains there to this day.


Leading suppliers of internationally recognised agricultural equipment brands Farmec holds franchise agreements for Massey Ferguson tractors combine harvesters and related equipment, Perkins engines and generator sets, Monosem planters, Falcon range of equipment, Kongskilde, Vicon, Ferri and Howard.

These brands are amongst the leading global brands and the company’s relationship with some of these principals date back to over 60 years.

The Division has maintained these extremely strong relationships through a mixture of pride in the brands that it represents, commitment to its suppliers, customers, staff and a solid knowledge of the agricultural industry in which it operates.

The Farmec head office and main operations are based in Harare and has branches and dealers throughout Zimbabwe so as to provide farmers, industrialists and mining concerns with comprehensive on the spot service.


Powermec is the official distributor for Perkins parts and engines in Zimbabwe.

  • Product range

For 85 years Perkins has led the field in the design and manufacture of high-performance gas and diesel engine. Our continuous development programme allows us to offer one of the most advanced and comprehensive ranges of purpose-built diesel and gas engines available today.

More than 5,000 different applications are powered by Perkins engines. We help customers build roads and homes and we provide engines for both standby and prime electricity generation. Our industrial engines are powering the most complex of applications.

  • Emissions and Technology

Globally, there are increasingly stringent standards on emissions – and the technology we use ensures our products meet the standards wherever the engines are being used in the world.