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Established in 1986, Centurion Systems (Pty) Ltd has become the leading South African manufacturer of gate motors and access automation equipment.

Access Automation Products

CENTURION offers a diverse range of products including:

  • Sliding gate motors 
  • Swing gate motors
  • Garage door operators
  • Traffic barriers
  • Remote controls
  • Keypads
  • Proximity access control systems
  • Intercom systems.

Company Overview

The company invests considerably in its Research and Development programme with a crack team of fully qualified engineers, using the latest computer aided design tools to constantly research new and innovative products to add to the range, upgrade existing models and develop tools and jigs for its manufacturing facility.

CENTURION has an equally strong manufacturing capability with an almost fully automatic SMT facility installed for the population of its multitude of electronic controllers. Added to this it has a comprehensive range of numerically controlled machine tools, including thread rolling, for the manufacture of different components used in the gate motors and traffic barriers. To further enhance the efficiency of this facility CENTURION has started to implement robotics.

The company is certified with the world class quality assurance system, ISO9001:2008, to ensure that its products are manufactured to the highest level of quality. Added to this, using custom-built computer-aided equipment, there is a 100% test to specification on every product manufactured.

Through a team of dedicated technicians and sales personnel, together with a fully fledged in-house training facility, CENTURION is committed to providing unmatched service and support for its products. Its products are available through a network of competent distributors and installers in over 50 countries around the world.

With hundreds of thousands of operators installed around the world, CENTURION has earned the reputation of producing reliable and innovative products for the gate and access automation industry.

As a testament to its success to date, CENTURION has over the years received a number of awards and accolades. It has earned numerous SABS Design Excellence awards for its products. It has for three consecutive years been in the top three in the South African Sustainable Growth Awards, 5 year private company category which included in one year, line honours. In 2007 its Managing Director was awarded the coveted Entrepreneurs Award, sponsored by Ernst and Young.

In 2016, history is made as global access automation powerhouse FAAC acquires Centurion Systems.


In addition to its impressive and wide-reaching distribution network spanning over 70 countries, CENTURION South Africa offers its clients a choice of nine official branches located nationwide. These are:

  • North Riding (CENTURION Head Office)
  • CENTURION East Rand
  • CENTURION Pretoria
  • CENTURION Bloemfontein
  • CENTURION Nelspruit
  • CENTURION Pinetown
  • CENTURION Cape Town
  • CENTURION Port Elizabeth
  • CENTURION West Africa (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • CENTSYS Pacific (Sydney, Australia)


Centurion’s Time-line
Year Description
2016 CENTURION becomes part of the global FAAC group of companies, further expanding both companies' global footprints
2013 Centurion Systems acquires MyGSM, adding two versatile new GSM control and monitoring devices to our GSM range
2012 Opened our first branch beyond our borders in Lagos, Nigeria
2011 Launch of SMARTGUARDair wireless keypad for high security access control
2011 Launch of Flux SA and Flux OB inductive loop detectors
2011 Launch of the D10 Turbo - our fastest operetor yet!
2010 Open new branch in Port Elizabeth

D10 Sliding Gate Operator becomes Finalist in the IFSEC Industry Awards, United Kingdom

2009 Upgrade quality assurance system to ISO9001:2008
2009 VECTOR2 swing gate operator wins SABS Design Institute of SA Design Excellence Award
2009 Introduce Intruder-detection Alarm features (a world first) with our new D-Series controllers for D5-Evo; D10; VECTOR2
2009 Release ChronoGuard timer technology (a world first) built into our new D-Series controllers on D5-Evo; D10; and SECTOR
2009 Launch of SECTOR high volume traffic barrier
2009 Launch of D10 industrial sliding gate operator with DC motor
2009 Launch of XTrac, a revolutionary garage door operator
2009 Launch of D5-Evo, an upgraded version of the tried and tested D5 domestic and light industrial sliding gate operator
2009 Move into new head office and 15,909sqm production facility in Production Park, Northriding, Johannesburg
2009 Open new branch in Bloemfontein
2008 VECTOR2 - Develop new, intuitive controller and upgrade operator
2008 Start building new head office and factory in Production Park, Northriding, Johannesburg
2007 Develop new linear swing gate operator – VECTOR (receives SABS Design Institute of SA Design Prototype Award for its revolutionary design)
2006 Develop dual AC controller – CP93
2006 Company logo is updated to become more contemporary
2006 Develop own range of proximity access control systems - SOLO and LATTICE
2005 Upgrade D3 and D5 sliding gate operators
2005 Develop 2-wire domestic intercom system – POLOphone (receive Design Excellence award from SABS Design Institute of SA Design)
2004 Upgrade rotary swing gate operator for light industrial gates – R5
2004 Develop battery back-up module for A10 operator – DC CONVERTER
2003 Develop new industrial sliding gate operator – A10 (unique use of custom developed inverter to drive single phase operator)
2003 Complete extension of factory in Northriding, Johannesburg increasing footprint to 7,500sqm
2002 Develop new rotary swing gate operator – R3
2002 Develop data logging and time barring module for keypads and remote controls – CHRONOLOG
2001 Develop new range of remote controls – CLASSIC, SMART2 & NOVA (receive Design Excellence award from SABS Design Institute of SA Design)
2001 Develop access control keypad – SMARTGUARD
2001 Open new branch in Nelspruit
2000 Upgrade quality assurance system to ISO certification to ISO9001-2000
2000 Build new 3,200sqm factory in Northriding, Johannesburg
1999 Develop multi-user receiver – SUPA SMART
1999 Develop manual traffic barrier – CENTINEL
1999 Develop high volume automatic barrier – CENTOR
1998 Develop infra red safety beams – i5
1998 Introduce the sliding operator for light gates – D3
1997 Develop own set of remote controls - SMART (Unique for its self learning technology)
1997 Implement ISO9001 quality assurance system
1996 Design new company logo
1996 Develop new DC sliding gate operator – D5 (first operator in the world using a polymer injection moulded gearbox)
1995 Open branch in Jet Park, Johannesburg
1995 Develop advanced single motor controller for AC motors – CP91
1994 Build own 1,200sqm factory and offices at 1 Engineering Close, Kya Sands, Johannesburg
1994 Develop cost-effective motor controller for gate operators – CP87
1993 Open branch in Pinetown, Kwa-Zulu Natal
1993 Develop own 12V DC traffic barrier – CENTRY
1993 First microprocessor based controller for DC motors – CP77
1992 First microprocessor based controller for AC motors – CP90
1992 Ian Rozowsky joins to head up the development of new products
1991 Develop entry level sliding gate operator – MINI-SLIDA
1991 Ian Tingle joins to head up the production facility
1990 Develop light-industrial rotary swing gate operator – MAXI-MATE
1990 Move to rented premises in Staal Street, Kya Sands, Johannesburg
1989 Start selling to various markets in Southern Africa
1989 Introduce first sliding gate operator – SUPA-SLIDA
1988 Introduce first pedestal mounted rotary swing gate operator – AUTO-MATE
1987 Introduce first gate controller – CP3-III sold with ground mounted rotary swing gate operator
1987 Richard Rohman joins full time to continue developing the gate automation side
1986 Pat Dickens starts business primarily servicing of UPS. Gate automation is done part-time with Richard Rohman




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