Edward L Bateman Ltd

Edward L Bateman Ltd


Edward L Bateman Ltd was a top supplier of engineered products to the infrastructure, mining, processing and construction industries. Edward L. Bateman was a young mechanical engineer who emigrated to South Africa from the USA to assist local representative, Herbert Ainsworth, in selling the Allis-Chalmers range of equipment to mines.

In 1919 Bateman bought the business after Ainsworth’s death in 1919 and operated it as a very effective and dynamic one-man operation. In 1925 his eldest son, Glen L Bateman, joined the company.

The company was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1951 as The ELB Group Limited and continues to trade today.


  • James Gavin