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Spotting the need for reliable, durable and secure turnstiles at venues in South Africa, engineer Sidney Sacks set his skills to work. In 1990, he established Turnstar to provide a range of solutions for physical access control and attendance applications.
The company completed its first project shortly afterwards, installing 28 full-height turnstiles at the Soccer City Stadium in Soweto. Further orders followed from mines, health clubs, factories, office parks, residential estates and elsewhere.
Before long, Turnstar was being trusted to control and secure access to some of the world’s most prestigious locations and sporting events. In 2003, the company manufactured all 142 turnstiles across nine stadiums which held the ICC Cricket World Cup. Its solutions facilitated access for over 700,000 spectators with a 0% failure rate.
In 2010, Turnstar manufactured and installed over 960 turnstiles for eight major stadiums and 15 training stadiums in South Africa as the country hosted the FIFA World Cup. This project represented the single biggest turnstile project ever awarded in South Africa.
Over the years, Turnstar has added numerous other security and access solutions to its product portfolio, including vehicle barriers, spike barriers, rising bollards and kerbs, revolving doors and man-trap cubicles.
In addition to being the market leader, Turnstar continues to innovate. It continuously adds state-of-the-art machinery to its production line, incorporating the very latest in robotics, hydraulics and CNC machines.
The company’s 800m² factory in Johannesburg, South Africa, manufactures some of the world’s most reliable entrance control products for companies and institutions worldwide. Its international client base includes organisations of all sizes, from global mining companies and financial service providers to single-site retailers.