Otis South Africa has appointed Nicolas Branly to the position of Service Director, reporting to the MD: Otis Africa, Daniel Daphne. Branly, who joined Otis France as Field Supervisor in 2009, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Economics from the University of Paris Dauphine, and MS Mechanical Engineering and Production Systems from Ecole Centrale Paris. He has served in various positions within the organisation throughout his tenure including Project Manager (Mordernisation of Major Projects); Key Accounts Manager; Field Manager: Maintenance and Repair and Senior Manager Branch Services. His new role will see Nicolas driving performance and growth in service, maintenance, modernisation and repairs. All South African branches, Modernisation Department and Service operations will report to him. Daniel Daphne MD of Otis Africa says, “As the world’s largest people mover, we don’t only believe in moving machines but also in moving towards achieving career ambitions. We are particularly proud of this appointment as Nicolas brings with him knowledge, expertise and experience to bolster relationships with our clients and strengthen our position as professional service providers”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Ernest Lowe is proud to announce the first ever installation in Africa of the Strate Awalift 80 unit. The state of the art German technology has been installed all over Europe for over 50 years and has finally been introduced to Africa. This is the first of its kind sewage pumping system which separates the solids from the pump impeller ensuring continued pumping in any and every scenario. The Awalift unit solves the traditional problem of solid waste interfering with the pump impeller and shaft by ensuring the solids are separated in their own chamber independent of the pumping chamber. For further details and interest please feel free to contact the Ernest Lowe sales department. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
2017 ended on a positive note for six disabled learners who graduated with an NQF Level 4 certificate in Business Management – sponsored by Otis South Africa. Otis also inducted six interns who were working across a number of disciplines ranging from Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Engineering, as well as Learner Lift Mechanics who were part of the 2017/2018 intake, on the same day of the graduation.. The Learner Lift Mechanic Programme, supported by MERSeta, commences with induction and runs for a period of three years. At the end of the programme the learner is certified as a qualified Lift Mechanic (NQF 4). The year 2017 saw Otis increasing the annual number of Learner Lift Mechanics (L2) from 15 to 41, which brings the total number of Learner Lift Mechanics employed by Otis to 87. ”The company sees training and developing unemployed youth as a key metric of its business strategy and building the Otis talent pool,” says Loueen Jones, HR Director of Otis. Building skills and expertise across the business, and specifically through the Otis Training Academy, is a key element in positioning South Africa as a hub for Otis products and services on the African continent. “Our training programme is designed to create technical and functional expertise in the lift and escalator industry, and encourage operational and service excellence” adds Jones. The skills shortage in the technical field has left the company struggling to find qualified mechanics which can service and maintain Otis equipment, while meeting its stringent safety standards. The Intern and Learner Lift Mechanic Programmes are designed to address the skills shortage challenge in the industry. According to Trading Economics, youth unemployment reached an all-time high of 55.90% in the second quarter of 2017. “It is imperative that corporate South Africa increases the number of intern and learner programmes across industries, which will go a long way to reducing the youth unemployment rate. . . .
Based in Cape Town, ToolTech is a leading brand in South Africa that offers a variety of services, from product designing, toolmaking to logistics. They are supported by highly skilled in-house staff members that strive to cater to the individual needs of their clients. As a one-stop centre, this leading company accommodates six different divisions which include metal component production, toolmaking and engineering, plastic injection moulding, all chair components, PU moulded foam and all buckets and containers. Toolmaking and Engineering: ToolTech has earned a good reputation for their toolmaking and engineering services. They have a fully equipped CNC Toolroom that serve a variety of functions, from plastic injection moulds, PU foam moulds to press tooling. What's more, their highly efficient in-house specialists supervise the manufacturing process from the design stage to the mould manufacture. Plastic Injection Moulding: ToolTech specialises in an array of high-quality injection moulding machines that range from 35T to 1000T, ensuring an impeccable finish. As a certified BEE (Black Economic Empowerment Program) and an ISO9001-2000 licensed plant, ToolTech’s injection moulding plant is widely recognised as a leading name in the field of engineering and plastic component manufacturing. All Chair Components: This division of ToolTech offers a wide range of chair components, castors, bases, gas-lifts, mechanisms, armrests and hardware are only to name a few. Apart from these components, they specialise in armchairs, side chairs frames, hospitality frames, tub chair and frames as well as backrests, brackets and seat kits that are available in both netting and foam. For customised seating arrangements, customers can rely on their in-house professionals who strive to design and manufacture chairs based on their client’s requirements. PU Moulded Foam: ToolTech is equipped with a Polyurethane moulding plant that offers highly specialised integral skin . . .
CMT’s Africa Plastics Outlook to be held at the Hilton Sandton, Johannesburg on 31 January-01 February 2018, brings to light Africa’s growing demand for polymers while embracing a circular economy, insights from converters and brand owners, the emerging trends & demand in packaging, wire & cable, automotive and more, plus hear from traders/distributors on plastics trade challenges and how are you going to be paid! Africa Plastics Outlook summit hones in on the plastics markets in Africa, as Ms. Constance Nyambayo, Senior Industry Analyst, Frost & Sullivan outlines the ‘Demand/Supply Forecast’ for Africa’s Polymer market. Africa’s plastics demand and growth trends across North, South, East & West Africa as well as local production capabilities, imports economics will be shared in this session. Mr. Anton Hanekom, Executive Director, Plastics SA then zooms in on South Africa, with an overview of its plastics industry, processing technology, trends and capabilities as well as investments in new lines plus challenges faced by converters. South Africa’s plastics packaging player Boxmore Plastics will share a key session on ‘Partnerships, Responsibly Meeting Africa's Needs For World Class Packaging’ while retailer Woolworths Holdings details the Food Packaging Trends in Africa with focus on consumers insights and packaging trends, improving recyclability and sustainability as well as key plastics materials in package designs. Sharing the market prospects for Polycarbonates in Africa is Covestro with details of key growth drivers, technology innovations and emerging applications while a session on ‘Embracing a Circular Economy’ highlighting strategies, challenges and market outlook for recycled PET in Africa will be presented by Extrupet. Organized by Centre for Management Technology (CMT), the summit will also focus on: - Wire and Cable Markets Outlook in Africa – Aberdare Cables - Development/Innovation in the Compounding Industry & Value . . .
Functional from 2002, BadgeMags has earned an excellent reputation in the international badge and magnet communities for their high-quality products. For unique designs and cost-effective prices, their products are appropriated in a number of promotional events. At BadgeMags, the executives assist you in sourcing any badge and magnet related products. If they are unable to manufacture your desired products, they can help you find a source. In fact, they are connected with a wide range of suppliers across the globe. Magnets BadgeMags specialises in a variety of magnets including: 1) Ceramic Magnet: Ceramic or Ferrite magnets are composed of iron oxide and barium or strontium carbonate. These magnets are widely popular for their low costs. 2) Alnico Magnet: Alnico magnets are made up of a combination of aluminium, nickel, and cobalt. Although these magnets are easily demagnetised, they are preferable for their temperature stability and resistance. 3) Samarian Cobalt: Samarium Cobalt, a rare type of earth magnet, has a variety of applications for their higher magnetic strength and temperature resistance. In addition to this, this type of magnet is recognised for its high resistance to oxidation. 4) Neodymium Iron Boron: Neodymium Iron Boron is another type of earth magnet. It shares most of its properties with Samarian Cobalt except that it shows less resistance to oxidation. 5) Flexible Magnets: Flexible magnets are a variant of the injection mould magnets and usually come in flat stripes and sheets. Products From re-usable badges to button badges, BadgeMags offer a wide range of products which includes: 1) Badge Magnets: They offer various types of badge magnet, such as DM metal, DM plastic, SM, LM, and MM. 2) Badge Pins: BadgeMags is recognised as a leading International badge pin supplier. They specialise in different types of badge pins that come in diverse size, colour, and shapes. 3) Re-usable Badges: The re-usable magnets are . . .
When different departments within a manufacturing business operate independently, it makes it difficult to share relevant information, which makes it easier to get blindsided by competitors with a smarter game plan. The SAP Business One Manufacturing software solution has been tailored specifically for small to medium sized businesses within this highly competitive industry. Light manufacturing, make-to-order (MTO), engineer to order (ETO), mixed-mode, and assembly focused businesses can all get ahead of the game with an integrated mid-market Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. “It is ideal for companies which engage primarily in light manufacturing or lack the internal capacity for advanced manufacturing systems. It is easy to configure with existing applications and has room for customisation.” says Craig Johnston, Marketing Manager at Bluekey Seidor. The package includes standard SAP Business One features as well as specific manufacturing features such as: • Lot, batch and serial control • project cost tracking • labour management • multi-level bill of materials • forecasting • multi-warehouse management capability • extensive item master management The system will assist businesses in streamlining their entire manufacturing process, from production scheduling through to purchasing and logistics. It is designed to help manage material requirements planning (MRP) for multi-level production processes, create resource planning scenarios to forecast demand and generate automatic replenishment orders to prevent material shortages. Contrary to paper-based picking systems, stock can be scanned out and the information is quickly passed through to other departments for required checks, reducing the risk of human error, which protects margins. This reduces the time needed for manual stock revaluation. The ability to track inventory levels in real-time means that inventory is optimised, which gives companies the advantage to reduce . . .
After 19-years of operation, Macdonald Holdings has announced that it will be closing Bambanani Pipes and Fittings, its pipe manufacturing and coating division. The decision comes after 24 months of irregular project work and sustained losses which have been unavoidable in the current market, despite every effort made to revitalise the business. General Manager, Mr. Chris o’ Neill says, “Unfortunately the business has relied on the public sector’s manufacturing and maintenance spend and as this has begun shrinking so has the ability to keep the doors open and profitable. It is never an easy decision when people’s livelihoods are at stake, which is why we have taken every step possible, despite two years of losses, to look at positive solutions for the business. Sadly though, none of these has resulted in a marked turnaround and as such the shareholders have decided to call an end to the business.” Bambanani was formed in 1998 by a management buy-out of the ex-Hall Longmore operation that was based in Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp. In 2008 Bambanani became a member of the Macdonald Group of Companies and is a 100% BEE owned company with a level 1 BBBEE scorecard. It seems though, that despite these positives including a massive investment in a new facility and the very real consensus from clients of a brilliant product, that another once successful business is taking the brunt of a market downturn. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Metal and Engineering Industry is most probably the most hostile industry in which to conduct business: the labour relations environment is in general adverse towards business; in the Metal and Engineering Industry it has turned into a downright SMME hostile environment; in light of the success achieved with regard to the prevention of the extension of agreements to non-parties, government is contemplating legislative changes to nullify NEASA’s gains in the Steel sector; the arrangement between the Department of Trade and Industry/AMSA regarding steel is blatantly hostile to the Steel Downstream – it is hostile to each and every business downstream of AMSA, as well as the consumer; and government has no sense of the importance of the role of SMME’s in the economy; in fact, their policies and actions indicate the contrary. Our engagement with government has proved that government is committed to their ‘National Democratic Revolution’ (NDR) agenda; their engagement with business in general is merely a pretence. There is no meaningful engagement with mainstream economy SMME’s at all. Government’s vision, as far as business is concerned, as well as their strategy and tactics in this regard, is outlined in the NDR, which is national-socialist ANC policy.Within the current political- and economic environment, not a single government initiative is aimed at breaking the shackles inhibiting SMMS’s to grow, create jobs and to perform to their full potential. The contrary is true: apart from the type of business they envisage, all government action is hostile towards business. Business cannot rely on others (the ‘they’ so often referred to) to bring about change, not only for its own benefit, but for the country. It is for ‘us’, all of ‘us’, and nobody else, to work towards a sustainable future. Without ‘us’, South Africa won’t ‘work’. STEEL LOBBY It is for these reasons that NEASA is establishing a ‘STEEL LOBBY’ in the following regions: . . .
Perfect shop fittings are at the juncture of where art and science meet. In a dream store, form follows function in the most aesthetically pleasing way to create a lasting impression on clients. Your storefront is an invitation for prospective customers to enter, and as such it should be alluring, enticing and visually appealing in order to create an emotive response. Once inside, shop fittings need to speak to both practicality and intricacy to create an intense and memorable sensory experience. Visual elements heavily impact consumer behaviour. Lighting and colours are essential in establishing an ambiance, time and effort must be taken to ensure that your store encapsulates the desired mood. The layout of the store and materials used seeks to encourage movement and take consumers on a journey, leading them on a predetermined, purposeful flow. Therefore, shop fittings need to be laid out with a very clear strategy in mind. Every element of the shopper’s journey through the store determines whether or not they have a great customer experience. This is a precision-oriented endeavour, and attention to detail is key. There is a very delicate balance between showcasing unique concepts and latest trends and emulating a classic aesthetic that will stand the test of time. A case in point is the Asics store in Mall of Africa. A clean, bright shop front with a clear view of the products inside entices consumers to come in and explore further. Asics primary selling item, their versatile range of shoes, are found at the back of the store, forcing consumers to navigate the shop in order to reach them. Hero products are illuminated to draw attention. Simplicity is key in this store’s fittings; all display elements are clean, minimal and noninvasive so as to not distract the consumer from the products, allowing them to speak for themselves. White is primarily used throughout the store in order to make the colourful clothing items pop. Expert companies like Innovation . . .