R/€ = 14.26
R/$ = 10.36
Au 1259.80 $/oz
Pt 1386.00 $/oz
Aug 30, 2002
Maize-products firm conquers export marketBack
Hong Kong|Johannesburg|(JCCI)/Standard Bank|Coca-Cola|Ford Europe|Ford Motor Company|Africa|Europe|North America|Australia|Cameroon|Japan|Malaysia|Mozambique|New Zealand|Nigeria|Singapore|South Africa|Taiwan|Thailand|The Philippines|United Kingdom|Export Services|ExportnServices|Food|Maize Products|Marius De Jager|Far East
© Reuse this African Products was declared the winner of the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce (JCCI)/Standard Bank 2002 Gauteng Exporter of the Year Award, as well as the winner in the large-manufacturing category, at a function held in Johannesburg this month. The company is the largest wet-miller of maize products on the African continent, producing modified and unmodified starches, glucose syrups, powdered glucose, sorbitol, gluten 20 and gluten 60, which are used in food, beverages, textiles, paper spray-drying and animal feeds.
In the face of punitive duties that effectively closed European markets to the company, it has achieved noteworthy results in the Far East, Australia, New Zealand and, recently, in Nigeria. Until 1998, African Products was an exporter of surplus capacity – exporting what it could, when it could. In that year the decision was made that up to 30% of production should be committed to the export market.
Since then the company has expanded its markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore to Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand and, more recently, into Nigeria in head-on competition with European producers. The company's export turnover last year was R168-million.
The awards were divided into four categories, including export services and small, medium and large manufacturing, and is run to recognise excellence and promote an export-orientation in the Gauteng business community. Ford Motor Company won the services category award for its promotion of locally-manufactured auto components to the worldwide Ford group.
The firm is the number-one exporter of catalytic converters from South Africa, supplying 90% of Ford Europe's requirements. New initiatives are under way to target other markets, notably Japan and North America.
Klamflex Pipe Couplings was the winner in the small-manufacturing category on the basis of the significant challenges it overcame in meeting European standards for the piping of drinking water, wastewater, and effluent. It took the company, together with its local rubber-seals supplier, three years of design re-engineering to secure UK accreditation. During that time the company also realised that design changes were necessary to compete successfully in Europe – and reengineered its product range, bringing about significant reductions in costs. The last two years have seen the company experience exponential growth in export turnover.
The winner of the medium-manufacturing category was Container World. The company converts second-hand marine containers into refrigerated and customised containers used for accommodation, banks, bakeries and clinics.
The export market, particularly into Africa, has increasingly become a major focus. The firm is the preferred supplier of containerised ice-making machines for Coca-Cola in Southern Africa, and has been awarded contracts for the supply of complete mobile construction camps in Cameroon and in Mozambique. Speaking at the awards ceremony, JCCI CEO Marius de Jager said that the twelve finalists are making a substantial contribution to the province's job creation and tax generation that enables government to provide infrastructure and services.
Edited by: Joanne Delaurentis© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
Other Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Tanks and Containers News
African downstream petroleum multinational Engen Petroleum is currently undertaking first-phase revamp work on Beira Terminal, an import and storage facility in the Port of Beira, Mozambique. When complete, the terminal will be able to supply Mozambique, Zimbabwe,...
Global shipping company Maersk Line (ML) has reduced its energy consumption and has registered a corresponding environmental-impact reduction of 105.000 t of carbon dioxide (CO2) for all its vessel operations since its environment-friendly software programme, the...
US-based Technology and engineering company Emerson Process Management announced the release of an integrated Heat Exchanger Monitoring Solution that improves operations performance and reduces energy costs. The solution is part of Emerson’s new suite of Essential...
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
Road and Rail 2013: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2013 Report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move...
Liquid Fuels 2013 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Liquid Fuels report examines South Africa’s liquid fuels market, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing,...
Projects in Progress - Second Edition (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s second Projects in Progress supplement considers some of the major project developments under way, including high-profile energy and transport projects, as well as a few of the lower-profile public and private developments. What remains apparent is...
Water 2013: A review of South Africa’s water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2013 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
Canadian Mining Roundup for June 2013 (PDF Report)
The June 2013 roundup includes details of the development of TSX-V-listed Aldridge Minerals’ flagship Yenipazar polymetallic project, in Turkey; the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission’s renewal of Cameco’s uranium mining licence pertaining to the Cigar Lake...
This Week's Magazine
Mitsubishi Motors South Africa (MMSA) has introduced a 4x2 derivative of its Pajero Sport sports-utility vehicle (SUV), which will give it access to a substantial slice of the full-size SUV market, where it will compete with the likes of the Ford Everest, Chevrolet...
South African Energy Minister Ben Martins has affirmed that the government wants the country to be globally competitive in the nuclear sector. "Our responsibility has always been ... to ensure that, in nuclear energy, South Africa can compete with the rest of the...
Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) president and CEO Dr Martin Zimmermann describes the new S-Class as “a special place to be”, with the car creating a sense of “wellness” once you are seated inside the German brand’s flagship model. It is difficult to argue...
Water scarcity and water-quality issues are broadly recognised and understood in most political, business and civil organisations in South Africa, but solving water issues will require wide and continuous action in catchments and municipalities by organisations and...
Work is well under way on the R212-million Imvutshane dam, 30 km north-west of Stanger, in KwaZulu-Natal, which is a key link in supplying people in rural Maphumulo with a reliable source of safe drinking water.