Sensor and automation specialist, SICK Automation Southern Africa recently held the official opening of its custom designed, state-of-the-art premises in Lanseria Corporate Estate. CEO Luxy Moodley, described the progress of this three-year project, a result of the company’s rapid growth since it set up in South Africa in 2010. “Our new premises are a symbol of our long-term commitment to southern Africa. We are here to stay and we will use South Africa as a hub,” she said.
From l: Adriaan Booysen, national sales manager – factory automation; Luxy Moodley, managing director, SICK Automation Southern Africa; Justice Malala, political analyst, author and TV host; Giovanni Gatto, managing director, SICK Italy; Michael Muller, senior vice president and chairman global business centre systems; Doreen Cronje, national sales and marketing manager PA; Danie Labuschagne, head of technical services.
Investment in training and competency is a priority for SICK and the company will now be able to offer comprehensive in-house training. “Our large warehouse facilities have also improved stockholding and we have 24/7 service support for our SLA customers,” she continued. “During 2017 we embarked on a targeted marketing plan. Previously we focused on products but now we are meeting our customers’ need for solutions.”
Michael Muller, senior vice president and chairman of global business centre systems went on to describe how the family-owned company has evolved into a leading producer of sensors and sensor solutions, with a presence in 32 countries and global revenue of R20 billion. He emphasised the importance of digitalisation and the contribution that SICK sensor intelligence is making in the evolution towards Industry 4.0.
The highlight of the morning was Justice Malala’s highly entertaining and cutting edge insight into South African politics, the watershed developments taking place in the country, and what this means for business.
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