Landis+GyrLEADERS IN JOB CREATION & SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT
Case Study – Simartech
Simartech is a 75% black women-owned company based in Midrand supplying Landis+Gyr with Customer Interface Units.
“Landis+Gyr provided a turnkey Enterprise Development model that enabled Simartech to minimize typical challenges (access to capital, knowledge and skills transfer, market entry, etc.) faced by many black start-up companies”, said Godfrey Marema, Chief Operating Officer at Landis+Gyr.
He continues: “Our Enterprise Development model provided Simartech with training, equipment and mentoring throughout the manufacturing process. The model also requires Simartech to duplicate the initiative by developing other manufacturing companies in their value chain.”
Currently, Simartech are not only assembling CIUs – they have now invested in their own machine and are starting to manufacture PCBAs.
This Landis+Gyr model represents a true Enterprise Development initiative, which helps support the government’s objective of creating employment, building black-owned companies that are sustainable in their own right and can be globally competitive.
Landis+Gyr South Africa is an electronic meter manufacturing company that offers a complete range of metering solutions, from prepayment, smart and credit metering to meter test equipment and system solutions. It is a Level 1 BBBEE company that is strongly committed to black economic empowerment, local manufacturing, support of local BEE suppliers and skills development for our South African people. Landis+Gyr meters are locally manufactured at the Midrand facility and supplied to the South African market as well as across most of the African continent and beyond. Landis+Gyr have an Enterprise Development Programme that is modelled at creating black-owned suppliers in the electronic industry.
Landis+Gyr opened doors for Simartech, a start-up company, through their Enterprise Development programme. Simartech was given an opportunity to assemble Customer Interface Units (CIU) from June 2015. Landis+Gyr provided all the training, equipment, and guidance throughout the manufacturing process.
“We started with 6 employees, one production line, and zero turnover. Currently, we have 36 employees (mainly black females), two production lines, and a projected turnover of R 43 million!” says Lemao Motaung, Managing Member.
Simartech has now embarked on a second phase and re-invested the proceeds in PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembly) manufacturing equipment. This added capability will enable them to become a fully integrated electronics manufacturer, with a projected turnover of R 120 million in the 2018/2019 financial year.