Industrial supply company Bolt & Engi- neering Distributors (BED) says that it supports local manufacturers and assists in developing skills in the tools and fasteners industries.
Local manufacturers must have an ISO certification to qualify for this support. The correct certification must be supplied to BED, with traceability on all products, says BED MD Mike Giltrow.
The company tackles the issue of skills development on a continual basis to further develop its employees. One of its main training providers is Nexim Strategic Business Solutions.
Courses, costing about R100 000 a year, are offered by the company and include first aid, firefighting, occupational health and safety induction, occupational health, staff motivation, substance abuse and emergency preparedness.
Further, the company provides in-house training on all products for both sales and warehouse staff. “Skills development will remain part of the company strategy moving forward,” he adds.
Meanwhile, the competitive- ness of local suppliers depends mainly on the strength or weakness of the rand, which can be extremely volatile, he says, adding that this volatility makes it very difficult for the company to plan ahead.
“We adopted a policy many years ago to support local manufacturers wherever possible, which enables our manufacturers to hopefully employ more people, as we need to bring down the high level of unemployment,” says Giltrow.
The company is a registered member of the Southern Africa Stainless Steel Development Association and it receives relevant information and is notified about opportunities relating to the stainless steel industry.