VENTURES: Dexion Cape Doing Fine, Thanks
Recent Western Cape Business News
IN an industry rife with rumour and speculation, one may have been told that Dexion in South Africa is having problems - perhaps even that they have closed down or “gone out of business.”? Hmmm?
Nothing could be further from the truth. Cape Business News visited the company the other day at their request and found the two directors, Alan Moule and Ron Bonthuys, in fine form. Business is good, they say, they are busy expanding their service to their network of customers in Johannesburg, the Free State, the Eastern Cape, KZN and nationwide. Even in the present recession, they are growing that customer base.
“The basis of the speculation,” says Alan Moule, “is the unfortunate liquidation and closure of Southland Manufacturing in Pietermaritzburg - who have in recent years been the licensee and main manufacturer in SA of the world-renowned Dexion range of products.”
This was brought about mainly due to a potentially exciting, but ill-timed, attempt by Southland at change of ownership. But Moule emphasises that it does not affect in any way the ongoing operations of Dexion Storage Centre Cape (Pty) Ltd, who are, and have been since their inception over five years ago, a fully independent and free-standing company with no financial or other ties to Southland.
Dexion Cape have other manufacturing facilities available to them, he points out, and continue to successfully serve and support their ‘large and loyal customer base’.
Dexion Cape, says Ron Bonthuys, is in the business of designing and implementing steel racking and shelving storage solutions including mezzanine floors. They deal with customers from all parts of the country direct from their Cape offices, where necessary visiting the customers and advising on the best solution for a particular problem. Their services are backed up by a network of agents in all parts of the country.
One problem, he says, is that the industry is beset by cheap imports, some of doubtful quality. It is important for racking and shelving products to be correctly specified, and to be of certified steel. Racking bears great responsibility, often supporting very heavy loads to considerable height, and a collapse can be disastrous, even life-threatening.
“Imported products don’t always have certification, and while some are of excellent quality, some are not. Local products are manufactured and installed to strictly controlled standards using locally certified steel, so the customer is protected. And in the event of any problem, we are right at hand - not half way around the world.”
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