PE company scoops top Africa award
There were no silver spoons, just having the correct intent, hard work and taking advantage of opportunities.
That, Jendamark Automation managing director Quinton Uren said, was what it took to win the African Industrialist of the Year award at the grand finale of the All Africa Business Leaders Awards.
The awards were hosted by CNBC Africa at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday night.
Uren, whose Port Elizabethbased automation company exports manufacturing assembly solutions to 18 countries, beat out business leaders from Southern, West and East Africa for the overall title at the eighth annual continental awards.
These included fellow SA finalists Nampak CEO Andre de Ruyter, Likoebe Innovation Consultants founder Nneile Nkholise, and Nana Sebelo, CEO of Thata uBeke Manufacturing.
Uren, 53, said the award was a “massive recognition for what Jendamark as a South African company, has achieved in the export market”.
Since co-founding the small automotive engineering firm in 1992, Uren and his fellow directors have grown the company into a global automation leader with local offices in PE, East London and Pretoria, and an international presence in Pune in India, Penzing in Germany, and Detroit in the USA.