PE com­pany scoops top Africa award

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - News -

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.


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