South African Production Line Operational
Building Expertise and local employment for the Recloser business in South Africa
NOJA Power, in partnership with their South African exclusive distributor RWW Engineering are celebrating the commissioning of their new production facility in South Africa to service the local market for Reclosers. Following the award of the contract of supply to Eskom, RWW Engineering and NOJA Power have rapidly built their production facility to address demand requirements, and with RWW’s Level 4 BBEE status the partnership is bringing skills and economic development to South Africa.
NOJA Power’s commitment to local manufacture on this contract has been fulfilled within the first quarter of delivery scheduling, ensuring that genuine skills development and jobs are created for local South African’s in building the future reliability of the energy network.
The manufacturing model employed allows NOJA Power to transfer knowledge in quality serial manufacture to the local businesses, ensuring that quality, safety and reliability standards are maintained for the supply of reclosers to Eskom.
Knowledge transfer and quality assurance is facilitated by quarterly visits from NOJA Power’s Head Office staff to audit the factory and provide training, with some Australian staff participating in month-long business trips to train local operators and ensure implementation of process.
For NOJA Power, aside from economic development value for South Africa, the volume of production required for the South African market to improve energy reliability justifies the expenses required in committing to creating such a manufacturing enterprise.
“Congratulations to Jeremy Wood, Howard Wood and Kyle Lass on building and commissioning a production line to assemble the NOJA Power recloser control locally and add value to the supply chain for Eskom,” says NOJA Power Group Managing Director Neil O’Sullivan. “RWW has, and will continue to develop, significant local expertise in the manufacture of our product and this technical expertise will also be used to support Eskom through the life of this contract.”
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