Polymer bushing and wear material producer Vesconite Bearings appointed five additional sales people, the majority of whom are engineers, in late January.
Calvin Mpofu, Franco Visser, Richard Laurent, Werner Bekker and Wian Venter have since attended a one-month intensive training programme in the polymer products that the company sells and the industries to which it sells, as well as on the company’s accounting and logistics systems.
The new staff members have been allocated to various industries:-
- Mpofu will focus on forklifts, which can use the company’s products where friction and load are present and existing polymer or bronze materials are unable to cope with the tough operating conditions;
- Visser will place attention on the commercial automotive market, particularly those vehicles exposed to heavy loads, long distances and adverse road conditions;
- Laurent and Bekker will concentrate on the pumps industry’s use of the company’s polymers, with special attention on wear rings and support bushings that offer improved pump efficiencies and lifespans for industrial pump users; and
- Venter will increase Vesconite’s presence in countries with a strong marine industry, with an initial focus on promoting sales of propeller shaft, rudder bearings and miscellaneous on-deck marine equipment.
It is believed that the new sales people’s engineering backgrounds, together with the training that they have received, will set them up to provide excellent technical advice to clients who require superior specialised guidance and service.
It is believed, further, that they will increase the company’s geographic footprint and market share in the forklift, automotive, pump and marine industries.