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Renttech South Africa, a supplier of welding, power generation, lifting and rigging equipment for rental or purchase across Southern and sub-Saharan Africa, has appointed a new Managing Director. Duncan Whitehead, who took over as in March this year, brings 3 decades of senior management experience in the aviation, industrial and mining sectors.

Renttech DuncanWhitehead“Our strategy moving forward, in a nutshell, is one of ‘business as usual’ – with a renewed focus,” Whitehead says. “While there are no plans to change the successful business model which has seen Renttech grow into a robust and sustainable company, we will continue to investigate innovative ways in which we can offer our technical expertise and cutting-edge products to the market; thereby improving our customers’ overall Renttech experience.”

Earlier this year, the company was purchased by the Bidvest Group. According to Whitehead, Bidvest adopts a decentralised, entrepreneurial approach, allowing the businesses within the Group the flexibility to develop and grow their own brands, while being responsible for their own success. “We are fortunate in having a high-calibre team on board, as well as an enviable portfolio of locally and internationally branded products and solutions developed over the past 20 years. So we have all the right elements in place to move forward successfully,” he adds.

“As Renttech is very much a solutions-driven company, we need to be ‘ahead of the curve’: taking advantage of new technology in order to make our customers more productive, energy-efficient and cost-effective – with the end-goal of improving their bottom line and return-on-investment. The advanced technology we offer also has other advantages, such as helping to address the skills shortages that some of our customers are experiencing through its level of innovation and user-friendliness.”

Whitehead says that when a customer is contemplating buying a major equipment item such as a latest-technology industrial welder or generator, they are able to rent a similar unit from Renttech, to ensure that it meets their expectations before purchasing. Renttech SA is also scrutinising its rental fleet to make sure the equipment on offer meets the company’s high standards.

The company will be embarking on a fleet renewal and enhancement drive to ensure that when a customer rents equipment, they get an ‘as new’ experience; and that they are assured of renting the latest – and best – technology the market has to offer.

“At Renttech SA, we are committed to continue working closely with our customers, ensuring that we lead the market with innovative products and service, which will help them to develop and sustain their businesses, moving towards a more prosperous future,” Whitehead concludes.

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