Yesterday marked a very special occasion for Cummins Southern Africa, in fact, for Cummins in the continent of Africa as a whole: the company has been serving the African continent for 70 years as at the end of 2016.
Phistos Katisi, Receiving Supervisor (46 years at Cummins), Thierry Pimi, Managing Director for Southern Africa; Rachid Ouenniche, Managing Director: Distribution for Africa and the Middle East; and George Lymberopoulos, Warranty Administrator (41 years at Cummins).
In order to celebrate this important marker in the company’s history, Cummins’ MD: Distribution for Africa and the Middle East, Rachid Ouenniche and its MD for Southern Africa, Thierry Pimi, spoke to the media and invited guests at an event held at their offices in Kelvinview, Johannesburg. In addition, long-service awards were presented to two of Cummins Southern Africa’s employees.
Rachid Ouenniche opened the formalities by welcoming everyone and giving a summary of the history of Cummins which is headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, in the USA. Formally established in South Africa in 2010, the headquarters of the Cummins Africa Area Business Organisation is located in Johannesburg, South Africa and is the nerve centre for all Cummins operations in Africa.
Cummins has had a presence on the continent since 1946 and launched its first manufacturing plant (Filtration) in South Africa in 1998. Today the organisation has company-owned entities in ten countries with a total of more than 1 400 employees. By 2014 Cummins was the biggest distributor of products and engine applications in its fields (Engine – engine manufacturing and aftermarket products as well as the provision of technical support, parts sales and engine and equipment service; Power Systems – electric generators, power systems and related accessories, components and services; and Components – which provides Fleetguard and Nelson filters, silencers, emissions after-treatment and exhaust systems as well as its own Turbo Technologies products; and, of course, Distribution).
Thierry Pimi, newly appointed to his post, stressed that it is the people at Cummins that make the company the successful leader that it is and who brand the company positively. He said that it is the “culture of Cummins” to ensure that the workforces in the various regions reflect the diversity of their people and makes a priority of appointing local personnel as its managers, in order to lead effectively from a position of knowledge of the particular conditions prevailing in their countries.
Two Cummins Southern Africa employees were given long-service awards: Phistos Katisi, Receiving Supervisor (46 years at Cummins) and George Lymberopoulos, Warranty Administrator (41 years at Cummins).