Tank’s General Manager, Clive Maasch, spoke to Energize recently regarding the significance of being appointed the sole distributor of TE Connectivity’s Raychem products in Southern Africa.
Energize: Tell us something about Tank and your position in the company.
Clive Maasch: Founded in 1986, Tank Industries has traded in the Energy and Telecommunications markets in the region for over 30 years. I’ve served as General Manager at Tank Industries for over ten years and have had the privilege of participating with our Power Division Team in growing our energy business over this period. We are proud to have the privilege of sole distribution of TE Connectivity’s Raychem products Southern Africa. Tank is a member of the South African Listed Reunert Group.
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Energize: That’s quite an achievement. How did that come about?
Clive Maasch: Tank has been involved in cable industry since the year 2000. During that time, we had a fragmented range of products, to offer the market. That is to say, we did not have access to the full range because we were not a full distributor of TE Connectivity’s at that point. However, I made a commitment to them at the time that we would migrate all our other products to TE Connectivity’s products. And over three or four years, we proved this to them and built the relationship. So, when the company decided to move the agency, they moved it to Tank. I think the fact that we are part of a listed entity and have the financial muscle of a big group, gave us an advantage. Tank has a good reputation in the market and the TE Connectivity’s Raychem brands are trusted in this region.
Energize: How has Tank capitalised on this good reputation?
Clive Maasch: Our business has sustained during the recent lockdown because of the service that we've been able to offer all the utilities. In terms of maintenance, we managed to retain our staff. That is, we managed to keep everybody in a job by rotating the staff. And we've been very fortunate, they have all done a fantastic job during the year, which has been a very tough period. We have a B-BBEE level one status. We have all the SHEQ (safety, health, environmental and quality) standards in place, with full compliance and consultants to guide us. We also have an accredited EWSETA training facility in Cape Town for cable accessories. So, we meet all the necessary requirements and capitalise on them.
Energize: What makes Tank unique?
Clive Maasch: We have an amazing team at Tank. Headed up by Rob Riley our comprehensive sales team are based in all the major centres across South Africa and Africa. Our technical managers Tommie Norjie and Adriaan Theron were both trained in Germany by TE Connectivity and have an in-depth knowledge of the market and the products we offer. They have also long histories of the cable accessories business and are well-known and trusted in the local market. This proves extremely useful when advising customers or compiling quotations.
Tank Industries along with its principle TE Connectivity look forward to serving our valued customers with a world class range LV, MV & HV cable accessories coupled with product support and approved training.