French manufacturer meets growing demand in southeast Africa

9 November 2012

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Lifting equipment manufacturer Verlinde’s South African partner company Akhanani Cranes is expanding its product range and services in the southeast African countries of Mozambique and Zimbabwe due to increasing demand.

Economic growth in the two countries is being supported by a rapidly growing mining industry, providing greater demand for lifting services in across both commercial and mining projects.

"We are so grateful for the success that we've had and attribute it to our strong commitment to customer relationships and key partnership with Verlinde France," said Arno Dahms, managing director of Akhanani Engineering. "Ensuring our clients are properly supported through every stage of a project is something we take very seriously, and it's such great customer service that we believe gives us our competitive edge and USP within the SA territory."

Akhanani is an accredited distributor for Verlinde France, which is supporting the company in its expansion plans. "Verlinde France has been doing business in Africa for decades," said Simon Rothechild, business development manager for Verlinde France. "We have had representation in South Africa for many years and thanks to the expanding economies of many African nations, time is right to make the move into these other areas of Mozambique and Zimbabwe."

Commenting on developments in southeast Africa, Thomas Descamps, managing director of Verlinde France added: "Verlinde France recognised that developing African nations would see economic growth, after the turn of the millennia. Both Zimbabwe and Mozambique have established mining industries that continue to develop and Verlinde France is proud to be playing its part in enabling these expanding economies to flourish."