18 Oct New Premises Officially Open
On Thursday 30 September 2021 Atlantic Glass & Aluminium hosted an event to officially open its new premises in North End, Gqeberha. Dignitaries in attendance included the Eastern Cape MEC of Human Settlements Nonceba Kontsiwe, officials from the Eastern Cape Department of Public Works and the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism and other stakeholders in the building sector.
In his address, CEO Mr Ntsikelelo Mzamane traced his journey in the aluminium sector after pivoting from the finance industry as a CA and Director at SNG Grant Thornton in East London. He also highlighted the unique in-house skills the business has, as well as his passion for training that has seen the establishment of a training division to assist smaller manufacturers in the province. Mzamane’s acquisition of Atlantic Glass & Aluminium in 2019 means the business is 100% black-owned and one of the largest manufacturers of architectural aluminium systems in the Eastern Cape.
The company has made significant investments to its offering. The expansion to the new 3000sqm premises coincided with a R6 million investment in cutting edge machinery supplied by German company Elumatec. Rudi Nel, the SA MD of Elumatec says, “I was inspired by the vision Ntsikelelo had for this business and we are honoured to have been entrusted to fit his new factory with state of the art machinery. I’ve been in the industry for 20 years, this facility with its technologically advanced machinery and software now firmly places Atlantic Glass & Aluminium among the top 5 manufacturers in the country. It’s refreshing to find someone still willing to roll up their sleeves and work towards a goal and I really hope the local construction industry recognises this and supports this business.”
MEC Kontsiwe was most impressed by the training the business provided up and coming manufacturers, saying that Atlantic was assisting the government in fulfilling its mandate of employment creation. “The production and manufacturing sector is the lifeblood of our province. The opening of these premises fits into the province’s vision for 2030; creating jobs and transferring skills. The State cannot carry the burden of unemployment alone, so businesses like this help to answer these challenges.”
Guests were treated to a tour of the facility as well as a live demo of the impressive remote-controlled CNC machine, which enables the manufacturer to do in half a day what used to take a day and a half to complete, significantly increasing its capacity. With a healthy project pipeline as well as plans to expand into Cape Town, the future is promising for this Grand Dame of the Eastern Cape’s manufacturing sector.