BSSC Radiators recently became the only radiator manufacturer in South Africa to receive a Local Content Verification Certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS). As one of the major radiator suppliers to mines and transportation entities in the country, the certification validates the company’s local content status in line with the soon-to-be-promulgated procurement bill which is before parliament at present.
The certification demonstrates that the company’s use of local materials and skills is in line with the Department of Trade and industry’s (DTI) local content objectives. According to BSSC Radiators director, Derek Bennett, the company is wholly South African and has actively participated in the local economy for several decades. During this time, it has grown to become a major contender with a reputation for quality workmanship and world-class manufactured goods that are designed to be tough enough for African conditions.
Not surprisingly, the company has struck-up longstanding agreements with several mining and construction concerns and has entered formal partnerships with a number of OEMs for alternative supply of cooling parts for equipment and trucks.
“In some ways the markets’ move to quality and local content verification has come full circle for me as I was one of the key contributors to the cooling system standards that were formulated by the SABS more than 40 years ago. We are proud to have walked this long path with the standards authority and are equally proud to be taking the first steps with it in support of the important role that local manufacturing plays in developing the country’s economy,” says Derek.
“Local manufacture is the way to go for most equipment and transport users offering quicker turnaround times, properly specified materials for local conditions and local support of our products which is important when running round-the-clock operations like mines, rail and port infrastructure and trucks,” Derek adds.
“The success of our business is based on quality which has set us up to compete with the best in the world. As a result, our next thrust will be into international markets by working closely with customers, as well as the DTI, to open channels to begin exporting our products around the world. Simultaneously, we are opening two new branches locally to shorten supply chains to our customers nearer to their operations.”
During the certificate handover ceremony, the SABS chief operations officer, Lungelo Ntobongwana, praised the dedication of the BSSC Radiators team responsible for obtaining certification. It underpins the three main pillars of the drive to achieve higher local content targets including social upliftment, broader economic expansion and business sustainability.
“Obtaining a Local Content Verification Certificate is beyond a compliance issue; it is a business imperative if we are to move the country forward. The certification process aims to provide a tangible measure of a company’s local content and will assist in meeting future procurement targets, as well as directives set out by industries per charter or other requirements,” Derek asserts.
Not just a number
But the benefits for customers go far beyond future legislation to more practical reasons for doing business locally. Shorter supply chains mean better lead times and availability of parts, as well as savings on associated costs. “More importantly, when dealing locally, customers are not just numbers but we foster relationships for better understanding a customer’s current and future requirements.”
Derek concludes that the company is all about giving its customers what they want and need. The addition of the local content verification certificate provides them with the ability to meet current and future statutory requirements. “This is just the beginning and our new products will continue to build and improve on the use of local expertise and materials that will enable us to compete with the best in the world.”