Manufacturer of the Year Award 2014

Manufacturer of the Year Award 2014

The Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA) had the pleasure of hosting their second Manufacturer of the Year Awards Gala Dinner on 23 October 2014, at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek.

We were honoured by the presence of Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Trade and Industry who accepted the invitation as guest speaker. A copy of his address is included.

The NMA was proud to intoduce Mr Neil Jacobsohn, senior partner and founder member of FutureWorld International as the keynote speaker. He is a life-long communicator with a passion for the future. He is an award-winning journalist, a digital entrepreneur, a company director and professional marketer. It was an honour and privilege to listen to and learn from such an auspicious speaker whose message mainly focused on “Thriving inside the perfect storm”. There is no doubt that Namibian manufacturers gained valuable knowledge in preparing themselves for the challenges and opportunities facing the sector in the on-going complex international trade scenarios beyond 2014.

Elemotho’s, the first Namibian musician to win the 2012 RFI-France 24 Discoveries Award from a list of 500 African, Indian and Pacific artists, entertained the guests with his unique style of music.

This year we received more entries than last year, which is a clear indication that the NMA members this initiative. After preliminary judging to ensure that entries complied with the rules and regulations, the entries were judged by an independent panel of judges according to a predetermined set of criteria. The panel of judges unanimously endorsed the three winners for each category. The judging included a physical visit to some companies to verify certain information. Thereafter the marks were processed by the auditor of the NMA, Grant Thornton Neuhaus, who then verified the ultimate winners per category. We need to mention that after the calculation and verification of the final results by our auditors, the difference between the winners and runners-up in certain categories was very small, which reflects the high standard of entries received!

The NMA, satisfied that the judging process was both transparent and fair, was delighted to announce the winners in the following categories:

Category 1: The NMA Corporate Manufacturer of the Year
First: Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd
Second:
Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Third:
United Fishing Enterprises (Pty) Ltd

Category 2: The NMA SME Manufacturer of the Year
First: Black Gold Compost
Second:
GFG Slasto Supplies CC
Third:
Slowtown Coffee Roasters

Category 3: The NMA New Manufacturer of the Year
First: Black Gold Compost
Second: The Peace Jewellery Collection
No Third place.

Category 4: The NMA Ambassador for Manufacturing
First: Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd
Second: Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd
Third: Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd

Category 5: The NMA Most Environmentally Friendly Manufacturer
First: Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Second:
Ohorongo Cement (Pty) Ltd
Third:
Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd

The Overall Winner ‐ judges’ choice
Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd


NMA Manufacturer of the Year Award 2014 Speech by Hon Calle Schlettwein

 

The NMA believes that by honouring and recognising its members through this national annual event, it will inspire and motivate its members not only to participate in next year’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards, but also to increase the awareness of the high standard of manufacturing in Namibia and the important role which the sector plays in wealth and job creation in our country and the rest of the SADC region. The attendance by NMA members and others guests at this year’s event was nearly double that of the previous year.

The NMA expresses its sincere gratitude towards the main sponsor of this year’s event , FNB National Bank Namibia and also wishes to thank the other sponsors who contributed to the resounding success of this awards dinner. They are, in alphabetical order, Coca-Cola, Fabupharm, Guans Packaging, Mpact Namibia, Namibia Breweries Limited, Ohorongo Cement, Peralin Paints, Virtual Marketing/Who’s Who and Wispeco.

The Association is committed to be of service to its members, advocating better working relations and dialogue between all stakeholders such as manufacturers, retailers, consumers and the government.

MR RONNIE VARKEVISSER
CEO OF THE NMA