SACEEC Webinar - 10 September, 11:00
Innovation and status of the SA manufacturing sector, export drives and SA Capital Equipment Export Council Stats.
Director SACEEC (2002 – Present)
Chairman of SACEEC (2009-2016)
Managing Director at Bruggeman Consulting, Ltd. January (2007 – Present)
Managing Director (owner) APE Pumps (Pty) Ltd (1997 – 2007)
Mechanical Engineering (1977 – 1981)
Hobbies: Rotary, SANCA; Sailing, Wildlife; Scuba diving
Mr Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council is passionate about South Africa, its past and its future, its difficulties, and its potential. A mechanical engineer with a wealth of experience, who has works for the AfDB and the World Bank on the economics of machinery and equipment. He is a lover of wildlife and the African bush and is a keen nature conservationist.
FUN FACT: RED WINE, LIVE FOR TODAY AND MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT LIFE THROWS MY WAY
My name is Francois Marais. I was born as the elder of two to a sister 3 years younger. I grew up on a farm in the Petrus Steyn district in the Free State. I finished my High school career in 1982 at the Technical High School in Kroonstad.
I have 2 children, both married and stays abroad. I am also the “oupa” of 2 little girls and a boy.
Outside of work, I enjoy relaxing with friends and family. Life to me means friends and family who you can trust and who trusts you. I am pretty much on the happy side of life.
I have a passion for flying and as my late farther and my son, I have a PPL (Private Pilots License) which I obtained in 1990. I recently became a shareholder in a small plane based at Tedderfield close to Alberton. I also love gardening and the satisfaction to see your love, sweat and tears developing into a lash of colours still stays amazing.
After school I joined the police force where I also formed part of the State President’s forces. From there I upped myself in the security environment. After the birth of my children I decided to leave this environment due to the irregular working hours. My life made a few turns regarding work environments and my paths crossed that of the valve and pump industry. In 1999 I moved to Bethlehem where I settled down where I also met my current spouse.
After several jobs, I realized that my heart was in the valve and pump industry, and I decided to take the step to start my own company. With the believe and the support and trust of my wife, Stanfra was established in 2008. At first, I ran the company from Bethlehem, but soon realized that the client base was in Gauteng and Mpumalanga. I opened my workshop in Meyerton in 2010 and we moved to Meyerton and settled there.
The company’s main core of business started with the reconditioning and then the coating of pump and valve parts. As a strong believer in the power of positive thinking I saw the opportunity to create my own coating formulation and from there the birth of the Zyroflex coating.
As a further development and dealing with the pump and paper industry as our main client, I saw the need for a local manufactured valve at an affordable price. With the assistance and lead from persons with years of experience in the valve industry, the birth of the ……… valve was eminent.
Here’s a tip for you to live or try to live by: If you think it, and you dream it, it can be done
Franco Diederiks, which is the founder member of the EMS Group of companies, has a background in mechanical, electrical, manufacturing, sales, training and education, and marketing. His qualifications include a HED technical diploma, Diploma in Ministry, and an MBA from Millpark business school, plus several diplomas ranging from successful selling techniques to psychometric profiling of employees and staff.
Franco lives by the following philosophy “Success is the result of good judgement, Good judgement is the result of Experience, and Experience is the result of bad Judgement. So allow yourself to make mistakes, just as long as you learn from them”! In his spare time, he enjoys adrenalin sports which includes Mountain biking, Powered Paragliding, and flying his own plane for both business and fun. Family always comes first, and his Faith in Christ is particularly important to keep a good balance lifestyle.
Manager USA & Africa