Lonza’s national 2017 road show, ‘Overcoming Industry Hurdles’, proved to be a successful two-week journey around the country. The road show kicked-off in Limpopo and then moved to Mpumulanga, KwaZulu-Natal and concluded in the Western and Eastern Cape. Judging by the positive feedback and compliments received, the topics presented provided valuable insight to all who attended.
“The road show was a terrific opportunity to connect with our customers and help them get to grips with the latest compliance requirements affecting our industry. We have much experience in this area and want to share our knowledge with all our customers,” said Doug Sayce, Lonza’s general manager.
The agenda took an in-depth look at Environmental Management Plans, Waste Management and Pressure Equipment Regulations in order to gain a better understanding of the impact each of these issues on our customer’s timber treatment operations. The presentations were conducted by Lonza’s general manager, Doug Sayce; sales manager, JJ du Plessis and engineering co-ordinator, Shaun Schouten – who collectively brought more than 40 years years experience to the road show and once again highlighted the company’s depth of knowledge.
Gumpro Executive Director, Dave Hempson, complimented Lonza by saying: “This was a most informative road show that has forewarned us as to what is expected of us moving forward”.
Lelani van der Watt from Kareedow Kreosoot Werke added that the presentation on Environmental Management Plans was an eye-opener. “We had no idea as to the procedures that needed to be in place and will be making good use of Lonza’s template to implement this plan in our business. The template also means that we don’t have to waste any time starting from scratch,” she said.
Leonie Engelbrecht from MTO George concurred, “The road show was overall very enlightening. In particular it provided us with much-needed assistance in aligning ourselves with the current legal vessel certification requirements. We now have a better understanding of what is required in terms of maintaining log books and testing every 36 months”.
Graeme Freese at Poles Galore in KwaZulu-Natal, felt that the topics discussed were very important and had not been taken seriously enough up until now. “We had all heard about these issues, but Lonza’s presentation pricked us on the importance thereof,” said Freese.
With various government departments stepping up audits in the timber preservation industry, Lonza believes that the road show has been successful in providing its customers with vital information and the necessary support to overcome any industry ‘hurdles’ on their road to compliance.