Jan Görtzen is the managing director of World Power Products WPP). Prior to becoming director at WPP, he owned two previous businesses. He holds a BSc –Mech Eng, from Wits University and is married with two sons.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THE STAINLESS STEEL INDUSTRY AND WHAT IS THE HIGHLIGHT?
I have worked in the industry for 10 years. My highlight was when I joined World Power Products in 2013. When joining I immediately recognised the need for change both in processes and management style. The company needed a forward thinking team that could achieve results in a tough economic environment.
My three years here have been dedicated to ensuring innovative thinking so that we maintain our position and competitive edge as one of South Africa’s leading players in sheet metal manufacture.
WHAT IS THE MOST ENJOYABLE PART OF YOUR JOB?
Upskilling my people. I believe that skilled people are fundamental to producing quality products and delivering high levels of service.
I believe in training to develop a qualified team who have the necessary knowledge and know-how to take care of any project from design to final delivery.
WHAT IS SOMETHING NOT MANY PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I believe in South African businesses and wherever possible I buy South African manufactured products and services.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED DURING YOUR CAREER AND PERSONAL EXPERIENCES?
I have learned that true happiness and success in all areas of life requires a positive attitude, unwavering focus on the goal, persistence and hard work.
Over and above that you need to have an idea and keep evaluating that idea to make it work better. My goal has always been to supply products and services that add to society and the success of my customers.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU AREN’T WORKING?
I enjoy Sunday runs on my motorbike.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?
On the whole, the South African manufacturing industry is under tremendous strain in the face of some immense challenges.
In addition to having to deal with stringent labour laws, prescribed wage increases, rising steel prices and ever shortening lead times, Chinese imports sold at cut-rate prices present another obstacle.
IF YOU WEREN’T AT WORLD POWER PRODUCTS, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?
There are so many opportunities in South Africa and as an entrepreneur I’d probably be looking for the next big thing.
WHY STAINLESS STEEL?
The possibilities and opportunities are endless.