Itec Distribution (Itec) will expand its operations internationally with the opening of an office in the UK, at an initial investment of R100-million. The company’s global head office will remain in Sunninghill, Johannesburg.
Itec is one of the fastest-growing office automation, production printing and telecommunications providers in southern Africa, importing and distributing industry-leading brands.
The group employs in excess of 800 staff directly or indirectly in more than 47 regional offices across South Africa and neighbouring countries Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe.
The English operation will be headquartered in London and will be set up by Jacques Duyver, Itec Group’s CEO. “Expanding the local business to the UK formed a key part in our global growth strategy.
The UK operation will leverage off Itec Distribution’s systems and processes.
“We have also started building a South African based call centre that will serve as a help desk for the group’s local and international support requirements. Additional employment and training opportunities will be created and we aim to retain much needed core skills in South Africa,” adds Duyver.
Itec have undertaken significant research into the UK document solutions business and have found enormous synergies between both countries. The UK market is more than five times the size of South Africa yet only six months ahead in terms of product releases.
“We intend to capitalise on an expertise and business model that we have developed locally over the past 10 years. We have identified that in certain instances the approach taken by UK channel partners is markedly different to that used in South Africa and this provides us with additional opportunities,” Duyver adds.
Philip Perkins, chief operating officer of the Itec Group and Bruce Arnold, the group’s chief finance officer, will support Duyver in establishing the UK operations. Both Perkins and Arnold have lived and worked in the UK and bring with them significant experience and knowledge of the group and region.