SOURCE: African Business Review

African Business Review

November 20, 2011 21:54 ET

SJM Flex SA: A Key Player in the Global Automotive Industry

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Nov 20, 2011) - SJM Flex is a major player in the automotive industry, manufacturing flexible couplings for vehicle exhaust systems. SJM Flex SA has all the necessary and required accreditations for it to operate on a global scale. Its TS 16949, ISO 9000 and ISO 9002 accreditations ensure its operating and production process are of the highest quality and are continuously improving, while its OHSAS 18001 certification guarantees occupational health and safety. Meanwhile, it's ISO 14001 qualification recognises its sustainable and environmentally friendly operating initiatives.

"If you talk to anyone in our industry and you ask them about SJM, they will tell you that what makes us different to other companies is our people," explains Deon Joubert, the Managing Director of SJM Flex SA. "We really believe that's what sets us apart from anyone else."

The company boasts an average employee attendance rate of 98 percent. To achieve this, SJM Flex SA uses its on-site canteen to provide all employees with one hot meal a day, which Joubert says is an Asian philosophy. "We believe a fed employee is a happy employee. Because of high unemployment in South Africa one person could be working for a family of 10 or 12 people, so if they get a free plate of food it's one less mouth to feed." Impressively, SJM's employee productivity levels are also in excess of 95 percent.

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About SJM Flex SA

A Korea owned company, SJM Flex has operations across the world in China, Malaysia, the US, Germany and South Africa. SJM Flex SA was set up in 1997, due to its ideal location to supply flexible couplings globally. The other drive behind having SJM operations in South Africa was the benefits that SJM could enjoy from the government's Motor Industry Development Programme, which encourages and supports companies to export into the global marketplace.

From SJM's Port Elizabeth base, all the major car manufacturers are supplied; General Motors, Ford, Renault, Mazda and Chrysler among others, across America, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

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