ENGINEERING PERSEVERANCE AND THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE IS THE ONLY KEY TO SUCCESS
GIVE A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE COMPANY AND YOUR CURRENT PRODUCTS AND MARKETS.
Ingérop South Africa is a multidisciplinary consulting engineering and project management company that was established in 1957. With over 50 years of experience and more than 120 qualified personnel, the company is ideally placed to provide innovative and appropriate world-class solutions.
The company is a member of the Ingérop Group (www.ingerop.com), a long-established, privately-owned, French consulting engineering firm currently employing more than 1 500 permanent staff, of which more than 1 000 are engineers.
Ingérop South Africa has developed strong capabilities to serve both public and private sector clients in the fields of infrastructure, public transport, energy, water, environment and socio-economic studies, buildings, and industrial facilities. The company’s range of services include consulting and feasibility studies on any subject relevant to Ingérop’s disciplines, design, construction supervision and commissioning of works on major projects.
AS A THOUGHT LEADER AND INNOVATION CHAMPION, WHAT STRATEGY WOULD YOU ADOPT TO DIFFERENTIATE YOUR CURRENT POSITION IN THE MARKET?
Currently, Ingérop South Africa focuses mainly on public sector projects. Going forward, the aim is to augment the company’s strengths and capabilities through organic growth and acquisitions. This allows greater access to private sector clients and to grow in the engineering market. The raising of the Hazelmere Dam Wall is an instance of the company’s level of expertise, competence and capacity to advance with the latest technologies.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT IN THE COMPANY AND WHAT DO YOU PLAN FOR THE FUTURE?
In terms of innovation and technology, Ingérop South Africa is currently working on a project, which will boast the largest Piano Key Weir (PKW) system in the world. This innovative structure has been designed and will be implemented by Ingérop South Africa at the Department of Water Affairs’ Hazelmere Dam in KwaZulu-Natal. Going forward, we remain at the forefront of state-of-the-art technology and the pursuit of engineering excellence.
ARE YOU INVOLVED IN ANY SOCIAL
Yes, social development is a fundamental element of Ingérop South Africa’s business strategy. Our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives are aimed at establishing and sustaining development in the company’s surrounding communities.
With education being one of our primary CSI focus areas, we are continuously concentrating on improving and uplifting previously disadvantaged schools. Currently, Ingérop South Africa is looking at the viability of up-skilling pupils from a previously disadvantaged technical school based in Lenasia by setting up a training centre at the school. We will then provide computer-aided design (CAD) lessons that will develop technical insight and sufficient skills for pupils to use in the workplace.
AS THE CEO, WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT THREE-YEAR BUSINESS PLAN TO SUSTAIN YOUR COMPANY TO MAINTAIN SHAREHOLDER AND INVESTOR CONFIDENCE?
• Grow the organisation’s capacity both organically and through acquisitions.
• Develop a strong, sustainable order book of diverse engineering projects.
• Continue to develop the company’s technical competencies for its core disciplines.
• Continue the pursuit of excellence in engineering.
WHAT MANAGEMENT STYLES IS YOUR ORGANISATION UTILISING?
Ingérop South Africa has adopted a participative management style. The benefit of this approach is that it empowers and develops the company’s staff members to actively partake in the business model, while simultaneously consolidating the organisation’s strength and capabilities.