Konica Minolta South Africa nurtures environmentally conscious SME

| 8 February 2017

JOHANNESBURG – 08 February 2017 – Konica Minolta South Africa, a division of Bidvest Office (Pty) Ltd, has ignited the entrepreneurial flame for two inspiring environmentalists, by assisting in the development, training and creation of New Circle Green Solutions.

Ashley Radebe and Juanathan du Toit, owners of New Circle Green Solutions, have for the past six months received intensive training and comprehensive business coaching under the leadership of Konica Minolta South Africa.


Today, the business successfully collects empty toners and cartridges from Konica Minolta South Africa’s customer base in the Tshwane municipality and delivers the components to a designated area at the organisation’s Pretoria branch, where they are counted.


Once the haul is large enough, the toners and cartridges are taken to a recycling company, where they are both stripped and dismantled. The plastic goes through a recycling chopping process to be used in other products. The steel and aluminium are sold as scrap metal.


“Whilst training and monitoring New Circle Green Solutions, we witnessed that the pick up of used cartridges and toners from clients is a viable avenue worth pursuing further,” explains Laetitia Coetzer, special project manager at Konica Minolta South Africa. “Although New Circle Green Solutions is Tshwane focused at the moment, we are aiming to extend the business to service the Johannesburg metro as well.”


She adds that training and mentoring undertaken by Konica Minolta South Africa encapsulated all facets of running a small business, from determining the business plan, through to communication, client liaison, time management, tax, insurance and much more.


“It is most pleasing to see our small business development project bearing fruit. For the next three years, New Circle Green Solutions will be a beneficiary of Konica Minolta South Africa’s Supplier Development programme. Most importantly, however, the company is a separate legal entity and we are excited to see it strengthen by providing its services to more companies,” concludes Ms Coetzer.


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Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH, based in Langenhagen, Germany, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Konica Minolta Inc., Tokyo, Japan. Konica Minolta enables its clients to champion the digital era: with its unique imaging expertise and data processing capabilities, Konica Minolta creates relevant solutions for its customers and solves issues faced by society. As a provider of comprehensive IT services, Konica Minolta delivers consultancy and services to optimise business processes with workflow automation. The company further offers its customers solutions and managed services in the field of IT infrastructure and IT security as well as cloud environments. With regard to its office printing solutions, "IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Print Transformation 2020 Vendor Assessment" stated that Konica Minolta is "recognised globally as a leader in print transformation". As a strong partner for the professional printing market, Konica Minolta offers business consulting, state-of-the-art technology and software and has established itself as the production printing market leader for more than a decade in Europe (InfoSource). Its Business Innovation Centre in London and four R & D laboratories in Europe enable Konica Minolta to bring innovation forward by collaborating with its customers as well as academic, industrial and entrepreneurial partners. For its innovative service approach that complements their devices perfectly, Konica Minolta was awarded the prestigious ‘"Buyers Lab PaceSetter Award for Serviceability and Support 2020/2021" by Keypoint Intelligence. Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe is represented by subsidiaries and distributors in more than 80 countries in Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. With approximately 10,000 employees (as of April 2020), Konica Minolta Europe earned net sales of over 2.34 billion in financial year 2019/2020.

 

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