Six Western Cape-based companies which will be taking part in the 32nd edition of the annual Angolan international trade fair, commonly known as FILDA (Feira Intenacional De Luanda) are hopeful of making inroads into the Angolan market. The companies are part of the 24-member business delegation whose participation in FILDA has been made possible by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI.) The popular trade fair starts in Luanda today and will end on 26 July 2015.
Speaking before the opening of the fair, Erik Gobel, whose Maitland-based company Zero Industries manufactures inflatable and ballistic life jackets says he is confident that his products will attract the attention of the Angolan government authorities in particular.
“We are hoping to have a meeting with a least one key decision-maker in Angola and if that happens my objective for participation here would be achieved. This should be a procurement officer for the navy, military or police service as I know they will be interested in our products and place an order. That will result in us increasing our production and creating more employment back home,” says Gobel.
Paul King of Paarl-based WET Solutions also expressed optimism that officials and representatives of Angolan municipalities, golf courses and hotels would be attracted to his unique electronic solar purification water system.
“We would like to find a distributor of our product or any business or person who stores water and are interested in using our system to disinfect their water and keep it clean. Our product is wholly developed and patented in South Africa is like no other in the world. We are hoping it will fascinate many of the businesspeople that are exhibiting here or visiting our pavilion,” says King.
Christine Daron of Tristan Procurement Solutions which is based in Woodstock says her African jacquard products such as table linen, towel and aprons manufactured from a fabric with an intricately woven pattern will excite visitors to her stand.
“My wish is to get representatives of corporates visiting my stands as my African jacquard products appeal more to companies that want their names woven onto the fabric to share with their clients as part of promoting their brand,” says Daron.
Other Western Cape companies who are also looking forward to exhibiting their products and services in Angola are Liner Drawer (Paarl,) Bayside Marine (Cape Town,) and Trupvc Products (Belville.)