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Mahle has expanded its footprint in South Africa with the opening of an office and warehouse in Midrand, Gauteng.
The decision to expand from the Port Elizabeth operation was taken as Mahle saw the need for a central point of contact for clients situated in the Gauteng area. Being closer to customers will allow the company to be more responsive to needs.
Georges Mourad, Mahle’s head of the EMEA region, also used the occasion to thank Chris Stanbridge for his contribution to the brand’s success and his role in the company’s re-entry into direct distribution in South Africa approximately three years ago.
Richard Clarke, head of Mahle Aftermaket sub Saharan Africa, presented Stanbridge with a beautifully framed Proteas Cricket shirt in commemoration of his departure from the company.
After the ceremonial ribbon cutting, Mourad and Clarke declared the office open for business. Henk Pretorius and Muhammed Sayed have been tasked with running the Gauteng operation, while Clarke will continue to be based in Port Elizabeth.