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OFF TO THE FREE STATE AND A WARM WELCOME IN WELKOM ON 10THAPRIL
The conference centre at the Goldfields Casino was the chosen venue for the event, a gamble that certainly paid off judging by the strong attendance on the evening.
Welkom is also known as “Circle City” with 33 large traffic circles in the CBD area replacing traffic lights, an example that has been studied and copied by many other cities worldwide.
Partinform was established to promote awareness of locally manufactured parts for the South African motor industry, promoting “LOCAL IS LEKKER” and ensuring that quality standards are paramount for the consumer who should never feel that safety and quality are left to chance.
Partinform members are given the opportunity to sponsor each event. This time, the sponsors were: Fram; GUD; Monroe and Federal Mogul.
Early in the evening, each of these sponsors was given the opportunity to address the event and to inform regarding their specific products. It was interesting to hear the long histories of these companies such as Monroe having celebrated their centenary in 2016. I found it particularly encouraging to hear how many locally manufactured product ranges are actually available. A savvy parts buyer never needs to leave anything to chance regarding quality.
Brian Burns, the Chairman of Partinform then addressed the gathering to bring all up to speed on current events affecting the industry.
There is very strong but friendly competition among the exhibitors to ensure that their displays stand out to attract visitors. The winner is chosen from votes cast by visitors to the event. This time it was Bosch who won the award for best stand of the event.
As always, 10 contestants were drawn from registration forms to compete in the customary ‘Product Knowledge” quiz. With the fantastic prize of the opportunity to drive a Formula Reynard racing car at Red Star Raceway at the end of year function up for grabs. It certainly wasn’t sufficient to gamble on the roll of a dice here, but rather product knowledge that won the day.
After the first round, the top 4 contestants moved on to the next phase where “Fastest Finger” is added to the need for knowledge. At the end, Handre Coetzee from Engine Parts in Welkom triumphed over all opposition and raced away with the main prize plus an extra spot prize from one of the sponsors.
The evening concluded with abundant eats, drinks and the opportunity for all present to socialise and network.