|Zimapan to spread wings into the region|
|Friday, 13 July 2012 18:48|
Heavy-duty trucks and spare parts dealer Zimapan is planning to expand its operations into the region in a bid to grow its market share and boost margins.
Zimapan general manager Mrs Linience Charuma said a growing demand for the company’s products in the region and on the local market presented the company with an opportunity to stretch its market base.
Said Mrs Charuma: “Presently, we have a wide option of markets to operate in, and we are still to make the final decision. But one thing for certain is that four offices are going to be opened in the region.”
“We used to have some customers travelling from as far as Matabeleland, Manicaland and the Midlands to our offices in Harare for our services and products. This led to the opening up of new branches in the areas that we believed were central,” said Mrs Charuma.
Managing director of Zimapan Mr Itayi Charuma indicated that the high quality of their products has resulted in increased demand.
Meanwhile, Mrs Charuma urged local banks to continue supporting indigenous businesses so as to promote sustainable growth.
Banks had to carefully assess all proposals submitted and assist operators, particularly those starting, to come up with better business plans, she added.
The main truck models that the company deals in include Freightliner, International, ERF, Peterbilt, Kenworth and equipment powered with Cummins, Detroit and Caterpillar engines.
It also trades in oils, lubricants and car care products.