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26 November, 2019

Lonza Welcomes New Export Manager to Their Team

Lonza Welcomes New Export Manager to Their Team


Lonza Wood Protection is pleased to announce the appointment of Theshin Naicker as the new Export Manager who will be looking after their East African customers as well as Limpopo and northern Mpumalanga customers. He brings 22 years of industry-related experience to the position, which spans across sales, production and site management.

Senior Business Manager of Lonza South Africa, JJ du Plessis, said: "We are very excited to welcome Naicker to our team. Through our longstanding customer relationships, we have built strong confidence in Tanalised® wood preservative products and in our engineering expertise. With Naicker onboard, we look forward to driving further growth in our target markets by fostering our existing relationships and expanding our footprint in the East African market. Our focus is to provide all the support we can to our customers to ensure that Tanalised® treated timber remains the product of choice."

Naicker's main responsibility will be export sales, but with his vast scope of industry-related experience he will also be able to support customers outside of his area of responsibility. Over and above Naicker's good understanding of treatment plants, his experience with sawmills, kilns, the day-to-day operations and an in-depth knowledge of Environmental Health and Safety regulations put him in good stead to provide on the ground support with plant operations efficiency, operators training, Tan-Treat® training and record keeping. Furthermore, he will be working closely with Lonza's Sales Engineer, Robert Fourie, to facilitate any engineering support, plant maintenance and preventative maintenance.

Naicker graduated in Wood Production Engineering in 1996 at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His career was set in motion with his first appointment as Production Foreman at Mondi where he was later promoted to Drymill Manager. He broadened his knowledge and experience during his 8-year tenure at Merensky Limited and his 4-year tenure at Tekwani Sawmill while working in the positions of Wetmill Manager, Hardwood Manager, Sawmill Manager and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Sales Manager.

"I look forward to bringing my knowledge and experience to the table. This position gives me the chance to use my extensive understanding of the timber market while embracing new opportunities as a chemical supplier to the industry. Lonza is a distinguished company with an outstanding track record for excellence. I consider it a privilege to be a part of this team and look forward to building meaningful relationships with our customers," said Naicker.

Born and raised in Durban, Naicker is a family-man and with his wife, Cindy, they have two children aged 14 and 12. He also coaches school and club rugby, is a referee with the Sharks Rugby Union and is an avid soccer fan who supports Liverpool.

Du Plessis concluded, "This appointment has further strengthened our team and since joining Lonza on the 1st of September, we have already received compliments from our customers on our decision to appoint Naicker. He is a great fit for our business, and we are pleased to see that he is already adding value to our customers' businesses too."

Source: Lonza