11 February, 2014: Industrial packaging and construction sheeting expert Kahn & Kahn Plastics has successfully achieved consistent and measurable growth over the decades, having developed a long-standing reputation for its specialised product offering.
Johannesburg-based Kahn & Kahn forms part of the Damax Plastics & Packaging Group, and managing director David Tromp notes that the company specialises in the manufacture and supply of industrial grade plastic products. "Our industrial plastic packaging capabilities are comprehensive, and range from bubble wrap and cable ties, to refuse bags, masking tape and seals."
For the construction industry, Tromp indicates that Kahn & Kahn specialises in plastic sheeting for foundations, walls and roofing. "To complement this flagship range, we also offer the local construction industry value-added support products such as but not limited to; damp proofing, joining tapes, refuse bags, stretch / pallet wrap, orange barrier netting, Polypropylene bags, shrink sheeting, carrier bags plain / printed, bubble wrap, tapes, plant bags, tubing, Sisalation insulation and painter's sheets," he explains.
From humble beginnings in 1980, Kahn & Kahn today boasts a team of 40 staff members. Tromp attributes this success to the 1999 acquisition of Kahn & Kahn by the Damax Group. "By combining its capabilities with ours under one roof, the Damax Group has enabled us to reach into new avenues of growth that were previously unattainable as a small standalone company.
According to Tromp, Kahn & Kahn has grown into a successful and well-respected business, despite a number of challenges in the local market. “As a result of economic pressures, the construction industry in particular has seen a sharp decline, which has had a direct impact on our business. This presents a major challenge, however, Kahn & Kahn has been able to weather the storm and has maintained a steady growth in profits despite these challenges."
The continued influx of cheap and inferior imports from Asia is another major challenge locally, adds Tromp. "Although these products entice end users through an initial purchase cost saving, the long term implications related to product defects and failure can prove to be immensely costly. Kahn & Kahn prides itself on its reputation for quality, and has always risen above the trend of sacrificing quality in order to cut costs,” he continues.
Tromp reveals that 2013 was a good year for Kahn & Kahn, with the company experiencing growth in profits, when compared to 2012. "The future outlook for the company is positive. Kahn & Kahn boasts a dynamic and hard working team, which has resulted in continued success year-after-year. To maintain a leading edge in the industry, one of our main priorities moving forward will be the reduction of our overall carbon footprint through the implementation of new recycling initiatives."
Looking at the local plastics and packaging industry in general, Tromp remarks that growth looks set to continue. “The plastics and packaging sector is a fast growing industry that is able to offer great value to a number of other industries. Kahn & Kahn aims to expand and be a part of this increasing growth.Ourcorefocus for growth in 2014 is through sales,and we are introducing advanced new systems to ensure that our sales team remain leaders in their field,” he concludes.