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Cape boasts all-female contract manufacturer

25 November 2009 News

Montar Manufacturing (Montar is Spanish, meaning ‘to assemble’) is a contract manufacturing company running from premises in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The company was started in 2008 by Riëtte Hauptfleisch, and all of its employees, from management to assembly workers, are female. When asked whether this is by design or by accident, Hauptfleisch quips, “We would love to appoint some males, if only they could keep up with the ladies.”

Montar has pick-and-place facilities and specialises in small to medium production runs with five-day turnaround times. It offers a procurement service (even for prototypes) and places an emphasis on delivering high quality work. To this end, the company recently developed its own quality control system whereby each product is visually inspected between each process, and the final product enjoys a double visual check before delivery. On the strength of this system, pass rates of 99% are regularly achieved, even for small production runs.

Montar has a focus on social upliftment and training of young females from previously disadvantaged communities. All of the company’s technicians – from hand soldering to pick-and-place machine operators – have been trained, virtually from scratch, on the premises in Brackenfell.

To further support its customers, Montar Manufacturing will be open throughout the holiday season this year, in order to service last-minute emergency production runs.

For more information contact Riëtte Hauptfleisch, Montar Manufacturing, riet@montar.co.za





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