Kyocera Document Solutions SA appoints Paul Wendlandt as GM
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa (KDZA) has announced the appointment of Paul Wendlandt as its new General Manager (GM). Wendlandt stepped into the role of interim GM in July 2022, when he replaced Werner Engelbrecht, who announced in May last year his intention to leave KDZA. Wendlandt has been with the company for 20 years, ensuring business stability for the company.
“I am delighted to have been appointed to lead KDZA,” he says. “The last nine months gave me and our team the opportunity to get back to basics and strengthen our alignment with Kyocera’s objectives. Our focus for this financial year is to strengthen relationships and improve communication with our business partners, and to continue to develop the South African team. We intend to expand our traditional printing products and accelerate our business solutions and commercial inkjet business.”
He adds that KDZA is in a transition to meet future market changes in alignment with Kyocera’s global business strategy. “Digital transformation of the organisation and the optimisation of our workforce is as important as innovation and the development of new technology and products. This requires a culture of continual improvement across every business unit. In line with this, we will be bolstering KDZA’s skills development and training programmes to equip employees to meet the company mission and stimulate their own intellectual growth.”
Promoting sustainability, as well as respect for one another and the environment, are concerns Wendlandt cares about deeply and takes seriously. He aims to improve participation in Kyocera’s positive social change initiatives and he will seek to motivate his team to join him in these endeavours.
KDZA has held the overall number one position as a leading supplier of MFPs/copiers from 2019 to 2021, and also retained its position as number one in mono A4 from 2018, and in colour from 2019 to 2021. The company has made headway into offering digital document solutions and has successfully entered the production print market.
Although KDZA is a subsidiary of an international manufacturer, Nozala Women has a significant stake in the local business and the partnership means that KDZA’s black economic empowerment ownership is at 35%.
“KDZA continues to be a successful business due in part to our product and solution offerings, and also to the loyalty of our customers and the resilience and hard work of our staff and partners. We will continue to strengthen our market leadership position and drive our strategic initiatives to create additional value for our customers and partners in the South African market,” Wendlandt says.
Kyocera Document Solutions South Africa is a group company of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., a global leading provider of total document solutions based in Osaka, Japan. The company’s portfolio includes reliable and eco-friendly MFPs and printers, as well as business applications and consultative services which enable customers to optimise and manage their document workflow, reaching new heights of efficiency. With professional expertise and a culture of empathetic partnership, the objective of the company is to help organisations put knowledge to work to drive change.
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KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is a core company of Kyocera Corporation, a leading supplier of semiconductor packages, industrial and automotive components, electronic devices, solar power generating systems and mobile phones. During the year ended March 31, 2019, Kyocera Corporation’s consolidated sales revenue totalled 1.62 trillion yen (approx. US$14.6 billion). Kyocera appears on the “Derwent Top 100 Global Innovators 2018-19” list by Clarivate Analytics and is ranked #655 on Forbes magazine’s 2019 “Global 2000” list of the world’s largest publicly traded companies.