May 19, 2020

Angola: AJS breaks ground on trailer factory

Manufacturing
Angola
Logistics
Antonio J. Silva Transportes e Logistica
mahlokoane percy ngwato
2 min
Angola: AJS breaks ground on trailer factory

Antonio J. Silva Transportes e Logistica (AJS), Angola’s leading full-service solutions and Logistics Company for the transportation industry, has announced that it has broken ground on its first trailer and flatbed manufacturing facility. Located in Viana’s Industrial Zone, the new factory is scheduled to begin production in September 2016. The factory will produce trailers, as well as flatbeds including large flatbeds for moving heavy machinery.

Luis Silva, CEO/Managing Director of AJS said: “We are beginning to fulfil the promise of creating a diversified company with a focus on a number of different businesses. We are leveraging our 40-year expertise in transportation to focus on an immediate need in the industry: availability of dependable, well-made equipment. By building here in Angola, we considerably reduce the costs of importing these items, thus further optimising the transportation industry in Angola.”

 

While AJS will be utilising some of the trucks for its own business, it also expects to see considerable demand for its manufactured products. The primary customers for the trailers and flatbeds produced at the factory will be Angolan-based transportation companies

Read our interview with José Filomeno dos Santos, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Angola's sovereign wealth fund.

Silva continued: “We are seeing tremendous interest from all quarters in the output of this new factory.  Additionally, we are very pleased to be launching this enterprise at this crucial juncture for Angola’s economy and we remain dedicated to creating new ideas and revenue streams and continuing to grow.”

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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