COVID 19 has changed our world forever, and no less so than when considering how best to execute your next project. Supply chains around the world remain disrupted and constrained and have added a further complexity to shipping projects from afar.

Nearshoring is a term that has become common place amongst clients looking for the most advantageous way to execute a project. Nearshoring refers to an approach that incorporates a third-party company that provides services from a geographic location that is relatively close to the project site. Companies who previously preferred to source internationally to save costs, are now beginning to seek alternative solutions that are closer to the final site. The idea is to shorten the length of the supply chain. The longer the supply chain the more risks reside in that supply chain.

So, if you are looking to Nearshore and a contractor to execute the work closer to the final site, what are the possible advantages?

  1. Shorter supply chains should result in a quicker delivery to site
  2. Shorter supply chains will be less risky and less susceptible to disruption
  3. Sourcing locally also means that your supplier has an understanding of the local market, and there is no better source of market knowledge than the people that operate in that environment every day.
  4. No decision should be taken without considering the environmental impact. Nearshore sourcing will result in less transport, reduced energy consumption, reduced emissions and in turn a reduced environmental impact
  5. In country support is critical when executing work in Africa, especially when it comes to sorting out those problems on site.
  6. Making use of a local contractor will be supporting the local economy, creating jobs locally, resulting in stability in the region.

What should one be looking for when selecting a “local supplier?”

  • Doing research when choosing a supplier is of utmost importance
  • You want a supplier that has quality systems which are internationally recognised. ISO certification is one such certification, and it is a way to ensure that your project is being executed to international standards
  • You want a supplier with a track record of working with international companies. Whether it is different time zones, differing specifications or just a bit of a language barrier, you want to know that you are partnering with a supplier who has “done it before”
  • From virtual meetings to virtual inspections and quality releases or live tracking of progress through barcoding and scanning, you want a supplier that has the infrastructure capable of handling your project requirements.

Viva Engineering has been the contractor of choice for work in Sub Saharan Africa for over 15 years to a number of international project houses and original equipment suppliers. Viva’s partnerships in Zimbabwe and Namibia have given clients a further advantage to have in country support when executing the project and offers clients turnkey supply and installation solutions

VIVA Engineering as turnkey structural contractor

Viva Engineering is a SMPP contractor that offers clients in the mining, industrial, commercial and power sectors a turnkey solution that seamlessly integrates 3D plant layout modelling and structural design into detailing and fabrication; transport and on-site installation, allowing our customers to deal with a single contractor throughout the project, reducing delivery timelines and minimising project risk. From our ISO 9001 certified workshop, we reliably and cost-effectively supply projects closer to the point of delivery in South Africa, Africa and Internationally.

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