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James North, a household name for mining safety wear

By Business Reporter – Friday 4 June 2021

PROFILES – (Mining Index) – SINCE inception in 1957, James North Zimbabwe has grown to be the market leader in the manufacturing of durable protective wear, supplying local and regional customers through its quality products with the renowned “North” global label.

Located at number 3 Melbourne Road in Southerton, Harare, James North Zimbabwe has grown to become a giant manufacturer in the manufacture of PVC coated fabrics and all head-to-toe protective clothing.

‘With the “North” label, our clients are guaranteed of quick delivery time, product durability, economic prices, customer focus, customer delight and high safety standards,’ said James North Zimbabwe general manager Sifelani Jabangwe.

Owing to a wide variety of products, James North Zimbabwe cuts across various industries which include shoe manufacturing, mining, agriculture, transport, construction and furniture.

‘We therefore have an unparalled competitive advantage to service most of the big customers in this sector especially those with specific product designs,’ he said.

A strategic linkage with North Safety Products of South Africa (RSA) has benefited James North Zimbabwe with raw materials, technical assistance and current global trends.

One of the company’s major strengths is massive production capacity of quality products for local and regional exports.

‘Our export sales help us to generate foreign currency which enables us to source only the best raw materials from around the world reaching as far as Germany, making our prices competitive,’

‘We boast of a diverse range of capital intensive and top of the range equipment which includes dipping ovens for PVC gloves, injection moulds, PVC fabrics coating machines, knitting and sewing machines, leather vanishing tannery and machines, as well as welding machines,’ said Jabangwe.

‘Our competitive edge is the experience we have amassed since inception in 1957. ‘We are a renowned global leader in head to toe protection and other related products represented across the country and beyond borders,’ said Jabangwe.

James North PVC fabric and product range include tarpaulins, tents (custom-made function and sleeping tents), fumigation sheets, Northtact book-binding, fumigation sheets, poultry curtains (fowl-run curtains), boat-covers, mail bags, rexine (upholstery material), wall cladding and wall paper fabrics, bakkie covers, PVC water tanks, pond-liners (for fish farming) and protective covering solutions.

The company also manufactures safety wear in all colours. These include, but not limited to safety caps and helmets, overalls, dust coats, trench coats, work suits, PVC gloves, safety shoes, gumboots, grinding goggles, cold room suits, chrome leather aprons, motorcycle suits, meat carrying cape, leather gloves and rainwear of all variety and purposes.

James North Zimbabwe’s vision is to be Africa’s preferred and most successful manufacturer and marketer of PVC coated fabrics, clothing and related protective covering products by innovation and market share leadership.

‘We are positioned as a global competitor, guided by our mission to manufacture and market coated fabrics and related protective covering products of world class standards that delight our customers, creating and growing shareholders,’ said Jabangwe. ENDS//

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