Uniclox Technologies and global time and attendance company Bodet Software have announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement for southern Africa.
Bodet Software, with its head office in Cholet Cedex, France, is a subsidiary of the Bodet Group, a European leader in the resource management, and is globally recognised for the quality of its solutions and services.
The Alberton-based Uniclox was founded in 1945 as a supplier of precision clocks, many of Johannesburg’s iconic buildings are adorned with their clocks, including the SAB building in Braamfontein and the Wanderers Cricket Stadium. Over the years, it has developed into a result-driven technology company that specialises in automated, time and attendance, access, shop floor data management, and building management. Automation is key to the success of Uniclox solutions.
Founded and managed by the late CEO Raymond Noppe, the company is still privately owned, now with Raymond’s daughter Sophia Hislop at the helm.
“Bodet Software’s development strategy is based on strong partnerships with local companies, able to provide a high quality of service to their customers,” says Pascal Bodet, export director at Bodet Software. “Both our companies share the same core values: high quality of the solutions we deliver, constant innovation in our products, and above all, total dedication to our customers’ satisfaction. Overall our companies aim to set a new reference in the local market of time and attendance solution providers.”
Bodet’s solutions are used in a wide range of industries – from banking to the health industry, logistics and the leisure sector. With over 30 000 customers such as Novotel, Hilton, and Sheraton in the hotel sector, and a solid set of testimonials – the cost savings these companies have realised in both time theft elimination and resource management are tangible.
In addition, Bodet has been ISO 9001 certified since 1997 for all activities: design, production and service. The ISO 9001 standard is its reference base and guarantees their ability to provide quality products that comply with current standards and regulations within set deadlines. Bodet has also launched an environmental approach, with the introduction of eco-design for all new products.
Hislop says there are many synergies between the two organisations. “Both companies have been in business for many years, starting out with the common thread of clock making. In addition, both companies are family-owned and share similar values when it comes to staff, quality, innovation and customer service. At Uniclox we feel strongly that Bodet will add great value to our solutions offerings and vice versa.”
The strategic partnership with Bodet enables Uniclox to continue to be responsive to its customers’ needs. “By aligning ourselves with Bodet, Uniclox is able to be at the forefront of international trends and technology development which we are able to pass onto our clients,” says Hislop.
Into the resource management market
The deal with Bodet follows the decision to restructure Uniclox to focus on the resource management sector.
Rodney Sanders, CEO of RENS, a business management consultancy and GM at Uniclox, says this year is the right timing to make strategic changes to the business. “When Sophia called me in to take a look at the Uniclox business, it was clear that Uniclox needed to be more solutions centric than product centric if the business was to grow to meet the shared vision of Sophia and her father.
“The company has an experienced management team that knows the sector inside out. The products are best of breed and its Vision Software suite is an integrated set of solutions that will propel its customers into their own growth and profitability.”
In the past few weeks Uniclox has also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Softcon that will provide both companies’ customers with a full range of solutions, from time and attendance, building management, access management, to labour management.
Uniclox offers its customers resource management, access control and building management with the use of its solutions across its 15 000 southern African customers. Managing such basics as canteen meals in mines and factories via the use of simple RFID cards – one meal per employee – as well as materials control for cleaning and bathroom supplies, to job tracking and asset management, provides almost immediate benefits to medium to large enterprises. Workforce management may be applied across all sectors, specifically for South African organisations where large numbers of shift workers, casual staff and contractors, such as nursing staff, are in use.
While in South Africa, both sales and technical training of the Uniclox team will be conducted by the Bodet team, and they will undertake various customer visits.
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