While the name CYMOT was derived from the first letters of Cycle and Motor, it was probably CYMOT’s cycle business that gained the company its popularity. Besides, cycling is very much in the mind of Managing Director, Axel Theissen, himself a keen cyclist.
CYMOT has come a long way from the four-man backyard operation that came into being in 1948 – as a depot of a South African-based company – to the modern multi-branch company with 475 employees and top distributor of automotive parts in Namibia today. The 100% Namibian-owned business has its head office in Windhoek, with branches in Katutura, Rosh Pinah, Lüderitz, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay, Otjiwarongo, Tsumeb, Rundu and Oshakati. It also has branches in South Africa and Angola.
In 1976 Claus Theissen broke away from the South African company, and with a handful of loyal supporters started his own business. He admits that it was a tough step to take at the time, but his positive outlook and spot-on assessment of the local economy allowed CYMOT to grow and expand.
Claus and Axel Theissen
In 1986 CYMOT acquired the National Automobile Parts Association/MIDAS franchise for Namibia, allowing the company access to bulk-buying and retail-marketing resources when required. Apart from the cycle and motor side of the business, CYMOT is equally as well known for its hand tools, workshop equipment, mining-safety products and gardening supplies. To back up its workshop equipment, the company also operates a workshop that does installations, maintenance and repairs. The CYMOT product range includes over
25 000 articles, which are grouped as MIDAS automotive spares and accessories; Greensport fishing, cycling and outdoor gear; Tooltech workshop tools and equipment; Namsafe personal protective equipment; and Colour Perfect automotive refinish products. During the last three years, a sixth pillar focussing on specific products for the mining industry was launched under the brand CYMOT Mining & Industrial.
The company’s secret to success
The success of CYMOT was ensured early on when Claus Theissen realised that the people behind the business were the company’s most important asset. Says Claus: “Twenty years ago finding a good man was not so difficult; the problem was keeping him.” Axel, current MD and son of Claus, believes in power-sharing and allowing individual employees to develop their own strength within the structure of the company. Teamwork, team thinking, and team spirit are as important as staff training.
The CYMOT team members are confident that they are well positioned to satisfy their customers’ needs, and that they are well equipped to adapt to any changes in the market place.
Best buys at CYMOT
Afro Tent Range
The new Afro tents have been developed to bring costs down without compromising on Greensport quality and workmanship. These rugged and heavy-duty tents are ideal for the construction industry.
The TireMoni permanently shows the current air pressure and temperature in all your tyres. You can see irregular tyre pressure at one glance and the device warns immediately in case of pressure loss.
Cast iron is the perfect cookware for the great outdoors. This potjie is perfect for slow-cooking stews. Though rugged, cast iron simply does not wear out.
Should you have any questions, inquiries or feedback regarding CYMOT, please dont hesitate to contact us immediately, and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible. – your CYMOT sales team
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