EcoPlanet Bamboo is thrilled to announce that Adriaan Potgieter has joined our team as Business Development Manager. Based at EcoPlanet Bamboo's Kowie Bamboo Farm in South Africa's Eastern Cape, Mr. Potgieter will take responsibility for the development and commercialization of bamboo based products through company subsidiary EcoPlanet Core Carbon.
Mr. Potgieter has a long history of successful entrprenurism and the development of manufacturing companies. He brings to EcoPlanet Bamboo invaluable experience in the development of supply chains, the penetration of markets for consumer products and the establishment of new businesses under his leadership. Over the past two decades he has converted multiple small businesses into successful franchises including an educational and computer focused business, and a paint factory business, growing the latter rapidly from a single business to a national brand with manufacturing factories in Gauteng, Free State, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Kwazulu Natal.
Mr. Potgieter has a deep and long standing understanding and relationship with the trio of EcoPlanet Bamboo companies in South Africa - EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa, EcoPlanet Core Carbon and EPB Laboratories - having developed a contractor business to assist with a wide range of infrastructure improvement and development projects for the company, growing this from a simple project into a flourishing business. "Adriaan has watched as we have grown from a vision into a fully fledged entity with established plantations and manufacturing and we are thrilled that he is now joining us in a full time capacity" says EcoPlanet Bamboo CEO Troy Wiseman.
With the certified bamboo plantations under EcoPlanet Bamboo South Africa's ownership approaching maturity and therefore harvest, Mr Potgieter will take the lead on the development of new processing technologies and products for EcoPlanet Core Carbon and the associated commercialization of these products into both South African and export markets, as well as provide an added dimension to our expanding research, development and product testing facility.
Outside of his wide professional sphere, Mr. Potgieter is an avid Round Tabler with a long history of giving back to the communities in which he has lived.