DELTA STEAM SYSTEMS WIN SMALL BUSINESS ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Bryan Anderson, co-owner of Delta Steam Systems and the creator of the revolutionary range of Delta Venturi steam traps, has been awarded the Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year title at the annual 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year awards ceremony, held in Johannesburg this morning.
The Delta Venturi steam trap system, which removes water from steam systems to keep manufacturing systems efficient, is disrupting the global steam trap industry due to its simplicity and longevity. The business is experiencing tremendous growth in both local and international markets and yielding strong financial returns.
Delta Steam Systems was started in 2008 after Anderson continued to experience ongoing problems with the continuous failure of mechanical type steam traps, resulting in industrial companies around the world wasting millions of rands/dollars/euros. In addition to the product failure, the existing products available were very costly and had an extremely short lifespan.
After Anderson identified the need he went about designing and developing a product that has no moving parts which can fail, is more efficient over its entire lifespan when compared to other products, and is guaranteed for ten years.
According to Kobus Engelbrecht, a member of the 2015 Sanlam / Business Partners Entrepreneur of the Year judging panel, the judges were very impressed by Anderson’s ability to establish and grow a business of such a technical nature without possessing any technical qualifications. “Anderson displays the qualities of a true entrepreneur – identifying a problem within a certain industry, creating a solution for the problem, and turning this solution into a profitable business.”
Situated in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town, the business has a sales footprint in more than 20 countries worldwide, and competes with multi-million dollar global companies, both in South Africa and abroad. As a result the business has steadily gained significant market share each year.
Anderson says being selected as a winner in the competition is encouraging and motivating. “Being acknowledged for my achievements has never been a motivating factor, but I realise now that what I have been putting my mind into has certainly been worthwhile, and has become something more than just an idea.”
He adds that recognising entrepreneurs is essential as it creates awareness to others of the role of the entrepreneur in business. “It also motivates others, especially younger generations, to be part of the entrepreneurial movement, which is essential to long term growth and the success of a country.”