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Frost & Sullivan Recognises Best-in-Class Innovators

Friday, November 28, 2008 General News J E 4
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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov. 27 20 top internationaland local companies were honoured at Frost & Sullivan's first annual AfricanExcellence Awards Banquet held tonight at the Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton.The awards were made to companies showcasing leading ideas and innovationacross a variety of sectors.

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The awards were made to companies demonstrating leadership in markets fromKenya, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa to the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.The sectors covered were energy, healthcare, industrial automation and ICT.

"The companies that received awards have shown innovation, competitivenessand leadership in meeting the particular demands of doing business in Africa,"said Frost & Sullivan Partner and Director of African Operations Phil Howarth."The products and services that we recognised should be applauded as examplesof how to manage business in the current economic climate."

The keynote address for the evening was delivered by Johan Dekker,Divisional Director of Barloworld Logistics. Dekker emphasised that companiesthat embrace Supply Chain Management as a competitive weapon perform betterthan others.

"I suspect this is true in good times and in bad," he said. "Supply chainscan respond effectively in times like these. For instance, supply chainmanagement offers the unique advantage that 'going green' often equates tosaving money and addressing the end-consumer's growing need to beenvironmentally sensitive."

The event culminated in awards being presented to the followingorganisations demonstrating best practices in their respective disciplines:

Netcare: 2007 South African Private Hospital Growth Strategy LeadershipAward

MOBILITRIX: 2008 South African Mobile Content Product Innovation Award

Medika SA: 2008 South African Advanced Wound Care Product Line StrategyAward

Global Biofuels Limited: 2008 Sub-Saharan Africa Biofuel Emerging CompanyAward

TECMED Africa: 2008 South African Ultrasound Market Leadership Award

Copperbelt Energy Corporation: 2008 Zambian Electricity Industry BusinessDevelopment Strategy Leadership Award

SSEM Mthembu: 2007 South African Market Penetration Leadership Award

Energem Biofuels: 2008 South African Biofuel Feedstock CompetitiveStrategy Leadership Award

Philips: 2007 Kenyan Medical Devices Market Leadership Award

Wyeth South Africa: 2007 South African Paediatric Vaccines Growth StrategyLeadership Award

Honeywell Process Solutions: 2007 African Product Life Cycle PriceCompetitiveness Customer Satisfaction Leadership Award

Alcon Laboratories: 2008 South African Ophthalmology PharmaceuticalsMarket Leadership Award

SSEM Mthembu: 2008 South African Patient Monitoring Growth StrategyLeadership Award

Rainbow Nation Renewable Fuels: 2008 South African Biofuel Feedstock ShareAdvancement Award

GE Healthcare: 2007 South African Patient Monitoring Industry Innovationand Advancement Award

Draeger Medical South Africa: 2007 South African Hospital Customer ServiceLeadership Award

The CK Scientific Group: 2008 Zambian Hospital Medical Equipment CustomerService Leadership Award

Intel Corporation: 2008 Nigerian Telemedicine Entrepreneurial CompanyAward

Accenture: 2008 Sub-Saharan Africa Software Outsourcing Market LeadershipAward

Elekta Southern Africa: 2008 Nigerian Oncology Market PenetrationLeadership Award

"Our long-established awards programme honours companies that havedemonstrated a unique approach to doing business in their markets," saidHowarth. "Frost & Sullivan celebrates these ideas and strategies that drivecorporate growth."

Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognise companies in a varietyof regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievements andsuperior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation,customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts comparemarket participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews,analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in theindustry.

About Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, partners with clients toaccelerate their growth. The company's TEAM Research, Growth Consulting andGrowth Team Membership(TM) empower clients to create a growth-focused culturethat generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost &Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan'sGrowth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com.Contact: Patrick Cairns Corporate Communications - Africa P: +27 18 468 2315 M: +27 83 258 4219 E: patrick.cairns@frost.com

SOURCE Frost & Sullivan
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