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Our Role in the Industry

The Association of Rotational Moulders of Southern Africa (ARMSA) was founded in 1992 and officially formed in 1994 by a group of enthusiastic Rotational Moulders and suppliers who saw the need to grow the industry by increasing the demand and consumption of high quality rotationally moulded products in South Africa.

25 Years on, as the official body of the rotomoulding industry in Southern Africa, ARMSA, spearheads the setting, maintaining and improving of local quality standards and played an important role in the recent launch of the SANS 1731:2017 standard for polyethylene (plastic) chemical and water storage tanks which was developed in conjunction with the South African Bureau of Standard (SABS).

ARMSA offers support to its members by networking with rotomoulding associations around the world to ensure that the Southern African industry is informed of important international trends and developments, information sharing, best practice and benchmarking. Our alignment with the Affiliation of Rotational Moulding Organisations (ARMO), the global rotational moulding industry forum, has played an important role in achieving our industry objectives. ARMSA was host of the global ARMO conference in September 2019 at Sun City where over 150 delegates from 25 different countries attended.

ARMSA also hosts an annual student design competition, sponsored by Sasol (one of ARMSA’s associate members). Second year Industrial design students from the University of Johannesburg are invited to spend a day at one of our member’s factories to better understand the rotational moulding process. After this, within the ambit of a theme set by ARMSA, they have to design a product. Many of the past winning products are today successfully produced within the industry.

Membership Benefits

  1. A responsible and responsive industry association that can resolve industry issues, build international networks and set industry standards
  2. A unique platform to share experiences and participate in events, workshops and conferences.
  3. Participation in a global network of rotomoulding associations through its alignment with ARMO and other regional organisations around the world.
  4. State-of-the-art Market Intelligence through the global networks
  5. Technical advice through the ARMSA committee
  6. A gateway for their product and services through their presence on the ARMSA website
  7. Member Discounts
  8. Paid up members of ARMSA receive copies of the RotoWorld and SA Plastics Composites & Rubber magazines

For more information on benefits, please contact info@armsa.co.za

Who's Who at ARMSA

Grant Heroldt

Grant Heroldt

CHAIRMAN

Grant Heroldt is the owner and CEO of Hero Rotomoulders. He joined the ARMSA Executive in 2011 and was elected Chairman in 2019. Grant entered the plastics industry in 1987 and in 2008 ventured into the rotomoulding world where he rose through the ranks of Duys Rotomoulders transitioning from Marketing to Managing Director. Grant is married to Nicky and when he’s not innovating you’ll find him cycling, reading or in the kitchen with the odd glass of wine.

Grant Heroldt

Grant Heroldt

CHAIRMAN

Grant Heroldt is the owner and CEO of Hero Rotomoulders. He joined the ARMSA Executive in 2011 and was elected Chairman in 2019. Grant entered the plastics industry in 1987 and in 2008 ventured into the rotomoulding world where he rose through the ranks of Duys Rotomoulders transitioning from Marketing to Managing Director. Grant is married to Nicky and when he’s not innovating you’ll find him cycling, reading or in the kitchen with the odd glass of wine.

NICK AGGETT

NICK AGGETT

MEMBER

Nick has been involved with the plastic industry for over thirty years, and with the rotomoulding sector specifically for over twenty years as part of Sasol Base Chemicals Technical Services team. During this time he has travelled extensively to learn best practices and trends in the sector from around the world. He has presented papers at ARMSA conferences and workshops, and has been a board member of ARMSA for over ten years. During this time he has run the highly successful Sasol Student Design Competition, as well as being involved with the development of the SANS 1731 rotomoulded tank standard. When not working he can be found trying to identify birds or mountain biking on trials.

Rod Cairns

Rod Cairns

MEMBER

Following a 30 year successful career in the South African Mushroom industry, Rod was appointed as CEO of Jo Jo Tanks, the largest roto moulder in Africa in January 2009. In 2010 he was appointed to the executive committee of ARMSA and continues to serve on the committee in an active role. In 2015 Rod handed over the day to day control of the Jo Jo Tanks to Grant Neser and is currently the non –executive chairman of the business. In addition to his responsibilities at Jo Jo, he serves as the independent non- executive chairman of Highveld Mushrooms. Rod has been married to his wife Pat for 40 years and they have three children and three grandchildren. In his spare time Rod is an active mountain bike cyclist and enjoys taking part in local and international MTB tours and events.

NICK AGGETT

NICK AGGETT

MEMBER
Rod Cairns

Rod Cairns

MEMBER

Following a 30 year successful career in the South African Mushroom industry, Rod was appointed as CEO of Jo Jo Tanks, the largest roto moulder in Africa in January 2009. In 2010 he was appointed to the executive committee of ARMSA and continues to serve on the committee in an active role. In 2015 Rod handed over the day to day control of the Jo Jo Tanks to Grant Neser and is currently the non –executive chairman of the business. In addition to his responsibilities at Jo Jo, he serves as the independent non- executive chairman of Highveld Mushrooms. Rod has been married to his wife Pat for 40 years and they have three children and three grandchildren. In his spare time Rod is an active mountain bike cyclist and enjoys taking part in local and international MTB tours and events.

Ross Olive

Ross Olive

MEMBER

Managing Director of Roto Quip (Pty) Ltd – a supplier of lids and fittings to the rotational industry. Previously employed as Managing Director of company in the Steel sector, now enjoying learning about plastics – every day is a new challenge. Avid wild life fanatic, keen weekend gardener, terrible social golfer.

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen

MEMBER

Pieter Oosthuizen is the Managing Member of Ecotanks, a tank manufacturer, with branches in East London, Pretoria, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg. As an Industrial Engineer, Pieter worked for Atlas Aircraft and was factory manager at Lewis Mining (a manufacturer of underground mining supports and accessories). He owned and managed several King Pie outlets before joining the Rotomoulding Industry in 2005. Pieter and his two partners started Ecotanks with a home built, second hand machine on a farm outside East London. This led to him developing a passion for plastics and all the new and exciting possibilities associated with rotational moulding technology. Pieter has been on the ARMSA committee since 2019.

Clive Robertson

Clive Robertson

MEMBER

In his over 40 year career post his schooling at Graeme College Grahamstown, Clive has been involved in amongst others, SA Moulded Plastics, Plastics Federation of SA as Training Manager responsible for establishing Training Facilities for the Plastics Industry in SA, Plastamid as their Technical Services and Sales Manager, FHE Automotive Technologies in Pinetown as Director Designate, Sasol Polymers as Technical Services Manager responsible for establishing the Technical Services and Market Development Divisions for the new Polypropylene Plant. He also served on the Technical Exchange Team with BASF Ludwigshawen, ICI Wilton and USI Quantum USA, then moved to Polyimpex SA to start the Borealis Agency in SA and eventually transferring to Affirm Marketing where he started the 1st Colour Compounding and Milling of Rotomoulding Powder in opposition to AECI. Clive was instrumental in setting up Lomotech and after 6 years there and a 2 year restraint, started ACD RotoFlo and the RotoFlo Group in early 2012 where he is currently the CEO. RotoFlo is believed to be the largest Supplier of Rotomoulding Powder in Africa south of Egypt. Clive studied Polymer Technology at PTA Technicon; Industrial Marketing at RAU and spent time on the British Plastics Federation Training Program in Cardiff UK. He has served as Chairman of ARMSA and has been awarded an Honory Life Membership for serving more than 10 years on the Committee. Clive says he is ‘practicing retirement’ on an Equestrian property in Kyalami with 16 x Warm Blood horses being developed as top show jumpers for the grandchildren.

Grant Wiid

Grant Wiid

MEMBER

Gary joined Pioneer Plastics in 2007 spending the first few years in various departments within the factory before moving into the sales and marketing team. Gary has an Industrial Engineering background and has been on the ARMSA committee since 2019.

Wayne Wiid

Wayne Wiid

MEMBER

Managing Director of Pioneer Plastics started his career in the automotive industry working for both Nissan and BMW including a 2 year secondment to Munich, Germany whilst at BMW. He joined Pioneer Plastics in 2005 and has consequently become passionate about the Rotational Moulding Industry and has assisted in the growth of the company to where it is today. Wayne has recently passed on the ARMSA Chairmanship after 7 years at the helm and is the current Chairman of ARMO (The Global Rotational Moulding Organisiation). His focus on ongoing improvement, self-development and technological advancement of the industry is what keeps him motivated and driven.

Ross Olive

Ross Olive

MEMBER

Managing Director of Roto Quip (Pty) Ltd – a supplier of lids and fittings to the rotational industry. Previously employed as Managing Director of company in the Steel sector, now enjoying learning about plastics – every day is a new challenge. Avid wild life fanatic, keen weekend gardener, terrible social golfer.

Pieter Oosthuizen

Pieter Oosthuizen

MEMBER

Pieter Oosthuizen is the Managing Member of Ecotanks, a tank manufacturer, with branches in East London, Pretoria, Cape Town and Pietermaritzburg. As an Industrial Engineer, Pieter worked for Atlas Aircraft and was factory manager at Lewis Mining (a manufacturer of underground mining supports and accessories). He owned and managed several King Pie outlets before joining the Rotomoulding Industry in 2005. Pieter and his two partners started Ecotanks with a home built, second hand machine on a farm outside East London. This led to him developing a passion for plastics and all the new and exciting possibilities associated with rotational moulding technology. Pieter has been on the ARMSA committee since 2019.

Clive Robertson

Clive Robertson

MEMBER

In his over 40 year career post his schooling at Graeme College Grahamstown, Clive has been involved in amongst others, SA Moulded Plastics, Plastics Federation of SA as Training Manager responsible for establishing Training Facilities for the Plastics Industry in SA, Plastamid as their Technical Services and Sales Manager, FHE Automotive Technologies in Pinetown as Director Designate, Sasol Polymers as Technical Services Manager responsible for establishing the Technical Services and Market Development Divisions for the new Polypropylene Plant. He also served on the Technical Exchange Team with BASF Ludwigshawen, ICI Wilton and USI Quantum USA, then moved to Polyimpex SA to start the Borealis Agency in SA and eventually transferring to Affirm Marketing where he started the 1st Colour Compounding and Milling of Rotomoulding Powder in opposition to AECI. Clive was instrumental in setting up Lomotech and after 6 years there and a 2 year restraint, started ACD RotoFlo and the RotoFlo Group in early 2012 where he is currently the CEO. RotoFlo is believed to be the largest Supplier of Rotomoulding Powder in Africa south of Egypt. Clive studied Polymer Technology at PTA Technicon; Industrial Marketing at RAU and spent time on the British Plastics Federation Training Program in Cardiff UK. He has served as Chairman of ARMSA and has been awarded an Honory Life Membership for serving more than 10 years on the Committee. Clive says he is ‘practicing retirement’ on an Equestrian property in Kyalami with 16 x Warm Blood horses being developed as top show jumpers for the grandchildren.

Grant Wiid

Grant Wiid

MEMBER

Gary joined Pioneer Plastics in 2007 spending the first few years in various departments within the factory before moving into the sales and marketing team. Gary has an Industrial Engineering background and has been on the ARMSA committee since 2019.

Wayne Wiid

Wayne Wiid

MEMBER

Managing Director of Pioneer Plastics started his career in the automotive industry working for both Nissan and BMW including a 2 year secondment to Munich, Germany whilst at BMW. He joined Pioneer Plastics in 2005 and has consequently become passionate about the Rotational Moulding Industry and has assisted in the growth of the company to where it is today. Wayne has recently passed on the ARMSA Chairmanship after 7 years at the helm and is the current Chairman of ARMO (The Global Rotational Moulding Organisiation). His focus on ongoing improvement, self-development and technological advancement of the industry is what keeps him motivated and driven.

Message from our chairman

It was a privilege to be voted in as chair of ARMSA at our last AGM which happened to be at the end of the very successful hosting of ARMO at Sun City in September 2019. My first year as chair has coincided with the 25th year of the associations formation and together with the committee we were hoping to host all or members for a celebration of this milestone in May – until Covid 19 hit the world and indeed our shores. Celebrations aside, we were and are committed to help our members navigate and prepare for the next 25 years in the rotomoulding industry. Part of this is to revamp our website (I hope you are enjoying navigating around it) and create a library of knowledge for our members as well as a platform for consumers to source rotomoulders within the Southern Africa market. The committee and myself will continue to network with international rotational moulding bodies so as to be able to share best practice and new innovations, source and share interesting topics and from time to time offer online video tutorials and lectures from industry experts – sharing all of this via the new member login portal on the website.  

Our committee is made up of rotational moulders and plastic experts with many years of experience and we believe the investment of our time in sitting on this committee and representing and serving our members is testament of our belief in the industry and our dedication to the trade. I will always be happy to engage with members and together with the committee serve our members and the industry to the best of my ability as chair.

Grant Heroldt