Suntoy promises to give our planet a brighter future by making every hour a solar-power-hour.

Great Expectations

By |2020-03-25T14:03:26+00:00March 10th, 2020|

With due dates pending, three mum-to-be’s were showered with love at a party in our Suntoy factory. One of the biggest life events is the birth of a baby. Imagine our excitement when we learnt that the Suntoy team had not one, but three special deliveries in store from expectant mamas: Yvonne, Phumla and Keneilwe. Three bundles of joy: Little Miss Sunshines.

All the Suntoy ladies planned the party while keeping ‘mum’ about the surprise. They transformed the wire assembly area into a party space with pink baby-themed decorations. Fun and a little naughty, the games elicited loads of giggles. Everyone enjoyed the yummy grub. It was a true team effort.

Even Harald donned a skirt in order to be invited! After much laughter, he was sent to his office. He couldn’t fool us ladies with his disguise. Perhaps, if he’d added a pair of high heels and a dollop of red lipstick, he may have been allowed to stay ;-).

We await the arrival of our new little team members. We wish all our mamas a joyful and sunny maternity leave!

Please note: this blog post has been censored. Baby bumps and a mischievous sisterhood resulted in photos not fit for website consumption.

SMT Assembly Machine

By |2020-03-25T15:00:30+00:00January 14th, 2020|

In leveraging our small business success, Suntoy’s strategy for effective growth includes increasing our capacity to produce products more efficiently. We’ve acquired a MyData TP9 Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Assembly Machine. Commonly called a pick-and-place machine, the TP9 is robotic and automates electronic parts assembly by placing surface-mount devices (SMDs), such as LEDs, onto printed circuit boards (PCBs). It offers high speed and high precision and is able to place approximately 8 000 pph (parts per hour).

Although second-hand and over 10-years-old, the TP9 has already assisted us on more than 10 000 printed circuit board (PCB) assemblies since its introduction to our Suntoy factory in January 2013. Two of our employees have been promoted to machine operators. Here’s to welcoming a sunny and sustainable measure to ensure our competency.

Thumbs Up!

By |2020-03-26T08:04:56+00:00January 14th, 2020|

The way a team plays as a whole determines its success. Suntoy has the greatest bunch of individual stars – from the factory assemblers to the global resellers. Our commitment to Suntoy has made our young company prosper in just three years. A profitable, planet-friendly and proudly South African business.

As the 400 000th Consol Solar Jar emerged, Team Suntoy attained a goal beyond any initial dream. When the very first solar light was prototyped, nobody imagined the amazing journey this savvy solar product would take.

Suntoy is about the stories this made-in-SA solar light inspires and the committed team that makes it shine.

Cheers to all our team players! Cheers to Consol for believing in us! Cheers to the jam jar that’s caused a solar stir! Cheers to all our customers that have escalated demand! Here’s to a well-earned celebration!

 

Hamba Kahle Madiba

By |2020-03-26T08:05:36+00:00January 14th, 2020|

“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.” – Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s charisma, intelligence and wisdom inspired beyond boundaries. His courage, ability to forgive and continued hope touched us all. As proud South Africans, we pay tribute to our greatest son and father. His star shall always twinkle brightly and continue to inspire generations to come. Hamba Kahle nTaTa. Siyabonga Madiba.

“The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement.” – Nelson Mandela
“No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.” – His Day is Done by Dr. Maya Angelou

 

We’re Moving!

By |2020-03-26T09:23:36+00:00January 13th, 2020|

We’re moving to our new abode! An existing building is being revamped and spruced up, the eco-friendly way, in anticipation of us relocating in September. We look forward to welcoming you to our new Suntoy home at 27A Baldwin Street, Village Deep, Gauteng, South Africa (next door Amalgamated Insulations).

Our postal address has also changed: P O Box 38770, Booysens, Gauteng 2016, South Africa

Please note our phone number remains the same: +27 087 754 4060

Meet the Chief

By |2020-03-26T09:25:55+00:00January 13th, 2020|

Yvonne Cossa was one of our first factory employees. She initially joined the Suntoy team as a product assembler. Yvonne had no previous knowledge of solar technology or photovoltaic applications yet she learnt quickly and was promoted to factory supervisor of which there are five.

Yvonne’s drive, determination and tenacity shone along with her leadership skills. She is now Chief Supervisor in the factory with 43 assemblers. She manages production runs, controls quality and meets orders on time. She is currently studying part-time for a certificate in Operations Management at the University of Witwatersrand.

Yvonne is excelling at her ‘queen bee’ role in her sunny chiefdom!

Tinkerer to Entrepreneur

By |2020-03-26T09:36:59+00:00January 13th, 2020|

With thirty years experience in electronic and hydraulic engineering, Harald Schulz started Suntoy while tinkering in his home garage. Implicit in this startup formula is his passion for renewable energy. Over the last three years, Harald has thrived on the challenge of building a successful SMME despite its setbacks, long hours and financial risk. One that is now exporting solar lights worldwide.

The ultimate challenge for Harald, following his successful design and prototyping of the Consol Solar Jar, was not to mass produce a cheaper product in China. The better solution was to partner with Consol, invest in a product that is proudly South African and meet the needs for alternative energy resources and job creation.

For this entrepreneur, it’s not only about finding a scalable and profitable way to best design, manufacture and market a solar light. It’s about passion. He braved Kilimanjaro on a mission to test solar products at high altitudes and extreme temperatures. For Harald, it ultimately encompasses promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle and a green economy.

Affectionately known as Mr Sunshine, Harald’s enthusiasm for all things solar is contagious at the Suntoy factory where 40 people now work. Previously unskilled and unemployed, the factory staff are hired, trained and motivated to be solar enthusiasts. Every Suntoy employee believes that the solar-powered products they assemble are enriching lives – their own and their communities. Their SunFans and SunCars are teaching youngsters to discover, value and think solar. Their Consol Solar Jars are bringing light to living off-grid without electricity.

Suntoy started small and is gradually growing. Harald is building a global distribution network that permits Suntoy to sustainably manufacture the Consol Solar Jar.

Harald knows current comfort is short-lived. As the Suntoy Technical and Managing Director, he is hands on, accessible and aware that he has to continue opening new avenues. A one product wonder does not make for a sustainable business plan. So, Harald’s back at his tinker table, his zone of fiddling and fascination. There’s no rest for an impact entrepreneur strategically pondering the next step for Suntoy.

 

Engineering Innovation

By |2020-03-26T09:37:35+00:00January 13th, 2020|

Transforming an innovative idea into a functional object requires a glow of magic. At Suntoy, magicians come in the form of electronic engineers.

David Way is a young graduate with a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from Wits University. He’s joined Suntoy to head up our electronic engineering team focusing on new product development. Shoni Muthubi is David’s right-hand-man. He is a trainee electronic technician currently studying for a diploma at Central Johannesburg College.

They are assisted by Olga Rathaha. Olga had no knowledge of photovoltaic applications prior to joining Suntoy three years ago as a product assembler. Her determination to improve her skills lead her to study part-time while working. She now has certificates in Computer Hardware (ITA+) and Networking (N+). Suntoy encourages growth through training and education for all their staff.

The engineering team implements design ideas, develops embedded electronics, tests prototypes, offers technical support and general factory maintenance. Having now established this ‘incubator’, Suntoy is ready to make even more magic! Watch this space…

eNCA Interview

By |2020-03-26T09:38:21+00:00January 13th, 2020|

eNCA visited Suntoy with the intention of showcasing an alternative light source to use during power outages. Load-shedding is leaving us all in the dark and the Consol Solar Jar offers a viable off-grid alternative.

Watch Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director, being interviewed.

 

 

JoburgToday Interview

By |2020-03-26T09:38:34+00:00January 13th, 2020|

JoburgToday.TV visited Suntoy to discover how the Consol Solar Jar is made by us Joburgers. We’re very proud of our supervisors, Florina and Maxwell, and their first interviews on camera. Both began working at Suntoy as assemblers, progressed to supervisors and are now leading Suntoy brand ambassadors.

Watch the JoburgToday factory interview with Florina and Max:

Watch the JoburgToday studio interview with Dale Carolin, Consol Glass Marketing Director:

“The Consol Solar Jar is lighting up entire communities. From the social development aspect, it’s empowering people with jobs.” – Zizipho Ndevu, JoburgToday presenter.

“By visiting the factory and looking at the process of how the Consol Solar Jar is made, I have a lot of respect for the people behind the production.” – Boitomelo Kwena, JoburgToday producer and journalist.

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