African Engineers: Solomon Adjololo

Kumasi, Ghana’s next city, features what is claimed to be the largest market in West Africa at Kejetia. The most thriving female trader in every single key commodity is selected the queen of that section of the sector. Thus a person can obtain a ‘shoe queen’ or a ‘soap queen.’ If the numerous engineering entrepreneurs of Kumasi were being to adopt the exact exercise, Solomon Adjorlolo would certainly be elected king of that area.

Solomon Adjorlolo was a technician engineer at the physics section of the Kwame Nkrumah College of Science and Technologies (KNUST), Kumasi, but his ambition was to get started his have enterprise. He commenced in 1971 by building essential physics devices to offer to secondary faculties. Served by Dr Frank Lukey, an English physics lecturer, Solomon begun his organization in Dr Lukey’s garage on the KNUST campus. As the business expanded and a couple of essential woodworking equipment were being acquired Solomon made a decision to find a workshop at Anloga, a suburb of Kumasi with a big community of carpenters and wherever he experienced relatives connections.

Wood was not the only content utilised in Solomon’s early work but it highlighted in most of his goods. He diversified into generating more wood products and solutions like key faculty educating aids, drawing boards and tee squares. At very first, the customers acquiring these products and solutions were being non-public universities operate by the church buildings which compensated their charges instantly, but to further more broaden the enterprise Solomon was pressured to seek out orders from condition schools. Told to obtain payment from the Ministry of Education and learning, the money either arrived very late or not at all. He made the decision that the enterprise couldn’t go on like that and he must check out new marketplaces.

It was then that Solomon contacted the Engineering Consultancy Centre (TCC) of the college. The TCC was demonstrating steel machining and welded metal plant design and giving coaching and access to machine resources, so Solomon resolved to switch to steel production. Via this programme, in 1979, he was supplied with equipment applications: lathes, a milling machine, welding and sawing equipment. Solomon decided to formally sign up his enterprise and altered its title to SIS Engineering Ltd.

Surrounded by hundreds of carpentry workshops, the new firm was in some cases asked for to undertake repairs on imported bench saws, planers and woodturning lathes. Solomon seen that only a couple of of the greater workshops could find the money for these imported devices and there was a big industry on his doorstep for locally produced devices marketed at cost-effective rates. He began earning bench saws and woodturning lathes and located that setting up equipment was substantially much more successful than any of his earlier ventures.

Just after a several several years just about each individual workshop in Carpenters’ Row, Anloga, experienced an SIS bench noticed and many workshops were working with four or extra SIS woodturning lathes generating countless numbers of furniture legs and the well-liked double-finished pestle referred to as an ‘ata’ (twin). Not only in Kumasi but throughout the nation, SIS machines have been getting a reputation for longevity and efficient right after-profits services. In addition to reduce charge, becoming equipped to source spare pieces and repairs at short see proved a major gain in levels of competition with imported gear.

By the mid 1980s, SIS was creating a great deal far more than woodworking equipment. The publish-harvest and foodstuff processing marketplace was a large prospective sector for cost-effective regionally-generated equipment. SIS manufactured a assortment of equipment for milling corn, processing cassava and extracting palm oil and shea butter. As the operate progressed the machines grew greater to reach an industrial scale, with multi-tonne-a-day feed mills for large poultry farms, vegetable oil mills and steam distillation vegetation making perfume from citronella and lemon grass.

Whilst Solomon was now generating plant for quite significant enterprises he never ever misplaced his issue for serving to the compact-scale casual sector industries. Helping classic women’s teams making simple foodstuffs was constantly one of his priorities. For example, the common food items products ‘gari’ was made from cassava by groups of girls using easy hand instruments and charcoal stoves. When he was questioned to develop a mechanical plant for a male entrepreneur he was concerned that the females could possibly be driven out of enterprise. He consulted the TCC, and functioning with the National Council on Women and Development (NCWD), help companies had been alerted to the risk and quite a few of the women’s groups were supplied with the new technological know-how.

By the late 1980s, several of the orders for meals processing machines arrived immediately to SIS Engineering from progress agencies promoting rural and women’s industries. No longer needing the TCC as a go-amongst Solomon was serving to the TCC far more than the TCC was serving to SIS. He was concerned in the advancement of new devices, instruction apprentices and contributing to educating workshops, seminars and shorter courses held at the university. Having said that, remaining a main member of the TCC Consumers Association, Solomon Adjorlolo usually taken care of that with out the assistance of the TCC to improve to metal production, and the supply of machine resources on easy-payment conditions, none of his success would have been possible.

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