Joining the Grit team in early 2020, Hendrik is a motivated individual with proven leadership skills. Hendrik has more than 13 years’ experience in industrial projects, asset management and maintenance.
Coming from a trade background, Hendrik started as a boilermaker before moving to corrosion protection, structural projects, and contract management. In 2013 he began working in the coatings environment as a Corrosion Protection Contract Supervisor. Working with a multi-disciplined approach, Hendrik supervised contractors to manage the quality and the corrosion protection specification on a large corrosion protection contract, the Richards Bay Coal Terminal. The largest coal export facility in Africa, it is situated in the harbour at one of the world’s deep sea ports. Working in this very corrosive environment, Hendrik gained a reputation for operating efficiently and reliably, managing corrosion protection.
Hendrik offers an in-depth understanding of business acumen, with experience in fabrication, pricing/estimating, customer service and business improvement in the manufacturing and logistics industry. Working in a maintenance management role in a large coal export facility he was responsible for 20 permanent employees who maintained over 100 conveyors, 5 Tandem Tipplers, 4 Ship loaders and 10 Stackers, Reclaimers and Stacker Reclaimers. Always innovative, Hendrik worked with the application contractor to introduce technologies like UHP and vapour blasting. And through lean practices, he reduced the overall cost for corrosion protection while increasing productivity and the quality of work.
Hendrik has vast experience in asset condition monitoring, protective coatings, quality control inspections, corrosion protection specification review, project scoping, costing and management. With Hendrik’s drive and enthusiasm, he is on the fast track to become an industry expert in the durability, corrosion control and protective coatings sector.
Coming to New Zealand from South Africa — another rugby devoted nation — Hendrik loves watching the rugby, as well as spending time with family, fishing and dabbling with classic cars.
Hendrik is a dedicated individual who is passionate about his work. He loves building strong and positive relationships and is always motivated to add value and achieve the best outcomes.