Africa Business Communities

[Interview] Joerg Karow, Director, Alphateam Sprl, Belgium

Joerg Karow is a German businessman, entrepreneur and the current Director of Alphateam Sprl, located in Belgium and operating all over Europe, South America and the USA.

Joerg will participate in the Amsterdam Business Networking Event, March 8, 2016.

Would you please introduce Alphateam Sprl?

Alphateam Sprl is a distribution company for bearings and power transmission products, headquartered in the town of Liege, Belgium. We operate in varied sectors, from electro motor producers to the wind industry.

How did Alphateam Sprl get started?

I decided to start my own business in 1995 after having worked 14 years for an authorized distributor of the INA Schaeffler Group. It was exciting to embark on this new challenge and to be of real service to local customers as well as international companies. At a point during our expansion we found it necessary to engage in some strategic partnerships, and this paid off in a big way, as it brought to the table a much needed diversity in our services. As of today the group has more than 160 employees.

In which markets does Alphateam Sprl operate?

Actually we operate from three different warehouses in Europe – Germany, England and Italy – with several sub-sell centers. Our main market of operation is the European Market of course, but we have regular shipments to the USA and South America.

Is Africa a target market for the future?

Absolutely. At the moment Africa is an area of minimal operation for us, but there are plans underway to change that. We are always looking to form more strategic partnerships.

You will be participating in the Africa Business Communities Networking Event in Amsterdam on March 8. With whom would you be most interested in connecting, in terms of networking?

As I said, we are working to gain more market share in African countries. I’d be interested in connecting with buyers and/or sellers of bearings, seals, chains, etc. We are also interested in agents in these (African) markets to work with us on commission basis. Our work is carried out in English, French and German languages, so we are well prepared to operate in the English and French parts of Africa.



Africa Business Communities Networking Event 

Tuesday 8 March 2016

5:00 - 7:00 PM 
Amstel Hotel | Amsterdam | The Netherlands

After great editions in HamburgLagos and Accra the Africa Business Communities Networking Event is returning to Amsterdam!

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