As the 8th in a series of articles profiling various manufacturers, suppliers and services that cater specifically to the film and television industry in Gauteng, In Focus spoke to BIS Business Presentation Products, a provider of total solutions in presentation and information equipment in the business-to-business and institutional markets, and the Core Group, official distributors of Apple, Griffin and Nintendo in South Africa.

In Focus spoke to Taryn Hyam, PR and marketing co-ordinator of the Core Group.

In Focus: Where is Core based?
Hyam: Our head office is at Number 1, Sandton Drive.

In Focus: The number of staff you employ?
Hyam: Approximately 190 for the head office, iStores and the warehouse.

In Focus: Describe the products you have on offer.
Hyam: We are the official distributors of Apple, Griffin and Nintendo in South Africa

In Focus: Any new products that have recently come on the market?.
Hyam: We are constantly introducing new products. We have recently introduced iLife and iWork 09, iPod shuffle 4GB, MacBook Pro 17 inch, iMac, Mac Mini, Mac Pro.

In Focus: Any recent large sales?
Hyam: We are constantly engaging in sales and promotions, and these always increase sales. We have recently held the annual iStore sale and others will follow.

In Focus: Do you provide service back-up?
Hyam: Yes, our iStores offer free backup, support and training

In Focus: Please advise where your products can be purchased.
Hyam: Products are available at all eight iStores, Incredible Connection, Dion Wired, Makro etc. The flagship store for Apple will be opening shortly at our head office at 1 Sandton Drive. The new Melrose Arch iStore has also just opened.

For more information contact:  www.zastore.co.za (online store) 087 940 3000 (Head Office) www.apple.com/za (local apple site).

In Focus spoke to Dorette van der Schyff, Office Manager of BIS Business Presentation Products (Pty) Ltd.

In Focus: Please advise the management details of your company
van der Schyff: The Directors are Danie and llonka Venter, with Danie being Managing Director

In Focus:Advise what products you supply.
van der Schyff:We have five distinct divisions which include BIS AV solutions, BIS AV products, BIS rentals BIS screens and BIS lamps. BIS are specialised in the sales, rentals, lease and installation of highly advanced audio/visual equipment. BIS AV products sell over 4000 presentation products like data/video projectors, plasma and LCD flat screens, (interactive) whiteboards and a very large range of presentation accessories like projection screens, audio systems, projection stands and the like.

In Focus: What’s your staff complement?
van der Schyff: BIS employs over 120 people working in subsidiaries in South Africa, the Netherlands and Belgium. Blue Tornado at the moment consists of myself and an  assistant.

In Focus: Do you provide service pack-up? 
van der Schyff: Our service includes a unique customer support help desk, BIS Gold warranty, preventative maintenance programme, our own repair centre as well as a professional technical installation team. To be able to assist our customers adequately, BIS offers the ability to make on-line connection via our website to a staff member and have all kinds of questions answered directly via an on-line chat session.

In Focus: Where can one see your products?
van der Schyff: All BIS subsidiaries have a fully equipped showroom where our customers can test and experience the newest generation of AV solutions and presentations themselves. On request, visitors to our showroom can make an appointment with one of our AV specialists to have their questions answered and to evaluate their requirements.

For further information please telephone +27 (0)11 653 4400 or browse the website  www.bis.co.za info@bis.co.za