Mustek is one of the largest assemblers and distributors of personal computers and ICT products in South Africa.
The company owns well-known local businesses Mecer and Rectron, commanding a significant share of the local market.
At its head office in Midrand, Gauteng, Mustek assembles thousands of PCs and other hardware, and dispatches them to clients around the country.
These systems are assembled to order, and the company accomplishes this impressive feat by implementing a highly-efficient and versatile assembly floor – capable of building multiple units quickly and reliably.
The hardware assembled on the line includes everything from mass shipments of office desktop PCs, Raspberry Pi-powered mini computers, and high-end gaming rigs.
Mustek also takes pride in its ability to hire and train South Africans with the skills required to progress through the company structure, enabling them to improve their qualifications.
The company sources labour from its training centre, taking in students who are placed on the assembly line and taught the skills required to build a range of systems.
Following this learnership, these students then apply for internships at the company where they can select which skills they would like to focus on and improve.
Through this initiative, Mustek retains a dedicated and talented workforce while providing education and opportunity to hundreds of South Africans.
The assembly line comprises multiple phases, from initial hardware selection and hard drive imaging to chassis assembly and barcoding for unit tracking.
Mustek currently builds and dispatches around 300-400 complete systems from its assembly floor every day, although the line has the potential to push out about 1,500 systems a day when operating at maximum capacity.
There is a selection of impressive hardware on the Mustek assembly line, from hard drive duplicators and mass system imaging systems to automatic wrapping machines for packaged units.
Mustek was kind enough to invite MyBroadband on a tour of its facility – photos of which are posted below.