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Fleet management specialist Akhatech in its first appearance at GITEX Technology Week is on the hunt for both customers and partners to distribute its products within the region.

Fleet management specialist Akhatech in its first appearance at GITEX Technology Week is on the hunt for both customers and partners to distribute its products within the region.

Les Maker, manager of Akhatech, said the firm will be displaying its flagship product CAMIS (Computerised Asset Management Information System) at the event and claims it is ideally suited for the management of government, municipal and private fleets of mobile and stationary equipment.

"It is not a financial management system with some fleet management capabilities tagged on.  This program was developed specifically around the fleet manager's requirements and is able to interface with financial management systems, fuel management systems, satellite tracking systems and so on," adds Maker.

He explains how he heard about the event: "I've read about GITEX but I've never been to this particular conference before - though I have been to Dubai. Our conference is offering us a bit of sponsorship subsidy and it seems really attractive. Everything is happening in the Middle East with all the tall buildings. It seems to be the centre of all industry at the moment."

Maker expects GITEX to provide significant value for Akhatech, which is making its first foray into the region: "I'm hoping that it's going to open up a new market for us so we can find some clients and also some agents who, once GITEX is over, will be able to continue marketing our product.

"We have absolutely no reservation about where we trade. We'd like to start with the UAE and expand - there's no problem at all," he adds.

"Fleet machines cost money and you need to manage them. Our product is competively priced based on the number of items you manage. A smaller organisation will able to buy the program relatively cheaply. The bigger fleet owners will pay more for it, obviously," he continues.

Akhatech currently boasts an impressively large number of fleet clients in South Africa, including Pietermaritzburg Municipality, Bethlehem Municipality and Ladysmith Municipality. The firm also operates in Botswana.