What started as a small company, with little more than 20 workers, has been growing and expanding a little throughout the country.
"Over the years, we have been expanding our presence throughout the country by opening branches in Benguela, Lubango, Huambo, Cabinda, Sumbe, Gabela, Namibe, Uíge, Malanje, Saurimo and Caxito, in a period when the country was in a civil war", informed António Candeias, SISTEC's Chairman of the Board of Directors (PCA), in his speech during the celebration of the company's 30th anniversary.
Founded on July 1, 1991, SISTEC, at the time, was composed of 23 workers and its activity was focused on selling and servicing photocopiers and computer equipment.
Since then, the company has been "asserting itself in the market", says PCA, adding that SISTEC has been increasing its "areas of intervention".
"We entered the industrial production through the assembly of computers, manufacturing of strong safes still used today by many companies, metal furniture, televisions and stoves. However, they had to "gradually suspend production due to the difficulty of competing with foreign brands and the lack of support for local production," he added, adding that the company also signed several international partnerships and supported various initiatives in the area of social responsibility.
The number of employees also began to grow: in 2014, the initial 23 workers became 1310.
But, the arrival of the economic crisis shook the 'family' of SISTEC, which had to go through a process of resizing. Currently, the company has 12 stores, spread over four provinces (Luanda, Benguela, Huambo and Huila), and employs 600 workers.
"The last few years as you know have been difficult for everyone, with covid aggravating the situation and there are no people or companies immune to the consequences of this, which has led to the bankruptcy of thousands of companies," he said.
António Candeias adds that the company had to "resize and rethink" its activity to continue belonging to the business fabric of the country.
Stressing that they have not crossed their arms, the PCA reinforced that the company continues "to invest in the rehabilitation and improvement of various stores, making them more appealing in order to bring customers to places where they feel good.