70 Years of CYMOT

70 Years of CYMOT

28 May 2018 | Tourism

Who has not yet walked into a CYMOT store with the intention of quickly buying a simple item such as anti-freeze for your car, but instead ended up also walking out with a new fishing rod or camping chair? The wide variety and immense range of products are the reason, why CYMOT is so popular among Namibians. But the CYMOT that is today, is far removed from what it started out as.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, CYMOT will as always take in the Namibia Tourism Expo to display some of its great products.

Originally established as a wholesaler in Cape Town, CYMOT started off in Windhoek as a subsidiary, which primarily served as a battery depot run by commercial traveller Helmut Brass. The name of the company is a combination of the words “cycle” and “motor” for the simple reason, that its principal business at the time when the business was founded was that of trading with cycle and motor spares.

CYMOT opened its doors in Stübel Street in 1949 and it only later moved to the current location of its main trading outlet in Mandume Ndemufayo Avenue (then known as Tal Street) in 1967. Claus Theissen took over the Windhoek branch in 1969 and brought in changes such as reorganising the way in which the wholesale trade was conducted and closing the weapons and ammunitions department, to make way for a protective work wear product range.

Having previously acquired 50% of the company’s ownership, Claus Theissen took over the remaining 50% of the shares from CYMOT in South Africa in 1985. In the process CYMOT became a family business as well as being a wholly Namibian-owned company.

Since then CYMOT has grown from strength to strength with its product range gradually expanding to the current multitude of brands; from the well-known unique Greensport-range of camping and outdoors equipment to mining and industrial products, and more. CYMOT today is a household name with 14 branches around Namibia, employing 500 people.

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