Chris De Villiers / Western Cape Medical Devices Cluster

Board of Directors

Chris De Villiers

Chris started his career in SA Navy (Dec’94 to Mar’97) at the Naval Engineering Bureau and on-board flagship, SAS Drakensberg as Assistant Marine Engineering Officer. He then worked as Production Manager at supplier to Woolworths and McDonalds, Finlar Foods (Apr’97 to Mar’99). He increased production volumes from 50 tons per week to 80 tons per week with minimal staff increase. Freeplay Energy Africa (Apr’99 to Jun’00) asked him to join as Manufacturing Manager (350 staff). Freeplay designed and manufactured wind-up energy storage devices.

He then joined Mushroom Biomedical Systems (Jul’00 to Jun’02), where he was responsible to industrialize new Medical Devices. He also worked for opencast gypsum mining company Afmine (Jul’02 to Sep’07) as Marketing Manager and New Business Development during which time he lead a project to build and commission a gypsum washing plant in Kenya. Sinapi biomedical was conceptualised and from Sep’07 became his fulltime focus. Sinapi designs and manufactures medical devices that improve healthcare. Sinapi employs about 130 people, of which 10 are engineers, and has successfully brought 4 product lines to market. 30% of turnover is exports, mainly to Europe. Chris also part-owns Organiworx, a small open cast gypsum mine. (Sep’07 onwards).

Mechanical Engineering – University of Stellenbosch 1994
Masters in Business Administration – University of Stellenbosch 2002