Optima Kitchens is an iconic heritage brand founded by Fanie Marais who began in the kitchen industry in 1970. Optima Kitchens was officially formed in 1991 making it 28 years old and one of the most established kitchen companies in South Africa. Stefan Marais current CEO and son of Fanie along with Andries Kruger spearhead the operation and have a hands-on approach to every job. The first Optima showroom opened its doors in Benmore Gardens in January 1992 with current modern and spacious showroom opening its doors in 1998 in Strijdom Park. This is a great space for prospective clients to discuss their needs and visions whilst looking at all the finishes, hinges and details. The company (Or rather the Optima Family) has grown over the years starting with 8 people in the factory, it now stands at 40 people, with a dedicated 1500m2 factory. Amongst their numerous achievements and awards, Stefan Marais is currently the Vice Chairman in Gauteng for the KSA (The kitchen specialist’s Association of South Africa) again highlighting his incredible understanding of the industry. The COO Andries Kruger is an ex-school headmaster who joined in 1999, he is great with industrial relations and has a master’s degree in management.
The company is all about personal growth and developing the people that work for Optima Kitchens.
There are many factors that differentiate Optima Kitchens with most of these hinging on their strong family values, not only within the company but also with clients. The company understands people are unique and by working closely with their clients they are able to ensure that their dream kitchens are created, perfectly.
Understanding how a family operates is vital in creating a beautiful, yet functional kitchen. Optima Kitchens believe in working with specialists and this includes the project management, Hercules “Herkie” Sandenbergh has 18 years’ experience in project management and is a professional engineer who ensures projects run on time and that there is continuous communication with clients through the process. They have even created their own project management tool the OST or Optima Slider Tool, which assist clients to understand the various stages and what will be done when ensuring a handover which is on time and perfectly created.
Optima Kitchens work in both the domestic and commercial sector alongside developers and architects. Regardless of the budget, a kitchen is always a relatively big investment. By choosing Optima Kitchens you are guaranteed your expectations will be met timeously with the highest standards of craftsmanship.
Optima Kitchens 28 years of craftsmanship and fine attention to detail along with meeting installation deadlines has made us an authority in this sector. We are as passionate about Kitchens and Built-in furniture as we are about all the staff and clients we work with.
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