Musicians like Lionel Richie, Simon and Garfunkel, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, The Beatles and Frank Sinatra turned up the volume when it came to the Van Heerden Family’s love affair with music, but the Planetworld story really starts with 4 brothers and their dad bonding over their vast music collection, as they spun record after record back in the early ‘90s. Till this day, we live our lives amplified as music is central to everything we do - whether at work, play or anywhere in between, music accompanies us wherever we go.
A STAR IS BORN
In 2008, after various careers in other industries, The 4 Van Heerden brother's and their Dad decided to turn up the beat and join forces through the acquisition of Planet Electronics – a small importer and distributor of aftermarket accessories to the automotive trade that only employed 5 people at the time. Over the course of 3 years, the business boomed due to the introduction of infotainment systems to the product line-up and the creation of our house brand ‘Caska,’ the largest infotainment brand in the country. A powerful brand that’s still pumping today after selling over 10 000 units within the first 3 years.
MUSIC IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL
Our first venture into the car audio industry came with securing the distribution of Kicker Car Audio. Within 2 years, Kicker grew to be the largest premium car audio brand in South Africa and we were only just getting started! Over the next 7 years, Planet Electronics secured the distribution rights of various leading car audio brands including JVC, Alpine, Kenwood and Focal.
Planetworld now sells around 300 000 car audio products per year in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mauritius. Nothing gives us more joy than to see you jamming to your favourite songs, whether driving to and from work or to connect with family and friends. This is who we are, a company that connects people and emotions through sound.
Why are we limiting ourselves to only delivering awesome sound in cars, why not everywhere?
That was the question posed at a board meeting back in 2017. It was this question that inspired to amp up our product offering and embark into new audio markets and industries.
What's more, this new adventure works in harmony with our philosophy that everyone deserves to enjoy their music the way the artist intended, loud and full of feeling.
In 2018 Planet Electronics acquired Audiotronic, a 40-year-old distributor of home audio brands including Onkyo, Sonos, Polk Audio and Dali.
In 2019, Planet Electronics and Audiotronic merged under the new name, Planetworld. With this the company slogan was changed from ‘Intelligent Accessories’ to ‘Life Amplified’ to be more in line with our vision. What’s more, we relocated to our new upbeat “Planet 2.0” facility in Samrand, Gauteng. The new upbeat facility speaks to who we are as a company allows us the opportunity to continue our aim of delivering music and entertainment the way you like it!
Rayno van Heerden Managing Director of OEM Operations and Product Development | Planetworld
Rayno sits on the board of Directors as a shareholder and has been with the company since 2003. Rayno has covered many roles within the business including Sales Manager, Sales Director and now MD of OEM operations. Rayno spearheaded the company’s expansion into the OEM (original equipment manufacturing) sector and as a result Planetworld now has long-standing supply contracts with many manufacturers including Nissan, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Isuzu, Ford, Subaru, Datsun, Kia and Haval.
Rayno and his team have also developed several in-house brands including OneNav, Planet Multimedia, Smart mirror and Tyretech which are sold throughout the company’s distribution network. Rayno is a keen adventurer and enjoys hang gliding, surfing, trail running and skateboarding.
Maurice van Heerden Managing Director of Aftermarket Operations | Planetworld
Maurice sits on the board of Directors as a shareholder. He joined Planetworld in 2008 and has played a pivotal role in building the businesses aftermarket operation which has grown from 6 to over 60 full-time staff. This includes successfully negotiating and implementing distribution contracts with Kicker, JVC, Kenwood, Alpine and Focal, making Planetworld the largest car audio distributor in South Africa.
Maurice also led the company's expansion into the home audio industry with the acquisition of Audiotronic (now Planetworld Home,) and the successful re-launch of brands Sonos, Onkyo, Dali and Chord.
Prior to joining Planetworld, Maurice had a 2-year career in UK education. Maurice completed a B(Sportsci) degree at the University of Pretoria and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of South Africa.
Maurice is a keen sportsman and has competed at a high standard in rugby, cricket, ultra-marathon running and Ironman events.
Recardo Krugell National Technical Manager | Planetworld Auto
Recardo joined Planetworld in 2013 and has played a leading role in building a world-class technical department that has grown from 3 to 14 full-time staff members across 3 branches in Gauteng, Durban and the Western Cape. Recardo also plays a pivotal role in our OEM business, working closely with suppliers and manufacturers from China, Malaysia and Japan.
This includes developing new products and procedures to secure a number of OEM projects with motor manufacturers including Nissan, Suzuki, Mitsubishi, Kia, Isuzu and many more. Recardo personally signs off every product launched under the Planetworld, Planet Multimedia or OneNav brands. Recardo has 15 years of experience working within various segments of the automotive trade including fitment centres, dealers and importers.
Quewen Webb National Sales Manager | Planetworld Auto
Quewen is responsible for all sales and marketing operations. Prior to joining Planetworld in 2018. Quewen accumulated 12 years of sales experience in two industries, namely, Lighting and Personal Protective Equipment, specialising in Sales Management over the last 6 years.
Quewen holds a National Diploma from Tshwane University of Technology, where he studied Marketing.
Duncan Bayne Head of Finance | Planetworld
Duncan joined Planetworld in 2018 and has spent the last 2 years building a robust and streamlined finance team that is focused on customer satisfaction, sales, commercial support and shareholder reporting. An experienced FD with a demonstrated history of working in various fields and industries, Duncan is skilled in negotiation, business planning, income tax and financial management.
Before joining Planetworld, Duncan was the Financial Director of a Cross-Border Logistics company.
He studied and completed his B.Comm in Accounting Sciences in 2003 at the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and his B. Compt (Hons) in 2004 at UNISA. Duncan completed his articles at a local firm in Pretoria in 2006 and is a registered SAIPA member as well as a registered Tax Professional. A keen sportsman, Duncan has represented his province in hockey, cricket and tennis at an age-group level as well as SA University in hockey, which he still actively partakes in.
Darryl Prinsloo Logistics and Supply Chain Manager | Planetworld
Darryl joined Planetworld in October 2017. His focus is to bring all relevant stakeholders together, to create efficiencies in operations and demand planning, whilst building excellent supplier relationships. Darryl’s career path has taken him through several avenues within the supply chain, including FMCG Operations, Demand Planning and IT business analytics.
Darryl started his career at one of South Africa’s largest logistics groups where he spent two years in a management graduate programme. He then moved on to join a competitor in a Business Analytics role, bridging the gap between Operations and IT. Darryl completed a BCom (HONS) in Logistics Management through the University of Johannesburg and is a Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) accredited through SAPICS.
Ryan Reynolds Manager | Planetworld Durban
Ryan Reynolds is the Manager of the Planetworld Durban branch and the Category Manager for Trims and Harnesses. He also handles sales for Durban and Natal South Coast.
Ryan joined Planetworld in 2015 and helped open and establish the Natal footprint. Since then, the branch has grown from strength to strength and in a very short time outgrown their premises not once, but three times! Furthermore, Ryan was instrumental in the introduction of Harnesses and Trims to the company which goes hand in hand with Planetworld's radio supply business. Prior to joining Planetworld, Ryan Reynolds was a Manager and Salesperson for 8 years at Parrot Bluetooth Natal. Before this, he worked in Electronics Retail as a Manager for 11 years. Ryan is a sports lover, although he favours golf.