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J. Walter Thompson Cape Town & SunStream join forces to bring energy to everyone

21 February, 2017


CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA — A highly contested business win in the rapidly expanding renewable energy sector has seen J. Walter Thompson Cape Town appointed to lead all marketing communication on the African continent for innovative solar technology enterprise SunStream™ Technology Inc.

The agency’s extensive regional footprint and campaign reach across Africa for the last 90 years, provided the J. Walter Thompson team with unparalleled knowledge of the continent’s diverse markets, and in particular, nuances in consumer attitudes and behaviour.  In addition to deep insight around adoption patterns for technology in the region, J. Walter Thompson Cape Town’s rigorous response to SunStream™ business demands, reflected in the agency’s entrepreneurial mindset, delivered a nimble, integrated yet multi-market strategy that offered SunStream™ a clear differential in its communication.

Throughout Africa, a lack of electricity leaves tens of millions of mobile phone users struggling to keep their phones charged, compromising their connection to safety, opportunity and prosperity. SunStream™ products however, convert sunlight to electricity instantaneously at a 99% through-put rate, making them the most efficient micro-solar panels on the global market. Because the technology eliminates the need for circuit boards, charge controllers, or chipsets – components that are notorious for breakage - the hand-held SunStream™ solar panels are extremely durable, and have been developed to be waterproof.  This patented technology offers a breakthrough solution for mobile users anywhere, seeking convenient and reliable mobile electricity.

Commenting on JWT’s appointment, Victoria Keziah, Managing Director of Marketing and Communications at SunStream™ said, “We were looking for an agency partner with a demonstrable capacity to be nimble; one that could address our real-time, highly entrepreneurial, sales-driven demands in our launch market of South Africa, whilst also helping to drive our global brand-building efforts across continents, cultures and currencies. I’m pleased to say, we found what we were looking for.”

Paul Grater, Managing Partner, J. Walter Thompson Cape Town added, “SunStream™ is on a mission to bring clean, reliable, affordable, personal energy to everyone under the sun. We are looking forward to partnering with a brand that is cutting an unchartered path with its market-leading technology.”

The J. Walter Thompson campaign is expected to roll out during the first quarter of 2017.

Philippa Clayre
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J. Walter Thompson Company was founded in 1864 and has been making pioneering solutions that build enduring brands and business for more than 150 years. Today the company has evolved to include several global networks including J. Walter Thompson Worldwide, Mirum and Colloquial.

In the Middle East and Africa, J. Walter Thompson is one of the leading communication agencies in the region with 27 offices in 24 markets.   The MEA region is structured to deliver communication based business solutions across all channels needed to successfully deliver the marketing plan.  For more information, please visit us  and follow us @jwtmea

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