Zvi Yemini

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Zvi Yemini[עריכה]

Zvi Yemini (born 1951) is an entrepreneur, industrialist, inventor, businessman and Israeli public figure. Founder of ZAG Industries, Hydro Industries and Polymer Logistics.

Early Life[עריכה]

Zvi Yemini born in Tel Aviv and grew up in the Givat Amal neighbourhood. His father, Meir Yemini, was educated at Kibbutz Givat Brenner, and was a Wingate fighter and the Irgun, and was the aquarium's manager in the Tel Aviv zoo. His mother Yehudit was an elite seamstress in Maskit. His older brother, Yoram Yemini, worked as an engineer in his companies, and his younger brother is the journalist Ben-Dror Yemini. His maternal grandfather, Rabbi Shalom Yitzchak HaLevi, was the head of the Yemenite Rabbis, a member of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Council and an Av Beit Din[1].

Yemini was educated in a religious state school Meron and later studied in the electronics department at the yeshiva, Boys Town Jerusalem, through a full scholarship for gifted youth. In the army, he served in the 848 unit and was assigned to Sayeret Matkal. After completing his army service, he studied at Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion, and later completed a master's degree at Baruch College in New York, specializing in marketing, and MBA from the Tel Aviv University.

After he finished his studies, Yemini started to work at Unitroll in Jerusalem and in Child Craft. In 1980, he was appointed Director of Research and Development at Keter Plastic, where he led a significant change in the product mix led by Sami Sagol. The last project he initiated was a line of garden furniture products through which Keter Plastics achieved its leading position in the plastics industry worldwide[2]. During these years Zvi developed hundreds of additional products, some of which are manufactured to this day.

Activity as Entrepreneur[עריכה]

ZAG Industries LTD[עריכה]

In 1985, Yemini founded ZAG projects development, a research and development company, together with his partners Aharon Eden and Gideon Feiner who were representatives of General Electric Plastics in Israel. During these years Yemini developed, initiated and advised dozens of plastic plants, including continued development for Keter Plastic.

In 1987 Yemini t founded ZAG Industries LTD, which focused on developing, manufacturing and marketing tool boxes and products for the DIY industry. The uniqueness of the company was innovation, design and sophisticated technological development. Within a few years, the company operated in 60 countries and reached a turnover of $ 120 million a year. In 2000, Yemini won the Kaplan Prize "as a token of appreciation for the company's founding and its transformation into a growing and prosperous company whose products enjoy a world-renowned reputation for innovative design products, superior human engineering and affordable prices." The panel noted Yemini's global strategy, which has transformed ZAG Industries into an international company[3]. In 2001, ZAG won the Outstanding Exporter Award of the Year Award given by the President of Israel[4].

ZAG Industries was issued on Nasdaq and in 1998 the company was acquired by the American company Stanley Black and Decker for 120 million dollars.  Yemini remained a managing partner and chairman and shareholder in the company for another 7 years and was appointed a member of Stanley's global management[5].

In 2000, PBS selected ZAG Industries as an outstanding company for the year and sent a team to cover the uniqueness and innovation of the company.

CAG operates from Israel, through its plants in Karmiel and Migdal Ha'emek, and employs hundreds of workers. ZAG's products have been exhibited in design museums around the world, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Chicago Design Museum and MOMA.

Other Ventures[עריכה]

In 2000, Yemini and his partners founded Polymer Logistics, which deals with transportation solutions for the food industry. The company is located in Migdal Haemek and employs hundreds of workers. The company has registered many patents, and its turnover has reached more than 150 million dollars a year[6].

In 2002, he also founded Hydro Industries together with Stef Wertheimer. The company has developed a unique water-operated engine developed by Rafael's former employees, and manufactured millions of engines sold worldwide[7].

Since 2009 Yemini has served as an entrepreneur and chairman of TechCare Corp., a company that was issued on the New York Stock Exchange, and develops evaporation technologies invented by Weizmann Institute graduates and began marketing its products in 2019. The company has registered many patents in its field[8].

In addition, Yemini is a partner and invests in companies in a number of other Israeli companies engaged in innovative developments in the fields of medicine, electronics, nanoparticles and propulsion. The products developed and developed to date have sold worldwide billions of dollars.

Public Activity[עריכה]

Yemini served as the Chairman of the Committee for the Promotion of Design and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy. He served as Chairman of the Plastics and Rubber Division of the Manufacturers Association, and as a management member of the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute and later as Chairman of the Plastic Center at Shenkar College.

In 2004, Yemini was appointed the chairman of the Israel Israel Trade Fairs and Convention Center and initiated, together with the company's management, the establishment and renovation of the Israel Trade Fairs Center for investments of 600 million NIS[9]. Yemini also served as President of Variety Israel. Yemini serves as Chairman of the Shenkar College,  and as a board member of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, and together with Hemi Peres and the Institute staff, he is turning the place into the centre of innovation in Israeli industry.  Yemini the guest speaker at the Technion, Shankar, Tel Aviv University and other educational institutions around the world.


Yemini is the winner of the 2001 Industrial Award, the 2000 Israel Export Award and the 1998 Kaplan Award

Personal Life[עריכה]

Yemini is married to Ayelet Yemini, a clinical psychologist and a father of 4 children.

הערות שוליים[עריכה]

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