The DAC is represented by 45 companies collectively employing approximately 17,000 people in KwaZulu Natal. The members include Toyota SA, South Africa’s largest OEM, and automotive component suppliers who provide important inputs into the OEM production hubs in KZN, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
Become a member
We welcome membership enquiries from automotive manufacturing companies with operations in KwaZulu-Natal, as well as local non-automotive manufacturing companies that can identify with and are aligned with our objectives.
The vision for the cluster is to focus on the promotion of the growth and competitiveness of the KZN automotive manufacturing sector, and we therefore ask you to consider membership of the DAC. Participation in the targeted programmes of the DAC will deliver significant productivity and competitiveness improvements and exposure to a range of genuine growth opportunities.
The DAC is represented by 40 companies collectively employing approximately 17,000 people in KwaZulu Natal. The members include Toyota SA, South Africa’s largest OEM, and automotive component suppliers who provide important inputs into the all OEM production hubs in KZN, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng. Members are suppliers to the Aftermarket and the Medium and Heavy commercial production sites such as Bell Equipment, another key member of the cluster. Members include automotive component manufacturers producing a wide range of parts including exhaust systems, trim, harnesses, electronics, just-in-time assemblies, bearings, shocks, filters, plugs, machined and plastic components, and tyres.
How to maximise benefit
We recommend that firms consider the following for maximum benefit from DAC membership:
Strategic alignment: Review DAC strategic focus areas and identify threads which are common to the firm’s own strategic priorities.
Operational alignment: Review DAC plans for the period ahead and identify key activities of potential benefit.
Participation: Allocate an internal champion for each identified area to ensure that the interface between the firm and the DAC is effective and that the firm is positioned to obtain maximum benefit from all relevant activities.
Providing direction: Nominate individuals to participate in Technical Steering Committees (TSCs) so that the firm’s interests are represented in decision-making processes.
New opportunities: The DAC responds to members’ needs. Communicating company-level problems and challenges to facilitators therefore plays an important role in shaping what we do and what additional future benefit the firms derive from their membership.
For further information, please either call +27 (0) 31 764 6100 or complete the enquiry form below.